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Syed Noor’s much awaited Punjabi language film Majajan is finally out. The showman had cancelled the release earlier for almost three times — once due to the October 8 earthquake, then the Pak-India Test series and most recently Eid-ul-Azha — adding to the hype of the film and testing the patience of Pakistani cine-goers.

With the all-Pakistan premier of the Sonia Jahan starrer Taj Mahal just around the corner (April 28), Syed Noor had no option but to release Majajan right away and with not much publicity. Although a local TV channel is promoting the film, if done earlier it certainly would have helped get more people to the cinema who still remember Syed Noor and Saima from Choorian — the biggest Punjabi grosser of present times.

Majajan is expected to face tough competition from Taj Mahal, but as one who is quite familiar with Syed Noor’s brand of cinema, this writer thinks that we might already have a winner on our hands. If the latter is a monument of a man’s eternal love for a woman, Majajan doesn’t fall short on this count either.

Syed Noor has been romantically linked with Saima for years and it is probably the oldest talk around tinsel town that she has been his heroine in more than a dozen films so far. So when Saima decided to launch her first film as a producer, it was all but natural that she chose Noor to direct it. The story is by Rukhsana Noor for who else could write it better than she?

Shaan plays Zille Shah, an unhappily married man belonging to the revered Syed clan who falls in love with a courtesan, Taari (Saima), when she performs in his village. His wife (Madiha Shah) and family straightaway condemn the budding relationship, thereby leading to a conflict that keeps the audience entertained for three hours straight.

Majajan took almost two years to complete and it was rumoured that it was the Punjabi version of Devdas. Zille Shah is shown as a drunkard, dressed in white and looking very much like Devdas’ character. He is a man trapped in the feudal system but who revolts against it to win the love of his life. If Majajan resembles any Indian film, it could only be Silsila which cashed in on the hype of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha’s love affair when he was married to Jaya Bhaduri as the characters on screen spoke the language that people couldn’t hear off screen. Majajan has not been marketed or presented that way but the characters on screen are rather close to real people. For the film, Syed Noor has not only provided his directorial skills but has also written the screenplay and dialogue. So when Madiha Shah refers to Shaan as Shahji, telling him that she will not accept his affair with Saima, one can guess who’s talking here; also when Shaan turns around and says that falling in love with Saima is his heart’s doing.

‘Majajan’ is expected to face tough competition from ‘Taj Mahal’, but if the latter is a monument of a man’s eternal love for a woman, the Syed Noor masterpiece doesn’t fall short on this count either.


And this makes Majajan even more interesting. Shaan, Saima and Madiha Shah fit their characters like the proverbial glove. The film is a comeback movie for Madiha Shah and she lives up to viewers’ expectations. Shaan’s character has different shades and rumour has it that while shooting for the film, he put the production team in a tough spot by causing delays with his disappearing acts and other shenanigans. But everything aside, he has delivered an excellent performance and one must commend Syed Noor (and Saima) for sticking with Shaan and not opting for Moammar Rana who, one feels, would have killed the character.

Saima is one of the finest film actresses we have and since this is a home production with her favourite director, she seems totally at ease and very much in control of her character. She is stunning as Taari, the courtesan who sings and performs in village theatres but lives a very simple life. She is shown to respect her peers and values but speaks her mind out loud and commands respect. Majajan has already proved to be another feather in Saima’s cap and as a producer she has launched a film that is truly entertaining and beautiful. One also feels that she must be appreciated for stepping forward in the revival of good cinema at a time when our Lollywood is struggling hard to survive.

Majajan can be labelled as a musical as Zulfikar Ali, the celebrated music director of the earlier hit, Choorian, is back with a score that’s just as brilliant if not more. All the songs are sung by Azra Jehan coupled with a good melody. Tere Ishq Nachaya by Bullhay Shah is also included in the soundtrack that has 10 other songs, and Syed Noor has filmed them so beautifully that none of them seem out placed except for the last one where it feels like the director has stretched the ending to fit it in.

