Iftikhar Thakur, Nasir Chinyoti and Akram Udaas are big names in Pakistani stand-up comedy. They have given us years of entertainment, first in stage shows and now, on various television shows such as ‘Mazaak Raat’, ‘Siasi Theatre’, ‘Khabarnaak’, etc.
While Iftikhar Thakur and Naseem Chinyoti have played comedic roles in Pakistani movies before, the Indian venture will be a first for all of them. Iftikhar Thakur sahab was also recently awarded the Husn-e-Karkardagi civil award.
The film is called ‘Chal Mera Putt’ and revolves around two friends living in the UK.
The friends are handling labor jobs and then suddenly find themselves homeless after a police raid.
This brings us to Iftikhar Thakur, who’s found posing in the middle of a square as a gold-painted moving statue. Nasir Chinyoti and Akram Udaas are also introduced as recently homeless immigrants. The four men then move into Iftikhar’s house on rent and the adventure begins.
The main character is played my Amrinder Gill, with Simi Chahal playing his love interest. The trailer follows his story, as a newly migrated Punjabi munda trying to ‘make it’ abroad.
While he acts well, our trio of funny men outshine him.
Iftikhar, Nasir and Akram bring a liveliness to the trailer with their effortless wit and dominate the screen mostly. The three share ample screen time among themselves in the trailer and we won’t be surprised if it’s a similar case throughout the film.
Since the content ban, this trailer is a breath of fresh air for entertainment buffs on both sides of the border. Having three of our veteran comedians acting in an Indian film brings back hope of better cultural exchange between the countries as well as a step towards peaceful relations.
We wish team ‘Chal Mera Putt’ best of luck and hope to see a more fluid exchange of content and actors between India and Pakistan.