Durj is filled with excellent performance
Shamoon Abbasi’s Durj finally sees the light of the day after being initially delayed with a ban. Based on a real-life incident, the film opened on 25th October along with Kaaf Kangana and was appreciated by all. Shamoon Abbasi and Sherry Shah’s performance were the highlight of the film and keeps you engrossed despite forced editing and censored scenes.
Durj – A film on Cannibalism like never before!
The film is based on a real-life incident where a couple of gravediggers turned cannibals in Pakistan. They devoured human flesh to kill their hunger and went on their spree until captured. In Durj, their story is presented in a new manner, with Sherry Shah and Shamoon Abbasi playing the heartless duo. How Sherry’s character Laali meets Shamoon’s Gul and begin their spree is just one part of the plot. There is a missing reporter whose wife (Maira Khan) believes Gul is involved and kidnaps him to interrogate him. Interesting, isn’t it?
Shamoon Abbasi is the main player of Durj
The film belongs to Shamoon Abbasi; not only has he written and directed it, he carries it on his shoulders. For an independent film, the production values are much better than many Pakistani films. Shaam Films have done the background score as well as the Post Production, giving hope to upcoming filmmakers. His character Gul keeps the audience on the edge of their seats because it grows on you as the film progresses.
Rejuvenated Sherry Shah shares the honors!
Sherry Shah who shaved her head in reality to look the part of Laali also deserves a mention. She may have made her debut in a film a decade and a half back but this performance will get her noticed. Whether her character is angry, in love, disgusted or scared, it shows perfect emotions and compliments her co-star. She keeps Shamoon’s character in check which has cannibalistic tendencies until she becomes the reason he steals from graves.
The rest of the cast failed to raise the bar!
Dodi Khan, one of the producers, was impressive but he had less screen presence and dialogues as a police officer. The rest of the cast acted as if they were being forced to act, with Maira Khan topping the list. She was loud for no reason, seemed to be reading lines from the paper and couldn’t emote grief of a worried psychiatrist. Nouman Javed should stick to singing because acting doesn’t seem to be his cup of tea. The song that was inserted to give the film a commercial touch thankfully didn’t break the tempo of the film!
A director’s cut would do justice to Durj
Durj was subject to forceful edits where scenes that were relevant to the story were censored despite the film getting an Adult rating. These missing scenes could have added value to the flick although they would have left many uncomfortable. One hopes the makers would decide to release the Director’s Cut for Netflix to show the audience the real version. It will not only show what the audience missed but also stir a discussion regarding the Censor Board. On the whole, it is a good effort that was much needed in the era of romantic comedies. It will compel many youngsters to choose different topics and then present them in their own way.