A new Pakistani film, ‘Bachaana,’ is a love story with a twist. But will it ever see a release in India? Continue reading 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 Continue reading A hit that’s somewhat amiss
Naseeruddin Shah’s play gives an insight into Albert Einstein’s compassionate side Continue reading Einstein comes to life
Those who shunned Lollywood like plague are flocking to theatres and keeping tabs on the latest Pakistani releases Continue reading Our films are back in vogue!
An exclusive interview with Mumbai-based Shailja Kejriwal, the creator of Zindagi TV Continue reading “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 Continue reading Border Blockbuster
Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy talks about switching gears, from documentary films to 3D animation for cinema Continue reading “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 Continue reading “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’ Continue reading 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 Continue reading “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 Continue reading “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 Continue reading 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 Continue reading “Making a film is like giving birth” — Nandita Das
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 Continue reading 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 Continue reading Yash Chopra’s last film, but nothing more
Glimpses of America – beyond ‘90210’ and ‘Baywatch’ Continue reading 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 Continue reading Reverse culture shock?
A Q&A with renowned academic and educationist Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra Continue reading “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 Continue reading Ali in wonderland
Amateur production group, bizarrely named Naked Tyrant, showcase their first set of funny videos, leaving the Lahorites in stitches Continue reading …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 … Continue reading Less is Moore
By Usman Ghafoor Ever thought what you would do if you were “bored with comedy”? Saad Haroon sure did and … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 Continue reading 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 Continue reading Mamma… don’t preach
For Zaib Rehman, who returns to limelight with Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Bol,’ life after 40 has only just begun Continue reading “I am like putty in the director’s hands” — Zaib Rehman
Hanif Tayyab’s The Music Gallery — or TMG — has some rare features Continue reading House of music
Shaan is on the verge of reinventing himself. Here’s how Continue reading “I have a vision for our film industry, which is that it should break free of its shackles” — Shaan
A showbiz journalist’s life is no less ordinary Continue reading 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 Continue reading 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 Continue reading The Prozac realities
A dialogue with Prof. Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, religious scholar and President, Al-Mawrid Continue reading “Capital punishment is mandatory in two situations…” — Prof Javed Ahmed Ghamidi
An interview with multiple award-winning film maker of ‘Khamosh Pani,’ Sabiha Sumar Continue reading “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 Continue reading The Shoman must go on!
Mehreen Jabbar talks about Ramchand Pakistani and more Continue reading “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 Continue reading 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 Continue reading 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 Continue reading “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 Continue reading 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 Continue reading “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 Continue reading 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” Continue reading “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 Continue reading “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’ Continue reading “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 Continue reading “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 Continue reading Babracadabra!
(Originally published in The Nation – Dec 8, 2002) Continue reading Aamir Khan at SKMT’s charity dinner
The impish, bubbly Saniya of mid-1980s’ phenomenally successful TV serial Tanhaiyan had such a big shadow, it seemed to linger … Continue reading “I’ve found my direction” — Marina Khan