‘Josh’ –Some Elements Missing! Movie review

The most anticipated Pakistani movie Josh which was released this Eid, is still now in cinemas and as shared before, it was only today that I, along with my family watch the movie and it is really a critical point to define it as either a success or a failure. Receiving a tough competition from the Bollywood release ‘Chennai  Express’ within the country,  most of the audience who is making its way towards Josh to support the local content has gotten all its answers that why is Josh still somewhere far behind the ratings of Chennai Express.


The promos of the movie spread a different idea where the audience hoped to see something related to the concept of freedom in general. However the movie has its own meaning of freedom in the movie. Let us first discuss its plot in detail.


The story as shared in my previous predicted reviews, is about a girl Fatima (Aamina Sheikh) who lives with her father(Khalid Ahmed) and beloved nanny (Naila  Ali),enjoying  a high profile living. Being in love deeply with her artist friend Adil, she is in general a humble and sweet girl who feels s for the suffering ones. Her Nanny, Nusrat Bi belongs to a rural tribe which was been ruled by a politician ‘Khan’ (Qaisar Khan) who govern the basti, called ‘Khuda Ki Basti’ completely. Nusrat’s family is the one who actually serves food to the orphan children of the basti and is hated by the feudalist Khan. Nusrat Bi takes a leave from her work to help her brother who stole wheat from khan’s reservoirs. Ahmed though escapes once Khan gets to know about it, but Nusrat becomes a victim of him and is been raped brutally and killed afterwards.

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When she didn’t return, Fatima visits her house and finds her dead body lying in front of her.  People of the basti, though tried to hide the truth but soon she gets to know about it when she decides to continue Nusrat’s services by feeding orphans. Khan, who wanted to be their god again finds Fatima as an interruption and his people kidnaps her when people started supporting her against the move. Ahmed then tries to get her free and in the darkness of night, his gunman kills Khan’s own son.

The movie ends only here showing Khan to be arrested by the police and the free food service turns into a hotel.

Yes, this is it all! Let me just quickly share the strong points and the weak ones here.

Strong points

Flawless acting by all the characters

Beautifully directed

High quality graphics

Good music

Well-written dialogues

Weak Points

The plot could have been better

All the actors are known for being the drama faces. Seemed more like a HUM TV drama!

Overall maintained a slow pace!

Abrupt ending! Abrupt indeed!


It is yet hard to pass any comment over its business because what I have been keeping in view is the crowd which I experienced in the cinema. Though Chennai express seems to enjoy 6 times more business than Josh, Josh still has its patriotic touch.

Azaadi Manao sirf DO rupay main!

 Share your views please,

Nida Zaidi



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  • Rashid Nazir Ali

    i agree with you on abrupt ending, it is something experienced with the ending of many pakistani film, in some pakistani film directors somehow start a film slowly and gradually audience also finally founds ok now something interesting going on, and suddenly it ends abruptly, its like director has opened too many fronts, and now finding impossible to fight on all front they just place THE END, one popular way for THE END is to kill everybody and let just hero and heroine, live happily forever, or kill everybody, or suddenly out of nowhere there is a happy ending, even some missing near relative disappeared 40 years ago appears to ensure a happy ending. But it is bearable for a commercial movie as not every aspect in a commercial movie is there to make sense.

    From josh being a serious movie, our expectation is much higher, that script, screenplay, editing, pace of story all are carefully looked upon to, and most of the areas are really appreciate-able, but main area of story, its pace, script is not something which one may have expected after seeing the film has been acknowledged in many international festivals. slow pace is acceptable on TV, but the beauty of film like this lies in conveying your message in two hours while also keeping audience interested till last scene, josh is a very fine effort, but comparing it with similar semi-art movies like bol and khuda ke liye, it somewhat lags behind in the race.

    • nida_zaidi

      I knew it would be you commenting the earliest. 🙂 Thank you Brother Rashid for staying connected with us with such a consistency.
      The movie, yes, Even expected something much better! :/

    • Purple Gem

      Well it was not a 2 hrs films but actually it was a 1 hr 35mins movie.

      • Rashid Nazir Ali

        u r rite purple gem its one and half hour, 2 hours which I had mentioned was not for this movie , it was in general our films are normally 2 – 2:30 hours, so I just wrote 2 hours as an average movie time. josh is shorter quite shorter than 2 hours, but even this 1:35 hours felt a bit prolonged, and then comes sudden ending.

  • Purple Gem

    Ok so let me share my experience. I was really excited to see this latest pakistani movie so I quickly convinced my mom to go with me. We all went along really entusiastically and when the movie started , I waited for the interval after an hour.But when time passed by , after 1 hr 30 min, the movie ENDED…we were left wondering weather it was an interval or the movie had really ended??? It was so so so abrupt. Besides the writer didnot hav a grip on the story. There were no proper sound effects and the songs also seemed a bit short.i felt like I had watched a drama. There was such a hullaboo but in real I did not find it what u say a good, entertaning movie. Very sorry to waste my money ..:( .. Could hav watched it on tv after sum time..

    • Lawangeen

      hum tumharay ''Gham'' mia barbar k sharek hain…;-)
      paysay tu hatho ka mail hothay hian,tumharay hatho se mail uthar geya aur tum es baat per ansoo baha rahi ho?…hahahha

  • Purple Gem

    And let me say, Bol was much better than this. Perhaps there was difference between director/producer…=) x)

  • Guest

    Everyone on this website is only talking about Josh.How about Ishq Khuda? Or is Ishq Khuda doing such a bad business that its not worthable discussing about it?!

    • Rashid Nazir Ali

      josh is much discussed, as it is only urdu movie released on the eid,

      ishq khuda is not the only punjabi movie, dirty girl another punjabi film is also released, moreover four pashto films are also released, but in our national language only JOSH is released.

  • saba

    frnds agar is ke week points hain na to chennai express b koe has nai hai wo b buss thq hai kuch hud tk to wo veer zara se b milti hai jo apni dadi ki astya bahane gae the.

  • Lawangeen

    nice observation…agreed with some of the weak points..it was a great experence watching this movie with frnd on a big screen.