Movie Name: Baaji
Release Date: June 28, 2019
Director: Saqib Malik
Baaji is Saqib Malik’s directorial début and brings about his thirty years of showbiz journey and an even longer love for the cinema.
If you compare Pakistani cinema of the 90s and before, it’s a movie you would love to watch which is a complete spice combination of 90’s era films with the touch of modern version film taste.
What Baaji is about?
Set against the heritage of a fading Lollywood and an emerging new wave of the Pakistani cinema, the story follows a fading star, Shameera (Meera), who is struggling for a comeback on screen, while facing multiple setbacks at personal and expert fronts.
Then comes a young lady Neha (Amna Ilyas) from the historic old city, Lahore, who has struggles and goals of her own.
In the middle of all, a Pakistani-American director (Osman Khalid Butt) comes from Hollywood to Lahore to be a part of the revival of the nearby movie industry, deciding on Shameera for his film thereby, commencing a story of desire, ambition and betrayal.
The story is stuffed with glamour, romance, scandal, intrigue and, in the end, some thriller giving you a full cinematic experience, for which the Pakistani viewers have regularly yearned for, and which has been missing from most of our celluloid choices lately.
Baaji‘s megastar cast:
The biggest strength of Baaji lies in how they have portrayed their layered characters.
Undoubtedly, it’s Meera and Amna Ilyas who own the show.
Shameera is a persona that’s tailor made for Meera and there is no other feasible actor who could have justified that role.
She is the embodiment of the 90s Lollywood such that her mannerisms, language, talk delivery, makeup and cloth cabinet selections very amazingly representing the 90s.
Amna Ilyas as a struggler and a dreamer with very subtle gray colorations to her character and she is another star of the show.
Nowhere in the movie she looked out of character.
Amongst the male characters, it’s Nayyar Ijaz who stands out.
He is playing a gay star-maker who defines the casting couch culture of showbiz, that too with an unapologetic expression of his sexuality!
Everyone remembers the role Fawad Khan received when he played a homosexual personality in Kapoor and Sons, and it was beautifully written and displayed by him.
Nayyar should be the most obvious and daring character played by any actor in the mainstream Pakistani cinema till date and he plays it in a way of being absolutely applause worthy.
Osman Khalid Butt as Rohail Khan is any other actor who will surprise many as he portrays a director with vision and intellect that is also sensitive and variety hearted.
Ali Kazmi as Ramy and Shameera’s boyfriend is the persona to appear out for.
He portrays a character of being desperate and a short tempered lover.
He’s the villain you would have a tender nook for.
Mohsin Abbas played the role ajii. Though his role was small, he still managed to slay it everytime he was seen on the screen.
Baaji is truly a Saqib Malik-Meera film.
Throughout the film, it is without a doubt visible that Saqib came up with a well-formed imaginative and prescient and not just a decision to make a film.
He has taken a lot of time creating the plot, screenplay and has truly seen paying attention over the important points of this layered project.
His grip is solid throughout the film and his experience is visible in each and every frame.
Music of Baaji:
The song is already a chart buster and the songs such as Khilti Kali, Badlan and Ye Aaj Mujhko are the most conspicuous of all.
The jazz number proposing Zeb Bangash is pictured in a way that has never been accomplished before in Pakistan.
The “happy ending” although is a favorite alternative for our film producers and many of our viewers but in Baaji’s case, it befell a little too sudden.
From its choreography to artwork and from its set designs to make-up and wardrobe, everything was amazingly on point.
The film pays tribute to the classic social dramas of the 60s and 70s, brings nostalgia of the 90s, while someway also finds an inspiration from the golden technology of Hollywood; the 40s and 50s.
Overall, it’s worth the watch.
The film shares the realistic and the colorful world of Lollywood and this could have been done by Saqib Malik Only.
Go and watch it now!
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17 November, 2019