Dum Mastam Review: Imran Ashraf and Amar Khan’s Performances Wins Heart


Dum Mastam Review: Imran Ashraf and Amar Khan’s Performances Wins Heart

Dum Mastam follows the course of romance between childhood sweethearts Aliya and Bao. Heady with love and dreams of a happily-ever-after, the young couple also holds onto their individual dreams of a flourishing career in the music industry. The journey, however, is riddled with hardships which the two face with grit and determination, holding on to each other, and the relationship that goes through its own roller coaster. The movie is replete with all the undertones of a potboiler--comedy, tragedy, drama, and the axis: love.


Cast: Imran Ashraf, Amar Khan, Sohail Ahmed
Genre: Romance
Author(s): Amar Khan
Director: Mohammed Ehteshamuddin
Release Date: 03/05/2022 (selected cinemas)
Running Time: 155mins
Country: Pak
Year: 2022

Films this Eid need to perform well at the Pakistani box office. Not only is the Pakistani box office coming back from a deadly pandemic, but the films we make are also few and far between. Dum Mastam is among the few films releasing this Eid al Fitr. In the UAE the film has already been released and continues to show in various cinemas. Starring Imran Ashraf, Amar Khan, Momin Saqib, Sohail Ahmed, Uzma Beg, and Saleem Mairaj (among others), the film is written by Amar Khan and directed by Mohammad Ehteshamuddin (Superstar). The feature is produced by Adnan Siddiqui and Akhtar Hasnain. 

The story charts the emotional journey of Aaliya and Baoo (played by Amar Khan and Imran Ashraf respectively) as they spar against each other because Aaliya wants to be a big star and Baoo is just a lovelorn useless admirer of hers. A twist of fate occurs and Baoo and Aaliya’s paths are conjoined forever and drama continues to ensue.

Various authentic and charming supporting actors appear. The most entertaining appearance, without a doubt, is of Sohail Ahmed, whose powerful comedic zingers will definitely make you laugh. Uzma Beg as the hapless mother, Momin Saqib as the mad singer, and Saleem Mairaj as the sleazy, opportunist manager all have distinct and individual flavors and each of them is wonderful in their own right. They provide much of the film’s Punjabi, androgen Lahore flavor.

The music and choreography impress, considering Pakistani standards, especially Larki Achari and Beqarar Dil. Guest appearances by Adnan Siddiqui, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and Kiran Malik are a nice touch, as are the cameo appearances by various social media influencers such as Omair Alavi, Arslan Naseer, Moroso, and Wajahat Rauf among others are also a nice touch.

The story falters in its screenplay towards the climax and perhaps it could have done well with slicker editing in the first half. Aaliya and Baoo’s conflict is established from the very first scene so the subsequent patches seem repetitive. In the second half, the climax seems to be mostly dialogs with a few punches thrown in for good measure.

The real winners in this show are Imran Ashraf and Amar Khan who are completely at ease and it really doesn’t seem like their big-screen debut. Imran shows various shades in his performance and as his character goes darker towards the end, you wish you’d have seen that angry Baoo much earlier rather than just in the last few minutes. 

Amir Khan’s dressed-down performances are perhaps her high points, though she dances and glams up quite nice. It kinda makes you wish that we’d see such great actors in less high-powered stories and more toned-down, mellow features that told slice-of-life stories. Imran Ashraf proves that he’s not meant for just the small screen. He’s got an endearing quality to him that makes him incredibly likable and relatable.

Verdict? Watch Dum Mastam for the stellar performances and some great music. You’ll find some of the scenes and plotlines a bit haphazard here and there but the whole feature definitely gets an A for effort!

Fun Facts of Movie Dum Mastam

Dum Mastam is an upcoming Pakistani romantic comedy film. Dum Mastam was directed by Mohammed Ehteshamuddin and produced by Adnan Siddiqui and Akhtar Hasnain under Cereal Entertainment. Dum Mastam Movie Written by Amar Khan who also plays the leading role with Imran Ashraf, the film is set to release date on Eid ul Fitr May 2022 by Hum Films.

Dum Mastam's film is a perfect blend of love, laughter, music, and emotions. After numerous delays and promises of a release date, the actor-turned-film producer promises that the film will be released in theatres this Eid ul Fitr May 2022.

We’re also introducing Momin Saqib, who is one of the supporting cast in the film, who’s an Instagram sensation and is phenomenal with his comic timings,” Siddiqui shared, adding that he will reveal more updates soon. Dam Mastam will also feature Sohail Ahmed, Saleem Mairaj, Adnan Shah Tipu, Momin Saqib, and others in important roles.

The trailer for the upcoming Imran Ashraf and Amar Khan starrer Dum Mastam just dropped and it has been doing rounds ever since, for all the right reasons. From the strikingly handsome star cast to the brilliant acting, exceptional music, immaculate direction, and a perfect blend of love, laughter, music, emotions, and conflict, the trailer of Dum Mustam ticks all the boxes of a pure edge-of-the-seat entertainer and leaves one wanting more. 

The film released one song earlier, Tu Heer Meri, Larki Achaari and now the title track of the film are out.

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