Almost two years ago, I watched Cake upon the insistence of best friend in Dubai. I am embarrassed to confess that I did not have high hopes from this film. Despite being a Pakistani and also loving some Pakistani films, I did not have much faith in Pakistani cinema. For me, my life revolved around Bollywood more than the Earth revolves around the sun. Well, it still does. But yes, Cake did manage to crack the thick wall of my stereotypes built around the Pakistani film industry. I also expected Cake to be one of those films which were far from the original.
I was proven wrong.
Since I am confessing today let me add another confession to the list. I am not really good at sitting in the cinema for long hours because I tend to lose my focus very soon. 'Cake' kept me hooked and glued to my cinema seat until the film ended. Tears kept rolling my cheeks and I did not even have the courage to wipe them off. Such was the effect of ‘Cake.’ The music was definitely icing on this cake. Did I tell you that I ended up watching this film thrice in the cinema?
Set up in the urban Karachi and rural Sindh, Cake was as real as a film can get. Amina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed, and Adnan Saeed had delivered probably the best performances of their careers. Rarely we get to come across movies that are the story of the rich yet not focused on glamour and unrealistic expectations from life. The roles of parents were played by Beo Zafar and Muhammad Ahmed who was very much the way parents in an urban Pakistani household are. Story of a dysfunctional family, Cake managed not to let me pick my phone to tweet out of boredom or loss of focus. I would not say much about the story anymore as it is for you to watch and decide.
Due to the political tension, Indian and Pakistani government keep banning the release of each other’s content. Thanks to Netflix for bringing Cake to a broader audience who loved watching it as much as I did. As soon as it was released on Netflix, many Indian celebrities took to social media to praise this work of art generously. It was both heartening and saddening at the same time; heartening because Netflix gave the Indian audience a chance to enjoy a Pakistani film and saddening because it happened much later and not in the cinemas. If you have not watched Cake yet, it is high time you grab a bag of popcorns and a handful of tissue papers and just watch this film as soon as possible. An overall 8/10!