“I am like putty in the director’s hands” — Zaib Rehman

By Usman Ghafoor Shoaib Mansoor thinks no one cries as convincingly onscreen as Zaib Rehman does. A lot of her costars in Shoaib’s underproduction Bol regard her as a ‘thinking’ actress. The sequence in the film where she breaks down because her daughter has been given the death sentence is said to be scene stealing.… Read More “I am like putty in the director’s hands” — Zaib Rehman

“I have a vision for our film industry, which is that it should break free of its shackles” — Shaan

By Usman Ghafoor It wasn’t John Abraham of Bollywood. Quite interestingly, Shaan became the first mainstream film actor in the subcontinent to strip before the camera — remember the detention sequences in Khuda Kay Liye? New York’s John and the upcoming Jail’s Neil Nitin Mukesh in nude shots have all followed much later. Bait him… Read More “I have a vision for our film industry, which is that it should break free of its shackles” — Shaan

She’s crude and he doesn’t do dirty!

The queen of standup comedy from UK versus the bearded young man from Chicago who made everyone sit up and notice By Usman Ghafoor Both of them are extremely funny. British-born-and-bred Shazia Mirza tells of her mother having a “moustache” and walking “five steps behind my father because he looks better from behind”, while Chicago-based… Read More She’s crude and he doesn’t do dirty!

Only if you can set the cash registers ringing!

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 By Usman Ghafoor Picture this: Moammar Rana shelves his much-tomtommed celluloid debut as director, after a grand opening and… Read More Only if you can set the cash registers ringing!

“The real divide in Pakistan is that of status quo and anti-status quo” — Imran Khan

By Usman Ghafoor The past 11 years, Imran Khan admits, have taught him ‘the hardest way’ that politics is ‘no cricket’. When he formed his political party, back in 1996, the sporting legend of the country and also the celebrated philanthropist suddenly found himself in the midst of a crowd of detractors who were ready… Read More “The real divide in Pakistan is that of status quo and anti-status quo” — Imran Khan

“Cinema for me is a very sensuous experience” — Govind Nihalani

By Usman Ghafoor Govind Nihalani has a way with dark themes. Whether it’s Aakrosh (1980), his debut feature that strikes you for its frighteningly realistic depiction of a victim of the faulty judicial system, Ardh Satya (’83) that exteriorises the moral dilemma of an honest police officer in a corrupt system; Tamas (’88), a hard-hitting… Read More “Cinema for me is a very sensuous experience” — Govind Nihalani

“It is a satisfying experience” — Pappu Samrat

Proud scion of one of the subcontinent’s famous dance gharanas, Pappu Samrat is loath to peg his better known Indian counterparts above himself By Usman Ghafoor For 37 years old Shaukat Husain Samrat, life is about living — or, perhaps, dancing — for the moment. There is no room for regrets, and certainly no time… Read More “It is a satisfying experience” — Pappu Samrat

“If you can make people dance, you’re a hit” — Uttam Singh

By Usman Ghafoor Not many people who know Uttam Singh from his very popular Dil Toh Pagal Hai and Gaddar ditties are aware of the fact that this award-winning Bollywood composer started in music as an arranger, with much-revered qawwal Shankar Shambhu, back in 1965. Together this mentor-protégé duo would famously open the Ajmer Shareef… Read More “If you can make people dance, you’re a hit” — Uttam Singh