Monthly Archives: November 2015


‘Introducing Iqbal’ at Warwick and Oxford

November 21st, 2015|

I got an opportunity to deliver a talk at the University of Warwick on November 9, 2015. It was later repeated at St. Edmond’s Hall, Oxford, on November 15. The title was ‘Introducing Iqbal’. Since then I have received a request to upload the transcript. I offer here the gist of my presentation. 

As a scholar […]

Obituary: Farewell, Pervez Malik

November 16th, 2015|

Published in Dawn: Images, November 29, 2008

Filmmaker Pervez Malik died on November 18. It can’t be the end of the story if we remember where it began.

It began in those days when the Pakistani nation had newly earned its freedom — and that included the freedom to dream, which is something which we seem to be forfeiting […]

The chocolate-cream hero legend

November 15th, 2015|

I had grown up reading and re-reading some old issue of the film magazine Eastern Films from the 1960s and the early 1970s, which I found when I was in college in the 1980s. It was therefore a dream come true for me when I got to write for the former editor of that magazine, […]

Women and cinema in Pakistan

November 14th, 2015|

This article was originally published in The News International: You; Vol. 3; No. 11; 1993. It was my second article for a newspaper in English, and my first about cinema.

I have come across new data since then, so that I would not insist anymore that the movies discussed here are exclusively the products of male minds. I […]

Ibn-e-Safi makes a resounding return

November 14th, 2015|

References to Psycho Mansion and Rana Palace in an article in Dawn 

Anniversary: Ibn-e-Safi strikes again

November 14th, 2015|

A mention of Psycho Mansion