Operation 021 booed off the screens in Karachi

Published: October 7, 2014
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Much hyped up Shaan-starrer espionage film receives unexpectedly dull response at the two cinemas. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Much hyped up Shaan-starrer espionage film receives unexpectedly dull response at the two cinemas. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

KARACHI: Everything is not going according to plan for the producers of Operation 021, especially at Bambino and Capri cinema in Karachi. The much-hyped espionage film, starring Shaan, received an unpleasant response at the two cinemas, resulting in 021’s early exit from these cinemas.

“The response was awful; people threw bottles at the screen and even harassed the management for wasting their money,” Adeel Siddiqi, the owner of Bambino cinema, told The Express Tribune.

“The crowd was going out of control but I am glad that no damage was done to our property … we controlled the situation in time,” he added.

As a result, the owners of Bambino have removed all shows of Operation 021 and are playing Hrithik Roshan’s Bang Bang and Na Maloom Afraad instead.

“We have to think of our interests first and our interest is the audience’s interest. If they don’t want to see the movie, then we don’t want to play it,” said Siddiqi.

It only gets worse for Operation 021 as the movie faced a similar fate in Capri cinema where the film was taken off after an hour into its first running. Sources told The Express Tribune that the staff at Capri was also harassed by the audience. Many heard saying: Hamaray paisay wapas karo (Refund our money).

Capri has also chosen to switch to Na Maloom Afraad and Bang Bang instead. Operation 021 was released on the first day of Eid with Capri and Bambino among the very few single screens playing the film in Karachi and Sindh.

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Reader Comments (104)

  • OldSport
    Oct 7, 2014 - 3:39PM

    neither this is a breaking news as ET is portraying, nor you should be doing it like this.
    Peace.

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  • Alladitta
    Oct 7, 2014 - 3:47PM

    Go 021 Go.

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  • Bang Bang
    Oct 7, 2014 - 3:50PM

    Haaaaa hahahaha….

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  • Oct 7, 2014 - 3:55PM

    Haaaa ha ha ha ha

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  • Choti_Chaddi
    Oct 7, 2014 - 3:56PM

    Saw it in Atrium yesterday. I think it is a good film. Not for masses, but it is good.

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  • Stranger
    Oct 7, 2014 - 3:57PM

    Thats horrid to hear .I kinda like that Shaan chap. He reminds me of our own Anil Kapoor for some reason.

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  • Oct 7, 2014 - 4:02PM

    This is a conspiracy by Indian film producers to kill the Pakistani film industry completely. They were afraid that Bang Bang would not be able to compete with superstar Shaan’s movie. So they are adopting other ways now. So sad.

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  • salman
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:06PM

    This film is a masterpiece spy action thriller but for intelligent audience. This film is not for common people as they cannot understand these kind of movies. They need full time entertainment just like bollywood masala movies, paisa wasool type.

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  • buffalo. bill
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:09PM

    Now you can easily understand quality of great Pakistan cinema.

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  • Wb
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:12PM

    I don’t believe this.

    Are Pakistani audience stupid?

    You turn films like Dabang and Dhoom into hits. And you boo another equally crappy film?

    I used to think Indian audience are the dumbest in the world. I guess the entire subcontinent is stupid.

    Mr. Katju, you’ve won.Recommend

  • Shameel Faraz
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:22PM

    The only “bad review” I found on the internet.

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  • Boshe
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:23PM

    Intelligent people didn’t like this movie either. This is a movie for diehard Shaan fans.

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  • sneha
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:31PM

    @Ayesha:
    Bang bang will only benefit Roshan family. India and indians don’t care whether they add millions to their pockets or not. What benifit is to us? Will that give me free ticket,money? And nobody liked the movie even here be the critics or scores of people. So please nobody is forcing you to like something which even we didn’t like…
    But it’s got A-list Star power so it will crossing 200mark in india. Haider is a class movie though just like all other vishal Bharadwaj films.
    And btw even if your accusations were right why was na Malloom afraad targeted?
    These are your own mobs lady. Control intolerance in your society. Come out of Lal tropism and conspiracy theories. Shining bad activities blaming other countries won’t help. You are stunting your own country progress this way.

