Star Rating 4.0 /5.0
Just like its trailer, ‘Parey Hut Love’ is a pure romantic film which is a complete cinematic experience garnished with powerful performances and extremely beautiful music.
‘Parey Hut Love’ is Asim Raza’s second feature film after ‘Ho Mann Jahan’ and what surprises me is the giant leap he has taken from there. Everything is so beautiful about PHL, extravagant and gigantic sets, melodious tunes, stars, superstars and mega stars all of which is packaged beautifully to create a great cinematic experience.
Although, it is just another boy meets girl kind of a story, which is inspired from Hollywood classic, ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, however, what makes it a must watch on this festive season of Eid is the beautifully shot songs, a catchy background score, with a strong supporting cast and several superstars appearing as cameos, including Fawad Khan.
‘Parey Hut Love’ is a story of Sheheryar (Sheheryar Munawar), an aspiring actor, young and restless, who is afraid of any serious commitments, meets Saniya (Maya Ali) at her cousin Natasha’s (Parisheh James) wedding. They both developed infatuation for each other, however later Sheheryar failing to keep his commitment loses her and then tries to win her back.
As an actor, PHL is Sheheryar Munawar’s coming of an age film. He has come a long way from disaster of ‘Project Ghazi’ and not so well doing ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’. He acted well most importantly according to the script. He showed emotions in every frame, from being in love to a helpless and frustrated lover. He clearly demonstrates that he is certainly here to stay and he is in for a very long time.
Maya Ali as Saniya, appeared to play traditional girl of any subcontinent film, beautiful, dances very well, sweet, calm and content. Her character is that of an independent and confident girl who takes her own decisions. As Saniya, Maya Ali adds glamour to the film from the very beginning when she introduced to us in the start wearing a traditional lehenga choli for a cousin’s Mendi dance. She carried on her persona right till the end with utmost grace. She has proven that she is a complete package for our desi cinema. She acts well, dances her heart out and is ready to break barriers without hesitation. Most importantly, her onscreen chemistry worked well with Sheheryar, giving us a new sensational onscreen couple for years to come.
Mahira Khan as Zeena, brings the oomph factor towards the end. Although Mahira Khan herself called this role a cameo, after watching this film I would describe it as a supporting role with one complete Khathak dance number that she did with grace and style.
PHL is Zara Noor Abbas debut film, although her second film Chhalawa released earlier. She plays Shabbo, Sheheryar’s colleague, neighbour and a close friend, she brings joy, happiness and an emotional support to Sheheryar on many occasions. She has demonstrated her marvellous acting skills, she is a very good dancer and reacts in every situation.
Sheheryar’s friend and also an inspiring director, Arshad (Ahmed Ali Butt) creates laughter, brings joy and sometimes sadness to the screen. Yes, he has done this several times before but Mr. Butt really doesn’t make you feel that his presence is just a filler.
There are several cameos in the film. Rachel Viccaji, Jimmy Khan, Shahbaz Shigri, Frieha Altaf, Meera Jee and none other than Fawad Afzal Khan.
They all had limited screen time still they added value to the star studded romantic saga.
Frieha Altaf daughter, Parisheh James, debuts with this film. She plays a millennial girl who easily gets excited, she is bold, carefree and overconfident. The only thing she needs to take care of is her accent, if she really wants to pursue her career as an actor.
Hina Dilpazeer is hilarious but her character is one dimensional. Nadeem Baig in his role as Saniya’s father brought calm and greatness.
The music is a real treat composed by Azaan Sami Khan, all six songs deserve to be in your playlist. IkPal is a perfect wedding song that will compel to move your feet, Behkana is a melodious romantic number, that can be enjoyed on a long drive, Haye Dil is an upbeat song, Balma Bhagora, can be termed as party anthem of the year. Morey Saiyan is a soothing and calming song sung by Zeb Bangash. And not to be missed the Qawwali Zehal e Miskeen by music maetro Ustaad Rahet Fateh Ali Khan which is a heaven for your ears.
Parey Hut Love is summed up in a one liner, which Fawad Khan said also in a trailer, Zindagi Ka Usool Hai, logon ko maza karao, jeena mat sikhao (The rule of life, let people enjoy, don’t teach them how to live). So Asim Raza played safe and wins it absolutely. He tries to give a subtle message, love will always come back to you if you can give it some time.
Because the canvas is lightened up, the audience will not notice any dips in the story, as you will feel a great cinematic experience.