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Laal Kabootar Review

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3.5 stars out of 5.0

Pakistani film ‘Laal Kabootar’ is an extremely good film when compared to several recent films being showcased in cinema. Amid the drought of desi content for our cinemas following the self-enforced ban on Bollywood, the deserted cinema may be able to find some sigh of relief which Laal Kabootar has the capability to provide.

The film revolves around several characters who are living entirely different lives from each other, yet destiny pulls them where their paths crossed and what happens next is what this story is all about.

The story of Laal Kabootar is very relatable to everyday life of Karachi, from mobile phone snatching to target killing etc. crimes that are very much part of this city’s identity now. For Karachites, after ‘Na Maloom Afraad’ this film has something that they witness every now and then. However, unlike ‘Na Maloom Afraad’ the director choses to keep it organic and rough and with no item number to glamorize the movie.

Without giving away too many spoilers, ‘Laal Kabootar’ story revolves around multiple characters, we have Aliya Malik (Mansha Pasha) who is desperately looking for her husband’s killer, there is a cab driver who wants to run away from his chaotic life to his dream destination Dubai, there is an inspector Ibrahim (Rashid Farooqi) who is just like a common policeman corrupt but a pure family man and then there is Saleem Mairaj, who comes in the later part of the story but leave the audience mesmerized with his powerful performance.

Director Kamal Khan who makes his debut with ‘Laal Kabootar’ makes sure that he focuses on character development. He didn’t try to push any one unnecessarily in to the frame nor tried to pull anything out. He stayed away from adding masala in the name of dance numbers and usual romantic relationships, which makes this movie much more interesting.

The duration of this film is just 94 minutes so it has to run without interval. Therefore,  the movie cannot be divided in to parts, which is actually helpful for the story.  Since it starts very slowly and takes time in gaining momentum and puts the audience in to the 4th gear towards the conclusion.

Saleem Mairaj in his role as a hired hitman, played it with utmost brutality. He doesnt allows the audience to take a breath when he is on screen. Although, his entry in the film is towards the very end and yet he manages to hijack the best performance out of it.

Rashid Farooqi as the inspector Ibrahim, showed another impeccable performance. A typical policeman who pays more attention to financial gains rather than serving the public, he is rude to people and uses stereotypical police techniques for his investigations. On the other hand, he is a family man, he loves his wife and daughter. His goal is to secure enough money to have a nice apartment for his family.

Adeel (Ahmed Ali Akbar) as a cab driver performs a bad boy character smoothly. He doesn’t try to be a hero, he remains limited to his character, uses the same street language like any other and keeps it simple.

Aaliya Malik (Mansha Pasha) is a surprise package. This is her second movie, a first in lead role. As wife of a slain journalist, she portrays her character very well. She mostly remains calm but shows enough character to show a storm brewing inside her mind. A strong woman who doesn’t want to runaway from her problems, as she told her mother who was leaving for USA. Her enthusiasm to get to her husband’s killer and for the purpose dealing with a cabbie is remarkable. I think this performance will certainly open doors for her in the film industry.

The look and feel of the characters were very well crafted. The wardrobe, looks and style were all complementing to the story thanks to Mariam Azmi the audience will not experience never see any over the top scene.

This movie is not flawless, it does have few loopholes in storyline. however,  keeping in view the budget constraints, duration and inexperience, the film has to be applauded for bringing real world to the silver screen.

Hania Chima and Kamil Chima the producer duo of the film needs to be appreciated for crafting a low budget yet remarkable cinema for content starved screens of Pakistan.

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Independent Curator, Visual Artist & Digital Content Creator

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Mahaa is an independent curator, visual artist, and digital content creator. She has been actively promoting young and emerging talent around the globe. She has curated various shows in Pakistan, Paris, and Dubai in the past five years.

