Anjum Shahzad’s directorial, Mah-e-Mir is one of the most anticipated releases of 2016, featuring a star-studded cast comprising of Fahad Mustafa, Iman Ali, Manzar Sehbai, Alyy Khan and Sanam Saeed, in lead roles.
The premiere took place last night, May 5, in a packed Nueplex full of faces from the Pakistan entertainment industry. The entire Mah-e-Mir team was present at the red carpet that was followed by the screening. After much delay and change in release dates, the film finally hit cinemas on May 6 for the impatient and excited audience.
The film is not a biopic, instead, it is a love story. Fahad Mustafa plays Jamal, the modern day Mir, a struggling writer who cannot write what sells, he writes from the soul. On the other hand, there is Sanam Saeed as Naina Kanwal, a rich writer who knows how to cash her words, completely opposite from Jamal.
Quoting Manzar Sehbai, who plays Dr. Kareem in the movie, “You cannot drive without a back view mirror, it’s dangerous.” Fahad Mustafa keeps reflecting Mir’s life and sees himself as the 18th-century poet. Supermodel Iman Ali plays his love interest Mahtab (courtesan) and Aly Khan plays the egoistic Nawab Sahab. The scenes move back and forth from modern day to the 1800’s and not once do the viewers lose track of the story.
The script is powerfully documented projecting the finest works of Mir, very well pictured and presented, raising the bar for Pakistani cinema. Fahad Mustafa proved himself as a versatile and brilliant actor, Manzar Sehbai is the real treat, with other actors doing justice to their roles too. Iman’s breathtaking beauty is worth the mention, though she did seem a bit off at places and lacking soul. (hint: the song (‘Uska Karam Dekh Kar’ ) The set looks fabulous but the costumes could have been a little better adding a more regal and timeless look.
Mah-e -Mir, a film inspired by the poet Mir Taqi Mir, is a brave attempt made by the filmmakers contributing to the real and actual revival of Pakistani Cinema, but to say the least, it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea either. People who love it, will not be able to contain the praises, and those who hate it, well, they will walk out of the cinema long before the interval.
Worth watching? If you want a night for senseless entertainment, No! If you want to have a real cinematic experience with something to reflect, YES! Mind you, this film is not light, and it is guaranteed to hit you in all the right places.
Language is one of the key elements of Mah-e-Mir, Urdu poetry, and the flawless dialog delivery is what makes it different from your typical Bollywood film. A treat and must watch for literature aficionados.