Omair Alavi

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

Likhay Jo Khatt Tujhay — Dramatised reading at its best

The most memorable piece of Urdu literature that was performed was Colonel Mohammad Khan’s Tusi Ka Tota

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Parwaaz Hai Junoon – A lost opportunity for the Pakistan Air Force

The script would have done wonders on TV, but as a film, it needed more rewrites because in a movie where the biggest villain is a character’s ego you need an upgrade

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The loaded performers of Load Wedding

The fourth collaboration between Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza – Load Wedding – has touched a subject that no one else dared to ever since the duo laid the foundation of the ‘revival’ with Na Maloom Afraad five years ago. They tackled the subject of dowry with as much conviction as Shree Narayan Singh handled the issue of…

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Five reasons why Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 shouldn’t be missed!

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 brings back the classic combo of Humayun Saeed and Fahad Mustafa back in one frame

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Satyamev Jayate – A throwback to the action thrillers of yesteryear

Every August there comes a film (or two films) that gives the audience a dosage of patriotism ahead of Independence Day; this year Satyamev Jayate does the same thing for audiences in India and since its topic of ‘corruption in the police force’ is a common factor in Pakistan, it was seen by many when…

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Kyon Nikala: Anwar Maqsood takes on the PML-N, PTI, PPP

When Anwar Maqsood first wrote for theatre in 2012, he gave it the uplift it desperately needed. And now that he has returned after three years with Kyon Nikala, the stage has received another shot in the arm. Chaudhry sahib (Sajid Hasan) is a veteran politician who is in demand because his party, the Pakistan Muslim…

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The Meg – You might need the biggest boat

More than 40 years after Steven Spielberg terrorized audience with Jaws, The Meg is here to instill the same fear in a grander way. Billed as a Jason Statham film, it has the surprise factor of Jaws as well and with bigger and better graphics, it comes out as one of the better shark films…

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The Darkest Minds – More Messy, Less Dark

Once every few years, the trend of action films changes in Hollywood; there was a time when one-man-army films were popular and they were replaced by wizardry. Sadly, the era in which The Darkest Minds is released is still searching for its identity and that shows onscreen. This supposedly thrilling Young Adult (YA) adaptation of…

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Karwaan – a light-hearted journey of self-discovery

Usually, films revolving around deaths are dull, slow and boring with a limited audience that likes to cry their heart out for no valid reason. Akarsh Khurana’s Karwaan is nothing like that because here, an accidental death brings three different kinds of people together who might not have met each other in normal circumstances. And…

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Fanney Khan is Secret Superstar, in a different avatar

Bollywood may be one of the biggest film industries in the world but the makers must realize that until and unless they don’t take the audience for a ride, their film will do it. Fanney Khan takes them for a ride by coming up with a plot that’s very similar to Secret Superstar and the…

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When Ethan Hunt visits Pakistan for a Mission Impossible

  What would you say if I tell you that Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt came to Pakistan and saved our water from being contaminated? Yes, that’s true because, inMission Impossible – Fallout, the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) sends its best agents to an area from where the water goes into India, China and yes ……

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Dhadak – Old wine, old bottle with a new cork

After every handful of years, a film comes by that introduces two leading actors who go onto have successful careers in Bollywood – the trend began with Bobby and was later followed by Love Story, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Main Ne Pyar Kia, Kaho Na … Pyaar Hai, Jaane Tu … Ya Janay Na and…

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Pakistan and the history of highest individual scores

Pakistan Cricket has progressed well over the years; there was a time when no batsman from Pakistan crossed 150 runs in an innings but then for over a decade, Pakistan held the world record for highest individual innings. As the eras changed and the game became more batsmen friendly, batsmen have now started to score…

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The Equalizer 2 – Drag, boring and not cool at all

Denzel Washington is one of the best actors Hollywood has produced in the last 25 years, however, he needs to understand that not everyone can play a Liam Neeson after turning 60. In his latest flick The Equalizer 2, the actor has done some fabulous stunt but the repetitive plot, the unnecessarily dragged arcs and…

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Teefa In Trouble – The Blockbuster we all were waiting for

Every few years comes a film that exceeds all expectations, that gives the ailing film industry a burst of fresh blood and that comes out as a game changer, raising the bar high and entertaining audience at the same time. Ahsan Rahim’s directorial venture Teefa In Trouble is one such film that not only gives…

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Skyscraper – Throwback to ‘one-man army’ days

Remember Die Hard, Sudden Death or Taken where one responsible family man takes on those who try to harm his family? Add The Towering Inferno into the mix and you get Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Skyscraper where the plot is similar but the execution is upgraded. Instead of an active cop, a disgraced firefighter or a former military man, we have a decorated former…

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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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