for god’s sake
having just returned from the premiere of shoaib mansoor’s new movie, khuda kay liye – something the alarmists were advising against, what with the security threats and all – i can safely say the public needn’t worry about getting killed by suicide bombers blowing themselves up during the movie. the sight of the dirty premises might kill you though.
i hadn’t been to a mainstream cinema in karachi for so long i’d almost forgotten why i stopped going. it came back to me suddenly though during the second scene when i heard the guy behind me clearing his throat and spitting the stuff he cleared his throat of somewhere. i don’t think he used a spittoon. a fight broke out shortly after the intermission somewhere in the lower area when someone ejected the remnants of the paan he was chewing on someone else. another one almost broke out in the row before mine when someone fired up a cigarette and refused to put it out. and the hooters and catcallers were there in full force to add to the ambience. small wonder then that they keep it dark during the time you enter and try to find your seat. you might gross out when you realise you’ve stepped on something disgusting.
don’t get me wrong though. despite the rotten ambience, the nutcases who leave their cellphones on so that you can hear their ringtones during the movie, the bigger nutcases who actually answer and talk during the movie, the broken down projector which keeps you squinting to make out some traces of colour and the lack of a good sound system – watching the movie means watching what is probably the best movie to come out of lollywood in the past thirty odd years if not the best ever.
i don’t want to spoil the fun by writing about the plot but i will say this. this has all the “classic-ness” of any of shoaib mansoor’s work. and the acting is way above par for something gracing our pitifully unfortunate cinema screens. all in all, great movie. go book your ticket now.
just be sure to wear a raincoat. its raining paan ki peek in there…