Danial Nadeem

Danial Nadeem

The author recently completed his A' levels and is on a gap year. He tweets as @ @DanialNadeem9 (twitter.com/DanialNadeem9)

Parday kay peechay: A humourous unveiling of Pakistani society

Parday kay peechay starts off with a typical scene at a funeral—relatives, both close and distant, feigning sadness for the deceased, backbiting aunties, and, of course, as is custom in Pakistani society, talk of rishtas. The play revolves around the family of the late Mr Kazmi attempting to gain a stronger financial footing by convincing one of his daughters, Alia, played by Shanze Hasan, to marry the son of an American businessman. However, Alia’s sister, Leena (Alina Salahudin), wants the American boy for her own self, and thus pursues Daniyaal, played by Saad Mirza, while comically setting up mean-girl-esque pitfalls ...

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Alice’s unnecessary journey Through the Looking Glass

Following through with Lewis Carrolls’ two-book series, the movie Alice: Through the Looking Glass, directed by James Bohin, was recently released in theatres, but it did not fare so well at the box office. It felt like an unnecessary sequel to Alice in Wonderland (2010). Alice (Mia Wasikowska) inevitably returns to Underland through a giant mirror in order to help her dear friend, The Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is lamenting the “loss” of his family. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) inevitably returns to Underland through a giant mirror in order to help her dear friend, The Hatter (Johnny Depp), who ...

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The Divergent Series: The birth of an Allegiant leader

Since the very first Divergent book and then the movie, its fans know well that the story is about five factions of people in the city of Chicago which is surrounded by a wall separating the factions from the outside world. The much awaited third instalment of the Divergent series, Allegiant, finally shows us what is beyond the wall. Now, there are no factions, and the people of Chicago are divided by their emotions towards the prisoners; unsure whether to be merciful or outraged. The story starts with sheer irony as main characters Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James), ...

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The Big Short: A Wall Street mockumentary

A story with multiple characters, the main one being Mark Baum (Steve Carell), about the world financial crisis in 2008 and highlights the greed, fraud and utter misery that occurred as a result of it. Miseries like unemployment, loss of housing, loss of pension, and the downfall of Wall Street firms. It starts off with the bombardment of finance related terminologies and people explaining the meaning of each term. The directors made this process entertaining by explaining it in unconventional ways; a memorable example of which was a scene when well-known chef and television show-host Anthony Bourdain talked about dumping ...

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Orange Is the New Black: Changing perceptions and clearing misconceptions

In the last two years, Orange Is the New Black has proven to be one of the most multi-faceted and diverse shows of this decade. It is a blend between a harsh reality, a cruel joke, and a fit of absolute hilarity. Around 80 per cent of the show is set at a Federal Women’s prison in New York. The show, based on a book of the same title, highlights a crude and in-your-face sense what life for the female inmates is like. What makes it interesting is that for every character on the set, every one that we see, we are ...

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