Superstar – Movie Review | Watch it or NOT?

Superstar Movie has been the most talked-about film releasing this Eid and the producers went out of their way to promote it. Pakistani films most often are disappointing in terms of screenplay and script therefore if a film delivers in these two departments then it is definitely a must-watch but then there are also films which might have a done-to-death storyline but the visuals and the dialogues are so stunning that you enjoy watching them. Then there are those films which have the perfect comic element and that is what keeps you hooked. Superstar is definitely not the kind of film that keeps you hooked or looking forward to more. It does not have a single moment which completely blows you away. Superstar tries to achieve too much but ends up showing quite a few clichéd scenarios ‘interrupted’ by some really good songs.

Screenplay & Music: Azaan Sami Khan
Dialogues: Ali & Mustafa Afridi
Director: Mohammad Ehteshamuddin
Producer: Momina & Duraid Films

The Performances and The Songs

Mahira Khan is phenomenal as the superstar but there is absolutely nothing new or grand about her portrayal of a simple girl trying to make it big. Bilal Ashraf has a definite screen presence, he looks great on screen, his acting has improved but there definitely were times when you wished the director had made him retake those scenes. Bilal Ashraf and Mahira Khan’s romantic interactions in the film are powerful but there are very few of those. Their characters keep you confused and the changes in their characters have definitely not been given enough screen time. The songs were the best part of the film but there were too many of them and not all of them were choreographed as well as they could have been. This film could easily have been a musical. As a musician, Azaan Sami Khan did wonders because there were a variety of songs and each one of them were beautifully sung. Alizeh Shah was phenomenal as Chutki, she was the most entertaining part of the first half before the interval. She looked great on screen, gave a solid performance and made Chutki’s character more entertaining than annoying.

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The Love Story

Superstar’s trailers promised something more than just a love story – a star’s journey, the sacrifices, and the ups and downs. Well, the movie does cover that but completely fails to highlight this aspect properly because there was more telling than showing. Superstar could conveniently be just another love story without adding the ‘Superstar’ bit. personally, I did not feel for Noori or Sameer Khan as actors/stars for a single second and there was nothing new about their struggles.

Superstar is a simple love story about two people coming from completely different backgrounds who meet, fall in love, there is heartbreak and betrayal, one is at fault and then eventually that person is forgiven and we get a happy ending! I am still wondering why the film is titled Superstar! I was honestly wishing I could have fallen in love with Noori just as easily as Sameer Khan did. This love story seemed quite forced, which is why it took me a while to warm up to it. Sameer’s betrayal was very forced and his efforts to win Noori back, in the beginning especially even more so! Sameer Khan’s betrayal did not go well with his overall personality, the lack of communication even though he was madly in love with Noori was impossible to relate to.

Patriotism Ka Tarka

Like every other Pakistani film, this one too has a specific track which highlighted Pakistan/India ties, showed how patriotic the hero was and the pressures which Pakistani actors face when they work in Bollywood. Although, the falling from grace scenario was completely true but was it really needed? Why did Sameer Khan even go back to India for that Press Conference with all the riots and threats?

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Final Remarks

The cinematography of the film is not as grand and impressive as Punjab Nahi Jaungi and Balu Mahi, I was expecting better. The story is all over the place, the screenplay is dodgy but the songs keep the film from getting too dull. Bilal Ashraf looks great on the big screen and Mahira Khan is stunning in the superstar role. Mahira Khan, however, needs to experiment more because in the first half of the film her overall look and demeanor is a lot like the one she had in Saat Din Mohabbat In. The dialogues reminded me of drama serial Aangan, heavy-duty but at times out of context and hence not too meaningful. The timing of some of the jokes in the film is so bad, it’s unbelievable. The film gets better after the interval, I found it difficult to sit through it in the first half. I wish our filmmakers would invest more on original, well-thought-out and quality scripts than promotions and marketing.

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Fatima Awan

Fatima Awan has been a part of reviewit right from its inception. She feels very passionately about Pakistani dramas and loves discussing them in detail. An enthusiastic writer, thinker, and political scientist, constantly trying to look beyond the obvious. Full-time mom.

