A lighthearted movie well needed to let the cinema revival wheel keep rolling

  • 03 Dec - 09 Dec, 2022
  • Wajiha Jawaid
  • Reviews

For me the success of the film is that when one can go home happy without getting annoyed by the absurd content offered us in the name of revival – and Tich Button is one such movie that entertains you with high on emotion drama, light-hearted comedy, and lovely romantic vibe.

Basking in the glory of Meray Humsafar, director Qasim Ali Mureed and writer Faiza Iftikhar once again teamed up in Tich Button. Playing safe Faiza’s Iftikhar jotted down a script based on a family rooted in Punjab. Family drama is her forte – the genre has always brought success to her on the small screen from Akbari Asghari, Angan, Pinjra, Ranjha Ranjha Kardi, Pehli Si Mohabbat to Prem Gali. However, while writing a similar screenplay for the silver screen her pen slipped in places and it was evident while one watched the movie.

The script was half-baked and the transition from one scene to another was abrupt and forced. One of the biggest flaws was the predictable plot. While watching the film we exactly knew what would happen next and our prediction never went wrong. The process could make viewers lose interest in the movie, fortunately the magnetic performances saved the it from being bad.

Starting from veterans, they all brought their A-game to the floor. The presence of seasoned actors, like Qavi Khan, Samiya Mumtaz, Sohail Ahmed, Gul e Rana, and Raheela Agha, worked in the favor of the movie. They all were fabulous and played their part convincingly. In particular, Sohail Ahmed was amazing – he amused us with impeccable comic timing and all of his jokes hit the right chord among viewers bringing smiles to their faces and adding charm to the movie.

In a debut performance on the silver screen, Farhan Saeed shined as a true star. As a protagonist, he had a major part to play in the movie and he won our hearts with an endearing act. The nuances of his character were precisely written and beautifully executed on screen. You felt his pain when he let go of his love just to keep the family united. The naïve charm he carried throughout the film was fascinating- we liked him as a simple but responsible Kaka Sahab. Though his chemistry with Iman Aly was not up to the mark – the writer and director failed to cash on the romantic angel of the film.

As Saqib, Feroze Khan got an opportunity to come out of his comfort zone and brought something new to the table. We have mostly seen him as an aggressive young man on television, here his character has enough grey ground to play upon but unfortunately he lacks in giving us an act that stays with us forever.

Sonya Hussain gave an overdramatic performance as Shakeela, but it was not her fault as an artist, it was the demand of the role. The talented girl got wasted in a role that was not etched out properly.

Iman Ali is one lucky soul whose character had multiple layers that gave her chance to show off her artistic skill. She did well as a foreign returned gori ma’am, Leena. She looked gorgeous in every frame – a lot of attention was given to her wardrobe and styling and it was nearly impossible to find a fault in her look and appearance.

Talking about a few of the memorable scenes from the film – I loved the part that came just before the interval. Shakeela got to know the truth about Leena and her visit to Pakistan. She challenged her to play pheel dhuj(hopscotch). The girls were about to fell down when boys ran to hold them. The whole scene was picturized appealingly.

Another memorable moment was the scene in the climax where Sohail Khan badly slapped Farhan Saeed and asked him to leave the house. The scene reminded me of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge's iconic scene between Amrish Puri and SRK. It was picturized with the same momentum as of Bollywood film - and as a viewer the impact it left on us was similar to what we felt while watching DDLG.

Coming to dialect and accent, it had a nice mix of Punjabi-Urdu language. As most of the casting was from Lahore so they all got the accent right, hence no complaints in that area at all. Only Sonya Hussain and Gul-e-Rana are from Karachi but they too got the dialect right.

The music was average and an item number was added to add up the glam quotient. Although Urwa Hocane danced gracefully but miserably failed to add the required naughtiness to the song. The lyrics were forgettable and the choreography was highly inspired by Bollywood.

The film has its highs and lows but overall it is a good addition to our cinema. A nice attempt to bring viewers out of their homes and increase footfall in the cinema. Tich Button is a light-hearted rom-com that is the need of the hour to let the cinema revival wheel keep rolling. •