The people’s actor

September 26th, 2016|

Review by Maheen A. Rashdi published in Dawn, Books & Authors, September 25, 2016.

“Shafique’s narrative is addictive, and while you may pick up Waheed Murad: His Life and Our Times out of curiosity … the story that unfolds surpasses expectations. Whilst revealing diverse aspects of Waheed Murad’s personality, Shafique has opened up a new perspective […]

Profile: Sohail Rana

May 29th, 2016|

‘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 […]