Recently, Mahaa co-curated the art exhibition at Ejaz Art gallery “ART INFLUX” which was organized by a young and energetic team of e-exhibition. Attended by all the known senior artists of Pakistan, Saeed Akhtar, Imran Qureshi, RM Naeem, and Irfan Gul, the event was a big hit.

The main concept behind this exhibition was to encourage artists in the times of COVID-19 to stay motivated and show their creative side.  Talking about her idea of curation and the e-exhibition team, Mahaa said that it is very important to have a strong connection with art. You need to see things from a different perspective and in a creative way to make the ordinary painting look extraordinary. Curation is not about just the artworks to display in a row, it needs apparition and a visual delicacy.

Furthermore, Mahaa said that It was her first experience working in a team. “Everyone in my team is very professional and helpful. I would like to thank Hira Siddqui, Umnah, and Robella for the assistance throughout this amazing journey of “Art Influx”. Last but not least, I’d like to thank Ejaz Art Gallery for showing so much support and helping us.”

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The Men Who Stole the Show with their Style Game This Eid!

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Eid – a day when we get to dress up and look our best regardless of whether the day would be spent sitting at home or going out. Eid is incomplete without the perfect outfit that just adds to the festivities and celebrations of the whole occasion. This Eid was definitely no different as our favorite men served some major style goals leaving us in awe.

Here’s our pick of celebrities who stood out with their style game this Eid.

  1. Muneeb Mushtaq

You might not have heard of Muneeb Mushtaq yet, but this Canadian-Pakistani tech tycoon clearly knows a thing or two about making fashion statements – because we have seen him pull off literally anything he wears.

The blue kurta shalwar – the black waistcoat, that watch, and those glasses! Muneeb Mushtaq has us swooning over him in this perfect Eid look and has definitely made it to the top of our list!

We decided to add Muneeb Mushtaq on this list of well-known names from the entertainment industry because, not only is he an award-winning CEO in the business world, but has also been creating waves with his style game in the fashion world. He has the looks of a model, so we are definitely not complaining! It was really hard to pick just one favorite from his insta profile – because we are literally swooning over most of his looks that are oozing class!

  1. Ali Rehman Khan

A classic white Kurta Shalwar, paired with a bright smile, was enough to win us over! He looks happy and shining, which makes this a perfect Eid picture.

 

  1. Junaid Khan

Now, this is a look we can totally get behind. Junaid Khan, can we borrow this burgundy waistcoat, please?

 

  1. Usman Mukhtar

Usman Mukhtar went with the black kurta look this Eid. A classic, but he pulls it off so well!

 

  1. Imran Ashraf

Imran Ashraf brings in his own charm to this rust outfit that looks perfect on him! The man knows how to carry off a kurta shalwar.

 

So, which one of the looks was your favorite? Let us know!

 

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Now, Everyday is a PJ Day

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Right now, what do you think is the most essential and high in demand outfit rapidly trending in our fashion market? No, here the answer is not PPE. 

During this lockdown situation and the whole fiasco going around in the world, we can all have differences of opinion on every matter but we stand together on one common question and that is, “Where do I order some comfy & affordable PJ’s from?”.

Nowadays, our routine mostly includes staying in bed, watching Netflix, or working from home. For all of this, we need outfits that should not just make us comfortable but also be easy on our pocketbook.

All of a sudden, many mini-preneurs have come to rescue with their Pj-lines that has brought a lot of confusion for the buyers as to which one is the most reliable of all.

To help you with choosing your next “work from home” diva outfit, we have got a list of online pages from where you can order your sleepsuits and enjoy the bliss of staying home.

Trinklets

After successfully delivering up to date and sophisticated formalwear, Trinklets has set its foot on creating stylish and comfortable sleepwear. The vivacious choice of colors and popping designs give us a sneak peek into what the collection will be all about. 

Talking about the price, a complete Pj set is available for Rs. 2000.

