A “CAKE” with a unique flavour…
The Pakistani film industry is growing exponentially. However, not all of them manage to do well at the box office. Recent releases such as “Pari”, “Azad”, “Parchi” and “Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor”. Pakistani cinema can add another feather to its cap in 2018. “Cake” , starring Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed & Adnan Malik was recently released, the visuals were unlike any other Pakistani film.
The director of the film Asim Abbasi seems to have mastered the art of storytelling. This is not only limited to the visuals but also in terms of character and illustrations used, created by Karachi based illustrator Samya.
Only spending time away from our families makes us realise their worth, and sometimes we don’t realise it until it’s too late. Come to think of it, the tag line of the film perfectly encapsulates the idea that life prepares you for everything except your family.
“Cake” directed by debutante Asim Abbasi, revolves around a dysfunctional family. Zara (played by Sanam Saeed) has left home many years ago for mysterious reasons, Zareen (Amina Sheikh) is the veritable head of the family and taking care of everyone. When their father is hospitalised, the family reunites in an unexpected way, reluctantly unfolding past wounds, hidden secrets and sibling rivalries.
The family drama gives you bits of humour and yet, maintains a steady pace. Laughs and emotional roller coaster. Cake is perhaps the most realistic portrayal of a family ever seen in Pakistani cinema. Everything about it is so real that you don’t feel you’re watching a film.
With Cake Asim Abbasi declares his arrival, straight into the league of elite directors. He knows exactly what he wants out of his cast.
Sanam Saeed portrays Zara with suppressed emotions, running away from her past. The actor’s naturally calm exterior and controlled style of speaking aids her project Zara’s insecurities.
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The best part about Cake is that all the actors know the nuances of their characters. Of course, a brilliant script establishes a strong foundation for them to build upon. The dialogues are organic and the pace of each scene is natural.
Azmi’s cinematography paints a beautiful and intelligent canvas. He not only shoots pretty pictures but adds a meaning to them and his eyes make the story more effective.