Pakistani Movies: Hits And Misses Of 2016


It is that time of a year when everyone is busy writing resolutions for the next year. This is why we saved this article for you so that you can add what mistakes you shouldn’t repeat when watching movies in the year 2017. The year 2016 has had mix reviews. Since the self-imposed ban of cinema owners on Indian movies was in full swing, a lot was being expected from the Lollywood movies. Some movies did match the public’s expectations while others missed making a mark for them. Let’s take a look at the hits and misses of the year 2016.

Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai

Bold and beautiful Sajal Ali amazed the entire country with her excellent acting skills in the movie, Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai. The Feroze Khan-Sajal Ali duo depicted the story of a couple who was married at a very young age. The movie unfolds the struggles of the husband and wife in pursuing their dreams and finding out their true calling. The movie is romantic, but the story is unique and enjoyable. A definite ‘hit’ of the year.

Lahore Se Aagey

The sequel of the 2015 comedy film, Karachi Se Lahore, Lahore Se Aagey was as innovative as its name – notice the sarcasm? The charming actress, Saba Qamar, played the role of a rockstar and to be honest, she shone in the role. However, the overall impact of the movie was below average. A ‘blekh’ from me –I mean a ‘miss’.

Actor in Law

Fahad Mustafa paired with Mehwish Hayat in the socio-comedy. Mustafa played the role of an aspiring actor who was forced to become a lawyer under the influence of his father. The charismatic actor did justice to his role and delivered an impressive performance. Hayat too shined in the movie. Veteran Indian actor Om Puri was also part of Actor in law and entertained the audience with his fine acting skills. A suuper-doooper ‘hit’.


The premise of ‘hit’ film Janaan was easily relatable. It was about a girl who had a ‘cultural shock’ upon returning home after an 11-year absence. Set in Swat, the film revolves around the story of Meena, Asfandyar and Daniyal beautifully portrayed by Armeena Rana Khan, Bilal Ashraf and Ali Rehman Khan respectively.

Jeewan Hathi

The Jeewan Hathi movie burst the bubble of high expectations of the Pakistani audience. The movie’s trailers seemed to be promising, but on screen the movie couldn’t match the expectations. The movie was the debut film of talented actress Hina Dilpazeer. In fact, the movie had a strong cast including the veteran actor, Naseeruddin Shah, but overall it failed to make a mark. Sorry people, the movie was a sour ‘miss’.

3 Bahadur: The Revenge of Baba Balaam

Following the example of the international film industry, Pakistan has finally been successful in making a mark in animated movies. The beauty of animated movies is that it caters to a large audience. The sequel of 3 Bahadur, this movie succeeded in grabbing the audience’s ‘likes’. Voiced by talented artists including Fahad Mustafa, Sarwat Gillani and Ali Gul Pir, this movie was a ‘hit’ of 2016.

Saya e Khuda e Zuljalal

The Pakistani audience has always loved a movie based on the military theme. When Saya e Khuda e Zuljalal shortened to SKZ hit cinema screens, it instantly became a ‘hit’. The cast included Javed Sheikh, Moammar Rana, Noor Bukhari and Shafqat Cheema, among others.

Dobara Phir Se

Dobara Phir Se is the brainchild of talented director Mehreen Jabbar. Naturally, the public’s expectations were high. However, the movie turned out to be a fast-paced movie which couldn’t leave an impact. The story was rushed and when the credit started rolling on screens, the audience contemplated over their wrong decision. I admit with a heavy heart that the movie was an unexpected ‘miss’.


The romantic thriller film starring Sanam Saeed and Mohib Mirza was a good movie but nothing more than a time pass. The film was nothing sort of ‘memorable’. The memories of those two hours will easily be wiped out. Yes, a ‘miss’.


Those intelligent fellas who follow my blogs –a big round of applause for you guys! –know quite well that I do a little ‘special picks’ segment in almost every blog. These special picks can be deemed as ‘the voice of the writer’. They may defy the gross revenue of movies or critics or viewers comments, but these picks are what I, in my capacity as a writer, think deserve a special mention. So, here are two films which I have picked up delicately –like women pluck tea leaves in tea farms.


In an attempt to bring the general audience closer to the literary world, films like Mah-e-Mir emerge among all commercial films. These films generally show the ideology of a certain personality. Mah-e-Mir was one of a kind movie which was based on the life of the famous Urdu poet, Meer Taqi Meer. Meer’s ‘Kal’aam’ (poetry) was the movie’s nucleus which bonded the whole story together. Fahad Mustafa, Iman Ali, Sanam Saeed and Manzar Sehbai delivered their roles beautifully.


Terrorism has tampered with the peace of the country. A lot of lives have been lost owing to the menace of terrorism. Not a long time back, a teenager, Aitzaz Hasan, sacrificed his life to save the children of a school. The movie, Salute, pay homage to Hasan’s outstanding gallantry. Big names like Ajab Gul, Saima Noor, Nayyar Ejaz were part of the cast. Ali Mohtesham shone as Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan.


There is no denying that the Pakistani film industry has not matured yet. Therefore, movies on controversial political topics often come under the axe of ban. Same happened with Maalik which tried to show a more realistic picture of Pakistan’s politics. The movie was put off from cinema screens affecting its gross revenue. That being said, everyone who watched the movie had good things to say about it.

The countdown to 2017 has already begun. Being a movie junkie, I wish that the year 2017 will bring forward movies with strong plot and good story-line. I wish Happy New Year to all the readers out there. May the upcoming year be nicer than the foregoing one.

Contributed by Aimen Siddiqui