Omair Alavi

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

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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C for Comedy, D for Dhawan : Judwaa 2 Review

 By: Omair Alavi   Vitamin C is what keeps the Dhawan peeps in check – C for Comedy, D for Dhawan! The elder (David) Dhawan is back with his latest flick where junior (Varun) Dhawan does a Salman Khan for more than 2 hours and impresses with his double role, dancing, and chemistry with the…

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Seven songs Asha Parekh immortalized

By Omair Alavi The Hit Girl of Bollywood Asha Parekh celebrates her 75th Birthday today; from 1959 to the mid-70s she was unstoppable due to her barrage of hit films that included movies with Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra and Jeetendra to name a few. Let’s take a trip down the memory lane…

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Happy Birthday Waheed Murad

By Omair Alavi Pakistan film industry remains indebted to Waheed Murad for bringing style and grace to acting; born on 2nd October 1938, he would have been 80 years old today but his life was cut short tragically when he passed away in 1983 at the age of 45. To celebrate his birthday, we have…

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Happy Birthday Hrishi-da!

By Omair Alavi Bollywood remains indebted to Hrishikesh Mukherjee, one of the most prolific filmmakers who directed over 40 films in as many years. He was the first Indian film editor to turn to film direction and worked with all the big names from Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan,…

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Happy Birthday Jawad Ahmad

By Omair Alavi Following the career of Birthday Boy Jawad! Jawad Ahmad has been around for 2 decades now; we have all witnessed his ascent from a lead singer of a band to a renowned music director and boy, he has done the country proud with his songs. How many vocalists from Pakistan can claim…

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Bhoomi is a Sanjay Dutt vehicle gone bust

By:Omair Alavi Sanjay Dutt – the He-Man of Bollywood – is back with Bhoomi; however, the pace of the film, the lackluster direction, and the tried-and-tested plot makes it a bust, instead of a hit. It is one of those films where the loyal audience goes to watch their favourite actor and comes back content,…

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Happy 35th Birthday Ranbir Kapoor

  By: Omair Alavi The Kapoors are the first family of Bollywood; their history is as old as the Indian film industry and they have given the country many heartthrobs including Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor. In the current generation, Ranbir Kapoor is representing his family and is doing…

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Happy Birthday Yash Chopra

By: Omair Alavi Yash Chopra’s name always appears in Bollywood’s category for Best Director, in Top 5 if not at the top. The maestro was one of the few people who tried every genre and excelled in all kinds of films be it social, romantic, next-gen, action and even suspense. However, it were the songs…

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Happy Birthday Dev Anand

By Omair Alavi Bollywood has had many leading men with careers that have lasted over 50 years but none has managed to stay on top like Dev Anand for 4 decades as a leading man, except Dev Anand. If ever is a list compiled of the most number of hit songs in 40 years, Dev…

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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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