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  • Nori
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:39PM

    This movie is too intelligent for uneducated masses. They should give free education first then think of reviving the industry if they want to make such films … Duhhh…

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  • Haider
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:44PM

    ET movie has released in every cinema of Pakistan.Removing from 2 cinemas doesn’t mean its working well.In majority of cinemas it has been given most number of shows then Bang Bang and NMA…It is a movie of classes and masses won’t like Suspense thriller much.It will rock as classes are loving..
    @Bufallo .bill
    First you need to understand quality of your cinema….Great films don’t work in your country..A fantastic film like Don 2 hardly crossing 100 crore and films like Zindagi milega na dobara and Barfi do very less business than pathetic Dabbang,Rowdy Rathore and Bodyguard……Great cinema and Great film doesn’t mean great collections too….People in your country are seeing Bang Bang more than much better film “Haider”…Its about two cinemas only……Masses will make it a HIT….

    021 is a classy action thriller and currently has imdb rating of 9…more than your Bollywood films……Only classes will go for it…Recommend

  • Sana
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:49PM

    The film has its cons but it isn’t a bad movie. I dont know if its appropriate to say but it is for more educated audiences who can get intellectual plots. That’s the reason the movie did relatively well at cineplexes and multiplexes. Its certainly not the Capri Bambino type movie and I am not surprised that the masses responded that way, sorry but that’s the fact.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:54PM

    I think people are busy in celebrating Eid-ul-Adha which has different atmosphere than Eid-ul-Fitr. People mostly stay home or spend time in Qurbani, eat gosht, again and again and finally collapse on their beds. The Eid-ul-Fitre is celebrated out of homes, in parks, restaurants and cinemas. If movie is good, people will return to cinemas after Eid.

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  • JaySabir
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:00PM

    Dear Rafay, you are doing really good job for neighbors.

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  • Vinod Valasai
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:01PM

    Thing is that pakistani media is n0t supporting #021 . They are fully supporting international films like indian m0vies without story, and dhum jhamk…,
    n0w pakistani cenima is going very well

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  • SGJ007
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:02PM

    @Ayesha:
    Ayeshaji , aap bhi na …….!!

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  • Rahul
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:02PM

    hello ET
    i am from across the border, but i am some one who really admires your news website…i always find you balanced and i always find you better then then the website of the times of india ( the newspaper i read).
    but i have to ask myself and also ask you…”Operation 021 booed off the screens in Bambino and Capri”, does this deserve to be a headline?

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  • Sabih Zafar Ullah
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:02PM

    So the Indian film producers somehow got their people smuggled to Pakistan and then to Bambino cinema to boo the movie? I salute your intellect!

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  • Mast Malang
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:03PM

    @Ayesha. Oh really, now that’s a conspiracy too? There is something called nature’s play, some people like such stuff, some don’t. The viewer that goes to these cinemas has a particular mindset. you can’t blame it on external forces for God’s sake. It’s sad, as I liked the film personally, and I think it is a great product to have come out of Pakistani cinema. But this is reality too. O21 is not really for masses.

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  • Aamir
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:03PM

    Why has ET made this headline news? Operation 021 has had great reviews all over. The film is not for everyone especially for some sections of the masses. They are so used to see the bollywood trash like kick and bang bang.

    Everyone talks about quality Pakistani cinema then this.

    Well they can all go and watch Na Maloom Aftaad which is hard core entertainer.

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  • Nirmal
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:06PM

    Thanks ET for making this headline news. Indeed a very important piece of information

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  • Zaid Z Hamid
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:06PM

    All those people who were boo-ing the film were paid CIA, RAW , Mossad agents

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  • Oct 7, 2014 - 5:11PM

    @Ayesha: Ya khuda kabhi to baaz aye. Ye conspiracy theory to ek bahut sakht bemari ho gai hai. Motarma iska jald elaj kara le.
    Are you aware A channel “ZINDAGI” on Indian TV is a huge hit and its popularity is beyond your imagination. This channel 24×7 telcasts only Pakistani tv serials. We are truly impressed by the stories so close to reality and life, transcript, direction, down to earth stage settings and above all quality of acting. Through this ‘Express Tribune’ board we convey our appreciations to directors, producers and all actors of serials like ‘kash mai teri beti na hoti’ ‘mere quatil mere dildar’ ‘Ye shadi nahi ho sakti’ ‘mera naseeb’ ‘ kitni girahe abhi baki hai’ and so on.

