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)

Hala Madrid? Not anymore!

The stage was set, popcorn ready and the browser switched to the right streaming website. This after all was supposed to be a momentous night, a date when I would watch history being re-written, and a day when arguably the greatest football club on planet earth would add another feather to the cap. But sixth placed Villareal clearly failed to read the script. The Yellow Submarine came to the Bernabeu with ‘Mission: Damage Limitation’ against the leaders but left the capital with Real Madrid’s dreams sunk. Zinedine Zidane’s men had equalled the previous best of 16 – a feat achieved by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona ...

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Pink: No, she does not want to have sex with ‘you’!

How do you break a woman who has the audacity to have a spine to stand up for herself? What does it take to knock her down if she has the gall and gumption to fight against all that’s wrong? How do you shut a girl who has the temerity to have a rational mouth on her? Well, you can’t! And B-Town has finally manifested the point in all its cinematic mightiness. In the prevailing culture of putrid patriarchy, if a female refuses to submit, it is considered as an attack on the male ego. You label her a slut, ...

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Champions League Matchday 1: Aye, it’s going to be a roller coaster ride

Even with a summer full of riveting international soccer contests with the Euro and the Olympics, being a Liverpool fan, nothing beats the good old start to the English Premier League (EPL). And if EPL is the cake then UEFA Champions League is surely the cherry atop this delicious offering. Unfortunately for me, this year is yet another in the long list of seasons this past decade that I would have to do without this particular footballing condiment. But hey, counting your blessings and all that shizz, I still get to cheer on former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and his band of merry men at Barca. And ...

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Paralympics 2016 – Beside and beyond

Para-   (parə/), prefix.     Beside; Beyond. For me personally, the Paralympic Games, that kickstarted last week on Wednesday, promise to be an even greater celebration of sporting excellence than the Olympics itself. Brazilian Paralympic swimmer Clodoaldo Silva lights the flame during the opening ceremony at 2016 Rio Paralympics.Photo: Reuters The event as the name suggests takes place ‘beside’ the Olympic Games, but as far as I am concerned it goes ‘beyond’ them, considering what the particular group of participating athletes achieve during the course of this quadrennial contest. With the sort of world we live in, the Paralympians, ...

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Ben-Hur: A disaster of biblical proportions

Oh my god! What have they done? Why would anyone in their right mind go about screwing with a universal classic? But you can’t really talk sense with Hollywood, now can you? You can instantly tell how bad a remake is if one of the action sequences replicated from its 50s version is not even half as good as its predecessor. Heck! Even the one gracing the 20s variant was light years ahead of the current monstrosity. Toby Kebbell and Pilou AsbækPhoto: IMDb Jack HustonPhoto: IMDb Grandeur, miracles, spirituality, poetic revenge, homoeroticism, and horses that are trying ...

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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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