Review: “Bin Roye” is a beautiful film – A saga of obsession in love
Brilliant performances, cinematography, music, high production values, locations (both indoor and outdoors), styling and wardrobe selections.
Poor marketing in Toronto and other Canadian cities.
The much awaited Pakistani film Bin Roye was released in Canada on Eid day July 17 along with other international markets. This makes Bin Roye notably one of the first movies in Pakistan cinema’s history to have an international release.
Two of Asia’s biggest media power houses B4U and HUM Network inked a deal to work together for the worldwide release of Bin Roye. The film stars Mahira Khan, Humayum Saeed and Armeena Rana Khan in lead roles. HUM Network has become synonymous with high quality drama and entertainment coming out of Pakistan. The drama serials produced by HUM Network have not only grabbed the attention of TV audiences in India, but across the Arab world as well.
Bin Roye is HUM Network’s cinematic adventure, and it doesn’t fall short of quality that HUM is known for. This romantic drama is based on Farhat Ishtiaq’s acclaimed novel ‘Bin Roye Aansoo’ and has been produced by Momina Duraid of Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Humsafar fame. Farhat Ishtiaq was the brains behind Humsafar and Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu.
The film is a saga of obsession in love that develops jealousy and rivalry between two female characters for one perfect match. It is a story that can be best described as a tragic beauty.
Saba (Mahira Khan) is a beautiful girl-next-door. She is a hopeless romantic, who embodies the purity of undying teenage love in herself. She sees love as a gravitational force that pulls all life together. She is rooted in eastern norms and values but driven to obsession by her intense feelings for the man of her dreams. She often finds herself at crossroads where one wrong decision can have a devastating impact on everybody around her.
Irtaza (Humayun Saeed) is a charming and desirable man whom Saba is mad about. He is her cousin, and has been her first love since her teenage. Their folks reside together as a combined family in their ancestral home in Pakistan.
Saman (Canadian Pakistani actress Armeena Rana Khan) is an attractive and modern girl living in the US. She is unaware of the fact that she was adopted by her maternal uncle in her years of infancy. Irtaza travels to the USA and strikes a chord with her, and eventually falls in love with her but does not confess initially.
Saba, on the other hand, desperately longs for Irtaza and his return, expecting him to keep his promise. How events unfold and what follows is a story of regret, remorse and emotions.It is a beautiful tale about how romantic love can often bring out the best, and sometimes the worst, in us.
First things first, Humayun Saeed and Mahira Khan have delivered a stellar performance that perhaps becomes more evident as we see them for the first time together on big screen. Directors Shahzad Kashmiri & Momina Duraid have carefully managed to steer the film right from the first frame, though the midst of a saga of emotions, to a climax that keeps you glued to your seats, wanting to know more, and makes you become part of the overall emotional experience.
Cinematography is at its best. That’s because Farhan Alam is a widely regarded cinematographer in Pakistan. He has been actively associated with Pakistani entertainment industry for the last 15 years. Farhan is acclaimed for his cinematography on numerous projects including drama serials such as: Malaal, Mera Naseeb, Sanjah, and Coke Kahani. We get to see beautiful shots of Karachi in the film. The sequences in San Francisco USA and Dubai’s Miracle Garden have been captured wonderfully. Applaud goes to the cinematographer for such high standards and bringing out the class this movies deserves.
Besides strong script and dialogues, the film boasts of superior production values, editing and progresses seamlessly without any evident glitches or goof ups.
Javed Shaikh and Zeba Bakhtiyar though do not have much screen time, but they do justice to their role.
Music of Bin Roye captures your imagination from the very first song. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Tere Bina Jeena” reveals Saba’s emotions for Irtiza and sets the viewers’ expectations as to what she’s going through.
“Maula Maula” is a Sufi number sung by Parveen and Zeb Bangash, composed by Shani Arshad and written by Sabir Zafar – is one of the most engaging songs in the film. It relies heavily on Parveen’s amazing vocal prowess.
“Bin Roye” is the song that explores intensity of Saba and Irtiza’s emotions, written by Shakeel Sohail, and composed and sung by Uppal.
Another soul searching song is “O Yaara”, sung by Ankit Tiwari of “Galliyan” Ek Villain fame. This touching song elevates emotions at a crucial stage in the film, when Mahira Khan and Humayun Saeed are exploring the true meaning of their relationship.
Then there is the wedding track “Ballay Ballay” that completes the bouquet of what makes a perfect collection of songs.
All in all, Bin Roye confirms the quality and class that Pakistani writers, producers and artists are all about. And worth mentioning is the excellent styling and designer wardrobe collection. Sania Maskatiya, Feeha Jamshed, Elan, Deepak Perwani, Bonanza and Jazib Qamar have displayed their brilliance.
Creating a cinematic experience based on a drama is more of a challenge than producing a multi-episode soap. Applauds to the production team in achieving this cinematic feat.
What could have been better:
Poor marketing in Canada and especially in Toronto by local cinemas was much evident. Torontonians had inundated us with messages enquiring about the release dates and showtimes for Toronto area. While it was good to note that B4U distributed the movie internationally, the local cinemas did not even have banners of Bin Roye displayed under their “Showing Now” section!
Above all, one local cinema in Toronto area did not even have the film’s showtimes posted on their website or Facebook pages. We had to send a formal enquiry today on July 17th (day of release) and reminded them about their website. The answer was that they were working on it. Toronto is hub of South Asians, better marketing and choice of more screening locations could have helped. Residents of GTA including Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville were at a loss in understanding why the film wasn’t screened in either of these cities.
The film website indicated release in Vancouver and Montreal, however no showtimes were available for these two cities.
Bin Roye showcases all that is class par excellence coming from Pakistan, go and watch it, we heard some audience members saying they will watch the movie again this week. So, go out and let us know how you liked it.