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  • Abid
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:13PM

    Well if audience doesn’t want to see the movie….they could’ve left. Why throw bottles….when will we grow as a nation.

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  • Hira
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:16PM

    Just because people here think of films as Masala stuff. The topic was for some literate people who are so less here.

    I personally liked it!

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  • Rock
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:16PM

    What more can you expect from the jahil awaam?

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  • Hira
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:17PM

    @salman:
    I agree!

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  • buffalo bill
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:29PM

    @Ayesha:
    Hahahahahahahaha…

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  • Dr.Ramzan
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:36PM

    Operation 21 is an outstanding film for the intelligent audience not for the dull and narrow minded audience….everyone must go and watch it in cinemaRecommend

  • jami
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:37PM

    it’s not sad what Bambino capri did to my baby O21- what is Sad is that trigger happy newspaper doesn’t have the decency to investigate why what how etc all the questions before putting this horrific HEADLINES. Only these two cinemas had done this kind of thing before with 3 other films this year and always with same distributor.

    But we choose a path long time back and then agrees with me that our path is cinema the Akira kurosawa way, Kubrick way. No item numbers no low level film making to earn money, we won’t pick up stories from other films etc etc

    so Bring it on

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  • Abdullah
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:51PM

    ET please stop media war. We no this is not your production. But appreciate our movies. In imdb the movie is ranked with 8.4/10. So talk with facts not with your own figures.

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  • Prognosticator
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:52PM

    This is the problem when you make movies with complicated storylines. The masses in the subcontinent want “paisa wasool” movies with thadka.

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  • Talking Point
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:53PM

    @Ayesha: could be using the D company of Pak. What an irony it would be !

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  • Dawns
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:06PM

    Quite surprise as dawn gave it 4/5

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  • kulwant singh
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:14PM

    @Ayesha: Pleas think any think beyond conspiracy theories, the film was being screened in Karachi and the viewers were also not Indians, think the people of whole world are conspiring against Pakistan because they have nothing else to do.Recommend

  • Critic
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:28PM

    Anyone who thinks this was a good film has very low standards. It was supposed to be a serious, mature thriller but instead was a poorly shot, pathetically acted and overall disjointed quasi-art film that failed to have any impact.

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  • JRR
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:29PM

    @ Ayesha… lame excuse :). No use of hiding our weaknesses behind conspiracies.

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  • Ishan
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:35PM

    Meanwhile, Bang Bang’s box office collection has already crossed ₹200 crore.

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  • mustafa
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:35PM

    Waar would have had the suffered the same fate but the enemy India story line saved the day. Otherwise it is a film to be made and watched by amateurs.

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  • Striver
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:37PM

    Hadn’t Bambino been set on fire 5 times before? Ex-owner is Asif Ali Zardari’s dad.

    I cannot believe that Karachi audience would do such a thing. They are educated enough to understand the plot. There must be some other reason and ET has the resources and man-power to track down the audience and get the real reasons whatever they may be.

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  • Kamran
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:38PM

    This film is for urbane, sophisticated audiences.

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  • Mutee
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:41PM

    Is this a normal thing in Pakistan? Has it ever happened in recent times? Could the unprecedented nature of this event point towards a manufactured sabotage of the film by the competitors?

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  • Salman
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:42PM

    @Ishan…A foolish film watched by million fools and collecting huge amount doesn’t qualifies it to be a great film.Recommend

  • Jat
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:49PM

    @salman: but for intelligent audience

    Impossible to find any signs of intelligence in Pakistan.

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  • Noman
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:50PM

    Pakistanis love to watch romantic/drama/action/masala movies like bollywood ones.

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  • Shamsher singh bajwa
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:51PM

    @Ayesha:
    I really hope that was sarcasm lolll

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  • Gp65
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:52PM

    @Ayesha:
    Are you nuts? It is Pakistani cinegoers that rejected the film and Pakistani cinema owners that took it off. Stop bringing India into everything.

