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Movie Review: ‘Cake’ is a believable drama film executed to perfection

The family drama film Cake premiered in Pakistan yesterday and it was one delicious treat, I must say. Starring Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik in the lead roles, Cake is a film about a dysfunctional family that unites under grave circumstances. Directed by Asim Abbasi, the movie is multidimensional in its approach to bringing a rejuvenating experience to the viewers. It was really a dream come true to capture the long dead essence of Pakistani cinema with this film. Cake was put together phenomenally; the acting was stellar especially of Aamina Sheikh who stood out. Her command on acting is brilliant and she manages to execute her roles brilliantly in almost every project. But her performance was one of a kind in this film alone.

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Sheikh amalgamated Zarine’s character really well and made it look believable on screen. Although the character has her occasional mood swings and outbursts but that is what makes her personality special. Without a doubt, Cake is what an ideal Pakistani film should be; less theatrics and thorough consistency in view of direction, visuals and acting. In my opinion, Cake is probably the first mainstream Pakistani film that has not compromised on content and quality unlike many haphazard movies created in the recent past. It has a fixed identity and a progressive storyline which are essential components in every film.

It is mostly impulsive scriptwriting and poor direction that have done Pakistan’s cinema more harm than good. Perhaps filmmakers should take their time in making a movie to achieve an intense impact. Director Asim Abbasi has created a masterpiece that almost every educated Pakistani can relate to but more importantly, reminisce in the long run; what corroborates the success of a film are memories that people take with them and Cake manages to achieve that feat. For those who do not know, Asim Abbasi is also the recipient of Best Director for Cake at the recent UK Asian Film Festival. The accolade is an evidence of hard work and commitment.

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What I would say to an average Pakistani is, book your seats and watch Cake while you can. It is perhaps the only Pakistani film I have come across that is not stereotypical. As far as the movie goes, I will not spoil the plot for the readers and moviegoers because I want them to experience the drive of the film, and enjoy it as they would a delicious, multi layered cake! Most mainstream films are known for their box office earnings but movies that really matter are recognized for their content and brilliance. I commend the filmmaker and actors for investing in this film and making it a rare cinematic experience.

Rating 4.5/5

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Quratulain Baloch by Haider Rifaat

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‘The Murder Of Marilyn Monroe’ (WORLD PREMIERE) – WATCH IT NOW!

The Murder Of Marilyn Monroe is a 2017 political-thriller documentary film starring Haider Rifaat as Hayden Misha, a private investigator who unwillingly decides to pursue one of the most controversial cases of the 20th century.

WATCH the full film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgcGF44gpdQ


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‘The Murder Of Marilyn Monroe’ Starring Haider Rifaat (Political-Thriller Documentary Film) – FIRST LOOK!

Watch the official trailer on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqREIuen_z8

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Will Lifetime’s ‘Devious Maids’ Be Renewed For Season Four? | By Haider Rifaat

The third season of the thrilling Lifetime soap opera Devious Maids will conclude next week on August 24th, 2015. The show stars Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz and Dania Ramirez as four ambitious Latina maids working for some of the most affluent families in Los Angeles, California. But these four ladies harbor many dirty secrets of the households they represent.

The first season of the show focused on Flora Hernandez’s murder case. The maids made it their mission to find out who the real killer really was.

The second season had a lot going on. There was an obsessed ‘maid’ lover who also happened to be a killer. The season ended its run with a cliffhanger – a major character got shot on Rosie’s wedding ceremony.
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In the current season three of Devious Maids, the center of focus was the Stappord family who had recently adopted a Mexican girl, Katy. It was later revealed in the last few episodes that she had witnessed her father’s murder and that a gang of goons were after her.

Additionally, a new maid was introduced this season, Blanca Alvarez (played by Naya Rivera) who was yet again murdered by an anonymous killer, and now we will finally uncover who the actual killer is in next week’s season finale.