  • I prefer PHL…not superstar I know Ehtesham Bhai as a drama director love all drama but Cinema totally change tha world

  • Worst movie to watch, Aunty Mahira should stay out of the movies , she is not at all a good actress, overrated and overage, Bilal was looking more her son than a hero

    • Just watched it. Loved it. Mahira Khan is a true SUPERSTAR. She looked exceptionally stunning throughout the movie. Her performance throughout the movie was phenomenal esp the frustration, utmost disappointment and sheer sense of betrayal at the scene where conversing with “Chutki” on the phone. Movie has no extra special Comical characters but the dialogues were short, crispy and meaningful and…funny too at times. Bilal Ashraf’s acting was not Super but cool enough and complemented with Mahira Khan very well. Ali Kazmi as always had done justice to his character. Not for a moment movie seemed boring or dragged like PHL. Every scene is pinned with the storyline and context. A love story painted with stories of achieving/Shattered dreams, betrayal, friendship, sacrifices, selfishness, and patriotism too. But the story was not here and there. There was one focus of the movie which was not to forget your relationships or loved ones in pursuing your dreams. In the chase of being at the top -of becoming a “Superstar” first Sameer Khan lost his loved ones and then Noori. True dialogue that they were the two sides of the same story.
      It was beautifully penned. I have become a fan of Mustafa Afridi writing after “Sang e Mar Mar” and “Yeh raha Dil”. His witty dialogues always comes out very well…even now in Ehd e Wafa. Kudos to the director Ehteshamuddin- everything, every person, every costume and every detail was beautiful. The movie as a whole was “Beautiful”. The tempo got a little slower at the other half but did not drag. You can imagine that I forgot munching my popcorns as not to miss my dialogues. The second half makes you glued to seat and could not blink your eyes for a moment. In the end, hands automatically rise to applaud. WOW! Impressive! Thank you “Superstar” team for giving us such a high standard quality work. A movie to stay in your memory for good.

  • Well written…. because it’s not worth watching…. please guys don’t waste money it’s just an ordinary film….I recommend parye hat love. PHL is much better than superstar

  • Just simple movie acting of mahira is average I must say go and watch phl movie of shehryar and maya movie worth to watch really

  • When you go to watch a film you don’t have to spend every moment comparing it with other films or trying hard to find faults. Just go with an open mind. Why let others tell you what to think? What do these critics hope to achieve by trying so hard to force people not to watch Superstar?

  • 🇵🇰 Movie superstar Big CHARBA of several Indians movies. Dances songs costumes even cinematography is copied… Cheater director of film superstar…

  • Mahira khan was good looking,but years ago she had kind of heroine type masala but now overage auntie type loosen skin. But beechari Kia karay kam nhi milay tu charba type movies may thumkay laga k koi national award k chakar may ho… Mahira auntie jubilee chocolate may mars wala maza nhi atta.

  • It doesnt surprise me if most of the film’s content (incl music) is copied. Afridi’s SeMM was inspired of the real story, Ye Raha Dil was Korean drama copy, Aanagn was based on novel. What’s his contribution towards drama industry with originality? Lekin is ka arrogance check karain to pata naheen kya samajhta hai apney ap ko.

  • Is this comments section permanent? It seems so messed up. Also no notifications and you can’t know who has upvoted you. 😔

  • Thats an amazing film & i enjoyed it…… The couple chemistry is very strong
    I think we have to encourage Pakistani work

  • Better to watch PHL, mahira doesn’t fit as a heroine in the film.. while bilal looking awesome in the film.

  • Mahira – she just can’t get rid of Khirat. Ordinary very very ordinary. I second Firdaus Saheb once more. She is just not the acting material.

    • But wasn’t she very good as Khirad? Or even in sheherezaat. In other ho man jahan type movies she wasn’t good.

  • I don’t know but i am definitely starting to doubt Mahira the film star. Though i didn’t agree with Firdous jamal’s opinion but he is somewhat right. I don’t know but maybe she is not really a heroine material. After watching this film i feel she is one dimensional. I feel she is an enigma which i will never be able to understand. She did a great job in ST but on the other hand she is kinda failing as a film superstar. Only hit film of her was bin roye and that movie did business because of Humayun. I think in general hum tv’s reputation is going down and down. When you start to irritate people then i guess people somewhat hate you or be extra critical. Bilal Ashraf has the presence. If he improves his acting like he’s doing then he will be the next big thing. I think Mahira needs to come out from hum tv’s lap and start working with six sigma and ARY for a change. Hum tv has lost it.

