I watched the Pakistani movie ‘Teefa in Trouble’ tonight on its first day of release and here is a no-spoiler review. If you don’t have patience to go through the whole review here is a quick one-liner: I really enjoyed ‘Teefa in Trouble’ and was thoroughly entertained by the witty lines, music, acting and the beautiful shots. Go watch it! The movie gets two thumbs up from me!
Before you remind me, let me make it clear that I’m aware of the Meesha Shafi vs. Ali Zafar law suit and hope for justice to prevail. For me Pakistan always comes first. Living in Canada, it was very important for me to go and watch the movie in the cinema to show my support for Pakistani cinema. It made me very proud to see a full house on the first day and the movie gave me more reasons to be proud of the quality of Pakistani cinema. If you disagree with me, I respect your opinion and we can agree to disagree.
Now let’s come back to ‘Teefa in Trouble’. The movie delivers what it promises: a thorough entertainer ‘paisa wasool’. It’s crisp, witty and so beautifully made. Great job by the writers (Ali Zafar, Ahsan Rahim, Danyal Zafar) and the director (Ahsan Rahim). There were some scenes that I would love to watch again, because just watching them once wasn’t enough. The story keeps moving and there are many hilarious lines but it wraps up nicely with even a moral lesson and we see character development.
The music is amazing and twines well within the story. I loved the artistic strokes in the movie such as the one scene of a debate between the many emotions/personalities within the hero’s mind. Maya Ali steps out of her ‘bechari larki‘ stamp from dramas and I love how the female lead has a strong and assertive presence throughout the movie.
I have always been a fan of Mehmood Aslam and he shines as Butt Sahab. Asma Abbas is such a fine actress and her singing of the traditional wedding song ‘Nahin Jaana’ won my heart. All the side characters are played by veterans of the Pakistani drama industry and bring class and presence to their scenes.
There is no vulgarity in the movie. Even the couple of ‘adult’ jokes are so witty that I’m sure most won’t get them. I don’t care much for the fighting scenes but they were done very professionally and super impressive.
Lahore looks resplendent, the jokes are so Pakistani and the music reflective of our culture. This is why cinema is so important for any country: for us to tell our stories through our own words, history and inside jokes. Teefa in Trouble reflects Pakistan and is not trying to be anything or anyone else and what an amazing job they have done!
Go watch the movie!