Review: Parchi – Theatrical comic gigs put together

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Along with Chupan Chupai, Parchi is arguably a great New Year starter for Pakistani cinema that has bagged almost Rs. 4 crores after first week, according to Box Office Detail. Being the first film from Pakistan to release in Saudi Arabia after recent relaxation of the ban, it is likely to appeal desis no matter where they live.

Parchi’s story revolves around two brothers Bashir (Bash) and Bilal, with the former (Ali Rehman Khan) being a wannabe gangster and the latter (Usman Mukhtar) being an educated, office geek. It all starts when Bash gets himself and his squad – including friends Saqlain or Saqi (Ahmed Ali Akbar) and Bhola (Shafqat Khan) – into trouble by indulging in extortion. Bash is cornered by a gangster Zodiac (Shafqat Cheema) to pay Rs. 5 million for landing in hot water.
With no choice left, Bash and his friends turn to mob-cum-vigilante leader Eman (Hareem Farooq) who falls for Bash in less than three-and-a-half nanoseconds of their first interaction, not to mention the same happens with Bilal who falls for Eman to shape an immediate love triangle. With traces of romance in the air, they plan to rob a clumsy rich woman, Sumaira Khanjarwali (Faiza Saleem), who somehow has super weird ‘superpowers’ and a knack for horror. Her only daughter Natasha (Mahenur Haider) dates Saqi which makes the act further interesting.

Shafqat Khan, who wrote the movie and played Bhola, simply stole the show. Audience couldn’t get enough of his well-timed, situational jokes. Azfar Jafri used the small cheerful acts very well. Together, Shafqat and Azfar utilised their flat characters by giving them catchy dialogues and sarcastic names like biscuits, future, bhola, and cancer.

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