  • Humari qoum padmavat aur ram leela jaisi ghatiya movies dekh ly ti hai aur usy highly recommend bhi krti hai mgr apny mulk ki achi simple saaf movies nahi dekh sakhti aur ussy boring bolti hai kyun k uss mai koi raam kisi leela ky kaproun ka size nahi mang rha hota
    I encourage all of you to watch it for once trust me it is much better than this review

  • I think this film will make more money than any of the Pakistani movies despite negative reviews. People are reviewing it after watching english or Bollywood movies, which are well established cinema industries.


  • Thanks for review
    Yeh movie meine pehley bhi nhi dekhni thi but now definitely I will not watch because I never liked mahira khan as an actress and bilal is expressionless actor

  • Most of the time i agree with your views fatima but i think you have been quite harsh with this review coz i believe this movie was one of the best cinematic experience I had with respect to Pakistani films. Mahira and nikal both were in top of their game acting wise. Even the supporting cast was a great ensemble with veteran performances by Nadeem and javaid sheikh sahab, as a Abbas and specially marina khan. It’s way better than highly praised jpna series and other Pakistani movies getting better reviews than this one. Even the background score, costumes, music, set design and minute details were well crafted and tailor made for the project. I would rate 4.5/5. I think we should support decent movies like these rather than wrong no. and likes.

    • That’s okay Osama, it is good to disagree every now and then. Honestly speaking, I felt I was being too generous LOL!! Appreciate your feedback – personally I think HMJ and PHL have much better visuals.

  • I honestly think this review writer has some personal grudge against this film and people involved or he is just being plain biased. Yes, Superstar is not an extraordinary movie but its not as boring as writer suggests. Both lead actors did great job and it has far better screenplay and story craft than PHL. It was a simple sweet movie. It was refreshing to see how they saved the story from being similar to A star is born, Aashiqui or Abhimaan. Superstar i
    has its own simple yet good trajectory. I request these writers to not to find unnecessary faults in movies. Lets promotoe Pakistani movies and encourage people to watch them. P.s. Mahira is amazing, her acting was superb. Peace :)

  • Actually is sari film main Mairah nay apna Gussa nikala hay aur sath dia hay Mairah ka un ki Janeman Momina Duraid nay donon nay mil kar Sirf aur Sirf Fawad Khan ko necha dikhanay ki nakam koshish ki hay Shame on you Mairah and Momina Duraid again shame on you Both Ju loog meri baat say itafaq kartay hain woh like press karen

  • A balanced review is when you present both pros and cons. This review feels like a strike against the movie due some preconceived notions. Let’s support our film industry. Even if not a super hit movie, still go and watch it. After all it’s step up from the past performance. Shame on biased naysayers.

    • Pakistanis were so generous enough to even support the most pathetic, script less, movies when the industry starting reviving but sorry to say now the filmmakers are forcing the Indian/Bollywood cultures, values and vulgarity on us. I would say if that’s the only thing they have to show, it’s better to not watch them.

  • I almost thought about going to watch this! But when I saw the extended promo it had too many Bin Roye vibes! Mahira’s pointing towards the chand or her attempt at being cute- it’s all too familiar. Mahira does have the star persona to attract the audience but if the script has nothing new to offer, cinegoers are going go quickly lose interest. Thanks for your detailed review Fatima.

  • I can’t help but feel Shehzad Kashmiri would have been a better director. He would have taken care of all these loopholes and made it worth the watch. Like he did with Bon Roye.

  • I totally agree with Fatima Awan. She is not being harsh or showing personal grudge. Her review simply show how intensely she gets involved in a movie while watching it. Her review expresses her experience and grip on different movie making aspects.
    Thanks Fatima for a befitting review, u saved me time and energy to express my “disappointment” 👌😇

  • Superstar was promoted as simple love story. So,what story did you go to see. The leading pair had the most crackling chemistry,then others,films out. The acting of mahira is great,in theater scenes outstanding.Bilal,look of love for mahira shows his growth. The best supporting cast ,Nadeem baig, given a really good supporting role. Music is great,it stays with you,plus,Noori, dancing is worth a watch on big screen. I think superstar puts a feather in every one’s caps that made this film!

  • I love Mahira but this movie is definitely not it. Visually pleasing, sure. But the story sucked. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason to anything happening in the last quarter. I wish they’d given Noor more time to forgive him. I wish they didn’t end up together, I wish they started a journey of trusting and understanding each other, and maybe friends at the end? I’m so upset. The bad screenplay ruined my fav actress for me

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