Baby Driver – Most Original and Unique film of 2017

Title: Baby Driver

Director: Edgar Wright

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

On Eid day 2 (28th Jun.) I’ve seen the most original and unique film of 2017. I bought two tickets a week before and after a friend ditched me I watched it with a tweep. The story was about a getaway driver named Baby  who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game.

baby driver review


If you’ve seen  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World  or Shaun of the Dead you’ll know that Edgar Wright he is master of Visual Comedy and loves to synchronized action with music. He found comedy where others can’t. Opening scene reminds me of Deadpool opening  scene with funny credits where camera keeps zooming out cos it’s a single take shot with perfectly synchronized music and graffiti. Guess what director didn’t use any Green Screen during shooting car chase scenes.

A perfect blend of Oscar winning actors with the new ones. I cannot think of one character or actor who was misplaced or a weak link within the film. Baby Driver was paced well, was never boring, and made me want sit back down in my seat and watch it over again.

baby driver

Wright directed the hell out of this movie. Every shot is masterfully crafted. Every edit is specifically chosen and targeted. The color pallet is bright and bold and artistically captivating. There is a reason why Rotten Tomatoes critics rating is 97%.

This movie has not just seven or twelve tracks but 30 tracks. One thing that you’ll definitely be doing after watching the movie is updating your playlist.

My Rating: 10/10

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.”

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Review

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the girl who walks alone at night reviewA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a first Iranian Vampire Western movie directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. It is her debut feature film. The story is about the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. It’s a very unique movie in this genre cos I haven’t seen anything like this before. As it is a graphic novel Amirpour shot it in black and white which makes it more impressive. Movie is inspired by Sergio Leone’s classic western movies, he is known for his extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots, Amirpour used the same technique. As Amirpour is also a singer and DJ she has done her best to keep the audience on their toes with amazing soundtrack, for the first time I’ve listened to the Indie Iranian rock music…

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Moor & Manto Review

In past two months I’ve seen two beautiful Pakistani movies which I can say really is a revival of Pakistani Cinema. So here are my reviews of both movies.

Moor Review:

Moor is directed by Jami who needs no introduction. Started as a music video director, he has won numerous awards for his music videos. He studied film at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in the United States. In 1998 returned to his home, Karachi and formed the production company Azadfilm.

Jami on the right at the Press Meetup of the Moor

Jami on the right at the Press Meetup of the Moor

Moor (pronounced as More, meaning Mother) is the story of Wahid, played by Hameed Sheikh, who is a railway station master at a small town in Balochistan. He is under political pressure agrees to sell the railway infrastructure under his supervision. The process may not be a win-lose situation because Wahid is also promised monetary benefits to do so.

On the other hand, Ahsan, played by Shaz Khan, who is Wahid’s son, is caught in a moral dilemma. Ahsan, who migrated to Karachi at a young age, finds himself battling against his future.

First half of the movie might be confusing cos things are happening at different time periods, at different places, at same pace while in 2nd half everything gets cleared and become interesting for the viewer. Jami captured breathtaking visuals of Balochistan. Stunning cinematography and superb performances by all actors including Hameed Sheikh, Shaz Khan, Samiya Mumtaz, Sonia Hussain and Ayaz Samoo. 

Jami has worked really hard on script, casting, cinematography, soundtrack and direction.

This movie has seven tracks and all of them are produced by Strings and lyrics by Anwer Maqsood. Javed Bashir, Meesha Shafi, Rahim Shah, Strings has sung the songs for this movie and all of them are perfectly embed in the movie.

Eva by Meesha Shafi

Moor is not for masala movie fans but its a treat for alternate cinema lovers and will leave its audience in awe struck with its powerful story and brilliant cinematography by Jami.

Rating: 5/5

Recently Pakistan enters ‘Moor’ in Foreign-Language category for the Oscars.


Manto Review:

I watched Manto on 17th Sep. (Thu.) at Atrium Cinemas. The show starts at 4.15pm usually young people are coming with their parents, hall was almost full. Film starts with introductory song ‘Kon Hai Yeh Gustakh‘ by Javed Bashir.

Movie begins with the post partition era back in 1951 which covers his constant struggle with his life. He was disillusioned by the recent partition and bloodshed. Sarmad Khoosat who played Manto has done total justice with his character. His body language, accent, emotions… everything was perfectly crafted. In between his biography they’ve included some of his short stories ‘Khol Do‘, ‘Thanda Gosht‘. ‘Hatak‘, ‘Toba Tek Singh‘ and ‘License‘ which will give you goosebumps. The only adaptation which will make you smile is ‘Peshawar Se Lahore Tak‘ starring Mahira Khan and Azfar Rehman.

Peshawar se Lahore tak

Peshawar se Lahore tak

And the song ‘Kia Hoga‘ sung by Zeb Bangash and Ali Sethi makes it more beautiful.

