Ali Rehman Khan is the only saving grace of Janaan

Published: September 11, 2016
5 reasons why Janaan failed to deliver what it promised and why you should still watch it!

5 reasons why Janaan failed to deliver what it promised and why you should still watch it! PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

The premiere of the most-anticipated Pakistani film of the year, Janaan, was held on Saturday in Karachi and it was a star-stuffed affair.

Prominent celebrities came out to support the rising stars Bilal Ashraf, Armeena Rana Khan and the talented Ali Rehman Khan.

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The IRK film that was bound to break stereotypes came with it’s fair share of highs and lows. And when all else failed, Ali’s acting was the only saving grace. Ajab Gul, Mishi Khan and the newcomer Hania Amir also did justice to their roles.

Here are the five reasons why Janaan failed to deliver what it promised.

1. Breaking stereotypes

The film began with Ghani Khan’s enlightening words, “Pashtun is not merely a race but, in fact, a state of mind; there is a Pashtun lying inside every man, who at times wakes up and overpowers him.”

All we saw was a hot-headed Pashtun boy, Asfandyar, who is willing to take someone’s life in the name of honour. That’s what Pashtuns are stereotyped as, aren’t they?

Same goes for Ikramullah (played by Nayyar Ejaz) and his notorious gang who try to suppress the evil with their supreme authority. But yes, it did show an extremely modern Pashtun family based in Swat that left the audience wishing for it to exist in real.


2. Vague story line

The whole film left us hanging in the middle of no where as we failed to understand the basic subject it revolved around. A multi-ethnic wedding, love triangle and the sensitive topic of child abuse made for an overstuffed script.


3. Poor editing

Forget Ikramullah, poor editing was the real villain of Janaan. The transitions were so abrupt that it made the film feel disjointed. Even the scenic valley of Swat couldn’t draw away our attention from the sloppy editing.


We had the Janaan cast over for a live chat and it was all kinds of fun

4. Needless cameos

Hareem Farooq, why did you even feel the need to grace the screen for two seconds? We just waited and waited to see who she was and what was she there for but alas!

Same goes for Osman Khalid Butt. Such a talented actor that an extended screen time could have added more value to the comic element of the film.

5. Disappointing music

All that glitters is not gold. With so much buzz around the music, Ghani Khan’s Reidi Gul and cross-border names such as Salim-Sulaiman, Shreya Ghoshal and Armaan Malik failed to create a lasting impression.


Written by Osman Khalid Butt, Janaan did give us many new faces and given that it’s their first film, the whole effort is quite commendable.

Overall, if you’ve had a hangover after watching Baar Baar Dekho over the weekend, then you must go watch Janaan to cure your Bolly woes. The IRK film has an edge over the Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif starrer as Armeena’s acting can give Kat a run for her money any day.

Disclaimer: This is not a critic review. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect general opinion.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Cinephile
    Sep 11, 2016 - 3:54PM

    You guys can’t stop waxing eloquent about terrible bollywood films, whereas great films from Pakistan get bashed. Losing credibility.Recommend

  • Sara
    Sep 11, 2016 - 4:37PM

    It was such a ridiculous, senseless film that I wanted to leave after watching the first half. There was so much hype and media publicity, but the quality of the film is quite low. A jumbled up plot that probably meant to counter stereotypes about Swatis, but actually confirmed them. And nowhere in Swat will you find the palatial houses shown in the film. If this was the brainchild of Reham Khan, then I don’t know what to say. Recommend

  • ItsMe
    Sep 11, 2016 - 6:42PM

    Extremely biased review. It is a treat to watch.a complete family movie witht some great acting and songs are superb. Do not miss it!!Recommend

  • Afia
    Sep 11, 2016 - 6:47PM

    Inspite of your v critical review, I’m still v excited for Janaan. Will go see it on eid day Recommend

  • Akram khan
    Sep 14, 2016 - 11:52AM

    Wat can I say abt Pakistani movies; should I call them movies or extended version of Pakistani dramas. Whatever happen to our movies from the 60s or 70s. Wen it was a prestige n going cinemas & watching rani, zeba & more. I don’t think we have any actresses left that r only meant for movies rather they jump from dramas 2 movies every now & then to try their luck but they cannot manage to do justice to movies. If we want to revive Pak movies we need to study the elements that r necessary n making good movies. Recommend

  • Raju
    Sep 15, 2016 - 10:26AM

    I watched Actor in Law instead of Janan. Actor in aw is full of entertainment and paisa wasool movie. watch it and u will love it.Recommend

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