Adnan Murad

Journalist

An independent film journalist, working on the arts and culture sector in Pakistan. He also works in a daily newspaper based in Karachi.
‘Rang Raaz’: A Love Story That’s ‘Too Dangerous’ To Find Formal Funding In

‘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

‘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
‘Revenge Of The Worthless’: Patchy Writing And Acting Mar A Noble

‘Revenge Of The Worthless’: Patchy Writing And Acting Mar A Noble Message

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.
24/07/2016 1:08 AM IST
It Takes Guts To Watch ‘Raman Raghav 2.0' But The Pay-Off Is Worth

It Takes Guts To Watch ‘Raman Raghav 2.0' But The Pay-Off Is Worth It

<em>Raman Raghav 2.0</em> puts all other films playing at the multiplexes in the shade. However, it isn't for the faint-hearted but for those who really love audacious filmmaking. There is an infectious, unfettered fearlessness to <em>Raman Raghav 2.0</em> that makes it a masterfully woven thriller.
02/07/2016 8:46 AM IST
Is The Release Of ‘Udta Punjab' In Pakistan Worth

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
Are Pakistani Film Awards An Elaborate

Are Pakistani Film Awards An Elaborate Hoax?

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.
12/06/2016 8:21 AM IST
Why Pakistani Films Should Give Cities Like Lahore And Karachi A Starring

Why Pakistani Films Should Give Cities Like Lahore And Karachi A Starring Role

In our films, we are not telling the stories of the cities we live in, the cities that consume us day and night, the cities that live within us no matter what part of the world we are in. Sadly, in Pakistani films today, our cities are reduced to mere stereotypical backdrops, divided by differing accents and infrastructures.
28/05/2016 12:25 AM IST
'Mah-e-Mir' Is A Much-Needed Ripple In Pakistan's Stagnating

'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