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 […]

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 rise and fall of cult heroes

October 24th, 1995|

This article was originally published in Dawn, Tuesday Review, October 24-30, 1995. It was the first in a series that was introduced with the headline, “Celebrating the 100 years of cinema, Tuesday Review starts a five-part series beginning with this article on the cinematic heroes of the subcontinent.” Other articles in the series were ‘The […]

The chocolate-cream hero legend

May 20th, 1993|

This artice was originally published in The Star, May 20, 1993. Since then, I have slightly modified the classification of Waheed’s roles and, most importantly, I do not see his work as having anything to do with escapism. For these developments, see my book Waheed Murad: His Life and Our Times (2015).

I am also removing […]