Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on Sitara: Let Girls Dream (2020)

A review on Pakistani short animated film, Sitara: Let Girls Dream (2020). The short animated film is written and directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who achieved international fame by her Oscar award winning short documentary Saving Face in 2012. The film is produced by Waadi Animations and distributed by Netflix.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • Written by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • Music by Laura Karpman
  • Produced by Gloria Steinem
  • Produced by Netflix and Waadi Animations

+ Note

Like Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s previous works, Sitara: Let Girls Dream is about the plight of Pakistani women, living in a male dominated society. The film focuses on child marriages which are still prevalent in villages or lower social class families who view their daughters more like a ‘burden’ of being married away as soon as they reach teenagehood. According to Obaid-Chinoy, this project was in mind since the early 2010s as they were eager to make a local animated film but lacked the training and resources. Often, the animators worked by looking up tutorials on Youtube or consulting past Pixar animators for advice. The equipment itself was not fully capable enough to render heavy animated sequences and would take days to finish. But by 2019, Sitara became the first Pakistani animated film to be produced by Netflix USA. 

The film was released on 8 March 2020 and won 3 awards at the 2019 Los Angeles Animation Festival, for Best Produced Screenplay, Best Music Score and the Humanitarian Award.

+ Plot

The story takes place in 1970s Lahore, where a young girl by the name of Pari, dreams of becoming a Pilot when she grows up. Unfortunately that dream gets cut shot when her father wants her to marry a much older man, thus ending any dreams that Pari had to becoming independent and living her dream.

+ High Points

i – What’s obviously great about Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s work is that she highlights the taboo subject matters that are sadly not discussed in detail in our own land or just merely brushed aside. The subject of child marriages is unfortunately still a regular occurrence in Pakistani society which needs to be addressed on the big screen (or on a widely available platform like Netflix). And Sitara does exactly that.

ii – The backdrop and setting of Lahore is brilliantly realized. The colorful neighborhoods and clothing of the locals really bring a sense of authenticity to the film.

iii – The pacing of the short film was excellent. Every scene had a purpose and flowed well from beginning to end. The team had 15 minutes to achieve it and they managed it splendidly. 

 + Low Points

i – While Sitara is a courageous film to make (regarding the lack of resources and the subject matter), it is still unfortunately lacking in many respects. While the animation can be rated as “good for a Pakistani animated short”, the lighting effects, character movements are still choppy and unnatural. The skin texture seems plastic at best, the whole animation has the ‘uncanny valley’ effect of everything seeming just manufactured. This effect unfortunately was very distracting throughout its runtime.

ii – Another bold move that Sharmeen displayed was the lack of dialogue throughout the film. The script decided on the ‘action speak louder than words’ approach, thereby bringing the subject matter onto the forefront. Sadly, that technique did not mesh well with the script as many scenes felt awkward as if someone just removed dialogues in post production rather than silence complimenting the story itself. I still think it’s great that Sharmeen tried something different but it did not work well with the script or the overall production.

iii – The character designs are nothing unique by the Art Direction department. They all seem generic “Post Pixar” designs which have no uniqueness to their look. When you see films like The Breadwinner (2017) or The Secret Of Kells (2009), they instantly stand out from the rest of the animation films out there. Lack of quality animation can be forgiven due to lack of resources but unique character designs cost nothing more. Why be a Pixar knockoff if you could have a distinctive style of your own? We could easily take inspiration from our own history of miniature Art.

iv – The music accompanying the silent images by Laura Karpman felt uninspired. Perhaps the story needed some traditional instruments like Sitar to flow along the colorful backdrops of Lahore. Karpman’s orchestral music feels very unimaginative and somewhat out of place regarding the traditional Pakistani images of the film.

v – For such a heavy subject matter, the conclusion felt very simplistic and nonchalant. I realize that the director had only 15 minutes to conclude the story but a better, more natural ending could’ve been thought of. I would have preferred if it was 30 minutes runtime, provided that the story had a better closure to it.

+ Overall

Sitara: Let Girls Dream is a step in the right direction for Pakistani animation. Unfortunately, it falls short in many respects when it comes to storytelling and the animation department. A mild recommendation if you liked Obaid-Chinoy’s previous documentaries and are eager to see more of her work.  

