Netflix has become a popular option around the world with all kinds of content. Not just does Netflix cater to outsourced content, but it also produces original content popularly known as ‘Netflix Original”.
Netflix is quite popular in Pakistan too, as the film industry has been progressing here with time.
Renowned for their gripping storylines, strong characters, and impressive performances, Pakistani movies have proven to be one of the nation’s best mediums of entertainment.
Let’s see what we have on our watchlist.
Saawan is a 2017 Pakistani suspense drama film. The film is based on a true story of a disabled child, who faced difficulties in the deserts of Pakistan. Outcast from society and left to die in the wilderness, a young boy with polio boards on a journey to connect with his mother.
The struggles of this poor soul will surely break your heart but the way he met his mother will make you cry tears of joy.
2.Sitara: Let a Girl Dream
Written and directed by oscar-winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, it’s a fifteen-minute short film that takes on a journey through the old city of Lahore, where, Pari, a fourteen-year-old girl dreams of becoming a pilot and whose story is told through the perspective of her younger sister, Mehr. Pari whose dream of being a pilot is crushed when she is forced into child marriage.
It is a silent film that highlights the burdens of a family as well as the impact of a culture where girls are still struggling to fully realize their dreams.
This film deserves to be praised and applauded. It was an out-of-the-box film for this industry. No doubt, the storyline, and direction are so marvelous that they will keep you hooked from start to end.
The performances were up to the mark, especially Aamina Sheikh, she was damn impressive along with Sanam Saeed. The music was quite different too.
A movie with such a fresh perspective and endearing take on sibling bonds, true romance as shown by the mother and father, and the amazing character portrayal of different relations. So much love and forgiveness and the simplicity of acceptance after the drama of confrontation. I must say consider this masterpiece as a treat to yourself.
Netflix features the gripping tale Dukhtar in 2014. Samiya plays the role of a strong-willed and brave mother who elopes with her daughter in a bid to free her from being a child bride to a grown man.
Risking her life to save her daughter’s innocence and happiness, she flees home. With the men searching for the two, Sohail played by Mohib Mirza makes the brave decision to help them. Escorting them in his truck, the kind gesture gives the mother and daughter a better chance at survival.
5.Allahyar and the Legend of the Markhor
Living in the northern areas of Pakistan, a ranger’s son gets kidnapped by poachers. It is pertinent to mention that it’s kind of amazing how far Pakistan’s cinematography has come, the animation was amazing, and the storyline was very good, it was more or less predictable, but it was very nice, really religious, and patriotic.
However, it started to drag a bit in the middle but other than that Allahyar and the Legend of the Markhor was a good, family movie.
The direction was amazing. And so was the script. The nuances of life in Jumeira versus the other side of Dubai were depicted so profoundly. The lives of a gullible maid: a beautiful socialite; an ambitious investment banker and a happy-go-lucky chauffeur are entwined together in Dubai, in this bitter-sweet tale of self-discovery.
Great job by the entire team. Different but in a good way. Not your usual Bollywood/Lollywood stuff.
7.Teefa in Trouble
Teefa in trouble is probably the only high-grossing, big-budget, all-inclusive film on this list. It is a film that you go to the cinema to watch with your friends or play it on your Netflix to have a fun night with your family. It is an action-comedy that is, in no way ground-breaking or unprecedented.
Nevertheless, it still surpasses its rivals such as “Jawani Phir Nahi Ani” and its sequel when it comes to dialogue delivery, grace, originality of the jokes, and sanity of the storyline.
8.Abdullah: The Final Witness
This is a hidden gem not many people know about. This indie movie is an example of gems that cannot be compared to the commercial cinema because this film is on another wavelength.
Unlike other movies on terrorism like Waar and Yalghaar, this is not an ISPR production. The Hashim Nadeem creation focuses on the Kharotabad Incident, allegedly by suicide bombers of Frontier Constabulary, at the Kharotabad check post in Quetta.
Moor is a beautiful ode to the honest workers that do not stray from righteousness. Shot (partly) in the hauntingly beautiful locations of Baluchistan, Moor tells the tale of a station master caught in a war within himself.
Even though Moor features several new actors, it is filled with powerful performances. That strengthens the film’s portrayal of a person’s internal battles and the struggle for righteous living.
The story rotates around Reshmi (Urwa Hocane) who has a place with a conventional Qawwal family. She has locked in since youth to her cousin, Waseem, played by Gohar Rasheed. Strife arises when Ali, a popular pop star played by Bilal Ashraf begins to look all starry-eyed at Reshmi. The film is an excursion of how two distinct classes and ways of thinking meet up.
So which one are you binge-watching on weekend? Let us know in the comments!