REVIEW: ‘Heer Maan Ja’ Delivers What It Promises
Culture of rom-com Pakistani films has taken charge of modern Lollywood cinema. However, Imran Raza Kazmi’s latest stint as the producer of the freshly released Heer Maan Ja will certainly take our industry to new heights. Starring Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman in pivotal roles, the film explores the theme of honour killing masked by comedy, satire and classic drama. Perhaps the most striking of all features is the amalgamation of drama, comedy and romance compact into one wholesome family entertainer.
Heer Maan Ja distances itself from the typical comedy-masala films that often make headlines. It is premature to categorize it solely as a comedy flick. The project has a lot more to offer. The movie has sentiment, acuity, family connection and our society’s deep-rooted problem; honour killing depicted in a manner that appeals to the audience.
Backed by stellar choreography of music videos with emphasis on visual aesthetics, Addi Maar and the title track specifically caught my attention. The latter, captured uniquely, has given Pakistan its long lost identity with music that is original, not plagiarized.
Moving on to acting – Hareem Farooq did justice to the relatable character of Heer. The well-written role fits her like a glove. Ali Rehman and Aamina Sheikh rendered good performances too. The trio held the storyline together. It appears as if the actors and the entire team behind the movie have devoted months of hard work and sweat, and it honestly shows.
Heer Maan Ja delivers what it promises. It is a perfect blend of emotions captured for our entertainment. Considering that we respond so well to comedy as opposed to dramatic films, Imran Raza Kazmi has opted for a creative approach that disseminates a covert message in the end without compromising on entertainment value. I highly recommend it.
The author is an actor, model and writer for fashion magazines OK! Pakistan, Good Times (GT) magazine, The Express Tribune and Daily Times. He is the creator and host of Pakistan’s first ever web talk show on YouTube titled ‘The Haider Rifaat Show’ and will make his feature film debut in 24 HOURS.