Sahir Palijo

Sahir Palijo

The author is an undergrad pursuing a degree of Business Administration. He loves to write his thoughts and is a movie freak. He tweets at @The_Sahir (twitter.com/the_sahir)

The broken and tormented Kinzas and Tayyabas of Pakistan, waiting for a train that never comes

If you live in Pakistan, you must have frequently come across a very young child accompanying an elite family, looking like they don’t belong. What differentiates the child from the ‘elite’ family is the fact that while they dress modestly enough to not look poor and become a source of embarrassment for the family, they are also not dressed extravagantly, so there remains a marked difference highlighting who is the master and who is the servant.  This has become a trend in Pakistan, where you see children accompanying adult individuals and carrying either their bags or their babies for them. Apparently, this shows their ...

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When “holy men” become sinful predators

Growing up in South Asia, we are taught about our religion from a very young age. Be it Islam, Hinduism or Christianity, we are all instructed to do right by our religion by abstaining from evil and taking the path of righteousness, as intended for us by God. Children are made to understand the significance of religion, for it is through religion that parents teach kids about the difference between right and wrong, and good and evil. Of course, children are naïve. They genuinely believe that because their religion is pure, then surely the ones teaching it to them must be ...

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Venom is not just fun – it is fun on steroids

The year is 2014; Donald Trump is nowhere near your political radar, and in these simpler times, Sony Pictures is naïve enough to think The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be a big hit with critics and has the potential to earn a billion dollars at the box office. In an alternate universe, perhaps we would have remained in those simpler times, but reality often hits you like a bus. Contrary to high expectations, the film under-performed, which would have been obvious to anyone who actually saw The Amazing Spider-Man and was familiar with the dull Spider-Man we got in the ...

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Yes, Thugs of Hindostan is a copy of Pirates of the Caribbean but it’s still definitely worth watching

Aamir Khan, aka Mr Perfectionist, has always exceeded expectations, whether they are about the quality of films Bollywood is capable of producing or the amount of money a movie earns at the box office. Khan’s movies are always the “next big thing” in Bollywood and the audience waits for his new releases eagerly because they know they’re in for a spectacle. This time around, the next big thing is Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan, which is also said to have one of the most expensive outdoor settings in the history of Indian cinema. The trailer of this much-awaited movie was ...

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Captain Marvel may be the superhero to end all superheroes, but Shazam is the clear winner

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been on a record-breaking streak for 10 years now, and this marvellous (pun intended) train seems unstoppable. However, if you look at how many female superheroes this universe has introduced over the past decade, you’re in for a shock. Apart from Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson), the MCU does not have any other bona fide female superhero, which is quite strange. No, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) does not count in this comparison, and neither does Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Technically, Black Widow doesn’t count either, as she has never starred in her own movie and ...

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Thrilling and gory, The Predator delivers what it promised

The last time we got to watch a predator hunt his prey was back in the 2010 movie, Predators. The James Rodriguez produced and Adrian Brody starrer was a decent entry in the franchise, but couldn’t quite revive it the way it was meant to. However, eight years later, 20th Century Fox decided to double the budget and brought Shane Black to the helm. Black, who had a small role in the original Predator (1987) and has also directed hits like Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys, was the perfect choice. Titled The Predator, this latest addition to the sci-fi ...

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I would rather gouge my eyes out than watch the absurdity that is Namastey England

It was back in 2007 that cinemagoers were treated to the classic that was Namastey London, a movie that not only served as a commentary on Indian patriotism and colonialism, but did so in a hilarious and touching manner. A romantic comedy and a family drama at the same time, the movie was a huge hit at the box office and also gave rise to the notion that Katrina Kaif could act. Although we now know that to not be true, thanks to Namastey London, we temporarily believed it was possible. Akshay Kumar, however, was the life and soul ...

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Ghoul won’t scare you but it will keep you on the edge of your seat

Netflix ventured into the Indian market through its first Hindi original series, Sacred Games, which proved to be a huge hit and got universal critical acclaim. Netflix’s second Indian original is Ghoul, which also stars Radhika Apte. Ghoul is a horror miniseries comprising of just three episodes. Originally conceived to be first of three films, Ghoul was later turned into a miniseries as the creators thought the story was best suited for this particular format. Produced by Phantom Films and Blumhouse Productions, which also produced hits like Split, Whiplash and Get Out, Ghoul has been marketed as a horror show, but ...

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Journalism vs sensationalism: The Front Runner explores how the media can make or break a politician

In the era we live in today, we have made peace with the fact that no matter where we are or what we do, we are surrounded by the media. Politicians in particular have a love-hate relationship with the media, a relationship that clearly leans more towards the ‘hate’ aspect. The media’s job is to keep a close eye – perhaps too close – on politicians, especially since they never match up to the public’s expectations, which in turn is why politicians hate the media. The media will call its constant hounding and meddling ‘journalism’, while the politicians call ...

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5 reasons why ‘The Predator’ will revive a franchise that flatlined long ago

It was in 1987 that the world was first introduced to an extra-terrestrial hunter with advanced weaponry, known as the predator. This humanoid alien has an active camouflage, thermal imaging, a high energy shoulder canon, wrist blades, a retractable spear, a lethal throwing disc, a net gun, along with the ability to self-destruct. Yet somehow, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch was able to defeat this mighty warrior in the first movie of the franchise, which proved to be a huge hit. Predator is considered one of the best science fiction movies ever made. Unfortunately, the sequels didn’t prove to be as ...

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