Moor

Moor & Manto Review

In past two months I’ve seen two beautiful Pakistani movies which I can say really is a revival of Pakistani Cinema. So here are my reviews of both movies.

Moor Review:

Moor is directed by Jami who needs no introduction. Started as a music video director, he has won numerous awards for his music videos. He studied film at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in the United States. In 1998 returned to his home, Karachi and formed the production company Azadfilm.

Jami on the right at the Press Meetup of the Moor

Jami on the right at the Press Meetup of the Moor

Moor (pronounced as More, meaning Mother) is the story of Wahid, played by Hameed Sheikh, who is a railway station master at a small town in Balochistan. He is under political pressure agrees to sell the railway infrastructure under his supervision. The process may not be a win-lose situation because Wahid is also promised monetary benefits to do so.

On the other hand, Ahsan, played by Shaz Khan, who is Wahid’s son, is caught in a moral dilemma. Ahsan, who migrated to Karachi at a young age, finds himself battling against his future.

First half of the movie might be confusing cos things are happening at different time periods, at different places, at same pace while in 2nd half everything gets cleared and become interesting for the viewer. Jami captured breathtaking visuals of Balochistan. Stunning cinematography and superb performances by all actors including Hameed Sheikh, Shaz Khan, Samiya Mumtaz, Sonia Hussain and Ayaz Samoo. 

Jami has worked really hard on script, casting, cinematography, soundtrack and direction.

This movie has seven tracks and all of them are produced by Strings and lyrics by Anwer Maqsood. Javed Bashir, Meesha Shafi, Rahim Shah, Strings has sung the songs for this movie and all of them are perfectly embed in the movie.

Eva by Meesha Shafi

Moor is not for masala movie fans but its a treat for alternate cinema lovers and will leave its audience in awe struck with its powerful story and brilliant cinematography by Jami.

Rating: 5/5

Recently Pakistan enters ‘Moor’ in Foreign-Language category for the Oscars.

 

Manto Review:

I watched Manto on 17th Sep. (Thu.) at Atrium Cinemas. The show starts at 4.15pm usually young people are coming with their parents, hall was almost full. Film starts with introductory song ‘Kon Hai Yeh Gustakh‘ by Javed Bashir.

Movie begins with the post partition era back in 1951 which covers his constant struggle with his life. He was disillusioned by the recent partition and bloodshed. Sarmad Khoosat who played Manto has done total justice with his character. His body language, accent, emotions… everything was perfectly crafted. In between his biography they’ve included some of his short stories ‘Khol Do‘, ‘Thanda Gosht‘. ‘Hatak‘, ‘Toba Tek Singh‘ and ‘License‘ which will give you goosebumps. The only adaptation which will make you smile is ‘Peshawar Se Lahore Tak‘ starring Mahira Khan and Azfar Rehman.

Peshawar se Lahore tak

Peshawar se Lahore tak

And the song ‘Kia Hoga‘ sung by Zeb Bangash and Ali Sethi makes it more beautiful.

The whole cast of the Manto was brilliant including Saba Qamar as Madam Noor Jahan, Sania Saeed as Manto’s wife, Nimra Bucha as Manto’s alter-ego, Mahira Khan & Azfar Rehman both played a very unique role where there was no dialogue.

Overall Manto is a visual treat for all the Manto fans. During all the adaptations it build up the tension as the narrative goes on and reaches up to the climatic ending which will leave the audience in shock. And that is the beauty of this movie.

Before watching this movie try to read some of the Manto’s work like Thanda Gosht, Hattak or Khol Do. So you’ll know how he writes and how much justice Sarmad Khoosat did to his adaptations.

Rating: 5/5

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#MoorMeetsPress The launch of Moor

I was invited to the launch event of the Moor. It is written and directed by Jami and produced by Nadeem Mandviwalla. At the event there was lots of media personals and bloggers were present.

Bloggers at the event

Bloggers at the event

Jami at the launch of Moor

Jami at the launch of Moor

I’ve seen the first teaser of Moor back in 2013 at the Atrium Cinemas and I was blown away by the stunning direction by Jami.

Moor Film – Teaser from azadfilm co on Vimeo.

At the beginning Jami explains his movie. He told us that the movie is about the railway system of Balochistan, especially the closure of Zhob valley railways and how it effects people of Pakistan and it is based on a true story, Moor is a tale filled with emotions bound to strike a chord with every cinema goer at some level. The plot of the movie speaks of corruption in a manner to provoke the masses to take individualistic measures to combat the social evils prevalent in our society. Then Hameed Sheikh, Abdul Qadir, Shabbir Rana and Samiya Mumtaz shared their experiences about the movie. I love how Hameed Sheikh explains Moor

After that there was a Q&A session with the press. There was a question “Why there isn’t any entertainment in the movie, like some item number ?” And Nadeem Mandviwalla replied

Another question was for Samiya “What is the difference between your role in ‘Dukhtar’ & ‘Moor’ cos they both look same?” And she replied

Then there was a question about the music of the movie and Nadeem Mandviwalla replied

And in the end Nadeem Mandviwalla told us about his favorite dialogue from the Moor which explains everything about the movie.

Moor is all set to release on 14th August 2015 while music will release after Ramadan and I just can’t wait to see the spectacular beauty of Balochistan shot by Jami. More details about the movie can be found at www.moorthefilm.com

All the pictures were clicked by me and the rest of the pictures can be found here

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‘MOOR’ the latest venture by Azadfilm Company & Mandviwalla Entertainment set to unveil this August

Based on a true story, Moor has proved to set a benchmark for meaningful cinema in Pakistan

Azadfilm Company & Mandviwalla Entertainment are all set to release their latest production ‘Moor’ this August. Renowned Director Jami announced its release at a press conference held at a local hotel. The movie is set to breathe life into the booming film industry of Pakistan through a compilation of picturesque beauty of Baluchistan, a compelling musical score arranged by Strings backed by captivating lyrics penned by Anwar Maqsood.

Jami expressed his enthusiasm for the movie by saying “Based on a true story, Moor is a tale filled with emotions bound to strike a chord with every cinema goer at some level. The plot of the movie speaks of corruption in a manner to provoke the masses to take individualistic measures to combat the social evils prevalent in our society.” Jami has a keen interest in projects which are of social consequence and is cementing his ideology through this movie on a grander scale.

Nadeem Mandviwalla at the occasion commented “Moor will prove to be a milestone in the history of meaningful cinema. The trend of Pakistani cinema is evolving for the better and so is the audience, henceforth compelling everyone in the movie business to produce better work that can steer the audience back towards cinemas.”

The producer of the film also announced the launch of the website which can be visited at: www.moorthefilm.com

The website will give its audience a feel of the movie and what they are to expect in the cinema.

The cast of the movie includes seasoned actors of the Pakistani performing arts fraternity such as Hameed Sheikh, Samiya Mumtaz, Shaz Khan, Abdul Qadir, Soniya Hussain, Ayaz Samoo and Eshita Mehboob. Significant contributions in terms of music and vocals for Moor have been created by artists like Javed Bashir, Strings and Meesha Shafi.

The cinematography of Moor is bound to set it apart and captivate its audience. The film has a deep social message that is explained through an intricate story line which depicts a profound construction of ‘what you reap is what you sow’ philosophy. The fans are advised to go through the social media channels to get more insights and additional content.