When you have suffered from films like Gumm, Sirf Tum Hi To Ho, Daal Chawal and Talash, a simple film like Betabiyan may perhaps makes you feel better.
One questions, is it a bad film, then answer is no it is not, also it seems to be following a classical Pakistani Filmy era when a simple love story can pull the audience especially families who loves to watch romantic films, and that is certainly what is all about Betabiyan.
It is a story of a daughter who lost her mother during pregnancy and her father raised her with the help of his college friend, a friend who never bother to marry herself and sacrifice her life for the child and her college love.
Just like every other Pakistani film, the title makes little or no sense because it is not related to the storyline at all. However, despite several errors, Betabiyan has a good music and this is something that can pull the audience towards the cinema if (and it is a big if) we had cinemas that still sells tickets at Rs. 200 to Rs. 300.
Betabiyan is a combination of 2 love stories, where a daughter eventually wants her dad to marry since her mother left during her pregnancy.
For me who has watch blockbusters of Baber Ali on circuit cinema, it was really nostalgic to watch him again on silver screen. He does hold his charm even to this day. Although the film does not revolve around his character but he is an integral character of the story.
The film also highlights the father daughter love which till today is a bit complicated in the absence of a mother.
Baber Ali was simple and reminds me of his calm character he played in Miss Istanbul. He acted well, true to his potential and never tried extra hard to push his boundaries which makes it suitable for the role he is portraying.
Hiba Ali, being her first film was slightly charming however, there was certainly no effort for her styling and wardrobe. A little effort towards her would have bear better results.
Saima Baloch performed well in few songs as she specializes in dance. Her acting also fine as it didn’t require much effort however the role demands to cast a much younger girl which she tried her best, however something one can’t help. This is a typical Lollywood style and it still carrying on.
The biggest issue with this film is the hero Zain, played by Syed Arez. I never quite understand what he was trying to do. He tends to be romantic which he is not of course and he always tries to copy (read mimic) some great actors which sometimes feel hilarious but often irritating.
Towards the end, Javed Shiekh and Saba Hameed entry was interesting element in the film.
I would say that Betabiyan is basically an oversimplified romantic film that has a good music, yes 8 songs and still it only runs for 2 hours. Some I really appreciate as the director kept the duration in check.
Lastly, this is not a badly made film like I mentioned earlier, it is simple and sometimes you feel it is too simple perhaps, however at the moment if Pakistani Cinema can have too simple films it can help at least the remaining few circuits running for the time being.
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The song comes as a breather of fresh air in the current times when everyone is confined to their houses because of the global pandemic. The song, written in English and Urdu, is a fusion of contemporary and pop music. It’s a happy-sad song, something that hasn’t been done before.
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