Stories about Maya Ali

Parey Hut Love: a spectacular visual treat with a half-baked story

After Ho Mann Jahan, Asim Raza and Sheheryar Munawar teamed up again to bring Parey Hut Love for their audience this Eidul Azha. Let’s see what Asim, a maestro of the advertising world, had to offer in his film.  The movie’s trailer received mixed responses for the way it showed different elements in it. Later, when the songs of the films released, such as Haye Dil Bechara, Ek Pal, Morey Saiyaan and Balma Bhagora, some were liked and some were thrashed straight away. Just like Ho Mann Jahaan, Parey Hut Love also narrates the story of the youth. In the former, it was about friendship and passion, while in the ...

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From the moneymaker to the ‘accidental hero’, 2018 has been a booming year for our film industry

The year is almost over, and there is no doubt the ‘revival’ of Pakistani cinema continued in 2018. It would even be fair to say the so-called revival phase is over and the industry has stabilised to a degree. It should only go up from here, as our filmmakers have now understood the basic needs of the modern cinema going audience. While production values, music and the film treatments have significantly improved, the stories remain the weak link. However, this is a problem with most large-scale films, even across the border. Yes, there are still some black sheep insisting ...

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Teefa in Trouble may not be one of the best, but it surely sets new benchmarks

When I watched the trailer of Teefa in Trouble, I was quite disappointed. I was vocal about my disappointment in the trailer review I penned, which didn’t sit well with some Ali Zafar fans who loved the trailer. Some of these fans asked me to watch the movie when it releases and were quite optimistic that I would actually enjoy the movie. Hence, I decided to give it a try but I bought the ticket with zero expectations. The story revolves around Teefa (Zafar) who is a thug-for-hire and is asked to kidnap Anya (Maya Ali) by Butt Sahab (Mehmood ...

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Teefa will definitely be in trouble if the movie is as disappointing as its trailer

I had been looking forward to the trailer of Ali Zafar’s Teefa in Trouble after its first look was released. It gave a positively different vibe than our usual Pakistani offerings and this had me intrigued. The three-minute long trailer debuted recently, and to my surprise, the trailer was quite lacklustre. The trailer starts off with a beautiful aerial view of Lahore and soon we are introduced to Teefa (Zafar) who is hired by a rich father to kidnap a girl, Anya (Maya Ali), so that his son Billu Butt (yes! You read that right, that is the name the ...

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Do Meesha Shafi’s allegations hold no value just because Ali Zafar “looks like a decent guy”?

I remember spending a whole day during school trying to convince my friend how good-looking this new singer was. She disagreed. But as an 11-year-old, I was very persistent, because not only was he good-looking, he was also ordinary. A boy who spent his days making portraits of others at a hotel lobby, who then suddenly went on to be known as Pakistan’s very own Kishore Kumar. But she still disagreed. So I convinced myself that since she was not a Pakistani, she knew little about the country’s beauty. But that was 2003, and today is a different story. Fifteen years ...

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Will Balu Mahi live up to the hype it created?

The upcoming romantic comedy, Balu Mahi, has created a lot of hype over social media and for all the right reasons. We don’t know much about the movie aside from the fact that Osman Khalid Butt takes the lead as Balu, alongside Ainy Jaffri as Mahi. Sadaf Kanwal makes her debut in acting as well. In anticipation for its release, fans have already begun enjoying Balu Mahi’s title song, performed by Asim Azhar and Aima Baig. Recently, the Balu Mahi team started a Balu Mahi dance contest over social media. Featured in the video were Butt, Hareem Farooq, Zainab Ahmed, ...

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The good, the bad and the ugly of Pakistani dramas in 2016

This year’s Pakistani dramaverse was filled with a lot of unlikely hits and misses. While some storylines I expected to be worth the wait were substandard, there were many others that performed exceedingly well. Our storylines this year also proved that Pakistani audiences are maturing and the drama market is the best way to reach into the very core demographic of the Pakistani household. Udaari This show was a powerful crime-drama that highlights the crucial issue of sexual abuse in the country. The drama entails a cast full of stars such as Ahsan Khan, Urwa Hocane, Farhan Saeed, Samiya Mumtaz, and Bushra Ansari playing key roles. The plot follows Meera (Urwa) and Zebo ...

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Sanam: Yet another messy plot like Mann Mayal

In the recent episode of Sanam, we once again see the story relying on harmful stereotypes. This time Sanam vilifies the children of single parents: We see Sara’s child being abrasive and aggressive after seeing her mother speaking to an old friend (Harib). Not only is this a harmful generalisation, it’s also a false one. There are many children who are probably worse off at the hands of a family that is ‘together’ but very abusive. At the same time see Aan’s mother (Hina Khawaja Bayat) lying to prospective in-laws of Aan, stating that they used to live in Dubai ...

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Why are dramas like Sanam dehumanising mental illness?

In this recent most episode of Sanam, Ayla (Hareem Farooq) has finally spoken to lawyers and has insisted that she was subjected to mental torture by her husband, Harib (Osman Khalid Butt) and also is trying to convince Shehroze (Emmad Irfani) into marrying her so she can make Harib jealous. Okay. That’s a lot of weirdness. Harib and Shehroze have cleared up their misunderstandings – and Shehroze and Aan meet each other at the breakfast table. Yes, Aan brings Harib breakfast every day. More weirdness. To top it off, Aan lectures Harib about how he was responsible for Ayla sending the ...

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Mann Mayal: An absolute waste of TV space

Of all the useless things to have been unleashed over Pakistanis as a nation, the drama serial Mann Mayal is by far the worst. A classic sob-fest with glaring story problems, Mann Mayal decidedly became the most mocked show in broadcast history. Though the cast was star-studded with seasoned actors like Saba Hameed, Naeem Tahir, Mehmood Aslam etc. the obvious shortcomings of the plot held them back. Mannu and Salahuddin, did manage to become household names but for mocking purposes rather than being inspirational characters. As the country remained glued to their television sets on September 5th, the air was thick with anticipation. The last episode was about to ...

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