Omair Alavi

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

Verna – Fall of the ShoMan Empire!

By Omair Alavi During the most famous PTV Awards in 1986, there was a skit – written and directed by Shoaib Mansoor – where the late Saleem Nasir commented on ‘The fall of the Roman Empire’. Little did anyone know that 31 years later, ShoMan will have a great fall due to a film that…

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Ittefaq – An amateur remake of a mature classic

By Omair Alavi Renowned Indian producer and director B R Chopra’s grandson and director Ravi Chopra’s son Abhay makes his debut as a film director in Bollywood, with the remake of his granddad’s production Ittefaq that Yash Chopra (B R’s brother) directed back in 1969. However, the newer version doesn’t grip you like the original…

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Geostorm – An all-in-one disaster flick

By Omair Alavi Hollywood has mastered the art of disaster flicks, but to come up with a movie where there is a bigger disaster at hand than the natural one, can only be Dean Devlin’s doing. The writer behind super successful flicks Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day and Godzilla turns film director with Geostorm where…

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For the supporters of logic, not magic!

By Omair Alavi He is neither the Secret Superstar in the film nor the protagonist; in fact, Aamir Khan plays a secondary character for the first time since Taare Zameen Par and doesn’t disappoint. The film revolves Zaira Wasim who plays a budding singer who isn’t allowed any freedom by his father; who has a…

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Happy 61st Birthday Sunny Deol

By Omair Alavi The name is Deol, Sunny Deol and he has a dhai kilo ka haath due to which he has been ruling Bollywood since 1983. Sunny made his debut 34 years back with Betaab and every female Bollywood buff went crazy over his innocent looks and physique; he went on to do well…

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A Royal Friendship That Lasted Forever

By Omair Alavi Some films are meant to be watched in the cinema and Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul is one such flick where the East meets the West and creates problems for those not part of the relationship. Yes, the film is about the friendship between Queen Victoria and her Munshee Abdul Karim, something…

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Mahira Khan, like never before!

By Omair Alavi One look at the trailer of Shoaib Mansoor’s Verna is enough to tell the audience that something huge is coming. ‘Shoman’ has never done anything that is being done or had been done by anyone else and Verna keeps up with that tradition; Mahira Khan makes her return to films with the…

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You don’t want to get Jackie Chan angry!

By:  Omair Alavi Some call it a clichéd story and some term it as a revenge saga, but the truth is that with Jackie Chan playing the anti-hero, you get the worth for your money with The Foreigner. Add Pierce Brosnan to the flick and the excitement of watching the Chinese sensation and the former James…

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8 Times Sabiha Khanum Wowed her Fans

By Omair Alavi Sabiha Khanum and Santosh Kumar were the Golden Pair of Pakistani films as from the 1950s until the 1970s; they were inseparable as leading man and leading lady. While Santosh had dashing looks, Sabiha had the charisma of a diva, and she vowed her fans with her beauty, her dancing skills and…

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Happy 69th Birthday Hema Malini

By Omair Alavi Hema Malini is one of those actors who doesn’t age; they become more graceful with the passage of time. She made her debut in the late 60s while has been active on the scene since with occasional breaks to concentrate on her political career. On her 69th Birthday, let’s take a look…

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Kishore Kumar lives on …

By Omair Alavi It was 30 years ago on this day that Bollywood’s greatest playback singer Kishore Kumar left his millions of fans saddened for his eternal abode. Kishore had been part of the industry since the 1950s – first as an actor and later as a Top Playback Singer – but there was something…

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Saif Ali Khan finds his mojo with Chef

By Omair Alavi Love him or hate him, but Saif Ali Khan is back with a role that suits him like a T. In Chef, he plays a professional Chef who makes it big in America before returning to India to make it even bigger. The movie revolves around the hustle-bustle behind the life of…

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Happy Birthday Rekha & Amitabh

By: Omair Alavi From 1976 to 1981, if a film had Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, it could do no wrong as they were the most loved on-screen pair of that time. Some films flopped and some did extremely well but people thronged to the theatres to check out the chemistry between the two. Although they…

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Remembering Guru Dutt

By Omair Alavi Whenever the list of actors/directors with huge potential would be written, Guru Dutt’s would top it since he was an A class producer/director, a brilliant actor and above all, left the world lot before he could fulfill his huge potential. At 39, a drunk Guru Dutt is said to have accidentally taken…

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Happy Birthday Jawed Sheikh

By Omair Alavi The world knows Jawed Sheikh as one of the finest TV and film actors from Pakistan. He has worked in countless Bollywood films as well, playing father to Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. However, there is another side to his career that many don’t know – he is also…

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Happy Birthday Raaj Kumar

By Omair Alavi Before there was Amitabh Bachchan, there was Raaj Kumar who with his unique style of dialogue delivery, his ability to blast the opponents with his glance and unorthodox film picturization ruled the screen from the early 50s until the early 90s. For 4 decades, Raaj Kumar was on top his game and…

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The ‘Golden’ return of Kingsman!

 By Omair Alavi   The Kingsman are back with a bang; a bang that has everything mature viewer wishes for in an action flick. There is a conspiracy that threatens the world, an attack that wipes out most of the world’s would-be saviors and the return of one of the best spies, presumed dead. The…

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The Many Moods of Vinod Khanna

By Omair Alavi Vinod Khanna was one of the finest and fittest actors Bollywood produced in the last 50 years; he began his career as a villain and slowly graduated to leading roles, becoming one of the few actors who gave tough time to Amitabh Bachchan, the king of Bollywood in those days. After a…

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Five things Pakistan should do to level series

  By Omair Alavi   They are down 1-0 in the ongoing two-match series with Sri Lanka, but Sarfraz Ahmed and the boys are still not out of contention. One win can level the series for Pakistan if the team stays in sensible mode rather than in self-destruction mode because that helps the opponents more….

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Imran Khan’s career through his performances

By Omair Alavi   Pakistan Cricket owes a lot to Imran Khan; the man responsible for some of the biggest successes around the world during his playing career. Had he been a mediocre player (like was on debut), he might never have formed a political party and joined politics, let alone think about it. It…

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12 Shailendra Singh gems on his big day!

By Omair Alavi Like Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar, Shailendra Singh was the man with an original voice; you could have picked his voice without error. He started his career in the 70s and continued until the 80s after which he faded away into oblivion. However, during his brief career, he sang many successful hits…

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