Ho Mann Jahaan

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Ho Mann Jahaan
Ho Mann Jahaan.jpg
Theatrical release poster
ہو من جہاں
Directed by Asim Raza
Produced by Sheheryar Munawar
Asim Raza
Written by Asim Raza
Screenplay by Rashna Abidi
Imtisal Abbasi
Starring Adeel Hussain
Mahira Khan
Sonya Jehan
Sheheryar Munawar
Music by Zebunissa Bangash
Atif Aslam
Faakhir Mehmood
Cinematography Salman Razzaq Khan
Edited by Amir Saif
The Vision Factory Films
Distributed by ARY Films
Release date
  • 31 December 2015 (2015-12-31) (UAE)
  • 1 January 2016 (2016-01-01) (Pakistan)
Running time
170 minutes
Country Pakistan
Language Urdu
Box office

Rs 16.25 crore (Domestic) Rs 21.75 crore (Worldwide) [1]


Ho Mann Jahaan (Urdu: ہو من جہاں‎) is a 2016 Pakistani coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Asim Raza at his directorial debut. The screenplay was written by Rashna Abdi, Imtisal Abbasi and Asim Raza, while dialogues were written by Asim Raza, Imtisal Abbasi, Rashna Abdi and Yasir Hussain. The film stars Adeel Hussain, Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar and Sonya Jehan, along with veterans Bushra Ansari, Kainat Saleem, Arshad Mahmud, Jamal Shah and Munawar Siddiqui. It is produced in Urdu.[3]

The film was released in the Middle East on 31 December 2015 by ARY Films[4] and on 1 January 2016[5] in Pakistan.

The film opened to a highly successful box office weekend and went on to run for several weeks, making it one the highest-grossing films of 2016. In Dec 2016 Ho Mann Jahaan was showcased at the Pakistani Film Festival in New York City.


Ho Mann Jahaan is a coming-of-age urban story set in present-day Karachi. The film revolves around three main characters – Arhan (Sheheryar Munawar), Manizeh (Mahira Khan), and Nadir (Adeel Husain). The story is about their friendship born out of shared experiences, passion for music, and aspiration for fame. Sonya Jehan plays the role of Sabina, a powerful independent character symbolizing strength and wisdom. The film is a reflection of the struggle between individuals seeking to exercise free will but also attracted to conformity. Parents impose restrictions and dictate terms, because they love their children but at times don't understand them.



The film was primarily shot in Karachi, and some parts were shot in the northern areas of Pakistan. The film was shot using two Alexa cameras with two camera units. The film's first teaser was released on 25 March 2015 [6][7] where the cast and crew got together for a press event at the film's largest and one of the industry's most expensive sets.


The soundtrack was digitally released on 1 November 2015.[6][8] It comprises a total of ten songs by various artists.[9] The album contains only three original tracks, written by Asim Raza; the rest of the songs were re-recorded by artists who had previously performed them.[10] The album was produced by Faakhir and Ehtisham Malick at ET studios. The song "Khush Piya" was dedicated to Malika Pukhraj by Tina Sani.[11]

Track listing[edit]

1."Barish"Jimmy KhanJimmy Khan3:55
2."Mann Ke Jahan"Asim RazaZebunnisa Bangash4:12
3."Ghar Nari"Hazrat Amir KhusrauFareed Ayaz4:48
4."Dil Kare"Asim RazaAtif Aslam3:31
5."Dil Pagla"Asim RazaZebunnisa Bangash4:34
6."Dosti"Zoheb HassanZoheb Hassan and Zebunnisa Bangash3:38
7."Khush Piya Waseen"Khwaja Ghulam FaridTina Sani4:19
8."Sarak Sarak"Mai Dhai BandMai Dhai3:25
9."Shakar Wandan"Afzal SahirAsrar3:46
10."The Audition"Louis J. PintoLouis J. Pinto (Gumby)1:12


The film was originally scheduled to be released on the holiday of Eid al-Azha on 25 September 2015,[12] but was rescheduled for release on 1 January 2016.[13]

Critical Reception[edit]

