In Defense of Noori Natt!
This is the promised follow-up Noori Natt blog post, which is a continuation of my Maula Jatt blog entry. I have mentioned that the character of Noorie Natt is perhaps one of the most interesting characters in Pakistani cinema history, and it, seemingly, was drenched in evil. And evil never looked so awesome!
As I said, the magic of the movie Maula Jatt lies the interaction of the protagonist, and the “villain”. The chemistry between the characters of Mustafa Qureshi and Sultan Rahi created magic on the reel, which made the movie what it was. The characters of Maula Jutt and Noori Natt revelled in the duel between them, they cherished each others’ animosity, and they craved for each others’ fury. It was as if they complete each other!
However, let me present a case for Noorie Natt! He isn’t evil personified, he was just presented that way for a convenient good vs. evil match-up. Maula and Noorie were almost the same person, both being ruthless, vicious, and driven by their egos! Though Maula was motivated by providing justice, however one would argue about his methods. A case can be made about standing up to dubious characters making arbitrary decisions. Let us break it down
Basically: A guy tried to rape a girl! The bid was foiled, but the guy is killed by HIS own family, when he returned home. Now, the girl, on which rape was attempted, dies (by no fault of the initial aggressor, but by her own stupidity). Then why Maula, who had no relations with the said girl, decided that the rapists’ sister should marry his friend. Now, if I was Noorie Nutt and was in this situation, I would vehemently defend my family against such arbitrary decisions which would affect my loved ones. And this is what he did!
He went into a feud because his sister was threatened to be married off to a slacker, who only got into that position because he was a friend of the “judge”.
Other than that, Noorie didn’t do anything that Maula didn’t do worse. If Noorie broke Mooda’s leg (the guy his sister was going to be married off to), then Maula disembowel several clansmen of the Natt clan of their limbs, way before that. If Noorie attacked the wedding party, Maula had the audacity to actually take a wedding party to someone who doesn’t want to get married.
Where’s the justice in that, Mr. Maula Jatt?!
Now, given that we have established that the character of Noori Natt was not evil personified. He only needed a playmate, an equal, as demonstrated by the following two clips.
The first one, is the legendary jail sequence where the character of Noori Natt is introduced. In his Noorie-awesomeness, he explains what he wants!
Also, after he is released he looks out for somebody who can challenge him. He goes to an old “badmaash”, who is now all sobered up after a feud with somebody. After he fails to get a name out of that person, he goes to a large fare to look out for somebody who can match his strength, his agility, and his ruthlessness. The gangsta that he does come across, sadly fall short of his expectations.
And then, Maula and Noorie serendipitously meet in the bullock cart scene, and Noorie knew that he has found his equal. His fascination with Maula develops even more when he realises that he has genuine reason to hate him! He finds out in the following scene. It is the start of the “Barraks” between Maula and Noorie! Abolutely-fucking-awesome!
Well there is no need to further intellectualize these characters, because beyond that point, they become vehicles for some out-of-this-world barraks! And this what makes this movie what it is! Backed with some funky background music, the whole narration is manipulated to maximize the amount of barraks between these two characters without giving them an oppurtunity to finish each other up.
Like when they are both injured and then arrested, and the police conveniently decides to put them in the same hospital room!
And also, the police was very efficient in preventing Maula-Noorie bloodbath, and intercepted them whenever they did go one-on-one (and then they were surprisingly absent when Maula was coming to the Natt’s village with a big ass wedding party, and Noorie attacked them with his big-ass trashing party). The following scene is one of the barraks after they were captured.
Special mention goes to this scene which is between Mooda and Noorie, where Noorie breaks Mooda’s leg, and utters the classic “Baisakhi ichon Tak Tak Tak Di Nahin, Noorie Natt, Natt, Natt Di Awaaz Away Gee”
All in all, these are the things that one should be expect to enjoy when going in to see this movie, and if you do, you will have a blast!
Btw, check out DDDK’s review of Maula Jatt over here, and some of his reviews of other Pakistani movies over here.