Shafiq Ul Hasan

Shafiq Ul Hasan

The author is an avid movie lover and reviews films and dramas regularly. He is a professional digital inbound marketer. He has worked with a silicon valley-based social network as a content analyst. He blogs at www.shafiqsiddiqui.com and tweets as @shafiqulhasan81 (twitter.com/shafiqulhasan81)

Motorcycle Girl will easily ride into the hearts of Pakistani women, but it may struggle at the box office

Adnan Sarwar, who debuted with Shah a few years ago, is back with another movie based on a true story. It is the story of the first female biker, Zenith Irfan, who travelled to Khunjerab on a bike all by herself. Motorcycle Girl is amongst the most awaited films of Pakistan; not just because Sohai Ali Abro plays the lead, but also because the movie is a tribute to women empowerment and tells the tale of how women can do whatever they set their minds to. Motorcycle Girl narrates the story of Zenith (Abro), who works in an agency, and because of ...

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My Pure Land: One of the finest independent films of Pakistan, yet forbidden in its own country

In Pakistan, it is uncommon to watch a well-made film that is not only based on true events, but also dedicated to our real life heroes. For instance, films like Gulab Gang, Bandit Queen and Mary Kom have been made in India to relay the sacrifices made and challenges faced by its women. In Pakistan, however, we can hardly recall a film or two on the same. This is why Sarmad Masud’s venture, titled My Pure Land, which showcases the story of Nazo Dharejo, came as such a surprise to me. The film does not feature big names or superstars, ...

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16 movies that prove Lollywood and Bollywood have been empowering women since 1957

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day; a day to appreciate and acknowledge the women around us and discuss female empowerment. As we do this, it is hard to ignore the contribution of the media, which is perhaps the best tool in our means to depict the society around us. However, having empowering female characters is not a new phenomenon in either the Indian or Pakistani film industry. On the contrary, filmmakers in India and Pakistan have consistently tried to come up with subjects and films which celebrate and empower women. From the inception of the film industry in this ...

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Veerey Ki Wedding is the worst wedding film of the season

Sometimes filmmakers tend to bank on projects having similar names to attract viewers, be it in India or Pakistan. This occurred recently in Pakistan, where a horror film called Pari was released a full month before the Indian version of the same name. We witnessed the power of the curse of the same name when Pari’s trailer received millions of views on YouTube, only for everyone in the comments to wonder, “where is Anushka Sharma?” Similarly, Indian filmmakers have come up with Veerey Ki Wedding and managed to release it before one of the most awaited films of 2018, Veere ...

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Welcome To New York: Less like a Bollywood film, more like an extended PR campaign for the next IIFA Awards

Some films can be declared hits or flops even before they release, based on the strength of their trailers and the audience’s response to it. Watching the trailer of Welcome To New York – which is director Chakri Toleti’s first venture in Bollywood – instigated a feeling of disappointment not unusual in the industry, as audiences wondered what the plot was and why they should go to the theatres. Even though the cast has a plethora of popular names, in terms of its content, the film did not appear to offer much to get excited about. The film is set amidst the backdrop ...

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A refreshing new-age film, ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is a cult classic we will be rewatching for years to come

Luv Ranjan is a director who knows his craft impeccably. With films like Akaash Vaani and the Pyaar Ka Punchnama series, Ranjan proved that he is the torch bearer for new-age and unorthodox filmmakers in Bollywood. He has received both critical and commercial appreciation for the writing and direction of his previous films – a rarity for new filmmakers experimenting with the genre. Ranjan’s latest offering, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, has piqued the curiosity of viewers with its quirky trailer, and made audiences wonder if the movie will do justice to the ‘best friend versus girlfriend’ trope that has been ...

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Even with 180 performers, ‘Hua Kuch Yoon’ was weak, amateur and did not possess enough pull

With zeal and passion, young Pakistani directors are in reviving stage plays and bringing them back in the spotlight. With great plays such as Aangan Terha, Sawa 14 August, Pawney 14 August, Siachen and Bananistan, one can witness the efforts put in by theatre enthusiasts. Dawar Mehmood’s new theatre play, Hua Kuch Yoon, written by veteran actor Sajid Hassan and produced by KopyKats Productions, recently hit the stage at Karachi Arts Council. Hua Kuch Yoon promo #1 Hua Kuch Yoon promo# 1. For tickets and details please contact‭ 021 38781654 Posted by KopyKats Productions on Monday, February 12, 2018 Hua Kuch Yoon premiered last week in ...

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We laughed at the film, not with it, and therein lies Maan Jao Naa’s greatest failure as a romantic comedy

One of the reasons why I am always eager to support and appreciate filmmakers who introduce fresh faces and new talent on the silver screen, is that for any industry, new talent is necessary in order to keep the creative juices flowing. This is also why I couldn’t wait for Maan Jao Naa, Aabis Raza’s latest venture, as it is a light-hearted Pakistani film where the leads are fairly new to the industry, and for many of them, this would be their debut film. Maan Jao Naa is presented as a romantic-comedy which claims to cater mostly to the youth and the younger generations. ...

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The only difference between Parchi and Arth 2/Chupan Chupai is the craftiness of its writer and director

The year 2018 has just begun and Pakistani cinema is all geared up with new releases for the new year. It is indescribable how good it feels to see our filmmakers trying their best in the capacity that they can, to keep producing films in a timely manner. Parchi is one film that created a lot of hype from the start, be it for Hareem Farooq’s fierce character, the catchy music, or the fact that this will be the first Lollywood film to be released in Saudi Arabia and France. The director, Azfar Jafri, started his career with Siyaah and ...

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Was 2017 a year of revival for Pakistan’s film industry? These 10 movies prove otherwise!

Just like its predecessor, this year started with a new hope for Pakistani cinema, a hope that the industry would continue to produce better films than it did in previous years. While the industry may have produced more films this year than it has in a long time, unfortunately, the graph went down in terms of the quality of content. Let’s take a look at what the revival of Pakistani cinema looked like this year. 1. Thora Jee Le Rafay Rashdi’s directorial debut Thora Jee Le was considered one of the most promising films of the year, simply because it launched more ...

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