Adnan Malik says Maula Jatt ‘truly international, mainstream Pakistani film’
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Director and producer Adnan Malik paid glowing tributes to the cast and team and the director of The Legend of Maula Jatt that has made
In a lengthy Instagram post, Adnan said: “Dair aye, durust aye.” “What an intense, fantastical and well-integrated cultural event #maulajatt is. Our first truly international, mainstream Pakistani film!
"A film that doesn’t pander to an audience or dumb itself down, and stays true to the vision of the director. "The screenplay seamlessly keeps pulling the punches. Gorgeous mis-en-scene with the locations, lighting, costume design, shot, and production design. I Loved world-building: creating a mythical Punjab outside the referencing of contemporary life.
"And the Shakespearean plot twists! Naseer Adeeb’s pathos-filled dialogues, lovely scenes of jugatbazi. I loved the relationship between Daara and Noori Nat and the strong feminist theme running through that arc.
He captioned: "And the philosophical warrior of Noori and the broody, wounded masculine of Maula were well-fleshed out characters! Incredible casting and playful cameos with many nods to the original film. (As well as Westerns, Gladiator and fantasy films). Bravo to everyone involved and for the auteur vision that tied this all together to create an incredible spectacle."
Not a critique, but my personal desire would have been to see displays of a more healthy, resolved masculinity. To change the ending of the original story. I wish the two worthy adversaries could have risen above the generational violence and transcended the needless killing. To show a way forward. A healthy truce between warrior men. A brotherhood of respect, if not alignment. The world needs more role modeling of healthy masculinity.
And there would have been something deeply satisfying and oddly titillating to have Maula and Noori to “live to fight another day.”
But maybe that’s not this film. The ending is the only thing that left something to be desired for me in this almost faultless film!
"Thank you for all the blood, sweat and tears team Maula Jatt! This was epic," he concluded.
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