Published Dec 23, 2016 11:47am

The Balu Mahi trailer is out and it has us worried

If its Qawwali teaser suggested that Balu Mahi is a traditional love story, the film's first official trailer is here to correct that misconception.

The film is high on comedy, fun little dance numbers and action-packed chase sequences (runaway bride, hello!) — and it'd be a worth a watch if the film doesn't rehash other romantic adventure movies.

The trailer has us worried about this.

Osman Khalid Butt (Balu) means to crash the wedding of his beloved, only to discover he's... you guessed it, at the wrong wedding. The bride (Ainy Ali Jaffri as Mahi) still thinks it's a good idea to make a run for it with Balu and so begins their romantic adventure.

The film gives us Karachi Se Lahore vibes, except that the plot is flipped, of course! While KSL featured a road trip to stop a wedding, BaluMahi shows Balu and Mahi traipse through Pakistan's beautiful North after a wedding's been stopped!

There are also similarities with July release Ishq Positive, as angry, gun-toting relatives of the bride abound in this film as well.

But we're hopeful that the film's best moments have been saved for the big screen.

Balu Mahi has been directed by Haissam Hussain and written by Saad Azhar. The film comes out on February 10, 2017.

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Ashar Dec 23, 2016 12:48pm

Another run of the mill film it seems with an extremely weak script and below average comedy. This type of movie has been tried and tested a dozen times and failed every time due to the low production work and using mediocre drama actors who have no acting prowess and get roles due to their looks and 'andhon mein kanra raja (or rani)" reason. If Pakistan film industry has to go somewhere and actually produce super heros and heroines and house full theaters then it has to get creative and stop making thse stupid non laughable rom-coms and terrorist armed forces movies and also stop employing mediocre actors from small screen dramas in the movies till they have a big screen presence like Shaan or Waheed Murad.

Khan Dec 23, 2016 01:44pm

This movie is going to be a blockbuster. Looking very contemporary and fun.

Sarah Dec 23, 2016 01:45pm

I am extremely disappointed at this trailer. Nothing, absolutely nothing, in it suggests that it has been directed by maestro Haissam Hussain. If I didn't know it was directed by him, I wouldn't have guessed it in a million years. The story is strangely reminiscent of Bachaana (interestingly also written by Saad Azhar) and Ishq Positive. Also something is terribly off about Ainy Jaffri - not just her blank expressions but also her voice. Is it dubbed? At times it feels like we are watching a dubbed film - and extremely bad dubbing at that. Instead of squandering money on ridiculous marketing gimmicks - dressing the male lead as Santa on Oxford Street for crying out loud - I wish the film makers had spent it on at least getting the dubbing right. I won't be wasting my money on this one for sure.

Farah Dec 23, 2016 04:48pm

So excited to watch this!!!! Looks like a full on entertainment package.

Aamer Dec 23, 2016 05:09pm

Movie hasn’t released yet and you are already judging it. I am glad that now Pakistan is producing good quality movies with good direction and new talent far better than what they used to make in the past. I wonder why people are so negative about their own country. How can you call the film cast mediocre actors? Durdana Butt, Javed Sheikh and Shafqat Cheema are mediocre? Okay the girl and the boy are new to films, but dont forget there was a time when Javed Sheidk, Izhar Qazi, Babra Sharif, Baber Ali, Resham and Ruby Niazi moved from TV to Film and ended up ruling the film industry. I am sure these new actors will turn out to be much better actors in the future. It’s time for new talent to take over now and it is happening.

Malick Dec 23, 2016 05:12pm

I can't understand why you can't make just action or thrill movie , all movies seems Hum TV short dramas .

Habib Dec 23, 2016 05:13pm

Butt best actor

JusTme Dec 23, 2016 05:26pm

Movie looks promising. Thumbs up for the trailer. if we can accept movies like Ready, and they can be declared block buster, than this is far much better. P.s comments od Sarah and Ashar seemes to be coming from a PR agency or at least same source. Seems rehearsed.

Amy Dec 23, 2016 09:35pm

Why do I get the feeling that this movie is 'inspired' by Jab we met?

Javaid Dec 23, 2016 11:34pm

run of the mill Bollywood style film. I guess the creative aspect in Pakistan is still somewhere to be found.

Faiza mirza Dec 23, 2016 11:41pm

@Ashar u make valid points. But what ru bench marking this comparison on? Hollywood? Or Bollywood?

S. A. M. Dec 24, 2016 12:36pm

very nice. the progress the Pakistani cinema has made is very obvious. good luck.

just an Indian Dec 24, 2016 05:05pm

nice trailer looks like jab we met mixed with khoobsurat...pak cinema has progressed so well

Qafeer Dec 24, 2016 07:57pm

@Ashar If you like Indian movie what is special'always with poor plot and vulgar dialogue. Nowadays even music is very low quality.

taimur Dec 25, 2016 08:01am

I wish to see a Pakistani movie which is not a musical. Great effort, but script and story needs a lot of work.

Mushtaq Dec 25, 2016 09:28am

Looks good. Anything that takes us away from the brutally scripted bollywood flicks will do.