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  • dubya
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:53PM

    @salman:
    So how many intelligent people in Pakistan ???
    I wud appreciate if PUN was intended

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  • Jat
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:56PM

    @Dr.Ramzan: outstanding film for the intelligent audience not for the dull and narrow minded audience

    Wrong tactics by the producer; where would anyone find intelligent and broad-minded audience in Pakistan. Basic mistake.

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  • Oct 7, 2014 - 7:05PM

    What is it how it should not be a top headlines in any sense.

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  • PTI Murdabad
    Oct 7, 2014 - 7:07PM

    @Ayesha:
    No this is a conspiracy by Bradd Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jenifer Aniston since the Pakistan audience is soooo important to them that they are resorting to such tactics.

    Seriously, you think bollywood cares about our market given its size? Just a bad movie. Like Shaan’s other stuff but he does not really compare with an Aamir Khan (or even Salman Khan)

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  • Yasir
    Oct 7, 2014 - 7:15PM

    Oh…it’s Rafay Mahmood…

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  • Gp65
    Oct 7, 2014 - 7:22PM

    @Haider:
    Barfi did not make less money. It crossed 100 crore. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was also a hit. Yes masala movies like Dabangg fare well but then so does a nice movie like 3 Idiots. Movies with strong women oriented themes like Enlish Vingglish, Queen, Mary Kom have also performed well as well as Oh My God where the main protagonist is shown as an atheist. There are a wide variety of stories being told and audience have a lot of choice these days.

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  • Weirdity
    Oct 7, 2014 - 7:42PM

    This is a plot and conspiracy by bollywood people! They are manipulating Pakistan into making bad movies

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  • buffalo bill
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:01PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    It’s. Not about returning to cinema its about booing a movie

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  • souparna
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:05PM

    i don’t know about BANG BANG but i have seen HAIDER its a classy movie and very well narated too just like all vishal bhardwaj film I have seen the trailer of O21 and was a bit suprised to read this anyway i would love to watch O21 because i have seen KHUDA KAY LIYE and shaan is a brilliant actor.

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  • kdada
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:12PM

    After media tussle I think its cinema and distributers tussle now. Mandiwalla entertainment is the distributer of this film who owns atrium cinema I think. Bambino and capri don’t want to show it because of jealousy and express tribune has been part of the plot as it has published there version of the story.

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  • Usman K
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:25PM

    I would like to boo this so called headline news off your website! No need to be so discouraging of an excellently executed film. Sure it comes with flaws, but is an intelligent film overall and belongs to a separate genre from your typical films; a genre called “not stupid”. I have seen audiences booing at films like Krrish 3, RaOne, Chennai Express in our cinema halls as well. No big deal.

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  • Archie Punjabi
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:45PM

    If you take an average of the comments what are we saying the educated like the film the uneducated don’t? So our MISSION in Pakistan should be is too raise the level to get our uneducated to the educated level. Forget about the real reason why we like or dislike this film & yes there are marketing plans to derail films engineered by opposing film distributors a common practice in the West. Please remember there is NO bad publicity the marketing folks at 021 to make more people to view this film!

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  • Shoaib
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:48PM

    That’s now surprising. This film is not for everyone. Just because it didn’t do well in two cinemas doesn’t mean that it’s a bad film. O21 won’t entertain you, but it’s going to make you think.

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  • Mianwali
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:58PM

    Bad movie deserves a bad reception.

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  • lol
    Oct 7, 2014 - 9:18PM

    These cinema’s mentioned by ET have a different kind of audiences, crowd in such cinema’s can never understand “intelligent” movies! I remember watching waar in DHA cine Lahore & there were few men who just couldn’t understand english dialogue and left early lol 021 is better than waar, so I’m baffled with this headline where people just come to watch masla movies only! Bad journalism.

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  • Sam
    Oct 7, 2014 - 9:24PM

    @jami: A 3 min item number couldn’t have saved it. Anyhow, this movie wasn’t capri/bambino material in the first place.

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  • Ardi
    Oct 7, 2014 - 9:45PM

    Why even make these kind of movies when mostly of the audience can’t understand the movie.

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  • Bilal
    Oct 7, 2014 - 9:45PM

    There have been good movies made in Pakistan; Khuda Ki Leya, Bol and Tamanna for instance. These are dramas, and this is what we are good at, the action type movies do not have good realistic characters for some reason, but unfortunately people hype the action movies more.

