Ever since the first promo of Tarang Housefull came out people have been talking about it. There is no denying that Armaan is the most sought after among them, but each and every one of those movies/telefilms are eagerly awaited, s when GEO announced the schedule there were ripples.
All these telefilms are based on classic Pakistani movies and first in line is Abhi Tou Main Jawaan Hoon. This is produced by Six Sigma and stars some big names.
First thing first, I haven’t seen the original so I had to discuss it with a few friends and I came to the conclusion that they retained the basic idea but gave it today’s touch, which I was glad to see. This is the story of a small-time assistant director, Faisal (Mikael), who is in love with Zara (Ayesha Khan) but lies about his profession to her father because he isn’t fond of the acting profession. Now, in order to prove his worth he gets off on a mission to get a job as a GM in a big hotel, but unfortunately the job is only for ‘senior citizens’. This adds a new twist to the tale as Faisal has to fake his age to get the job.
I have to admit, the premise is great with twists webbed in pretty nicely. However, I am kind of glad that they did not release this movie in the cinemas because it would’ve failed (IMO). It doesn’t seem to be made for the cinemas.
Now moving on, the production values are okay but look grayish at times. The song is nicely remixed and does pretty well for the telefilm. The camera work is kind of weird at times in my opinon which is surprising. The editing is fine but I wish they had edited the few initial scenes and squeezed more of the three ladies. The background music is pretty nicely, but why do they switch it randomly?
This brings back the writer-director team of Baraat series as Vasay Chuhdhry takes the pen and Nadeem Baig controls the camera. Vasay very nicely writes the script keeping today’s demands in mind and the characters are incredible but many of them do not get time to grow on you. The dialogues, too, are funny and make you giggle at times. However, I didn’t like the bandooq’s (Ayesha Khan’s father) character as it goes over the top at times.
The direction is pretty powerful and Nadeem extracts incredible performance out of everyone. He handles the scenes pretty nicely. I also liked the inner references that were there. They did so without really insulting anyone. Plus, the brand reference is done nicely but there’s too much at times. May be they should go a little slow on that?
As for acting, the serial is packed with some great actors. I have no qualms over saying that this is among Mikael Zulfiqar’s career best performance. He gets a powerful role and sinks in his teeth to give us a commendable performance. An act that will take him places!
Bushra Ansari reminds me of the role she played in the Baraat series. The background may be different but the acting is kind of same and pretty good. Plus, she looks different as well. Saba Hameed is excellent as well. I am so glad she took on this role as I’d been dying to see her do something different. Ah, how I wish she had more screen space. Atiqa Odho is good as well but looks a little lost somewhere with her dialogue delivery going a little awry at times. It isn’t bad but she seems to be overshadowed by the rest of the actors. May be this has something to do with the ‘bimbo’ dialogues she got.
Ayesha Khan cannot do comedy and should stick to dramatic roles. She is acceptable but looks a little uncomfortable. Plus, I don’t like her chemistry with Mikael either. Nevertheless, the chemistry of the three ladies together and with Mikael is fantastic. They set the house on fire together!
The rest of the cast is also powerful and Humayun Saeed’s cameo adds a lot to the excitement and power of this telefilm.
Overall, Abhi Tau Mein Jawan Hoon is a powerful telefilm. It has incredible star power, brilliant acting, quirky dialogues and ample twists to keep you hooked. My only problem is that it overall looks a little unpolished, but will entertain you nonetheless.
Rating: [I would've given it a 3.25, but something extra just for the appreciation]