Shahista comments on Brother Film Raasta
Raasta is a two-part story, designed to encapsulate and showcase all of Sahir Lodhi’s talents. Sameer is Lodhi’s exhausting character. Sameer moves to Karachi and starts living with his brother Sultan, played by Aijaz Aslam, and his brother’s wife, Bhabi, played by Sana Fakhar.
Aijaz Aslam’s character, though, could have just as easily been played by a tree, or a rock. But perhaps executive director Sahir Lodhi wasn’t looking to cut costs with this one. Bhabi and Sameer are really, really close. A bit too close, some would say.
Sultan is a policeman whose honesty is worryingly unusual to everybody involved with his life.
Their relationship is rocky, mostly owing to Sameer’s eight-year run at failing to get a job and look after himself. During this time we also see two women in Sameer’s life. He’s predictably torn between the two (more on this later). Part one ends with Sameer being kicked out of his house by his brother, sowing the seeds of intense hatred between the two.