The Legend of Maula Jutt – A new Standard for Pakistani Cinema

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6 years in the making, the star studded remake of the original 1979 Maula Jutt had high expectations to say the least. And to say that the remake, The Legend of Maula Jutt, delivered is an understatement. It is, without a doubt, one of the finest movies ever created by the Pakistani film industry.

The Plot

Disclaimer, the review might contain some spoilers. Read at your own risk.

The precinct of the story is nothing new. Maula Jutt’s family get killed by an enemy clan, the Natts. When Maula finally comes of age, he decides to avenge the death of his family. The plot was a mixture of Game of Thrones and Gladiator, but with a touch of Punjab and its mighty Gandaasa. Although some parts of the story were altered according to the needs of modern age, the main story follows the original 1979 movie.

The Good, the Bad and the not at all Ugly

The legend of Maula Jutt has everything going for it. Fawad Khan playing the hero, Maula Jutt, did an incredible job portraying the original hero from the novel. He had clearly bulked up to look the part and his acting as usual was a joy to watch.

The love interest of Maula Jutt, Mukkho was played by Mahira Khan. Although she is thought to be one of the top actresses of Pakistani cinema, I thought her performance was a little pale. She struggled with pronunciation of Punjabi dialogues and there was lack of chemistry between the hero and her.

Compared with Mahira Khan, Humaima Malick playing her antagonistic role was mesmerizing. Her dialogue delivery as well as acting skills were crisp.

But the spotlight was stolen by Hamza Ali Abbasi. He played Norri Natt, the anti-villain. His makeup, dialogue and acting were perfect. His well delivered quirky dialogues, gave the whole movie a very well balanced, comedic touch..

The sets used in the movie were unique. Costume and makeup team did a wonderful job at portraying the Punjabi culture. But the fighting sequences were without any exaggeration, legendary. Crisp, full of violence and gore, the scenes were right out of a game of thrones episode.

Director Bilal Lashari whose previous film, Waar, also broke records on the box office said that he wanted to give goosebumps to the audience. And that he did. The cheer at the end of the movie was unlike anything I have ever witnessed in a cinema before.

Hamza Ali Abbasi as Noori Natt

Box Office Performance and Review

The Legend of Maula Jutt has received critical acclaim from all the areas of the industry. It is the highest grossing film in Pakistan to date. On its opening weekend, it grossed $2.1 million world wide. The movie also screened on more than 500 theatres all over the world.

The movie currently sits with a mind-blowing 9.1 viewer rating at IMDB.

The Verdict

Go Watch It NOW! The movie is by far the best two and a half hours I have spent all year. The Legend of Maula Jutt has done more for Pakistani cinema than the last 100 comedy flicks combined, and has raised the standard of movie making to heights never seen before.

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