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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIn 2016, the Supreme Court went ahead with a decision that was bound to create outrage across the country. It declared that it is mandatory for all cinema halls to play the national anthem before the screening of films. The practice would "instill a feeling within one, a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism," the bench had ruled. No points for guessing that the question that loomed in everyone's head was- Do we really need to sing the national anthem in a theatre to prove our patriotism? Despite the widespread outrage, it was being practiced and those who didn't follow it were criticized and some were even beaten up. It was also observed that people “cannot be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves”. The Centre then decided to ask the Supreme Court to modify its earlier order. © BCCL And finally, the Supreme Court has now modified its order and declared that it is now optional for cinema halls to play the national anthem. It has also directed the government to frame the final guidelines on the order in six months. And of course, this decision was welcomed with open hearts by the Internet: 1. Watching a film now without a compulsory display of patriotism is very, very welcome. Await the order. #NationalAnthem — Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) January 9, 2018 2. This Man Got No Chill. "Supreme Court modifies its order on #NationalAnthem, says it is not mandatory in cinema halls." Finally the logic prevails. Jisko zyada desh bhakti hai Wo movie se pehle ghar pe gaa ke aa sakta hai. — Rahul (@desicovfefe) January 9, 2018 3. Can't Agree More. Please stop with the rhetoric of, "soldiers standing at the border, why can't you stand at the theater". Patriotism is standing up for the #NationalAnthem on their own. Nationalism is forcing someone to stand up for the Anthem. Nationalism will take the country nowhere. — Priyadarshan Kempraj (@priyankemp) January 8, 2018 4. Rejoice! No more forced patriotism.#NationalAnthem — Shivani Shrivastava (@Reelontheheel) January 9, 2018 5. Wish This Was Understood Sooner. à¤¦à¥à¤° à¤à¤¯à¥ à¤¦à¥à¤°à¥à¤¸à¥à¤¤ à¤à¤¯à¥. There was no need to force anybody to prove gratitude for their country.#NationalAnthem — Deepika Gautam (@IDeepikaGautam) January 9, 2018 6. This Too. Finally I can settle with popcorn,Nachos,Coke at the cinema hall without any interruptions ð¿ ð½#NationalAnthem pic.twitter.com/e19BOzAZTV — Anindya Kar (@DrKarspeaking) January 9, 2018 7. LOL 52 Seconds Of Standing Ovation To The Judges. ððð#NationalAnthem — Anupun Kher (@AnupunKher) January 9, 2018 8. 2018 Is Off To A Good Start. One sensible news coming this year: No more #NationalAnthem in #cinemahalls.#BreakingNews #TuesdayThoughts — Haider Ali Khan (@khanhaider) January 9, 2018 9. He Has Said It. I might get digital tomatoes for saying this. I think #NationalAnthem should be played at less occasions, but when played should be given proper respect. Running it too often isn't democratic. — saket suryesh (@saket71) January 8, 2018 10. It Does Indeed! Democracy exists! #NationalAnthem https://t.co/P7jaLhXAMR — Gopichand kolluri (@Gopichand369) January 9, 2018 While we all love our nation, we do have to agree that forced patriotism won't do any good in the long run and this was definitely not the right way to judge how patriotic a citizen is.
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Capri Cinema was opened to the public to screen Canadian filmmaker Althea Thauberger?s experimental documentary film ?Pagal, Pagal, Pagal, Pagal Filmy Dunya? It?s unusual for a single-screen cinema house advertising the latest foreign hit on boards outside to screen a documentary film based on its own history. But, on Monday afternoon, Capri ? one of Karachi?s oldest cinemas ? did just that. As part of the ongoing Karachi Biennale 2017 (KB17), a two-week-long contemporary art festival, Capri Cinema was opened to the public for an hour to screen Canadian filmmaker Althea Thauberger?s experimental documentary film ?Pagal, Pagal, Pagal, Pagal Filmy Dunya?. The film not only delves into the iconic cinema?s history but also features fictional scenes by incorporating actors who were either staff members or moviegoers who often visited the theatre. It also portrays the relationship of workers with the cinema especially during the turbulent times when it was set on fire by an angry mob in 2012. Althea?s work is known for its experimental nature and is often featured in art galleries. However, for this project she chose the silver screen as a medium. ?In this case, the film is a documentary because it is about Capri