LIFF 2017: Whirlpool
Urdu – English subtitles
Director: Harune Massey. Starring: Amna Ilyas, Fawad Khan, Gohar Rasheed. 93 min. Pakistan 2017.
The Godfather meets Romeo and Juliet in this cleverly spun gangster romance. Amongst the pulsating cityscape of Karachi, Pakistan, a young man brought up to a life of underworld vice and killings attends the wedding of a rival gangster clan. Here he falls for the proud daughter of a rival Don. Their forbidden dangerous liaisons soon escalate to an obsessive love intensified by the ever-present risk of death. The film is also an intimate portrait of a city where ethnic and class divisions simmer amidst turf wars.