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Music launch of Manto the Film

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I doubt there exists any channel other than Geo that has earned the titles of ‘most hated’ and ‘most watched’ simultaneously. It has been banned, had its offices vandalized, reporters attacked, yet somehow it has always managed to stay strong. No, I am not getting paid to write this (I swear upon my books).  I did however attend Geo’s quarter launch and the music premier of Manto the Film, a biopic on the life of Saadat Hasan Manto. But more on that later.

First let me tell you all about the new drama serials that you guys soon won’t be able to avoid watching, namely ‘DilIshq’, ‘IshqaWaay’, ‘Dua’ and ‘Thora Sa Aasman. For this quarter these four serials will be aired on Geo Entertainment, and trust me when I say this, you can pretty much guess their stories from the trailers (before the music launch, we got our private screening). Almost all four revolve around marital problems people of subcontinent face, with glaring hints of extra marital affairs, the inability of a couple to breed, resulting in a second marriage, and the after effects of divorce that takes place during the heat of the moment (all my observations of course).

‘Dill Ishq’ stars the well known actor emmm Aslam (I am going to leap and say Baig?) and an actress with a round nose. They two appear happily married, but then enters a third, much younger woman, who I believe is also a part of the household (my observations told me she is the surrogate hired by the round nosed wife to help her hubby breed). Of course we are a God fearing nation, so the surrogate must be married to the hubby as well. Clippings of the drama show the surrogate expressing intense hatred for the hubby, however in the promo song, she’s seen dancing to him playing the piano (whaat?) Also the promo song has the guitarist trying to get his rock on in a very black desi shairwani (honey no!)

The other dramas are pretty much following the same theme, love marriage, enter the third wheel, Talaq to the power 3, you get the idea I believe.

And now the reason you are all really here. Manto the Film.

The film starring Sarmad Sultan Khoosat in the leading role, depicts the story of the writer, showcasing a particular time in his life which leads to his eventual downfall. Also in the film, playing Manto’s wife is the legendary Sania Saeed, and Saba Qamar as Madam Noor Jahan who is said to have had a tremendous influence on his life.

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The story also focuses on Manto’s inspirations and thought process behind the various stories he penned down. These stories within the story feature Mahira Khan playing a role unlike any before, that of a juggler (Madari) and the second as a passenger on a train going from Lahore to Peshawar (Kya Hoga)

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The film has music by Ali Sethi, “AahKoChahiye”, Javed Bashir’s “Kon Hai Yeh Gustakh” and a rendition of “Mehram Dilaan De Mahi, performed by MeeshaShafi.

The movie, to me is just what Pakistani cinema needs to cement its presence. The extremely artsy feel along with soulful music and brilliant acting definitely makes it worth watching! The Film is set to release on September 11th 2015.

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Gone Girl – Book Review

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First things first, I have never written a review where a major spoiler wasn’t dropped at unsuspecting readers. And with this review, I am trying very hard to keep the story as elusive for you all as possible. However if unintentionally I do let something loose, I apologize in advance. (I have spoilt more books for my book-loving friends than Hollywood can every boast to do).

So Gone Girl. The movie just came out recently and everybody is losing their minds over it. If you are an avid reader, watching the movie before reading the book is nothing short of blasphemy. So with this thought in mind, I too, decided to read the book first.

The review:

Boy meets girl. Boy girl fall in love. Boy girl get married. Boy girl grow apart. Boy has to move back to his native town to look after his sick mother, and takes girl with him. One fine day, girl disappears.

There is an ominous sign of struggle. The living room of the house they live is is a mess. The police are called to investigate. What starts off as a missing person’s case soon converts into a homicide with all clues pointing towards the boy – Nick if you must know. So did he really kill his wife – Amy? Or was she kidnapped?

On the surface of things, you can say the book appears to be well, nothing out of the ordinary. But wait till you get to the good part. The author Gillian Flynn very successfully manages to spin a web that draws you in tighter and tighter as you read on.

These best part about this book I felt was the way it was written from the point of view of both the main characters. Just when you start feeling sorry for one character, bam, she gives you the same story from the other side and you are left flabbergasted. Of course once you reach part two and the real story begins you cannot wait to discover what happens at the end.

The ending. Yes. If you think you can successfully dodge any curveball any author throws your way, you are in for a painful wake up call. The ending shocks you. A ‘what in the name of hell’ shock.

The book is one roller coaster ride after another, starting off slow, then steering off rapidly. A definite must read.

I now wait for the movie to be available in a decent print. I have heard they changed the ending a bit for the movie version. If so, I am very intrigued. Once I watch it, I’ll do a movie vs book review as well.

Bonus: I am adding a trailer of the movie:

Double Bonus: Here is a list I found of 9 books you can read if you loved Gone Girl, bookmark it for later.

  1. Cartwheel BY Jennifer Dubois
  2. Dare Me by Megan Abbott
  3. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
  4. I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
  5. What Was She Thinking? By Zoë Heller
  6. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
  7. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  8. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

For more details you can check out http://www.bustle.com/articles/32570-if-you-loved-gone-girl-try-reading-these-9-other-books-too