Karachi Se Lahore – Movie Review
The most common issue that is raised by people about Pakistani film industry is that the script of the movie is usually not engaging plus the dialogues are either inspired from Bollywood movies or reinvented from our dramas. With the release of movies like Namaloom Afraad, Waar, Wrong No. and Bol, Pakistani films have proved that they are worthy of being watched at least once. Karachi Se Lahore is directorial debut of Wajahat Rauf. Karachi Se Lahore has launched some great performers on silver screen like Ayesha Omer, Ahmed Ali, Yasir Hussain etc. Will Karachi Se Lahore be another turning stone for Pakistani Cinema? Let’s discover.
Karachi Se Lahore is a rom-com road trip of Zaheem (Shehzad Sheikh) who comes to know that his girlfriend Ashi (Eshita Syed) is planning to dump him by getting married to Timmy in Lahore. After learning the reality, Zaheem with his two friends Sam (Ahmed Ali) and Moti (Yasir Hussain) plans to leave for Lahore to crash the wedding of Ashi. They don’t have a dependable ride, so they take help from Zaheem’s neighbor Maryam (Ayesha Omer) and her younger brother Zeezu who own a jeep. What happens next on the road is all about cherishing friendship, treasuring loved ones and finding love.
Karachi Se Lahore rests on the shoulders of script and dialogues – hands down. Hats off to the writer and actor Yasir Hussain for beautifully writing the characters and performing Moti which would easily remind some great performers of the past like Moin akhter and Saleem Nasir. Yasir essays his character with originality and with complete gusto. He is a treat to watch, no second opinion. Ahmed Ali as Sam is adorable and shows qualities of a super star who showcases accurate expressions when needed. His cool attitude, lame jokes and body language is just so very believable. Shehzad Sheikh in his second movie has shown huge improvement. His dialogue delivery, diction, fast paced statements and acting skills have multiplied. He can easily be a good comic hero of Pakistani cinema because of his great comic timings.
Ayesha Omer is good. She sizzles in the item song “Tutty Fruity”. Eshita Syed hams a lot. Javed Sheikh is wasted, he is one fine actor and should be given more screen presence Rasheed Naz is outstanding, each and every of his scene are definitely going to bring laughter and smiles to viewers’ faces. As a kid, Ashir Wajahat is good and very confident.
Karachi Se Lahore is studded with cameos of Waqar Zaka, Rubya Chaudhry, Ali Hamza, Shiraz Uppal, Shazia Wajahat, Ali Noor etc.
Wajahat Rauf has definitely worked hard on the script and filming. Karachi Se Lahore offers a freshness and good script. It’s a total entertainer with some great one liners, jokes, and humor that one does not come across in Pakistani cinema.
Tutty Fruity, Rabi Ralli and Aaja Re are picks of the lot whereas Lohriya gives the typical Punjabi track.
Watch Karachi Se Lahore if you want to laugh out louder and witness how a simple and easy storyline can be engaging and interesting for viewers. Karachi Se Lahore is no PK, Waar, Bajrangi Bhaijaan but it’s also nothing less than Na Maloom Afraad, Pyar Ka Punchnama and other hit laugh riots.
I would rate it 3.5 out of 5 for fresh humor, Yasir’s and Sam’s acting.