The whole cast of the Manto was brilliant including Saba Qamar as Madam Noor Jahan, Sania Saeed as Manto’s wife, Nimra Bucha as Manto’s alter-ego, Mahira Khan & Azfar Rehman both played a very unique role where there was no dialogue.

Overall Manto is a visual treat for all the Manto fans. During all the adaptations it build up the tension as the narrative goes on and reaches up to the climatic ending which will leave the audience in shock. And that is the beauty of this movie.

Before watching this movie try to read some of the Manto’s work like Thanda Gosht, Hattak or Khol Do. So you’ll know how he writes and how much justice Sarmad Khoosat did to his adaptations.

Rating: 5/5

Biopic on Olympian Hussain Shah to release on this Independence Day

SHAH, a biographical film based on the true story of the legendary Pakistani boxer Hussain Shah, is set to release in cinemas across Pakistan on Aug 13th 2015. A homeless child from the streets, Hussain Shah is the only Pakistani athlete to win an individual medal at the Olympic Games in the last 50 years, but he is soon forgotten by the nation.

This small budget, independent film is directed by debutant director Adnan Sarwar and produced under the banner of Logo Films. Adnan Sarwar plays the title role, with Kiran Chaudhary, Sardar Baloch, Adeel Raees, Faiz Chohan and Gulab Chandio in the supporting cast.

According to Adnan Sarwar, who underwent boxing training for a year to portray the role of Hussain Shah, “I lived and breathed boxing. I had to go through functional resistance training and running in the morning and boxing drills in the evening with very little intake of food. It was tough,” he said about making Shah.

Living on the streets of Lyari in Karachi, Hussain Shah went on to dominate Asian boxing for nearly a decade before becoming the first South Asian in history to win an Olympic Bronze Medal in boxing at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Within a few years of his historic achievement, Shah was forgotten by the government and media and fell back to a life of abject poverty before vanishing from the public eye completely.

The funding for the film has been provided by Bank Al-Falah, Pepsi & Samsung Mobile and it is being distributed across Pakistan by ARY Films & Footprint Entertainment.

Premiere of ‘Wrong No.’ takes place in Karachi, a movie by YNH Films & ARY Films

True to its promise of guaranteed laughter, the premiere of ‘Wrong No.’ in Karachi enticed and entertained audience with comedy and action. Yasir Nawaz’s silver screen directorial debut has proven to be the most hilarious film of the year. A YNH FILMS production and released by ARY Films is a true representation of the creative mockery the Pakistani industry is capable of.

Danish Taimoor and Sohai at the Karachi premiere

Danish Taimoor and Sohai at the Karachi premiere

The quirky and upbeat satire of ‘Wrong No.’ will keep its audience spell bound and glued to their seats. Yasir Nawaz, renowned for his acting and direction on television, on his debut as director & producer from YNH Films said “The entire team of ‘Wrong No.’ has worked with immense passion and dedication with the core intention of making the audience leave with a smile on their face after watching the film. I am positive that this Eid will be a lot more hilarious for everyone because of ‘Wrong No.’

Fahad Mirza, Sarwat Gillani & Jerjees Seja at the Karachi premiere

Fahad Mirza, Sarwat Gillani & Jerjees Seja at the Karachi premiere

Yasir Nawaz at the Karachi premiere

Yasir Nawaz at the Karachi premiere

The catchy music of the film composed by Wiqar Ali is a favorite amongst the young and old alike and easy to remember lyrics for ‘Wrong No.’ penned by Mohsin Ali. The movie encompasses a number of songs that have colorful cinematography and brilliant choreography by Zahid Hussain.

Salman Iqbal, Founder & President, ARY Digital Network said at the occasion “Pakistani projects such as ‘Wrong No.’ are a reason of immense pride and joy for ARY Films. ‘Wrong No.’ symbolizes a journey of excellence in Pakistani Cinema by being the first comedy movie of the year.”

Javed Sheikh and Danish Taimoor at the Lahore premiere

Javed Sheikh and Danish Taimoor at the Lahore premiere

Some of the most prominent names of the Pakistani film industry including Danish Taimur, Sohai Ali Abro, Javed Sheikh, Shafqat Cheema, Janita Asma, are casted in ‘Wrong No.’ and were present at the premiere alongside multiple other celebrity guests.

Janita Asma at the Lahore premiere

Janita Asma at the Lahore premiere

Jerjees Seja, Chief Executive Officer ARY digital Network, present at the premier said, “The excitement amongst the audience regarding ‘Wrong No.’ is contagious, and we received a lot of positive reviews after the launch of our trailers and the music for the movie.

Ayesha Sana, Sohai, QYT & Xille Huma at the Lahore premiere

Ayesha Sana, Sohai, QYT & Xille Huma at the Lahore premiere

The films advanced bookings are already underway and the movie will officially be releasing for the public on Eid-ul-Fitar.