Will Naa Maloom Afraad 2 be as good as its predecessor?

Published: August 5, 2017

Na Maloom Afraad 2 is the sequel we’ve been waiting for. The original Pakistani comedy thriller, Na Maloom Afraad, was released in 2014 and saying that it took cinemas by a storm would be an understatement.

Fahad Mustafa (Farhan), Javed Sheikh (Shakeel), Mohsin Abbas Haider (Moon) and Urwa Hocane (Naina) reprise their respective roles in this sequel directed by Nabeel Qureshi. The film is produced by Fizza Ali Meerza and Mehdi Ali and is written by Qureshi and Meerza.

Na Maloom Afraad broke records to become the longest running Pakistani movie in cinemas when it was shown for 165 consecutive days following its release in October 2014. Usually, sequels do create hype but their story does not always have the same appeal akin to their predecessors.

It is yet to be seen if the trio of Fahad-Javed-Mohsin, who stirred an interesting on-screen chemistry in Na Maloom Afraad, will be able to recreate the same magic in the sequel.

We’re wondering if Farhan and Naina’s love story flourished during their last outing. Did they end up tying the knot? Are they still longing for their union? All these questions crop up while watching the trailer.

Furthermore, the trailer reveals that this story is set in South Africa. The skies are blue but the characters’ intentions seem dubious, to say the least.

From the trailer, we can note that the characters are involved in a heist to get rich – one that will eventually get them into trouble. The events from Na Maloom Afraad could possibly have a link to those in its sequel. However, I hope that the director and writer have kept the story unique from its previous offering so the audience don’t suffer from a case of been there, done that.

As far as the storyline of Na Maloom Afraad 2 is concerned, I believe the plot will be dynamic with all the main characters enjoying their on-screen camera time. Moreover, the movie seems to have more colour and appeal to it when compared to the previous one. We can note a lot of liveliness and vivacity in the scenes because of the use of bright coloured props, the wardrobe, and the settings that emanate zest.

Hania Aamir is also a part of the Na Maloom Afraad 2 family. Since she’s acting alongside Javed and Urwa, it may be a challenge for her. However, given her talent on the small screen, she could end up exceeding our expectations.

The trailer shows Urwa and Hania in distress, and makes us wonder if the trio will come to their rescue. Furthermore, we see a confrontation between the trio and an Arab Sheikh. Here’s hoping it leads to more laughter, thrill and fun.

Nayyar Ejaz is also part of the cast in Na Maloom Afraad 2. He plays Sheikh Sultan Al Baklawa. Apparently, his role is said to be the most interesting to watch after the three main male characters.

I think Na Maloom Afraad 2 will be better than the previous instalment due to a number of factors.

Firstly, Nayyar, who I believe is the antagonist, is playing a different role (he played Samuel in the first part) so the storyline will automatically differ from the previous one. Second, Hania’s inclusion in the cast moves the movie away from a male centric narrative. Third, since the movie is shot in South Africa, the sights and sounds of its natural locations and cities will add production value to the narrative. Veteran actor Saleem Mairaj and theatre actor Nazarul Hasan are also seen in the film as gangsters.

In my opinion. Na Maloom Afraad 2 will be filled with action. It already seems to have all the great elements of a movie; humour, action, drama and love.

Viewers can expect witty and humorous one-liners and funny dialogues this time round as well. We all know that it was the jokes and comic relief that made Na Maloom Afraad a success.

Sadaf Kanwal perfoms at item number on Aima Baig’s ‘Kaif O Suroor’ . Let us see if it will be as memorable as Billi that was performed by Mehwish Hayat in the previous film.

No matter what the outcome, Na Maloom Afraad 2 is expected to attract a vast audience, but only time will tell if it will be as good as its forerunner.

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Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

The author is a freelance writer and blogger and writes for various English dailies of Pakistan. He tweets @omariftikhar (twitter.com/omariftikhar)

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