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These Birds Walk; will take you land of sweat truth

These Birds Walk; will take you land of sweat truth

After watching “These Birds Walk” I realized nothing till now has made me remember my country.

Filmmaker captured parts of my country as they are. The streets were similar to ones I have spent my childhood, bazars had same crowd, “chips” floor were of same color I have seen in so many houses (I could feel the cold touch when you step on them bare foot). And kids fighting, how many of those I have had with my brother, cousins, …. when you are wrestling with all the energy and in the sudden all the anger is gone. “meri chapal kahan hea” (where is my sandal) such small things that started punching match. “Chor deah warna Muka marun ga” I must have said it. And Masar (black lentils) and rice in an aluminum plate .
Many times in film I felt I could smell dust of roads and sweat of people sitting with no electricity in humid summer night; while sitting in air-conditioned theater in Gainesville.

These Birds Walk

Such wonderful movie about great work being done by Edhi. Interestingly gives extremely short time to Edhi and just makes you feel how that work is impacting people of Pakistan. It shows how high people regard him in Pakistan, one of rarest human beings which people feel is like them; might be that’s what greatness is. I wish this film could put him in the light he deserves

Documentary does not try to show in good colors or bad, it shows us how we are people in dirty clothes, dirty city, but innocent, loving, caring humans, it shows us what we are. and we are beautiful, lens captures it much better than million dollar PR campaign


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On the Water Front and Ghulam

To be fair I have always thought Aamir Khan to be better actors than many, the one that did not churn out same kind of films over and over again; picking good ones much better than others. Somehow I have never been too impressed by what he does, e.g. his supper duper hit film Ghulam. It always appeared to me be a little bit foreign; mish-mash of local settings and out of context people. The motor cycle gang e.g. in summer of India people wearing leather jackets ridding here and there on motor bikes.

Today I found out that it is much closely matched to the Marlon Brando’s film “On The Water Front“. It was disappointing to find that out actually, because I thought even if the elements in the film were foreign the film and role are original.

Enjoy the most famous scene from the “On the Water Front” called Contender scene


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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Film Review


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Reminiscing reminiscent “Zikar Hai Kai Saal Ka”

While searching for Momin’s poem, Woh jo Hum mein Tum mein; I reached this version of song, citing it to be recorded for the drama “Zikar Hai Kai Sal Ka“. Although the version I remember for the drama was quite sad one (comes in the start of this part on youtube)

I remember watching it long time ago, might be in 1995 or 1996. Rahat Kazmi and Atiqa Odho play two people well settled in their lives, breaking off what had become normalcy and enjoying each others company, re-kindling the friendship for just one day and then going away to their normal life.

At that young age, watching this drama left quite a deep impact on me, a sad one I must say. For long I thought that sadness was for two people who so perfectly complete each other and yet can have only one day.

Then one day I realized that I am sad that they were living their life without knowing or acknowledging that they were unhappy; atleast one of them (Rahat Kazmi). Worse they were not even trying to do what can make them happy. Or what made me sad was realization that twenty years will not fill up the holes made by mistakes of heart in that young age.

Drama is full of moments where characters are reminiscing old times and comparing it with today. It made me question, will that’s how I will miss my years? will that be that painful? Now I know that except few moments brain smooths out the memories and events. They have to significant to remember. Well for the characters in the drama their moments were important ones.

Atiqa Odho and Rahat Kazmi play their age, wrecked and bumped by the time. In one scene when Rahat Kazmi is dressing up to meet Atiqa Odho in front of his son, sheer excitement and clumsiness is so visible. And on Atiqa Odho’s face the hurt is so visible. well to be honest most of her best acting has always been to play a role of extremely beautiful in extreme distress, remember Dasht or “Sitara Aur Mehr-un-Nisa” ?). After spending one amazing day they walk away to their respective paths. Atiqa Odho in the end leaves Rahat Kazmi to his family: son, daughter and wife; leaving alone never to return.

How much they know each other and care for each other is visible many scenes, e.g. starting scene of this part

Two years back when I heard Bob Dylan’s “If you see her say Hello”, it reminded of this serial; especially the line

If you see her, say hello
She might be in Tangier
She left here last early spring
Is living there I hear

Say for me that I’m all right
Though things get kind of slow
She might think that I’ve forgotten her
Don’t tell her it isn’t so

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Film Review, People


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Sultan Rahi and Principal of Evil Marksmanship

It seems all effects of Sultan Rahi not dented by single bullet and Ametab being able to successfully destroy whole Island of villain has a proper name, it is called Principal of Evil Marksmanship. Wikipedia explains and details it very nicely.

The term first appeared in film critic Roger Ebert‘s 1980 book “Little Movie Glossary”,[1] and had been submitted by Jim Murphy of New York. It was defined as:

The bad guys are always lousy shots in the movies. Three villains with Uzis will go after the hero, spraying thousands of rounds which miss him, after which he picks them off with a handgun.

So finally I know the name of the art being followed by our film heroes (yes I still call it film, Guardian does it too). Although Hollywood is also pron to it (that’s why they have name for it 🙂 ) but somehow their films execute same idea quite gracefully. I remember a scene in which Sultan Rahi and her female accomplice were avoiding bullets by just bending down quickly. Not once but again and again.


Other interesting terms on the same page are Stormtrooper Effect and One-at-a-time Attack Rule. Last one is most interesting because you see it all the time in movies.  Shahrukh Khan, Ametabh, Dharmendar and even Jackie Chen, they all fight one to one, now they have progressed to 2 at a time. 3 people attacking at same time is rarity. And why the hell only one person in whole gang has the gun, and all the guys are fighting to get it; if you remember last scene of Don (original version).

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Posted by on October 21, 2009 in Film Review


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The Bourne Ultimatum

A wonderful film. It keeps you on the verge of your seat. Every scene keeps you alert, wanting to know whats going around and what’s happening.
The story is strong. The plus point is that the action contain every thing from the action films but looks EXTREMELY REAL. The moves and fights are really like two people fighting not some gymnasts jumping here and there. The way camera has been used makes them more realistic and pulls the user inside the arena.
Although a viewer can question how Bourne was able to do that. How he was able to get inside the CIA building or why villains acted like that? But the director does not give time to think about this more than few moments and throws towards you new chase, new people coming in,……
It keeps your eyes and brain busy (your hands and mouth also if you have habit of bitting your nails when tense).

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Posted by on August 16, 2007 in Film Review