Pakistan’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ brings in the stars

Atif Aslam, Meesha Shafi, Fawad Khan and Shahi Hasan star as judges in the revived music reality show

“Real life main na sahi, screen pe hi sahi” — Adnan Siddiqui

An exclusive interview with well known Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui who is riding high on the success of his Bollywood debut, 'Mom,' opposite veteran Sridevi

The switch to HD

Infrastructure, money, and the apathy towards enhancing the television experience — what is keeping Pakistani channels from going high-definition

Beyond the line of control

Indian talent continues to be roped in for different Pak TV and film projects, despite tension at the borders, with shoots taking place mostly in Dubai and Bangkok

“There’s just one director on the set” — Timothy Hallam Wood

An exclusive interview with London-based freelance cinematographer Timothy Hallam Wood who debuts on a Pakistani film as a DoP

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s (other) Pak actor speaks up!

Imran Abbas, who plays Anushka Sharma’s boyfriend in 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,' says he’s only received love from India

A sweet November, hopefully

The ban on artistes — implausible and implacable as it is — isn’t going to do Bollywood or Pakistan any good

Siachen in Lahore

Anwar Maqsood and Dawar Mehmood’s latest theatrical collaboration, 'Siachen,' may not be the highest point in their otherwise glorious track record

Love will tear us apart

A new Pakistani film, 'Bachaana,' is a love story with a twist. But will it ever see a release in India?

A hit that’s somewhat amiss

There is no taking away from Ho Mann Jahaan’s fresh and youthful appeal; if only there was more meat to its plot

Our films are back in vogue!

Those who shunned Lollywood like plague are flocking to theatres and keeping tabs on the latest Pakistani releases

“We are the only Indian channel to be airing Pakistani drama” — Shailja Kejriwal

An exclusive interview with Mumbai-based Shailja Kejriwal, the creator of Zindagi TV

Border Blockbuster

With 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' in theatres, a small Pakistani film titled 'Bin Roye' is vying for attention in a first simultaneous world release

“I took the first step, I jumped over the fire” — Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy talks about switching gears, from documentary films to 3D animation for cinema

“Film is about story-telling” — Nabeel Qureshi

First-time film director Nabeel Qureshi talks about 'Na Maloom Afraad' and Pakistan's new, emerging cinema

Pakistan’s ‘new age’ cinema

A breed of new, independent film makers is successfully filling the void left by an obsolete industry known as 'Lollywood'

“If it wasn’t for Lahore, Bollywood wouldn’t be Bollywood” — Rachel Dwyer

An exclusive chat with Rachel Dwyer, Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, and author of a number of books

Just how real is the ‘ban’?

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

“Jingoism has become Waar’s strength” — Bilal Lashari

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

The show must go on, but how?

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

Yash Chopra’s last film, but nothing more

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

Ali in wonderland

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

Less is Moore

  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 …

He is ‘Very Live’ and ‘Real’

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 …

Is it curtains for cinema?

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 …

Sons not lovers

The next generation of most big film houses in Pakistan is loath to get into the business of cinema. And, they have their reasons

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

For veteran TV actress Zaib Rehman, who returns to limelight with Shoaib Mansoor's 'Bol,' life after 40 has only just begun

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

“What’s wrong with this contradiction?” — Sabiha Sumar

An interview with multiple award-winning film maker of 'Khamosh Pani,' Sabiha Sumar

The Shoman must go on!

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

“A good film is a story well told” — Mehreen Jabbar

Noted TV director Mehreen Jabbar talks about her first film 'Ramchand Pakistani' and more

Who’s that guy?

An exclusive chat with musician turned actor Fawad Khan, who calls his role in his first film outing, 'Khuda Key Liye,' a complete departure

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

“I know why most writers lose their sanity” — Syed Mohammad Ahmad

When the characters of his stories become putty in his hands, Syed Mohammad Ahmad says a writer achieves his catharsis

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For an industry that thrives on commerce, to remain ignorant to the fruits of web is no bliss

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

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"

“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

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

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'

Babracadabra!

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

“I’ve found my direction” — Marina Khan

'Tanhaiyan' famed actress Marina Khan recently took on the most challenging role of her career: direction. In an exclusive interview, she reflects on her evolution