Hassan Sardar

Hassan Sardar

The author is an aspiring filmmaker and a diehard Liverpool fan. He also teaches Screenwriting and Cinematography, and loves tattoos and flip-flops. He tweets as @CineSardar (twitter.com/CineSardar)

Simone Biles: The queen of Rio

Ever heard of Nadia Elena Comăneci? Well, every single time I found myself watching a women gymnastic event at any of the Olympics, I have unfailingly been reminded of her by my dad who was a huge fan of this Romanian athlete who along with her five gold medal haul was the first one to be awarded a perfect score of 10 at an Olympiad. 30th July 1980: Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.Photo: Central Press/Getty Images Guess what? We have got a Nadia Comăneci for our generation now! Stunning performance: Simone ...

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Ben-Hur: Fast & The Furious – Jerusalem Drift

I have seriously had enough! Hearing out all my chachus and mamoos praising the hell out of Ben-Hur (1959) all my adult life has simply taken its toll. Me: “Maamo, The Shawshank Redemption.” Mamoo: “Nah, Ben-Hur!” Me: “Chachoo, 17 Academy Awards for the Lord of The Rings trilogy!” Chachoo: “Meh, Just one Ben-Hur and 11 Oscars!” Me: “D-Day landing sequence from Saving Private Ryan.” Not just maamo and chachu but maami and chaachi too: “Ben-Hur’s Chariot Race… debate settled!” Charlton Heston as Judah Ben Hur in Ben-Hur (1959)Photo: IMDb Charlton Heston as Judah Ben Hur in Ben-Hur (1959)Photo: IMDb There is just no winning with this lot as far as Ben-Hur ...

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Is a mosquito about to take down the Olympics?

With barely a couple days before one of the biggest sporting extravaganza kick-starting in Rio de Janeiro, the authorities are bracing themselves to counter a great foe. Ironically, this grandest of enemies comes in the smallest of packages. I can’t help but quote a Bollywood veteran Nana Patekar here, who manages to sum up this whole situation so aptly, “Sala ek machar aadmi ko hijda bana deta hay!” A tiny mosquito is enough to make a man impotent. So yeah, even if you don’t fully concur with this perceptive pearl of B-Town wisdom, point is, this pesky lil’ gnat is more than capable ...

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Lights Out and brain dead!

Remember, back when we were kids, how darkness used to scare the living daylights out of virtually all of us. Few phobias are more common across the broad spectrum of humanity than nyctophobia and first time director David F Sandberg has exploited this most primal of human anxieties to turn darkness itself into a coldblooded antagonist. But, somehow, instead of frightening the heck out of you, for most of its running-time, Lights Out just makes you annoyed with the dark.

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Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman.Photo: Warner Bros The movie started life as a three-minute short film which ...

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The Joker ’08 vs The Joker ’16: Will the madness continue?

For the past couple of days, I simply can’t stop tossing and turning in my bed. You know what keeps me up? Pale skull-like expressions and a grotesque smiling face, the stuff your most terrible nightmares are made of! But far from being scared, to be perfectly honest, these nocturnal images have psyched me up for the imminent arrival of the sociopath supreme. With just four days left until the release of Suicide Squad (2016), the thought that lingers in my head and keeps me away from slumber-land is; will Jared Leto’s joker be as psychotically impressive as Heath Ledger’s in ...

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Wham bam, thanks but no thanks Sam!

Love him or loathe him, Sam Allardyce aka Big Sam is never far from the headlines. This after all is the same guy who bizarrely had designs on conquering the sport with his unique (read Neanderthal) style of football. “I’m not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter or Real Madrid. It wouldn’t be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time. Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it wouldn’t be a problem.” ...

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Madaari: A genre juggling act that turned into a complete circus

‘Baaz choozay pe jhapta, use utha le gaya. Kahaani sacchi lagti hai magar acchi nahi lagti. Baaz pe palat waar hua, kahaani sacchi nahi lagti magar acchi lagti hai.’ Madaari opens up with this wildlife wisdom in Irrfan Khan’s resonant voiceover narrating a little tale about the struggle between a hawk and a chick. “When a bird of prey”, he says, “pounces upon a hatchling, the story sounds real but it isn’t stirring enough. “But when the ill-fated ‘chooza strikes back at the ‘baaz’, that is when the proceedings get rousing,” he asserts, “regardless of how incredulous the fable might sound.” What happens ...

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The why, how, who and what of the Russia doping scandal

If you are a typical sports fan, who only gets his competitive kick by watching cricket and football, then I am pretty sure you wouldn’t have noticed that Russia is about to be banned from competing in the forthcoming Olympics. They haven’t been barred as yet, but all the signs are pointing toward them not being there. With approximately two weeks until the Rio Games open on August 5th, the fallout from a series of revelations of state-sponsored doping in Russian sport has caught many by surprise. It might have been a bombshell for some, but it wasn’t shocking at ...

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Ice Age: Collision Course – A piping hot mess

Somewhere close to the end of Ice Age: Collision Course, while struggling to avert the cataclysm that an incoming killer asteroid is about to bring, Woolly mammoth Manny laments, “This isn’t working.” It’s a sentiment likely to be shared by a majority subjected to this insultingly lazy fifth instalment of the animated series based on primeval creatures. Roughly 13 years on since the first Ice Age was released, there’s no polite way to put it than to say the franchise, like the prehistoric characters inhabiting it, should have long been extinct. But we have still got Scrat, the squirrel-rat mash up with Wile E ...

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Andy Murray – Scruffy Scot primed for top spot?

In another era Andy Murray would have been recognised as a ‘tennis great’ but such is the dominance of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – probably the two greatest players in tennis history – that even winning Wimbledon twice does not guarantee you a place amongst the pantheon of racket legends. Throw in Rafael Nadal and it is clear that Murray has been dealt a tough hand.

Who do you think is the greatest men’s tennis player ever?

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This weekend, the Scot was playing in his 11th Grand Slam final and unarguably for the first time he was the clear favourite, having faced either Djokovic or Federer in the previous 10 finals. Ah! ...

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