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Janaan! A breath of fresh air for Pakistan’s Cinema By Khurram Zia Khan

Janaan is a Pakistani romantic comedy film directed by Azfar Jafri ,written by Osman Khalid Butt, and co-produced by Hareem Farooq, Reham Khan, Munir Hussain and Imran Raza Kazmi under production banners of IRK Films and Munir Hussain Films - UK.

 Armeena Khan in Zuria Dor dress at Janaan's premier held at Nuplex cinema Karachi 
 Hareem Farooq in Sonya Batla outfit spotted with HSY at Janaan's premier in Karachi
Armeena Khan,Bilal Ashraf,Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman Khan 

The cast of Janaan along with its producers and director was present Star studded premier of Janaan took place at Nuplex cinema Karachi.

Watching Janaan’s trailers prior to the premier, I was under the impression that it will be a typical love triangle where two guys are fighting for one girl but after watching the movie, I can safely say that Jannan’s story is an original movie.

Bilal Ashraf & Ali Rehman Khan at Janaan's Karachi premier at Nuplex cinema

Story of Janaan revolves Meena played by Armeena Khan who came back to her Pakistan from Canada after eleven years. Two of her cousins fell in love with her but one of them Danish played by Ali Rehman quietly moved out without creating any fuss once he finds that girl is in love with Asfandyar played by Bilal Ashraf.
Co-Producer of Janaan Hareem Farooq with villain of the movie Nayyar Ejaz

Janaan with all the fun and entertainment carried a subtle message that giving education to children should be top priority for all the parents.

Ghar Ka Chola Ilm ki buyaad per chana chahiye (A household should earn income based on education) is one of the best dialogue of this movie highlighting the importance of education. In a country like Pakistan where 25 million children are out of school, highlighting the importance of education through mass medium like cinema is an appreciable step.

Janaan's team photographed at Karachi's premier of the movie

Although raising these grave issues in one movie did not give us much hope about solving these problems but Janaan must be given credit for making an effort to highlight these social problems

Janaan also highlighted the issue of child sodomizing in a mellow way. This is also a grave issue and people consider it a taboo subject and avoid discussing about it. All credit to Janaan’s team for raising these two vital issues of our society in this movie.

Imran Raza Kazmi 

Janaan is picturised in Swat valley. As Janaan will be released in 15 countries, I am sure that scenic beauty of Swat valley will tempt tourists living in different parts of the world to visit this valley.

Through Janaan, a softer side of Pashtun culture is showed

Songs in Janaan are placed according to the demand of situation. Role of villain is also limited and producer did well by not including long or needless fighting sequels in the movie.

This movie for the first time showed the softer side of Pashtoo language. This was never done in the past.

In my view, in some scenes acting was weak, but good story covered that weakness. I think movie can do away with the scene where Armeena Khan was shown doing silly things and using lousy language under the effect of anesthesia. Patients gone drowsy after anesthesia but the way Armeena was behaving she was looking under the influence of alcohol not under anesthesia. If producer want to have this fun scene in the movie, he should send Armeena to somewhere else and not to dentist to get drunk. Barring this overacting, Armeena Khan expressed herself well at few vital stages of the movie particularly in the party when she scolded Asfandyar and also in the last scene of the movie.

Ajab Gul playing the role of Agha Ji acted well and was the real father figure for all the novice of the movie.

I think that showing Asfandyar as an adopted son of Agha ji was a useless inclusion and movie can do without it.

Ajab Gul acted well and was the real father figure for all the novice of the movie. Bilal Ashraf is a handsome guy but he needs to develop his acting skills. He is good at expressing himself as angry young man but he need to raise the bar in future when it comes to expressing feelings of love and hatred for the heroin.

 Palwasha of Janaan,Hania Aamir spotted at movie's Karachi premier

Ali Rehman Khan justifies his role very well. He is the real lynch pin of this movie and all those who watch Janaan in coming days will like this adorable character

Director of the movie Azfar Jafri did a wonderful job. The locations were well selected and cinematography was well handled as one cannot find any major loopholes in it.

‘To sacrifice your joy for the happiness of the person whom you loved is the real love’ and this is the message of Janaan for everyone.

Janaan is a must watch for people from all walks of life and I hope in coming days public in large numbers visit cinemas to watch Janaan.

Janaan will be released in 15 countries in the month of September 2016. This is the first movie in history of Pakistan’s cinema to be released at such a massive scale globally.


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