Ramadan, the month of blessings has a different aura, and this variance is not only felt deep in hearts, but can be seen everywhere as well, from the streets to television. In this festive season, beside the Ramadan transmissions, some other programs that seize our attention are the comedy serials made especially for this month. Under the banner of 7th Sky Entertainment, the brilliant team of Abdullah Kadwani and Asad Qureshi have once again brought forth a sitcom named Dolly Darling, showcasing the work of aced actors, super-talented producers and a veteran writer. The hilarious show is a comical roller coaster ride, based on everyday problems faced by us, making it relatable in many ways to the viewers.
Written by the renowned writer of Hum Sab Umeed Say Hain, Dr. Muhammad Younas Butt, directed by Muhammad Iftikhar (Iffi) and having the most talented, experienced actors, Aijaz Aslam, Nadia Khan, Uroosa Siddiqui and Ali Rizvi on the pivotal roles, the serial shows all the signs of being hugely successful. Dolly Darling is based on a couple, Mustaqeem and Dolly, a film director and his wife, played by Aijaz Aslam and Nadia Khan respectively. Uroosa as Bay-Misaal, is Dolly’s friend who gives out of the box suggestions to Dolly and Ali Rizvi plays her husband.
Two episodes down, the show has captured our attention with witty dialogues, on-point acting and perfect comedy timing. The first episode was based on the addiction of cellphones, while the second was themed on the topic of impure milk that is given to us. The two problems that are very common in our society, but their solutions given were very unique and silly, tickling right at the funny bone.
Talking about the acting performances, Aijaz Aslam is arguably the king of comical roles, be it Sherry of Main Aur Tum or Chaudhary Nazakat of Kis Din Mera Viyaah Howay Ga, Aijaz has developed an entirely different persona for each character, thoroughly enjoyed by the viewers, and he is doing the same in Dolly Darling.
Nadia Khan is phenomenal as Dolly, her expressions and dialogue delivery is commendable, and so is of Uroosa. Ali Rizvi, the Aflatoon of Romeo Weds Heer is in an entirely different character. Although his character has not done much till now, we are sure he won’t disappoint the viewers in this role either. The serial will be on-air the entire month of Ramadan, showing everyday situations with a twist, and giving us a ride of comedy on Geo Entertainment. Don’t forget to tune in, and have a laugh with us!
Natalie Portman confirmed as Mighty Thor in Marvel sequel
Natalie Portman will take up the mantle of Thor in the upcoming Marvel sequel Thor: Love and Thunder, announced on Saturday.
Stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, and director Taika Waititi, will also return from 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, and Portman will reprise her character of Dr Jane Foster, who debuted in the 2011 original.
For fans confused by the character and gender shift, Waititi explained that the movie would be based on an existing 2014 comic book storyline where Thor loses his abilities and Jane Foster wields his powers and magical hammer Mjolnir.
Further details of the plot have not been released, but the New Zealand director clarified that her name would be Mighty Thor.
And at the end of Hemsworth’s most recent on-screen appearance in Avengers: Endgame, the character had left his role as ruler of Asgard to join the Guardians of the Galaxy team, and appointed Thompson’s Valkyrie character as his replacement.
Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth instalment in the franchise, and Waititi’s second time directing a Marvel film.
Ready Steady No is a complete entertainer
Ready Steady No shows hope for the Pakistani cinema. Ready Steady No tells you a simple middle-class love story between dxfz (Amna Illyas) and Faisal (Faisal Saif), who cannot marry each other as they both belong to different castes.
They decide to runaway once they are convinced that their parents are not going to adhere their choice.
RNS tries to highlight the troubles couple face if they opt for inter caste marriage, however the story doesn’t solely depend on this idea. Unlike many other films, RNS also highlights the issues an unmarried couples face in conservative society of Pakistan from sitting in park to getting a room in a hotel etc. The portray of a police station was much closer to the reality then I have seen in several other films.
Ready Steady No is a small budget film, and yet it was entertaining throughout the film.
