Superstar is a complete entertainer for the audience of all ages
Every now and then, there comes a film that surprises the audience by going against their low expectations, raising the bar with its brilliance. Hum Films’ Superstar is one such flick that takes the audience on a ride they thought would be bumpy but ends up as filmi and paisa vusool. What else do you expect from a film featuring Mahira Khan and Bilal Ashraf, Nadeem Baig and Jawed Sheikh, under the direction of Ehteshamuddin who called the shots in Udaari, Sadqay Tumhare and more recently Aangan? I got what I was expecting, a proper masala drama that manages to entertain without vulgar dialogues, cheap antics and banks on its plot than slapstick comedy.
The Plot – Superstar revolves around Bilal, Mahira’s characters
Superstar is all about two people’s rise and fall – rise to superstardom and falling in love. Sameer Khan (Bilal Ashraf) is a rich brat who becomes a Superstar due to his good looks and charisma; when he falls in love with a junior artist Noor (Mahira Khan) things change for the better as he becomes more responsible and caring. However, one bad decision takes him away from all – his love life crumbles and his family and friends forget him. To add insult to injury, Noor becomes a Superstar in his absence and when he tries to reconcile with all, it backfires. Will he be able to gain his place back in the game and in the life of Noor, that is for you to find out.
The Good – Improved acting, direction and script makes Superstar a must-watch
First and foremost, Bilal Ashraf is a revelation in Superstar. The actor who was criticized for his wooden acting in previous films comes back strongly and manages to steal Mahira Khan with his impressive acting. His chemistry with the nation’s sweetheart is amazing and takes you back in the days of Fawad – Mahira’s Humsafar.
Mahira Khan owns the role of Noori because she has struggled herself during her initial days as a VJ. Her transition on either side of the interval is worth mention as her body language changes completely as she attains superstardom. Veteran actor Nadeem does a commendable job as her grandfather and steals every scene he is in, except the one where he shares the screen with Jawed Sheikh for the first time in 8 years.
Ehteshamuddin’s direction is spot on and same goes for Mustafa Afridi’s dialogues that bring Azaan Sami Khan’s screenplay to life. The youngster’s second film as a music composer has some of the best songs produced recently in Pakistan, and their integration in the background score gives Superstar the classy feel we miss in our films.
The Bad – Some sequences seem inspired, some could have inspired!
The first fifteen minutes of the film are quite unimpressive for Mahira Khan movies. Needlessly, we get to listen to a voice-over for no reason, then there is the Dharak Bharak song which could have been filmed better. Some of the shots in the first few minutes were jerky, especially the ones in which Mahira’s character is riding a rickshaw. Then there are some inspired from Bollywood scenes including the one where Noor and Sameer meet for the first time. That could have been avoided because on the whole, Superstar is a perfect film with little imperfections, and one hopes that the audience sees past these errors and enjoy it for its good points.
The Verdict is 4/5
On the whole, Superstar is a film that is time to perfection for the audience. It is coming out at a time when Bollywood films are banned when people will be busy in Eid ul Azha duties etc and 14th August makes the Eid weekend longer. They will not just throng to cinemas to catch a glimpse of their favorite actress but also hope to be entertained. And why wouldn’t they get entertained when besides Mahira Khan, the film has dimpled hero Bilal Ashraf, the always dependable Nadeem Baig, the versatile Ali Kazmi, and the brilliant Jawed Shiekh. The music of the film makes you want to watch the film more than once. The combo of Ehteshamuddin and Mustafa Afridi also guarantees quality writing and direction which is their specialty, and with Superstar they have entered filmdom, hopefully for good.