After missing from action for a considerable time director Sangeeta is back with her latest film Yeh Wada Raha. Coming from Sangeeta, Yeh Wada Raha was one of the much-awaited films of the year, since Sangeeta is deemed as one of the sensible directors.
Scripted by Perviaz Kaleem, the film establishes Shaan as a good-for-nothing jobless son of a chowkidar (watchman) played by Nadeem. With some help from his mother, Shaan manages to open an auto workshop. One fine day he gets into a brawl with some people and ends up turning into a trigger-happy creature. (For a better version of the same story, we suggest you see the Indian film Vaastav).
Scriptwriter Pervaiz Kaleem himself stars in the film playing good old ‘lord’ Nana who gives refuge to Shaan whenever he is back from his gun-totting spree. Pervez Kaleem’s acting is no better than his scripts here.
The characters are ill defined, too badly placed and timed. Resham plays the character of a girl-next-door living with her blind mother while Zara Sheikh plays the role of a call girl. Her performance here is nothing to write home about. Nirma too features as one of the famous faces and plays the daughter of a mafia boss, who loses his life to Shaan’s gun-totting adventures one day. Saud is the honest journalist (with a Mr. Ripley look) and Arbaz Khan is the useless son-in-law (ghar damad) who has vengeance and hatred for almost everyone without a reason. The characters are baseless with hardly any convincing reason to their presence in the film. And most of them roll over dead in the gruesome action clashes in the film. But before dying they do manage to take the time out to sing and dance with campfires, waterfalls, and Karachi’s beaches as some of the backdrops.
Despite all this the film still lacks rich production values. Which brings us to the look of the characters, which is tacky and unconvincing to say the least. Shaan is usually wearing a black woolen cap and sporting awkward moustaches. And even though Nadeem appears with a moderate look, his woolen cap and gray moustache looks no different in this film than his countless other films in which he plays the role of a father.
After watching Punjabi reprisal operas for almost two years (and Sangeeta has been a leading director of this genre), one is not impressed with the amount of ammunition and number of explosions or the buckets of red paint smeared on almost every character in Yeh Wada Raha.
Khalid Riaz has done good camerawork but Qaiser’s cutting work is slow and dragging (one misses Zulfi’s sharp and crisp editing here). Wajad Ali Nashad’s score may be slightly above average but Yeh Wada Raha would never be remembered for its songs (considering the mediocrity in film music around us these days). Tu Hi Mera Dil and Yar Badshah are the only saving graces of the music track of the film.
Yeh Wada Raha is an average effort. The film definitely had the potential to become one of the better products coming the entertainment starved audience way if the director hadn’t relied too much on star cast and paid some attention to the story itself. With so many films failing to leave an impression at the box office Yeh Wada Raha turns out to be one more that bites the dust – Aijaz Gul
Cast and Production Credits
Year – 2003, Genre – Action, Country – Pakistan, Language – Urdu, Producer – N/A, Director – Sangeeta, Music Director – N/A, Cast – Shaan, Zara Sheikh, Resham, Nirma, Arbaz Khan, Saud, Shafqat Cheema, Pervaiz Kaleem and Nadeem