This Mother’s Day, let’s pay a special tribute to mothers who don’t need their child to be “normal”

What is a special child? You could scour through piles of books or websites on the internet. You could ask doctors or child specialists. You could ask anyone but the only person who knows the answer to this is a mother – the champion of life and longevity, the captain of endurance and consideration – that is the mother of a child who has been rendered special. Hearing the following phrases must have a huge impact on a mother, “Is he a little different?” “Yes, your child is a special needs child. He cannot keep up with the ‘normal’ kids.” She spends nine months preparing for her bundle ...

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Pakistan finally has its very own live action superhero movie, and boy will it blow you away!

The superhero movie category is one of the most lucrative film genres around the globe. In modern times, Marvel studios have made an absolute killing with their Avengers franchise at the box office while DC Entertainment, amongst various others, have desperately tried to jump onto the superhero bandwagon with a varying degree of success. Our next door neighbour was also quick to follow suit with Toofan and Mr India, starring the great Amitabh Bachchan and the evergreen Anil Kapoor respectively. India was dabbling its cinematic feet in this particular genre as early as the 1980s. Now, notwithstanding the animated 3 Bahadur, we finally have a live action superhero film that ...

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Why Muslim women need to stop justifying domestic violence in the name of religion

Muslim men are allowed to hit their wives – not with fists, but gently using only short sticks and pieces of fabric, as per a video recently released by the Australian women’s branch of Hizbut Tahrir. The video, posted on the Islamic political group Hizbut Tahrir’s Facebook page, shows two Australian Muslim women from Sydney telling a small audience of veiled women that Muslim husbands are in a position of leadership in ­a marriage and “it goes hand-in-hand that he would have the right to undertake disciplinary ­measures”. The verse under discussion proposes three potential responses to unfaithfulness on part of the wife, namely, admonishing them, abandoning ...

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Will ‘The Dark Tower’ prove to be Stephen King’s magnum opus?

About some four decades back, big screen adaptations of Stephen King’s books were being made left, right and centre. King was a successful brand name and filmmakers made the most of it by churning out hit cinematic versions of Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, The Dead Zone and Christine, amongst various others. With time, this particular trend slowed down; The Shawshank Redemption being the last true King-inspired cinematic masterpiece that came out way back in the mid 90’s. Ever since then, cinephiles have been waiting for another one of King’s gems which – considering how incredible his work is – is quite astonishing to say the least. But all that could change during ...

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We are all Pakistanis and that itself is enough to glue us together

Recently, I came across an advertisement made by Filumbaaz for Leisure Club, a clothing company in Pakistan.  Inspired by Denmark’s TV2 ‘All That We Share’ concept, it was certainly something that we Pakistanis needed to see, especially keeping in mind the events of recent times. We have seen violence result from verbal disputes over literally nothing. We have seen people pull out guns because someone looked ‘weird’.  We have seen a person lynched over a rumor. The advertisement itself was dedicated to Mashal Khan and others who were forced to leave us long before their time. It starts with various people walking into a ...

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Are you ready for the eye-candy and action galore that is Kingsman: The Golden Circle?

Ever since the two World Wars, the spy-thriller genre has been a staple of the film industry. Your typical espionage movie can range anywhere from the super serious à la ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ and ‘Munich’, to crazy laugh riots like ‘Austin Powers’ and ‘Spy Hard’. However, James Bond unarguably turned out to be the most famous one of the lot. One reason why the whole ‘007’ series was such a rip roaring success from the get-go was the fact that it was neither too grim nor was it too comical; it was a perfect blend of both the extremes. So when they started producing our favourite British spy ...

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The Mummy: Tom Cruise and Russel Crowe, what more do we need?

Well guess what? As sure as night follows day, we have got another movie where Tom Cruise is seen doing what he does best. He is literally ‘off to the races’ again in the reboot of Brendan Fraser’s action-adventure hit The Mummy. So what exactly is Tommy boy bringing to the table – other than running around like an absolute maniac – this time around? How about we delve deep into the preview material to find that out. Tom Cruise in The Mummy (2017)Photo: IMDb Set to the tune of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’, the trailer ...

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Benazir Bhutto International Airport: A nightmare that doesn’t end

Alas, it was only a matter of time before the “Worst Airport in the World-2014” would crawl back into news headlines by having female passengers assaulted on its premises. Are we dismayed? Yes. Surprised? Not at all. A hair-raising video has gone viral recently showing a woman passenger – a Norwegian national – being beaten up by a female Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) Islamabad. The video begins with what appears to be the person behind the camera arguing with the security personnel on why they aren’t helping a woman being beaten behind a screen. As screams continue in the background, a male ...

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Watch, process, rewind, repeat: What in the world is the new Star Wars trailer suggesting?

When the last known Jedi, Luke Skywalker, himself seems to think that “it’s time for the Jedi to end”, you can’t help but sit up and take notice. Not that Disney dropping the first trailer of Star Wars: Episode VIII alone wasn’t a cultural event in itself (unless you’ve been hiding in a galaxy far, far away, you probably would have heard the news). In all likelihood to Luke’s aforementioned statement, the title Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a direct sequel to The Force Awakens. Initial shock aside, do they really expect us to believe that Jedi would simply go extinct? Just like that! Not when ...

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Does ‘Punjab Nahi Jaungi’ have what it takes to rejuvenate Pakistan’s film industry?

There is a lot of spectacle, colour, emotion, singing and dancing in the recently released teaser of Punjab Nahi Jaungi. Two beautiful ladies, however, stand out amidst all the razzle and dazzle of the decidedly glitzy 75-second video. One is the glamorous Saba Waseem Abbas who walks ever so seductively, wearing pink, orange and purple, to welcome a triumphant Humayun Saeed to her home. The second is the perennially beautiful Naveed Shahzad who registers her regal presence in the teaser with remarkable grace and style. Photo: Screenshot There is, of course, no shortage of eye candy in Punjab Nahi Jaungi. The first collaboration of ARY Films and Six Sigma ...

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