The film opens with Fawad (Humayun Saeed), the son of a wadera from Faisalabad, and Amal (Mehwish Hayat), a beautiful, urban girl used to the life and happenings of Karachi. Both have just graduated from college, but while Amal has a degree in Economics from London, Fawad has an MA in Political Science from a local institute which took him ten years to complete. The differences between the two lead characters immediately become clear.
Punjab Nahi Jaungi has the perfect opening, the perfect ending and although whatever is in between isn’t faultless but it is most certainly a really good effort by the team to provide the cinema-goers with wholesome entertainment. Punjab NahiJaungi’s real success lies in the fact that it can make the viewers laugh and cry at the same time! You know a film has managed to win the hearts of the viewers when they laugh at the jokes and there is dead silence in the cinema hall when the story takes an emotional turn.
The relationship between their two families hinges on their utmost respect for Beeboji, the head and decision maker for both. Amal happens to be the sole granddaughter of Beeboji, so her importance cannot be overstated. Fawad, adamant on finding himself a, ‘Heer,’ instantly falls for Amal when his mother sends him her photograph. But the mismatch between them is quite obvious, and Amal rejects the proposal right away.
Mehwish Hayat looks stunning throughout the film; the make-up artists, stylists, her designer and the director of photography have put in a lot of effort to make sure that she looks flawless all the way through. Her character (Amal) and acting also gives you Anmol vibes at times. Fawad Khagga and Shafique Ahmed’s (Ahmed Ali Butt) bromance and Ahmed Ali Butt’s dance moves are the highlight of the film. Sohail Ahmed is impressive as Mahtab Khagga, his comic timing is perfect. Urwa Hocane’s splendid performance was definitely the most pleasant surprise in the film.
Taking Amal to Punjab was easier than I thought it would be considering the name of the film. Urwa Hocane as Durdaana, Fawad’s cousin, puts up an impressive dance number with Ahmad Ali Butt on the wedding of Amal and Fawad. The film is light-hearted up to this point and the main characters – Amal with her strong sense of self, and Fawad with his earnest portrayal of a simple wadera, do absolute justice to their roles.
This film also has some memorable songs to its credit and for me 24/7 Lak Hilna and Ranjha were clear winners because they were a complete package; beautifully composed, written, sung and choreographed. Although 24/7 Lak Hilna looked like an item number but it was definitely not one. It was also the only song in which Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayatactually danced.
In last I just want to sum up my review by sying one word amazing about this movie. Best movie I have ever seen so far, I recommend everyone to watch this beautiful movie once and to see beautiful side of our beautiful Pakistan.