Iman Ali talks about ‘Mah e Mir,’ Imtiaz Ali, social media evils, living with Multiple Sclerosis and much more… Read More Iman se…
Anwar Maqsood and Dawar Mehmood’s latest theatrical collaboration, ‘Siachen,’ may not be the highest point in their otherwise glorious track record… Read More Siachen in Lahore
A new Pakistani film, ‘Bachaana,’ is a love story with a twist. But will it ever see a release in India?… Read More Love will tear us apart
There is no taking away from Ho Mann Jahaan’s fresh and youthful appeal; if only there was more meat to its plot… Read More A hit that’s somewhat amiss
Naseeruddin Shah’s play gives an insight into Albert Einstein’s compassionate side… Read More Einstein comes to life
Those who shunned Lollywood like plague are flocking to theatres and keeping tabs on the latest Pakistani releases… Read More Our films are back in vogue!
An exclusive interview with Mumbai-based Shailja Kejriwal, the creator of Zindagi TV… Read More “We are the only Indian channel to be airing Pakistani drama” — Shailja Kejriwal
With ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ in theatres, a small Pakistani film titled ‘Bin Roye’ is vying for attention in a first simultaneous world release… Read More Border Blockbuster
Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy talks about switching gears, from documentary films to 3D animation for cinema… Read More “I took the first step, I jumped over the fire” — Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
First-time film director Nabeel Qureshi talks about ‘Na Maloom Afraad’ and Pakistan’s new, emerging cinema… Read More “Film is about story-telling” — Nabeel Qureshi
A breed of new, independent film makers is successfully filling the void left by an obsolete industry known as ‘Lollywood’… Read More Pakistan’s ‘new age’ cinema
An exclusive chat with Rachel Dwyer, Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, and author of a number of books… Read More “If it wasn’t for Lahore, Bollywood wouldn’t be Bollywood” — Rachel Dwyer
An interview with Mumbai-based film critic and screenwriter Raja Sen who sheds light on some of the most interesting trends in Indian cinema, chiefly in regards to language, as it is used in dialogue form… Read More “You can’t label it as a ‘bad’ trend” — Raja Sen
The Pakistan government eased up on the import of feature films from India in Musharraf’s time, circa 2006. But the ‘issue’ has kept coming back, only to reinforce the ambiguity around it… Read More Just how real is the ‘ban’?
An interview with Nandita Das — a rights activist turned Bollywood actor who has a penchant for serious, issue-based cinema… Read More “Making a film is like giving birth” — Nandita Das
Film director Bilal Lashari on the unexpected success of his debut venture ‘Waar’ and why he’d like to leave the song-and-dance routine to Bollywood… Read More ‘Jingoism has become Waar’s strength’ — Bilal Lashari
An “adjustable withholding tax,” proposed in the recently announced federal budget for the fiscal year 2013-14, is threatening to push the cinema industry back into a period of no business activity… Read More The show must go on, but how?
Yash Chopra’s last film features his signature style and for the first time super stars Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif are paired on-screen. But it lacks everything that made the late film maker’s earlier works unforgettable… Read More Yash Chopra’s last film, but nothing more
An interview with Delhi-based Neelabh Mishra, Editor, ‘Outlook Hindi’… Read More “Our reporting is mostly state-centric” — Neelabh Mishra
Glimpses of America – beyond ‘90210’ and ‘Baywatch’… Read More A Lahori in LA
These are emergency times for Pakistan. Wistfully, my mind drifts back to my visit to the ADAMS Center in Virginia that receives faithfuls from practically all sects of Islam — a fact that’s too good to be true… Read More Reverse culture shock?
A Q&A with renowned academic and educationist Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra… Read More “We started to sell…education, in the name of progress” — Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra
Ali Zafar may be in magical Bollywood, but starstruck he is not. His head is firmly screwed on his shoulders and he’s making all the right moves… Read More Ali in wonderland
Amateur production group, bizarrely named Naked Tyrant, showcase their first set of funny videos, leaving the Lahorites in stitches … Read More …what they did last summer!
Usman Ghafoor Published in The News International July 4, 2010 He’s an academic, so it’s no surprise that any conversation with Steve Moore will easily turn into a long-winded, albeit well-argued, spiel — in this case, on Film, his graduation subject at Bournemouth (in 2005) before he came to Pakistan and started teaching at… Read More Less is Moore
By Usman Ghafoor Ever thought what you would do if you were “bored with comedy”? Saad Haroon sure did and his plan is to switch over to Film — a ‘lesser’ discussed passion of his that also recently led him to take part in the World Wide Jam, a BBC film project. Besides, he took… Read More He is ‘Very Live’ and ‘Real’
With 65 percent entertainment tax back in effect in Punjab, the already frail cinema industry finds itself going to the dogs By Usman Ghafoor April this year saw the much-dreaded 65 percent entertainment duty, levied by the Punjab government, come back in effect (it was an olden tax but the government had regularly been offering… Read More Is it curtains for cinema?
