Baadshaho “A Nightmare on the celluloid” (By Qasim Ali)

Baadshaho, last week presentation by Indian Film industry is ready to hit the Pakistani theatres coming weekend. It features Ajay Devgan, Illeana D’cruz, Emraan Hashmi, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta in pivotal roles and based on a heist incident in the emergency era of the 1975-77.

The film released in India and other parts of the world on 1st September 2017 and got exceptionally bad reviews from all the critics. Prominent analysts labeled it as “A Nightmare on the celluloid”, delivered remarks like “Daft, dull, drive!” and gave below average ratings with one and half stars maximum.

At the box office, film could not do wonders either and business remained slow and steady. Despite all that, distributors are trying hard to release it in Pakistani theatres and cinema halls. On the other hand Pakistan’s both Eid releases ‘’ Paunjab Nahi Jaungi” and “Na Maloom afraad 2” are doing excellent business and have overtaken all other films in the cinema halls. Shows are still going house full and audience are enjoying the Pakistani content.

Baadshaho, On the other hand directed by Milan Luthria have sluggish screenplay and humourless rhythm are spectacularly low on swagger and daredevilry. A movie so utterly daft and dull, its actors can barely conceal their disinterest in executing a non-profit heist in dry, dusty deserts of Rajasthan. Film gives feel of 1990s and looks outdated also. Nusrat Fateh Ali khan’s track which is recreated in voice of Rahat Fateh Ali khan fails to leave any mark. It seems director could not come out from the influence of his earlier film kache daghe based on similar story and plot line.

Film trade experts’ views that cinemas do not need any Indian film at the moment and screening of any other movie will affect the dream run of Pakistani films. They emphasized that it’s the right time to support Pakistani cinema and all the stake holders should perform their role in accomplishing this task.