Muhammad Ali

  • ‘Contemplating’ is the latest painting uploaded by Muniba Mazari on social media. Muniba has established herself as a mature artist by painting a dusky coloured girl with pensive eyes and a prominent chin, and infusing into the face the expressions one expects after reading the ...

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  • An excerpt from Elif Shafak’s novel The Gaze goes like this: “He worked at the post-office for years. For years he licked and sealed the envelopes that elegant ladies didn’t want to touch and hurried gentlemen didn’t deign to close. He believed that envelopes were essential ...

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  • ‘Some other time………in another life. Not every man is Prophet Yusuf.’ (AikMohabbat Sau Afsanay: Maah e Kunaan) These last words, uttered in a dismal tone by Farida, a middle-aged character from Ashfaq Ahmad’s play Maah-e-Kunaan to a young man, incline us to ...

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  • In the late '90s, Mehreen Jabbar, a critically acclaimed drama director and filmmaker of Pakistan came up with a few telefilms, the topics of which would be unique, look sombre yet calm, music light, and actors mature and renowned. One of these telefilms was Farar, the story of which revolved ...

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  • Almas Fidai is a young Pakistani actress who does not make recurrent appearances on the screen, but through the few plays in which she has performed, she has established herself as highly talented. Her first telefilm was Tamanna ki Tamanna written by Bushra Ansari in which she performed ...

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  • In my review of drama serial O Rang Reza’s first episode, I argued that Sassi, played by Sajal Ali may be a father-fixated girl, for her abnormal inclination towards her father renders her a character possessing a complex psyche, termed as ‘electra complex’ by Neo-Freudian ...

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  • Sania Saeed, a Pakistani performer who needs no introduction, for her name is imprinted on the hearts of Pakistanis owing to her unforgettable natural performances, is all set to make her appearance in a drama serial written by contemporary writer Saji Gul who with his modern classical plays is ...

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  • Faseeh Bari Khan, a popular yet controversial playwright of Pakistan has contributed to the revival of Pakistani cinema by penning down a film, the shooting of which has commenced. Saat din Mohabbat In being directed by Farjad Nabi and Meenu Gaur comprises of actors which people love to see on ...

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  • The happiness of being surrounded by people is not everlasting. Having friends, family members or lovers around you is like holding a dry rose in the palm, which even a slight touch can crush into pieces forever. It is like holding a necklace of pearls in hand made out of weak thread. One careless ...

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  • Commercialism and aesthetics go hand in hand in the sixth episode of mystery series Dhund. While a commercial aspect of Maria being a domestically abused woman has been included, the story of Humaira (Marina Khan), a delicate woman of fine taste and who happens to be Maria’s aunt continues in ...

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  • Marina Khan is a name that needs no introduction, for the blockbuster serials Tanhaiyaan and Dhoop Kinare are not only close to the hearts of Pakistanis, but are still praised across the border as well. It is usually conceived that Marina Khan disappeared from the screen after doing four to five ...

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  • One of the many problems prevalent on this place called earth is that related to those who adopt and those who are adopted. Perpetual misery hovers over the hearts of both the parties. Parents fear that the child might abandon them after encountering the truth, and the child, if happens to find out ...

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  • Kirkira ho gaya woh lams tujhe paane ka Saath jis ke tujhe khone ka waswasa na mila These verses from Khayyam’s poetry seem to be the gist of the play, for if scrutinized, it is realized that besides being the story of a yearning lover Qasim and a maltreated wife Mumtaz, O Rang Reza is a tale ...

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  • ‘And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying’ - Robert Herrick The flower will die. The time will fly away. Death will come to take people in its arms and carry them to the heavens. We do know that death is inevitable. The only difficulty is that we do not know ...

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  • O Rang Reza is an Urdu language Pakistani drama serial which not only marks Kashif Nisar’s shift from a sombre look of drama serials to a bright and colourful one, showing that the director allows the story to seep into his soul first and then starts working on it, but also brings forth Saji ...

