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Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

The author is a freelance writer and blogger and writes for various English dailies of Pakistan. He tweets @omariftikhar twitter.com/omariftikhar

Secret Superstar: A 15-year old rookie overshadows superstar Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan’s roles define him in every movie. Whether he played Raja in Dil, Amar Manohar in Andaaz Apna Apna, Bhuvan in Lagaan, Rehan in Fanaa or Rancho in 3 Idiots, his performances leave a mark on the audience. His latest release, Secret Superstar, also falls in the same ‘hit’ category where Khan displays yet another side of himself to take over the minds and hearts of his viewers. However, this time, he is accompanied by a young actor, Zaira Wasim, playing the role of Insia, who wishes to become a singer but finds her father standing in between her dreams of stardom. The story shows that it is ...

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Can ‘Ittefaq’ surpass or be as good as the 1969 original?

Movie adaptations can be a challenging task, especially if some of the industry’s greatest actors performed in the original edition. The upcoming movie, Ittefaq, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles as Vikram Sethi and Maya respectively, will test their on-screen persona and method acting skills. They are not only starring together for the first time, but are also recreating the roles performed by Rajesh Khanna and Nanda in 1969’s original version. Judging by the trailer, the 2017 version of Ittefaq entails many twists and turns, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Directed by Abhay Chopra and produced by ...

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Secret Superstar seems like a simple movie with big dreams, but can it surpass Dangal’s success?

Aamir Khan has been a stalwart performer in Bollywood who graces the big screen with memorable performances every time he pursues a lead role. His performances in Dangal, PK, Dhoom 3 and 3 Idiots have established him as an actor who can blend in any role and create magic. His next outing as Shakti Kumar in the upcoming movie, Secret Superstar, puts him alongside a newcomer, Zaira Wasim, who plays the role of Insiya. Both were last seen together in Dangal (2016), which became the highest-grossing movie in Bollywood. Insiya is an aspiring singer who aims at shaking the industry with ...

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India may be the world’s largest democracy, but ‘Newton’ shows the struggles prevalent within

Recently, Bollywood has been producing movies that range from romantic flicks to action-packed extravaganzas and it has been slightly redundant. Thus, Newton comes as a breath of fresh air to Indian cinema. Directed by Amit Masurkar, this movie has been chosen as India’s official entry for the Oscars. That itself, sets up a pretty high standard. The trailer itself is powerful enough to compel you to watch the movie. The movie tells the tale of Newton Kumar (Rajkummar Rao), a government clerk who recently started his career. Despite his lack of experience, he is sent on a mission to conduct fair Lok Sabha elections in a Naxalite-Maoist ...

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Chef: Will it offer the right amount of flavour?

Saif Ali Khan’s latest appearance comes in the form of a lead role in the upcoming movie called Chef. The movie focuses on the life of a father-son duo where the father is so occupied in making his career as a chef that he is unable to give time to his only son who lives away from him. Khan plays a successful chef, Roshan, who is seen aspiring towards achieving the coveted three Michelin stars (or more) for a hotel he owns in New York. However, while he is busy preparing sumptuous dishes, his son feels ignored and misses his father’s company. The story depicts the ...

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Will ‘Daddy’ glorify Arun Gawli’s crimes or his reformation from gangster to politician?

As a passionate movie fanatic, I am always on the lookout for upcoming movies. A few days ago, I came across the trailer for the Bollywood film Daddy. Based on a true story, Daddy explores the life of a gangster who reforms into a politician. Arjun Rampal, who is also one of the producers of the movie, plays the lead role of Arun Gawli, the gangster. Indian movies portraying gangsters from the underworld have always attracted an audience and Daddy is expected to meet the same fate. On another note, Rampal’s presence definitely adds to the hype of the film. Apart from Rampal, the cast also includes the South ...

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The Hungry: Can Bollywood do justice to Shakespeare’s bloodiest and least respected play?

Turning a theatrical drama into a full length movie is not an easy job and in most cases, it proves to be a challenge for the writers and directors. The endeavour becomes even more challenging if the theatrical drama in discussion is ‘Titus Andronicus’ written by William Shakespeare. Director Bornila Chatterjee must have experienced an overwhelming series of trials while working on her latest project, The Hungry. It is an Indian movie starring Naseeruddin Shah as Tathagat Ahuja and Tisca Chopra as Tulsi Joshi. The remaining cast includes Antonio Aakeel, Neeraj Kabi, Sayani Gupta, Arjun Gupta and Suraj Sharma. As per reports, The Hungry is scheduled to be screened at ...

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Will Naa Maloom Afraad 2 be as good as its predecessor?

Na Maloom Afraad 2 is the sequel we’ve been waiting for. The original Pakistani comedy thriller, Na Maloom Afraad, was released in 2014 and saying that it took cinemas by a storm would be an understatement. Fahad Mustafa (Farhan), Javed Sheikh (Shakeel), Mohsin Abbas Haider (Moon) and Urwa Hocane (Naina) reprise their respective roles in this sequel directed by Nabeel Qureshi. The film is produced by Fizza Ali Meerza and Mehdi Ali and is written by Qureshi and Meerza. Na Maloom Afraad broke records to become the longest running Pakistani movie in cinemas when it was shown for 165 consecutive days following its release in October 2014. ...

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Same Shaan and same Waar-like plot, so what’s new, Yalghaar?

The much awaited Yalghaar is based on the true story of Pakistan Army’s Swat Operation in the Piochar region, and is, in a way, dedicated to the bravery and sacrifices of Pakistani soldiers. Hassan Rana, the director, explores what happens in the lives of those involved in the operation.  The Lolly production has quite a star-studded cast, such as Shaan Shahid, Humayun Saeed, Bilal Ashraf, Ayesha Omar and Armeena Rana Khan. The list does not end there, as Adnan Siddiqui, Gohar Rasheed, Umair Jaswal, Sikander Rizvi, Ayub Khoso and Sana Bucha also make appearances. It seems as if the director did not want to leave anyone out while ...

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Half Girlfriend fails to even half-impress the audience

Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Wake Up Sid (2009), and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) were some of the few memorable coming-of-age Bollywood movies and my favourites too. Half Girlfriend, directed by Mohit Suri, had to be a coming-of-age movie as well, but it did not live up to its expectations. The movie will prove to be quite a disappointment for those who have read the book written by Chetan Bhagat. Arjun Kapoor plays Madhav Jha, a boy from Bihar while Shraddha Kapoor plays Riya Somani. From the beginning of the movie, it is quite evident that both characters are poles apart. Where Madhav can’t even construct one coherent sentence in English, Riya speaks fluent ...

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