Cinema and the converging communities associated with it namely the staff members and the patrons,? she said in her pre-screening talk. The Canadian artist?s fascination with Karachi began four years ago when she first visited Karachi. This year, she is visiting as a participating artist on invitation from Zarmine Shah, a KB17 curator, since Althea?s previous work had centered on sites and their relationship with a city. She explained that she developed an architectural interest in the Capri Cinema building when Aziz Khattak, the cinema?s general manager, gave her a tour. When several movie theatres in the city were shut down in 2012 in the wake of protestors torching cinemas in Saddar during a rally against a foreign-made anti-Islam movie, Althea said she saw Capri as an icon which has survived the difficult time and is still thriving. ?I see the cinema as a reflection of the city at large,? she said. ?People from all walks of life come together and there are very few places remaining which can give such ambience.? She also lauded the cinema owners for welcoming her project with an open mind and expressing their commitment to keeping the cinema accessible to the public. According to Momin Zafar, the co-director, the project held significance for him because he was working directly with the people to whom the existence of cinema really mattered. The film gave an opportunity to many people to perform for the first time in their lives and it also helped them identify with themselves as well as the city, he said. ?I think it?s really important to engage with the city and its people. These are the ways to create new dialogues,? Zafar added. Zehra Nawab, another co-director, echoed similar views, saying that the film was a tribute to Capri Cinema which has watched the city grow and unfold. ?It?s the only single-screen cinema of its kind right now. We wanted to show that and celebrate it in an experimental-art film,? Zehra said. Incidentally, as soon as the screening ended, the regular cinema patrons piled in to watch the foreign movie scheduled for the afternoon. Perhaps implying that art cannot actually be taken to the people if it is not promoted to them in a way they can relate to. Another screening of the documentary is scheduled for November 2. This was originally published in The News.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogKARACHI Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group said on Wednesday it made an investment in Pakistan?s top cinema operator, Cinepax, to drive expansion over the next four years. Abraaj will help Cinepax in developing 80 new screens across multiple locations, the private equity firm said in a statement. Cinepax will also develop other entertainment-related ventures, the statement said but did not reveal the value of the investment. Cinepax, which launched its first multiplex in 2007, has since established itself as the market leader in the country, boasting 29 screens in 12 locations. Pakistan?s current low ratio of cinema screens of 0.5 per million people and the possibility of revitalising the local film industry presents a compelling investment opportunity, Abraaj said. The investment will help build confidence among international investors about the Pakistan film industry, Nadeem Mandviwalla, head of a private Pakistani film distribution company and owner of multiple cinema screens told Reuters. Cinepax marks Abraaj?s ninth investment in Pakistan spanning a number of sectors including healthcare, power distribution, renewable energy, and industrials. Abraaj, which bought a majority stake in 2009 in power utility K-Electric, agreed in October 2016 to divest the 66.4 per cent shareholding to the Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd for $1.77 billion.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogPalestinians attend the screening of '10 Years' at Samer Cinema in Gaza City on August 26, 2017. AFP/Mahmud Hams GAZA CITY: Several hundred Gazans went to the cinema on Saturday for the first time in more than 30 years, albeit for one night only. The long-abandoned Samer Cinema in Gaza City, the oldest in the strip but closed for decades, hosted a special screening of a film about Palestinians in Israeli prisons. About 300 people of both sexes attended, with men and women not segregated by gender and despite the lack of air conditioning on a hot and humid evening. There are currently no functioning cinemas in the Palestinian territory where two million people live in cramped conditions under an Israeli blockade. Ghada Salmi, an organiser, told AFP the one-night showing was "symbolic" of wider efforts "to bring back the idea of cinema to Gaza". Jawdat abu Ramadan, a member of the