Cake is a 2018 Pakistani film by director Asim Abbasi. It is a story of three siblings- now separated because of work, marriage and responsibilities. Zareen, eldest daughter of Siraj & Habiba, has all the responsibilities of her parents and their land on her shoulders. Her brother Zain lives away with his wife & kid due to work and his wife’s incompetence to stay with saas-sasur. Her younger sister Zara lives abroad. Zara who was packed off away from their childhood home under mysterious circumstances- from whom everyone has kept secrets. But the ailing health of their father leads to the reuniting of these siblings and as they all wind up at their old father’s sickbed in Karachi- forbidden secrets, fun, love and dreams began to unfold.
This movie gives you a pair of sisters who are equally feisty, headstrong, empowered and flawed. Zara, who never thinks about consequences before acting upon situations. Zareen, who is unable to live her dreams because of her burden of responsibilities and unable to express her love for Romeo- their childhood Christian friend and now her father’s caretaker. As they all start planning their parents’ big anniversary soirée- clashes began amongst them. Zara forcefully tries to help Zareen achieve her baking dreams. Zain gets taunted for never being there as the “beta” of the house and taking their parents’ responsibilities. Zareen and Zara come at war-heads when Zara finds that she lost Sheheryar(her childhood love) because Zara never told him why she went away from Karachi. And thus, this all leads to their father to speak about the mysterious mishappenings of the past that led to this chaos today for the family.
Cake boasts of an intelligent, engaging and amazing screenplay, which explores the topics of sisterhood, love & life beautifully to the depth. The amazing ensemble cast makes the movie extraordinary. Zara & Zareen’s conciling. Zara’s realisation of her mistakes. Romeo’s sacrifice. The cutesy romance between Siraj & Habiba. And the way all of them sing “Piya tu ab toh aaja” when their mother passes away. The outstanding music and dialogues. All this make up the sheer authenticity and brilliance of this film❤️🙌🏻🤩