Omair Alavi

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

Saba Qamar gets nominated for Filmfare Awards!

By Omair Alavi Pakistani film and TV actress Saba Qamar had a great 2017 – she starred in TV serial Baaghi where she brought Qandeel Baloch’s character to life and also appeared in Bollywood flick Hindi Medium with Irrfan Khan. The current year is no less great for her since she manages to bag a…

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Pakistani films had a mixed 2017

By Omair Alavi The year 2017 didn’t take the struggling Pakistani industry forward but backward as only 16 Urdu language films were released as compared to the 25 in 2016. More films flopped than succeeded resulting in another overrated year for the local film industry. Let’s analyze the 16 films released in the last 12…

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Arth preview: All Set For Arth

By Omair Alavi Superstar Shaan Shahid is back like never before – the Lollywood veteran has been promoting his upcoming film Arth in major cities of the country. The new Shaan or Shaan 2.0 (as you can term it) is appearing on TV shows, discussing the film as a director and actor, which proves that he is…

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Tribute: Shashi Kapoor’s final act leaves fans sad

By Omair Alavi Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor breathed his last on 4th December 2017, leaving millions of his fans all over the world saddened. It was way back in the 60s that a slim, handsome young man burst into the Bollywood film circuit and made a name for himself with his brilliant acting, dancing…

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Justice League : Even the Animated Series has better plots!

  By Omair Alavi DC’s search for a perfect Superhero film once again hits a wall with the release of Justice League, the film that could have changed the game for both Warner Bros and DC. Thanks to Zack Snyder and his persistence with mediocrity, not even the might of Superman and Batman combined with…

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Thor: Ragnarok – God of Thunder makes a Comeback

By Omair Alavi He may not be the strongest avenger in the universe but Thor sure knows how to make a comeback. In Thor Ragnarok, the God of hammer goes through many changes at a personal level but comes back strongly, defeating his elder Sister Hella as well as partnering with Loki, his brother from…

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Tumhari Sullu – Vidya Balan At Her Best!

By Omair Alavi In an era when social films get a bigger audience, Tumhari Sulu comes out as a breath of fresh air and it takes the audience into the world of happiness and love, where things get better every time after a bad turn; where nothing is impossible and where even middle-aged women can…

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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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