audience, said he wanted to see a permanent cinema in Gaza. "We need to live like humans, with cinemas, public spaces and parks," he said. The Samer Cinema was built in 1944 but shut in the 1960s. The enclave's remaining cinemas closed in the late 1980s during the first Palestinian intifada or uprising. There was a fire at one cinema in 1987 that was widely thought to have been the work of extremists who consider cinema ungodly. "The rest of the cinemas were scared to show films after that," Salmi said. Ironically, according to French historian Jean-Pierre Filiu's 2012 history of Gaza, the Muslim Brotherhood's Gaza branch ? from which Hamas sprang ? held its founding conference at the Samer on the Islamic new year in 1946. Ten Years, the feature-length film screened on Saturday, was made in Gaza with volunteer actors and tells the story of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Salmi said it does not focus on the wider politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, telling a human story instead. Saturday's showing went ahead with the approval of Hamas. Nermin Ziara, who appeared in the film, said she wanted to see a cinema open as "society needs to develop through films and documentaries". Ziara said she did not think the extremist rulers should or would block such moves. "I don't think there is a problem with opening a cinema with Hamas as it is a place of art," she told AFP. "We as Palestinians need to have a large space for art." In May, a rare festival showcased films focusing on human rights issues, with outdoor screenings at Gaza City's port. Other films have occasionally been shown in rented halls. Gaza is still recovering from the last of three wars with Israel in 2014 when more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed and much of the strip was devastated. Seventy-four people died on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogKARACHI: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that the cinema in the city?s Federal B. Area be converted back to the Islamic centre it originally was. In its ruling, the apex court instructed the concerned authorities to restore the Islamic centre, called Al-Markaz-i-Islami, back to its original condition. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/864314e2d8e4e774233d2799119daf4d.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny83LzIwMTcgNzo1OToyNSBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUR4bWNlNE4xUGlHam1DeFQwVGdYZHc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] The Supreme Court also ordered appropriate action against the property?s owner and officials of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). The KMC has maintained its stance that the Islamic centre building had been given to the owner for Islamic cultural activities. The KMC had earlier also conceded before the Supreme Court that no mosque was constructed as planned at the centre.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogHaving your favourite movie coupled with yummy food is a divine feeling, but this feeling amplifies when a movie-goer gets to have ?desi? food instead of popcorn and soda. Luckily, this is exactly what?s on the cards in a cinema in the US ? hard to believe right? Let us give you more insight on this placating bit of news, especially for those who are cinephiles and foodies alike. Renowned American comedian of Pakistani origin, Kumail Nanjiani, has helped devise a desi menu for a cinema in Texas, having scrumptious Pakistani dishes. Well, we Pakistanis do place special importance on potatoes. Some were as obsessed with 'Biryani' as we are as a nation. Nanjiani has currently starred in ?The Big Sick?, narrating his life story, how he married an American girl despite the background differences.
Eid is a great time to kick back, grab some popcorn and cozy up to a movie, of course once done with family outings. There are plenty of big budget projects, with star-studded casts, coming to a theatre near you from Hollywood and our very own Lollywood, this holiday. If you are headed to the theatres and aren?t sure what to watch, we?ve got your back. Here is a list of all the movies releasing on Eid: Yalghaar Based on true events, Yalghaar follows the lives of four young soldiers of the Pakistan army as they mount an assault against militants in the Piochar area of Swat. Starring: Shaan Shahid Humayun Saeed Adnan Siddiqui Ayesha Omer Sana Bucha Transformers: The Last Knight The war between humans and gigantic robots continues in this new saga. The Last Knight is the fifth instalment of the Transformers film series. Starring: Mark Wahlberg Anthony Hopkins Laura Haddock Pirates of the Caribbean 5 The carefree, swashbuckling Jack Sparrow returns this summer to face off against his oldest nemesis, Capt. Salazar. Starring: Johnny Depp Javier Bardem Geoffrey Rush Orlando Bloom Keira Knightley Despicable Me 3 The lovable Gru, an unsuccessful criminal turned father, meets his twin brother Dru in the third installment of the 3D computer-animated comedy film. Starring: Steve Carell Kristen Wiig Jenny Slate Mehrunisa V Lub U One of the most anticipated Lollywood flicks of the season is Yasir Nawaz?s upcoming romantic drama, which will hit screens during Eid holidays. Starring: Danish Taimoor Sana Javed Javed Sheikh *Information provided by Super Cinema and Cinestar.