Omair Alavi

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

Soorma – made for India, not for Pakistan

  Every country has heroes – be it sportsmen or scientists – and India has their share of heroes as well. However, not every biopic is meant to be screened in Pakistan and that’s exactly what has happened to Soorma, Sandeep Singh’s biopic who is as unknown an entity in Pakistan as Khalid Bashir is in…

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Jackpot pushes the industry back by decades

Gone are the days when toilet humor, spontaneous one-liners and lost-and-found theme used to appease the audience; with the passage of time they have grown up while our filmmakers have chosen to stay inside their cocoon which sadly is stuck in the 1980s. Jackpot is one such film which would have been a hit had…

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Smaller in size, bigger in impact!

They may be small but Ant-Man and The Wasp are as big a threat to bad guys as any other Marvel superheroes. In the sequel to Ant-Man, they share the title, the action sequences and the credits when it comes to bringing back the original Wasp who went missing in the Quantum realm 30 years…

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Ranbir’s best will make you fall in love with Sanjay Dutt!

He may not have been an ideal son, an outstanding actor, a super husband or a caring father but as Ranbir Kapoor points out in the theatrical trailer, ‘he leads a life full of variety.’ The film Sanju glorifies that ‘variety wala life’ and makes it a full-fledged film that shows the true face of…

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Race 3 – When Salman Khan decides to play Sikandar

                          There are two kinds of Salman Khan – one that plays a character in a movie and the other that is a character in one. For the worst part of his career, Sallu played characters and his films flopped but once he…

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Ocean’s 8 – inspiring spin-off of a memorable reboot

                      No, George Clooney’s Ocean’s XI was not an original film as many believe it to be; in fact, it was the reboot of a late 1960 rat pack flick having the same title and featuring an ensemble cast led by Frank Sinatra. However, the…

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Wajood – A trip back in time for Jawed Sheikh

Jawed Sheikh is one of those directors who like to experiment and he has been doing that ever since he decided to go behind the camera in Mushkil way back in the mid-90s. His trademark – amazing songs, brilliant locations and good acting – is what made him a first-rate director back in the day…

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Na band na baraati – it can’t get worse than this

  With great power comes great responsibility and that’s the reason the person who uses the power well, succeeds. Be it Spiderman or Pakistani film producers, if you try to be responsible, be with it power or money (or both), things will end up in your favour. If not, then the result would be an…

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Saat Din, Mohabbat In – the perfect Eid vehicle

                            By Omair Alavi They say that a trailer tells you exactly how good or a bad the film is going to be; the makers of 7 Din Mohabbat In would like to disagree because they came up with a wonderful film…

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Azaadi – worthy cause, unworthy execution

  Pakistan’s film industry has produced many remarkable films in the past that have dealt with real-life issues including human rights violation of Muslim dominated areas such as Palestine and Kashmir. That’s exactly the same road veteran director Pervez Malik’s elder son Imran Malik wanted to take through Azaadi, however, the film failed to make the…

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For the love of Star Wars

    By Omair Alavi Han Solo is to Star Wars what Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name was to Spaghetti Westerns – no matter how hard you try, you can’t disassociate one from the other. In Solo – A Star Wars Story, we get to know about the backstory of Han Solo who goes…

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Deadpool 2: Return of the anti-hero

By Omair Alavi Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 2 is perhaps the best way to come out of the shocking climax of Avengers: The Infinity War; the guy who played Thanos there (Josh Brolin) is the one who saves the day as Cable; the film is also the perfect reply to the silliness of both Marvel and…

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102 not out – Big B, Chintu reunite to deliver a classic

By Omair Alavi Ever felt eccentric and loving at the same time? Ever wondered how life would have been had a single incident happened in a different manner? Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out takes you on a journey where an old man is pushed to follow his heart with a man who has a heart…

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When earth’s mightiest heroes take on their worst nightmare

By Omair Alavi The Avengers are back but they are still in the Civil War mode, meaning that half of the guys are on Tony Stark aka Iron Man’s side and the other half, on Captain America’s. The person who emerges as a major threat during this fight is Thanos who is out to collect…

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The Rock saves the day … again!

By Omair Alavi It’s a Wolf, It’s an Ape, It’s a Sea Monster … No, it’s all three in Rampage where Dwayne The Rock Johnson battles against the mightiest beasts and saves the world with one thing that these monsters didn’t bank on – friendship. Rampage is the story of a bond between an ape…

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Motorcycle Girl takes you on a journey of self discovery

By: Omair Alavi Every now and then comes a film that connects with the audience so well that they don’t feel like watching a film but an adventure. Adnan Sarwar’s Motorcycle Girl is one such film that keeps you engaged from the first scene till the climax. It is not only about a girl who…

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Blackmail – It’s so black that it’s witty!

By: Omair Alavi What would you or a friend of yours do if they found out that their wife was having an affair during the time he was working in his office? Would you not confront that guy first and later the wife for being unfaithful? Or you would want to compete with that other…

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Baaghi 2 takes you down the memory lane 

By Omair Alavi Lights, Camera, Action is replaced as Action, Action and Action in Ahmed Khan’s Baaghi 2 where Tiger Shroff pounds on the bad guys as a Tiger and comes out as a winner. The suspense thriller has all the ingredients of a masala film where the first half is spent in establishing the…

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Rani returns with a ‘HICHKI’

By Omair Alavi In the age of superheroes, there is hardly any place for real-life heroes or heroines who achieve what others only think of doing. Hichki is one such film that pays tribute to the many teachers around the world who jump over obstacles to teach to the best of their abilities. Here, Rani…

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This cake has all the right ingredients

By Omair Alavi When the trailer of Pakistani film Cake was released, people termed it a mixture of Kapoor & Sons, Khoobsurat and Pikubut in reality, Cake is far better than all these films. In fact, once you are done with the film you will realize that there are so many stories in our lives that could do well if translated intelligently…

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Pacific Rim’s Uprising went downwards instead

  By Omair Alavi There are good sequels, there are bad sequels and then there is Pacific Rim Uprising, a sequel that had a lot of promise but instead of raising the bar pushed it downwards so badly that the makers might need a third installment to restore the audience’s faith in the franchise. Yes,…

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