“We believe that one’s comfort needs to be prioritized which is why we look forward to introducing our line of PJs. They comprise of a summer-friendly fabric along with prim and proper stitching which is sure to impress our clients and convince them to order again”. – Mahnoor Imran

A.S Wardrobe

She started with trendy western tops and is now adding customized PJ’s to her collection. This is her astute effort to getting affordable, comfortable and up to date fashionable items under one roof. This is a complete stop for your sleeping gadgets as it does not only provide two-piece nightwear but also makes accessories such as headbands for an on-point sassy look in a range of Rs. 2400 only.

 

“Being a fashion enthusiast, I yearn to provide quality products through my brand AS Wardrobe with a hint of my personal style and taste. AS Wardrobe has always targeted the modern age woman, depicting a charismatic, bold, and ambitious aura. The response to our articles has been overwhelming, but with our target to provide quality products, we are sure to give even better.” – Areesha Soleja

Comfort by MK

Even by looking at the fabric, you can feel the softness and comfort as the name suggests. The brand has got a variety of colors and prints to puff up the brightness and charm in your dull quarantine days. Not only this, but the suits are super affordable and you get a complete set in a range of 2000-2500 Pkr.

“The world is drowning in a financial crisis and my family too was struck by this pandemic. It was then when I started a new venture of night wears. All types of customizing night wears are available at a very reasonable price. I kept the fact in mind that people who are now home-bound or working from home, are looking for something comfortable yet fancy to wear all day. I always try to provide my clients best quality material, and that too with customization according to their desires. – Misbah Amir

Comfy Bling

No matter what kind of a sleeper you are and what sleepwear you prefer, Comfy Bling has got you sorted. Silky and smooth textures, attractive colors, and a complete range of sleepwear definitely makes it a perfect pick for your wardrobe selection. The prices fall in an affordable range of Rs. 2000-2500.

“I started Comfy Bling because of my love for proper and cozy PJ sets. I would never compromise on quality and stitching and that’s what makes this brand different. My goal is to keep a premium quality at affordable prices so that people don’t have to think twice before buying it.” – Tooba Sheikh

PJ’s Turnout

This brand grabbed our attention for its ability to customize our dream nightsuits. Yes, you can go fancy even with your jammies. The idea is to make the boring routine a little funky and fun with our everyday attires. PJ’s Turnout offers great quality at reasonable rates within a range of Rs. 2000. Surprising, isn’t it?

“Due to COVID-19, people are spending a lot of their time at home and obviously when you are at home, you like to wear clothes that are comfy and soft so I decided to start a sleepwear line. Since I was bored as well, I thought to create something productive. Customization according to the requirements of my clients makes my brand stand out from the rest.” – Kainat Sheikh

BedHeads

If you want great quality with an unbelievably economical deal, BedHeads should be your next click to stack up your wardrobe with cool and quirky sleepwear.

“My Journey with BedHeads began actually two months ago. These fancy nightwear have always attracted me but they have been always very expensive to buy, so I thought, why not utilize this time into starting a new venture where people can buy affordable and luxurious nightwear, so with my mom’s experience and expertise along with my idea, “BedHeads” came into being. Our brand promises to provide luxurious and affordable nightwear for everyone. I have got an amazing response from our followers and so far it has been a great experience. – Maheen Nizar

Jim Jams

As bubbly as the name sounds, Jim Jams puts sugar, spice and everything nice all in one place. Peppy and dramatic prints with a soft touch and great quality, these PJs make your hectic work from home routine no less than heaven. The founder Nageen Memon, a mom entrepreneur, is running Jim Jams since 2018.

The price range starts from Rs. 2200.

 

“I have always focused on quality over quantity. I keep exploring new prints and color schemes for my clients- I never stop! As of today: florals, polka dots, and stripes are our best sellers. Launching this brand was a dream come true! Being pregnant at the time, I remember the desire and my quest to find a local PJ brand which was comfortable plus high quality and wouldn’t burn a hole in my pocket. That’s when Jim Jams dawned upon me.” – Nageen Memon

 

 

 

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