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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nisar Bazmi – On a song

October 29th, 1996|

Dawn Tuesday Review, October 29-November 4, 1996

Bazmi, Nisar. Born 1925, in Jalagaon near Bombay. Began working in C class and B class movies in 1944. Migrated to Pakistan in the early 1960s, and received instant recognition as a foremost film composer. Composed music for over 140 films altogether. Presently lives in Karachi, in a way […]

Talat Husain – “Acting is a third-rate art”

May 28th, 1996|

Dawn Tuesday Review, 28 May – 3 Jun, 1996

If he were not an actor? I didn’t ask him the question because I wanted to get on with some serious topics: art cinema, Indo-Pakistani films, life, religion, society…

While he was rambling on about these subjects with the confidence of having perused a few thousand books at […]

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 […]