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A travel drama that crosses different borders.
The most common problem with Pakistani romantic films is that they don't focus on fleshing out characters. Instead, filmmakers tend to adopt a highly template-ised approach. This is the reason why we...
Why do some of Shakespeare's plays get more screen adaptations than others? Perhaps some filmmakers choose to play safe and stick to more familiar masterpieces such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth or Ham...
Naseeruddin Shah’s cameo stands out too.
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…
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.
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Jamal Shah’s directorial venture has pretensions of being an intelligent film trying to highlight a very serious issue, but it stumbles because it just tries too hard. Shah's eagerness to make the audiences cry, and to cram his film with as many tried-and-tested clichés as two hours will allow, leaves one exhausted.
Pakistani award shows are deliciously seasoned with all the necessary ingredients of a blockbuster commercial entertainer -- bizarre dance performances, a handful of crass jokes and staged emotional outbursts. What they are sorely missing, however, is credibility.