KARACHI: With an interesting film title as it is, the Sanam Saeed, Aamina Sheikh and Adnan Malik-starrer Cake sure has garnered all the puns one can make. The trailer of the film was released last night, and it has melted in everyone’s mouth like a Nutella chocolate cake.
The warm colours and the simple, mellow and romantic tone of the well-crafted trailer has gripped everyone, and the change of pace from Pakistani films’ usual too-loud-too-bright-too-colourful routine is noticeable (and welcome).
The visuals may possibly remind you of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood or Bollywood film Kapoor and Sons (Kapoor and Sisters?), but in a positive manner. It’s far from a rip-off and seems to have a unique touch to it. Here we list five reasons based on the trailer, why you should go watch Cake on March 30:
No item song
Item numbers are the biggest marketing tool local film-makers know, and they oftentimes exploit it to the fullest. As if the song in question is the only reason one should go watch the film. Director Asim Abbasi does not turn to it (of course, the film’s genre doesn’t require it, but then, when has that stopped our film-makers from putting in unnecessary songs) and the trailer turns out to be all the more better for it. This serving of Cake seems to be a different flavour from the usual.
The trailer reveals the conflict between a family in which Saeed and Sheikh are sisters. While Saeed had left and moved away because of a reason unknown, her father’s deteriorating health brings her back. And a family member leaving and returning after some time always causes conflicts. Saeed is said to have left due to a ‘family emergency’ and soon, Sheikh is seen yelling about dreams and how it’s always her who is crushed between them.
The unveiling of the hidden past, that dark secret is something to look forward to.
Beo Raana Zafar
Zafar plays Sheikh and Saeed’s mother in the film and it’s thanks to her that we get a bunch of laughs. Her antics are crazy and one-liners absolutely hilarious and memorable. She picks at her husband like that distant aunt in your family who you probably once met at a family wedding and she pinched your cheeks so hard they left a mark. Zafar’s character is that kind.
Saeed’s character is evidently going to be the source of all drama in the film. While she has always delivered on-point performances, Cake seems to one more in the line. In the trailer, she is seen showing restricted emotions and a lot of pent up frustration over misunderstands (she is seen dragging Sheikh from her hair at one point). There is love. There is anger. There is drama. There is occasional laughter. What more could we need?
According to the director, Adnan Malik’s character is supposed to be a surprise. While his relationship with the family might be unclear, he still poses a strong presence in the trailer. Even if we don’t know about the character, that mustache steals the show for now. And I believe, until March 30, we must revel in the mystery of the mustache (perhaps the next Sherlock episode title?) and the multi-flavoured Cake.
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