Rate: 2.0 out of 5 stars

Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on He Named Me Malala (2015)

A review on American Documentary film, He Named Me Malala (2015) based on the Pakistani Human rights activist Malala Yousafzai. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim and is distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and National Geographic Channel.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Davis Guggenheim
  • Cinematography by Erich Roland
  • Music by Thomas Newman
  • Edited by Greg Finton, ACE, Brian Johnson and Brad Fuller
  • Produced by Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Davis Guggenheim
  • Produced by (Production companies) Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ and Participant Media

+ Note

Under Guggenheim’s direction, we get to see Malala, not only as a role model for many young girls all over the world, but also in her home interacting with her family. She shares her personal experiences living in a foreign country while unintentionally serving as a “controversial figure” within her own homeland. By learning the ways of the West, Malala wants to also promote her own customs and religion, serving as the “tolerant” face of Islam. Her social activism includes travelling to different parts of the world such as Nigeria, Syria and many other war torn countries. The documentary includes short animated sequences, depicting the origin of her name and her past life in the Swat Valley. We also get to see many unseen family photographs of hers and also how her father’s activism has been a major influence on herself while stating that being a “female role model” was a decision of no one but herself.

 + Main Cast

  1. Malala Yousafzai
  2. Ziauddin Yousafzai

+ Plot

He Named Me Malala follows the life of young Malala Yousafzai who, while attending all girls school in Swat Valley in KP, Pakistan, was shot and injured by the Taliban. After recovery, Malala and her family (due to relentless threats from the Taliban) decided to stay in England while continuing on as a role model for Female education throughout the world. In 2013, Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became the youngest recipient of the prestigious award. 

+ High Points

i – Malala is undoubtedly considered a divisive figure in Pakistan where the opinions reign strong from “the resistance of female empowerment” to “a propaganda piece for the Western Media”. In his documentary, Guggenheim tries to explore the “girl” behind the persona. What makes her happy, what does her family and her younger brothers mean to her, does she like living in the UK, what celebrities does she have a crush on. This undoubtedly “humanizes” Malala for the viewer and gives a chance for us to relate to her. In Spite of so much media coverage, Malala does come off as an extremely likeable young woman who not only wants to fight for Women’s rights but also live a normal, happy life with her family. No matter what your views are on her, no one can deny that every person on planet earth deserves that.

ii – The animated story sequences work quite well in conveying almost “fairy tale” like elements of storytelling. The tale of how she got her name and what it represents tied brilliantly to the overarching narrative of the documentary. The art style is also a subtle, crayonic portrayal of landscapes which blurs the line of fiction and reality.

iii – By interviewing the whole Yousafzai family, one gets to learn the roots of activism that stems from their blood. Perhaps in some way, fate had a strong hold in diverging Malala to this path of activism. But at the same time, Malala does not stray away from her past. Her stance on “peaceful Islam” and her being a role model for it is shared within her family (especially her father). Whether much truth was into this angle of documentary is anyone’s guess but was undeniably effective for the documentary in the long run.

iv – The music accompanying the visuals were subtle but melodic. Thomas Newman did a wonderful job in conveying the buried emotions of Malala on being forced to leave her homeland and pursue her goals in changing her own homeland from a distance.

 + Low Points

i – Going into this documentary, I was weary of the fact that how much of the different facets of truth Guggenheim is willing to depict in his documentary and the answer is an unfortunate; not many. The documentary plays it quite safe, never changing the subjects or status quo of the western media. Due to this safer route, the documentary does come off as bland and uninteresting in the long run. There is a short scene where Malala meets President Obama and the director asks Malala “Did you ask him about the drone strikes?” to which, she replies “Of course I did!”. Why was this not expanded upon? What is her view on this? Why was her hometown Swat Valley infested with conservative monsters like the Taliban? Should the western powers be held accountable for the rise in extremism in Pakistan? But most importantly, what does Malala think of all this? It’s nice to see Malala being a normal, teenage girl but what are her own political goals in Life? How does she believe that extremism can be eliminated in Pakistan or in the Middle East? Its all just surface level themes and ideas like “Tablian bad, Women’s Education good”. As a viewer, I didn’t really understand the ideology that Malala believes in. Only what she wants to accomplish. Sometimes the way is even more vital than the destination.

