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)

Jawani (toh) Phir Nahi Ani – But you won’t get your time or money back either

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (JPNA), without a doubt, has been one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The reasons include its well-known star studded cast which includes Hamza Ali Abbasi, known for his controversial statements regarding the movie, Mehwish Hayat, who’s seen in a completely different light since the release of her item song, and Vasay Chaudhry, who is known for his inspirational tales. The movie also highlights heavy brand endorsements. The movie revolves around three childhood friends, Saif (Hamza Ali Abbasi), Sheikh (Vasay Chaudhry) and Pervez (Ahmed Ali Butt), who are married and settled in their lives but are afraid ...

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Manjhi: An exceptional portrayal of man versus nature’s injustice

It takes ages to find a plot that has the tendency to showcase different emotions, scenarios, and the journey of life i.e. transformation of one’s identity.   Manjhi: The Mountain Man is one such story that shares a tale of a man who believes in love, humanity, arrogance, friendship and doing what’s needed in his capacity as an individual to bring a change. It is based on the true story of Dashrath Manjhi, an unsung hero and legend who proved that nothing is impossible to achieve. The film is directed by Ketan Mehta and features Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the lead role of Manjhi. Manjhi has an able team to ...

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Can ‘Shah’ box its way to the top?

Pakistan is a land of talented and gifted people. We have people who have made something out of nothing. With barely any resources available, various Pakistanis have outdone themselves in recent times and have brought pride and prosperity to their motherland through their hard work and sheer determination. Shah is a movie which is based on one such individual, who rose from the cluttered streets of Lyari in Karachi. He rose from nothing and became the pride of Pakistan, but eventually, he was reduced to a mere memory in the minds of Pakistanis. Shah is a story based on true events about the journey of Pakistan’s famous national ...

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How the Genisys terminated Terminator

One of the most distinctive and prominent works of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s life is the Terminator series. The first instalment of Terminator hit cinema screens back in 1984, directed by James Cameron. Within 30 years, the Terminator franchise has launched five chapters. The recently released Terminator Genisys has hit cinema screens, featuring none other than the king of action Flicks ‘Arnie’. Terminator Genisys starts when John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Lieutenant Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to save his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), for the sake of his own survival. Once there, Reese comes face to face with the Terminator (Schwarzenegger), who is already programmed to save ...

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The Gunman is a snooze fest with a great cast

A good action movie never fails to impress its audiences. This is why the action movie genre is the safest bet for producers and directors and guarantees box office revenues. Having said that, it is also true that some movies just don’t have what it takes, which is saying a lot, and the reasons are repetitive plots and identical scripts. In order to produce great action, changes in plots and somewhat believable action scenes are required. After all, movie-goers these days are getting smarter. The Gunman is one such recently released action film which stars Sean Penn along with a group of decent performers like Peter ...

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Run All Night: Another run-of-the-mill Liam Neeson movie?

Liam Neeson’s name usually brings flashbacks of action thrillers and suspense-filled revenge sagas. His Taken series and his movie Unknown have categorised him into this distinctive genre, and rightfully so, since he is so good at it. When Ed Harris, another gem of the action-performing fraternity, is teamed up with Neeson for a new film production, it becomes hard not to watch their movie. Is Run All Night another run-of-the-mill Liam Neeson movie? What made the director, Jaume Collet-Serra, launch a third venture with Neeson? Will the movie manage to perform at the box office? Well, here’s what we know so far. Run All Night is based on a plot that involves Jimmy Conlon ...

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If you are not a Divergent series fan, don’t watch ‘Insurgent’!

Movie series like the Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Twilight and other young adult franchises are managing fairly well in terms of drawing viewers’ attention towards this genre and are also minting multiple folds of revenue at the box office. Insurgent, the latest instalment of the Divergent series, follows the same path as other YA movies. The movie is based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel of the same name. The story revolves around a plot where Americans are forcefully segmented on the basis of personality and trait-based blocs by the government. The governing head is Jeanine, which is beautifully played by Kate Winslet. Beatrice Prior aka ...

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Skip dessert if it means having this Jalaibee

What happens when you create a lot of hype for a certain product, pose it as the best of the best, and when it is aired, the end result is not only disappointing but abhorrently low in terms of quality and value? Jalaibee is the perfect example of such a product. The much talked about and marketed crime caper, Jalaibee, has too many angles to be focused upon. After all, it is about the continual revival of Pakistani cinema and seeing what role Jalaibee plays in it is of key importance. Let’s dissect Jalaibee and focus on what it is all about. Promotion of Jaliabee. ...

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Badlapur: A perfectly twisted revenge saga

What happens when a ‘conventional chocolate boy’ opts for an unconventionally intense and complicated role, contradicting his previous comical high school performances? What makes a filmmaker choose such an actor for a main lead in his movie? How good can revenge sagas be? Well, Badlapur will answer all these questions for you. Varun Dhawan, for the very first time, is seen in a role different from his usual ‘cutesy’ avatar. His performance has been surprising, to say the least. Along with him, we come across Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who, after Kick, has managed to score another meaty role with more screen presence this time. [caption id="" align="alignnone" ...

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Roy is only a “tarka” of star power, nothing else

Sometimes a movie is advertised and marketed with a promise to deliver an all-in-one production – but in reality, it is nothing more than amateur work at best. Roy is one such movie. What do you expect when you have a cast which includes a pure entertainer like Ranbir Kapoor, a dependable actor like Arjun Rampal and a gorgeous beauty like Jacqueline Fernandez? A blockbuster movie. Yet, Roy is nothing more than one big enigma. Audiences everywhere were anxiously looking forward to watching the two talented hunks share screen presence, but sadly, that too couldn’t save the boat from sinking. ...

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