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogPhoto: Wikipedia RABAT: Adventurer, Orientalist, spy: the remarkable story of Spanish explorer Ali Bey al-Abbassi is to be told on the silver screen for the first time, two centuries after his death. Born in Catalonia in 1767, Domingo Badia y Leblich posed as an exiled Arab prince and became one of the first Europeans to set foot in Mecca. Yet despite mixing with the Spanish royal family, Napoleon´s top officials and some of the most notable European intellectuals of his age, he has been all but forgotten since he died in 1818. "It´s surprising that no film has yet been made on Ali Bey," Moroccan filmmaker Souheil Ben Barka said during a break on set. The Spaniard "was a seducer. No one could resist him," he said. With a budget of $17 million (15 million euros), the veteran director´s dramatisation of the explorer´s life is set for release in five languages and 40 countries in late 2018. After learning Arabic and serving in the Spanish army, Ali Bey was charged by Spain´s King Charles IV with overthrowing the Sultan of Morocco. On the suggestion of Napoleon´s great diplomat and foreign minister Talleyrand, he posed as an exiled Abbasid prince, born in Syria, raised in Europe, his father persecuted by the Ottomans. The explorer spent two years in Morocco, but he was exposed and had to flee. He set out across North Africa, posing as a Muslim on pilgrimage. After meeting Romantic-era French writer Chateaubriand in Cairo, in 1807 he reached Mecca, some half a century before British explorer Richard Burton´s famous journey there. ´Courageous, enterprising, cunning´ Ali Bey spent time in the Holy Land and Constantinople before heading back to Spain, where he worked for Napoleon. But he was seen as a traitor and forced to take refuge in France. He published a French memoir of his travels before setting off for Mecca again, apparently as a spy working for French King Louis XVIII. He only made it as far as Syria, where he died suddenly in 1818. Historian Christian Feucher said dysentery was probably to blame, with a remedy based on roasted rhubarb prescribed by a French doctor in Damascus having little effect. But others believe he was poisoned by his mistress, Lady Hester Stanhope, a British aristocrat who had converted to Islam. "She could not cope with learning that her hero was a spy, not a descendant of the caliph and the prophet as he claimed to be," said Ben Barka. There is little doubt, however, that Ali Bey was "courageous, enterprising, cunning and adventurous", Feucher wrote in a 2012 book on the explorer. "He captivated the great scholars of the time in Paris and London," Feucher told AFP. Yet despite his extraordinary life and mysterious death, Ali Bey has received little recognition apart from a street in Barcelona bearing his name. Ben Barka hopes to change that with his film starring Spanish actor Rodolfo Sancho. Writing the screenplay for his film took more than three years, he said. Shooting started in Italy in February, but much of the film was shot in May in Morocco?in the desert dunes of Merzouga, the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the sumptuous houses of Rabat and Casablanca. Director of seven feature-length dramas, Ben Barka has already been contacted by producers hoping to adapt the drama for television.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogBollywood fashionista Sonam Kapoor is all set to star opposite Akshay Kumar in upcoming movie Pad Man. Speaking about the project, Sonam shared “This is the second time I am working with Akshay and it was a completely different experience. I respect Akshay for doing relevant and content-driven films. As an actor, he is honest to his work and as a person he is quiet disciplined,” according to Indian media. Pad Man, which is based on the life of Tamil Nadu-based social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India, is a project of filmmaker R Balki. “I feel blessed to be working Balki sir. I am going to miss him after the shoot, he is a positive and crazy person. He doesn’t yell at anybody,” she remarked. Previously, the two stars have worked together in Anees Bazmee’s Thank You in 2011.