Abnegation: Self sacrifice – usually done for a greater good (cause of humanity, self, nation etc.)
Imagine yourself on the crossroads of three pivotal life choices: choosing your future prospects; making an abnegation for your own morals and principles; or becoming a philanthropic nationalist that could change the lives of your fellow countrymen for good.
What would you choose?
Tough choice, right?
This is precisely what Jami’s new movie Moor is all about. Shot in an epic picturesque local railway station in Baluchistan, the flick is all about how Wahid Lala (Waheed Sheikh) grapples with the accidental (read: melodramatic) death of his wife (Palwasha, played by Samiya Mumtaz) and his childhood, as well as his chastised morals and principles in the face of his son (Shaz Khan), who is benign to moral sodomy in the cosmopolitan life of Karachi.
As for Wahid, the challenges don’t just end up here. He has his ongoing tussle with his moral turpitude for the sake of his brother who seems promising in delivering a covetous livelihood, yet obliges him to abnegate his nationalistic integrity and love for his railway station.
While the storyline and punch lines are crafted immaculately to give you goosebumps and question your (self proclaimed) righteousness, the nexus is thoroughly complex, and at times too esoteric (for the local audience). There is little doubt that this is something only Jami could pull off within a couple of hours of screening.
On the other hand, as the movie is set to showcase on the big screen at major cinemas across Pakistan on the Independence Day, you can certainly expect your nationalism to kick in, even if you have an iota of patriotism to linger on.
What you should look for?
The movie is an epic example of flawless direction, script, dialogue delivery, cinematography and cast selection. You would hardly find a local film production that meets such high standards. Bolstered by decades of experience of both the cast and its crew, the epic saga of Waleed’s chimera has been depicted in the primmest fashion.
While Waheed, Samiya and Abdul Qadir have done an amazing job with their roles, we could have expected much out of the protagonist Shaz Khan, who is stumped by his dwarf experience on his movie debut.
Truth be told, the movie possesses a strong potential to turn you teary-eyed at the most cataclysmic moments, and also condemn you to scrutinize your nationalism before making any decision that lies on the nexus of personal and national interests.
What you shouldn’t expect?
If you are someone who is a fan of gloss, glamour and “entertainment”, back off right now. This movie is certainly NOT for you!
Though it’s undeniable that Jami’s picturization of our railway demise is slick, but with a few insequential blows, peppered with a couple of thrills in the action sequences, it ultimately comes up short. The audience is left to fill up the gaps in the storyline, which if deliberated, could have accentuated the plot of the movie.
As with most desi movies, the plot appears dragged, and one could predict moments where the producers could have edited the sections that do little justice to the movie – apart from making it a little soporific.
In as much as you can leave a movie saying “man, this cast, music and direction were terrific,” you might just not end up calling Moor something of a blockbuster success.
Overall Movie Rating: 8 out of 10.