I think the credit must be given to the director Hisham Bin Munawar who has proved that a good entertaining film can be made without a huge budget. He clearly sets an example that if a film is strong on paper it can be developed into an exciting project just like Ready Steady No.
To start with characters individual performances, I would like to start with Muneer Ahmed, who as cousin of Razia played the comic role in the first half of the film. His style and dialogue delivery will fill your hearts with laughter. He is dumb and yet extremely hilarious.
Amna Ilyas has once again demonstrates that she is no ordinary actress. The way she carries the persona of a simple girl next door throughout the film is phenomenal.
Faisal Saif, although just an ordinary guy in appearance presented himself as someone who is ordinary and he just loves a girl and wants to marry her. He never tried to show any sort of heroism in the entire over 2 hours of running and that makes him different.
Marhoom Ahmad Bilal, is his struggling lawyer character never let your attention divert, he keeps you engage throughout the film with his innocence and silly style.
Zain Afzal who played a maulvi character, is definitely the most difficult one to play. He was natural and yet influential and intense. He took to the areas where many of us do not want to visit. He reveals the dark and fanatic side of few religious fanatics which wasn’t an easy task to accomplish.
After Na Maloom Afraad this was the first time when Salman Shahid made me laugh. Undoubtedly, this is his best since NMA. He also played a double role in the end but lets just keep it a surprise for you.
Finally, Ismail Tara will remind you of his good old young days with his witty and situational comic reliefs.
The music of RNS is refreshing specially Dekho Dekho, which tops the charts for several weeks prior to film release and Nachee Ja, that gives you a reason to dance on a Punjabi wedding.
There wasn’t any chemistry between Razia and Faisal, perhaps because the focus was on comedy not romance. however, I think a pinch of romance would not have hurt the story.
Towards the end I would say that RNS is certainly not a perfect film, it has flaws like unnecessary long scenes and climax was a bit too long.
The film does highlight several issues in our society in a fairly entertaining manner, certainly not an easy task and the entire team of Ready Steady No must be appreciated for it.
My verdict, this is a must watch film for all those who believe in supporting Pakistani Cinema.
Cinepax announces the launch of first ever STARZ PLAY Short Film Competition
[Lahore, 16th July 2019]:After the successful launch of STARZ PLAY by Cinepax, Pakistan’s favorite entertainment company STARZ PLAY by Cinepax, has launched STARZ PLAY Short Film Competition (SSFC) with the final event taking place on the xx of July with the sole intent to bring the young and aspiring filmmakers into the limelight and give them the opportunity to produce STARZ PLAY Originals and accelerate their careers.
The impact of the competition has created a global reach and garnered intense local interest, attracting more than 3,000 submissions from all over the world and over 200 entries from within Pakistan making SSFC the biggest film competition of the country.
Arif BaigMohamad, the Chairman of STARZ PLAY by Cinepax said “SSFC has been our dream since the inception of the company and we have been working on the short-film concept for a long while now. We couldn’t be more proud and excited to have conducted this competition in such a successful way that it has become the biggest short film competition in Pakistan. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the talented youth of Pakistan to have taken part in such big numbers and to have trusted STARZ PLAY by Cinepax.”
Shortlisted films will be screened at the final event and the winner will be decided by a jury of judges from the entertainment and film industry. The winner will get an exclusive contract to produce a STARZ PLAY by Cinepax original web series. All entries will be judged by a panel of film and media experts and will then be uploaded on the STARZ PLAY by Cinepax app and website.
About StarzPlay :
STARZ PLAY by Cinepax, is a subscription-based video on demand (SVOD) service that offers an impressive library of blockbuster Hollywood movies, award-winning box sets, documentaries, kids’ entertainment and Pakistani content.
The platform utilizes advanced technology to provide a premium viewing experience with full HD content sourced from some of the largest Hollywood and Bollywood studios, such as Warner Bros, MGM, STARZ/ Lionsgate, Red Chillies Entertainment, UTV Motion pictures.
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