ii – Speaking of Hoggwash, there was unfortunately no political or historical backdrop given to any of the events mentioned in the documentary. How were the Taliban able to gain strong control in the KP region? Or perhaps mentioning why the KP region in Pakistan has always been a region of conflict. And most importantly, how the northern areas of Pakistan vastly differ from the majority of Pakistan. For the western audience, most cannot differentiate Pakistan from the Middle East so when they hear Tablian beheading people for speaking against them, attacking families who let their girls get proper education, they would most likely believe that the whole of Pakistan is engulfed in extremist war of ideologies. It’s a lazy, self fulfilling ideology of most Western media who are solely interested in war torn set pieces of the East without any real context or the bigger picture. Sadly, He Named Me Malala is another cog in the deranged western perception of Islam and the East.

iii – For around 90 min runtime, the film did not have enough material to follow through its runtime. 50 minutes in, I was checking my watch as the themes of Malala’s traumatic past became repetitive. The story itself is fantastic for film and well worth being told onscreen but perhaps He Named Me Malala would have served better as a television length documentary rather than a feature length one.

iv – He Named Me Malala was never egregious in any way but if you have kept up with the news, I don’t think you will learn much about her than you already know. The documentary is not ground shattering by any stretch of the imagination but after watching till the end, I did not feel rewarded at all.

+ Overall

Whether you see Malala as a role model for women all over the world or a figure of western media propaganda, He Named Me Malala depicts the human side of a young girl who wants to live a happy, meaningful life. But admittedly, the documentary could’ve been so much more than it ended up being.

Rate: 3.0 out of 5 stars

Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on Zeeshan (2017)

A review on Pakistani Drama short film, Zeeshan (2017). Its music is composed by Salman Ahmed.



+ Crew
I. DOP, Edited, Written & Directed by Nabil Hasan

II. Production Design by Eruj Hadi

III. Co-Written by Ahmar Anwar

IV. Asst. Directed by Arman Tejani

V. Produced by Sara Saifi




+ Note

Zeeshan is a debuted short film by Nabil Hasan who is a graduate of SZABIST. This film is about an every man tired with mundaneness and mediocrity of life that surrounds him.

Kashif Hussain is one of the NAPA’s good actors and has performed in many successful hit plays. Some of them are, Ikhtiar (2017), Bye Mistake (2016), Ghosts (2019) and Proof (2017).






+ Full Cast

  1. Kashif Hussain as Zeeshan
  2. Aly Qaiser as Boss
  3. Almat as Mechanic
  4. Meer Aslam Lashari as Friend #1
  5. N/A as Friend #2
  6. Arman Tejani as Friend #3
  7. Shaista Rabab as Mother
  8. Hasan Rizvi as Father




+ Plot

Zeeshan is frustrated with his medium-social life and daily routine 9 to 5’ job that he does to support himself along with his parents. One night, he accidentally comes across a stunning beauty and decides to act upon it.




+ High Points
i – This film’s real charm is its cinematography. Nabil Hasan has able to capture the film’s cold mood on multiple occasions.

ii – Most of the scenes are non-vocal, which is acceptable since the visual scenery itself was progressing the story.

iii – The production design is convincible as the locations that were used are suitable for the film’s atmosphere.




+ Low Points
i – The film length is too short to gain interest.

ii – Zeeshan’s decision to take our President’s favorite move was too soon. It didn’t give enough room for the viewers to understand and accept it.




+ Overall
Zeeshan is a light drama film of a man who is a prisoner of his own life.




Rate: 2.75 out of 5 stars


Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on Kachrachi (2018)

A review on Pakistani Satirical Short Film, Kachrachi (2018). its Production House and Distribution is done by 12AM Productions and Alley Films.



