Rangreza is a 2017 Pakistani musical romantic drama film directed by Amir Mohiuddin, and written by Akhtar Qayyum under the production banner of Vision Art Films. The film features Gohar Rasheed, Bilal Ashraf, Urwa Hocane and Ghana Ali in the main cast. It is also produced by Yasir Mohiuddin and Usman Malkani under the MH Films and Malkani Films respectively.
|Produced by||Akhtar Qayyum|
|Written by||Akhtar Qayyum|
|Music by||J. Ali|
|Cinematography||Sadiq Azeem & Usman Malkani|
|Edited by||Mohammad Arif Adnan Ali Khan|
Vision Art Films
|Distributed by||ARY Films|
B4U Motion Pictures
|Box office||est. ₨ 2.5 crore|
The story revolves around Reshmi, who belongs to a traditional Qawwal family and has been engaged since childhood to her cousin, Waseem. Conflict arises when Ali, a famous popstar falls in love with Reshmi. The film is a journey of how two different classes and schools of thought come together.
Sana Javed was signed for the film to play the lead female role but due to some reasons she opted herself out of the film and the producers signed Urwa Hocane. In an interview, Hocane told that she will play the role of a kind girl named Reshmi. Bilal Ashraf will essay the role of a Rockstar, whilst in an interview with The Express Tribune Ashraf stated, "I have put my heart and soul into the film. Even though it was really difficult playing a musician, I was convinced I could do it. I hope the audience like my attempt."
The shooting of the film began in Karachi.
Rangreza opened to ₨ 9 lakh in its limited release on Thursday in Pakistan. It opened to ₨ 40 lakh in overseas markets on Friday. It ended its first Saturday and Sunday with collecting about ₨ 38 lakh internationally, and ₨ 60 lakh nationwide; to make the total collection of about ₨ 2.5 crore worldwide on 25 December; completing the extended weekend.
The film was premiered on 19 December 2017 in Karachi. For The Express Tribune, Rahul Aijaz praised the music, however, rated the film 1.5 stars out of 5, saying "a sad case which delivers on a few fronts but fails by a large margin on major ones, therefore diluting its experience". Shafiq Ul Hasan rated only 1 star out of 5 and wrote, "Rangreza is a tasteless, colourless and soulless failure […] the film simply cannot be categorised under any genre." Sonia Ashraf of DAWN Images too praised the music and some actors, and commented, "while the film was simple," it has "its moments and drawbacks" that "could have been improved with a tighter script and attention to detail". Shahjehan Saleem of Something Haute criticized its 3-hour-long length, and rated 2.5 stars out of 5, saying "an inept effort due to the weak script and direction," which "proves to be a wasted opportunity for the cast", however, he praised the cast and noted that "The stylization of the film is very strong".
Shyama Sudra of BizAsia rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, and praised it saying "a wonderful film that represents brilliant film-making at its core." Manal Faheem Khan of The News International praised the cast and music, and said, "Rangreza had a lot of potential and could have been saved with better editing, but the film is jumpy and awkward sometimes." Faizan Javed of The Nation praised the film and said, "a blockbuster with spices for all age groups, social backgrounds and genders", the movie "offered a number of social messages for the masses". Abdullah Ejaz of Dunya News rated 3.5 out of 5 stars and commented that Mohiuddin and Qayyum "deserve a pat on the back for the cast they took", adding "Qayyum being a composer was bound by Mother Nature to channel some music-related plot in his writing" and "there's nothing wrong here." Ally Adnan of Daily Times rated 0 out of 5 stars, he wrote in a negative review that "Rangreza has three big problems:" Hocane, "who cannot act;" Rasheed, "who acts a little too much;" and Ashraf, "who does not make any effort to act."
|17th Lux Style Awards
|4th Galaxy Lollywood Awards||
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||13 December 2017|
|Label||B4U Motion Pictures|
|Producer||Jay Ali, Qurram Hussain, Hamza Akram Qawwal|
Score of the film is composed by its writer Akhtar Qayyum. The film soundtrack was released by B4U Motion Pictures on 13 December 2017 via iTunes, but qawwali "Janasheen" was not included in it.
|1.||"Phool Khil Jaayein"||Abida Parveen, Asrar||5:12|
|2.||"Rangreza"||Azam Pasha||Jay Ali||Jay Ali||4:13|
|4.||"Bagiya Mein Mor"||Tauqeer Bhinder||Qurram Hussain, Tauqeer Bhinder||Jonita Gandhi||4:02|
|5.||"Balamwa"||Hamza Akram Qawwal||Fareed Ayaz, Abu Mohammad, Hamza Akram Qawwal||5:36|
|6.||"Janasheen"||Qurram Hussain, Akhtar Qayyum||Qurram Hussain||Qurram Hussain||5:42|
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