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)

Chhalawa: Don’t waste your eidi or your time

What happens when you announce a film with the leading lady of the Pakistani film industry, who has also recently been honoured with a Tamgha-e-Imtiaz? Expectations are bound to skyrocket. With a comparatively newer cast alongside box office superstar Mehwish Hayat, Wajahat Rauf’s latest film Chhalawa released yesterday. Azfar Rehman will be seen playing a leading role for the first time here; he was last seen on the silver screen alongside Hayat in Punjab Nahi Jaungi in an extended cameo. Will Rehman be able to make it big with Chhalawa? Can Hayat carry an entire movie on her shoulders? Let’s find ...

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As long as we keep producing films like Junoon-e-Ishq, Pakistani cinema will never get anywhere

It may seem hard to believe, but the trailer is actually one of the most important parts of a film. After all, it is through the trailer that the audience gauges the film and makes up its mind about whether or not to spend money watching it in the theatre. Thus, the power of a good trailer cannot be denied. Meanwhile, Junoon-e-Ishq is yet another Pakistani film that kept the audience away just through its trailer. Pakistani audiences had serious doubts over the quality of content, the performances as well as every single aspect of the filmmaking, and the ...

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Project Ghazi: A missed opportunity

In 1989, Saeed Rizvi pioneered the use of cutting edge visual effects in the Pakistan film industry with his science fiction spectacle Shani. Thirty years later, after a cornucopia of advancements in computer graphic imaging (CGI), director Nadir Shah’s film, Project Ghazi, also attempts to push the boundaries of Pakistani cinema. Boasting an all-star cast comprising of veteran actors and rising talent, the action film hopes to be a genre-busting trendsetter. Project Ghazi’s plot revolves around a special organisation which creates an elite force of ‘super soldiers’ who are given advanced combat abilities. The story kicks into action when Zain (Sheheryar ...

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Sherdil can talk the patriotic talk but doesn’t know where or how to walk

Patriotic films have managed to do well at the box office of late. Most recently, Parwaaz Hai Junoon came out last year and fared quite well. In fact, some theatres are still playing it, which obviously suggests that audiences are enjoying this genre. The most recent release in this genre is Sherdil, which has been in the limelight for a while now, mainly due to Pak-India tensions and the skyrocketing patriotism experienced by the country over the past month. Sherdil is Azfar Jafri’s fourth film after Siyaah, Janaan and Parchi. The film is written by Nomaan Khan and features Mikaal Zulfiqar, ...

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Patriotism, pride and the Pakistan Air Force – Sherdil is the movie we needed right now

Azfar Jafri is one of those Pakistani directors who seems to love experimenting. He started with Siyaah (a horror film), then Janaan (a love story) and then Parchi (a comedy-crime film). All of these films had drastically different genres. Now, Jafri brings us Sherdil, which focuses on yet another genre – an action film focusing on fighting for the sake of the country. The trailer of Sherdil released just last week and is already receiving mixed responses from the viewers. Sherdil is about the lives of people associated with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). The film features Mikaal Zulfiqar, who is playing the ...

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Something new, something different: 4 reasons to watch Laal Kabootar

The trailer of Kamal Khan’s debut Pakistani film Laal Kabootar recently released and it’s already making waves. The movie stars Ahmed Ali Akbar, Mansha Pasha, Rashid Farooqi and Faiza Gillani in lead roles along with Ali Kazmi. The film is produced by Hania Chima and Kamil Chima. From the trailer, it is evident that the story of the film is based in Karachi. It appears to be a crime caper thriller, a niche in which Pakistani cinema has not experimented much. The trailer of Laal Kabootar is receiving a positive response from people of all social classes and here are four reasons why it ...

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We hope Pakistan’s future web series won’t be as bad and disappointing as Enaaya

It’s refreshing to see Pakistani filmmakers enter the realm of web series for the very first time. Enaaya, Pakistan’s first ever web series is available on Eros Now, a Mumbai-based entertainment platform, and stars Mehwish Hayat in a lead role. Other actors starring in the web series include Azfar Rehman, Faryal Mehmood, Rabab Hashim, Asad Siddiqui and Waqar Gothra. This 12-episode web series is written and directed by Wajahat Rauf who earlier directed popular releases such as Karachi Se Lahore and Lahore Se Aagey. So what exactly does this six-hour long web series have in store for viewers? The story of Enaaya focuses on ...

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With Madhuri-Anil sharing the screen after 19 years, Total Dhamaal promises to be a comedic treasure

After the success of Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal, Indra Kumar proved that he knows the art of producing hilarious movies, and now he is back with chapter three of his major hits. The upcoming comedy-adventure, Total Dhamaal, will see Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor paired together yet again. Photo: Screenshot The on-screen pair of Kapoor and Dixit was the most sought after pairing in the 90s and they will be sharing the screen space after 19 years (their last film was Pukar in 2000). From the trailer, it looks like Dixit is in her usual perfect form ...

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With not much to offer, ‘Gumm’ sure knows how to lose its audience

It’s rare for Pakistani filmmakers to attempt something different in terms of making unique, unusual and off-track films. Luckily, Ammar Lasani and Kanza Zia have tried to offer something different to Pakistani cinemagoers in the form of Gumm. Gumm stars Sami Khan, Shameen Khan and Shamoon Abbasi in the lead roles. With a fresh star cast, unique storyline and not a lot invested in promotions, Gumm seemed to have almost everything it takes to appeal to audiences. The plot revolves around Asad (Sami) who regains consciousness after an accident. He seems to have completely forgotten what has happened to him and looks towards the ...

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In terms of script and execution, Mirzapur is far better than Sacred Games

Web series are a game changer for filmmakers and storytellers alike. After the popularity of Sacred Games on Netflix and Inside Edge by Amazon Prime, the latter is back with yet another web series called Mirzapur. The plot revolves around Akhanda Tripathi, also known as Kaleen Bhaiyya, because he deals with the buying and selling of rugs and carpets. Akhanda is a don who rules Mirzapur, quite literally. Interestingly though, his only son Munna Tripathi is entirely out of his control and constantly misuses his power and position, constantly landing himself in some sort of trouble or the other. One ...

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