The best of ‘The Legend of Maula Jatt’ is its production, not storyline 

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Published: 03:33 PM, 16 Oct, 2022
The best of ‘The Legend of Maula Jatt’ is its production, not storyline 
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Bilal Lashari has proved himself in the past, and with the latest direction maestro, he established his authority that he has complete command of direction and cinematography.  The movie The Legend of Maula Jutt (TLOMJ) went into a quarrel there were stays from the court regarding objections to making its sequel since 2018. 

The film opens up with Babar Khan and Resham playing the father and mother of Maula and after five minutes the movie plot looks quite perplexing. 

Fawad proved his charisma staying ‘natural’, though, he could have added ‘more effort’ to make the aura of Maula ‘everlasting’.

Maula Jatt character played by Fawad Afzal Khan is performed exactly as you would anticipate it to be: lively, boisterous, and maximizing his soprano. From his looks to momentous nostalgia he delivers each dialogue with zeal. 

Two singers Faris Shafi and Ali Azmat amazed audiences with their stunning dialect. 

Humaima Mallick went too ‘low’ and ‘failed’ to prove herself to match the character of Dharma. 

Fawad Khan (Maula Jutt) showing his eagerness to find out what happened with his parents seems in intense nostalgia. 

TLOMJ is a movie that doesn't have changing dynamics that you would get puzzled about during watch time. It neither becomes a jigsaw puzzle as would anticipate. Neither the culture of Punjab portrays such ‘barbarism’ as portrayed in the film nor the culture of Punjab that was shown in the movie. 

This scribe went to the premier along with research scholar and renowned singer Ali Z Naqvi. 

He adds that film VFX and cinematography compete with international work as it all looks pleasing to the eye.   

Hamza had every right to recognize that he had to match Fawad's outstanding portrayal of Maula on stage. Because of Naser Adeeb's very well-written lines, which Fawad delivers with ease and comfort and seem to be naturally more graceful, Hamza not only responds to Khan but occasionally tries to excel him by showing the power of Noori artificially when trying to show loudness. 

Additionally, Fawad Afzal Khan benefits from a few fleeting but meaningful romantic moments with Mahira, which were once more made possible by Ghafoor's music.  We have learned down the road to expediently work with camera work the same as Bollywood now, and, what I think, becomes significant is pitching a story that goes above and beyond. 

Shafqat Cheema came up with his extraordinarily well-versed Punjabi accent but he wasn't given room to add much. 

Hamza Ali Abbasi took the same style of making up a pitch as he debates in his talk show. The propensity of matching his voice with perfect body language felt missing to a higher extent. The milieu of this Pakistani film depicted the culture of Punjab but went on to dubious on many onsets such as Hamza in many scenes seemed to copy Noyan of Ertughrul whereas Gohar Rasheed took too ‘low’ to leave an impression as he is playing Alanchuck of Mongols. 

Some critics have been saying that the movie doesn't represent the ‘culture’ of Punjab and that it's an ample reality too. Nasir Adeb has taken inspiration from Kandasa by Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi which is itself a fable and fairy tale from the tribe Punjab. 

The efforts made by production and direction make the movie blockbuster but it's the frosting on the cake if the story doesn't add value to the viewer it seems all in vain. The story seems clash of clans that is rare to be seen in the fight between Jatts and Natths nothing more than that. The scale of production is admirable but lacks a strong storyline.

Muhammad Waqar Aslam

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