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Skyscraper – Throwback to ‘one-man army’ days

Remember Die Hard, Sudden Death or Taken where one responsible family man takes on those who try to harm his family? Add The Towering Inferno into the mix and you get Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Skyscraper where the plot is similar but the execution is upgraded. Instead of an active cop, a disgraced firefighter or a former military man, we have a decorated former…

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July 16, 2018


Soorma – made for India, not for Pakistan

  Every country has heroes – be it sportsmen or scientists – and India has their share of heroes as well. However, not every biopic is meant to be screened in Pakistan and that’s exactly what has happened to Soorma, Sandeep Singh’s biopic who is as unknown an entity in Pakistan as Khalid Bashir is in…

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July 16, 2018


Na band na baraati – it can’t get worse than this

  With great power comes great responsibility and that’s the reason the person who uses the power well, succeeds. Be it Spiderman or Pakistani film producers, if you try to be responsible, be with it power or money (or both), things will end up in your favour. If not, then the result would be an…

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June 19, 2018


Motorcycle Girl takes you on a journey of self discovery

By: Omair Alavi Every now and then comes a film that connects with the audience so well that they don’t feel like watching a film but an adventure. Adnan Sarwar’s Motorcycle Girl is one such film that keeps you engaged from the first scene till the climax. It is not only about a girl who…

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April 20, 2018


Blackmail – It’s so black that it’s witty!

By: Omair Alavi What would you or a friend of yours do if they found out that their wife was having an affair during the time he was working in his office? Would you not confront that guy first and later the wife for being unfaithful? Or you would want to compete with that other…

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April 12, 2018


A Bhansali Classic That Is Not To Be Missed!

By: Omair Alavi Padmaavat is not just your regular Bollywood period drama – it is a tale of love, treachery, and opportunity that will be known as a classic in coming years. With Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s touch, the flick has already managed to wow cinegoers who went in to pass their time but came out in disbelief…

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January 27, 2018


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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October 17, 2017


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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September 18, 2017


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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September 11, 2017


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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September 4, 2017


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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September 1, 2017


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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August 30, 2017


Munna Michael bites the dust!

By:  Omair Alavi   The rise and fall of Tiger Shroff is something that can be discussed in educational institutions – he arrived with a bang but went bust after a few films, Munna Michael being the latest one. Shroff Junior’s latest failed miserably in India and Pakistan, with a couple of shows being cancelled in Karachi…

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August 3, 2017


Hyped Adventure Gone Wrong!

By: Omair Alavi Jagga Jasoos is one of those films that entertain a certain class of people. If you aren’t passionate about fashion, if you don’t care about music, if you don’t believe in fantasy and if you aren’t fond of mysteries, then stay away from this Anurag Basu flick. It will hit your heart with…

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July 17, 2017


No Optimus, Yes Problem!

By: Omair Alavi Just as you can’t have a Mission Impossible flick without Ethan Hunt, a James Bond film without 007 or a Jason Bourne movie without the ex-CIA assassin, you can’t have a Transformers installment without Optimus Prime. Yes, he is there in the spirit but when he makes his entry when the audience…

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July 13, 2017


A Joy Ride You Shouldn’t Miss

By: Omair Alavi My faith in cinema was nowhere when I decided to buy the ticket for Baby Driver. The Eid releases in Pakistan made me furious as they pushed my money down the drain by not being worth the Rs. 700 I spent. Baby Driver restored my faith in films by being cleverly simple, devilishly fresh and…

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July 12, 2017


Shah Ji’s Next Is Worst of All

By: Omair Alavi There are so many things wrong with Syed Noor’s latest offering Chain Aaye Na – some say it’s literally a blast from the past, for the past while others are calling it the last nail in the coffin of Lollywood. The truth is, the trailer seems to have been compiled by some…

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June 25, 2017


10 songs to remember Vinod Khanna by

By: Omair Alavi Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna was not just another veteran; in the 70s he gave tough competition to Amitabh Bachchan the reigning superstar of the era. Along with Shatrughan Sinha, the three were known as the Action Men of Bollywood but at his prime, Khanna took a break that damaged his career a…

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April 27, 2017


Remembering Nisar Bazmi

  By: Omair Alavi He may have passed away in 2007 but the songs by Nisar Bazmi keep him alive in our hearts. The legendary composer delivered hits after hits during his film career and on his 10th death anniversary; we revisit those songs that are now considered classics: Ho Tamanna Aur Kia – Aisa…

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March 29, 2017


Shamim Ara – End of an Era

By: Omair Alavi Versatile actress and veteran film director Shamim Ara passed away in London at the age of 78, bringing end to an era of Pakistani films. From the late 50s to the 90s, Shamim Ara stayed active on the film circuit first as an actress, later as a producer and finally as a…

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August 5, 2016