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10 Thoughts you get while watching Bin Roye

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Pakistani dramas are well liked across the world especially in India due to their close depiction of the real world (although with heavy Urdu, we honestly don’t talk like that). The cinema and theatre however have largely remained dormant, with barely 15 movies being released in the last decade. So while our dramas remain unbeaten, the movie industry is still learning how to fly. Just recently we have seen some attempts being made to revive cinema in Pakistan. Ashamedly I have been unable to watch most of those movies, but the reviews I came across are mostly full of praises.

Therefore when I got a chance to see the newly released Bin Roye, I was interested in seeing it. Before I review the movie for you all, let me just take a minute to say, I don’t really watch Pakistani dramas. There I said it. You may organize a crazy mob against me, I don’t care. I can’t sit and watch beautiful ladies crying in every episode. My life is sad enough already. And yes I happen to be the 1% of Pakistan’s population who missed out on Humsafar altogether, and the other dramas everybody has been talking about. Just please understand my brain is wired differently. I process things on a different pace, maybe even on a different plane.

Bin Roye was the second Pakistani movie I saw after Duktaar. And for my review I would like to share with you some thoughts that crossed my mind while watching this movie.

  • Wait what?

Yes, that’s an actual thought that went through my mind during the first half of the movie. So it begins with Mahira Khan’s character Saba trying to spot the Eid ka chand, which she manages (quite a feat). Once that happens, Saba, overcome with happiness, runs along with her much older cousin Humayun Saeed, Irtiza to shop for bangles. For the longest time possible I thought the movie was shot in Lahore, because while Chaand Raat in Karachi is a grand event in itself, there are no big dance parties at the bangle stores. If people randomly started dancing, we will look towards the nearest wall to find the number of Bengali Baba to perform an exorcism. But wait it was all in their head (wait whaaat?)

  • Creepy cousin alert!

So Saba and Irtiza are first cousins growing up together. Irtiza loses his parents as a child and is brought up by Saba’s parents. There is another guy in the picture, but we are never told who he is, Zafar I believe his name is, whether he’s Saba’s brother or Irtiza’s, or just furniture I honestly can’t tell you. To me Irtiza is your average chacha ka beta whom you should be avoiding at all costs. I can tell for a fact that whatever was happening between the two wasn’t brotherly love and wrong on a lot of levels. Also a hint of pedophila. He is much older than Saba, (I did my own calculation and will share later) and treats her, well, like a friend instead of a sister. (Warning signs if you ask me). All her life Saba has been spoilt by Irtiza, going out ice cream eating and entering his room without knocking. Emmm I am really sorry, but aren’t we trying to educate our young girls not to Trust anyone, especially creepy much older cousins who call you ‘friend’.

  • Cousin galore and basic mathematics.

Well Saba has another cousin, who we learn is actually her sister Saman. And here my calculations kick in. Saba’s mother is seen telling her husband that Saman the older sister is 22. That makes Saba 19 20. Irtiza on the other hand is referred to their Dadi as 30ish. Interesting no? No. It is creepy. It is also the love triangle.  While I personally am against intermarriages, it is allowed in our religion and if other people choose to do it, fine by me, but this plot is ridiculous. Do these people have no lives outside their household?   One grew up in America for crying out loud. Surely they must have met other people,

  • Nesvita works wonders.

All through the movie we see Mahira Khan running. A lot. Also being a little loony due to her love for Humayun Saeed. This made me conclude that regular consumption of Nesvita will give me strong bones to impress the other fat ladies at the gym, but on the other hand increase my chances of going bat shit insane.

Bones strong to mei strong!

Bones strong to mei strong!

  • Do you want to build a snowman.

At one point in the movie a character loses their parents. I honestly excepted the other cousins ( there are just cousins, no one else) to sing do you want to build a snowman.

  • Do not cross roads!

I am a spoilt brat who still has no idea how to cross the road. Usually my car stops inches away from my destination, however if in the event that I do have to cross the road, my parents usually hold my hand. Yes I am in my Twenties why do you ask? Watching this movie just reinforced my determination not to cross roads. Better get more petrol than to risk well something (whew that was close.)

  • Why must the larka always be 10 years older?

I have given you exact calculations. Irtiza is at least 10 years older than both cousins. Which means when he was graduating from university, at least one of them was in class 6 ( yes, I have given this too much thought). Tell me that isn’t a little creepy.

