29 May 2013 8 Comments
Aaina when originally released gave a big boost to its actors careers and proved to be a big hit. Now it is back on the small screen thanks to GEO and Tarang. This stars two of the biggest stars of the industry and is directed by one of the most accomplished directors with one of the nation’s biggest production house baking the product. It doesn’t seem like anything could go wrong with this.
This is the story of Aliya (Saba Qamar) who is a rich, care free girl but not a spoilsport. She meets Sameer (Faisal Qureshi) who is completely opposite and lives in a farm house away from the city. The two fall in love but Aliya has to face parental opposition, but blindly in love she decides to go against her parents and marry the love of her life. Will there be happiness for Aliya now or will she has to suffer?
You need to watch to find out. I have always maintained that the story hardly matters these days. It is the screenplay and the execution that counts. I haven’t seen the original Aaina so I can’t and won’t compare, but this brought back memories of Bollywood’s Raja Hindustani. Nonetheless, the movie has its own charm and a lot of credit goes to the director for that.
He handles several sequences with incredible ease including Saba Qamar returning home from her first meeting with Faysal to Saba and Faisal’s proposal to Saba’s father insulting Faysal in the gold club. These are scenes that could’ve been better, yet there are some that were weak such as the mall scene.
The first half is okay and things take a turn only when the two get married. You know that nothing new will happen but still awesome acting and incredible direction keeps you hooked. Trust Sarmad Khoosat to make characters come alive. You get lost in the world of Aaliya and Sameer thanks to his execution of the subject. The intimacy he brings is something only he can do. I cannot wait for him to work for the big screen.
As for acting the roles do not offer anything new to the actors as they have done hundreds of similar roles before. Saba Qamar doesn’t leave you impressed in the first half but is great in the post interval and second half. She is amazing when it comes to crying and showing misery. Faysal Qureshi is restrained which is why he works amazingly for this role. The two did not really look good together as the pairing was odd, but in the second half it works when the clashes start.
The songs are beautiful and amazing is the picturization. They have been shot on good locales without going over the top. The dialogues are good and hip and the screenplay has been written keeping today’s needs in mind, but it fails to build up to certain episodes.
This is one of the few movies that could’ve hit the jackpot if screened in theaters. A good effort from everyone.