Na Maloom Afraad 2

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Na Maloom Afraad 2
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Film poster
Urduنا معلوم افراد 2
Directed byNabeel Qureshi
Produced byFizza Ali Meerza
Mehdi Ali
Written byNabeel Qureshi
Fizza Ali Meerza
Starring
Narrated byFahad Mustafa
Music byShani Arshad
CinematographyRana Kamran
Edited byAsif Mumtaz
Production
company
Filmwala Pictures
Excellency Films
Distributed byUrdu 1 Pictures
Release date
  • 2 September 2017 (2017-09-02)
Running time
125 minutes[1]
CountryPakistan
LanguageUrdu
Budgetapprox. ₨ 15 crore[2]
Box officeest. ₨ 21 crore (domestic)[3]

Na Maloom Afraad 2 is a 2017 Pakistani film co-written and directed by Nabeel Qureshi and produced by Fizza Ali Meerza and Mehdi Ali. It is a sequel to Na Maloom Afraad (2014). The film stars Fahad Mustafa, Javed Sheikh, Mohsin Abbas Haider and Urwa Hocane reprising their roles from the previous film. New additions to the cast include Marina Khan and Hania Amir. While Nayyar Ejaz, Saleem Meraj and Nazr-ul-Hassan played the main antagonists.[4]

Principal photography began in March 2017 in Karachi, and completed in May, while most shots are filmed in Cape Town.[5] Shani Arshad has composed the film score and soundtrack.[6] The film released on Eid al-Adha, 2 September 2017, under the banners of Filmwala Pictures and Excellency Films, and was distributed by Urdu 1.

Plot[edit]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

"We'd hopefully like to start working on a NMA sequel, but don't have a timeline in mind at present," producer Fizza Ali Meerza said after nine months of success of NMA in an interview with The Express Tribune, "We don't know if it's going to be a proper sequel or a spiritual successor through which we'll tell a different story this time".[10] At the trailer launch of the film on 21 June 2017, producer said, "NMA2 is different from NMA because it's another film altogether. It's a new film that features the same characters."[5] "Despite its connection to the previous one, NMA2 acts as a standalone film too", she added.[11] It is director-producer-duo's third film after Na Maloom Afraad (2014) and Actor in Law (2016).

Casting[edit]

Before he flew Dubai to host PSL 2017's opening ceremony in February, Fahad Mustafa revealed to The News, "I'm working on NMA's sequel, which will be shot in South Africa".[12] Soon, Jawed Sheikh, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Nayyar Ejaz, Saleem Meraj and Nazr-ul-Hassan joined in too.[4] Urwa Hocane revealed in March that she has signed NMA2 as her one of the four films in the year;[13] thus making the cast similar as was in NMA.[14][15]

Hania Amir's name was revealed in April,[16] "Ever since I saw Actor in Law I became a huge Nabeel Qureshi fan [… that] I'd love to work with this director and then a week after that I was being asked to come for NMA2." she revealed about her role in interviews with Brandsynario, The Express Tribune and Dawn Images, "[… When] I got to know that they were trying to get in touch with me so, I instantly replied and said yes to the project."[17][18]

After completing the filming, the director revealed to Dawn Images that Marina Khan is also making her film debut, "she has already shot her scenes in the film, the mother of Hania Amir's character."[19] Khan commented, "Parwaaz Hai Junoon was supposed to be my first film, since I signed it first, but NMA2 is releasing earlier so I guess this is my debut".[20]

Sheikh shared with The News, "I absolutely love traveling", as he had to work in many films that required travelling including this film.[21] Also, Haider told Dawn Images that he transformed his body in a six-pack look within just one-and-a-half-month for the film.[22]

Filming[edit]

Filming began in March 2017 in Karachi.[23][24] "We've shot nearly the whole film in Cape Town, South Africa, so it will be visually very interesting."[5] said the director Nabeel Qureshi at trailer launch, "Everything you see on screen has been done by a Pakistani." He further said, "We purchased a new Alexa camera for the film; this is the first Pakistani film to have been shot on it. We just got our sound engineering done from India, but everything else has been done by us".[20] Filming wrapped up in May 2017.[25][26] "We spent close to [₨ 15 crore]", the director revealed at a blogger's meeting, "film's budget is also a lot bigger than the market but we are trying to make big films, to keep increasing the benchmark."[2]

Release[edit]

The film had a premiere event on 26 August in The O2 Arena, UK; where it released on 31 August.[27] It then also premiered in Karachi Nuplex Cinema on 31 August. The film released on the festival of Eid al-Adha, 2 September 2017.[28][29][30][31]

