VISAFF Show­cases Pak­istani Movie

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The 7th Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional South Asian Film Fes­ti­val this year was cel­e­brated from Nov 16- 19 at City of Sur­rey The­atre. Ms. Mannu Sandhu is the VISAFF pro­ducer whose ef­forts ev­ery year make this event suc­cess­ful in South Asian com­mu­nity. This year’s spe­cial guest from film in­dus­try was the In­dian ac­tress Ms. Huma Qureshi. This year, with col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Pak­istani Cana­dian women so­ci­ety, Pak­istani Film “Ac­tor in Law” was shown in this fes­ti­val on Nov 17th. The screen­ing was at­tended by a large num­ber of Paki- stani Cana­dian com­mu­nity mem­bers as well as other mem­bers of the South Asian com­mu­nity who thor­oughly en­joyed this light com­edy.

“Ac­tor in Law” tells the story of Shan Mirza (Fa­had Mustafa), an as­pir­ing ac­tor who is a dis­ap­point­ment to his lawyer fa­ther (Om Puri). Thwarted in his act­ing ca­reer, he ends up im­per­son­at­ing a lawyer, us­ing the­atrics and over-the-top rhetoric in the court­room while his fa­ther is away on Hajj. He shoots to star­dom when re­porter Meenu (Me­hwish Hayat) cap­tures his court­room speechi­fy­ing on film and the two em­bark on a se­ries of pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tions, pick­ing up some pow­er­ful en­e­mies on the way. The plot re­quires a cer­tain sus­pen­sion of be­lief; so­cial in­jus­tices are painted with a broad brush and facile so­lu­tions in­di­cate that this is the stuff of fantasy. The plot gives Qureshi am­ple room to pull in scenes about so­ci­etal issues rang­ing from Eve-teas­ing to po­lit­i­cal slo­gans be­ing painted on walls. The movie is a solid en­ter­tainer, full of in-jokes & con­spic­u­ous satire which man­ages to tran­scend its pre­dictable plot. In gen­eral, Ac­tor in Law is an amus­ing romp. Nabeel Qureshi Director has de­liv­ered an­other firmly Karachi-centric film, full of fa­mil­iar land­marks and the en­ergy of the city. It’s not a story that will grip you, but Ac­tor in Law is tremen­dously funny, beau­ti­fully made and en­joy­able.

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