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Short films are not hors d’oeuvres to a main course

By: Peerzada Salman KARACHI: “A lot of people think that short films are a stepping stone to feature films, not me. They are a different art form and should be valued and validated.” This is how Indian screenwriter Shuchi Kothari described her fondness for the shorter format of filmmaking at T2F on Wednesday before the […]

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Turkish TV soaps

By: ZAMAN MALIK THESE days there is much hue and cry against the airing of Turkish dramas on a private TV channel. Actors from across the country to people in parliament were seen and heard speaking against the foreign content. All were advocating that there must be a code of conduct imposed by Pemra against […]

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For Mehreen Raheel, it’s Pakistan first

By: Sher Khan LAHORE: After several delays, the film Tamanna has quietly finished filming this week. The film, starring Umair Rana, Salman Shahid and Feryal Gauhar has already been featured in film festivals for its catchy soundtrack sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. A less talked about late addition to the cast is the talented […]

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Turkish soaps a welcome change

By: JAFFAR NAQVI THE recent screening of Turkish soaps on different private TV channels came as a pleasant surprise for its viewers. The soap, ‘Ishq-i-Mamnoo’, aired during prime time, caused a furore that surpassed all ratings records in Pakistan. The hue and cry being made by local artists and production houses against such foreign soaps […]

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Prime objection: The local television industry is protesting the airing of imported productions fearing its collapse

By: Syed Moayyed Ali Jafri The recent issue regarding airing of foreign dramas on Pakistani channels has rung up bells, gongs and what not, of concern and alarm among artistes and producers. “It’s important to understand what we are most concerned about; it definitely is not the competition, has very little to do with the […]

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Supreme Court bars acting chairman PEMRA from working

By: Sohail Khan ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday barred the acting chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Dr Abdul Jabbar from holding office and asked the government to appoint a head of the authority on a permanent basis. A two-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Jawad S […]

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Capri crawls back to life

Karachi: Exactly three months after it was reduced to ashes, the Capri Cinema on MA Jinnah Road has managed to stand up on its feet and is open to cinema-goers once again. Although functional, the scars of the fateful day are still evident. The owner of Capri said that he could not have waited for […]

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Airing of Turkish plays irks Senate body

By: Kalbe Ali ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting expressed concern on Monday over a growing trend among private channels to telecast Turkish soaps, expressing fears that the local mini-screen entertainment industry would go the way of its big-screen sister. A meeting of the committee, held at the Parliament House, noted that […]

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