Preview: Actor In Law – Leading the Race this Eid!

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By: Omair Alavi

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The team behind Na Maloom Afraad is back and this time, they are more prepared, more confident and more enthusiastic than before.

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Fizza Ali Meerza’s Actor In Law, directed by Nabeel Qureshi and written by both will be releasing on Eid ul Azha and the pre-release hype has created a buzz that is irresistible. With the dashing Fahad Mustafa, the beautiful Mehwish Hayat and the brilliant Om Puri in the cast, Actor In Law is easily leading the race that also features Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai and Janaan.

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Shot from the making of the title track.

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Fahad Mustafa plays the Actor In Law who is a wannabe actor who becomes a lawyer in order to prove a point to his father played by Om Puri. He is aided in his quest by a TV reporter played by Mehwish Hayat while the number 1 anchor of the country Mudassar Sultan wants to expose the Fake Lawyer through his TV show. The trailer looks good and so does the film that will hit the screen on Eid day in Pakistan and in more than a dozen countries as well.

The leading man Fahad Mustafa rubbishes reports that the film is inspired from Bollywood releases Phata Poster Nikla Hero or Jolly LLB. ‘When Na Maloom Afraad was released people termed it a remake of a few Bollywood flicks when it fact it was an original story that was executed in an excellent manner. Similarly, Actor In Law is purely a Pakistani film that has nothing to do with the Indian movies except that Om Puri sahab is acting in it. (Laughs) I am not a fan of Shahid Kapoor or Arshad Warsi – I am a fan of Fahad Mustafa and trust me, whatever happens on screen in AIL, it only happens in Pakistan.’

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Actresses Mehwish Hayat and Fizza Ali Meerza at the Dubai Premier at Vox Cinemas.

‘Nabeel and I share a chemistry that is very rare in our industry.’ Fahad continues to describe the film and his relationship with the director Nabeel Qureshi. ‘We both know what the other person is thinking and you will not believe it but we improvised a lot on the sets without saying much to each other. He doesn’t add things to make the film funnier because he stands by his script and that’s the best thing about any writer/director. As for the story, well whatever you have seen in the promos is not even 10% of the movie!’

The lead actress Mehwish Hayat is also quite confident of her film’s success because a) she is doing a different kind of role and b) she isn’t playing the damsel in distress like her colleagues. ‘Usually a heroine is cast in a film to add glamour; in Actor In Law I play a strong character which will inspire young girls a lot. Since I am playing a girl who belongs to a minority community, I had to work on my dialect and accent and that in itself was quite challenging. Overall, the feel is good because the film is well-knit and I am happy that I am the only heroine in the movie.’

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Interestingly, the film doesn’t have a female song in the soundtrack, strangely because in Na Maloom Afraad, Billi on Mehwish Hayat proved to be a crowd puller. ‘I don’t mind not having a song in a film as there is a whole Atif Aslam song about me!’ Mehwish Hayat smiles as she delivers a punch line, off-screen, talking about Dil Dancer Ho Gaya. ‘Yes, I love dancing but as the story didn’t require a song in female voice, they didn’t have one and I am content with that. It never occurred to me during the shooting that injustice was being done because I play the strong-willed love interest, not the title role.’

Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri is playing an important role in the film that will be his first in Pakistan; he confident that Actor In Law will do well because it is a complete entertainment package made by some very talented individuals. ‘This may be my first film in Pakistan but I have been friends with many Pakistanis for more than 25 years; I have played a Pakistani on many occasions so adapting was not an issue as we share the same language. Interestingly, I hardly felt like an outsider as wherever we went for shooting, everyone wanted to take a selfie with me or shake my hand. That shows how much love and respect Pakistanis have for actors be it Indian or locals.’

The cast visiting the officed of Khaleej Times in Dubai.

The cast visiting the officed of Khaleej Times in Dubai.

Om Puri has worked everywhere in the world – be it in Hollywood (Wolf, Ghost & The Darkness), England (East Is East) and of course India – but he has found working in Pakistan not much different. ‘The actors and director with whom I came in contact through Actor In Law, they all are hardworking people and they didn’t show any kind of immaturity and they came out as passionate people. I have been following Pakistani films for some time – I saw Khuda Kay Liye in theatres in India and Bol on DVD – and loved the ones I saw including Khamosh Pani. I believe it’s time that Pakistani films should also be released in India because the language is more or less the same and it will help the cinemas of both the countries.’

The cast of Actor In Law enjoying dinner.

The cast of Actor In Law enjoying dinner.

Fizza Ali Meerza (producer) and Nabeel Qureshi (director) were also the writers of Na Maloom Afraad, the film that gave a push to the cinema industry of Pakistan. The co-writer and co-producer Fizza believes that her film is leading the race this Eid and it’s the right time to raise the bar by visiting colleges and malls; fortunately this time they have the backing of some brands who don’t want to insert their names in script. ‘This is going to be the biggest Eid in recent years as we have 3 Pakistani films getting released. I am very optimistic and excited regarding my own film which I feel would have beaten any Indian film had it been released on the same day. Insha Allah next year we will not need Indians films on Eid as they will be scared of coming.’

Fahad Mustafa interacting with the press at the Dubai Premier

Fahad Mustafa interacting with the press at the Dubai Premier

The soundtrack of Actor In Law is one of the best in recent years; the songs have been composed by Shani Arshad who was part of blockbusters Na Maloom Afraad as well as Jawani Phir Nahi Aani. Atif Aslam gets to playback for the first time in a Pakistani film (all songs in Bol were filmed on him) with Dil Dancer Ho Gaya that has been penned by Fizza Ali Meerza, Shani Arshad and Nabeel Qureshi. The song is a romantic number where the hero is praising the heroine and even dancing with her in a dream sequence, although I don’t know in which part of the world do Dancer and Jackson rhyme. Afghan Jalebi fame Asraar makes his presence felt with Funkara (penned by Nadeem Asad) which is fast paced and above all, highly impressive as it talks about the current situation of the country. The title track (written by Nabeel, Fizza) is also one of the better songs released this year in the video of which, Fahad Mustafa dances his heart out on the vocals of music composer Shani Arshad. Then there is a Khudaya (penned by Mohsin Abbas Haider) where Rahat Fateh Ali Khan mesmerizes all and trust me, the song is soothing to the ears (obviously!).

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Story first published: 11th September 2016

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