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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Syed Afzal Hussain – Recording the past

July 1st, 1997|

Herald, July 1997

Syed Afzal Hussain, popularly known as ‘Shahji’ in film circles, is the most senior sound recordist in the the national industry. But few know that he is also the man who produced landmark films of Pakistani cinema like Lakhon Mein Aik and Naag Muni. Unlike others in the industry, Shahji’s unassuming personality belies his achievements. […]

Pervez Malik – Light, camera, action

August 20th, 1996|

This article was first published in Dawn Tuesday Review, 20-26 August, 1996

Afternoon, March 16, 1966. Naz Cinema, Karachi. The scene opens on a night club. The atmosphere is lively with a band, drums and the guitar. Young couples are shown taking to the floor, gyrating to the Western music. The camera tilts right to show […]

Sohail Rana – The unstrung hero

January 23rd, 1996|

Dawn, Tuesday Review, January 23-29, 1996

A few weeks back there was a musical programme arranged by some university students. The band on the stage was singing Kokokorina, and the unsuspecting crooner mixed up a couple of lines. I was amazed to see that not only did all the listeners begin hooting the performers, but they […]