"Koi Tujh Sa Kahan" was Reema Khan's debut directorial venture, and for those uninitiated to Pakistan's cinema, she is one of the major actresses/model who works in the Lahore-based movie industry. The film is a notch above the average fare turned out by Lahore-based film makers, however there are too many distractions and below-par attributes of the film that attenuate what was potentially a strong plot.
The story revolves around a hotel-heiress (our director, Reema, in the title role) who gets married to an ordinary joe (Muamar Rana), the subsequent affair of the husband and a murder which transforms the movie from what is seemingly a sappy love story to a pseudo- thriller that is interrupted by many song and dance sequences, useless comedy and some very surreal characters (Nadeem as "Uncle Romeo" being one of them).
The story line is strong, but it's in the screen writing department that the film suffers the most. There was absolutely no need for constant interruptions by the asinine comic acts, and the kind of characters shaped by the script writers call their own sanity and intelligence in question. Nadeem as Uncle Romeo?!?! Give me a break! Everyone hams to the hilt -- it seems that the Lahore film industry feels that unless that characters go totally over the top, their message won't register with the audience. Veena Malik is very, very annoying. The songs come as distractions and do not take the plot forward, even though Amjad Bobby's score is decent. Camera work is shoddy, and typical Lahore-film industry style, the zoom lens is overused and is there in probably 70% of the frames of the movie. Speaks volumes about the lazy DoPs that Reema Khan employed.
There IS a twist in the movie that catches you by surprise and is the only redeeming quality of the film, along with the decent wardrobe choice and overall lack of tackiness that's generally associated with Lahore made movies. For that, and the pleasant wardrobe and some eye candy thrown throughout the film, it gets a 5 from me. That too because it is a debut effort from a lady not exactly known for her refinement or sophistication.
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