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)

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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Saala Khadoos: One of the most powerfully written scripts of 2016

Rajkumar Hirani is a name trusted with visual delights and great story-telling. R Madhavan is one of the most underrated actors of Bollywood who never fails in surprising his viewers by playing different and unusual roles. In this film based on a number of true stories and facts, they joined hands. Saala Khadoos is a tale of passion for sports (boxing) and the country’s pride. Let’s see what Saala Khadoos has in store for its viewers. Saala Khadoos starts when Adi Tomar (women’s boxing coach) is transferred from Delhi to Chennai because of a forged anonymous sexual harassment complaint received from a boxing student ...

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Airlift was saved by its great script and great performances

This past few years, it is an undeniable fact that Akshay Kumar falls under the category of the most daring and bankable actors of Bollywood. This has enabled him to act in diverse genres, ranging from senseless and cheesy comedy flicks, to sensible and thought provoking movies. This time around Akshay Kumar has teamed up with debutante Raja Krishna Menon to highlight a real life incident back in 1990; the Kuwait crisis. Airlift is a true story based on Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. It revolves around Indians residing in Kuwait during that time and how Ranjeet Katiyal, (Akshay Kumar) along with ...

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Did Ho Mann Jahaan live up to its expectations?

Asim Raza’s Ho Mann Jahaan has been one of the most anticipated movies of 2016 in Pakistani cinema. This New Year will hopefully boast of a massive-TV-audience influx at cinema halls in Pakistan. Ho Mann Jahaan features great talents like the gorgeous Mahira Khan, the talented Sheheryar Munawar, the brilliant actor from Jackson Heights, Adeel Hussain and Sonya Jehan. The movie was heavily promoted on all social media platforms and a great hype was built around it, but was it really all that? Let’s see what this movie had to offer to its viewers and whether it lives up to ...

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“Bajirao Mastani” deserves a solid four out of five stars!

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one, of a handful filmmakers, who has the talent to create a larger than life experience for his viewers. The cinematic prowess he displayed in “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” and “Devdas” was exemplary. His latest endeavour, “Bajirao Mastani”, however, has surpassed even his own tremendous standards. Ranveer Singh is a prolific actor eager to take on many different roles. His ability to appropriate every character he plays is quite impressive. If you are still in awe of his depiction of Ram from “Ramleela”, prepare to be blown away by his newest venture. Photo: Facebook Deepika ...

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Shahrukh Khan and Kajol fail to deliver their magic in “Dilwale”

Rohit Shetty is known for his star studded cast, comedy capers which are stuffed with silly jokes, senseless scripts, unbelievable coincidences and over-the-top blasts that fling vehicles in the air. Whenever Shahrukh Khan and Kajol have appeared together on screen, the audience has burst with love. The new box office records are a testament to that.  The duo’s popularity is reminiscent to that of Amitabh Bachan and Rekha. No other on-screen couples  have been adored by fans as strongly as these two. The young and multi-talented heartthrob Varun Dhawan is considered the next big “entertainer” in B-town. Photo: ...

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Jazbaa: An applaudable cinematic experience filled with comebacks and strong performances

When a former Miss World decides to make a comeback to the main screen after a five year long hiatus, the movie will definitely be worth watching. By teaming up with one of the most bankable and creative director cum producer, Sanjay Gupta, Aishwariya Rai Bachan, along with the supremely talented Irrfan Khan – the true Maqbool of Bollywood – have laid out a wonderful cinematic journey for viewers in the form of Jazbaa. Jazbaa is a thrilling and captivating movie, inspired by the Korean movie, Seven Days. The plot of the movie revolves around varying focal points regarding a murder-rape case. The main characters ...

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Singh is Bliing: All that glitters is not gold

Akshay Kumar is one of the most loved and sought after celebrity in Bollywood and this is why his movies do exceptionally well at the box office, irrespective of their script, subject, direction and content. Kumar paired with Prabhu Deva is a lethal combination, substantiated by 2012’s block buster Rowdy Rathore. This is why the audiences were desperately waiting for the Kumar starrer Singh is Bliing. Kumar’s fans wondered if Singh is Bliing will be a blockbuster at the box office like his previous films? But will this movie be as entertaining as his previous endeavours? Photo: Singh is Bliing Facebook page If ...

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