Sunday, 8 February 2015

Book Review > Discontent and its Civilisations by Mohsin Hamid

Discontent and its CivilisationsDiscontent and its Civilisations by Mohsin Hamid
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first non-fiction book I've read.
I've read Mohsin Hamid's debut fiction novel 'Moth Smoke' previously.
Honestly speaking, I couldn't really get into the story back then. There were only a few elements that I enjoyed.
'Discontent and its Civilizations' explains Hamid's real life encounters. He has described how his life has changed while travelling from Lahore to NY, London and then back to Lahore. During this journey, Hamid has seen immense changes in his own perspective and personality.
He has pin pointed real life incidents in this book and have told how Islam has changed post 9/11. He has portrayed the real elements of Islamization in the Western side of the world. More or less, he has tried to present the real image of Islam. Politics, Pakistan-India relationship, U.S Drone Attacks have been thoughtfully explained in this book.
He has openly said that Islam is not a monolith.
Hamid also shares his stories regarding fiction, books, movies and titbits of his marriage life and also discussed some of the phases of fatherhood.
Certainly, Hamid's writing style is quite sophisticated, knowledgeable and mature.

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Filmfare and Fawad Khan – A night to remember!

The journey from Jutt and Bond to Khoobsurat has been remarkable for our Pakistani superstar, Fawad Khan.

He came, he conquered.

Who would have thought the young chirpy boy from Jutt and Bond will stand tall with a Filmfare trophy one day! Once again, he proved that he’s here to stay till one can’t even imagine.

Year 2014 has been fortunate for Mr. Khan in so ways. Be it his successful debut in Bollywood with the movie Khoobsurat who won accolades for him and made him an overnight sensation in India. Prior to the release of Khoobsurat, Fawad had already gained immense popularity and become an eye candy among the Indian viewers with his impeccable performances in Pakistani drama serials Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai.

Audience has not only witnessed his charismatic looks but also seen a terrific potential in his acting skills as well. However, the former remains a larger reason for his fan following albeit.
Fawad managed to grab Fresh Face of the Year title at Hello! Hall of Fame Awards and Best Bollywood Debut honor at Masala Awards which were held last year. Nevertheless, the tempting moment that took us all by surprise was when he beat down his competitors in the B-town and was honored with the most coveted and prestigious award, Filmfare which is more or less considered as an Oscar in Bollywood.

By winning the Best Debut Award (Male), Fawad Khan became the first male Pakistani to win a Filmfare trophy in the actors’ category. Previously, Nazia Hassan, Salma Agha and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan were the fortunate ones.

There were a few breathtaking moments from the awards ceremony that I loved the most.

Suited in a Dior black suit, Fawad Khan managed to carry the similar royal look he’d essayed in Khoobsurat. Certainly, watching him in a formal look is always a delightful experience.

Fawad Khan walked the red carpet alongside wife Sadaf Fawad Khan. It was truly a sure shot delight to watch him posing for pictures and selfies with his true love.

The pictures that captured everyone’s attention were the ones where Fawad Khan was spotted with two beautiful ladies; Sadaf Fawad Khan and the black lady.


The rapport between Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan looks quite evident whenever the two of them are together. It was a brilliant idea by the Filmfare team to bring Sonam on stage and bestow the black lady in Fawad’s hands. None other than Sonam could have presented the prestigious award to him in a most endearing way. The paparrazi did not miss out the lifetime opportunity to capture the two beauties on the stage together.

Post the Filmfare event, Sonam and Rhea Kapoor were seen celebrating and posing candid pictures with Fawad at their residence in Mumbai. I couldn’t help but smile at these adorable pictures. There’s a peculiar grin on Fawad’s face that is rarely seen. Winning a Filmfare trophy is not an easy task. Leaving behind his contemporaries in Pakistan and India, Fawad has surely taken a prideful lead.

Everyone is impatiently waiting for 8th February 2015 because that’s when the most awaited Filmfare awards are slated to air on Sony Television. Though I’ve seen a glimpse of his award winning speech somewhere on Instagram, I’d want to watch the actual moment over and over again.
The entire Pakistani media industry sent showers of blessings and warm wishes for our hero. Nobody stayed behind to congratulate Fawad for his splendid victory.

I’m happy because I believe this time Filmfare have been the most unbiased and fair awards ceremony apart from the others. The critics have recognized the true talent and did not shy away from rewarding the deserved candidate. With Kangana Ranaut (Queen) and Shahid Kapoor (Haider) sweeping the awards in the Best Actor’s category, it has been proved that Filmfare awards were not bigoted.

Moving on to his future projects, the actor has been flooded with many film offers both from Pakistan and India but he hasn’t signed any till date other than Battle for Bittora which is another venture by  AKFC and stars Sonam Kapoor opposite him. Rumors were in the air about him doing Karan Johar’s much anticipated movie Ae Dil Hai Mushqil starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. Earlier the actor was rumored to be paired opposite Kareena Kapoor in Udta Punjab but later on an Indian actor Diljit Dosanjh replaced him. Moreover, there was also news that Fawad has rejected to do a role opposite Kareena in the same movie. On the Filmfare night, Fawad cleared off these rumors by saying he'd love to do a movie opposite Kareena if offered in the future. According to him, he has many offers in his kitty but he hasn’t agreed on doing any project. He is yet to sign the dotted line.

We are profoundly thankful to the Kapoors for giving Fawad an opportunity to witness a different cinematic experience in Bollywood. The love and support given by Sonam, Rhea and Anil Kapoor is commendable and enduring.

Fawad Khan has made his fans and Pakistan proud with his spectacular triumph in the truest form. I wish him luck and success for his future endeavors. May many more awards and praises come in his way!

-          - Sara Naveed