This Independence day, as many as 2 Pakistani films made it to the cinema but sadly, Geo Sar Utha Kay didn’t make its presence felt as, within a week, it went Missing in Action from cinemas. There were hardly any people in the audience and those who did get a chance to see the film, weren’t impressed much.
Why did the film that was produced by the brother of veteran film actor Shafqat Cheema flopped big time isn’t a mystery as anyone who had watched it on the big screen can note down the pros (less) and cons (more). I volunteer to give my side first …
1) First act revolves around toilet humour
The first act of every film must establish the characters and their traits, however, a daring rescue, our watan kay rakhwalay ended up in and out of toilets. Thankfully, the audience rejects such humour that only seems funny in the mind of these filmmakers.
One of the heroes finds his lady love in a hospital while they initiate the suspension of their superior thanks to a tablet that changes his genes or jeans … whatever!
2) Acting genes are not transferable
Talking of genes, well if they were transferable then Abhishek Bachchan, Haider Sultan and Kamran Jeelani would have been superstars in the subcontinent. Their non-starry status proves that genes aren’t transferable and that’s something Shafqat Cheema should have told his sons Umar and Sheharyar.
While Umar has the hero’s height and looks athletic unlike many of our leading men, Sheharyar needs to go through a makeover because right now he is way too young to play a police officer and resembles actors who perform in funny video clips made viral on social media.
3) Ill-conceived misconceptions
Somebody should have told the director that Pakistan is celebrating its 70th Birthday not 7th since most of the gimmicks used here remind me of the films made in the 1950s. The use of a Sikh as a friend comes as a surprise since the film wasn’t getting an international release; the scenes at their shrine were unnecessary as they dragged the film along.
Secondly, the use of Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua as a tonic was stupid and since there are no front benchers in multiplexes, nobody understood its significance. Finally, films are supposed to be larger than life but actors like Nayyar Ejaz, Rashid Mehmood and others take it as over the top which is wrong and misleading. The overzealous performances of actors playing thugs was anything but welcome as people laughed on sequences that were meant to make you cry!
4) Babar Ali needs to act more in films
The film’s only redeeming feature was the presence of Babar Ali who can be termed as the only reason to watch the film. From the moment he appeared on screen as the SHO, he was in command and looked larger than everything around him.
His dialogue delivery, his blocking, his mannerisms reminded me of the youngster who migrated from TV to films in the mid-90s and pulled the audience back towards the cinema with his powerful performances. The climax scene where he announces his arrival – Main Ne Bulaya Hai – was as powerful as powerful could be. I would have clapped had there not been another person in the cinema!
5 It’s hard to be saved from a crappy script!
Every film has an interval in this part of the world and the better delivered the final dialogue before the break, the more impact it has on the audience. The dialogue here wasn’t bad on Sheharyar Cheema delivered it, it looked more like an announcement than a threat!
In another scene, the jeep in which the heroes were travelling hits a girl who falls down and the hero descend the jeep to check her out (literally!).
- Guy: Kia Naam Hai Tera?
- Girl: Rangeeli
- Guy: Rang To Bohat Hai … Par Geeli Nahi
What kind of script is that? Most of the film was like that and I pity those producers who waste their money on such products!
Omair Alavi is a senior entertainment journalist who tweets at omair78