Speaking of ratings, the current season of the show generated a million viewers per episode facing a downfall as compared to the last two seasons. But the real question is, will Lifetime renew Devious Maids for a fourth season? I sure hope so! Although the ratings have not been so impressive this year, the show continues to surprise us with its writing and acting. Let’s keep those fingers crossed!


‘How To Get Away With Murder’, A Sizzling Thriller You Can’t Miss! | By Haider Rifaat

Murders are easy to commit but hard to cover up these days. However, there is one television show that completely contradicts my humble statement. The new mystery-thriller drama, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ has somewhat revolutionized the television landscape. The series is about five freshman college students and their mysterious criminal law professor who get embroiled in a dangerous murder plot. The show stars the Academy Award nominee, Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, a sophisticated defense attorney who runs her own law firm. The series also stars Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King and Karla Souza.

What makes ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ a stellar television show is the legendary, Viola Davis. Her character, Annalise Keating has been portrayed as a powerful mid-aged woman who does not take no for an answer. Hats off to the creator of the show, Peter Nowalk who came up with this bold idea! I, for one, strongly advocate those dramas that depict a woman’s character as strong and resilient unlike some misleading television shows I had the misfortune of coming across. Another gripping factor that compelled me to watch this exciting new show was Viola Davis’s bracing screen presence. Her acting is simply mesmerizing, no questions asked!

19681There are very few actors who have the ability to live up to their characters but Davis’s commitment to her role is worthy of praise. Furthermore, Jack Falahee who portrays Connor Walsh in the show is also a great addition to the cast. I strongly believe that there are very few female lead characters in today’s television shows, especially black women. So, keeping this factor in mind, it is quite an accomplishment to see a black American woman as inspiring as Viola Davis on the small screen. ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ also suppresses the modern-day stereotype about women who cannot stand up for themselves. Moreover, the show indirectly empowers those underprivileged women and young girls who are incapable of leading independent lives.

Keeping the superiority factor aside, the show seems quite promising and has a lot to offer to its loyal fans in the first season. ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ has generated a huge fan base owing to the show’s unique storyline and plot twists. The steady ratings have played a pivotal role in the show’s success. For those passionate TV lovers who enjoy forty five minutes of endless entertainment, I strongly recommend you watch this show. Trust me, once you watch the pilot episode, you will soon be begging for more. Although the show seems slightly misleading as it condones murder cover ups, but it is for everyone’s entertainment and no television show should be taken seriously. ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ has already been nominated for some prestigious awards including the ‘Golden Globes.’ The remainder of the first season will debut in the end of this month. So, keep your eyes fixed on the television screens!


Will ‘Eye Candy’ Be Renewed For A Second Season? | By Haider Rifaat

The freshman thriller TV show, ‘Eye Candy’ is one week away before concluding its first season. The show stars Victoria Justice as Lindy Sampson, a brilliant hacker who makes it her mission to search for an online serial killer in New York City while juggling her personal and professional life. The show made a decent series debut this year attracting a little over 0.6 million viewers on original airings. Although such ratings are relatively lower as compared to other hit MTV shows.

In last night’s episode, we discovered who the real Flirtual killer was. It was none other than Lindy’s psychotic love interest, Jake Bolin. Being a huge fan of thriller television shows, I believe that we, as viewers, were already given a hint about Jake’s dark side prior to his revelation as the actual killer. The ninth episode was quite a package for all ‘Eye Candy’ fans. It had drama, thriller and a tad bit of neo-noir edge to it. I, for one savored every moment of the episode. It was worth the watch!

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But the real question is, will the show be renewed for a second season? Although many fans want the series to be renewed, but will MTV give ‘Eye Candy’ the benefit of the doubt before cancelling the show? Being a passionate fan of the series, I believe the show should be renewed for a second season. The series has managed to garner over 0.6 million viewers per episode. Even if the finale episode generates a million viewers, we might get some fruitful news from MTV in the coming weeks. Let’s just hope ‘Eye Candy’ gets renewed for a fresh season, but until then, stay tuned for the season finale set to air on March 16th, 2015 at 10PM on MTV.