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogThe Cannes film festival effectively slapped a ban on future Netflix-backed movies Wednesday after the streaming giant refused to screen its two films in this year's competition in French cinemas. Although "The Meyerowitz Stories" -- starring Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller -- and the Korean-American thriller "Okja" will be allowed to compete next week for its top prize, the Palme d'Or, the festival's organisers said they were changing the rules so it can never happen again. "From now on every film wishing to be in competition at Cannes must be shown in French cinemas afterwards," they said in a statement. They said they had "asked Netflix in vain" for the films to be released in France as well to its 86 million subscribers, but it refused. The row comes as Netflix is locked in a bitter conflict with big US cinema chains. Top Hollywood directors including director Sofia Coppola -- whose new film "The Beguiled" is also competing at Cannes -- have also urged their fans to watch their films on the big screen rather than stream them on tablets and phones. The crux of the Cannes row turns on French law, which restricts online streaming until three years after a movie is put on general release. Furious reaction The country's cinemas owners reacted furiously last month after three films distributed by streaming rivals Netflix and Amazon were chosen to run for Cannes' top prize. Festival organisers tried to negotiate a compromise, with a "limited release" of the movies in France mooted. But faced with the possibility of a Palme d'Or-winning film being shown in only "one or two screens" in France, talks with Netflix broke down. Amazon, on the other hand, is giving its film, Coppola's "The Beguiled", a proper cinematic release in France, as it did with Woody Allen's Cannes contender last year, "Cafe Society". Contacted by AFP, Netflix was not available for comment. Netflix's long-running battle with cinema chains in the US centres on its insistence on releasing its movies online the same day as they hit theatres. In 2015 most of the big multiplex chains refused to screen the long-awaited Netflix-made sequel to the martial arts blockbuster "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". The film reportedly bombed, with Netflix taking the highly unusual step of not releasing its box office figures. It's online rival Amazon has taken a very different approach. Rather than confronting the cinema establishment, Amazon Studios courts Hollywood, releasing its films in theatres before they are made available to subscribers. The Cannes film festival, the world's most prestigious, begins next week in the French Riviera resort. Nineteen films are in competition for the Palme d'Or, with Nicole Kidman starring in three in the official selection.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe Oscars are a big deal alright and are considered to be the primitive platform that honours talent from around the world. While there are so many categories of awards, there is one category that is the ‘Memoriam’, where talented artists from across the world are honoured posthumously. This year, during the Memoriam mentions, Om Puri was also honoured. © Twitter An actor par excellence who marvelled on screen and was a delight to watch, Puri had won hearts across borders. His roles in some Hollywood movies that were loved by all include ‘East Is East’, ‘City Of Joy’ and ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’, amongst others. Bollywood is celebrating for him today and it is a proud day for us. So thankful and touched at the memoriam for #OmPuri Saab at #Oscars2017 — TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) February 27, 2017 Heartening to see Om Puri Ji paid homage along wid other stalwarts at d Oscars! He wised up us all & will continue to do so ?#ProudIndian — Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) February 27, 2017 Good to see Om Puri find a mention alongside other acting greats in the "In Memoriam" reel at the @TheAcademy Awards. #Oscars — Holden Caulfield (@HoldenC41) February 27, 2017 Proud to see Oscar's tribute to late Indian actor Om Puri. A true legendary actor and a great human #watchNwinOnStarMovies @StarMoviesIndia pic.twitter.com/bYrUsK4Yeu — Karishma K Naqvi (@karishmanaqvi) February 27, 2017 Along with him, Carrie Fisher, George Ray West and Bill Paxton were also honoured. WATCH #Oscars : Late actor #OmPuri among those remembered at #Oscars2017 pic.twitter.com/oDXefiTpwE — TOI Entertainment (@TOIEntertain) February 27, 2017