Faiq Lodhi

Faiq Lodhi

A journalism grad and news-buff, his interests include current affairs, arts, literature and social work. He tweets as @FaiqLodhi (twitter.com/FaiqLodhi)

After the letdowns that were ‘The Conjuring 2’ and ‘Annabelle’, will ‘Annabelle: Creation’ be any different?

When the first Conjuring movie came out in 2013, horror genre aficionados were ecstatic. Cutting through myriads of uninspiring horror flicks, The Conjuring was a breath of fresh air which brought forward original storylines and gut-wrenching horror scenes that kept you at the edge of your seat throughout its duration. However, the movies that have come after it simply repeat the story in a less powerful way. The computer-generated imageries (CGI) have become bland and there is no element of surprise left. Even The Conjuring 2 failed to impress and Annabelle (2014) was equally disappointing. Perhaps it is because of these misses and dupes that the franchise has decided ...

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Please let Pakistan’s national anthem be as it is – powerful and poignant

In 2011, while attending the opening ceremony of a Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Karachi, I came to an odd yet poignant moment. Before the ceremony officially began, it was announced that the national anthem was to be played and hence everyone should arise from our seats to show respect. Everyone did so accordingly. However, when the anthem was played, it was nothing like the powerful melody we have all been brought up listening to. Firstly, it was a guitar version of the anthem, without the robust drums which made the tune so colourful and lively. Secondly, it did not have lyrics. Both these things made the ...

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With Ehtram-e-Ramazan, we might as well change our flag and make it all green

Pakistan never ceases to shock me. Be it its controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015 which could get us in prison for tweeting against the powers that be, or the formidable strategy of fighting terrorism by banning pillion riding, the government has come up with creative ways to use the law against the public. Staying true to its tradition, the government has recently announced another bill which states that smoking or eating in public during the month of Ramazan will lead to three-month imprisonment for the “offender” along with a fine of Rs500. This has been proposed as the Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017. There have been mixed reactions to ...

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Game of Thrones Season 7 might see the end of Tyrion Lannister

Just like Melisandre brought Jon Snow back to life in season six, Game of Thrones (GoT) fans were resuscitated by producers after the teaser trailer for season seven was released on social media a few days ago. And the one-and-a-half minute teaser was as cryptic as GoT can get. Kit Harington in Game of Thrones. Photo: IMDb The trailer begins with sigils of all the major houses of Westeros, with famous dialogues by people belonging to these houses playing as the background score. We hear iconic lines from Daenerys Targaryen, the Mad King, Robert Baratheon, Cersei Lannister, Joffrey, Balon Greyjoy, Roose ...

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Are you ready for what awaits you in 2017, Pakistan?

The year 2016 has been a rollercoaster for the world over. From Brexit to Trump, there have been setbacks aplenty. But while the world has gone topsy-turvy this year, I feel that 2016 has been a better year for Pakistan. Due to the operations taking place in various areas of the country, crime rate has decreased exponentially; terrorism attacks have been fewer and far between and Pakistan has established itself as a growing nation, both in terms of international relations as well as economics. Keeping this in mind, I cannot help but feel positive about the year ahead. Here are the top 10 things Pakistanis can look forward to in 2017: 1. The ...

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This Independence Day, it is time to let go of Quaid’s 14 points

In 1929, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave the Muslims of India his 14 points, in response to the Nehru Report which was published in 1928 as a memorandum outlining a proposed new dominion status constitution for India. These 14 points became the cornerstone of all our SSC and HSC Pakistan Studies examinations in post-independence Pakistan and every youngster to date has read and memorised these points. However, I have always wondered why learning these points were so imperative. Are they still valid today? Surely not. They were a rebuttal to the Nehru Report, outlining what Muslims of India demanded from ...

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Will Pakistan dance to Dance Kahani’s beat?

I remember the hype that Step Up (2006) brought with it when it was first released. For dance lovers and enthusiasts, this was a fresh wave of cinematic representation where new and unorthodox dancing styles were given centre-stage on mainstream media. Before this, the only hits this genre had managed to bring included musicals like Grease (1978) and Dirty Dancing (1987) or conventional dance movies like Save the Last Dance (2001) and Shall We Dance (2004). Of course, the Step Up trilogy further paved way for hits like Magic Mike (2012) and Black Swan (2010) which, though different in terms ...

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10 very plausible predictions about Game of Thrones Season 6

Jon Snow came back to life, Brandon Stark got back in action, Brienne of Tarth saved Sansa Stark (finally), Roose Bolton and Balon Greyjoy (two of the most hated characters in the show) were killed, Tyrion Lannister got cozy with one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons and Melisandre turned out to be a 100-years-old. Wow – what a thrill the past two weeks have been for GOT fans! Photo: Game of Thrones Memes Facebook Page The global sensation aired its first episode of Season 6 on April 24, 2016, and the producers made sure that its return was greeted ...

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Lights Out: You’ll never want to sleep in the dark again

No matter what mood you are in, a good horror movie can make you forget all your troubles… and also give you other things to worry about. Through the years, the horror genre has been a sure-shot hit field for drama and movie producers, locally and internationally. Be it desi shows like Aahat and Woh, which used to air on Zee TV in the 90s, or the ever-horrifying doll-from-hell Chuckie of Child’s Play, horror-based entertainment has been a part of every 90s child’s life – and most of them recall it with fond nostalgia. Therefore, being a 90s-kid, I have high expectations from the upcoming, CGI-induced scary ...

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Grease – The Musical: You’re all I need, oh yes indeed!

Last Saturday, I got to know what it feels like to be truly mesmerised. Sitting there, in that comfortably familiar hall, I couldn’t help but feel awed by the sheer sight that beheld me. It was a performance of Grease – The Musical, a play being presented at the Arts Council Theatre, and I was smitten by the near-perfect artistry that was taking place on stage. While I wouldn’t call myself a theatre aficionado, I have been an avid follower of the on-stage performances and, therefore, it was a treat watching Grease because it was a musical I experienced like ...

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