Interview: Adnan Malik by Kamran Jawaid

The following interview was published in Mag the Weekly, 5th September 2015


Adnan Malik Interview: Construing the Undefined

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

I first met Adnan Malik sometime in the mid 2000’s at Nucleus. He had recently moved back to Pakistan, and was finishing work on a documentary, while I was looking for a lead actor to star in a project of mine. There was an instant camaraderie of sorts between us – like me, Adnan was familiar with the work sensibility of a very different industry. Working here was, for lack of a better word, new.

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Movie Review: Karachi Se Lahore by Kamran Jawaid

This blog post is the unedited version of the review published in Mag – The Weekly, 22nd August 2015.

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By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

In Karachi Se Lahore, touted by the producers as Pakistan’s “first” road trip movie (there are going to be a lot of “firsts” for the next few years), Shehzad Sheikh plays Zaheem, our leading man who puts a unique spin on any hero headlining a movie: he’s a spineless, awkward, laid-back mess, with long-term life goals and a forty thousand salary at a reputed bank (cue in, the movie’s first product placement).

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Movie Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation by Kamran Jawaid

A version of the following review is published in MAG – The Weekly, on 28th of August 2015.


Woes of (Wonderful) Cliche — and of the Adrenaline-Junkie, Super-Spy Hero

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

When, at the beginning of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) suddenly pops up, dashes towards, and then perilously grapples a flying cargo plane, one wonders, “has it really been nineteen years since Cruise did the original Mission: Impossible that flagged his status as an action star?!”

Cruise, now fifty four, may not look the best without a shirt (the actor also did a shirtless scene in Christopher McQuarrie, Rogue Nation’s director, in his last movie Jack Reacher, with a girlishly-giggling Rosamund Pike), but, darn it, he is fit! Read the rest of this page »

Movie Review: Shah by Kamran Jawaid

The post is the unedited copy of the review published in Mag the Weekly, August 28, 2015 (online link is put up a week after publication).


Stings Like A Bee — Well, ‘Almost’

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Picture this: a young boy, homeless yet hardworking in Lyari, who calls out his name in broad-shouldered brogue (as others comment on how strong the name is), finds his calling for boxing after being beaten out of his hard-earned money.

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Movie Review: Moor by Kamran Jawaid

The post is the updated copy of the review published in MAG – The Weekly, 22nd August 2015, found here.


A Father, A Son, An Auteur — Oh the Choices!

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Jagged and impatient, Jami’s Moor is the work of a genius – or to be precise, one terribly close to genius-dom. One factor is undeniable, it is an auteur’s composition – and as such, comes with a sizable dosage of pitfalls. (Well, some might call them pitfalls). Read the rest of this page »

Oscar Predictions 2015–Dawn, Images on Sunday

The following article is published in Dawn, Images on Sunday on the 22nd of February of 2015 here and here.

Oscar Predictions 2015

Who May Win the Oscars Tomorrow

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Democracy, it seems, will make the Oscar guessing game a challenging exercise this year. So far, apart from a select few categories, a significant number are in disarray because of eligibility regulations in guilds, individual interpretation of placements (especially in both screenplay categories), and shocking snubs.

The series of shudders keep getting bigger, even though by this late in the award season the more respected of the ceremonies are done and over with.

Boyhood, a power-house destined for Oscar greatness, is seriously butting-heads with Birdman, which popped-up to secure wins in all the prestigious guild awards. Richard Linklater, once a shoe-in for Best Director is against Alejandro González Iñárritu. Alternately in Best Picture, Birdman is set to beat Boyhood. But then again, it’s also highly likely that Iñárritu may win Director and Picture would go to Birdman.

Other messed-up awards fall in Adapted Screenplay, Score (probably the most ingenious and competitive of all categories), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Foreign Film nominations. Read the rest of this page »

Oscar 2015 Category by Category Analysis by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

The following feature was published in MAG the Weekly on Friday, the 18th of February 2015 (links and pictures will be updated soon).

Oscars Predictions 2015: The Year When Things Go Topsy-Turvy

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

While people here may be more interested in cricket and the tensions one associates with the World Cup, across the Atlantic pundits are exasperated by the sudden shifts of another game: the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

In our ten-year experience of charting the Oscars race, there has never been a year with so many drastic turn of events. Individual consensus of Academy members, industry favors, award season trends, will overturn most predicted of outcomes this coming Sunday. The feeling of having this knowledge is a mixture of thrill and fear. What may happen, no one knows – but everyone cares about. Read the rest of this page »

Movie Review: Interstellar by Kamran Jawaid

This post is the updated and unedited copy of the review published in Mag the Weekly, January 10, 2015.


Heavy-Handed Emotions, Puzzled Science Fact/Fiction and the Quest for Global Salvation

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

There is a sense of disappointment at the end of Interstellar, the much hullaballooed humanistic space drama centered on familial ties and the desperate struggle for the survival of our species.

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Movie Review: Hercules by Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

This is the edited copy of the review. A version of this review was published at

Son of Zeus? Maybe, Maybe Not

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

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In the years’ second – and far better – reiteration of the Greek hero Hercules, the action (as clearly defined in the trailer) takes as much precedence as the fact that this hero’s fantastic tales may just be a prolonged advertisement campaign in a world where gods and monsters do not exist. Read the rest of this page »

Movie Review: Saltanat By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

This post is the unedited copy of the review published at

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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