Stories published in October, 2017

Damage control does not need to come at the expense of our minorities, Capt Safdar

A few days ago, I came across a video making rounds on social media which disturbed me a whole lot. In the said video, a retired major, belonging to a newly formed political party, was openly threatening to kill the former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. In his view, Nawaz, by constantly reaching out to Ahmadis, had become ‘Wajibul Qatl’ (necessary to be killed). I could not believe that someone could so openly express hatred against a minority community and incite violence against a former PM for just displaying kind and courteous behaviour towards our minorities. It was the ...

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#PakvsSL: Pakistan played like Pakistan of the past, but is Sarfraz Ahmed to be blamed?

Mediocre. Average. At times brilliant, but mostly lethargic. Dare I say Pakistan cricket at its finest? There was a time not long ago, when two men anchored the entire cricket team to unimaginable victories, not just through impeccable performances but through charisma, style and discipline. The men who famously go by the names of Misbahul Haq and Younis Khan played a pivotal role in sending the Pakistan cricket team to the top of the Test rankings. Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan became owners of Pakistan’s most prolific partnership in Tests. Photo: Getty Images Although really short-lived, it was ...

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Will the force be with Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

Unless you’ve been hiding in a galaxy far, far away, you have probably heard that Disney has just dropped the trailer for the eighth episode of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Looking at the footage from this recent promo, fans chomping at the bit for Episode VIII can immediately tell that this film picks up pretty much right after The Force Awakens. Photo: IMDb At the end of the previous installment, the Resistance had many reasons to celebrate. The Starkiller base was destroyed while The First Order’s planet had imploded. But it appears that the festivities didn’t go ...

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The Limehouse Golem: When Jack the Ripper meets Sherlock Holmes for a Victorian gothic mystery

The Victorian era gothic mystery, The Limehouse Golem, will remind you of a number of Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial rudiments. These include his famous methods of handling the suspense rather than utilising the milieu of surprise, the redirection of guilt, and most importantly, the MacGuffin technique, where a pleasant felon pursues certain ambition. Director and writer Juan Carlos Medina adapted this film from English author Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994). His film’s theme can easily be linked to a plot pocketed from Jack the Ripper’s mystery murders, with lots of Sherlock Holmes effects. It has lavish baroque amalgamation of real historical ...

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10 reasons why we cannot wait to watch Padmavati

The trailer for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati released on Monday, and it broke the internet. From a layperson to celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, no one could stop raving after watching it. #PadmavatiTrailer is very terrific. Looking forward to 1st Dec! Good Luck @SanjayLeelaB & team! @FilmPadmavati — Ninad Kamat (@iamninadkamat) October 11, 2017 Awstruck by the padmavati trailer.#fanart #PadmavatiTrailer #Padmavati #deepikapadukone #ShahidKapoor @shahidkapoor @deepikapadukone pic.twitter.com/y94cDe80SI — Masroor shah khan (@Masroorsk) October 11, 2017 T 2573 – HOW DOES HE DO THIS ..?? Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 'Padmavati' and the trailer .. the gift of extraordinary vision !👏👏👏👏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/9UvVzEqO3Y — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 9, 2017 With over 21 million ...

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Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Sridevi – Is there a void beyond the L-word in Bollywood?

Once he gets over how annoying she is, in every second shot, he stares at her as if to uncover her hidden magic, her power of bewitchment, her secret ability to make the ground shift beneath his feet. As he keeps up his pontification about how she must protect her virginal, doe-eyed, wild-haired self from his big bad sex-riddled being, she mocks him before sunset, and hugs him tighter than a cross-stitch at night. His discovery of good facets of his sinful soul is the culmination of her airy comments, her clueless maiden act, and her demure body trying to ...

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a case of too many A-list cooks spoiling a cinematic broth

Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn is notoriously known for opting out of sequels of popular movie franchises that he himself is responsible for creating. The Kick-Ass franchise was the first instance when Vaughn skipped out on directing a sequel to a hugely successful first part. The rebooted X-Men series was next in line to experience Vaughn’s rejection. Now, regardless of how badly these decisions went down with the followers of the aforementioned franchises, Vaughn’s judgment proved to be spot on in both cases. While X-Men: Days of Future Past was almost respectable, Kick-Ass 2 was bashed left, right and centre by both the audience and critics alike. Given his impeccable track record, ...

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When public monuments sprinkle salt on another community’s wounds

The constant struggle to control the past and the future by dominating the present took a new turn in Charlottesville, Virginia, over Robert Edward Lee’s statue. Now, public monuments are becoming polemical in Australia. Erecting and pulling down public monuments in democracies during peacetime provides a new battlefield, in stark contrast to the acts of armed men drunk on victory. In 2003, when the Americans bludgeoned their way into Iraq, they gleefully helped Iraqi citizens pull down Saddam Hussein’s statue while much of the world cheered. When the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas, most of the world wept. Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin’s statues received applause ...

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With over 13 stabbings in one month, Karachi needs the Rangers, not the (incompetent) police

I have yet to meet a Karachiite who holds a high opinion of our police force. Our police officers are notorious for being highly corrupt and incompetent, which is not surprising, given the level of corruption and bribery prevalent in the system itself. Therefore, I was not surprised when during a conversation about the recent stabbing attacks, my driver mentioned that the attacker is probably a policeman, which is why he has not been found so far. He was of the opinion that, “Even if he’s caught, they will not proceed against him, because he is one of them.” While this may not necessarily be true, ...

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Secret Superstar seems like a simple movie with big dreams, but can it surpass Dangal’s success?

Aamir Khan has been a stalwart performer in Bollywood who graces the big screen with memorable performances every time he pursues a lead role. His performances in Dangal, PK, Dhoom 3 and 3 Idiots have established him as an actor who can blend in any role and create magic. His next outing as Shakti Kumar in the upcoming movie, Secret Superstar, puts him alongside a newcomer, Zaira Wasim, who plays the role of Insiya. Both were last seen together in Dangal (2016), which became the highest-grossing movie in Bollywood. Insiya is an aspiring singer who aims at shaking the industry with ...

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