+ Crew

  1. Written, Directed & Produced by Ali Mehdi
  2. Co-Written by Babar Jamal, Ali Abbas Naqvi and Zaid Azad
  3. Cinematography by Osman Rafique
  4. Edited by Mohmmad Yousuf Ramzan
  5. Production Design by Aqib Jaffri




+ Musicians

  • Ustad Shan Ali (Dholak)
  • Taimoor Tajik (Guitars)




+ Note

The title Kachrachi is a combination of the Urdu word for trash (Kachra) and the city Karachi. It sarcastically touches the social issues that turned a once vibrant and dynamic metropolitan into disregard towards humanity, cleanliness, education and other basic necessities that contribute to a quality of life. The film’s music is composed by Shamoon Khatri.

Ali Mehdi has attained his formal education in film from Thames Valley University London, England. He has worked on countless film ventures including digital & corporate films in Pakistan and the Middle East. Whereas, Osman Rafique is a very talented cinematographer and has worked on many corporate projects. He has studied from Global Cinematography Institute, IVA and SAAMPT.

As for the writers, Babar Jamal is well-known NAPA’s theatre and TV writer. He has written a number of hit comedy plays such as Mere Samne Wali Khirki Mein (2017), Jungle Mein Mangal Bazar (2019), Aasman Se Ghira (2018) and many more. Ali Abbas Naqvi and Zaid Azad are KU graduates and have worked in many well-known short films. Ali has also acted in many short films including in Teeli videos by Dawn Media Group. In recent times, Ali Abbas Naqvi wrote the street-thriller, feature length film, Laal Kabootar (2019). This film has gained much attention and many positive reviews by critics & audience alike.

Kachrachi had its world premiere at IFFSA-Toronto. It has been screened in Washington DC and Pune, India. It also had a big screening at the prestigious Icon Theatres in Chicago on the 22nd of September at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2018.




+ Awards

  1. Best Acting – Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival 2018 (MSIFF)
  2. Award of Commendation Canada Shorts 2018
  3. Award of Merit – Global Shorts LA 2019
  4. Honorable Jury Mention Award – Bangalore Short Film Festival 2019




+ Full Cast

  • Nazar-ul-Hasan as (Nameless) Bum




+ Plot

A mad man living under the city bridge, reflects Karachi’s image to its people in general, for their negligence towards civilized living and how the city itself is being treated as.




+ High Points

i – The concept behind the protagonist goes beyond to what is been touched by the writers. What if he was not always a homeless man but someone part of the society? Until one day, he was betrayed or thrown out by their loved ones as ‘Trash’? Perhaps this is how he actually drove towards madness… once he recognizes the city’s reality in its products, services, behavior, lifestyle and ultimately the people’s true nature.

ii – Nazar-ul-Hasan’s performance is electrifying which blends in with the film’s realism theme to give a sensational result. This is why, he is still considered one of the top theatre artists of our times.

iii – The ending leads you to definition of the story arc.

iv – The practical design behind its costume, gave an uplift to the actor’s performance.

v – The makeup & hair styling made the actor’s physical transformation as the script demanded it to be.

vi – The shooting location and props used for its production design gave a very believable surrounding.

vii – The music brings the charm for watching this film in the first place.




+ Low Points

i – The name behind its cinematographer gave me much expectations… only after watching it, I was left with disappointment.




+ Overall

Unusually strange, Kachrachi is a spellbinding film with thought provoking narrative.



Rate: 3.50 out of 5 stars


Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on ‘Hotline’ (2017)

A review on Pakistani Drama Short Film, ‘Hotline’ (2017). The Assistant Directors are Hamza Nadir & Uzair Ali while it’s Production Manager and Score composer is Kamran Khan.



+ Crew

  • Coloring, Edited, Sound Mixing, Written, Directed & Produced by Ahmer Qureshi
  • Cinematography by Jawad Mangi
  • Costumes Designed by Sehrish Baseem
  • Production Design by Aqib Jafry
  • Score ‘Wajd’ is co-composed by Murad Ansari & Saad Ansari



+ Note

Hotline is a thesis film submitted by SZABIST students. It is about the emptiness of the two married couple lives.

The director, Ahmer Qureshi is a talented cinematographer himself yet he assigned Jawad Mangi to do this film’s direction of photography.



