The missing alternative
Why parallel films have never actually formed a cohesive movement in Pakistan
But taking a cursory glance at even the times that Lollywood was flourishing, there seems to be a gaping hole where in other national cinemas you’d see an alternative cinema movement taking place. Neo-realist films provided a counterpoint to the … Continue reading
Why Reema matters
Reema's film performances have won her several awards, such as the Graduate Awards.
Before Love Mein Ghum, was released Reema made one last dash to attract audiences, with a star-studded promotional music video and appearances on several talk shows. She financed her film after selling her own pieces of jewellery and with a … Continue reading
The prêt revolution
With Pakistani designers focused on ready-to-wear, the market promises greater profits
We may be a couple of decades late, but Pakistan is eventually adhering to the rules and regulations that apply to fashion worldwide. Designers now are congregating at fashion weeks instead of holding isolated, celebratory shows. Fashion is becoming a … Continue reading
To keep or not to keep
A list which was controversial during its existence and even more so after it was abolished
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has abolished its watch list for the umpteenth time — with many hoping that it will not make a comeback soon as it has in the past following its numerous abolitions since 1994. During the … Continue reading
Victims of neglect
The government is hiding its inefficiency and inadequacy behind flood forecasts gone wrong and contingency plans turned upside down.
The victims of rains and flooding have disturbing tales to share. In the first six weeks after the rains had started, victims say, most families displaced from their homes survived on officially supplied food barely enough for two weeks for … Continue reading
Under serious strain
At the root of the dengue epidemic lies a sketchy health policy and a non-existing local government.
At the Mayo Hospital, Pakistan’s largest public-sector hospital situated in the heart of Lahore, rows of patients burning with fever stare at the ceiling covered by mosquito nets. Javed Iqbal, a patient, manages a shoe factory on the city’s Sheikhupura … Continue reading