Omair Alavi

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

Happy 49th Birthday Ijaz Ahmed

By:Omair Alavi He may have had the most unusual of batting styles but Ijaz Ahmed was Pakistan’s best bet when it came to scoring quick runs and confusing the opposition. Selected for his superior fielding in the early years, he became a team regular after scoring multiple centuries Down Under. His status was further elevated…

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Disappointing is the word for Simran

  By: Omair Alavi   Kangana Ranaut is considered to be one of the most daring actors of the modern era; however with great power comes great responsibility and by doing Simran, she has shown her irresponsible side to her fans. Had the film been good, people would have appreciated it like they did Queen…

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Prison Break, Bollywood Style!

By: Omair Alavi Bollywood has grown into a film industry where you can find films on all genres – there have been quite a number of films on Prison Break in India but none has been as exciting as Lucknow Central that combines action and music together, and comes out as a winner. Add to…

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Star-studded film, first-rate execution

By: Omair Alavi Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho might not have released on time in Pakistan, but the Eid-release opened to houseful cinemas, even two weeks later. The film has a star cast that takes you down the memory lane during the days of the Emergency in India, with a real-life incident shaping the plot and a first-rate execution making it…

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Saawan Review – Anything is possible!

  By: Omair Alavi The Oscar submission season is here and Pakistan’s official selection body has submitted Saawan as their entry; written by Mashood Qadri and directed by Farhan Alam, the film highlights major issues of Pakistan and suggests solutions as well, making it the obvious choice for the 90th Academy Awards. The film has…

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Happy Birthday Abdul Qadir

By: Omair Alavi He was simply born in the wrong era – legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir would have been ideal for modern day cricket. He could not only mesmerize the opposition but also hit the ball out of the park, something that modern day cricketers must be good at. Today, he celebrates his 62nd…

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Poor man’s Ocean’s XI, literally!

By: Omair Alavi Remember Ocean’s Eleven … where 11 dashing men robbed a Casino because the owner was dating their boss’s wife? Well, the director of that franchise Steven Soderbergh returns to mainstream ‘heist’ films with Logan Lucky where he has replaced the dashing men with a few losers and given a lower-middle class backstory…

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Tom Cruise does it again!

By: Omair Alavi After the failure of his rebooted The Mummy, where Tom Cruise played the man who defeats the Egyptian Princess by turning into a monster himself, the veteran superstar returns to play Barry Seal in American Made. The film revolves around the adventures of a real-life former TWA pilot who tried to make as much money…

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Review: Atomic Blonde

By: Omair Alavi   What would you get if you mix the villain of the last Fast and The Furious flick with John Wick? The result is Atomic Blonde where Charlize Theron is ‘the’ man who takes down Germans as if they were ants in her backyard. The film would have fared even better at…

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REVIEW: A HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

By: Omair Alavi What would you get if you team two hitmen together so that one of them could reach the International Criminal Court and testify against a dictator? An adventure that has no equal, especially if one of the hitmen is Samuel L Jackson. A Hitman’s Bodyguard is one of the best films of…

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6 times Saeed Anwar made Pakistan proud

By Omair Alavi Pakistan may have produced many classy opening batsmen but none was as successful as Saeed Anwar who managed to score runs be it in whites or colored clothing, be it at home or abroad and was instrumental in making Sharjah Pakistan’s home away from home. The master blaster celebrates his 49th birthday…

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With great plots come greater responsibility: A Gentleman

  By:Omair Alavi A Gentleman may not be as simple as its title suggests but it is one of those ambitious movies, which require extra care – especially, post interval. The film has one of the best first halves in recent Bollywood history; however, the directors lose control over the plot once the second half…

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Happy 65th Birthday Rishi Kapoor

By Omair Alavi One of the most iconic actors of the 70s and the 80s – Rishi Kapoor – turned 65 yesterday and with his birthday, we go back in time when he was the man on whom the most number of hits were filmed after Rajesh Khanna. His songs to date are played regularly…

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As sweet as sweet could be!

By: Omair Alavi Bollywood is not just about the Khans or high-budget flicks; Bareilly Ki Barfi proves that if your content is strong then nothing is impossible. The film has a script to be proud of especially in a time when no one takes script seriously. From a comedy of errors to a case of mistaken identity,…

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Na Maloom Afraad return with a bang

By: Omair Alavi It seems that the golden run of Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi will continue at the box office with Na Maloom Afraad 2 where the main cast returns for a hilarious adventure in a new city – Cape Town. The pace of the film is the key since it keeps the audience engrossed…

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An out and out entertainment package

By: Omair Alavi There are two kinds of films in cinemas – one that has a killer script and those that don’t. Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s comeback to films has a script to die for where every other dialogue is clap-worthy if not whistle-worthy. Kudos to the production team of Humayun Saeed, Shahzad Nasib, Salman…

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Re-Live the 90s With Birthday Boy Sajjad Ali

By: Omair Alavi   Pakistan’s music industry remains indebted to Sajjad Ali the first classically trained pop star of the country for making pop music even more popular. In the 90s, he was a rage and nearly every album of his went onto become the best seller. Today, on his 51st Birthday, we re-live the…

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Too Fast But Not Furious : Overdrive Review

  By: Omair Alavi   The Fast & Furious franchise has become popular around the world due to its fast cars and furious cast; the makers of Overdrive tried to rely on the same theme and somehow succeeded in delivering a flick that doesn’t disappoint much. However, the production values, as well as a mature…

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7 Songs to celebrate Saira Banu’s Birthday

By Omair Alavi Saira Banu was known for her beauty when she came onto the film scene in the early 60s. For the next 2 decades, she kept acting in films mostly along side her husband Dilip Kumar and established herself as one of the top Bollywood heroines in the 60s and the 70s. She…

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Toilet Ek Prem Katha : When Toilet Isn’t The Bad Thing

 By: Omair Alavi They don’t make prem kathas like this anymore. Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey’s Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is one of those films the title of which depress you but the content and execution impress you. One look at the trailer suggests that it might be a docu drama about the lack…

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Different Shades of Jerry Lewis

By: Omair Alavi The death of Jerry Lewis has saddenned his millions of fans all around the world and have brought an end to an era of versatility that saw the veteran actor play both comedy and serious roles with ease. Yes, he is known more for his comic timings and funny faces but when…

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