The all buzzing latest Pakistani movie of Mahira Khan, Verna, is written & directed by Shoaib Mansoor. It’s a story of a young couple living in Islamabad and how their lives change with a kidnapping that takes place on a sunny and pleasant day in F9 Park (the Fatima Jinnah Park of Islamabad).
The central character of the film is Sara, played by Mahira Khan, who had played this role efficiently. Her presence on the screen is glorious. Like Mary in the movie Khuda Kay Liye, Sara is an innocent lady caught in the web of adverse circumstances but she refuses to passively accept her fate. Shoaib Mansoor reveals the extreme dominance of patriarchy Pakistani society. One expose follows another as the whole administrative and political system is manipulated to conceal the rape by a powerful personality. The role of police has been shown as puppets of a corrupt set-up while their wicked political masters are only interested in preserving their fragile image at any cost.
Haroon Shahid played the role of Aami effectively as well as the handicapped husband of a pretty but brave woman. Mansoor develops Aami’s complex character with great care as he is facing a difficult situation. Zarrar Khan fits the role of a handsome feudal perfectly who regards the rest of the citizenry and particularly women, as children of a lesser God. Unlike, his previous films, there are many more songs and music numbers in Verna, but most of them are quite unremarkable, yet the end was a little fanciful, as Sara goes into the Count of Monte Cristo mode, because the system fails to provide justice.
Irum Rehman is convincing as a lawyer, and the only individual who has the strength of character to support Sara’s search for justice. She is leader of the new breed of women lawyers who have aroused the cause of women’s rights in Pakistan.
Verna is a true face of a society which has the danger of drowning in its own hypocrisy and there lies the greatness of Shoaib Mansoor for raising another issue.
Other Details of Verna
Official Film Name: Verna
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Writer, Director & Producer: Shoaib Mansoor
Cast: Mahira Khan, Haroon Shahid, Zarrar Khan, Rasheed Naz, Naimal Khawar & Salman Shaukat