Imran Raza Kazmi’s Heer Maan Ja released to tough competition and couldn’t fulfill the expectations for various reasons.
In Heer Maan Ja first of all, it seemed a little mismatched to the festive occasion, especially when compared to the other releases. Secondly, the cameos seemed forced when they should have been serious. And finally, the script seemed theatrical instead of filmy, boring the audience into the second half.
Ali Rehman Khan was the star of Heer Maan Ja
The film revolved around Ali Rehman’s character Kabir who finds out at the start of the film that he must seek forgiveness from his friends because of a condition. He meets his ex Heer played by Hareem Farooq and helps her run away from her home, only to realize that he may be falling in love with her again. How he changes gear from a sick person to one in love and finally in anger is what makes it an Ali Rehman flick.
Hareem Farooq looks good, maybe too good in the film!
She may not be as strong-headed as she was in Parchi but Hareem Farooq carries the film on her shoulders. She reminds you of the leading ladies of the past who were slim, beautiful and could act and dance. Yes, she might look too overdressed for a runaway bride but that’s something that’s common in our films. Even in a flashback scene where she and Ali Rehman were shown as colleagues, she was overdressed for college.
Car chases, action sequences are the saving face of Heer Maan Ja
The story was too amateur for a film but Heer Maan Ja survived due to Azfar Jafri’s extraordinary stunts. There was a car chase like never before where the driver even had to break the gate; the Nintendo-inspired fight sequence would only appeal to those who have played Street Fighter. The villain Faizan Shaikh was shown as some powerful goon and when he is thrashed by the hero, everyone cheers for the right reasons.
Heer Maan Ja – For the youth, by the youth!
The only reason why Heer Maan Ja might do well at the box office is due to the absence of youthful content. It is a film strictly for the youth, by the youth with jokes, antics, and one-liners targeted at youngsters, Even the message the film conveys has more to do with high school and colleges than practical life. The characters played by Mojiz Hasan and Shamyale Nasir are present in our families and we can relate to them as well. Had the film’s duration been less, the script been a little mature and release date other than Eid, Heer Maan Ja would have been a contender.