Janaan Movie Review: “Janaan” (Urdu/Pashto: جانان; transl. Beloved) is a 2016 Pakistani romantic comedy directed by Azfar Jafri and penned by Osman Khalid Butt. Co-produced by Hareem Farooq, Munir Hussain, Imran Raza Kazmi, and Reham Khan, the film was brought to life under the banners of IRK Films and Munir Hussain Films – UK. Leading the cast are Armeena Khan, Bilal Ashraf, and Ali Rehman Khan.

The film made its debut in Pakistan on September 12, 2016 (Eid al-Adha), courtesy of ARY Films, while B4U Films handled international distribution.

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Meena (Armeena Khan), a Pashtun understudy living in Vancouver, Canada, goes to Smack, Pakistan for her cousin Palwasha’s (Hania Amir) wedding. Her Canadian companions are stressed that she might be hitched, as well. She is met at the air terminal by the lady of the hour’s embraced sibling, Asafandyar (Bilal Ashraf), and returned to the house, where celebrations are taking a swing.

The evening of Palwasha’s mehndi service, Chotu (the driver) uncovers to Asfandyar that he was manhandled by Ikramullah in his life as a youngster and that Ikramullah is a kid hunter who has been mishandling weak youngsters at the school. Upon Ikramullah’s landing in the function, Asfandyar approaches him out of resentment and punches and slaps him, much to his family’s dismay. This prompts Daniyal’s mom reviling Asfandyar, guaranteeing that his disposition is exclusively because of his being taken on. Meena slaps Asfandyar bitterly and a short time later laments this activity.

After the wedding, Ikramullah’s men show up and shoot Chotu, killing him. Asfandyar follows them and finds that they have set the school ablaze, in counter for Ikramullah’s capture prior that evening. Daniyal and Meena show up as Asfandyar runs into the blazes.

After a month, Meena is seen showing the youngsters from the consumed school, which is seen being recreated. She and Daniyal then, at that point, travel to a memorial park, where Asfandyar is visiting Chotu’s grave, actually faulting himself for his passing. Asfandyar expects Meena is intending to get back to Canada, having acknowledged the proposition for employment, yet she lets him know she needs to remain and assist with remaking the school. She then, at that point, continues to propose to Asfandyar. The three then start to head home.

Main Casts

Armeena Khan Meena khan Bilal Ashraf Asfandyar Asad Khan
Ali Rehman Khan Daniyal Khan Hania Amir Palwasha Asad Khan
Usman Mukhtar Samir Ajab Gul Asad Khan


In May 2015, the commencement of pre-production for a film titled “Janaan” was announced. By August, the cast and crew were unveiled on Twitter by the producer, signaling a reunion of the team behind the film “Siyaah.” Imran Raza Kazmi returned as producer, Azfar Jafri as director, and Osman Khalid Butt as writer. An agreement was inked between the production team and ARY Films for the distribution of “Janaan.” Shooting commenced on August 21 in Islamabad, continuing until September 5.

The second phase of filming took place in the picturesque Swat valley, coinciding with the casting of Usman Mukhtar and Hania Aamir. As the production progressed, “Janaan” entered its final phase in mid-October after extensive shoots in Islamabad and Swat. Amidst speculations surrounding Reham Khan’s departure from Pakistan following her divorce from Imran Khan, co-producer Imran Raza Kazmi reassured that the film’s progress would remain unaffected, emphasizing the mantra, “the show must go on.”

On November 7, Ajab Gul, Jalal Khan, and Mishi Khan were unveiled as part of the cast, with their respective character names disclosed. Notably, “Janaan” marked the debut of three new talents: Hania Aamir, Usman Mukhtar, and Saad Zia Abbasi.



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