Cinema and Society

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Farewell, Pervez Malik

November 30th, 2008|

This article was originally published in Dawn Images, 30 November 2008, as an obituary (ironically, just as I was finishing my article ‘The Mystery Behind Waheed Murad’, the man who might have known the most about that mystery was breathing his last).

Filmmaker Pervez Malik died on November 18. It can’t be the end of the […]

The mystery behind Waheed Murad

November 23rd, 2008|

Dawn Images, Sunday, 23 November 2008

I have been researching the life and works of Waheed Murad for more than 20 years now and the mystery around him deepens with every new clue that I come across.

He is the greatest screen legend of Pakistani cinema and therefore we forget that he was also a writer, director […]

The onscreen love of Shirin and Farhad

November 20th, 2005|

Dawn Images, November 20, 2005

The story of Shirin has been treated in film and drama in India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. The best known to us are, of course, the Indian version from the 1950s which had songs by Talat Mehmood and, more notably, the Pakistani version from the 1970s starring Mohammad Ali and Zeba, […]

Alexander’s epic journey

July 17th, 2005|

Dawn Images, July 17, 2005.

Alexander the Great is the only person to have inspired every single generation for 23 centuries without being a founder of any religion. His is perhaps also the only name to be found among so many different religions and nationalities.

Therefore, it seems strange that no great playwright has attempted to present […]

The hunt for success

November 21st, 1995|

This article was originally published in Dawn, Tuesday Review, November 21-27, 1995, with the highlight that “This article concludes the five-part series celebrating the hundred years of cinema.” Other four articles in the series were ‘The rise and fall of cult heroes’, ‘The importance of being Eve’, ‘Sold for a song’ and ‘The director’s cut’.

Since […]

The director’s cut

November 14th, 1995|

This article was originally published in Dawn, Tuesday Review, November 14-20, 1995, with the highlight that “This is the fourth of a five-article series on the subcontinent’s cinematic culture. The fifth article on some of the issues of the Indo-Pakistani cinema follows next.” Other three articles in the series were ‘The rise and fall of […]