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  • not impressed
    Oct 7, 2014 - 10:22PM

    @jami:
    did you just compare yourself to Kurosawa and Kubrick?!!
    Cmon man, tone it down a bit!

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  • Kabir Chohan
    Oct 7, 2014 - 11:54PM

    So the Pakistani Film industry have started a new trend ?? Only for intelligent? People below masters are not allowed to watch 021 !!

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  • Haider
    Oct 8, 2014 - 12:07AM

    Every one no need to be oppose what Ayesha said.It is common BTW Indians and Pakistanis to blame each other every time….I find funny when people say Establishment is ruling Pakistan.If it was true you wouldnt have seen Geo any more…….This is a bad habit followed in both India and Pakistan….Recommend

  • Complete News
    Oct 8, 2014 - 1:30AM

    The complete news is that there were entire scenes in English without a word of Urdu in an Urdu feature film. This prompted the audience to protest as they did not understand alot of dialogue and protested that they had come to watch an Urdu movie and not an English one.

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  • Ahmad
    Oct 8, 2014 - 1:45AM

    I went to the cinema to watch this movie and i could not get a ticket and its booked for another two days. Even if its a crap movie i would still want to spend money instead watching an Indian movie

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  • shahzeb
    Oct 8, 2014 - 3:19AM

    I would say these harassment’s seem targeted. The crowd got animated just because they didnt like this particular film and threatened to vandalize the cinemas?. I doubt that the crowd in karachi does that to every film they dislike. Although I havent heard any favorable reviews about the movie in lahore but nobody booed or wanted the their money back for it to get taken down.

    People! the Pakistani cinema is slowly getting back on its feet and film makers are making genuine efforts to revive it on good taste I presume or else why would they take on such a task “it aint easy” as they say.

    Be patient have a heart and allow them to tell a story the way they want to, you might just get a pleasant surprise.

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  • Na maloom fard
    Oct 8, 2014 - 3:29AM

    I want to know what is the agenda of this guy Rafay. It doses not matter if it is a movie, music show or a drama, if it is Pakistani, he will try to pull it down. His glee is palpable in the the tone of this article.

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  • sara
    Oct 8, 2014 - 5:28AM

    It’s earned 6 M on day 1. That’s a solid day 1 performance! getting booed from two cinemas isn’t news. It’s fairly common in pakistan

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  • Spock
    Oct 8, 2014 - 10:43AM

    Really cannot understand the hype around this movie, Its yet another Shaan movie, dont expect to use your brain and get ready to see some mindless dialogues, action and obscene scenes.

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  • Lefty
    Oct 8, 2014 - 10:50AM

    On Imbd around 250 people gave ratings, an overall of 8.9/10 and by reading their reviews on how Lollywood movies are superior to Bollywood and how Indian audience is stupid, it was clear they were from Pakistan.
    I just didn’t like was instead of reviewing the movie, they tried to explain how stupid Indian movies are.

    m.imdb.com/title/tt3395608/reviews?ref=mtt_urv

    Guys we know you make better movies than bollywood, its just that your budget is low. But think about people who work daily and eagerly wait for new movies to watch them with friends and have fun on weekends in India.

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  • weirdity
    Oct 8, 2014 - 10:57AM

    This is a great conspiracy against the most patriotic Pakistani in the whole planet, Shaan!

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  • weirdity
    Oct 8, 2014 - 10:58AM

    @Dr.Ramzan: ” not for the dull and narrow minded audience”

    Now you are discounting most of the population in Pakistan.

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  • weirdity
    Oct 8, 2014 - 11:02AM

    @Striver: “There must be some other reason and ET has the resources and man-power to track down the audience and get the real reasons whatever they may be”
    There you go. “Everyone” knows that this is the handiwork of Hamid Karzai and Narendra Modi.

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  • TruthTeller
    Oct 8, 2014 - 2:22PM

    Rabita Committee is involved, for sure.

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  • Kanwal
    Oct 8, 2014 - 3:34PM

    @jami
    If you made this movie with the reaso s you mentioned above, i will surely now go and watch it. This sounds lovely. Pls keep up the good work.

