Mehwish Hayat’s Chhalawa Is Not What The Audience Wanted
Leading film actress Mehwish Hayat has a huge fan base in Pakistan and abroad. Ever since she won the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, something out of the ordinary is being expected from her. However, her latest film Chhalawa has disappointed most of her fans as they expected better from the actress.
Chhalawa has its moments, but not enough
With a star cast, Wajahat Rauf’s Chhalawa was expected to do well. But with no story to back the actors, it fell flat as the audience felt cheated. Wajahat Rauf had delivered Karachi Se Lahore and Lahore Se Aagay before this film. They went in expecting a laugh riot and ended up watching a telefilm on the big screen.
The soundtrack is the saving grace of the film!
Shiraz Uppal’s soundtrack is the best thing about the film as it gives the audience at least two hit numbers. The title track is foot-tapping and Wahab Shah well-choreographed it, and so was Chirya, the dance number of the film. What irked the audience was the unusual placement of the latter that had nothing to do with the story.
Zara Noor Abbas stuns with dance, acting!
Newcomer Zara Noor Abbas was stunning throughout the film, both as an actress and as a dancing girl. Usually, it’s hard to match Mehwish Hayat in a frame but Zara did that on film debut. Just imagine what she can do after gaining some experience in films!
Azfar Rehman, Asad Siddiqui play friends forever!
And if you have a friend who can do anything for you, then you will love the Azfar – Asad pairing. In their film major film, they both remind the audience of Jai – Veeru’s friendship and make friends proud all over the world.
The father-son chemistry was also saving grace
Veteran actor Mehmood Aslam played the heroine’s father in the film, while Aashir Wajahat played his youngest child. The two shared amazing chemistry as father-son and whenever they were in the frame together, it was worth your money.
A rewrite could have saved Chhalawa
Yasir Hussain is credited as the co-writer of the film but that seems highly unlikely as he has proved his mettle through his previous films. The script of Chhalawa seemed too casual by his standards and a rework here and there would have helped immensely.
No Story, Yes Problem!
It’s time that directors realize the importance of the story and screenplay. You can’t have casual scenes as intervals nor can you insert a song without a situation. The interval, the song situations, and the climax weren’t believable even when the plot was ‘simple and effective’. In fact, had the director worked a little harder, Chhalawa could have ended up as a contender!
Mehwish Hayat shouldn’t have done Chhalawa!
The film was beneath Mehwish Hayat’s standard and she should have waited for a better script than agreed to do Chhalawa. She is one of the finest actresses in Pakistan and people look forward to her work. They could have expected such a film from a new actress but after Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, Punjab Nahi Jaungi and Load Wedding, they expected something better.