Ready Steady No: A clichéd plot with a fresh script

Pakistani filmmakers seem to find romantic comedies coupled with boy and girl running away from their families, quite lucrative at the box office. That’s the plot we saw in films like Chhalawa, Wrong No 2, Balu Mahi, and probably will witness in upcoming films like Heer Maan Ja. And guess what, that’s exactly what we got in the recent Ready Steady No as well, which is written, produced and directed by Hisham Bin Munawar. The film features Faisal Saif and Amna Ilyas as main leads, with senior television actors such as Salman Shahid, Ismail Tara and Nargis Rasheed being a part of the cast also. The Pakistani film industry desperately ...

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Cauliflower pizza: It may be peculiar but will be your new favourite

  My original recipe of this nutrient-rich, grain and gluten-free pizza is made from cauliflower instead of flour. Trust me, this recipe is surprisingly delicious. It is a healthy vegetarian recipe not involving bread dough and can be made with any favourite sauce and toppings. This makes for a healthy nutritious meal that we can enjoy with family and friends. Using vegetables has been a growing trend when it comes to people wanting to maintain a healthy life style. It is the best part of a balanced diet, as well as brings transformation to our entrenched ways of cooking and dining. However, cooking vegetables in ...

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5 reasons why Strangers Things 3 is the best season so far

Netflix is bigger than it has ever been and it continues to grow every single day. This streaming service has not only been bringing in popular shows from various TV channels to our screens, but is also working extensively to provide its viewers with original content. One such example is Stranger Things, an immensely popular original series which debuted in 2016 and has been a roaring success ever since. The sci-fi show orbits around a group of children who get drawn into a world of top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and creatures from other dimensions. Stranger Things was conceived as a love letter to ...

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Thrilling and gripping, Leila reveals the bitter truth of today’s India

Leila, based on its namesake novel by Prayaag Akbar, is the first Indian dystopian series that made its debut on Netflix recently. Set in the year 2047, it depicts a society where different communities live in segregation based on their religious beliefs and caste differences. It follows the story of a mother (played by Huma Qureshi) who, after the murder of her husband, sets out on a daunting journey of finding her lost daughter. The series portrays India as a nation ruled by the ultra-nationalist regime of Aryavarrta, under the leadership of Joshi Ji. Although this Netflix show envisions a ...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home is amazing but it needs to get over its Avengers hangover

Spider-Man: Homecoming was a breath of fresh air and the biggest reason for this was a conscious attempt by Marvel to avoid repeating everything we have already seen in Spider-Man movies of past as well as everything that has gone wrong and/or led to the downfall in popularity of previous franchises. Therefore, instead of a packed narrative that would have included everything from an origin story to an over-sized, over-stuffed cast of villains, Homecoming played it remarkably low-key, positioning the film as much of a John Hughes-esque high school movie as it was a Spider-Man adventure. In Michael Keaton’s The Vulture, the ...

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Beloved Delhi is not just a tribute to the city; it is a tribute to Urdu

Tracing the literary and cultural arc of a city such as Delhi is an arduous task. The amount of revolutions and genocides it has endured are not easy to pen down. Keeping this in mind, Saif Mahmood does a remarkable job in his recent book, Beloved Delhi. Published in late 2018, this book is an exhilarating revivification of the city of poets. According to Mahmood, his stimulus for authoring this book came from the dining room conversations which used to be held at his home about Urdu poetry.  Unfortunately, these dining room conversations have now become a non-existent practice as the ...

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Toy Story 4 keeps surprising us with the franchise’s continued excellence

Pixar continues its tradition of making grownups tear up at children’s movies with Toy Story 4, a touching adventure so earnestly sweet that it’s futile to resist its charms. The studio once again makes good use of its abilities to entertain audiences of all ages with this animated adventure, and even though this instalment may not have been strictly necessary, it is still a delightful revisit to the acclaimed franchise. Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks, of course!), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and the rest of the gang are now in the possession of little Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw), given to her at the end ...

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Baaji is not a film – it’s a joke

The Pakistan cricket team had a terrible day against India in the World Cup. That was disappointing. Yesterday, I interviewed a candidate for a position and despite a great profile on paper, the interview was quite mediocre. That was also very disappointing. But both these disappointments combined, added with other top 20 disappointments I have had in the last 30 days, are still less than a quarter of the disappointment that Baaji was. Let’s face it, the trailer for Baaji did not turn the screen ablaze; however, there was still hope. Saqib Malik once directed Khamaj, arguably the best music video ...

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Men In Black: International will leave you wishing to be ‘neuralysed’

The 2019 summer movie season isn’t going quite the way film buffs would have hoped. The big budget cinematic offerings so far have mostly been subpar, with very few intriguing exceptions. Men in Black: International, unfortunately, isn’t one of those exciting outliers. The lacklustre spin-off of the Men in Black (MIB) series shifts the setting from the US to the UK branch of the galaxy-defending organisation but doesn’t bother to bring anything new or even slightly interesting to the franchise. Molly (Tessa Thompson), who witnessed the Men in Black in action when she was a child, manages to track down the MIB headquarters ...

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The Secret Life of Pets 2: A disjointed sequel struggling to find a reason to exist

The financial success of a movie pretty much guarantees whether or not a sequel will eventually pop up, as Hollywood studios eagerly try to milk any and every cash cow they can lay their hands on. But not all films actually merit or deserve a sequel. The Secret Life of Pets, for instance, clearly didn’t. The 2016 animated adventure – a peek at what pets get up to when their owners aren’t home – was no masterpiece, but it did rake in a lot of money. Illumination unsurprisingly decided to give the film a sequel, even though it seems like ...

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