Month: November 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

2016 is all about the new Harry Potter books or should I say screenplays, back in July J. K. Rowling released the 8th Harry Potter book titled ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ which I finished in just 2.5hrs. Now there is new a screenplay  available at the book stores titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Its a prequel to the Harry Potter Book Series. I bought the book to read it before watching the movie. So first I’ll be reviewing the book and then the movie.

Story

It was a story of Newton Scamander, a Magizoologist who arrives in New York in 1926, to stay for a brief time following a journey around the world to research creatures for his book.

Book Review

First thing I like about this book was its cover, it has almost every creature mentioned in the book. Some creatures are hidden in the design. This book marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling. Unlike the Cursed Child, this screenplay has more details like the Harry Potter books. Placing the story in New York City during the 1920’s was brilliant, evoking an era that has its own special flavor.  I like the way it links to what we already know and even Dumbledore everyone’s favorite headmaster gets a brief mention.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review
The ending has a great twist and it definitely stands up alongside the Potter books. For those who don’t know a lot about stage direction etc, there is a dictionary of the terms they use in the back.

Caution: If you didn’t like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child then please don’t read this cos both books followed the same format.

My Rating: 4/5

Movie Review

It is the first of a planned five  prequel movie series. The movie was great and reading the screenplay allowed the details to swim in my mind. I love how faithful the movie director was to the book. The characters are good, the dialog is subtle, the descriptions are vivid.

The very talented  Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne shines throughout the movie. He plays an endearing and slightly awkward Newton Scamander. Excellent visual effects and a screenplay which includes more than a few lighthearted moments.  The standout, however, is the Niffler. A dragon-like obsession with treasure makes for some hilarious slapstick comedy where the adorable little creature, like a mix between a dog and a mole, rampages through a bank and collects a veritable trove of trinkets.
Niffler
It  was more like a spellbinding adventure sets in the amazing magical world created by J. K. Rowling and David Yates.
Worth watching at a cinema in 3D

My Rating: 8.5/10

Ciao! Till the next Fantastic Beasts movie which will be released on November 16, 2018.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

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Star-studded premieres for Dobara Phir Se held Nation-wide

ARY Films hosted exclusive movie premieres for Mehreen Jabbar’s most awaited film ‘Dobara Phir Se’ in Lahore & Karachi respectively.

Dobara Phir Se

‘Dobara Phir Se’, is an urban romantic movie, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, produced by Salman Iqbal, and co-produced by Jerjees Seja and Mehreen Jabbar. The film has mainly been shot in New York and Karachi, starring Adeel Hussain, Hareem Farooq, Sanam Saeed, Ali Kazmi, Tooba Siddiqui, Atiqa Odho, Shaz Khan & Musa Ahmed Khan.

Dobara Phir Se cast

“We are pleased to be a part of this project with Mehreen Jabbar for Dobara Phir Se. We hope to live up to the promise of providing quality entertainment to our viewers and we believe that this trend will continue with DPS as it is the third film to release soon under the banner of ARY Films.”shared Salman Iqbal, Founder and President of ARY Digital Network and producer of the movie.

The soundtrack for Dobara Phir Se comprises of seven singles composed by eminent artists including Haniya Aslam, Shiraz Uppal, Jimmy Khan, Arooj Aftab and Rekha Bhardwaj.

“Dobara Phir Se is a simple story of complicated lives and we have poured our heart, sweat and soul into making it. The movie has great songs and engaging story-line and we are looking forward to another bouquet of quality entertainment.” said Mehreen Jabbar, director and co-producer of Dobara Phir Se.

Dobara Phir Se

“Dobara Phir Se is all set to hit and rule the cinema screens on 25th November 2016 simultaneously all over the world. We continue to fulfill and justify the promise of ARY Films by providing wholesome, Made In Pakistan entertainment to cinema goers.” stated Jerjees Seja, CEO, ARY Digital Network.

Dobara Phir Se is an ARY production, directed by Mehreen Jabbar and will be releasing in Pakistan, Middle East, UK & North America in November 2016.

