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Janaan – A Feather In Cap

Janaan is one of the most anticipated Pakistani movies of 2016. From music to cast and from producer to subject, Janaan has been in discussions. Azfar Jafri after Siyaah, is all set to surprise his audience this Eid with Janaan. With comparatively fresh faces like Bilal Ashraf, Armeena Khan, Ali Rehman Khan, Hania Amir and Usman Mukhtar, let’s see what Janaan offers to Pakistani audience.

Janaan is a story that revolves around a progressive Pukhtoon family which has strong family ties and traditional values. Meena (Armeena Khan) comes from abroad to attend her cousin Palwasha’s (Hania Aamir) wedding ceremony in Swat. She meets her two cousins Asfandyar (Bilal Ashraf), a righteous and responsible lad, and Daniyal (Ali Rehman Khan), a cool dude who is obsessed with sending Facebook friendship requests to girls. Once in Swat, Meena discovers many things about relationships, culture and feelings. She snatches the interest and attention of both Daniyal and Asfandyar, but the question is, for whom Meena’s heart beats between the two guys? That’s what you need to find out by watching Janaan in cinema.

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Performance wise, Janaan banks a good plethora of actors who can perform well. Bilal Ashraf is hot, macho and sweet at the same time. He expresses emotions very well. His dialogue delivery is first rate. Ali Rehman has excelled brilliantly as Daniyal; he is cool, soft, and brings originality as an actor. Ali Rehman banks some great one-liners in the movie which he delivers remarkably. He is good in emotional scenes as well. Armeena Khan looks vibrantly gorgeous in every scene. She is breathtaking. As an actress, she shines more than her previous release i.e. Bin Roye. Hania Aamir and Usman Mukhtar are cute and do justice with their characters.

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It’s a pleasure to watch Ajab Gul after a hiatus. He is simply amazing. Nayyer Ejaz is outstanding, from his vocal tone to his expressions, he nails it. This is one of his finest roles in recent times and Nayyer Ejaz proves that he is a veteran. He should do more characters like this. Special mention for the body guard of Nayyer Ejaz, he delivers a natural performance with utmost ease. Mishi Khan is passable.

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Janaan is a potpourri of silent romance, infatuation, sacrifice, family values, message oriented subject and a lot of other ingredients which makes it a genuine Pakistani entertainer. There are some questions which aren’t very well answered in the movie and audiences will have queries when they walk out of the theater, but all in all Janaan is an amazing movie.

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The direction of Janaan is excellent. Janaan also possesses one of the strongest editing which Pakistani cinema has seen. Mitesh Soni has done his best as an editor. From being an assistant editor for films like Fanaa, Dhoom 2 & 3, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and many others Janaan is his first as editor. Cinematography is spectacular; frame by frame Swat is shown very aesthetically and beautifully.

Music of Janaan is good and audiences are already enjoying its songs. Janaan is one of the finest movies which Pakistani cinema has produced this year. The movie has repeat value and fresh appeal. Janaan is for mature audience who can read between the lines. Issues have been discussed to an extent that they are understood by sane mind, romance is shown but in a very subtle and sober manner, family bond is portrayed in a very believable way. And humor is fresh and easy to relate. It’s a must watch.

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