Actors try to save an irredeemable script

Published: July 14, 2015
Mahira Khan and Humayun Saeed starrer ‘Bin Roye’ offers a lot 
of glamour but very little substance.

Mahira Khan and Humayun Saeed starrer ‘Bin Roye’ offers a lot of glamour but very little substance.


Pakistani cinema has evolved as the veterans who shaped its television industry head out for the bigger, more lucrative medium. They borrow their skills, aesthetics and storytelling techniques from the small screen and somehow tweak it for the big one. It works in some instances and in others, it doesn’t.

In the case of Bin Roye — a feature film made by producers renowned for their timeless television scripts — the writer, Farhat Ishtiaque, does manage to extract a wholesome plot out of her novel. Unfortunately, she doesn’t give us reason enough to stay through the film.

Saba, played by the lovely Mahira Khan, sights an Eid ka chaand and makes a wish. Her elaborately-decorated house comes off as one hosting a wedding rather than the pre-Eid setting written in the script and it is here that we first see Humayun Saeed, in the role of Irtiza. Saba and Irtiza are first cousins who moonlight as best friends. To make her wishes come true, boy takes girl out for some shopping and from thenceforth, their chemistry evolves in a series of montages and songs culminating in Irtiza shifting to the US. And so, the plot begins to unravel in true Momina Duraid fashion: an excess of close-ups and beauty shots.

Right at the start, we are introduced to too much in too short a time and sometimes too less for too long. This uneven pace grants viewers little space to breathe and by the time one acclamitises to the budding romance between Saba and Irtiza, they are already focused on the latter’s impending exit. In contrast, some powerful scenes — such as the one where Saba takes off her jewelry and curses God for her ill-fate — are stretched beyond limits.

Arguably, the editor is partly at fault here but much of the blame lies with the writer. The script is weak, with few clear motivations for the characters and their actions. It seems to throw around the idea of death casually, considering that three significant characters are killed off without much ado. Furthermore, apart from Irtiza, who is repeatedly addressed as a man above 30, the age of the rest of the cast remains indeterminate.

Nonetheless, the actors deserve a great round of applause for churning out their very best with what they have been given — which is barely anything. After all, one can’t expect much from even the dialogues of a film where the ice-breaker lines include “Yeh tumhari billi hai?” Mahira, in particular, adds much-needed zeal and symmetry to a character with only one ambition in life: to fulfill the dreams of her love interest. Where there is room, she breaks out from an otherwise hollow character and gives tangent to Saba’s journey, making her agony felt on the screen. We anxiously await the day Pakistani actors are given something more impactful to play with. For Mahira, it happened neither in Bol, nor in Bin Roye and we can only hope her next release, Ho Man Jahan, gets it right.

Javed Sheikh is effervescent in his hackneyed role of the wise, old father figure but his better half, played by the graceful Zeba Bakhtiar, is a tad bit rusty. Junaid Khan must be given due recognition for his powerful cameo. Humayun, on the other hand, puts a huge damper on things. Only the Almighty can help him learn how to cuddle a baby on screen! His bland performance elicits little more than exasperated sighs from the audience, despite 20 years of experience in the industry. Similarly, the sundry dance sequences are ambitious but stiff as well.

All in all, Bin Roye is Pakistan’s rendition of a masala film sans any great strokes of genius. A direct evolution of our seriels, the film will be consumed much like fast food: you will fill up inside, only to realise later you didn’t eat anything healthy. Also don’t buy the title; the film has too much rona dhona for it to be called ‘Bin Roye’.

Verdict: Bin Roye can vary between being a cringe-worthy experience to a paisa vasool film. If you enjoy Pakistani dramas then watch the film or just go see your extended family this Eid.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th,  2015.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Ikram Yousefzai
    Jul 15, 2015 - 2:36AM

    Your reviews are plain comical. You’ll always find more logic & art in Dabang than anything else. You wont let our industry grow, What a shame !Recommend

  • PakistaniDefender
    Jul 15, 2015 - 9:41AM

    The Indian Tribune with most Indianish Review -_-Recommend

  • The Khan-Waterloo,Ontario
    Jul 15, 2015 - 10:32AM

    My God what a horrible blog. Rafay Muhammad, i hope you retire and let someone else write such stuff, please for the love of GodRecommend

  • Ash Kumar
    Jul 15, 2015 - 10:56AM

    Is it ethical to give a review even before the movie has released? And that too with spoilers? This is ridiculous. The reviews should come out AFTER the movie has been released. Recommend

  • Abdullah Masood
    Jul 15, 2015 - 2:31PM

    I didn’t like your review. May be because; I want to read; what my eyes want to read.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jul 15, 2015 - 8:59PM

    I read Express Tribune’s reviews regarding Waar, Na Maloom Afraad and even Jalaibee and each review was worse then the other! I watched all 3 films and loved them! I guess the reviewer is quite a hard reviewer difficult to please! Would appeal to everyone to watch the film and make your own opinion of the film as opposed to listening to this illogical review! Recommend

  • Sarah waheed
    Jul 16, 2015 - 10:57AM

    Finally an honest review.

    Thank you , thank you for saying it like it is.

    There is no script whatsoever. Multiple directors changed hands on this film & it shows. Too slow, too long , & too boring.
    Only saving grace is Mahira khan.Recommend

  • Amna
    Jul 16, 2015 - 10:46PM

    All that glitters is not gold…..

    What a waste of beautiful people & scenery when there is no script at all….shame on Farhat Ishtiaq for writing no screenplay …….& also on Producer/director Momina Duraid for making this joke.Recommend

  • Kamran khan
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:06PM

    This article gives good picture of the project in shlay style when Dharmendar is introduced by Amitabh. I am sure this article is more interesting than the project it presents.

    Happy Eid holidaysRecommend

  • Haroon Javed
    Jul 20, 2015 - 1:14AM

    I think you get a life or kill yourself. You exactly don’t know the ingredients of writing a review. A good always talk both good and negatives and you only talk about negatives. You don’gt talk about music that was stunningly melodious. You also don’t talk about the breathtakingly cinematography. I admits that movie has a serious loophole in its script, but i think we should appreciate and emphasize more on colorful sides rather then only talk about dark sides. Mahira khan clearly nailed it. Our industry still in its early stages,I think we should be supportive rather than discouraging. I highly encourage you to watch the movie and support your industry. I think bin roye team has done a great job and i am optimistic more than ever that they will produce something extraordinary in near future. Game is on. Recommend

  • Kashif Mazhar
    Jul 30, 2015 - 5:19PM

    I think this was a very boring movie…….was not able to establish anything. It was such a difficult job to stay in my seat for 120min in cinema.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Aug 17, 2015 - 1:24AM

    we expect someone who writes reviews about movies regularly to act sensibly and honestly. How about giving a spoiler alert before sharing with us the plot of the movie rather than reviewing it. You’re an amateur writer. Shouldn’t bother writing more reviews.
    I saw and loved the movie. Recommend

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