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Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

The author is a freelance writer and blogger and writes for various English dailies of Pakistan. He tweets @omariftikhar twitter.com/omariftikhar

Half Girlfriend fails to even half-impress the audience

Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Wake Up Sid (2009), and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) were some of the few memorable coming-of-age Bollywood movies and my favourites too. Half Girlfriend, directed by Mohit Suri, had to be a coming-of-age movie as well, but it did not live up to its expectations. The movie will prove to be quite a disappointment for those who have read the book written by Chetan Bhagat. Arjun Kapoor plays Madhav Jha, a boy from Bihar while Shraddha Kapoor plays Riya Somani. From the beginning of the movie, it is quite evident that both characters are poles apart. Where Madhav can’t even construct one coherent sentence in English, Riya speaks fluent ...

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Noor: Another movie that proves book adaptations never work out

Perhaps the notion that ‘no movie can come close to its book’ holds true for all movies and especially so for the recently released, ‘Noor’. The movie, adapted from Saba Imtiaz’s novel ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me!’ narrates the life of Noor Roy Chaudhary (Sonakshi Sinha) who dreams of making it big in the field of journalism. Her big, round glasses may make her look nerdy but her acting is just average. Noor has spent most of her career covering small and insignificant events but she dreams big; she aspires to cover a story so spectacular that it would transform her status as a reporter. ...

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Badrinath Ki (very predictable) Dulhania

If you think Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a comedy movie with witty scenes that will make you laugh, then you may be in for a surprise. While there is plenty of humour and entertainment, the film also shows its viewers a rather different side of society. Dharma Productions, the company behind this movie, is popularly known for its glitz, glamour, fast-paced story-lines, something about this movie is definitely different and you sense that immediately after the interval. Badrinath Ki Dulhania has every element that makes a Bollywood movie memorable, if not successful; it has social commentary forcing viewers out of their comfort zones. With ...

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Will Wolverine ever be the same without Logan?

With his pointed beast-like hairstyle, rugged facial expressions and lean body, X-Men enthusiasts knew Hugh Jackman was the right choice to play the role of Wolverine in all X-Men movies released in the last 17 years. Although Jackman’s lead roles in Van Helsing (2004), The Prestige (2006) and Real Steel (2011) are commendable, his portrayal of Wolverine has made him a superstar. Now Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine/Logan in the latest movie Logan, the 10th edition of the X-Men franchise. Director James Mangold, who directed The Wolverine (2013), has done justice by keeping the movie in line with Logan’s character while ...

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Balu Mahi brought the Pakistani out in me

Recently, Pakistan’s movie industry has been going through the process of transforming and restructuring itself. Primarily related to this change is an alteration in movie production. The era of the “gandasa” (a wooden pole) and “horse-riding dhoti-wearing heroes” is over or at least diluted to some extent. This is the time to fill the big screen with colours, fun, and relationships backed by practical stories that resonate with our society. Balu Mahi offers an assortment of feel-good moments, comic relief, and songs along with heart-warming moments between Bilal (Osman Khalid Butt) and Mahi (Ainy Jaffri). It started off slowly, and ...

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Will Balu Mahi live up to the hype it created?

The upcoming romantic comedy, Balu Mahi, has created a lot of hype over social media and for all the right reasons. We don’t know much about the movie aside from the fact that Osman Khalid Butt takes the lead as Balu, alongside Ainy Jaffri as Mahi. Sadaf Kanwal makes her debut in acting as well. In anticipation for its release, fans have already begun enjoying Balu Mahi’s title song, performed by Asim Azhar and Aima Baig. Recently, the Balu Mahi team started a Balu Mahi dance contest over social media. Featured in the video were Butt, Hareem Farooq, Zainab Ahmed, ...

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Will Trolls live up to the Shrek franchise?

What do you get when you take small, cute creatures with weird hairstyles, in adorable clothing living in a peaceful, natural habitat in their little homes? You get Trolls. Although trolls – adopted from the dolls production since 1959 – has been made into a movie, chances are that it will soon become a memory instead of a classic. The reason being simple – it’s characters and story have a stark resemblance to the Smurfs. The only thing that’s different is the theme song. DreamWorks Animation has come up with blockbuster hits such as Antz, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and Turbo – with that comparison in ...

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Can Baar Baar Dekho make it big?

Sidharth Malhotra (Jai) and Katrina Kaif (Diya) are starring together in a seemingly fun-loving movie; Baar Baar Dekho. But it’s not just the duo that has us anxiously waiting for the movie to hit the cinemas. The film has already generated a lot of hype with the release of its song Kala Chashma. Its lyrics and catchy tune have made it a super hit, along with Sidharth and Katrina’s groovy dance steps. The movie has a feel good vibe. Jai and Diya are seen falling in love and planning their future. Jai thinks life is a simple equation – according to him, “Jai plus Diya equals to ...

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If there is a third instalment of Independence Day, I hope the aliens win!

“Didn’t I promise you fireworks?” Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) asked his son after crashing the alien ship in Independence Day (1996) where he fought against the aliens with Jeff Goldblum. Director Roland Emmerich, however, had to wait 20 years before bringing similar fireworks onscreen in the form of a sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence. Reprising his role in Independence Day: Resurgence is Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, a computer expert who played a pivotal role in defeating the aliens when they created havoc in the world. Back in 1996, he was accompanied by Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith). Jeff GoldblumPhoto: IMDb However, in the 2016 sequel, sharing the screen with Levinson ...

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The Angry Birds Movie: Can it slingshot over your expectations?

For quite a few years now, young viewers, and adults alike, have been playing Angry Birds on smartphones – crashing wacky birds in buildings and killing the green-coloured pigs. So you can just imagine how the excitement obviously doubles up when a movie based on their all-time favourite video game comes out!  I watched The Angry Birds Movie with the same enthusiasm with which I score points in the Angry Birds game and it did not disappoint me. The movie does have all the elements depicted in the game and once having played the game, one can easily relate to the movie. Brought ...

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