Behind The Filmmaking Scenes with Hamza Bangash

Few people understand filmmaking as Hamza Bangash does. It has been a long, long time since I first interviewed the man behind Rang Raaz. Many moons later, his baby is all grown up and...

Typecasting: A Pitfall For Pakistani Cinema

Let me begin by addressing my lack of writing as of late. There are two main reasons as to why: (A) I am on vacation, follow me on Instagram for full details, stories etc....

Parchi: Expectation Vs. Reality

Wow. This is already the third film from my ‘Four Pakistani Movies that Should be on Your Radar’ list. And so far, the first two weren’t really something to write home about (I did...
Actor Ahmed Ali Akbar in Siyaah

Talent focus: Ahmed Ali Akbar; Actor and Phenomenon in the Making

Some days ago, the trailer for Parchi was released, and I was smitten. Pakistani cinema has been churning out a lot of product recently. Most of it is forgettable. But every so often, something...

The Maula Jatt Controversy: New Pakistani Cinema Versus Old

The teaser for Bilal Lashari’s The Legend of Maula Jatt was released by the end of last year. it was a dazzling array of scenic shots, and popular faces. Inspired in part at least by...

Pakistani Movies and the All-Too-Convenient Sub-Plot!

I’ve been staring at this blank page for so long, my poetic sense has gone tel laney. So I’m going to just hop right in. I recently saw Janaan for the first time. Shameful...
Screen-grab from Parchi's official trailer

Four Pakistani Movies that Should Be On Your Radar

I’ve said this many times, Pakistani Cinema is back. Though right now, it seems the newly-reborn industry is still going through the paces and finding its bearings. In spite of that, it has begun...

How similar is The Legend of Maula Jatt to the Original?

It has been three days since the trailer for the Bilal Lashari epic shook the internet. And I am still reeling. Was it perfect? No. But, and call me easily impressed, I’m hyped for...

Pakistani Sci-Fi from Shanee to Project Ghazi

This is my second post about Project Ghazi. Clearly my excitement for this film cannot be contained. And since we have already established that it is science fiction or sci-fi (regardless of what the marketing...
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The History and Potential of Pakistani Horror

Story time. We had just published the video essay about Abid Brohi, and we had a little poll on twitter about the next video topic. To my surprise a lot of people opted for...