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Adnan Murad

Teacher, journalist

I am an independent film journalist, working on the arts and culture sector in Pakistan. I also teach English and Digital Literacy to the children of public and low-cost private schools in a welfare society based in Karachi.

Rang Raaz

‘Rang Raaz’: A Love Story That’s ‘Too Dangerous’ To Find Formal Funding In Pakistan

Hamza Bangash’s ‘Rang Raaz’ revolves around a Hindu-Muslim couple that makes a bold decision to elope one night. What sets this film apart from any of its predecessors made in Bollywood or Pakistan? It dares to challenge the stereotypes that exist in our country. In a country with a Muslim majority, Rang Raaz doesn't settle with a clichéd route. For one, the male protagonist is a Hindu and the female one a Muslim…
03/09/2016 2:56 AM IST

‘Mabel Aur Mein’: A Pakistani Battle Of The Sexes

Last week, I was mentally fatigued after watching two Pakistani films back-to-back. It was an excruciating night for me. However, the wounds were filled by a group of students from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Yes, I really mean it. This remarkable group has adapted Patras Bokhari's essay Mabel Aur Mein into a 40-minute film about the intellectual rivalry between a man and woman.
27/07/2016 12:17 AM IST
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Is The Release Of ‘Udta Punjab' In Pakistan Worth It?

How does it feel to watch a highly touted film with more than a 100 cuts? Does the impact of a critically acclaimed social drama stay intact? After all, director Abhishek Chaubey clearly said, "It definitely means loss of revenue if the film is not released in Pakistan. But more than that... it would make no sense to release it with the said cuts."
29/06/2016 12:36 PM IST

'Mah-e-Mir' Is A Much-Needed Ripple In Pakistan's Stagnating Cinema

Cinema in Pakistan seems to be going through a strange turn. To be particular, most films in this new wave of cinema are fundamentally the same, featuring recycled themes of either overt patriotism or heavy-handed sexual innuendo. Of course, these are the kinds of films that the majority of the cinema-going population in Pakistan seem to embrace. A rare exception is this year's <em>Mah-e-Mir</em>.
18/05/2016 7:58 AM IST