Omair Alavi

Omair Alavi is a freelance journalist who can be contacted at omair78@gmail.com

Remembering Nisar Bazmi

  By: Omair Alavi He may have passed away in 2007 but the songs by Nisar Bazmi keep him alive in our hearts. The legendary composer delivered hits after hits during his film career and on his 10th death anniversary; we revisit those songs that are now considered classics: Ho Tamanna Aur Kia – Aisa…

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Anatomy of a Victory

By: Omair Alavi Pakistan may have won the first T20 against World Champions West Indies in Barbados but the victory was far from a convincing one; the team went out with a mixture of old and new players and sadly, it was the new ones who made the difference. Let’s take a look at The…

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Memorable moments of World Cup 1992!

By: Omair Alavi 25 years is a huge time for anyone to forget anything but there is one incident that remains etched in every Pakistani’s memory – World Cup 1992. It is the only mega event where each team played each other and the best 4 qualified to the next round. It was also the…

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Remembering Mohammad Ali

By: Omair Alavi Mohammad Ali was considered as one of the best dramatic actors of his time, yet he was behind the many successful songs of his era as well. Here we take a trip down the memory lane where we get to hear 15 of his most famous numbers and try to decipher the…

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Let’s celebrate Women’s Day, Filmi style!

By Omair Alavi Gone are the days when films used to have a man as the leading characters; there have been many flicks in the last decade that have had a woman at the help – as a protagonist – and on this Women’s Day, we bring to you Top 10 films of the last…

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Let’s celebrate Women’s Day, Filmi style!

By: Omair Alavi Gone are the days when films used to have a man as the leading characters; there have been many flicks in the last decade that have had a woman at the help – as a protagonist – and on this Women’s Day, we bring to you Top 10 films of the last…

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Remembering Mala Begum

By: Omair Alavi In the 60s and the 70s, the film industry in Pakistan had a rich pool of female singers to playback in movies; Mala Begum was of the top female voices in the country and along with Noor Jehan and Runa Laila, she ruled the hearts till the mid 70s. She sang the…

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Better Safe Than Sorry

By: Omair Alavi Pakistan Super League is doing well in United Arab Emirates and spectators are loving both the high and low scoring matches of the second edition. For them, watching Kevin Pietersen in the flesh is a treat; sharing the ground with Sir Viv Richards is a dream come true. But Pakistan Cricket Board’s…

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Nikaal Awards 2017

  By: Omair Alavi Once upon a time there used to be a flourishing Pakistani film industry where quality was preferred over quantity; filmmakers knew the difference between film and TV and film actors rarely performed on TV. Film people were treated as celebrities and cinema industry flourished in all this scenario. That was the…

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It’s a Bo Kata decision on Raees!

By:Omair Alavi Pakistan’s Censor Board is all about making fool of themselves. Sorry to say but in the last 1 year or so, they have proved that they aren’t capable of deciding which film to clear and which to ban. They banned Maalik last year for the reason that they show an elected government official…

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LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP!

By: Omair Alavi Pakistan Cricket Board is of the habit of taking decisions without worrying about their consequences, rather than making an informed decision on any matter. From team selection to management of domestic matches, they are always found lacking. With the second season of Pakistan Super League just 10 days away, the PCB is…

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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEBACLE DOWN UNDER?

By: Omair Alavi Let me admit to one thing – I wasn’t expecting Pakistan to win even once against Australia, no matter how bad the World Champions performed against the South Africans. First of all, the Aussies are a professional side that knows its negatives and positives, the Cricketers are a fit unit who know…

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No country for stupid films

Written By: Omair Alavi The Shaan Daar star of Lollywood is back with his extraordinary claims … on the same day when Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif formed a committee to review the release of Indian films in the country, veteran actor Shaan Shahid welcomed the step by tweeting that the government should also…

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Obituary – Om on Om

By: Omair Alavi I have never heard of an actor whose name starts main ‘OM’ except Om Prakash, Om Shivpuri (both late) and Om Puri – all Bollywood actors of repute. So, when I was informed by my editor last year that the only living Om is coming to Pakistan and I was nominated to…

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IT’S PAKISTAN, ALL OVER AGAIN!

By: Omair Alavi The script is similar to the one they have followed in the past – Misbah and his men were part of a self-destruction process that is too common for those who cheer for them. Pakistan became the first team in the history of the game to have lost a match after declaring…

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TOP 10 SONGS OF 2016!

By: Omair Alavi Pakistan’s music industry may be in comatose state but music composers had a great time in 2016 as they released their work through films, and got fame and recognition. While the updated version of late Robin Ghosh’s classic Tu Hai Mera entertained the audience in Salute, there were many original numbers that would have made it…

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REMEMBERING NOOR JEHAN

By: Omair Alavi It has been 16 years since Malika e Tarannum Noor Jehan passed away, leaving her fans and followers heart-broken; imagining a Pakistan without Madam was just not something to look forward to. She delivered countless hits – both filmi and non filmi – during her career and proved to her detractors in…

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A fightback worth millions!

By Omair Alavi Pakistan’s Cricket team may not have won many matches in Australia but the way Misbah’s team played in Brisbane, they don’t need to win to prove a point – they are a bunch of world class players who on their day can achieve the impossible. They were in search of a target…

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Misbah must be aggressive against Australia

Omair Alavi In a matter of hours, the Cricket teams of Australia and Pakistan will take the field in what is going to be the first day-night Test encounter between the two sides. While the hosts have a new look squad, the tourists are likely to field the usual suspects and that is one reason…

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Self-inflicted wounds take time to heal

By: Omair Alavi Some called me traitor, others called me pro-Indian but the fact remains that self-imposing a ban on Bollywood films is killing our cinema industry. If you ask me, this was bound to happen as we are way behind Indian films and the sooner we realize that, the better. It is because of…

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THE BEST OF JUNAID JAMSHED

By: Omair Alavi One thing that connects all Pakistanis around the world is Dil Dil Pakistan, the song that made Vital Signs popular 29 years back and that shaped the future of pop music in the country. Junaid Jamshed who tragically died in a plane crash will always be remembered for his contribution to music, besides…

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