All About the New Infinix Zero 4

Infinix Pakistan recently launched the new phone in Pakistan called Infinix Zero 4. I got the chance to review the phone. So here I’ll be reviewing the phone with all the specs.

Infinix Pakistan

The Phone:

Infinix Zero 4 has  Octa-Core Processor with 5.5 inches  IPS screen   1920 x 1080 HD display. It has 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM running  Android 6.0 Marshmallow with X0S,  storage can be extended up to 128GB  with SD memory card.  It  supports GSM, 3G and 4G networks. It has 3200mAh battery with fast charging.

I have shot my first unboxing video of this phone.

 

Back has diamond textured metallic body with Fingerprint Scanner and 16MP camera with LED flash.

Infinix Zero 4

At the bottom of the phone, there is a mono speaker, USB port and microphone.

Infinix Zero 4

At the top it has 3.5mm headphone jack.

Infinix Zero 4

Camera:

At the back it has 16MP camera with Laser auto-focus with 4X zoom, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) with LED flash while at the front it has 8MP camera with flash. What I am excited about the camera is that it has Pro camera settings where you can manually adjust focus, ISO, EV (Exposure Value), WB  (White Balance) and shutter speed. You can use finger print scanner or smile shot or voice command to capture selfie.

 

You can shoot full HD video with 1080p  with 30fps (frames per second). It also has slow motion and time lapse video mode.

Here are the some sample shots with EXIF details. All pictures are SOOC (Straight out of the Camera). No processing  or any other color correction.

Infinix Zero 4 camera

Front camera result

Infinix Zero 4 camera

With and without flash with rear camera

Infinix Zero 4 camera

Battery:

It has 3200mah battery with 3X fast charging. Upon full usage on  all social  media apps, battery lasts for 2 days which is great.

Infinix Zero 4 is available at YAYVO website for 22999Rs only.

Ufone highlights ambitious Pakistanis during a recent event

Ufone has sustained its pursuit for supporting hardworking Pakistanis who are making a difference in the society as a result of their strong stance and perseverance for the field they belong to. During a recent event, two such loyal customers were identified by Ufone and invited to share their life stories with the audience.

Ufone

Fazal with Muzna Ibrahim

Keeping pace with the primary message ‘It’s all about U’, Ufone has shed light on individuals who inspire the masses and channelize them towards the pursuit of their endearing passion by maintaining work life balance. Yet again, the company through a series of activities will be projecting these real life examples and their benevolent mission for the society. One leg of the campaign is already active where Fazal Mohammad, an emerging footballer is highlighted revealing his quest for the sport.

Ufone

“Being a responsible company, we aim at highlighting those individuals who might not have a very influential background but have come a long way as a result of their passion and perseverance, said a spokesperson of Ufone, ‘In future too, we would like to pick such individuals in the society that can be an inspiration for all. Sky is the limit!’

Ufone

Fazal Mohammad is a 21 year old footballer, hailing from the Khuzdar region of Balochistan with a strong urge to pursue his passion. He works as an auto mechanic which is the basic source of income for supporting his family, at the same time he dreams of becoming a household name in the field of football which he has been playing since 2004. His perseverance and untiring efforts made a position for him in the National Football team in 2010 when he was able to score two goals each against Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Ufone

Similarly, Dr. Ghina Shamsi is another Ufone customer who is determined towards her goals. Regardless of the household responsibilities, her determination is what makes her the person she is today. She is a 38 year old female Pakistan surgeon who has not let any changing life role become an obstacle in their career endeavors. She has been associated with the Indus Hospital since 2008; her area of specialization is General Surgery; Breast and Colon Cancer where she treats patients through her relentless efforts while staying true to her responsibilities. Besides being an exceptional professional, she has an equally tough role to play at the domestic front as she is a mother of two and has an entire household to look after.


Their struggles represent each one of us and Ufone is proud to promote such heroes individuals.

Dobara Phir Se all set for global release on 25th November 2016

ARY Films recently hosted a press conference in Karachi for their upcoming film ‘Dobara Phir Se’ set to release on Nov 25, 2015 worldwide.

