Travails of a Pakistani wanting to make a film on Muslim-Hindu love marriage

Travails of a Pakistani wanting to make a film on Muslim-Hindu love marriage

Muslim-Hindu love stories are complicated. Even when you simply want to tell the story, writes Mehreen Hasan in Dawn. Just ask writer/director Hamza Bangash, whose attempts to fund his short film Rang Raaz were met with refusal after refusal in Pakistan. "We had approached some pretty prominent people in Pakistan who had vested interests in having a story about minorities told," Hamza,...

Regular screening of Bollywood movies in Pakistan will take time

Regular screening of Bollywood movies in Pakistan will take time

Islamabad, December 23 (Dawn): Although cinemas have decided to start screening already released Indian movies and Freaky Ali featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui is being shown, it may take a long time for newer Indian movies to be screened. The owner of Cineplex at Centaurus, Nadeem Mandviwala, said the ball is currently on the other side of the border, but there were...

Pakistan to lift ban on Indian movies – to support Indian cinema

Pakistan to lift ban on Indian movies – to support Indian cinema

Pakistan, Dec 18 - Cinemas in Pakistan will start screening Indian movies from December 19, DawnNews reported on Sunday. The cinema houses' owners said that they had only suspended the screening of Indian films but had not completely banned them. "The suspension that was in place will be lifted on December 19," confirmed Nadeem Mandviwala of Atrium cinemas. He added...

The “magik” of Rock On is missing in the sequel

Kanishkaa Balachandran finds Rock On 2 mired in needless complexities With movie sequels, comparisons with the original are inevitable. After watching Rock On 2, I was compelled to relive the original Rock On (2008) a day later. It was in part to brush up on the lives of the four rock musicians and their emotional travails over nearly two decades,...

“Fawad Khan looks fabulous in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and his scenes bring much needed freshness and life to this cliché-ridden story.”

“Fawad Khan looks fabulous in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and his scenes bring much needed freshness and life to this cliché-ridden story.”

Sadaf Haider/Dawn At long last, it's finally here: the Karan Johar flick Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that's been stirring controversy across India and Pakistan due to the fact that it features Pakistani actors (namely Fawad Khan). Unfortunately, by 'here' I mean the United States, where I watched the film. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is still not out in Pakistan, even after much back and forth. So...

Queen of Katwe: A feel-good sports biopic that also portrays the harshness of poverty in urban Africa

Queen of Katwe: A feel-good sports biopic that also portrays the harshness of poverty in urban Africa

Kanishkaa Balachandran The opening scene in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala (1991) begins in Kampala, Uganda. Set in 1972, it’s the story of an Indian family being ousted (as were hoards of others) from the country by the ruthless dictator Idi Amin, and their new lives as immigrants in America. Queen of Katwe, Nair’s latest release, too begins in Kampala, but...

BJP’s Surgical Strike on Freedom in India

BJP’s Surgical Strike on Freedom in India

New Delhi, October 23 (The Wire Editorial): It is somehow entirely fitting that the whole saga of Karan Johar’s film Ae Dil Hai Muskhil, has achieved closure via a ‘deal’ between the producer and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, brokered by no less than the chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. This rank abdication by the state to...

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