+ Full Cast

  1. Bilal Yousufzai as Husband
  2. Syed Frozan Mustafa as Wife
  3. Faiz M. Qazi as Co-worker #1
  4. Alizar Hussani as Co-worker #2
  5. Bisma Khan as Neighbor
  6. Sohail Khan as Boss



+ Plot

After some time of married life, the couple is suffering from a good social life and has been unable to fulfill their dreams. In a time like this, someone recommends to use the ‘Hotline’.



+ High Points
i – Ahmer Qureshi has played with the colors to make it a very memorable visualization film. It reminded me of the fame sci-fi Hollywood film ‘Blade Runner’ (1984).

ii – The cinematography and its lighting has done a wonderful job in its collaboration.

iii – Bilal Yousufzai has performed very well as job struggling, a husband who is lacking greatly in communicating with his wife. Other Honorable Mentions: Frozan Mustafa.

iv – The story makes the short film interesting and compelling to watch.


+ Low Points
i – Even if Bisma is a non-professional actress, her acting skills still needs improvement.

ii – There was a serious absence and in need of strong supporting role.


+ Overall
Visually dazzling & satisfying storytelling, Hotline is an impressive effort on its level of film making.



Rate: 4.0 out of 5 stars


Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on ‘Kings Without Thrones’ (2017)

A review on Pakistani Documentary Short, ‘Kings Without Thrones’ (2017). The Score is composed by Adnan Dawood Khan.



+ Crew
I. Written, Directed & Produced by Alice Peter

II. Cinematography by Saad Yousuf Soomro & Umer Taimuri

III. Sound Mixing by Hussain Dhanani

IV. Editing by Arman Tejani

V. Executive Produced by Lucas Peter



+ Note

Kings without Thrones is a thesis short documentary film produced by SZABIST students. This film is based on Sheedi aka Makrani. It is an important documentary based on a group of people who are often ignored by their locals.

The facts to this film are provided by ‘Minority Rights Group International Periodic Reports’ and ‘Young Sheedi Welfare Organization’.



+ Interviews:

  1. Faiz Muhammad Bilali
  2. Samina Haider
  3. Salim
  4. Munir Sheedi
  5. Alishba Aziz Qambrani
  6. Abdul Aziz Sheedi
  7. Tanzila Ume Habiba



+ Plot

Sheedi are a group of people, label of an ethnic minority in Pakistan that has overtime transformed into the cultural equivalent of the terms by racist remarks as, ‘Black, Niger or Negro’.



+ High Points
i – Praiseworthy cinematography handled by the duo, who have made this short documentary very pleasant to watch.
ii – I have watched many short documentaries, professional or submitted by students. Alice Peter’s direction has made this documentary, an interesting one.

iii – The production design is carefully managed which helps in improvising its scenic designs.

iv – A different but important subject to highlight where we are shown a brief insight, of Sheedi’s cultures, values and history.


+ Low Points
i – This film needs to be made as documentary feature, to exploit more on this subject in able to create more awareness.


+ Overall
As short documentary, Kings without Thrones is a good start but it is appropriate for a feature length.



Rate: 3.25 out of 5 stars


Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on ‘Golimaar’ (2017)

A review on Pakistani Action-Thriller short film, ‘Golimaar’ (2017). The Associate Director is Akber Ladhani while its Executive Producer is Nooruddin Jalal.



+ Crew
I. Written & Directed by Inzamam Jalal

II. Cinematography by Jamil Alvi

III. Score by Amir Barolia

IV. Editing & Sound Mixing by Affan Ahmed Khan

V. Makeup & Hair Styling by Pervaz Iqbal



+ Note

Golimaar is a thesis film for SZABIST. This film’s Colorist, VFX Artist & Title Designer is Hassan Dar. The Assistant Directors are Sumair Shamsi and Mehsum Bin Tahir while the Co-Sound Mixer is Hasan Mujtaba. The Weapon Supervising is also done by Affan Ahmed Khan.

