From the day Bin Roye was released, the movie had received mixed reviews from the public. Whilst none of the reviews I had read or heard called the movie promising, I decided to watch it myself for two reasons: first, it was a Pakistani movie with an intriguing trailer and second, because it starred the ever-beautiful Mahira Khan who, (I must admit) had an entertaining number with the one and only, Adeel Hussain.
Before I proceed, I must mention that the movie is based on a novel written by Farhat Ishtiaq, who also wrote the hit drama series Humsafar. Even though I hadn’t read the novel, knowing some great serials that had been adapted from Ishtiaq’s books, I felt that I wouldn’t be too disappointed.
Keeping that in mind, I must say, I was quite disappointed. Bin Roye has everything a blockbuster film needs: famous actors and actresses, beautiful costumes, a great setting and, for the emerging Pakistani cinema, good cinematography and choreography. However, it lacks one major thing: a storyline.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the movie, I would suggest that you stop reading right here. No? Fine. Don’t blame me.
The movie opens at a fair of sorts, with Irtiza (Humayun Saeed) and her cousin Saba (Mahira Khan) shopping for bangles on chaand raat. Immediately, the age difference between the thirty something Irtiza (in the movie) and the less-than-twenty-something Saba dampens their on-screen chemistry.
The movie continues into a scene with their ‘Dadu’ (grandmother), who is seen wearing the same kind of clothes throughout the entire movie, except in different colours. I think we all know which character’s designer lacked inspiration! Her acting was irritating, her voice high-pitched and nasal. In all, I think a better actress could’ve been chosen for her character – we have plenty in our industry!
Irtiza (orphaned when he was just a little child), who is loved by all in his family, announces his decision to move to America. Saba, who finds out about this at the same time as the audience – a day before he is due to leave – is depressed and needs some coaxing before she is fully convinced of his departure.
Enter Saman (Armeena Rana Khan): Saba’s sister who had been adopted by her Aunt and Uncle when she was young. She lives with her foster parents in America with full knowledge of the fact that she’s adopted. Her parents (Zeba Bakhtiar and Javed Sheikh), meanwhile, are regretting their decision of giving their daughter away.
Coming back to Irtiza, who is now in America and is found flirting with Saman. Two dialogues and a song later, they exchange their goodbyes as two years pass and Irtiza leaves on a plane back to Pakistan.
Back in Pakistan, Saba is asking her grandmother to get her married to Irtiza (who clearly likes her sister, LOL.)
Like every other ‘filmy’ story, someone has to die before a climactic scene can take place. In this case, poor Saman’s foster parents are killed when a Germany-bound plane crashes. Leaving everything, Saman lands in Pakistan, reveals to her parents that she knew she was their daughter all along, and Saba decides that she loves her sister. They even put in the brilliant ‘Maa’ scene. Super-filmy!
More confusion ensues as Saba – who can see, but is too daft to accept, that her childhood love has his eyes on her sister – is thrown off by Irtiza’s declaration love for ‘tumhein pata hai na mein kis ki baat kar raha hun.’ Of course.
Five minutes later, Saba is in her grandmother’s arms crying because Irtiza has asked Saman to marry him. Grandmother explains to her that everything happens for a reason and voila! All’s well and good and Saba is dancing on her love’s mehndi. At the nikkah, Saba, agonized, rips off her jewellery with such ferocity that it would’ve ripped her hair out or, at least caused her ears to bleed a bit, but they came off as easily as if they weren’t secured in the first place (big surprise!)
Although, here I’ve got to admit that the songs were pretty amazing in the entire movie, and the choreography was very well done. A special appearance by Adeel Hussain didn’t hurt much, either. If you know what I mean. Also, Mahira Khan’s scenes in which she is displaying her anguish over losing Irtiza and later, when Saman dies (whoops! But like I said, someone has to die for the greater good) and she feels responsible for her wishing death upon her.
Fast forward to Saba getting married to a relative’s son (Junaid Khan) who is already married and has a son and has no interest in getting married again. Ten minutes before their nikkah the guy meets up with Irtiza and asks him to put a stop to this marriage. He is surprised to hear about his first marriage and I think so was the audience. A part of me wanted her to get married to someone else and give that two-timer Irtiza a lesson or two!
But, since everyone’s all dressed and puckered up for a wedding, the show must go on. Irtiza replaces Saba’s to-be-groom and gets married to Saba, who is still consumed by the guilt of indirectly killing her sister. Needless to say, she is furious!
There are some major plot holes in the movie. By this point, Irtiza, who had declared his undying love for Saman, is busy in wooing Saba. His child (Aariz Naufil) was born and grew several feet over the scope of a song, had been left in Saba’s care by his dying mother, and was forgotten by the newly-married couple as they went back to America. Also later, an injured Humayun Saeed sporting a bandaged hand and wrist, effortlessly picks Mahira up and carries her into the house. Saeed has clearly outclassed all the men out there. Sorry guys!
The movie, which obviously had to end with Irtiza and Saba in love with each other, did so in what I’d like to think was a mistake on the screenwriter’s part. Irtiza – lo and behold! – says that he took care of Saba for all those years because she had always been his first love! Clearly, they forgot to put in the part where Saba slaps him for being such an ass!
Bin Roye, in all, is not the romantic movie it’s set out to be, however, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from going to watch this movie. It’s a good for a laugh and some light entertainment. And the songs, of course, will have you grooving to their catchy tunes throughout!
*** Sorry about the insane amount of grammatical errors. Didn’t proof-read it before!