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  • Watching the third episode of TV One’s mystery series Dhund made me realise that the title of the series has been chosen after scrutiny and is not a random selection. Its aptness can be deduced from the fact that this Urdu word for fog not only refers to dark, starless nights in which ...

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  • TV One aired the second episode of its mystery series Dhund on July 23, 2017. The episode is very important as far as the mystery of the stock character Maria is concerned, whom we left in the previous episode with an unsolved case of her lost husband and son. This episode reveals an important ...

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  • Mystery series Dhund’s uniqueness was being foreseen before its release. However, the first episode made us realise that it is a project that is unique far beyond our imagination. Watching it was like reading a book having magic realism in it, every chapter of which is to be meticulously read ...

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  • It is dark. It is creepy. It is haunting. On the whole, it comes as a surprise from the playwright Mohammed Ahmed known for his humorous plays. On the other hand, the telefilm Khamoshi has been written by a pen that is unhesitating and bold, but at the same time, is intelligibly subtle. Rape and ...

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  • Saji Gul is a contemporary Pakistani playwright known for his famous plays like Sanata, currently running Iltijah and his contribution to the series Kitni Girhein Baqi Hain in the form of his play Gudde Guriya Ka Biyah. The presence of a psychologically unstable young girl in Sanata, a girl forced ...

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  • Pakistan happens to be one of the most superstitious countries of the world. A belief in demons, evil spirits, curses, witches with turned-around feet exists at large. From a religious point of view as well, there is an association with the supernatural. People indulged in evil deeds are said to ...

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  • Mehreen Jabbar, Mohammad Ahmad and Marina Khan have a history stretching over two decades of working with each other and for each other. While Marina Khan has worked in Mohammad Ahmad’s famous drama serial Tum Se Kehna Tha, she has also directed a number of his scripts including Tum Hi Tou ...

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  • After Taraweeh, a short walk outside the house or on the terrace, accompanied by a recitation of Allah o Akbar, Astaghfar or Darood-e-Pak makes us witness a very soft wind blowing, now and then patting our cheeks compassionately, making us realise that God’s wind in the month of Ramzan is ...

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  • Syed Mohammad Ahmad is a Pakistani playwright who started his writing career back in the '90s and since then has been producing one beautiful play after another. The word ‘beautiful’ is the apt choice for describing his works, for they are not drama serials which one would forget, or ...

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  • Literature is representative of its nation and is largely influenced by whatever takes place in the country to which it belongs. Since drama is one of the genres of literature, it is ineluctable to avoid the socio-political aspects of Pakistan starting from the point of inception of Pakistani ...

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  • This article does not need an introductory paragraph, for Nazia Hassan is a name not unknown to anyone. Disco Deewane, Aap Jaisa Koi, Boom Boom, Aag, Aankhein, Taali De Thalle and Dil Ki Lagi are highly popular songs associated with this name. Unfortunately, the shows aired as a tribute to the late ...

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  • Saayey is a Mehreen Jabbar telefilm released in the year 2005 for HUM television. Mehreen Jabbar, who is known for working with great Pakistani actors such as Muhammad Ahmad, Humayun Saeed, Badar Khalil, Sajid Hassan, Nadia Jamil, Faisal Rehman and Sania Seed is also famous for having worked with ...

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  • It is an unfortunate fact that the wannabe philosophers of Pakistan, students with their ages being hardly twenty five years and who after having read philosophy in an immature age think that they are ready to indulge in a discourse on any subject, after questioning religion and then their ...

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  • A few days back, Omar Gilani, a modern, self-taught artist of Pakistan presented his painting titled Uncle Sargam on social media, which won the hearts of many and inclined them to recall their childhood days. The presence of Uncle Sargam in the painting was enough to catch people’s ...

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  • It is when the duped guy leaves Pakistan in Haseena Moin’s 1991 drama serial Kohar that we find Marina Khan listening to Mirza Rafi Sauda’s ghazal Jo guzri mujh pe, mat uss se kaho, composed by Arshad Mehmood and sung by Tina Sani. It can be said that the whole scene is an ...

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