Box office[edit]

The film crossed ₨ 10 crore gross mark within a week of its release,[32] and collected about ₨ 16 crore in ten days of its run.[33] As of 3 October, the film has collected ₨ 20 crore.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Rahul Aijaz of The Express Tribune rated the film 3 out of 5 stars as he felt he had seen the "film a hundred times already", commenting "no matter how funny it is, that edge is lost".[34]

Omair Alavi of Samaa TV said that the similar "may have happened before on screen but not in Pakistan". According to him, its "full-of-pun script" is the best part, while the negative part is that the plot "revolves around the commode". He felt that role of Urwa Hocane, Hania Amir and Marina Khan didn't manage to impress.[6]

Sonia Ashraf of Dawn Images praised the cinematography, but thought that the "script was the film's weakest link". She said, "The film could have easily been made in Pakistan… Despite it needing to be shorter, it was enjoyable."[35]

Khurram Zaidi of Dunya News commented, "a combination of solid comedy, fine action sequences and firm enough story to take it forward".[36]

Accolades[edit]

Ceremony Won Nominated
17th Lux Style Awards
[37][38]
  • Jawed Sheikh – Best Supporting Actor
  • Fizza Ali Meerza – Best Film
  • Fahad Mustafa – Best Actor
  • Mohsin Abbas Haider – Best Actor
  • Nabeel Qureshi – Best Director
  • Mohsin Abbas Haider – Best Male Singer for "Heerey"
  • Aima Baig – Best Female Singer for "Kaif o Suroor"
4th Galaxy Lollywood Awards[39]
  • Mohsin Abbas Haider – Best Actor in a Supporting Role Male
  • Jawed Sheikh – Best Performance in a Comic Role
  • Aima Baig – Best Playback Singer Female for "Kaif o Suroor"
  • Sadaf Kanwal – Best Dance Performance for "Kaif o Suroor"
  • Fizza Ali Meerza – Best Film
  • Fahad Mustafa – Best Actor in a Leading Role Male
  • Nabeel Qureshi – Best Director
  • Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza – Best Story
  • "Kaif o Suroor" – Song of the Year
  • Nigah Hussain – Best Choreography for "Kaif o Suroor"

Controversy[edit]

The film was also scheduled to release in UAE on 31 August, but it was banned by UAE film censor board.[40][41] Producer Fizza Ali Meerza said to Dawn Images that this ban "will not affect [their] ways of saying things". She added, "We believe in commenting on social issues in our films".[42]

After a month of run, Punjab Film Censor Board too issued a notification against the film, that calls for its suspension in Punjab theatres, citing "persistent complaints from different quarters" as its reason. Director Nabeel Qureshi commented on this matter to Dawn Images, saying the film "already received clearance by the censor board and" released with no issues, "then ban it a month later sets a really bad precedent." "Also, the censor board issued the notification on a weekend so I couldn't even go to court to challenge immediately," he added, saying he will take the matter to the court anyway.[43] However, the film was reviewed again and ban was lifted shortly on 7 October with no issues. Producer said in a press, "we have suffered losses because of this sudden ban." She added, "If they are going to ban films without solid justification, it's going to affect everyone involved in Pakistani cinema."[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Na Maloom Afraad 2
Soundtrack album by
Released7 August 2017
Recorded2016–2017
GenreFilmi Soundtrack
Length14:12
LabelFilmwala Pictures
ProducerFizza Ali Meerza
Mehdi Ali
Shani Arshad chronology
Actor in Law
(2016)
Na Maloom Afraad 2
(2017)
Singles from Na Maloom Afraad 2
  1. "Heerey"
    Released: 16 September 2017

A promotional music video "Heerey", starring Mohsin Abbas Haider, was released on 16 September. It was directed by Kamran Lodhi, while videography was done by Faraz Ahmed Sheikh.[44] The soundtrack album was released by Filmwala Pictures on 7 August 2017 via online musical platform Taazi.[45]

All music composed by Shani Arshad.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Kaif o Suroor"Sabir ZafarAima Baig[46]4:14
2."Chal Hug Ley"Shani Arshad, Nabeel Qureshi, Fizza Ali MeerzaJabar Abbas, Shani Arshad4:09
3."Nach Nach"Mohsin Abbas HaiderShani Arshad3:05
4."Heerey"Mohsin Abbas HaiderMohsin Abbas Haider2:44
Total length:14:12

See also[edit]

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