Will Chhalawa be more than a Pakistani spin on Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge?

Upcoming Pakistani film Chhalawa’s trailer has generated a lot of buzz, mainly due to it featuring an ensemble cast and presenting a fun and interesting premise. The film is produced, directed and written by Wajahat Rauf, while the music is by Shiraz Uppal. Chhalawa is Rauf’s third venture, and stars Mehwish Hayat, Azfar Rehman, Zara Noor Abbas, Asad Siddiqui, Mohsin Ejaz and Aashir Wajahat. The film appears to be a light-hearted romantic-comedy showcasing the love story between Zoya (Hayat) and Sameer (Rehman). Zoya is a young woman belonging to a rural area in Punjab who is being forced into marriage against her ...

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Can Baaji help Meera revive her career?

Rightly considered one of the most anticipated Pakistani movies of 2019, Baaji’s trailer was unveiled yesterday to largely positive reviews. Saqib Malik’s directorial debut, the first few seconds of the trailer show the film to be a cross between genres as we see drama, action, comedy, revenge and even murder. The cast includes the ever-glamorous Meera, who shares the screen with model-turned-actor Amna Ilyas. Other primary actors include Osman Khalid Butt, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Ali Kazmi, Nayyar Ejaz, and Nisho Begum. Baaji is about an aging former movie star trying her best to keep pace with younger, emerging talent that ...

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Behind the cosmic curtain: Black Hole 101 and why it’s a groundbreaking achievement

A black hole cannot be seen. And yet, a clever species on a planet in an obscure corner of a spiral galaxy have figured out a way to capture the shadow of a black hole. Black holes are one of the most mysterious and exciting objects in the universe, unless of course you happen to fall into one of them. Their existence was derived theoretically from Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, first published in 1915. In fact, Einstein himself was quite sceptical about the existence of such objects. In the following decades, however, it became clear that at ...

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Grandiose but tragic, will Kalank make history with its pre-Partition interfaith romance?

The much awaited multi-starrer Kalank releases today, to the joy of cinemagoers. The film seemingly narrates the story of a deep and devastated love, with the pre-Partition era serving as the backdrop. The magnum opus has been directed and produced by Abhishek Varman and Karan Johar, and stars an ensemble cast of Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. The trailer mirrors the intertwined but tangled relationships between our cast as Roop (Bhatt) is married off to Dev Chaudhry (Kapoor). Dev, however, already has a wife, Satya (Sinha), whom he loves immensely. He even tells Roop ...

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Will The Rise of Skywalker offer a fitting conclusion to the Star Wars saga?

The ninth and final instalment in the Star Wars series, The Rise of Skywalker has pretty much everyone hyped and excited about how the decades-long saga will finally conclude. JJ Abrams, who also directed The Force Awakens, returns to the director’s chair, with much of the same cast from the previous film returning as well. The surprise release of the first teaser only adds to the intrigue surrounding the film and teases a few ominous warnings along the way. The trailer opens to some cryptic voice-over narration by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live ...

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Spilling tea with Asad Umar: Being a finance minister is ‘tough’

Right after his meetings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, I had the opportunity to sit down for tea with Finance Minister Asad Umar at the Pakistani consulate in New York City. We talked about his negotiations with the IMF, unpacked his outlook on the Pakistani economy as well as the personal toll this job is taking on him. The second thing I noticed about Umar when he entered the room was how tall he actually is in person. The first thing I noticed was how visibly exhausted he looks. By nature, he is an irrepressibly optimistic ...

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Will Stuber manage to get a five-star rating?

Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani have teamed up for Stuber, an action-comedy that seems to be built around a very familiar premise. When Uber driver Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger, Vic (Dave Bautista), he unwittingly becomes part of a dangerous chase. Vic, it turns out, is a cop who is going after a brutal killer, and Stu has to go along for the ride. Anything for a five-star rating, right? But it seems highly unlikely that the film itself will merit five stars. This ride share adventure seems to be built on the beats of the worn-out buddy comedy. Only recently, ...

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The Lion King 2.0: Because we can’t resist Disney’s evil sorcery

Me: “These live-action adaptations of animated classics are such a racket. Disney is basically reselling us the same story with these pointless remakes, because why would they spend time and energy on creativity and new ideas when they can just use the powers of nostalgia to manipulate us into giving them all our hard-earned money? Shame on you, Disney!” Can we all make a pact not to see the Aladdin and Lion King reboot so we get something new and original from Disney for the first time in 10 years — Coleo is Cooleo (@coleoisherio) April 11, 2019 Also me: “Oh my ...

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Mysterious and spooky: The Adams Family is coming back, oozing with nostalgia

Created as a single-panel comic for the New Yorker Magazine in the 1930’s, The Addams Family – which follows the story of an odd-ball family and their equally odd-ball antics – has left a significant footprint on American comedy. First through the wildly popular television (TV) show from the 1960’s, and then through the rebooted movie series from the 1990’s which renewed the franchise’s popularity. In between, The Addams Family was also a hit Saturday morning cartoon show. Now, a couple decades on, The Addams Family returns to the big screen once again, this time in the form of ...

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Dark and grim, Joker is iconic and not your average comic book movie

Superheroes are the talk of the town and have been so for nearly a decade now. Every year, Hollywood churns out a handful of superhero flicks for the audience to feast on. There are many popular superheroes out there. Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Spider-man and probably a million more with a huge fan base. While it’s easy to be a good guy and develop a fan base, doing so as a villain is where things get really hard. Unlike superheroes, not every villain is able to break out and become a sensation. The only villain that ...

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