For a variety of reasons The Legend of Maula Jatt is hands down the most anticipated Pakistani film since it was announced almost three years ago.
For starters the film marks the return of heartthrob, Fawad Khan to Pakistani cinema after Khuda ke Liye released in 2007. The fact that The Legend of Maula Jatt is being directed by Waar fame, Bilal Lashari and boasts of an impressive ensemble cast led by Fawad, Mahira Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi and Humaima Malick only adds to the anticipation.
However, by far the most important reason to feel excited about The Legend of Maula Jatt is of course the curiosity around how Lashari and his team would redo a cinematic classic whose influence reigned Lollywood for no less than three straight decades.
Sultan Rahi (late) and Mustafa Qureshi, who had given life to the iconic characters of Maula Jatt and Noori Nath in the 1979 original had, with their ferocious on-screen chemistry, given the audiences a rivalry that surpassed the bounds of cinema to become a pop culture reference. It is impossible then for Pakistanis to not draw parallels between Rahi and Qureshi’s Maula Jatt-Noori Nath and those played by Fawad Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi.
And now that the intensely awaited trailer is finally out, there is reason to believe that Lashari did not take the opportunity of re-making Maula Jatt for granted.
Instead of giving the film a new-age makeover, the director has, it seems, taken the story many centuries back into the past, bestowing it with a vintage backdrop and hence, justifying the “legend” in its new, extended title.
As was the case with Waar, The Legend of Maula Jatt has a trailer that keeps your eye balls glued to the screen. It’s mystic yet fast; beautiful but raw; dramatic but violent – all at the same time.
Inarguably, the trailer passes the litmus test, ensuring that the audiences throng to the cinema to watch the film upon its opening weekend.
However, that said, the gladiator-like setting and the Bajirao-Mastani styled sets, steal from the authenticity of the original classic, making one wish that the director had opted for something closer to the film’s source material.
Nevertheless, it is still too early to pass a judgement on the film and so, there’s no reason to not revel in the visual treat that The Legend of Maula Jatt promises to be from its first look trailer.
Here, watch it for yourself!