With a spate of new film directors working on their projects and competition as big and strong as Mughal-i-Azam and the ongoing King Kong on nation-wide cinemas, what the audiences want from Javed Sheikh, Sangeeta and Syed Noor is good clean quality films. Majajan is just what they have been waiting for.





Posted 09 Apr 2006

MR NICE says
Why does our print media when reviewing Pakistani films always have to compare them with Indian films. This is something unjustified and unfair. Why can't they just take the films on face value and review what they see.
Posted 09 Apr 2006

child hood problem u know they have this complex since the day they came into this world
Posted 09 Apr 2006

taify says
Yes,they should not have compared it to any Indian films... Reading a review on might think.. It's a copy of Devdas i shouldn't watch it
Posted 09 Apr 2006

paki lion says
MR NICE said:

Why does our print media when reviewing Pakistani films always have to compare them with Indian films. This is something unjustified and unfair. Why can't they just take the films on face value and review what they see.



Because we would like to see our film industry to grow, and it would be nice if they make their own stories in stead of copying indian movies...
Posted 09 Apr 2006

STANDARD says
syed noor usually is famous for stolen script and some scene from bollywood..
like 'Raju bun giye gentleman'..'Ghoghat'..'Jeva'..
'Billi'..
and syed noor against indian culture,films...That is too rubbish..
if this movie similir to some scenes of 'DEVDAS'..that is not surprizing..
Posted 09 Apr 2006

well it cudn't be inspired from devdas thats for sure
Posted 09 Apr 2006

Straight says
its not inspired from DEvdas at all....a totally differnt movie with a differnt social background and story....its a treat to watch..go watch it...dont waste time!
Posted 09 Apr 2006

Straight says
well...there's point in comparing Majajan to Indian movies.....coz Taj Mahal and Mughal-e-Azam's release is just around the corner...so writer is right here...he's poiting towards a real danger....coz audience is gonna go for bollywood movies no matter they r good or not..>!!
Posted 09 Apr 2006

golimaro2 says
TAJMEHAL is a flop stupid film .putting carores on a film doesnt make it a good film.it has no competetion with films like Majajan who is alresdy a hit
Posted 10 Apr 2006

MR NICE says
Brilliantly put Charizmatic. Just wish they are more people like you around.

Paki lion it is just rubbish that the media is comparing our films with indians film so that we don't copy them. The media loves critizing Pakistani films and can never write anything positive about them. It just wants to find faults in our films and somehow or another brand the film a copy of some Indian film.

This is why I agree with Charizmatic that we have a huge inferior complex problem. We are still living as second class citizens.

Standard I have seen the films that you have mentioned and tell me how are these films copies of Indian films. Yes the names have been copied from Indian films. Tell me if there is anything else copied.

No one ever mentions that Sanjay Leena Bansani's film "Hum Dil Day Chukay Sanam's first half is an exact copy of Syed Noor's Sargham.

I agree with Straight that even tomorrow if our industry starts making the best films in the world our public is so obessesed with Indian films, Indian channels and Indian music. That people will just watch Bollywood films in our Cinemas. It shows how patriotic we really are. Like it or not but the fact is majority of our public worships Indian entertainment and for them to see Pakistani stuff is an insult.

Say for example in 6 months time Karan Johar's "Kabhi Alvida Na Kahna" gets released with Shoaib Mansoor's "Khuda Kay Liye" or Javed Shiekh's "Khullay Asmaan Kay Neechay". Our public will watch Karan Johars film for sure and then I will be interested to see what happens to the Pakistani films. Will they be flops if they are even better then the Indian film ?
Posted 10 Apr 2006

STANDARD says
Rashid Kawaja a famous Personality of Showbiz said on Aaj tv..
PAKISTANI FILM INDUSTRY HAS FINISHED..AND now the indian movies will start to release in pakistan..
There is no plan with Pakistani Govt for film industry..
He added Pakistan market should be compared with Eurpean Market.


