Stories published in February, 2018

From Haseena Moin’s empowered female characters of the 80s to the damsels in distress of today

Presently, if we take a deeper look into our Pakistani dramas, there’s a reccurring pattern of female characters as ‘damsels in distress’, with the occasional strong female character arising every now and then. Characters like the ambitious, strong-valued and independent Mishal from Besharam and Kashaf from Zindagi Gulzar Hai ,who tirelessly battled through life’s obstacles to change her fate, are seen once in a blue moon. More recently, we were introduced to Dr Zubia from Yakeen Ka Safar, who despite severe mental and emotional trauma was determined to fulfil her dreams. The drama and her character has been quite popular amongst women ...

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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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With three consecutive victories, are Karachi Kings on their way to bringing home the trophy?

The Karachi Kings started the 2018 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) confidently, by winning their first three matches in a row. This is a historic moment for the Kings in the tournament, especially as they were able to beat the mighty Quetta Gladiators, something they have failed to do in the previous two seasons of the PSL. For the third season, the Kings made a few strategic changes in their squad. They appointed Imad Wasim as a skipper, and were also able to rope in the legendary all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, for their squad. Before this season, Afridi was part of ...

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Five reasons why PTI supporters should be alarmed ahead of the 2018 election

The 2018 election season is heating up in Pakistan, and in a few months, millions of Pakistanis will cast their ballot in what is promising to be a crucial election in the country’s history. The stage has been set by the dramatic ouster of one of the most influential men in Pakistan’s political history, and the unlikely political movement and slogan that the aforementioned ouster has led to. On the other hand, Imran Khan continues to be the wildcard choice to lead the country, should all elements come together at the right place and the right time. However, a string of crucial electoral losses, divisions within ...

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Living in a mental asylum, fighting the darkness within

When I was about five or six-years-old, I did something I am deeply ashamed of. It is the most shameful act I have ever committed, and even recalling it makes me shudder. It’s something that I have never confessed to anyone before. It was recess time in school and all the kids were playing. I stood somewhere in the middle of the sandy ground and looked around for pebbles. I was just fascinated by their shapes and sizes, and was excited to be examining the ants alongside them. I picked up a pebble and all of a sudden an idea ...

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Remembering Bollywood’s Chandni: The mesmerising, incredibly talented doe-eyed beauty, Sridevi

When you are a young boy, you tend to hang pictures of people in your room whom you admire and love. Whose picture goes up on your wall depends on how old you are. When you are between five and 10, it is normally superheroes like Superman, Batman and so on. Then, as you age beyond 10, posters of superheroes get replaced by real life figures, like sportsmen and male movie stars. Then, at a certain time, normally when you are well into teen years, pictures of female movie stars also start appearing. Of course, it coincides with adolescence and ...

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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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She was found in a pool of dried blood

The light blue sky hung over Najeeba as she rushed on the wet, slippery streets of her city. The city was lit by neon lights emerging from clubs and bars around every other corner, and nightfall meant the noise of blaring car horns was so loud, she couldn’t even hear herself think. Terror clouded her mind, her eyes darting from one corner to another, fearing the longing gazes of street hawkers and lazy drivers, each of them with a disgusting smile plastered onto his face. She knew she would have to bear her father’s anger once she got home. She ...

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February 25, 2018
 Faiza Iqbal

Donald Trump is the best president for the Muslim world

Donald Trump wins no awards for decorum or propriety. He is undoubtedly odious, temperamental and has an incredibly fragile ego as evinced from his continued Twitter spats. In no way do I endorse Trump as a good president, because he has bullied, intimidated and lied his way towards winning the most coveted and powerful seat in the world. However, despite it all, I still think he is the best president for the Muslim world.  Why? Because he has singlehandedly jolted Muslims from a stupor that has plagued our countries for long. We have played the victim card to America’s ills for far too long, ...

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Intense and insane, ‘Blackmail’ seems to have all the ingredients to be a real winner

The moment the posters for Irrfan Khan’s upcoming dark comedy Blackmail were released, with the actor wearing a paper bag over his face while he stood bare chested in his boxers, I knew it then and there that we were in for a treat! Khan rarely misses that quality movie mark and the kind of movies he does are always a little different than what Bollywood usually has in stores for us. The trailer of the movie released recently, and as expected, it seems like one hell of a ride. The trailer, with a 150-second runtime, is hilarious and quite intense. Usually, Bollywood ...

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