“Not sons, they are my daughters”

There is almost nothing Aamir Khan touches that does not turn into gold. Not just a shiny, yellow plating but a burnished, solid bar. There is no denying the fact that he is a genius and in this advertisement, he proves it yet again. It is poignant, and it is sweet. It touches upon an age-old, bitter dispute delicately, albeit tentatively. The constant war fought, particularly in the sub-continent, for women’s rights and against male chauvinism continues to grow increasingly aggressive with each generation. In my opinion, it has escalated to the extent that it has desensitised many from both ...

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Will The Boss Baby be a cinematic atrocity like Baby Geniuses?

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of watching the 90s (supposed) comedy film Baby Geniuses (1999), then you’ll be forgiven for being wary of movies with talking baby protagonists. So it comes as quite a surprise and relief that even though at first glance the upcoming movie The Boss Baby may seem like an animated rehash of the aforementioned cinematic atrocity, its trailer promises an altogether different, significantly funnier adventure. The plot of the film revolves around the impact that the addition of a new bundle of joy has on a family. The new arrival in this case is the Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin), ...

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Congratulations Asghar Farhadi for winning an Oscar and for boycotting the event

Forty four-year-old Iranian veteran director, Asghar Farhadi boycotted his visit to the Annual Academy Awards where he won the award for ‘Best Picture in a Foreign Language’. His film, The Salesman, won in this category and Farhadi chose two accomplished Iranian-Americans to accept the award on his behalf.  His film’s leading actress, Taraneh Alidoosti, also boycotted the ceremony in light of Trump’s recent visa ban. Farhadi’s boycott comes at a time when the world stares at American borders in askance and confusion. A Syrian cameraman and rescue worker were unable to attend the ceremony because the Syrian government cancelled their passports. Trump’s visa ban, now jammed in federal court, ...

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Why #OscarFail is just human error and not a conspiracy

The 89th Academy Awards are over, and after an embarrassing mix-up during the ‘Best Picture’ winner announcement, the Twitterati are at it again, terming it a conspiracy. The actual events of last nights #Oscars pic.twitter.com/0b3vkn4JqZ — Chloe Hughes (@ChloeHughes92) February 27, 2017 #Oscars mistake? Yeah right, it's all about ratings. #fakeoscars — Sir Prof (@foppish_dandy) February 27, 2017 That reaction though… #BestPicture #WarrenBeatty #Oscars pic.twitter.com/ci0KHjjbXW — Jireh Advincula (@beastmodejireh) February 27, 2017 Amusingly, it always seems to be easier for us to believe it is a collusion (though admittedly, conspiracies are more fun) than believe in the fortunate and unfortunate happenstances of life. Well, just because ...

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Our society needs drama’s like Sammi

The most recent episode of the on-going serial Sammi is all about how brilliantly Mawra Hocane and Sania Saeed have performed. Sammi, airing on Hum TV every Sunday, talks about the prevalent custom of vanni in Pakistan. According to Pakistan’s Penal Code, vanni is a custom that is outlawed and has a fine imposed along with imprisonment for anyone who practices it. However, the state organs are weak and vanni continues to be practised in many parts of Pakistan. Simply because the cultural practice has a stronghold in the country and the predominant jirga system has now been given constitutional cover. Through these dramas, however, one can hope that more and more ...

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Can Asghar Farhadi bag another Oscar for The Salesman?

The Salesman is the new Iranian film by master filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi.  The story revolves around an Iranian couple (Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti) who after an earthquake, are forced to move into a new apartment. They both work as actors and are relatively happy with their current situation. But tragedy strikes when an intruder invades their home in the absence of the husband and he is now in search for the culprit. Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini in Forushande (The Salesman). Photo: Habib Majidi/IMDb Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini in Forushande (The Salesman). Photo: Habib ...

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Kong: Skull Island checks all the right boxes!

Regardless of what film purists might have to say about it, I have got a very strong opinion on how there are only certain movies that should be watched in cinema. Well, fortunately for myself and for those who subscribe to this particular filmy quirk, we should be potentially psyched to bow down before our new cinematic overlord, King Kong, who is all set to hit the screens shortly. I believe this bold new take on the mythos of an iconic beast is precisely what cinema experience is all about. Going by genre conventions, this sort of a movie is ...

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Power Rangers: Taking you back to the 90s

In the age of gritty, big budget reboots it was only a matter of time before Hollywood cashed in on the nostalgia factor and finally brought one of the most beloved children’s live-action series from the 90’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to the big screen.  Now, the series was known for its campy nature, so it’ll be interesting to see how the South African director Dean Israelite and the producers bring it to the big screen in a manner that is able to maintain that feel of a modern day blockbuster, without being too self serious. And judging by the trailer, it ...

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Chalay Thay Saath: Refreshing, scenic, and lots of eye candy

The most endearing element of Chalay Thay Saath’s teaser is its originality. Refreshing, different and low key, the trailer advertises a film that seems to be very different from all the other Pakistani films so far and borrows little, if anything, from Bollywood movies. The trailer features a number of scenic views of Northern Pakistan, shot prudently with both confidence and skill. Hunza forms the backdrop of the coming-of-age story of six young friends who embark on what ends up becoming a journey of self-discovery, liberation, growing up, intellectual awareness, and spiritual awakening. The film features the brewing of romance between a young, adventurous Pakistani doctor, Resham ...

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Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya: Another DDLJ-inspired Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya?

I am all for nostalgia. I am all for reviving things which have been lost to oblivion. That still does not mean you bring back Rana Navedul Hasan and make him Pakistan’s Test captain and then make him centre of your team’s imagery. ‘Tamma Tamma’ is not as old as Rana. It is, nonetheless, 27-years-old. The current generation has recently been fed with many a song from the 90s and 80s in almost every other movie. The most recent one being ‘Laila o Laila’ where Sunny Leone tries to save a sinking ship called Raees. However, Leone is no Zeenat Aman, just like Alia Bhatt is no Madhuri Dixit. Rest assured, the recent ‘Tamma Tamma Again’ is ...

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