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Movie Review: Saltanat By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid


This post is the unedited copy of the review published at Dawn.com

An Empire in Shambles (On Eid Day)

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

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In one, maybe overlooked scene in Saltanat, Syed Faisal Bukhari’s real-life inspired underworld action movie, Javed (Chetan Hansraj) sits on a rock in deep emotional contemplation: he has been married to Zainab (actress Zainab Qayyum – or ZQ), a twice widowed, emotionally scarred soul who, unfortunately, is the younger sister of the movie’s chief protagonist – the underworld hero – Aslam bhai (played by Aslam Bhatti, also the producer and co-distributor). Javed’s problem, although told to be otherwise in the plot’s narrative, may be misleading; if you ask me, the character’s gloom may be because he’s seen Saltanat’s dailies – that is, if the concept of dailies existed in Saltanat’s making (dailies, by the way, are raw edits of scenes for review purposes during production).

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Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Kamran Jawaid


The post is the unedited copy of the review published at Dawn.com

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Accepts Its Restrictions with Grace – By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Right now it’s hard to argue against someone making a superhero movie. After all, they are the fad – like 3D (and often times, in 3D). And why shouldn’t they? The masala combination of super-heroic pathos and pop-corn action that don’t exceed PG-13 censor certification is nary a bad thing for business.

So, when things run according to these pre-planned elements in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, does one applaud, criticize or roll’s eye at some of the creative fatigue that’s wiggled into the formula. Read the rest of this page »

Movie Review: Divergent by Kamran Jawaid


The review published below is the unedited copy of the review published at Dawn.com

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Divergent – Starring Lackluster Romance in Future Dystopia

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“Divergent”, the first of the confirmed trilogy by author Veronica Roth, is adamant on playing it safe by using two of the most trending selling points in films today: future dystopia and a gutsy female lead.

However, despite being born from the same idea pool, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is no Katniss Everdeen, and “Divergent” is no “Hunger Games. Read the rest of this page »

Oscar Predictions 2014–The 86th Annual Academy Awards


This post is the unedited copy of the feature article published in Images on Sunday, on the 3rd of February 2014. The originals copy is linked and attached below.

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The Oscar’s, Come Tomorrow

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Every year, right about this time, we ask ourselves the annual, perennial, question: So, who do you think will win at the Oscars? Read the rest of this page »

Musadiq Sanwal and I – by Kamran Jawaid


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Meray Dost, Meray Dost…

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

I don’t know how to start writing this post. I really have no idea. I guess the best way would be to define what I shared with him.

I don’t have many friends. I prefer to have acquaintances, or close acquaintances, but seldom friends.

Musadiq was my friend – and perhaps one of the few reasons why I liked dropping by Dawn’s offices. He made the lonely walk across Dawn’s almost vacant, silent corridors worth it. There was always a smile waiting when I opened the door to his room after a knock or two.

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Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 2 by Kamran Jawaid


This post is the unedited copy of the review published in Dawn.com on the 7th of December 2013.

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Jeepers, Creepers and Lost in Fog Screamers!

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By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Yes, the cast of “Insidious” sees dead people. Almost everyone in every horror movie does. Insert *gasp* here. Read the rest of this page »

Animadversion: 12 Years a Slave by Kamran Jawaid


This post is the unedited copy of the review published in my column Animadversion on 24th November 2013. The edited copy and the links are at the end of the post.

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Freedom

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Many scenes compel you to squinch in “12 Years a Slave”, the adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 autobiography about the most common of global racial injustices: slavery.

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