This confused, rambling affair - the first Pakistani film in wide release in India - is rather a case of 'what could have been'. Certainly director Mansoor had the ingredients of a good polemic on the nature of Islam (ho-hum), the role of the woman, culture, and music in Islamic societies, etc. etc., stopping to also take in post-9/11 American Gitmo-style barbarity et al. Wooden acting, abrupt cuts between locales and levels of tension left one with a sense of dislocation and unease. Whereas the cameo by Naseruddin Shah (finally, a real actor) was welcome, the rest of it felt amateurish and shallow despite the surfeit of best intentions. The character - especially of the father who is a liberal Muslim forcing his daughter into a marriage with her cousin - seems poorly thought out (what were his motivations anyway?). The lack of ability in the dramatic leads was the most disappointing. Despite being winsome, Ms Iman Ali couldn't quite make up her mind whether she was delivering the character's required Brit accent, some pastiche of an American drawl, or her probable real Lahori Punjabi English. That perhaps just says it all - in its earnestness, like of many other liberal Pakistanis - to find some core values in being both religious as well as humane, this film falters on multiple levels, but gets a B+ from me mostly for effort. For a film which makes much of the redemptive power of music, the soundtrack was yawn-inspiring except for the title and end-credits song (how much Bulley Shah will the Pakistani rockers keep dishing out - have mercy!). Does the Pakistani arts establishment have no other existential crises to explore but its crisis with the form of Islam, given that religion's death grip on the idea of what it means to be a Pakistani (surely not another pale imitation of Sunni Arab?). This is why Mohsin Hamid's original script adaptation for his novel 'Moth Smoke' was promising for being more about a Pakistani love story, in all senses of that phrase. Let's hope the director has future tricks up his sleeve beyond those he pulled to get this multi-continent opus budgeted and on the screen.