I’m one of many who had been eagerly anticipating the release of Actor In Law, and the film certainly lived up to its mile-long expectations. It was, however, a far cry from mainstream romance movies with their syrupy dialogues and corny declarations of undying love.
The plot revolves around Shan Mirza (the hunky Fahad Mustafa), a young man who aspires to be an actor and spends his days auditioning script after cheesy script. Mirza is the son of veteran lawyer, Rafaqat Mirza (Om Puri) who wants his son to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer. Mehwish Hayat plays the role of Meenu Screwala, an ambitious and feisty reporter who is on the lookout for a breakthrough story that give her the big break and .
In an interesting turn of events, Shan finds himself fighting cases for downtrodden citizens as a pseudo lawyer after he gets booted off a film set. His unusual and often hilarious way of arguing cases makes him a big media sensation. When he befriends the gutsy and spirited Meenu, she introduces him to a different—and unconventional—way of life.
I loved how the movie showcased a very important and passionate message for the nation. It depicts the wonders that can be achieved by unity and collectivity. The way the movie intermixed humour and gravity was ingenious. I also like that, despite the chemistry between Shan and Meenu, it wasn’t the sole focus of the movie.
Humayun Saeed made a brief cameo appearance, as did the ravishing Mahira Khan. Fahad Mustafa and Om Puri delivered a first-class performance. However, I was disappointed with Mehwish Hayat’s acting. She was melodramatic and overly theatrical throughout the film, and her constant cursing was a big turnoff.
Miss Hayat’s disappointing acting skills aside, the film was a huge hit as far as I’m concerned. Of late, Pakistan’s film industry has been churning out some exceptional movies, and Actor In Law definitely deserves a high ranking in that list!