‘Dobara Phir Se’, is an urban romance, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, produced by Salman Iqbal, and co-produced by Jerjees Seja and Mehreen Jabbar. The film has mainly been shot in New York and Karachi and stars Adeel Husain, Hareem Farooq, Sanam Saeed, Ali Kazmi, Tooba Siddiqui, Atiqa Odho, Shaz Khan & Musa Ahmed Khan.

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

“Dobara Phir Se is the third film to release under the banner of ARY Films banner this year and we are proud to be providing quality entertainment to our viewers consistently. We hope to continue the same trend with DPS.” shared Salman Iqbal, Founder and President of ARY Digital Network and producer of the movie.

The soundtrack for Dobara Phir Se consists of 7 singles composed by renowned musicians including Haniya Aslam, Shiraz Uppal, Jimmy Khan, Arooj Aftab & Rekha Bhardwaj.

“We have poured our heart, sweat & soul in making Dobara Phir Se. I am honoured to have worked with a team of extremely talented individuals who have put their all in the movie and now we are ready to hand over our baby to the audience.” said Mehreen Jabbar, director and co-producer of Dobara Phir Se.

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

The film has been supported by Lux, Closeup, OyeHoye, Qmobile & Mcdonalds.

“Upholding and celebrating talent and the film industry has always been important to OyeHoye. Being a part of the Dobara Phir Se team has been rather exciting! Team OyeHoye is sure that it’s going to do tremendously well in the days to come, having exceeded our own expectations.  Patriots at heart, Team OyeHoye has made it a mission to uphold and celebrate the local film industry and talent, and this collaboration with ARY was just the right place to begin. We wish the Dobara Phir Sey team the very best of luck!” shared Mian Shahzad – Director marketing – OyeHoye.

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

Zeeshan Akhtar – CEO – Q Mobile said “Q Mobile is committed to support talent in multiple areas and encourages innovation. We believe that local talent plays a vital role in the development and image building of a nation, therefore we are excited and hopeful about the rise of new cinema in Pakistan and will continue to lend our support to such promising projects.”

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

Director – Marketing & Development McDonalds; Jamil Mughal – “ARY Films has recently released blockbusters and DobaraPhir Se is their upcoming movie so it’s an honour to be a part of this venture. We are proud to be a part of this movie that will set a bench mark in the Pakistani film industry. McDonald’s always has and will continue to support local talent.”

Raheel Pasha – Marketing Director, Unilever’s shares, “Dobara Phir Se is a family entertainer and we are pleased to be a part of this venture. Mehreen Jabbar is known to create masterpieces and this one will hopefully be a blockbuster.”

Prawn Biryani Recipe

Among all Biryani recipes, Prawn Biryani is the most easy to made. Now almost every weekend I cook something. Yesterday I made Prawn Biryani for lunch and it turned out awesome.

Ingredients:

  • 500gm Prawn
  • 400gm Basmati Rice
  • 2 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Red chili powder
  • Whole garam masala (3 cloves, cinnamon stick, 3 black pepper, 2 green cardamom, 1 black cardamom)
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Yogurt
  • Biryani masala (you can use any brand)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Coriander leaves
  • 3-4 finely chopped Mint leaves
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Food color (optional I used yellow color)
  • 4 tablespoon Oil

prawn biryani

Method:

  • Peal the cover and wash the prawns. Now add red chili powder, 1tsp of ginger-garlic paste and salt to the prawn.
  • Heat oil in a pan when oil becomes hot add   prawns batch by batch for frying. Fry them till it turns brown.
  • Add chopped onion to the hot oil and fry it till it turns to brown, add rest of ginger-garlic paste and  whole garam masala to the hot oil fry it for a while once it done and fry 3-4 mins.
  • Now add the biryani masala and yogurt to this onion masala and mix it well.
  • Add the fried prawns to this yogurt mixture and let it cook for a while.
  • Take a pan with 2-3 cups of water, when water starts boiling add little oil and washed rice to it.
  • Boil the rice till its 90% done.
  • Now layer the prawns at bottom then rice on top of it. Sprinkle coriander and mint leaves on the top of rice. Sprinkle food  color on top of the rice and cover it in very low flame for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Now biryani is ready, best served with raita.