The eagerly-anticipated rom/com directed by Wajahat Rauf, will hit cinemas from tomorrow (Friday). There was a nice build up among all the movie enthusiasts with the promotions and pre-release hype; most could hardly wait.
The ones waiting anxiously for this ‘Karachi Se Lahore’ sequel are in for a splendid treat. We love how Wajahat has catered to the Lahori audience this time by glorifying some of our most-happening historic sites, such as the Food Street, an aerial view of the entire city as well as the very busy Liberty Roundabout (even if it’s just in dialogue). The direction is spot on; the one-film old director makes us believe that perhaps the film is shot in a foreign location considering how beautiful the city actually looks. Indeed, justice has been done to the fact that there is Lahore in the mere title of the film.
Lahore Se Aagey’ has a fun, interesting, humorous and a very captivating storyline, we almost forgot to check our phones or the time. Writer and actor Yasir Hussain has done a great job in penning the story for the film. However, there are some abrupt edits which interrupt the smooth flow of the film. Befikrian” – which is the opening track of the film takes its time to grow on you. Having said that, Sheraz Uppal deserves a standing ovation for his flawless music direction. We are in love with all the receding songs, namely “Kalabaz dil”, “Zara Si Laga Lo”, “Tere Bina and “Ehle dil”.
The music medley played halfway through the film is a feet-tapping, groovy and upbeat amalgamation of some of the country’s finest songs. Hassan Rizvi’s brief appearance during the medley cannot go unnoticed for its choreography. Another noteworthy element would be that the tracks are very meticulously and appropriately placed in the film, rather than a careless hotchpotch of tracks being played on top of each other. The time and space between each song leaves a taste in the audience’s mouth. Saba Qamar as Tara is convincing and looks beautiful on screen. She plays the role of an aspiring Lahori singer who likes living life on her terms. Rubina Ashraf and Behroze Sabzwari as ‘Maamu’ and ‘Mumani’ are a breath of fresh air in the film.
Behroze gets into character with his perfect comic timing and the local Swati get-up. Abdullah Farhatullah is hands-down hilarious. Even with his no-brainer silly dialogues, he manages to get the audience in fits of laughter. Noorul Hassan as Balla and Atiqa Odho also deserve special mentions for their distinct roles that thoroughly entertained all. Mubashar Malik as Ali plays the role of Tara’s rich/spoilt fiancé, who we absolutely adored. Umar Sultan – the wannabe Amitabh Bachchan-turned-villain is the one who needs the most credit for his immaculate acting and comic timing. We really need to see more of him on screen. It is, however, Yasir Hussain, who steals the limelight from all.
He is, without a shadow of a doubt, the star of the film. From writing the story to essaying the lead role as Moti, Yasir spellbinds the audience with effortless charm and wit. Even his dance moves overshadow Saba Qamar’s. When Moti is on screen, you can’t find yourself looking elsewhere. He’s adorable as the innocent, pure-hearted protagonist who falls madly in love with the aspiring singer. Yasir Hussain indeed deserves the crown. The film’s star-studded premiere was held on Tuesday at Cine Star, Township, organised and arranged by Bilal Mukhtar Events & PR along with Walnut Communications. Our cinema is going strong and I must say that it was an amazing film with a brilliant cast,” Bilal Mukhtar said, while talking exclusively to Daily Times. Lahore Se Aagey’ is entertaining, and a complete family film. Surely, you can watch it on repeat over the weekend. After all, Ali Zafar and Frieha Altaf make prominent guest appearances in the film. -dailytimes