Will Naa Maloom Afraad 2 be as good as its predecessor?

Na Maloom Afraad 2 is the sequel we’ve been waiting for. The original Pakistani comedy thriller, Na Maloom Afraad, was released in 2014 and saying that it took cinemas by a storm would be an understatement. Fahad Mustafa (Farhan), Javed Sheikh (Shakeel), Mohsin Abbas Haider (Moon) and Urwa Hocane (Naina) reprise their respective roles in this sequel directed by Nabeel Qureshi. The film is produced by Fizza Ali Meerza and Mehdi Ali and is written by Qureshi and Meerza. Na Maloom Afraad broke records to become the longest running Pakistani movie in cinemas when it was shown for 165 consecutive days following its release in October 2014. ...

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Farhan Akthar’s Lucknow Central has much more to offer than your typical jailbreak movies

I’ll admit Hindi films aren’t always a delight to watch, but we must appreciate Bollywood’s efforts for coming up with novel story ideas once in a while and nailing them as well. I recently came across the trailer of Lucknow Central while I was watching another Bollywood masala film trailer on YouTube, and I was highly impressed, to say the least. The fact that it had Farhan Akhtar as the main lead pretty much convinced me to click on the thumbnail of the trailer. Upon watching it further, I was pleased to see an amazing cast comprising of Akhtar, Deepak Dobriyal, Ronit Roy, ...

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Game of Thrones S07-E03 was, in its truest sense, a Song of Ice and Fire

If the last episode of Game of Thrones (GoT) can be compared to Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, then it would be justified to claim that episode three was more like The Godfather. While last week’s episode was packed with action and thrill, this week’s episode was filled with intense confrontations. As I said last week, this season is on steroids and at some point you might even feel like everything is moving too fast. This episode was titled ‘The Queen’s Justice’, which is an apt title considering the events that transpired. I believe this episode was, in its truest sense, ‘A Song of Ice and ...

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After the letdowns that were ‘The Conjuring 2’ and ‘Annabelle’, will ‘Annabelle: Creation’ be any different?

When the first Conjuring movie came out in 2013, horror genre aficionados were ecstatic. Cutting through myriads of uninspiring horror flicks, The Conjuring was a breath of fresh air which brought forward original storylines and gut-wrenching horror scenes that kept you at the edge of your seat throughout its duration. However, the movies that have come after it simply repeat the story in a less powerful way. The computer-generated imageries (CGI) have become bland and there is no element of surprise left. Even The Conjuring 2 failed to impress and Annabelle (2014) was equally disappointing. Perhaps it is because of these misses and dupes that the franchise has decided ...

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Alpha: A glimpse into why the age-old bond between man and dog has stood the test of time

‘Man’s best friend’ is a pretty common expression that refers to the powerful relationship that we humans have shared with pet dogs for ages. The first recorded use of this phrase dates back to Frederick the Great of Prussia from the 18th century. Ever since then, it has become part of the general colloquialism. But have we ever wondered why we share such an intense bond with our canine buddies? Worry not my friends, because we now have an upcoming movie that precisely aims to answer that very question. The From Hell and The Book of Eli famed Albert Hughes’s new historical drama, Alpha, just had its first trailer released on ...

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Game of Thrones S07-E02 was a visual spectacle, proving that this season is on steroids

If there were more than seven episodes in season seven of Game of Thrones (GoT), the second episode could have been more of a ‘set the stage and build the intrigue’ episode. But as I pointed out in my previous review of the season seven premiere, GoT is equipped with a turbocharger and things are escalating pretty quickly. Fans who complained that the season premiere was a let-down won’t be complaining once they watch this week’s episode. The episode kicks off exactly where the last one ended. Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen have a lot of strategising to do, especially if Daenerys wants to become the queen of the seven kingdoms and ...

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It’s 2017, movies like ‘Chain Aye Na’ stopped being funny and entertaining ages ago

Would somebody please, for the love of God, make this guy stop? Ever since this debate over the revival of Pakistani cinema has surfaced, I have been unable to wrap my head around the fact that these discussions invariably tend to feature a certain Syed Noor. The only reason these dialogues could feature this supposed icon of our not-so-iconic film industry is if we plan on telling our new age filmmakers that this is that one guy you should not emulate under any circumstances. But since Noor is still revered as a cinematic godfather-like figure amongst certain factions of the media, he took this as an encouragement ...

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Why “log kya kahangay” will always be a part of the Pakistani mentality

I have been talking about dreams for practically my whole life, in particular broken dreams. I grew up in a Pakistan where adhering to societal conventions was more important than following your individual desires. These were the 80s and 90s and the phrase ‘log kya kahangay’ (what will people say) was a ready response to many career choices that did not fit the triumvirate of doctor, lawyer, engineer, or usually for women, getting married and that dreaded phrase – settling down. Over the years, I’ve lost count of the number of times men and women have told me about the dreams they were forced to give ...

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#TheNorthRemembers: Game of Thrones season 7 starts with a bang, and the best premier episode so far

The season six finale of Game of Thrones (GoT) had left all of us on the edge of our seats. Diehard fans were aching to watch the season seven premiere. Everyone wanted to know what would happen and how things would go down. A few months after the season finale, it was reported that shooting had been delayed. All us poor fans could do was wait, and wait we did. We waited for one entire year for the next season. If you think the year flew by, you clearly aren’t a GoT fan. But all this is in the past now. The season seven premier ...

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Is ‘Punjab Nahi Jaungi’ a little too similar to B-town’s ‘Namaste London’?

Okay, I give up! A lot of people do not agree with my hyper-critical approach when it comes to reviewing movies. I’ve been called an eternal cynic, a tag which is probably the most publishable amongst various other labels I have had the pleasure of hearing. Bearing that in mind, I have decided to radically alter my ways with this piece and tried to analyse a cinematic work purely based on how the majority would tend to receive it. The dubious honour for this novel experiment goes out to the first full length trailer of the upcoming Pakistani romantic comedy, Punjab Nahi Jaungi. What makes Punjab Nahi ...

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