(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.


(Box Office Report): Jalaibee continues its winning streak and scores big numbers in its second weekend.

by Momin Ali Munshi

2015’s first major Pakistani release “Jalaibee” was released all over Pakistan as well as in leading International Markets last Friday. While the critics all over Pakistan have had diverse opinions on the film, the audience seems to be enjoying this “Jalaibee” which is clearly visible by the numbers it has registered at the box office.On the first day itself it recorded big numbers despite the fact that the film had to face tough opposition from the World Cup Match. Furthermore, although there was no huge growth for the film over the next two days but maintaining the numbers, rather adding to them, is surely a feat (case in point 021) and hence is something worth celebrating. Furthermore the first week numbers further strengthened its position at the box office and now the second weekend numbers surely guarantee that this film is a hit!