Omair Alavi

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

Happy Birthday Shahid

By: Omair Alavi Veteran film actor and Super Star of the 70s Shahid Hameed is all set to return to the big screen with Jawed Sheikh’s Wujood. He hasn’t been active in film since his self-imposed exile in late 80s but his legacy lives ob due to his countless films and their songs. Today, he…

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Hasan Akbar Kamal, no more!

Leading poet and educationist Hasan Akbar Kamal passed away in Karachi, leaving a legacy of patriotic songs and romantic numbers that will keep alive his name for many years to come. He was an English Professor who wrote lyrics in perfect Urdu and was loved by three generations because of his easy to remember and…

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Happy Birthday Naseeruddin Shah

By: Omair Alavi You don’t associate memorable songs with Naseeruddin Shah but trust me; the legendary actor has many hit numbers filmed on him. On his birthday we will try to revisit his career with a few songs and a couple of iconic scenes that helped him become a force to reckon with. Tujh Se…

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Happy 76th Birthday Nadeem!

By: Omair Alavi Pakistan has produced many legendary actors in films but none has had a great career like Mirza Nazeer Baig also known as Nadeem. He has been entertaining audience for the past 50 years and his upcoming film Chain Aaye Na will mark his 50th year in showbiz. On his 76th Birthday, we…

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Remembering Rajesh Khanna

By: Omair Alavi Those born after the 1970s remember him as the man with the most memorable songs; people who grew up in his era call him the first Super Star of Bollywood. His name was Rajesh Khanna and he left his fans, friends and family 5 years back on this day, but left a…

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Hyped Adventure Gone Wrong!

By: Omair Alavi Jagga Jasoos is one of those films that entertain a certain class of people. If you aren’t passionate about fashion, if you don’t care about music, if you don’t believe in fantasy and if you aren’t fond of mysteries, then stay away from this Anurag Basu flick. It will hit your heart with…

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Why is the PCB ignoring promising players from central contract?

The Central Contract list is out and Pakistan Cricket Board continues to disappoint by awarding Cricketers with no future and snubbing those that can actually help the team perform well. While many new faces were included in C & D category, some players who should have been in the pool of 35 are still not…

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No Optimus, Yes Problem!

By: Omair Alavi Just as you can’t have a Mission Impossible flick without Ethan Hunt, a James Bond film without 007 or a Jason Bourne movie without the ex-CIA assassin, you can’t have a Transformers installment without Optimus Prime. Yes, he is there in the spirit but when he makes his entry when the audience…

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A Joy Ride You Shouldn’t Miss

By: Omair Alavi My faith in cinema was nowhere when I decided to buy the ticket for Baby Driver. The Eid releases in Pakistan made me furious as they pushed my money down the drain by not being worth the Rs. 700 I spent. Baby Driver restored my faith in films by being cleverly simple, devilishly fresh and…

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THE MOM THE MERRIER

By: Omair Alavi Some films are to be enjoyed with family; some with friends. Sri Devi’s latest Mom is one that can be enjoyed with both as it leaves a huge mark on the minds of the audience due to its brilliant packaging. The action thriller is different to anything Sri Devi has done lately because in…

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SPIDER-MAN WEAVES THE WEB ON CINEMATIC RETURN

By: Omair Alavi Move aside, Tobey Maguire. Leave the arena, Andrew Garfield. The newest Spider-Man in the form of Tom Holland is here and the way he has performed, he is here to stay. From the Marvel Titles (with the Spider-Man theme in the background) to the final post-credit sequence, this Spidey flick is the…

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GREAT TRAILERS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT!

By: Omair Alavi The year 2017 hasn’t seen much success when it comes to Pakistani films but it is all set to change with Eid ul Azha where the impressive Na Maloom Afraad 2 will be screened parallel to Punjab Nahi Jaungi. Now the NMA 2 trailer was brilliantly compiled and in order to match or better that, PNJ people had…

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Playing with Patriotism

By: Omair Alavi If you are as proud of Pakistan Army as the patriotic Pakistani, then Yalghaar is the must-watch film for you this Eid. If your sentiments don’t match the jingoistic Pakistani, don’t dare enter the cinema, as you will not feel compatible to the narrative shown on the screen. Yalghaar is a declared Propaganda…

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Shah Ji’s Next Is Worst of All

By: Omair Alavi There are so many things wrong with Syed Noor’s latest offering Chain Aaye Na – some say it’s literally a blast from the past, for the past while others are calling it the last nail in the coffin of Lollywood. The truth is, the trailer seems to have been compiled by some…

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Double the con, Double the fun!

By: Omair Alavi The Na Maloom Afraad are back and this time they take their con to the next level – the international level. With Nabeel Qureshi at the helm as the director and Fizza Ali Meerza & Mehdi Ali as the producers (Nabeel-Fizza double as writers too), Na Maloom Afraad 2 has all the…

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‘Project Ghazi’ takes film-making to another level

By: Omair Alavi Pakistan’s once-ailing film industry is now standing tall on its feet, especially after the release of Project Ghazi’s Trailer. The film starring Humayun Saeed and Sheheryar Munawwar is going to the first superhero flick produced by Pakistan in recent years and the first since Shanee that featured (another) Sherry – Sheheryar Malik…

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FIVE-STAR PAKISTAN

By: Omair Alavi  Last year they were in doubt for the Champions Trophy because of their pathetic performance; this year they are on top of the world due to a comeback that doesn’t happen every day. Pakistan Cricket Team stunned the world of Cricket by beating South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and finally India in…

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7 STEPS … TO RULE THE WORLD

One battle doesn’t win a war and similarly, one loss doesn’t mean annihilation. Pakistan and India are all set to play each other for the ICC Champions Trophy and most of the people are favouring India, since their recent record has been better. However, there are a few steps that Pakistan might need to follow…

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The Mummy Is Tom Cruise’s Worst

The return of The Mummy franchise has had two kinds of effects on the audience – some have been very happy to find a new Mummy movie while others have been disappointed, as it was the last thing they expected from Tom Cruise. The film has been made in the vein of Mission Impossible franchise and maybe that’s the…

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An analysis of the Pakistan-England semi-final

  By Omair Alavi They came in as the last ranked team in the world; they entered the final as the most formidable opponent in the event. Sarfraz Ahmed’s Pakistani team managed to beat the hosts England convincingly in the semi-final to reach the grand finale, something that seemed out of reach, out of sight…

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A Tale of 2 Keepers

By: Omair Alavi Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif may not be remembered as the greatest cricketer of his generation but his heroics with the bat won many a matches for Pakistan. One such match was played in 1996 where he single handedly guided the team to an unexpected win, just like Sarfraz Ahmed did 21…

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