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The season of stories

A look at upcoming films to make this Eid holiday special.

The season of stories

Some people spend their Eid holidays at home while other visit relatives and friends to make the most of the festive season. And so many of us go to the movies and use the long weekend to catch up on new films. Fortunately for movie fans, this festive season and the successive week is bringing with it eight new films. So here’s a quick look at what’s coming up.

Film: Punjab Nahi Jaungi

Release date: September 1

Positive: Stellar cast led by Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat; Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s terrific dialogues.

Negative: The length of the film which is 2 hours 50 minutes if you include the intermission.

Verdict: Watch it for Nadeem Baig’s direction, Rizwan A.Q’s swift editing and a killer soundtrack by Shiraz Uppal (and one song and background score by Shani Arshad).


Film: Na Maloom Afraad 2

Release date: September 1

Positive: Star power of Fahad Mustafa and Jawed Sheikh; it is accompanied by a cool soundtrack and is the sequel to a very successful film.

Negative: The women in the film might have been underused; most of the script revolves around a golden commode.

Verdict: Producer Fizza Ali Meerza and director Nabeel Qureshi are the new-age Salim-Javed of Pakistan. They know what the audience expects and have delivered their best on two separate occasions.


Film: Baadshaho

Release date: September 1

Positive: Superstars Ajay Devgn and Emran Hashmi have come together after seven years; Esha Gupta and Ileana D’ Cruz star as tough women who take part in a heist.

Negative: The Indian Emergency of 1975 doesn’t appeal to Pakistanis; the current generation has no idea who Indira Gandhi and Gayatri Devi were.

Verdict: Despite being a Milan Luthria film, it might do just okay since it is coming out on the same as two anticipated Pakistani films.


Film: Logan Lucky

Release Date: September 8

Positive: Daniel Craig in an unrecognizable avatar; the return of Steven Soderbergh to films who directed heist classics such as the Ocean Eleven franchise.

Negative: Fans of James Bond might reject this movie starring their favourite actor; some A rated humour might restrict the audience.

Verdict: Watch it for the star cast that includes Channing Tatum, Sebastian Stan, Katie Holmes and others.


Film: Poster Boys

Release date: September 8

Positive: The return of the Deol brothers, Sunny and Bobby; also Shreyas Telpade’s debut as a director.

Negative: The film deals with the issue of vasectomy restricting the audience to youngsters who might watch the movie for Dharmendra’s sons.

Verdict: The film might do well if the script is good, the execution is perfect and the audience is mature.


Film: Renegades

Release date: September 8

Positive: Fresh from the success of Blindspot, there is Sullivan Stapleton leading a group of Navy Seals into a search for undiscovered gold.

Negative: Besides the leading man and J.K. Simmons, the film doesn’t have a cast to buy the ticket for.

Verdict: A war film that becomes a heist film is a concept that has been done to death; one hopes this film tackles it differently.


Film: Daddy

Release date: September 8

Positive: A film about a gangster turned politician; Arjun Rampal plays someone who is alive and that will be interesting to watch.

Negative: It’s a film about the Mumbai underworld and like many films from the same genre, it might have abusive language, violent fight scenes, etc.

Verdict: If it is released, watch it to know how criminals operate in this part of the world. If you are a fan of Hussain Zaidi’s books, then this film is for you.


Film: American Made

Release date: September 8

Positive: Tom Cruise, the actor who can play anyone, anytime and anywhere.

Negative: Tom Cruise, the actor who gets involved in every department of filmmaking, resulting in duds like The Mummy reboot.

Verdict: Watch it for Tom Cruise and if you want to forgive him for becoming a Mummy.


– Omair Alavi is a freelance broadcast journalist and can be contacted at omair78@gmail.com

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