We have a number of talented veteran and other good stars from NAPA such as Syed Meesam Naqvi, Kulsoom Aftab, Amir Naqvi and Kaleem Ghouri. Inclusion of the lead star, Ein Ray Gumnaam from a short film ‘Mirror of a Mad Man’ (2016) and the director himself, Inzamam Jalal have played a role as well.



+ Full Cast

  1. Syed Meesam Naqvi as Shah Ji
  2. Amir Naqvi as Rashid Bhai
  3. Kulsoom Aftab as Bano
  4. Alina Chaudhry as Rashida Begum
  5. Asim as Babu
  6. Adnan as Baba
  7. Ayaz as Chiku
  8. Ahad as Goli
  9. Haadi as Chotu
  10. Saleem as Kallu Technician
  11. Kaleem Ghouri as Neighbor’s Guest
  12. Sam as Dabbu Player #1
  13. Ein Ray Gumnaam as Heronchi #1
  14. Inzamam Jalal as Dabbu Player #2 (Red T-Shirt)
  15. Bali as Heronchi #2




+ Plot

A mere glimpse, towards a gun inspired area where a lower middle class society resides in…



+ High Points
i – Magnificent direction by Inzamam who has able to bring this story into a remarkable short film based on a society of gun loving madness.

ii – This film’s spectacular cinematography is shot by none other than Jamil Alvi. Even his own films’ cinematography is so visually beautiful to confirm that this is truly is one of his best works to date. With a talented cinematographer, we have Inzamam Jalal and Affan Ahmed Khan in his assistance, working behind as a second unit who gave a, propound collaborated effort for this realistic environment short film.

iii – A thoroughly good script brings out a interesting film to show. Inzamam is not only an amazing director but also a very talented writer and a cinematographer too.

iv – Syed Meesam Naqvi plays role of Shah Ji, a quick temper father who has some respect and importance within the society he lives in. Meesam is already a well known name at NAPA as well as in the theatre world. He is one of those star performers, who should not be taken lightly.

v – Alina Chaudhry as Rashida Begum, is a first performance for me to witness and has able to bring viewers’ attention to herself through her dynamic acting. Other Honorable Mentions: Ayaz, Ahad and Asim.

vi – The symbolic meaning behind the signs shown in the film would make you watch it again.

vii – Effective work behind its editing, it’s interesting how the scenes are handled back n forth.

viii – The performances by everyone is one of the key reasons to why people would tend to watch this film.

ix – The combination of its production design as well as the locations has able to bring a suitable look for the film’s atmosphere.

x – The costumes designing did a marvelous work for the characters that were portrayed.


+ Low Points
i – This film is suitable for specify target audience only.



+ Overall
Golimaar is an insight towards the growing trend of ‘Gun Culture’ in those societies who proudly consider themselves as to be a part of greater good, but actually is a means of an outcome to self-destruction.



Rate: 4.75 out of 5 stars

Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on ‘Unlived – Eik Adhura Khwab’ (2017)

A review on Pakistani Short Film, ‘Unlived – Eik Adhura Khwab’ (2017). The Production Manager is Yasir Shah while its Asst. Director is Zeenat Ul Ain.



+ Crew
I. Directed by Natasha Baig

II. Cinematography by Khayyam Baig

III. Production Designed by Nashra Pir

IV. Music & Score by Sameer Baig & Absar Khan

V. Produced by Hassan Ali Effendi



+ Note

Unlived – Eik Adhura Khwab is a student thesis film for SZABIST.



+ Full Cast

  1. Dania Anwer as Meher
  2. Azlan Shah as Shahmir
  3. Maryam Suleman as Eesha
  4. Rukaiya Siddiqqui as Daadi
  5. Faheem Begum as Meher’s Mother
  6. Rida Khan as Shahmir’s Girlfriend



+ Plot

Meher is an introvert with almost no close friend to her. She lives with her mother, daadi in a small house and often dreams Shahmir to fall in love with her.



+ High Points
i – This short film is interesting enough to watch mainly because of a different, compelling story; especially how it unfolds once it starts to progress.
ii – Natasha Baig has able to pull this through with interesting direction to this mysterious character’s journey.
iii – A very acceptable performances by everyone in the cast.