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  • irfan daud
    Oct 8, 2014 - 7:17PM

    The cinema’s u mentioed are those where lower middle class ( majority urdu speaking audience) go to watch a movie .

    Film received poor response because movie was dubbed in english .

    it should have released in both variants .

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  • Ahmed Motiwala
    Oct 8, 2014 - 7:51PM

    This is a movie for the intelligent who can understand the situations in this part of the world. It does not contain dances, pretty faces, steamy scenes, vulgar dances, etc. so masses are unable to equate with it. The people sitting next to us were constantly on the phone or talking among themselves & at the end they asked me “what was the movie about? We got so bored…”. I briefed them on the content but told them they should get a ticket for “Bang Bang” for the next show…. I enjoyed it overall but didn’t like the cinematography & the sound mixing that much… Not bad for a Paki production. Well done & keep it up!

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  • Abbas Bilgrami
    Oct 8, 2014 - 11:30PM

    Operation 021 has done better than Bang Bang and Na Maloom Afraad over the Eid holiday weekend. It has netted higher revenues in the first day then both above mentioned movies. The one screen cinemas in Karachi were targeted by some hoodlums. Other cinemas in smaller towns such as Sargodha, Faisalabad, Multan where there are only one screen cinemas have been showing Operation 021 to packed houses. Operation 021 is a ground breaking movie in Pakistan and I would recommend you read this review http://www.dawn.com/news/1136566 for a fair assessment. Remember Operation 021 is an intelligent spy thriller not a brainless formulaic movie like Bang Bang or a hyper nationalist movie like Waar.

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  • jami
    Oct 9, 2014 - 12:46AM

    @not impressed: did i say that? i said journey…open ur mind first plz

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  • jami
    Oct 9, 2014 - 12:48AM

    @Sam: almost all shows r house full…its ahead of all films…whats ur point?

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  • jami
    Oct 9, 2014 - 12:50AM

    @Complete News: yes entire scenes were in English! totally agree. Scenes where US agents talking in english were in english actually. There were entire scenes in Pushto/Darri also…cuz afghani national was talking…Paki burger family were talking in English cuz…we burgers talk in english…its a realistic film…Paki normal humans were talking in Urdu…:)

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  • jami
    Oct 9, 2014 - 1:13AM

    @Abbas Bilgrami: thanx Abbas…only if they knew what they all saying…in 2 days it has reached 2 carore almost…all cinemas are full…IMDB ratings 9/10…dawn review gives 4 stars out 5…BBC says Unexpected and gripping…all I’m seeing is this massive energy to bring O21 down….i don’t get it…Rafay i really don’t get it man…why? why Gujranwala faisalabad sahiwaal gujrat playing this same film full houses and capri puts Bang bang back…no one is ready to connect the dots…

    I’m ashamed to see educated people come here and rip O21 apart but they don’t realize interior punjab ppl are watching this geo political drama about Afghanistan and pakistan’s future due to impending DOOM cuz of Minerals discovery worth trillions right across our Border..

    Im amazed by this newspaper who jumped the Gun on our first day they tried to pull us down when they know it was a self financed film…we all sold everything for this film…we were hanging by our nails to make this true story come to life which directly connects to pakistan’s future in this region.

    My thanx to all those ppl who saw the film with open heart and mind, only they could see the soul…this is No Bang Bang as this film took Bang Bang over the first day it came (Tribune story on that was also a Lie) this film is No Na maloom, as its about a very serious topic…our future…

    u all can discuss here everything…only few got it right like Abbas Bilgrami said…”Operation 021 has done better than Bang Bang and Na Maloom Afraad over the Eid holiday weekend. It has netted higher revenues in the first day then both above mentioned movies.” and it has again proven the 3rd day that its holding as #1 at Box office…with out any indecent item numbers, no songs, nothing…

    So I say U stole our Thunder Rafay! If u could review it and killed us in ur review i would ve taken it…but half baked story putting it on Headlines on our First day…man…what a grand show i swear!!

    takecare man

    jami

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  • Oct 9, 2014 - 9:54AM

    @Ayesha:
    You are joking right? What a lame theory!

