Review | When She Says ‘Punjab Nahi Jaungi’, She Means It!

Kamran Jawaid  |  The post is the unedited copy of the review published in DAWN ICON on 10th September 2017, which can be read here. Jpeg of the print copy is at the end of the post.

When we first meet Fawad Khagga (Humayun Saeed), the heir of a rural landlord family in Punjab, the town is ecstatic in his accomplishment. After a ten-year dogged pursuit, Fawad is finally a political science graduate. However, the degree he flashes in the air as he enters his mile-long haveli (mansion) is an arbitrary piece of wall-decoration. Fawad doesn’t need it.

The certificate, though, tells you all you need to know about Fawad: he is a man who loves to chase after things with adamant single-minded resolve.

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Review: Bin Roye by Kamran Jawaid

This post is the unedited copy of the review published in MAG the Weekly, August 01, 2015

Bin Roye – When A Title Says It All (for the Male Audience)

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By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

If one can learn three worthwhile life-lessons from Bin Roye, they would be this: 1) Don’t text while driving 2) Look both ways before crossing the street, and 3) Never, ever, give in to your women’s pressure and buy the ticket of a movie that looks like a sappy television drama, out of, well, television.

The last bit may sound chauvinistic and crude, but I am just the messenger of a handful of stupefied males in a cinema auditorium chock full of the other sex. Six days after Eid, at nearly nine-thirty (the film was scheduled to start earlier), the cinema I am visiting is full of ladies – young, old, who damn-care-about-narrative inconsistencies. Pride, of course, have led most of the women-folk to respond “Kya, acchi nahin lagi?”; some truly sincere in their replies to whoever their male chaperone is (“Allah tumhain poochay ga”, a young man responded from my back row; another younger over-weight lad sitting to my right just looked sarcastically at his sister when the movie split at intermission; the gent sitting on my left was more genial in his grunts).

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