Posted 10 Apr 2006

MR NICE said:

Brilliantly put Charizmatic. Just wish they are more people like you around.

Paki lion it is just rubbish that are media is comparing our films with indians film so that we don't copy them. The media loves critizing Pakistani films and can never write anything positive about them. It just wants to find faults in our films and somehow or another brand the film a copy of some Indian film.

This is why I agree with Charizmatic that we have a huge inferior complex problem. We are still living as second class citizens.

Standard I have seen the films that you have mentioned and tell me how are these films copies of Indian films. Yes the names have been copied from Indian films. Tell me if there is anything else copied.

No one ever mentions that Sanjay Leena Bansani's film "Hum Dil Day Chukay Sanam's first half is an exact copy of Syed Noor's Sargham.

I agree with Straight that even tomorrow if our industry starts making the best films in the world our public is so obessesed with Indian films, Indian channels and Indian music. That people will just watch Bollywood films in our Cinemas. It shows how patriotic we really are. Like it or not but the fact is majority of our public worships Indian entertainment and for them to see Pakistani stuff is an insult.

Say for example in 6 months time Karan Johar's "Kabhi Alvida Na Kahna" gets released with Shoaib Mansoor's "Khuda Kay Liye" or Javed Shiekh's "Khullay Asmaan Kay Neechay". Our public will watch Karan Johars film for sure and then I will be interested to see what happens to the Pakistani films. Will they be flops if they are even better then the Indian film ?




absolutely rite
Posted 10 Apr 2006

paki lion says
MR NICE said:


Paki lion it is just rubbish that are media is comparing our films with indians film so that we don't copy them.



Why not? Why cant we compare with indian films?whats is wrong with that? If the film wallahs wants to gain more audience's interest they should study how to attract viewers, they should know how to make a good movie, and its only possible if they become more technology advanced, compete with bollywood movies.



The media loves critizing Pakistani films and can never write anything positive about them. It just wants to find faults in our films and somehow or another brand the film a copy of some Indian film.


If there is nothing positive about Pakistani films what else should they say? Should they lie? Thats what I mean, that why dont lollywood-fans become more critical? I know for sure, even if I have to shake my legs for 2 seconds,lollywood wallahs will declare me as the best dancer. Shaan always doing gujjar type role, yet everybody praise him the best actor, Saima who is so fat, yet everybody saying she looks good...


This is why I agree with Charizmatic that we have a huge inferior complex problem. We are still living as second class citizens.


It has nothing to do wid second class citizens, its about being critical.It seems like u dont want us to be critical?



I agree with Straight that even tomorrow if our industry starts making the best films in the world our public is so obessesed with Indian films, Indian channels and Indian music. That people will just watch Bollywood films in our Cinemas.


So what is wrong with that? If Pakistani peoples watch bollywood movies on dvd's why cant they watch in cinema's?

It shows how patriotic we really are.


Can u explain me what patriotic means? If it means that as a Pakistani u shouldn't watch indian entertainment, thats YOUR opinion. Any Pakistani who watch bollywood movies is not less Pakistani then those who dont watch bollywood movies.


Like it or not but the fact is majority of our public worships Indian entertainment and for them to see Pakistani stuff is an insult.


You are talking about ur self na? Yeah I do admit that i feel very ashamed watching Pakistani films, where actors shouts a lots and technology is bad..I dont understand why u do like such movies?


Say for example in 6 months time Karan Johar's "Kabhi Alvida Na Kahna" gets released with Shoaib Mansoor's "Khuda Kay Liye" or Javed Shiekh's "Khullay Asmaan Kay Neechay". Our public will watch Karan Johars film for sure and then I will be interested to see what happens to the Pakistani films. Will they be flops if they are even better then the Indian film ?


I will watch Karan Johar's movie first, because I am more bollywood movies fan.. and please dont hate me for that...
Posted 10 Apr 2006

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