The year 2013 will go down in the history of Pakistani cinema as one of its most successful ones. Not only did the industry thrive with the opening of new multiplex cinemas in the country, the success of Pakistani films became a regular feature for a change. And yes, the gandasa had no role in the revival of local films; in fact, its absence was a big help!
Bilal Lashari’s Waar ended the year as the most successful Pakistani film ever screened and its business of Rs. 23 crore is a proof of that. The flick had Urdu as its second language; even then it outscored Main Hoon Shahid Afridi (Rs. 5 crore) and Chambaili (Rs. 2.5 crore) by a huge margin. Although Waar had its moments (both good and ‘evil’), it should be indebted to Ismail Jilani’s Chambaili which made people realize that even a Pakistani film could give its Indian counterparts a hard time.
Chambaili was pitted against Aashiqui 2 (which crossed the Rs. 100 crore mark all over the world) and came out with flying colours. It had the perfect dialogues (like a feature film should have), amazing cinematography (the locales never looked this good!) and above all, music by Najam Sheraz that was liked by many, if not all. The film was singlehandedly responsible in making people realize the importance of vote and the Chambaili effect will surely take place the next time the country goes to poll.
As for Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, I liked the film because it had a perfect blend of Pakistaniyat in it. It was a story about a village boy who plays like Shahid Afridi, dreams big and achieves the impossible with the help of his coach and friends. Unlike Humayun Saeed’s three previous film efforts (in Pakistan that is, he did work in a Bollywood movie Jashnn as well), this film has something that they all lacked – Humayun Saeed the actor.