Wah Re Zamane (1958)
Year – 1958
Language – Urdu
Country – Pakistan
Producer – Wazir Ali
Director – Rafiq Rizvi
Music Director – G.Nabi, A.Latif
Box-Office Status – Flop
Cast – Shamim Ara, Ejaz, Rattan Kumar, Rukhsana, Rafiq Rizvi
Miscellaneous Information –
Wah Re Zamane, the latest film to come from Karachi, is supposed to be based on the problem of displaced children and the plight of those who rot in and beg for orphanages. Two small children a boy and a girl are separated from their parent in a disaster. The girl is picked up by a gypsy tribe and the boy is sent to an orphanage. They have many hardships till the writer brings them again under parental roof as wage earners. The treatment is typical of the current notions of “social problem” films. Throughout the film the director is telling a romantic story involving four characters much on the routine lines. It begins on a promising note but soon peters out into a dull affair.
The principal actor in the piece is Rattan Kumar ( the film is produced by his brother). His performance will cause anxiety to those who have been expecting that this child star will develop into a mature artiste: His whole acting is now taking a set form. Moreover, there is unnecessary stress on glorifying him. Perhaps, the director thinks that to portray a fighting spirit they must make it supreme over all the obstacles in the world. Rattan Kumar knocks out each and every rival, fools whomsoever he likes, and even where there is no way out he will find one. Such senseless glorifying deceives no one and, moreover, it can never help a writer.
Shamim Ara is his sister who has been brought up by the gypsies.As a girl in love she is fairly impressive but if that was all the director wanted there was no need to do a lot of trick work to show her rope-walking. Ejaz plays the unfortunate father’s adopted son. He again suffers at the hands of the director. One wishes he will find a capable director some day. The whole cast has been let down except a group of children, who do not seem to have been directed. They are their natural selves.
With all the weaknesses in the plot this could have become a routine romantic film with a measure of success. The director made sure that it did not. He is an old director which means that he still believes in the ancient system of stage performance before the camera – the camera is fixed, players enter the field, do their bit and make their exists to the right or to the left. He also plays a small role in the beginning of the film. It will save many people a lot of trouble if he concentrated on acting alone.