Omair Alavi

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

No country for stupid films

Written By: Omair Alavi The Shaan Daar star of Lollywood is back with his extraordinary claims … on the same day when Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif formed a committee to review the release of Indian films in the country, veteran actor Shaan Shahid welcomed the step by tweeting that the government should also…

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Obituary – Om on Om

By: Omair Alavi I have never heard of an actor whose name starts main ‘OM’ except Om Prakash, Om Shivpuri (both late) and Om Puri – all Bollywood actors of repute. So, when I was informed by my editor last year that the only living Om is coming to Pakistan and I was nominated to…

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IT’S PAKISTAN, ALL OVER AGAIN!

By: Omair Alavi The script is similar to the one they have followed in the past – Misbah and his men were part of a self-destruction process that is too common for those who cheer for them. Pakistan became the first team in the history of the game to have lost a match after declaring…

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TOP 10 SONGS OF 2016!

By: Omair Alavi Pakistan’s music industry may be in comatose state but music composers had a great time in 2016 as they released their work through films, and got fame and recognition. While the updated version of late Robin Ghosh’s classic Tu Hai Mera entertained the audience in Salute, there were many original numbers that would have made it…

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REMEMBERING NOOR JEHAN

By: Omair Alavi It has been 16 years since Malika e Tarannum Noor Jehan passed away, leaving her fans and followers heart-broken; imagining a Pakistan without Madam was just not something to look forward to. She delivered countless hits – both filmi and non filmi – during her career and proved to her detractors in…

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A fightback worth millions!

By Omair Alavi Pakistan’s Cricket team may not have won many matches in Australia but the way Misbah’s team played in Brisbane, they don’t need to win to prove a point – they are a bunch of world class players who on their day can achieve the impossible. They were in search of a target…

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Misbah must be aggressive against Australia

Omair Alavi In a matter of hours, the Cricket teams of Australia and Pakistan will take the field in what is going to be the first day-night Test encounter between the two sides. While the hosts have a new look squad, the tourists are likely to field the usual suspects and that is one reason…

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Self-inflicted wounds take time to heal

By: Omair Alavi Some called me traitor, others called me pro-Indian but the fact remains that self-imposing a ban on Bollywood films is killing our cinema industry. If you ask me, this was bound to happen as we are way behind Indian films and the sooner we realize that, the better. It is because of…

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THE BEST OF JUNAID JAMSHED

By: Omair Alavi One thing that connects all Pakistanis around the world is Dil Dil Pakistan, the song that made Vital Signs popular 29 years back and that shaped the future of pop music in the country. Junaid Jamshed who tragically died in a plane crash will always be remembered for his contribution to music, besides…

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Obituary: Junaid Jamshed is no more!

Omair Alavi The day was the 21st of June, the year 1999. A young sports journalist went Junaid Jamshed’s Zamzama outlet to interview him – his first interview in fact. He was nervous as well as excited because he would be meeting his idol for the first time, the person who made him realize that…

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Ahsan Khan-Always a Hero

By: Omair Alavi He may have played the role of a villain in Udaari to perfection but in real life, Ahsan Khan continues to be the hero to many. Be it the distribution of stuff to needy people, the idea of Deewar-e-Meherbaani or promoting those who have no one to care for them, Ahsan Khan…

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Salman Ahmed Is Back

By: Omair Alavi Good things come to those who wait and Salman Ahmed of Junoon (formerly of Vital Signs as well) has waited a long time for good times to return. The Jazba Junoon guy has been part of ‘change through music’ for more than 2 decades now and with Door Bohat Door, he makes…

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Dobara Phir Se: Game changer for Pakistan cinema

Omair Alavi Dobara Phir Se is like that light at the end of the tunnel that shows you that the future is bright but you have to bear darkness for certain amount of time. Mehreen Jabbar’s romantic flick has all the ingredients of a family movie; what it lacks is box office appeal but then,…

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Desperate Time, Desperate Measure!

By Omair Alavi Pakistan may have lost the first Test against New Zealand but they might have a chance to recover and make a strong comeback to square the series. However, with the current team selection, it is a difficult task though not an impossible one. Pakistan must rest Yasir Shah and Younis Khan for…

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MANY VOICES OF WAHEED MURAD

By: Omair Alavi Waheed Murad may have died in 1983, but he lives amongst the hearts and minds of his many fans through his songs. Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hasan are associated with Waheed Murad as they sang countless numbers on the chocolate hero, but there were many others who tried their luck as the voice…

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Remembering A. Nayyar

By: Omair Alavi If the 1960s belonged to Ahmed Rushdi, the period after 1975 and before 1990 was A. Nayyar’s, the legendary singer who passed away last night in Lahore. The veteran had sung many hit numbers during the period and some of them are even popular today. Let’s take a look at A. Nayyar’s…

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Meet Moti & Tara of ‘Lahore Se Aagay’

They might look like an odd couple but that’s exactly what makes Saba Qamar and Yasir Hussain special – she is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful actresses of the modern era whereas he doesn’t need any certificate to prove his worth as an actor. While we might remember Saba from her countless TV serials,…

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Happy Birthday Gullu Bhai

In the era of Waheed Murad, Mohammad Ali and Nadeem, a young man named Ghulam Mohiuddin made his place in films by just being different. Tall, dark and handsome, that lad of the 70s carried the weight of ‘hero’ in the 80s even after cinema industry went into a decline. Ghulam Mohiuddin is celebrating his…

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The Blonde Legacy

By: Omair Alavi Pakistan has banned Bollywood films in its cinemas and that leaves the audience with two Hollywood films that are doing well across the world – Clint Eastwood’s Sully and Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven. Those who know Clint Eastwood know that his name would suit the latter flick, more than the former….

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Different moods of Waheed Murad

By: Omair Alavi The name Waheed Murad may not be as famous as it was in its prime, but the late actor will always remain close to the hearts of all those who have known him, in their way. He was the first film actor in Pakistan who inspired generations with his extremely good looks,…

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New Pakistan, India films address social issues

By: Omair Alavi  Cinema industry is on the rise in Pakistan thanks to the release of Bollywood films as well as quality Pakistan flicks. However, this Eid Season Pakistani films managed to upstage their Indian counterparts by being more relevant to local audience. But there was one thing that was common in most of the…

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