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)

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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Rangreza is a tasteless, colourless and soulless failure, guised under a confused farce of a musical

Right from the first trailer of Rangreza, its selling point revolved around it being a colourful musical, its romance angle, and for some, even Gohar Rasheed. Except for the song Phool Khil Jayeein, the album did not find much positive reception from audiences, however, the film itself released recently to considerable hype. Directed by Amir Mohiuddin, Rangreza primarily revolves around three characters. Ali Zain (Bilal Ashraf) is a rock star who falls in love with Reshmi (Urwa Hocane), a girl from a family of qawwals who has been engaged to her cousin, Waseem Wallay (Gohar Rasheed) since childhood. Waseem is an ...

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‘Fukrey returns’ is neither logical nor thought-provoking, but is definitely an all-out entertainer

Bollywood is now an industry that is strong enough to experiment with quirky genre films. At times, these experiments do not seem to make any sense whatsoever, yet sometimes, they turn out to be immensely popular and successful with audiences. Fukrey (2013) was one such instance, where a film launched with four comparatively new faces and no hype prior to its release, and managed to wow audiences and attract them to movie theatres. The film became a sleeper hit as well as a cult classic, despite its hard to believe storyline and faulty narration. This success is why, four years later, the team ...

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November 20, 2017
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Verna: A story powerful and lucrative on paper but fails at its execution on screen

Rape is a serious issue that is prevalent in the society. Even talking about rape openly takes a lot of courage, let alone making a movie about it. Shoaib Mansoor is known for making thought-provoking movies on social issues that turn out to be a cinematic delight. His previous movies have been pieces of art for movie-lovers and film students. Verna is his third and recent instalment, so expectations obviously had to be soaring high. His previous movies starred big names like Shaan Shahid, Fawad Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Imaan Ali, Atif Aslam and Humaima Malick. However, this time, Mansoor does not ...

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