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)

Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai: One of the better Pakistani movies of 2016

The Pakistani film industry was once known for great dialogues, amazing stories, and family-oriented dramas with significant entertainment value – that was between the 70s and 80s mostly. Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay will be hitting the cinema screens in Pakistan this Eid. The film is packed with nostalgic reminders of all the aforementioned elements. It is the second directorial venture of Anjum Shahzad (his first was Mah-e-Mir (2016)). It marks the film debut of the main leads, which include Sajal Ali, Feroze Khan and Jibrayl Ahmed. The story revolves around Zain (Feroze Khan) and Mahira (Sajal Ali) who accidently bump into each other. Their love ...

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Akira could have been a great concept – but on screen, it’s weak

In Bollywood, women-centric movies are always considered extremely powerful, even prior to their release. From Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980) to Bandit Queen (1994), from Mother India (1957) to Mary Kom (2014); female oriented movies have made headlines everywhere. Akira, featuring Sonakshi Sinha, is also a movie based on a journey of a woman, but in different circumstances. Sonakshi Sinha, as a performer, has always lived up to the expectations of the masses. Having directed movies like Ghajini (2008) and Holiday (2014), A R Murugadoss has brilliantly proved his mettle in direction. With a star studded cast such as Konkona Sen Sharma and Anurag Kashyap, Akira looked quite promising. Sonakshi SinhaPhoto: Screenshot The story line revolves around a girl named Akira (Sonakshi) who ...

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Save your money and do not watch Teri Meri Love Story

Jawad Bashir has a unique way of incorporating humour into his songs and acts, case in point: Teen Bata Teen from the mid-90s. It took Bashir quite a few years to embark on the route of film production. He made his debut with the horror flick, Maya (2015) and his latest venture is supposed to be an out and out comedy filled with an element of romance. That being said, Teri Meri Love Story is a rom-com featuring Mohib Mirza, Omar Shahzad, Ushna Shah, Uzma Khan, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Salman Shahid, Laila Zuberi and Ahmed Abdul Rehman in pivotal roles. Photo: Farah Fashion The movie starts off with Esha (Ushna Shah), who is head ...

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Happy Bhaag Jayegi: Yay or nay?

What’s the formula for an entertaining movie? Whisk romance, comedy, drama, emotions and relatable characters together, and there you have it; an entertaining movie. Happy Bhaag Jayegi is a combination of all the aforementioned ingredients, plus another ingredient; a comical Indo-Pak angle. Happy Bhaag Jayegi is about Harpeet aka Happy (Diana Penty) who, on her wedding night, plans to ditch her groom, Bugga (Jimmy Shergill) and plans on eloping with her boyfriend Guddu (Ali Fazal). Thanks to a carelessly formulated runaway plan, things take a chaotic turn and Happy ends up jumping off her balcony, into the wrong truck, which takes her ...

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Does Rustom pronounce Akshay Kumar guilty for disappointing his fans?

Akshay Kumar is the definition of a multifaceted Bollywood star; not because he gives repeated box office hits, but because he never hesitates to pair up with new directors and their teams. This requires aptitude and confidence – traits that very few superstars possess. This is Akshay Kumar’s third release in 2016 (after Airlift and Housefull 3) and it’s completely disparate from his previous endeavours. Will he be able to pull a hat trick this year? Rustom is Dharmendra Suresh Desai’s second film (the first was 1920 London, which was released a few months back). Was Akshay able to pull off the show under Desai’s direction? Let’s explore what Rustom has ...

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Karachi is forgiving, it is beautiful and chaotic, it is home

The city of lights: Karachi. Karachi has always been seen as the land of opportunity, the city where dreams come true. Many claim that it is the Dubai of Pakistan; Karachi is where people come with hope and promise, looking for a brighter future. It is a city of contradictions; it’s a blend of cultures, it’s sunrises over Sea View, nights reined by terror, it is so many things all at once. But I didn’t know that until recently. For many people, Karachi is solely represented by the sea. They don’t see the city for all that it has to ...

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Revenge of the Worthless is truly worthless

Who is not aware of Jamal Shah’s potential? He is amongst the most creative minds of Pakistan. Shah was involved in cross-border projects back in the 80’s and 90’s. Revenge of the Worthless is Shah’s directorial debut in the Pakistani film industry. This time Shah made his comeback with a highly potent cast including veteran actors Firdaus Jamal and Ayub Khoso. Having said that, there are many things the movie has to offer to its viewers. The plot of Revenge of the Worthless is based on the 2009 Swat insurgency. It shares the story of an upright progressive man Zarak Khan (Jamal Shah), a boy named Gulalai (Abdul Raheem) ...

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Packed with brilliant performances, Sarbjit is a classic

The geopolitical tension between India and Pakistan has resulted in numerous cinematic potboilers that have all the ingredients of tragedy, jingoism, xenophobia and grief. Sarbjit is no different. The movie is based on the real-life account of the ill-fated Sarabjit Singh who was arrested by Pakistani police on the Wagah Border in 1990. This unfortunate Indian or dumb scout (as some conspiracy theorists allege him to be) was accused of being an Indian spy who had orchestrated terrorist activities in Lahore and Faisalabad. He was eventually thrown into prison. In between the capricious rapport shared by these two countries along with cross-border political ...

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Be your own Maalik, be Pakistan’s Maalik

Ashir Azeem, who has many accolades to his name, be it director, actor or writer, was given the label of a patriotic entertainer after his popular drama serial, Dhuwan. His directorial debut movie, Maalik, has been amongst the most anticipated movies in Pakistani cinema due to the popularity of his previous drama. Maalik is a tale that every citizen can identify with in one way or another. It has various stories within the entire plot. The main story line revolves around an SSG officer, Major Amjad (Ashir Azeem) who starts a private security company after having faced a major tragedy in his life. What may have seemed ...

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Bachaana: Another feather in our cap

With our local film industry upping its game with releases like Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (2015), Ho Mann Jahaan (2016) and Manto (2015), Nasir Khan’s Bachaana is another feather in the cap. The newly released flick stars an ensemble cast of Mohib Mirza, Sanam Saeed and Adeel Hashmi in pivotal roles. The movie starts with the introduction of Waqas aka Vicky (Mohib Mirza) who is a Pakistani working as a cabbie in Mauritius. Parallel to Vicky’s story is the story of a newly-wed Indian Muslim couple; Aalia played by Sanam Saeed and her husband Jehangir aka J played by Adeel ...

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