By Tanveer Khadim Published: November 2, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The main subject resonates well with Pakistan’s daily life where female domestic helpers are a significant part of every household. Although still struggling, Pakistan’s cinema has started pulling filmgoers to cinema houses and making waves in the international film market. By taking baby steps to reshape the film industry, local filmmakers are working hard to capture the beauty of life on screen, to transform the portrayal of their motherland through persuasive storytelling, and to foster national identity and pride that hasn’t been experienced for a long time. In this regard, Pakistan’s indie filmmaking scene gives the impression of being more rousing and vivacious than ever, with new storytellers along with unrivalled concepts surfacing the cinematic galaxy. These avantgarde indie movies are not only audacious in nature but also engaging, and one such film ready to be … [Read more...] about With an unconventional kinship and a path of self-discovery, will Pinky Memsaab shatter Pakistan’s ‘maid culture’?
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By Blogs Desk Published: October 14, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Media and art is subjective to the culture and ideas of the day and age it is being viewed under. Like most millennials in Pakistan, we grew up watching Bollywood films. From films like Hum Saath Saath Hain to every single movie where Shah Rukh Khan opened his arms and struck his signature pose, it felt like we lived and breathed these movies, knowing all the songs and dance moves by heart as we watched our favourites on repeat. Growing up leaves you with significantly less time to watch movies, and a vastly more refined palette. As we grew older and ventured towards watching movies and TV shows produced in Hollywood (or “foreign films” for the most refined cultural consumer), we barely had a chance to revisit the movies we practically grew up on. However, every once in a while we’d get the chance to re-watch an old Bollywood classic, only to come to terms with the fact that … [Read more...] about From DDLJ to KKHH, 5 Bollywood ‘classics’ that are now problematic
By Jyotsna Mohan Bhargava Published: October 7, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Tanushree Dutta filed a complaint against Nana Patekar a decade ago, alleging that she was harassed by him. This is one real life story Bollywood will likely never make into a blockbuster, for after all, it involves one of their own. Actress Tanushree Dutta’s accusations of sexual harassment against veteran actor Nana Patekar have been met with diverse reactions within the industry, but the most deafening is the sound of silence by most of Bollywood’s bigwigs. On the one hand, some of those who have reacted should have just kept quiet. For instance, 66- year-old Shakti Kapoor, who himself has a dubious reputation, thought it was appropriate to joke about the matter. #WATCH:I don't know anything about this case. This was ten years back, I was a kid back then: Shakti Kapoor on #TanushreeDutta's harassment allegations against Nana Patekar. (2/10/2018) … [Read more...] about When Tanushree Dutta said #MeToo but Bollywood didn’t care, because that stuff is only for movies
By Shajeel Zaidi Published: October 3, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier looks through binoculars during a patrol at the India-Pakistan border in R.S Pora, southwest of Jammu, on October 3, 2016. PHOTO: AFP Sparta, a warrior city in ancient Greece, was known for the ferocity of its soldiers. But while its soldiers might have been the best in the ancient world, its citizens were not far behind when it came to verbal jibes, particularly one-liners. For instance, Philip II of Macedon, father to Alexander the Great, had conquered almost every other Greek city-state. Sparta was the only one left, and that too, a relatively weak state without walls. Obviously, Philip II dispatched a messenger who delivered the Macedonian King’s message, “If I invade Lakonia you will be destroyed, never to rise again.” The Spartans sent back a one-worded response:“If.” In a similar vein, under the Narendra Modi government, … [Read more...] about How Modi convinced India to celebrate a ‘surgical strike’ that never actually happened
By Haider Rifaat Published: September 19, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email I was awestruck by Ali Zafar’s humility and kindness when I met and interviewed him in Islamabad. PHOTO: HAIDER RIFAAT A global superstar at the moment, Ali Zafar is a man of all seasons. Not only is he multifaceted, having achieved success as a musician and an actor, but he also puts his heart and soul into everything he does. He has now made an incredibly successful Lollywood debut as well, as the producer and lead actor in this year’s Teefa in Trouble. In an exclusive interview, I learnt about Zafar’s current projects, Bollywood and marriage. You started singing at a very young age and have since established yourself as one of the leading contemporary singers in South Asia. What challenges did you have to put up with in a developing industry back then? That is a good question. Every era and phase that you go through in life has its own challenges. I needed a channel to air my … [Read more...] about In conversation with the multifaceted Ali Zafar: “There is no better service than a Pakistani working in India the right way”