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Half Widow: Not Pakistan, not India, but the world through Kashmir’s eyes

Throughout history, cinema has functioned as a voice against oppression. Be it films such as Mississippi Burning or Fruitvale Station that highlight racism in the US’ past and present, or films such as Schindler’s List and Life is Beautiful which focus on the Holocaust and the oppression of Jews during World War II. The Battle of Algiers is yet another movie which focuses on the oppression of the Algerian people by the French, and their subsequent struggle for independence. Photo: Facebook Cinema has always played an important role in connecting the viewer with these moving stories. Kashmiri filmmaker Danish Renzu aims to do something similar with his latest film, Half ...

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War for the Planet of the Apes is hitting theatres this summer, and it is no monkey business!

Despite all these years, I can still vividly remember one of the climax scenes from the original Charlton Heston starrer, Planet of the Apes. I was a kid back then, but the sight of an utterly decimated Statue of Liberty from the finale had this bizarre depressing effect on me which lingered on for days. It wasn’t just the shot itself, it was the notion that dumb humans co-existing with their advanced simian cousins as the dominant species was a little too peculiar for my impressionable self. Photo: IMDb My dad was kind enough to answer my curiosity ...

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Tubelight seems intense and exciting, but can it be another Salman-Kabir blockbuster?

For many people around the world, Eid is incomplete without the release of a Salman Khan film. Salman and Eid have gone hand in hand for quite a long time now and similarly, this Eid, Salman will be releasing his much awaited film titled Tubelight directed by Kabir Khan. Photo: IMDb While the film is scheduled to release on June 23, the teaser trailer of the movie dropped recently and set social media ablaze. The film is set during the 1962 Indo-China War and features Salman Khan, Sohail Khan and Chinese actress Zhu Zhu as the principle cast. There is even a cameo from the beloved Shah Rukh ...

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Confessions of a Baywatchaholic

Oh dayum! The international trailer of Baywatch just dropped and boy am I, erm … nostalgic. Okay, and admittedly a little excited too *sheepish grin*. Guys like myself of a certain age would totally relate with the feeling and also agree when I say Baywatch was arguably the perfect TV antidote for a pubescent kid in the 90s with raging hormones. All those secret sessions, watching Baywatch episodes away from the prying eyes of your parents. And you can rest assured, it wasn’t our fascination with David Hasselhoff and his red swimming trunks that we were trying to be discreet ...

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Will Magnificent Seven prove to be a worthy remake?

Hollywood’s obsession with remakes does not seem to be ending any time soon. The least we can hope for is that they at least bring something fresh to the films they are attempting to reinvent. With the fall movie season looming over us, one of the most anticipated films of the season is set to be released towards the end of this month, which actually happens to be a remake of a remake (originality in tinsel-town is in short demand these days); The Magnificent Seven.  Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Chris Pratt, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, ...

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Will Freaky Ali be a nostalgic reminder of Happy Gilmore?

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is well known for his challenging roles and award-winning performances in various movies. Dekh Indian Circus (2011), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Talaash (2012), The Lunchbox (2013) and Manjhi (2015) are some of the more well-known movies he has starred in. He is currently making waves in Bollywood with his latest comedic role in Sohail Khan’s directorial venture Freaky Ali. The film is officially set to hit cinemas on September 9, 2016. However, the trailer has already managed to create an enormous hype by building excitement amongst filmgoers by giving them a tempting nibble of the ultimate treat. Freaky Ali’s story revolves around the character of Ali (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), ...

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Will Rang Raaz: The Secret of Colour be a step forward in Pakistani cinema?

Making it as an independent filmmaker in Pakistan is not easy. Having a film industry that consistently puts dance numbers, good-looking actors and fancy costumes over character, story and plot is bad enough. But the fact that studios here are not ready to invest and original ideas only makes it worse. But that hasn’t stopped aspiring filmmaker and playwright Hamza Bangash from bringing his ideas to life and overcoming a number of barriers that can come in the way of any aspiring filmmaker. In 2014, his short film Badal premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Court Metrage, which is an incredible achievement in itself. And now, two ...

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s teaser is out and it was worth the wait!

We finally caught a glimpse of Karan Johar’s ambitious project, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushaka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachan and our very own Fawad Khan. What I gathered from the snippet is that the movie is fresh, dark, passionate and has a melodious soundtrack. This is Karan Johar’s first directorial venture after Student of the Year (2012). But Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is expected to be comparatively bigger, better and more appealing. Ranbir Kapoor, Anushaka Sharma and our very own Fawad Khan.Photo: Instagram Karan Johar and Fawad KhanPhoto: Instagram I am extremely excited about the following things. 1. Music Karan Johar is famous for the euphonious music ...

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Ben-Hur: A disaster of biblical proportions

Oh my god! What have they done? Why would anyone in their right mind go about screwing with a universal classic? But you can’t really talk sense with Hollywood, now can you? You can instantly tell how bad a remake is if one of the action sequences replicated from its 50s version is not even half as good as its predecessor. Heck! Even the one gracing the 20s variant was light years ahead of the current monstrosity. Toby Kebbell and Pilou AsbækPhoto: IMDb Jack HustonPhoto: IMDb Grandeur, miracles, spirituality, poetic revenge, homoeroticism, and horses that are trying ...

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Ben-Hur: Fast & The Furious – Jerusalem Drift

I have seriously had enough! Hearing out all my chachus and mamoos praising the hell out of Ben-Hur (1959) all my adult life has simply taken its toll. Me: “Maamo, The Shawshank Redemption.” Mamoo: “Nah, Ben-Hur!” Me: “Chachoo, 17 Academy Awards for the Lord of The Rings trilogy!” Chachoo: “Meh, Just one Ben-Hur and 11 Oscars!” Me: “D-Day landing sequence from Saving Private Ryan.” Not just maamo and chachu but maami and chaachi too: “Ben-Hur’s Chariot Race… debate settled!” Charlton Heston as Judah Ben Hur in Ben-Hur (1959)Photo: IMDb Charlton Heston as Judah Ben Hur in Ben-Hur (1959)Photo: IMDb There is just no winning with this lot as far as Ben-Hur ...

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