Tanveer Khadim

Tanveer Khadim

An avid reader, freelance writer and a blogger, Tanveer is pursuing fashion designing. She has a passion for cooking, attended cookery courses and tweets as @TheFusionDiary (twitter.com/TheFusionDiary)

With its emotionally-charged story of inclusion and #ChooseKind, ‘Wonder’ is what the world of today needs

Stephen Chbosky, celebrated novelist cum director, is the man behind the bestselling coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), and the musical romantic fantasy Beauty and the Beast (2017). This time, his latest venture is the seemingly predictable yet heart-warming story about a bright little boy, Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay). Based on RJ Palacio’s novel of the same name, Wonder is about a boy born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterised by facial deformity. The story is an overemotional anecdote of a family struggling to give their son a normal life, and focuses on ...

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‘Victoria and Abdul’ wittily and poignantly portrays the bond between an authoritative British queen and her Indian-Muslim munshi

Victoria and Abdul, the latest offering by director Stephen Frears, is a cautiously patterned yet realistic biographical drama about the deep friendship between the Queen of England and her Indian-Muslim servant. The story of this rather unbelievable bond is all about reminiscence and loss, making it immensely pleasing to watch a historical narrative presented with such convincing solemnity. Based on eminent author Shrabani Basu’s book of the same name, Victoria and Abdul is set in 1887 against the backdrop of the queen’s golden jubilee – the 50th year of her ascension to the throne of England. Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), ...

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The Disaster Artist: The best movie about the creation of the worst movie ever?

James Franco, star of the 2010 biographical survival drama, 127 Hours, will now be seen as a quirky new character in his upcoming film, The Disaster Artist. Based on Tom Bissell and Gred Sestero’s award-winning book of the same title, James’s latest venture is actually a recapping account of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult classic, The Room. Wiseau’s melodramatic romance is commonly deemed as ‘the worst film ever made’. From the shoddy direction and production, to the script and acting (or lack thereof), every single aspect of the film received negative reviews from critics and viewers alike. It was reported that ...

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The Limehouse Golem: When Jack the Ripper meets Sherlock Holmes for a Victorian gothic mystery

The Victorian era gothic mystery, The Limehouse Golem, will remind you of a number of Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial rudiments. These include his famous methods of handling the suspense rather than utilising the milieu of surprise, the redirection of guilt, and most importantly, the MacGuffin technique, where a pleasant felon pursues certain ambition. Director and writer Juan Carlos Medina adapted this film from English author Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994). His film’s theme can easily be linked to a plot pocketed from Jack the Ripper’s mystery murders, with lots of Sherlock Holmes effects. It has lavish baroque amalgamation of real historical ...

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My Cousin Rachel: Get ready for emotion. For heartbreak. For curling your hands to the edge of seats because this movie has it all

A 19th century backdrop. An alluring dame. A naive Englishman. A thirst for revenge. This sets the premise for the romantic mystery, My Cousin Rachel, which is based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel. Get ready for emotion. For heartbreak. For curling your hands to the edge of seats because this movie has it all. The movie is breathtaking to say the least. It has a strong Gothic style that showcases the callous yet flirtatious leading lady Rachel Ashley (Rachel Weisz). Notting Hill (1999), Changing Lanes (2002) and Venus (2006) famed director and writer, Roger Michell’s latest emotional drama adaptation sparkles with intense grief, passion and excitement. Set in the 1830s in Cornwell, England, it is ...

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Victoria and Abdul: An enthralling story of Victorian taboos and secrets of love, race and class

In most biographical dramas, the notion of adaptation is never fully exercised; it is often an amalgamation of history, art, rhetoric and entertainment. Every once in a while, filmmakers craft their historical and biographical pieces very critically; filtering factual bits and pieces to create rigorous dramatic composition that eventually gives superlative performances. For instance, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, Roman Polanski’s Pianist, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, James Mangold’s Walk the Line, and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor. Dangerous Liaisons (1988), The Grifters (1990) and The Queen (2006) famed English director Stephen Frears’ freshest project is also a carefully crafted realistic biographical drama about the ...

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Nothing can save ‘The Circle’ from its circle of destruction

With the advent of information technology, the debate about privacy protection has raised numerous questions concerning law, policy making and moral principles. The disclosures of Edward Snowden have proven that privacy threats are genuine. The internet and social media are also being frequently used for global electronic surveillance programs.  The 21st century cinema is thrilled to cover stories of global scandals and the risks associated with the use of advanced technology. The various techno-thrillers and sci-fi dramas, with near-future science imaginary tales have already covered plentiful digital conspiracy and apocalyptic stories. The Spectacular Now (2013) and The End Of The Tour (2015) famed film director and screenwriter, James Ponsoldt’s latest venture is also about ...

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Rabi Pirzada’s creepy version of ‘Mere Rashke Qamar’ is torture to the ears and eyes

There is nothing more annoying than listening to one of the great classics being slayed by its rendition. One particular example is Rabi Pirzada’s adaptation of Mere Rashke Qamar, originally sung by the king of qawwali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  Indisputably, Khan’s most popular composition, Mere Rashke Qamar has drawn the attention of many artists throughout the years but none of the renditions have been as bad as this one. The original had the perfect blend of a soothing melody, emotional lyrics and a commanding voice that made it an unforgettable classic. Pirzada’s creepy version, however, has none of these components. It’s an awful attempt ...

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Enchanting magical realism exists in La La Land

The winner of seven Golden Globes and receiver of 11 Bafta nominations, La La Land is an aesthetically created, romantic yet sentimental melodrama with catchy music and orchestrated dances – all expressed through the indelible characters of Mia and Sebastian.   Director and screenwriter Damien Chazelle’s musical drama shines with affection, emotion, and ambition. Set in present-day Los Angeles, its fast-paced romantic plot revolves around friendship, love, dreams, and veracity. It reconnoitres the ecstasy and sorrow of pursuing one’s dreams and tests the vigour of the duo’s rapport. One thing that’s striking about the story is the way it deals ...

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Was the need for Lebanese food in Karachi Paramount? Yes!

Recently, there has been a surge in restaurants promoting atypical food in Karachi. Middle Eastern food is one such example. This cuisine in particular is enjoyed and recognised by people all over the world.  If you’re interested in discovering the classic flavours of the Middle East, Lebanese in particular, then Paramount Fine Foods is your ultimate destination. The Mississauga, Ontario based franchise, has recently opened its first-ever branch in Karachi. The ambiance of the restaurant is traditional. Opened at 31-C, Khayaban-e-Shamsheer, the new restaurant with its simple yet fancy décor is a pleasant addition to Karachi’s fine dining clique. The ambiance of the restaurant is traditional; ...

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