Fahim Burney’s debut directorial venture Pyaar Hi Pyaar Mein was the second most anticipated release of 2003, the first being Samina Peerzada’s Shararat. Though the film successfully evoked curiosity for its sophisticated imagery and lifted scenes before its release, expectations from it weren’t sky high, since the element of originality was missing even in the promos. The film, however, does not falter on as many grounds as was expected and makes a decent watch.
While love triangles may not be a new notion for the subcontinent cine-goers the idea of further complicating them by adding more angles to the ‘triangle’ successfully fills in the two and a half hour running time. Pyaar Hi Pyaar Mein seems to be treading the same path and is very much your ordinary love triangle with a few interesting twists and further sub-angles.
Ashaal and Sara are in a steady relationship when Ashaal gets an irresistible offer to extend his dreams of opening an art academy in Dubai, by a young millionaire Nisha. He leaves for greener pastures promising Sara that he would be back in three months. The third part of the triangle Nisha comes into action in Dubai and somehow makes it impossible for Ashaal to fulfil his promise. Sara gives in to her mother’s demands of tying the knot soon. Ashaal returns just in time to see his lady love being tucked in the car with her groom. Back in Dubai Nisha does realize her mistake and ‘sets Ashaal free’. And in case you thought that all live happily ever after, they don’t. Not yet. This was just the pre-interval sequence. Post interval the film is sliced up into several sub-plots and ensures that each one of the three is reunited with their respective mates and Sara’s sister (Yes, there is a sister too) is reunited with her mother.
The fact that Pyaar Hi Pyaar Mein is produced directed and acted by an entirely new cast and crew works in its favor as well as go against it. While it lends a fresh and pleasant look to the film, there is no substitute for expertise. A skilful scripting, direction and sound technical details would have added a few more brownie points to the film. Since the script is laced with quite a few subplots, many a half baked stories run parallel to each other.
Flitting between Dubai and Karachi, the original sets and backdrop works in making it a convincing script. Acting wise all the newcomers act like newcomers and dance like ones. One dance number by Meera is enough to offset the raw dancing skills displayed by Nisha and Aanchal. As actors Ashaal, Nisha and Aanchal need to shed a lot of inhibitions. But one must give them all the credit for not going overboard in their performances. Another positive factor is that there are no Punjabi influences in the film. Apart from the song Kudye, one has to look hard to find Punjabi accent, dialogues or anything else Punjabi.
Dialogues are quite typical and are more TV than filmi. Having Dubai as a prime location for the film doesn’t come as a surprise. It’s a Fahim Burney film, remember! Comic relief in the form of an essential joker is missing but is not missed. A few action sequences have been ‘inserted’ but do not satiate the hunger for action that our regular audiences have become used to. The film doesn’t need it though! Makeup and dressing is one area that the film excels in. Apart from a few misfires here and there, almost all characters live the characterization though their dressing and demeanour.
Songs come out more as decent fillers than pleasant scores. Among the newcomers Nisha might find her way into the industry more easily, since she quite fits in the conventional local actress mould. Ditto Ashaal! The rest of the cast is quite urbanite and non filmi in their looks and acting.
After watching the film one seriously wants to question the necessity of having a two and a half hours running timeframe for a film. Is it really needed? Many of our films actually finish off at least 30 minutes before ‘The End’ marks the conclusion of events. It goes for this film too which could have easily been wrapped in maximum 120 minutes, but is unnecessarily dragged to the point of monotony – Muhammad Badar Alam
Cast and Production Credits
Year – 2003, Genre – Drama, Country – Pakistan, Language – Urdu, Producer – N/A, Director – Fahim Burney, Music Director – N/A, Cast – Ali Tabish, Aanchal, Nisha