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  • Oct 9, 2014 - 10:29AM

    James bond + MI 2 + Call of duty + Commander SafeguardRecommend

  • Hasan
    Oct 9, 2014 - 5:13PM

    we all know what type of audience visit Bambinoo cinema. most of the time you would see punjabi film posters with some fat aunty showing her cleavage at bambinoo cinema in the busy area of Saddar. people who threw bottles surely didnt get the story and wanted to see dance numbers Just like Na maloom afrad & bang bang. by the way bang bang is a terrible copy of tom cruise’s Knight & Day.

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  • Oct 9, 2014 - 6:25PM

    @jami:
    Excellent Stuff! Dont let yourself down by these negative elements. Our cinema is evolving so are these immature critics. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to Moor.

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  • riz
    Oct 9, 2014 - 6:27PM

    Haven’t watched O21 but i think it must be better than no-brainer “Chennai Express”, “Dabanng” etc

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  • Usman K
    Oct 9, 2014 - 8:42PM

    Enough ET!! Although my previous comment was censored, I would like to reiterate that it is this headline that needs to be booed off the website itself!! Not only does your website’s news contradict the tremendous box office response received by the film, but also I have hardly found a negative review about the film elsewhere. I strongly recommend that you consider changing your “expert” reviewers of the local box office. Discouraging news even as insignificant as this one has the potential to hurt the film at box office, which would be highly unfortunate considering that it is a labour of love of people determined to reestablish the film industry against all odds. The theme of the movie was different, but that is okay because it belongs to a genre different from your run of the mill bollywood and lollywood films… a genre called “non stupid”! The direction was meticulous and the story mature, not to mention the slick visual and sound effects. It comes with flaws too, but that must not keep people from going to cinemas and enjoying a movie that is 100% plot oriented, unadulterated with obscenity or insanity and provides some food for thought. In fact both Pakistani productions released this Eid are easily better than the Bollywood release. Even some of our Indian friends would agree, should they get to see them. Instead of undermining local talent, devote more space for their recognition and positive criticism.
    I repeat, take this news item down and save your newspapers face!

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  • Abbas Bilgrami
    Oct 9, 2014 - 10:14PM

    Usman K your spot on. While I have a lot of respect for Rafay Mahmood as a journalist and he is allowed to have his opinion, he does not have the right to give out false information on the movie. A correction is in order not just for our audiences but Rafay should take it upon himself to contact Gulf News and Indian Express who carried the same news and correct the information he gave out. As a journalist accept your mistakes. Isn’t it a shame to let your wrong words affect a worthy project. Remember the Peace Committee or the Na Maloom Afraad may have a bone to pick with the owners of Bambino and Capri. It may have nothing to do with Operation 021. Remember both cinemas have been vandalised several times previously and Operation 021 wasn’t around at the time. This merely reflects on the criminality and hooliganism that exists in our society, this does not reflefct poorly on Operation 021. After this comment I would hope Rafay will put out a clarification. If not then we could start a campaign against Rafay ‘ s bad taste and force him to watch movies like the all time classic bad movies Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Rocky Horror Show and Dabbang. ;)

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  • Muhammad Tahir
    Oct 11, 2014 - 8:02PM

    i think it is a best movie for a literate person but a very boring movie for a common man . we all should say no to silly type of thumkaas and action in bollywood movies copied from hollywood . a descent person always support true , nice , and descent things and pak films having these qualities day by day but bollywood is just working on item songs and gunda type of action .Recommend

  • Zahid Jamil
    Oct 12, 2014 - 9:07AM

    Especially after the intermission the story lacked any coherence or intelligence. Brainless garbage.

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  • Abubakar
    Oct 15, 2014 - 9:06PM

    Indians films are totally waste of time and money.

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  • Abubakar
    Oct 15, 2014 - 9:07PM

    @Ayesha:
    I agree with you

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  • Oct 23, 2014 - 11:53PM

    It is terrible to watch Shan anymore, look at him , what he has become after doing so many KACHRA movies, Leading man of most number of flops

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  • Oct 23, 2014 - 11:58PM

    PEOPLE WENT to Bambino and Capri, to watch SHAN for more than 2 hours, for me it is the most surprising news, I love Pakistani movies, BOL was the greatest, best thing about it Shan was not in the cast.

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