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)

With no star power, Chalay Thay Saath is one bumpy ride

Pakistani directors and producers often misunderstand the movement to revive Pakistani cinema. This year has seen numerous below average movies, thus questioning the merit and authenticity of the command in filmmaking; movies like Thora Jee Le, Whistle and Raasta. Let’s see if Umer Adil’s latest venture, Chalay Thay Saath will be able to break this dry spell. The film doesn’t seem to have any star power, thus it makes one question – can a movie with no crowd-pullers make it big in the box office? Zain (Osama Tahir) and Tania (Mansha Pasha), who are on the verge of separation, plan a farewell road trip for Resham (Syra Shahroz). They ...

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Films like Thora Jee Le should be banned in Pakistan

It was just yesterday that I was thinking it was time for Pakistan’s film industry to use new faces – we’ve been seeing the same old actors in dramas, as well as on the silver screen and honestly, it’s time for a change. Thora Jee Le marks the debut of six fresh actors in pivotal roles. Rafay Rashidi handpicked the new faces, the music director, and the singers for his debut film. Thora Jee Le revolves around six friends who reunite in tragedy – when a common friend, Kaizad,  suffers from an overdose of drugs. They plan a road ...

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Aditya Chopra’s ‘Befikre’ is even worse than his ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayengay (DDLJ) is an all-time classic for all, especially for the 90’s generation who can’t hear anything bad against the movie. DDLJ’s overwhelming success made Aditya Chopra one of the most prominent filmmakers of Bollywood. The success that followed after is owed to his luck and strong casting sense. Movies like Mohabbatein which featured Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Ashwariya Rai is one such example. Unfortunately, Chopra’s third attempt, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, received below average/mixed reviews. After an eight-year hiatus, Chopra is back in business with Befikre. This movie, featuring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, is all about being carefree and carpe diem. Dharam (Ranveer Singh) ...

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I Salute you, Aitzaz Hassan

Shehzad Rafique is a well-known name in the Lollywood industry. From Ghunghat to Rukhsati to Nikaah, the masses till date remember his movies. After a short hiatus, Rafique is back with a biopic on Aitzaz Hassan – a 14-year-old martyr, who stopped a suicide bomber from entering his school in 2014, saving the lives of thousands of students – titled Salute. The movie is amongst the first biopics that Pakistan has produced on martyrs. Saima Noor was highly appreciated for her drama Rung Laaga with Faisal Qureshi – and now she graces us with her presence on the big screen. As an accomplished actress, a lot of expectations were pinned to Saima’s able shoulders. ...

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And Pakistani cinema is back, Dobara Phir Se!

All those who were praying for Pakistani cinema to revive, it’s finally time for you to cheer up. Mehreen Jabbar is a well-known figure in the Pakistani entertainment industry and for good reason, because she’s all geared up for her new movie Dobara Phir Se. The movie provides a platform to some well-known actors and actresses including Adeel Hussain, Sanam Saeed, Hareem Farooq, Ali Kazmi, Tooba Siddiqui and Atiqa Odho. Hareem Farooq, Adeel Husain, Ali Kazmi and Sanam Saeed on the set of Dobara Phir Se.PHOTO: Dobara Phir Se Facebook Page Dobara Phir Se has been marketed really well considering it ...

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Lahore Se Aagey: Don’t miss this roller coaster ride

Subtle comedy has never been Pakistani cinema’s forte; there are only a handful of writers who have successfully managed to pull off the art of subtle slapstick. Last year’s release of Karachi Se Lahore received mixed response from the audience. Some couldn’t stop laughing and loved it, while some thought it was needlessly dragged with dry humour. Whatever the response, most thought it was one of a kind; a Pakistani rom-com featuring a road trip through Pakistan – definitely not something the local audience has ever seen before. Director Wajahat Rauf was content with the response he got and hence decided to make a sequel, ...

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Jeewan Hathi – A case study on how a movie should not be made

There are some actors that directors and writers depend on a bit too much, even more than they should. Everyone in Pakistan wants to be the next Anwar Maqsood and Moin Akhtar (late) combination. But it’s not as easy it sounds. I suppose Fasih Bari Khan thought he could build the same association with Hina Dilpazeer. The recently released telefilm Jeewan Hathi is hardly 65–70 minutes long and features Hina Dilpazeer, Samiya Mumtaz, Kiran Tabeer, Adnan Jaffar, Saife Hassan, Fawad Khan and Naseeruddin Shah. Let’s see what this elephant has to offer. Jeewan Hathi revolves around the lives of people involved in the television industry; an ageing TV hostess (Hina ...

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Abdullah: Thank God it’s The Final Witness

Pakistani cinema is going through a phase, especially after banning Indian movies in the country. Two things are in dire need; firstly, the release of a movie at least every week, and secondly, every movie released should have an entertainment quotient attached to it. Recently, Hashim Nadeem’s Abdullah: The Final Witness was released in the cinema houses of Pakistan. The movie features Sajid Hassan, Hameed Sheikh, Imran Abbas, and Sadia Khan in pivotal roles. Now let’s see what it has to offer to its viewers. The movie features Sajid Hassan, Hameed Sheikh, Imran Abbas, and Sadia Khan in pivotal roles.Photo; Screenshot The story revolves around Abdullah (Hameed Sheikh), a ...

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Freaky Ali would stand nowhere without Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is synonymous with quality oriented cinema. This time around, with the help of Salman Khan and his team, he is starring in Freaky Ali – a full out entertainer. It was rumoured that Freaky Ali is a remake of Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore. Even though some scenes may form parallels with the latter, the rumours aren’t entirely true. One needs to watch Freaky Ali to discover what it actually has in store. The main character, Ali (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is an orphan who is adopted by a Hindu woman (Seema Biswas) but raised as a Muslim. He takes up various odd jobs, while accompanied by Maqsood (Arbaz Khan) who is ...

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Baar Baar Dekho: A boring time-travelling experience

There’s no doubt that Baar Baar Dekho was amongst the most anticipated movies of 2016. And we’re all excited to see Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra starring together in a Karan Johar movie. There’s was a lot of hype with the release of the teaser, trailer and not to forget – the song Kaala Chashma. Time-travelling is not a common subject to expand on in a movie, we can hardly quote Action Replay (2010) and Love Story 2050 (2008) under this genre; both didn’t do well at the box office. You will just have to watch Baar Baar Dekho to discover what makes it different from the others. Artist Diya Kapoor ...

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