cinema and society

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The Sohni Dharti school of thought

November 25th, 2012|

The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, November 25, 2012

“This is our misfortune: we are giving birth to a society where courage has come to be understood as being a bully, and the nobility of character is seen as cowardice. Today, a blood-dripping gandasa has become the icon of our culture and civilisation, instead of the reed […]

Thank you for not smoking, Mr Bond

November 18th, 2012|

The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, November 18, 2012

A secret agent in a white car chases two motorcyclists in a crowded bazaar and shoots them dead. A Land Cruiser, in a bid to scoop up the agent, speeds on the wrong side of the road and accidentally runs over another motorcyclist. The rescue attempt fails, and […]

The wall

November 11th, 2012|

The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, November 11, 2012

On December 16, 1971, the Pakistani army stationed in the eastern wing of its country laid down arms before its Indian counterpart. The apparent regional supremacy of India was further enhanced by a nuclear test on May 18, 1974, when the Buddha smiled amid a radioactive haze. Behind […]

The cinema of politics

January 16th, 2011|

Dawn Images, Sunday, January 16, 2011

How did the New Year arrive thirty years ago? It was 1981. The interest-free banking got introduced that day. The new Islamic century had also started a few weeks earlier, and the media was abuzz with relevant content. Since the state-controlled PTV was the only available television channel, the nation […]

Armaan of a nation

March 14th, 2010|

This article was originally published in Dawn Images, March 14, 2010. In presenting it here, I am making two changes to correct a factucal error. The third sentence in the original text was, “Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the dissident foreign minister who was generally identified with a hard line stance against India, had just received an […]

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 […]