The film has an IMDB rating of 7.4 making it one of the highest IMDB rated Pakistani films[14] The film generally received mixed reviews.Rafay Mehmood of Express Tribune rated 2 out of 5 stars and criticised its script and camera work and said "Ho Mann Jahaan is a failed marriage between advertisement and film, and the rest is just too long to sit and absorb".Hamna Zubair of Dawn News praised its well selected cast and their acting.The editor also praised its strong hitting social message and wrote that "Ho Mann Jahaan succeeds in it's aim to entertain, and I'm happy for everyone involved. Go watch the film, you'll like it"[15].Fatima Aleem of nation gave it a rating of 7 out of 10 and praised the film's content and marked that "Movie had a good lesson for parents to let their children choose the career line they want to opt rather than compelling them to fulfill their dreams and live a life they never wished for".Editor of Dunya News praised The Direction but criticised its predictable storyline and mainly praised Shehreyar Munawar's acting but pointed out more negatives than positives[16].Haider Janjua praised the film especially its actors and wrote that "All in all, Ho Mann Jahan is a really great and entertaining movie. Yes, it wasn’t perfect and there is always room for improvement especially in the story department but the great thing for me which made it such a compelling and heartfelt movie was the messages that it had hidden in the shining glossy wrapping"[17].Ujala Ali Khan of The National highly praised the film and wrote that"A highly relatable story featuring likeable characters, teamed with great performances by both the lead and supporting actors, makes for an easy, pleasant viewing experience". Galaxy Lollywood rated it 3 out of 5 stars and wrote that "Good performances by the lead actors, great music ,some special guest appearances and a slowly moving plot await you. Its not the best that Pakistani Cinema has offered, but then its not the worst either".[18]


Ceremony Won Nominated
16th Lux Style Awards
  • Mahira Khan – Best Actress
  • Shehreyar Munawar – Best Supporting Actor
  • Shehreyar Munawar and Asim Raza – Best Film
  • Asim Raza – Best Director
  • Sonya Jehan – Best Supporting Actress
  • Zeb Bangash – Best Female Singer for "Dil Pagla"
3rd Galaxy Lollywood Awards[21]
  • Mahira Khan – Best Actor in a Leading Role Female
  • Shehreyar Munawar – Best Actor in a Supporting Role Male
  • Shehreyar Munawar – Best Male Debut
  • Asrar – Best Playback Singer Male for "Shakar Wandaan"
  • Zebunnisa Bangash, Atif Aslam and Faakhir Mehmood – Best Music
  • Shakar Wandaan – Song Of The Year
  • Nigah Hussain – Best Choreography for Shakar Wandaan
  • Adeel Hussain, Mahira Khan and Shehreyar Munawar – Best Dance Performance for Shakar Wandaan
  • Fawad Khan – Best Special Appearance
  • Mahira Khan and gang singing at Coke Studio with Zohaib Hassan – Cinematic Moment Of The Year
  • Shehreyar Munawar and Asim Raza – Best Film
  • Asim Raza – Best Director
  • Adeel Hussain – Best Male Debut
  • Zeb Bangash – Best Playback Singer Female for "Dil Pagla"
  • Sonya Jehan – Best Actor in a Supporting Role Female
1st International Pakistan Prestige Awards[22]
  • Shehreyar Munawar and Asim Raza – Best Film
  • Asim Raza – Best Director
  • Shehreyar Munawar – Best Actor Film
  • Mahira Khan – Best Actress Film
  • Asrar – Best Singer Male/Female for "Shakar Wandaan"
  • Sonya Jehan – Best Actor in a Supporting Role Male/Female
47th Nigar Awards

The awards were postponed and did not take place

  • Shehreyar Munawar and Asim Raza – Best Film
  • Mahira Khan – Best Actress
  • Sonya Jehan – Best Supporting Actress
  • Adeel Hussain – Best Debut Male
  • Shehreyar Munawar – Best Debut Male
  • Zebunnisa Bangash, Ehtesham Malik and Faakhir Mehmood – Best Music Director
  • Asrar – Best Playback Singer Male for "Shakar Wandan"
  • Mai Dahi – Best Playback Singer Female for "Sarak Sarak"
  • Asim Raza – Best Debut Director
  • Asim Raza – Best Story
  • Nigah Hussain – Best Choreographer
  • Salman Razzaq Khan – Best Cinematography


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