+ Low Points
i – Although, it was satisfactory; yet the screenplay needs improvement.
ii – The twist ending may shock some but it was predictable.
iii – The inclusion of subplots are essential for better storytelling. Though, it’s your choice if want to put it in a short film or not.




+ Overall
Unlived – Eik Adhura Khwab, director’s imaginative world of fantasy, has an appealing taste of dark message.



Rate: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on ‘Phir Aap’ (2017)

A review on Pakistani Comedy Short Film, ‘Phir Aap’ (2017). The Assistant Directors are Saad Baloch and Agha Ahad Husain while it’s Digital Colorist by Ashar Khalid.



+ Crew
I. Directed, Written & Production Design by Shayan Shahid

II. Cinematography by Raafay Israr

III. Makeup & Hairstyling by Huma

IV. Editing, Animation & Sound Mixing by Mustafa Jalali

V. Co-Sound Mixing by Shaima Wajab and Hasan Mujtabah Jafri.



+ Note

Phir Aap‘s cinematographer, Raafay Israr happens to be also the lead vocalist of his music band ‘The Evolution’.

There is a cameo by Agha Ahad Husain. The two main characters are real-life married couple.



+ Full Cast
1. Marya Saad as Maria / Raana / Bano
2. Saad Zameer Fareedi as Usman



+ Plot

Usman meets Maria on a blind date and falls in love at first sight. However, Maira’s ‘sisters’ are the ones who he should be concerned of before meeting her.



+ High Points
i – A wonderful performance by Marya Saad in multiple roles. The performances by the duo, makes the film more exciting. Other Honorable Mentions: Saad Fareedi

ii – The production design is well lit and colorful, just like the film is.

iii – The plot is comic, filled with fun.

iv – The costumes design is good, suited with the characters.

v – The illustration & animation is nicely done; an extra effort is put in.


+ Low Points
i – The time length was short for such a light comedy film.

ii – Although it is a different idea but cannot say that it is something new to watch.



+ Overall
Phir Aap is a light rom-com with its attributes of being a film to remember.



Rate: 4.0 out of 5 stars


Short Films & Documentaries

Mr. Khan’s Review on ‘Baap’ (2017)

A review on Pakistani Drama Short Film, ‘Baap’ (2017). The Associate Directors are Arman Tejani & Bilal Atif while it’s Co-Editing by Arman Tejani & Asif Ali.



+ Crew

  • Directed, Edited & Written by Jehanzaib Raza Hussain.
  • Cinematography by Nabil Hasan.
  • Production Design by Hadiqa Sohail & Mahnoor Ghayas.
  • Makeup & Hair Styling by Kaleem Ibrahim.
  • Sound Mixing by Musa M. Khan, Sana Chaudhry, Muneeb Baig, Abdul Moiz Kazi, Husain Dhanani.


+ Note

The songs are taken of Lata Mangeshkar, Hemant Kumar & Naseebo Lal. There is a cameo of Bilal Atif and Marya Saad (real wife of Saad Zameer) in the film.



+ Full Cast

  1. Saad Zameer Faridi as Akbar
  2. Amir Naqvi as Mehek
  3. Maria Sajid as Saiqa
  4. Muhammad Ahsan as Beita #1 (Son)
  5. Shahjahan Narejo as She-Male #1
  6. Ali Nasir Rehmani as She-Male #2
  7. Basit as She-Male #3
  8. N/A as Beita #2 (Son)



+ Plot

After the death of his beloved wife, Akbar struggles to find peace in such an old age.



+ High Points
i – Saad Zameer Faridi as Akbar has performed really good on-screen. His performance is one of the key reasons to watch this film in the first place. Other Honorable Mentions: Amir Naqvi.

ii – The story is a bit different to make the film keen to watch.

iii – Makeup & hair styling by Kaleem Ibrahim is nicely put.

iv – Good work by Nabil Hasan for its cinematography. The inserts and camera angles were well chosen.



+ Low Points
i – The inclusion of a good actor, Muhammad Ahsan turns out to be wasted. His character needs a much better writing.



+ Overall
Baap is a delightful film to enjoy solid performances and interesting story line.



Rate: 3.25 out of 5 stars