Chinar – Daastaan-E-Ishq movie review

Imagine this. You see your lover after a long time at your place and he’s butchering your husband into pieces with an axe. At that very moment, you think of all the pleasant memories you had with him. This is actually a scene in this week’s release, CHINAR DAASTAN-E-ISHQ.

CHINAR DAASTAN-E-ISHQ begins with picturesque shots of snow clad mountains, rivers, lakes (of what looks like Kashmir) with a pleasant background number. That unfortunately is the highlight of the film which is a complete downhill from there!

Based on an Urdu novel called Jheel Jalti Hai, the film is a story about love, hate, revenge, power and what not. Narrated mostly in flashback mode, it’s a story about childhood friends-turned-lovers, Jamaal (Faissal Khan) and Suraiyya (Inayat Sharma). All’s hunky dory until Suraiyya is made to marry Salaam (Pramod Moutho) against her will and Jamaal has no idea about this. After a few days, an unfortunate incident occurs (not revealing because it’ll be a spoiler) because of which Jamaal starts hating Suraiyya. It’s really not worth telling anything more about the film’s plot beyond this point because it becomes totally random and anything goes.

Many instances are hard to believe and digest in the film and you keep wondering what the hell is going on. You don’t know why Suraiyya’s voice is forever gloomy while narrating the story. The length of the film is 112 minutes but it’s such a drag that you feel it’s a three-hour film. Some of the shots are tacky and jarringly edited. It’s hard to believe how the film got a U/A certificate despite showing a slaughtered body with blood over the floor.

Only thing good about the film is some unintentionally funny moments.

Faissal Khan, making his acting comeback after many years, is decent but hams in some scenes. Inayat Sharma, Dalip Tahil, Shahbaz Khan, Pramod Moutho fail to leave any sort of impact.

CHINAR DAASTAN-E-ISHQ is unimpressive. They should’ve called it CHINAR DAASTAN-E-BORE.

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