2014 has been termed as a ‘year of sequels’ for the movie industry, and it appears that politics will be following suit. First we saw the release of ‘TUQ-TUQ 2’, and now comes announcement of ‘TSUNAMI 2’, opening in Islamabad on 14th August. The latest Imran Khan production, however, includes some very large holes in the plot that make it hard to appreciate.
Director Imran Khan has been very inconsistent between the story lines in his 2013 blockbuster 2013 and his latest sequel. Just last year, the PTI Chairman termed the elections ‘victory for the democratic system‘. Even in April this year Imran Khan said that he accepted the elections.
There is also the problem with the role of Najam Sethi. In the first ‘Tsunami’ drama, Najam Sethi was a good guy! Imran Khan endorsed Najam Sethi as Caretaker CM Punjab and held private meetings to discuss poll administration with not only Imran Khan but PTI leaders Javed Hashmi, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Naeem-ul-Haq and Jahangir Khan Tareen also. In that version, Imran Khan was all smiles and handshakes.
It was also Imran Khan who requested polls under the judiciary since at the time he was Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s biggest defender. Actually, it was Imran Khan who termed Iftikhar Chaudhry as ‘incorruptible and a man of high integrity‘.
Sequels are not known for being most creative. They are often little more than a repackaging of old characters into same old plot lines. With Tsunami 2, however, Director Imran Khan is using the worn out cliche of turning yesterday’s good guys into today’s goondas, with only himself as the pure and noble hero. If this is the ‘Naya Pakistan’ he has been promising, expect ticket sales to be very low.