The next generation of most big film houses in Pakistan is loath to get into the business of cinema. And, they have their reasons… Read More Sons not lovers
No serious theatre, it may just be feel-good musical extravaganza. But that’s what Nida Butt’s Mamma Mia! means to be… Read More Mamma… don’t preach
For Zaib Rehman, who returns to limelight with Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Bol,’ life after 40 has only just begun… Read More “I am like putty in the director’s hands” — Zaib Rehman
A showbiz journalist’s life is no less ordinary… Read More Can you ‘beat’ that?
The queen of standup comedy from UK versus the bearded young man from Chicago who made everyone sit up and notice… Read More She’s crude and he doesn’t do dirty!
Depression is more than just an individual’s personal suffering; it affects his family, his home and his work. That makes going to an expert — in this case, a psychiatrist — all the more important. Sadly, the attitude of an average Pakistani society towards any psychological condition is not helpful at all… Read More The Prozac realities
A dialogue with Prof. Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, religious scholar and President, Al-Mawrid… Read More “Capital punishment is mandatory in two situations…” — Prof Javed Ahmed Ghamidi
An interview with multiple award-winning film maker of ‘Khamosh Pani,’ Sabiha Sumar… Read More “What’s wrong with this contradiction?” — Sabiha Sumar
An exclusive interview with Shoaib Mansoor who is ready to put the success of Khuda Key Liye behind him and move on to his next celluloid outing – a multi-crore project for Bollywood… Read More The Shoman must go on!
Mehreen Jabbar talks about Ramchand Pakistani and more… Read More “A good film is a story well told” — Mehreen Jabbar
An exclusive chat with musician turned actor Fawad Khan, who considers his role in his first film outing, Khuda Key Liye, a complete departure… Read More Who’s that guy?
First-time film makers in Pakistan complain about facing a horde of issues — from lack of funds and technical infrastructure to red-tape. But their real test begins at the ticket window of the merciless box office… Read More Only if you can set the cash registers ringing!
When the characters of his stories become putty in his hands, Syed Mohammad Ahmad says a writer achieves his catharsis… Read More “I know why most writers lose their sanity” — Syed Mohammad Ahmad
Although the customary ‘election fever’ or ‘hysteria’ is still missing, the campaigning is expected to get a shot in the arm with some innovation in style and design… Read More Married to the mob
In an exclusive interview, Imran Khan dares any one to secure half the number of votes he did in his Mianwali constituency… Read More “The real divide in Pakistan is that of status quo and anti-status quo” — Imran Khan
For an industry that thrives on commerce, to remain ignorant to the fruits of web is no bliss… Read More The page cannot be displayed because…
Once an avowed part of the so-called ‘parallel cinema’ movement in the 70s and the 80s – that was a reaction against the popular mainstream Bollywood – Govind Nihalani today is raring to “move on and explore the other genres of film making”… Read More “Cinema for me is a very sensuous experience” — Govind Nihalani
Proud scion of one of the subcontinent’s famous dance gharanas, Pappu Samrat is loath to peg his better known Indian counterparts above himself… Read More “It is a satisfying experience” — Pappu Samrat
An exclusive interview with Uttam Singh, one of Bollywood’s most prolific musicians whose career milestones include ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ and ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’… Read More “If you can make people dance, you’re a hit” — Uttam Singh
An interview with Dr Mubashir Hasan, the founding member of Pakistan People’s Party and, currently, President Punjab Chapter, Pakistan People’s Party-Shaheed Bhutto Group… Read More “No political party can revamp itself” — Dr Mubashir Hasan
Her movies may be a thing of the past, her magic isn’t. On the wrong side of 40, legendary Lollywood actress Babra Sharif continues to dazzle her fans and also flirt with camera, albeit when she pleases… Read More Babracadabra!
(Originally published in The Nation – Dec 8, 2002)
The impish, bubbly Saniya of mid-1980s’ phenomenally successful TV serial Tanhaiyan had such a big shadow, it seemed to linger over nearly all of Marina Khan’s later performances. So much so that people started to identify Marina with Saniya and vice versa. But Marina was not Saniya alone. She was a lot more. She was,… Read More “I’ve found my direction” — Marina Khan