There’s something about Pakeezah

By Raza Ali Sayeed

“Aap ke paon dekhey, Bahut haseen hain, Inhen zameen par mat utariyega, Mailey ho jayengey.”

If a list was made of the most memorable dialogues from Indian films, the above line by Raj Kumar to Meena Kumari in the classic “Pakeezah” would almost certainly be on it. It reflects an . . . → Read More: There’s something about Pakeezah

Hundreds of websites join the anti PIPA/SOPA protests

WASHINGTON: Wikipedia, Google and hundreds of other websites staged online protests Wednesday against US legislation targeting Internet piracy of movies and music and the sale of counterfeit goods.

Wikipedia shut down the English version of its online encyclopedia for 24 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate . . . → Read More: Hundreds of websites join the anti PIPA/SOPA protests

Tennis under a cloud of drones?

In a bid to bring sporting action to war-stricken Waziristan, the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) is planning to hold an event in the mountainous region featuring top national players of the country, according to the federation’s secretary.

Waziristan has been affected by drone attacks since the start of war against terrorism and Taliban resurgence. . . . → Read More: Tennis under a cloud of drones?

Mehr Angez: California’s Afghan pop star

Mehr Angez, bestowed with both beauty and talent for singing, is knocking on the door of stardom with her debut single “Awargi”.

The song has become a sensational hit among the Afghan community worldwide because of its appealing concept and inspirational lyrics.

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Quantum Leaps of the Mind

How is it that the Pakistani perception can jump from the resignation (or non-reappointment, rather) of the Foreign Minister, to a case of diplomatic immunity, to an American killing two Pakistanis in broad daylight, and make sense of all of it?

The Pakistani mindset has indeed been ‘warped’ after too much “breaking news” and on-the-edge-of-the-seats . . . → Read More: Quantum Leaps of the Mind

Theatre in Pakistan

Pakistani theatre seems to be polarized in two factions: one that see theatre as an agent for political change, the other that view it primarily as a form of entertainment.

Tracing the art’s trajectory in the country, theatre came from two forums: the streets and the anglicized formal education institutes. As the freedom for personal . . . → Read More: Theatre in Pakistan

Adnan Sami’s properties in India seized

India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) has confiscated eight properties and five parking spaces acquired by renowned Pakistani singer Adnan Sami under the Foreign Exchange Management Act.

This means that the same have become Indian government properties.

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Salman Khan celebrating 45th birthday today

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is celebrating his 45th birthday today. Salman Khan was born on Dec 27th, 1965. He made his screen debut in 1988 with the film Biwi Ho To Aisi. Salman Khan has been one of the top stars of Bollywood for over two decades.

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Bigg Boss, Big Hopes

A Pakistani “damsel” sells out to Bollywood “Don’t call it soft power”, s/he says, “it’s the real deal”

My big Bollywood dream was sabotaged by—who else?—a scheming Pakistani. Damn you, Ajmal Kasab.

Yes, it was the summer of 2008. I was two stiletto clicks away from starring in a real motion picture that was . . . → Read More: Bigg Boss, Big Hopes

Fun in the city: 3D cinemas in Saddar’s Atrium Mall from Dec 24

The first chain of 3D cinemas is set to open in Saddar’s Atrium Mall by Dec 24 with a lineup that includes Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia and Gulliver’s Travels.

The project is the brainchild of Regent Properties and Mandviwalla Entertainment and will be located on the third floor of the Atrium Mall behind Avari . . . → Read More: Fun in the city: 3D cinemas in Saddar’s Atrium Mall from Dec 24