  • Fashion in Pakistan is on fire.

So seated next to me during this movie were my very fashiony friends who kept pointing out the various designer dresses Mahira and the other cast wore throughout the movie. I am no fashion expert, but appreciation should be given where due. Those outfits were Fahhanncccyy!

  • Wait, where have I seen this before?

The story borrows content heavily from certain bollywood movies like Hum Apke Hai Kon, and Kuch Kuch Hota Movies (yes I have seen both). Numerous scenes in the movie looked very familiar.

  • I still support the rise of cinema in Pakistan.

I took my mum to see the movie, and the critic in her said that while the story was good, the acting skills and dialogues need work. Mahira alone cannot be responsible for the movie. Her acting was actually on point. Her character is the only one that actually goes through some development in the movie. Everyone else is well just there.

Don’t let my review stop you from seeing this movie. Nothing is ever good enough for me, (unless it’s a book, by Oscar Wilde) go watch it, form your own opinions and groove on!

Bin Roye:

Distributed in Pakistan by HumTv.

Directors: Shehzad Kashmiri
Momina Duraid

Written By: Farhat Ishtiaq

Cast:

Mahira Khan as Saba

Humayun Saeed as Irtiza

Armeena Rana Khan as Saman

Adeel Hussain

Zeba Bakhtiar

Javed Sheikh

Jahanzeb Khan

Here is the trailer for the film if you haven’t seen it.

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Turkish Airlines Cargo – flying high.

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So recently my mum and I were having a conversation about us relocating to another country. We were discussing the tensed situation of the country, and how a few relatives after receiving threats had opted to migrate in search of a safer homeland. And all through this sad exchange, the only thing I could think of was my books. As a proud book worm I own hundreds of books which are like my children. If God forbid we ever plan on moving, what will become of them? I have taken great care in growing my collection over the years, and there is no way I am leaving them behind (not that I would have to).

And merely weeks later, I learnt about Turkish Cargo, operating extensively across the globe, now setting up shop in Pakistan! In an event held on June 23rd, at Avari Towers, Karachi, Turkish Airlines Cargo, unveiled their plans about expanding operations in Pakistan and strengthening ties with the local community to which they credit being responsible for making them one of the local market leaders.

Through Turkish Airlines Cargo you can ship your belongings to family, friends and loved ones across the globes. I also learnt that they do live animal shipping. And I am pretty sure the animals would travel in conditions much better than those offered by some of our local ‘human’ airplanes.

So pack me up and ship me off! Ha!

At the event Mr. Ali Turk, Senior Vice President Cargo, who’s a dead ringer for Bilawal Bhutto (and also pulled off the Sindhi ajrak look impeccably) talked about how much the economy of Pakistan has flourished recently, encouraging them to develop stronger trade relations between Turkey and Pakisan.

Ali Turk in Sindhi attire.

See what I mean?

 “Pakistan’s economy is dynamic and growing aggressively. In fact we believe Pakistan will be amongst the top economies in the next 5 years! We understand that the trade relationship between Pakistan and Turkey is far behind its potential, which is why we are looking to double our investment in Islamabad and Lahore, and also plan on giving tough competition to local players by expanding our cargo operations in Pakistan”.

While he was saying all this, my friend, Umair and I were busy chatting with Mr. Fatih Atacan Temel, General Manager Turkish Airlines Cargo Pakistan, who took us on a virtual tour of the beautiful Turkey. The sights and sounds, the food, which he swears is much better than ours, and the overall coming together of different cultures, left us wanting to visit that very instant.

Bloggers in deep conversation with Turkish Airlines GM [South] Pakistan, Mr Fatih

Fascinating!

Listening to him, I concluded that Turkey is the new Dubai. Log on to Instagram, and simply count how many celebrities have posted their selfies hanging out at Turkey’s one breathtaking locale or another.

The PR of this event was managed by Pitch Media Inc. Oh did I mention there was food? (My first iftaari out for Ramadan.)

After the iftaar, there was a lucky draw, through which people won tickets to Turkey! Before the event all attendees were asked to put in their business cards in a bowl. (The one time I change my purse and forget to put any in). The winners are very lucky indeed!

SVP Cargo at Turkish Airlines handing out a ticket to a lucky draw winner

See, an actual winner, we all know who to hate now!

P.S. I also got this cool model of Turkish Airlines Cargo, which I assembled myself!!!

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