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)

Almost there, but not quite: Parwaaz Hai Junoon could not soar as high as it expected to

Haseeb Hassan’s Parwaaz Hai Junoon has been in the limelight for quite a while now. Ever since the trailer was released, the obvious patriotism of the film moved even the hardest of souls, but that was not all. The younger star cast, comprising of Hania Aamir, Ahad Raza Mir, Shafaat Ali and Shaz Khan, definitely made it more appealing. Add to that the social media sensation and forever Pyare Afzal in our hearts – Hamza Ali Abbasi – and you have a film the entire country could not wait to watch. The film, centred on the Pakistan Air Force, comes ...

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With a wafer-thin yet bipolar plot, Load Wedding cannot decide what it wants to be

With films like the Na Maloom Afraad series and Actor In Law under his belt, Nabeel Qureshi has not only entertained audiences but has also pulled off three of his ventures thus far. It won’t be wrong to say that Qureshi is a filmmaker for the masses, with Na Maloom Afraad being a genuine entertainer, whereas its sequel – loaded with toilet humour – also received appreciation, though not as much as the original. So what happens when a director known for mass entertainers tries something new and moves towards a different genre, with a film that centres on a ...

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Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 is one of the finest comedies to come out of the Pakistani film industry

Very few sequels receive more appreciation than the original film itself. For instance, Na Maloom Afraad was brilliant when it was released, but Na Maloom Afraad 2 was not as crisp, witty or smart as the original. The same goes for the Hera Pheri series across the border; part one was phenomenal, but it only went downhill after that. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2, the follow up to 2015’s Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, had all the winning elements on paper; from an intriguing trailer, stellar cast, and actually funny jokes, the film seemed set to emerge victorious at the ...

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Parwaaz Hai Junoon will ensure every Pakistani is an emotional, patriotic mess this Eidul Azha!

Parwaaz Hai Junoon has been making rounds and creating buzz since its first teaser was released to the public. From what is evident through the recently released trailer, the film looks like a fresh breeze of uniqueness for multiple reasons, and seems nothing like what we have been offered so far by the Pakistani film industry. Let’s see what makes this trailer fly high! The preview revolves around the lives of cadets in the Pakistan Air Force, focusing on both their personal lives as well as their strong patriotism towards their country. It banks on friendship, romance, nationalism and sacrifice. There seems to be a ...

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Even film students can make a better movie than Na Band Na Baraati

This Eid we saw the release of many Pakistani movies. With Bollywood movies banned during Eid, Pakistani audience had no choice but to turn their attention to local films. Some movies made the cut and managed to entertain people, others, however, made us run for the exit door. Sadly, the recently released Na Band Na Baraati falls under the latter.  The story revolves around two brothers, Zahid (played by Shayan Khan) and Shahid (played by Mikaal Zulfiqar). Both brothers are happily in love with their respective girlfriends. However, one fine day, their lives change forever. Shahid accidently signs Zahid’s nikkahnama, and ...

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The only thing we want to be free of is the horror that is Azaadi

All around the world, particularly in India and Pakistan, people mostly watch films for entertainment. Films that are smartly written and well directed are always liked by audiences. On the other hand, filmmakers who try to stuff messages in any film without the entertainment quotient usually end up falling flat on their faces. In both Pakistan and India, Eid is always a great occasion to release a film that is backed with some good content and has any known celebrity in it. This Eid has been a busy affair for Pakistan, with multiple domestic releases dominating the conversation. One of ...

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Eid comes early: 7 Din Mohabbat In is the eidi we have been anxiously waiting for!

With their first film Zinda Bhaag, Farjad Nabi and Meenu Gaur proved they had the potential to make good films. With their second film Jeevan Haathi, they proved that disasters are a part of life. With their third venture 7 Din Mohabbat In (7DMI), featuring actors like Javed Sheikh, Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar and Hina Dilpazir, one can only hope for the best. Not only this, the film has been written by Fasih Bari Khan, who is known for writing dramas that are both witty and hard-hitting. Another exciting factor is to see Sheheryar and Mahira working together once again, after ...

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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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