Author: Zeeshan Mahmood

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The music of Bin Roye launches with a bang and release of two video songs “Ballay Ballay” and “Teray Bina Jeena”

by Zeeshan Mahmood

This weekend proved to be highly exciting one for Pakistani cinema with the back to back music launch of two films releasing this Eid. Yesterday, the songs of “Wrong Number” created a lot of buzz and today the music of “Bin Roye” is launched with the release of videos of two songs which made us fall in love with them.

Bin Roye soundtrack consists of six songs done by artists both from Pakistan and India in very unique combinations. The title song “Bin Roye” is composed and sung by Sheraz Uppal. A wedding dance number “Ballay Ballay” is sung by Sheraz Uppal and Harshdeep Kaur. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan lends his voice to “Terey Bina Jina” which is composed by Sahir Ali Bagga. Shani Arshad collaborated with Rekha Bhardwaj for “Chan Charya” and living legend Abida Parveen and Zeb Bangash for “Maula Maula”. Another song is composed by Waqar Ali and sung by Bollywood’s favorite singer Ankit Tiwari.


(Exclusive Interview) Meet Saba Imtiaz – the scriptwriter of rom-com Dekh Magar Pyaar Se

by Zeeshan Mahmood

As more and more people are making foray into the business of filmmaking we are seeing more and more diversified combination of people teaming up to give Pakistani cinema a breath of fresh air. One perfect example of this trend is an upcoming film Dekh Magar Pyaar Se (DMPS) a passionate project of Asad ul Haq who has taken a varied assemblage of talented and creative people on board to make film a memorable experience for himself and the audience.

Dekh Magar Pyaar Se is a rom-com featuring ravishing Humaima Malik, who will be seen in a Pakistani film four years after release of Bol, and introducing dazzling Sikander Rizvi, the grandson of Madam Noor Jahan. Along with the leading stars DMPS team is comprised of some of the established people of their fields which includes Ali Murtaza, the ace marketer, as film producer; Nicholas D. Knowland, BAFTA award winning Director of Photography, as official DoP; HSY as the fashion/design lead and Saima Rashid Bargfrede as the lead stylist. The OST of the film is done by leading band SOCH, who got international fame with their song “Awari” in a Hindi film last year.

The list does not end here and there is another prominent name associated with the project: Saba Imtiaz. Saba Imtiaz is a freelance journalist and author and her work appears in leading national and international news media including The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and The Guardian. Her debut novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me achieved international recognition and is being adapted into a Hindi film in Bollywood.


3 Bahadur (Review): Pakistan’s first animated feature film is a brave and sincere effort and lays a foundation for children’s cinema

Movie name: 3 Bahadur

Release Date: 22 May, 2015

Director: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Music: Sheraz Upal

Review by: Zeeshan Mahmood

3 Bahadur (3 Brave) is the first animated feature film of Pakistan and this exclusiveness has given it a special recognition and made it one of the most talked about films of this year. The good thing is that the film proved itself worthy of it and successfully laid the foundation of children’s cinema in Pakistan.


3 Bahadur opens with a star-studded premiere in Lahore and gives a hint about the sequel

by Zeeshan Mahmood

3 Bahadur, the first animated feature film of Pakistan, had its star-studded premiere in Lahore on Wednesday night and it was attended by film and fashion fraternity. The crowd consisted of not only elders but also children who were, obviously, more exciting than others and were the true stars of the night.

Ali Zafar, Meera, Misha Shafi, Ali Azmat, HSY and Mehreen Saeed increased the glitz and glamour quotient of the red carpet with their presence. The crowd pulled towards them as they arrived.