Benazir Bhutto International Airport: A nightmare that doesn’t end

Alas, it was only a matter of time before the “Worst Airport in the World-2014” would crawl back into news headlines by having female passengers assaulted on its premises. Are we dismayed? Yes. Surprised? Not at all. A hair-raising video has gone viral recently showing a woman passenger – a Norwegian national – being beaten up by a female Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) Islamabad. The video begins with what appears to be the person behind the camera arguing with the security personnel on why they aren’t helping a woman being beaten behind a screen. As screams continue in the background, a male ...

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Watch, process, rewind, repeat: What in the world is the new Star Wars trailer suggesting?

When the last known Jedi, Luke Skywalker, himself seems to think that “it’s time for the Jedi to end”, you can’t help but sit up and take notice. Not that Disney dropping the first trailer of Star Wars: Episode VIII alone wasn’t a cultural event in itself (unless you’ve been hiding in a galaxy far, far away, you probably would have heard the news). In all likelihood to Luke’s aforementioned statement, the title Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a direct sequel to The Force Awakens. Initial shock aside, do they really expect us to believe that Jedi would simply go extinct? Just like that! Not when ...

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Does ‘Punjab Nahi Jaungi’ have what it takes to rejuvenate Pakistan’s film industry?

There is a lot of spectacle, colour, emotion, singing and dancing in the recently released teaser of Punjab Nahi Jaungi. Two beautiful ladies, however, stand out amidst all the razzle and dazzle of the decidedly glitzy 75-second video. One is the glamorous Saba Waseem Abbas who walks ever so seductively, wearing pink, orange and purple, to welcome a triumphant Humayun Saeed to her home. The second is the perennially beautiful Naveed Shahzad who registers her regal presence in the teaser with remarkable grace and style. Photo: Screenshot There is, of course, no shortage of eye candy in Punjab Nahi Jaungi. The first collaboration of ARY Films and Six Sigma ...

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Is ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ the weirdest Marvel offering to date?

It’s hammer time, or not! Considering we just had Hela aka the Goddess of Death stopping Thor’s trusty weapon Mjolnir mid-flight and then shattering it to pieces. Okay, now this might sound a little confusing to a whole lot of you out there but by surprise-dropping the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok , Marvel Studios has caught a vast majority including myself off-guard. So forgive me if I am getting a little ahead of myself in terms of excitement, but boy, this first trailer of Norse God of Thunder’s third solo adventure  has me all psyched up. Following 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, Thor: ...

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History repeats itself, as Stephen King’s ‘It’ fuels our nightmares once again!

Clowns of the world are up in arms and they are not just angry, they are furiously frothing at the mouth. Surprisingly, the reason for their intense rage is a movie trailer. One that smashed streaming records with close to 200 million views globally in its first 24 hours online, blowing away the previous best of 139 million set by The Fate of the Furious back in December. It wasn’t just a film trailer dropping; it was a freakin’ cultural event. Within hours of its release, the first trailer of Stephen King’s feature adaptation ‘It’ became a viral sensation, trending heavily across social media. The movie promo featuring ...

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Hindi Medium: When Pakistan and India come together to shatter class barriers

I always knew Saba Qamar was good, but this good? She is going ‘toe-to-toe with Irrfan Khan and still holding her own version of good. Pakistani diva’s Bollywood debut Hindi Medium’s official trailer has just dropped and it’s safe to say that we are all highly impressed. The great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini once said, “A different language is a different vision of life.” While his statement might ring true anywhere on God’s green earth, but in our part of the world, it reaches gospel status. Photo: Screenshot Photo: Screenshot Being in a country where multiple languages are spoken, ...

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Khuda Mera Bhi Hai: A game changer for Pakistan’s dramasphere

Pakistani dramas are always under fire for portraying the ‘weepy woman’ and the ‘naik perveens’ that seem to have no spine or are always victimised. People tell me that I must have nerves of steel to watch dramas that are full of tears and misery.  Well, I do. But that’s not the end of it. There is a gradual change that’s happening in the Pakistani dramasphere. Women are taking on risky roles and writers are writing scripts where women don’t have to spend at least 20 out of 24 episodes crying about their husbands and their mother-in-laws. One recent game changer that has aired on ...

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I confess, I thought she was a nanny too…

It is only human to make mistakes, but we have made certain errors a part of our daily pattern. One such plague, ‘stereotyping’, is a widespread problem in many societies. We are fed certain ideas by our surroundings and lifestyle which become an inherent part of our nature and are unintentionally voiced out when there is a situation. I am guilty of it too. When the BBC Dad video went viral and I had the first glimpse of it on my Facebook timeline, I laughed and shared it with my friends with the comment, “The nanny will be in big trouble now”. The ...

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Will DC Comics’ Justice League be the answer to Marvel’s Avengers?

One thing I can never wrap my head around is the bizarre fact that all of Zack Snyder’s DC Comics’ movie adaptations are shot in the dark. Do they not experience daytime in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU)? With this slight moan out of the way, let’s turn our collective attention towards DC Comics’ answer to Marvel’s Avengers. The first full Justice League trailer just dropped and the entire internet world is in a state of meltdown. In a world where ‘The Avengers’ already exist, you’ve got to seriously up the ante if you plan on introducing a rival, and by the looks of it, this is ...

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Baby Driver – Revving it up with a ‘car chase musical’!

Have you ever wondered what you’d get if you mix ‘La La Land’ with ‘The Fast and the Furious’? Add in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ for good measure and Voilà! You have Edgar Wright’s latest project ‘Baby Driver’. The trailer of this ‘car chase musical’ hit the ground with tires screeching just a couple of weeks ago and it has already got all the cinephiles hooked. Jamie Foxx, Lanny Joon, and Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver (2017)Photo: IMDb It’s been a while since we’ve seen a movie from director Wright with ‘The World’s End’ from the Cornetto Trilogy being his last ...

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