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Sangeeta announces launch of her film Tum Hi To Ho

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KARACHI: The press conference called by actor and film director Sangeeta at a local hotel on Thursday to announce the launch of her next project was supposed to start at 4pm. That it started 10 minutes past five is something Karachi’s journalists have become rather accustomed to. The wait was for the cast of Sangeeta’s […]

Tried and tested: Moviemakers cash in on Eid fever

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PESHAWAR: After watching the stories of alcoholics and crazy Pukhtuns unfold on previous Eids, thousands of movie buffs now head to cinemas in the hope to catch some prayers of the malang. With seven new attractions, the city’s cinemas have seen packed houses during Eidul Azha. The movies hit the silver screen on the first […]

Movie time: Book your tickets, Cinepax set to reopen today

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KARACHI: Federal B Area’s only cinema house is all set to reopen today, after being sealed by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) last month, on allegations of being operated illegally. Located near the Ayesha Manzil flyover, Cinepax City Auditorium cinema was catering to a large clientele from North Nazimabad, Nazimabad, Federal B Area, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and […]

Manto continues its journey, set to rule cinemas

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KARACHI: Geo Films’ new movie ‘Manto’ has established a firm foothold in the cinemas and it continues its journey. The film has been launched amid praise and people are eager to watch it at the earliest. One has to say that Manto has left all other films behind. The film has cameos of many big […]

Geo Films’ ‘Manto’ ready to hit cinemas on Sept 11

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KARACHI: Geo Films’ ‘Manto’, which is based on the life of acclaimed novelist of the region, Saadat Hasan Manto, is ready to hit cinemas on September 11. Written by Shahid Nadeem, the movie features a star studded cast that includes Sarmad Khoosat, Mahira Khan, Nimra Bucha, Sania Saeed, Nadia Afghan, Savera Nadeem, Hina Bayat, Humayun […]

Culture centre,‘cinema’ sealed in Karachi

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KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation staffers in the early hours of Tuesday sealed Markaz-i-Ilm-o-Saqafat Hall located near Ayesha Manzil over non-payment of KMC dues and for illegally subletting the premises. A statement issued by the KMC says that the KMC had handed over the premises to a company so that cultural activities could take place at […]

Pakistan has promising young film-makers

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Karachi: Pakistan has lots of potential as regards film-making. It is a very difficult business. We visited film production and training schools in Lahore and were mighty impressed by the skills possessed by budding film-makers. So said Andrew Merkin, a film-maker from the US who was speaking along with another independent film-maker from the US, […]

Year of the cinema: Back in business

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In a twist of fate, after the unfortunate arson of movie theatres in 2012, 2013 proved to be the year of development for them. In the last twelve months, 20 new screens have been set up, multiplying revenue possibilities for film producers, distributors and exhibitors more than ever before. This newfound success has given a […]

Naseeruddin Shah: ‘Theatre acting has a feel film does not’

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LAHORE: “I have always enjoyed the love and hospitality of the people of Lahore,” Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah said on Wednesday. He was speaking to students at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Wednesday. LCWU Vice Chancellor Sabiha Mansoor and head of the Benazir Bhutto Chair, Muneeza Hashmi, welcomed the actor to the […]

Exhibition marks 100 years of cinema

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KARACHI: “It feels like there is a clinic called Amateurs’ Melodies that is distributing medicine for us old folk who suffer from these frequent bouts of nostalgia,” said senior music critic and writer S.M. Shahid. He was speaking at the celebration of 100 Years of Cinema (1913-2013) organised by Amateurs’ Melodies in collaboration with Progressive […]

‘Saving a cinema house is like saving film industry’

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Madeeha Syed KARACHI: “A film runs in cinemas. It is their retail shop through which they get their product to the people. It generates revenue for the film. If you don’t have cinemas, then you don’t have a working film industry,” stressed Nadeem Mandviwalla, the owner and managing director of Mandviwalla Entertainment — that also […]

Emirates-Pakistan, Geo to work for revival of cinema in country

KARACHI: Geo has once again fulfilled its promises. In 2012, when the Emirates Airlines-sponsored super hit film “London, Paris, New York” was released, Geo had made a promise to viewers of the film that air tickets for London, Paris and New York on the Emirates Airlines will be presented as gift to those lucky persons […]

Small budget Siyaah may pave way for indie film-makers

By: Sher Khan LAHORE: The low-budget independent horror thriller Siyaah, which is scheduled for a nationwide release on March 15, deals with the themes of black magic and exorcism. The film’s director Azfar Jafri, a self-taught film-maker based in Islamabad, joined the project after producer Imran Raza Kazmi tried out several screenwriters and directors. “I […]

Farooq Mengal goes from dramas to film

By: Sher Khan LAHORE: After being closely associated with the Pakistani drama industry for the past few years, producer-director Farooq Mengal has now decided to steer the wheel into another direction and shoot a feature film. Titled Hijrat, the Quetta-based director’s debut film is about a love triangle with a backdrop of human rights issues. […]