Movie Review: Cake

I am not a great fan of Pakistani movies yet. So, I wasn’t sure if I am willing to watch this new movie “Cake”. Since I really like Amna Sheikh and Sanam Saeed, I was not sure if to miss this movie or not. Last week, I went to watch this movie and let me tell you all, I wasn’t disappointed at all.

The story of this movie revolves around a family who actually belonged to a remote area of Sind but now settled in Karachi. Amna Sheikh is the middle child with an elder brother and a younger sister Sanam Saeed. All are happy and busy with their lives. The family is happy family as you see from far away, but the broken reflections are more visible as you get deep down.

This story reflects the bonds of the family where there are problems but the problems are not big enough to leave each other. There are fights but through these fights you will find the purest love. There are lies, but the only lies that are being told are to keep your loved ones safe.

I just loved how this movie delicately showed each relation and their individuality. The relationship of father and daughter, husband and wife and that of siblings.

There is no masala, no action in the movie, so the people who just watch movies for Bollywood tarka would find this movie nothing but boring. Yet you will laugh when they laugh, you will cry when they cry. You will want to bang their head in the wall for their wrong doings, but you can’t stop loving them.

This movie brought hope for Pakistani cinema, as I now hope to see something creative from Pakistani movies that can bring pure pleasure without exaggeration. I would wish best of luck to the whole team of Cake as this was really one of the best movies I have watched.

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Review: Karakoram ka Taaj Mehal

So, I am the biggest fan of Nemrah Ahmed after reading Jannat kay pattay. I came across her book “Mus’haf” and it was equally remarkable. Then I decided to go for “Karakoram ka taaj mehal”

Initially I was in a bit confusion if I would like this book or not but so many of my Urdu lover friends asked me to read it so I decided to give it a try. Thanks buddies, it was definitely a wonderful journey.

The book is about a girl who has passion for mount climbing and she went for a trip with her cousin. She is already engaged with his cousin whom she doesn’t like much but yet she has to marry him just for her father’s sake. And as it happens, she finds someone in which she find her true love. A love that met her only for some days. She has never wanted this.

This story revolves around the mountains of Karakoram that are dangerous yet beautiful. A story of two mountain climbers who fall in love with each other during this journey. Who fought side by side the war of survival.

I really loved how Nemrah has told this story in such a mesmerizing way. Keeping it simple yet interesting, she really put in all the knowledge and information about mountain climbing, the area and its locality etc. I would definitely recommend this beautiful novel to everyone who believes in Love and Urdu.

Review: Made You Up

How did I find this book?

I got introduced to this writer through the book “Eliza and her monsters”. It was all over the internet! After reading Eliza and her monsters, I wanted to read more of this writer. Then I got to know about “Made You Up” which is actually a debut by the author so here we go!

Journey:

Okay so I may not be wrong to say it was the craziest journey. Yeah, you heard me right. It was the craziest one. Alex, who is suffering from schizophrenia, is the lead character who is telling her struggle between reality and imagination. There are things she knows has the possibility she made them up, but exactly how many are there she had no idea about it. She gets to a new school, trying making new friends, trying to act and be normal. This is all she wants! to be normal like everyone else, to only see what majority of the people see. But that’s definitely not the case. So, in between these happening, Alex finds out something bad may be happening in her school’s premises but she is afraid that this is again she is imagining.

She with her friends, is ready to save her school from whatever is going to happen. Or maybe there is nothing happening at all.  You will get to know once you read the whole story yourself. And how can I forget about Blue Eyes ! you will come to know about him once you are into it

Pieces I adored:

I really really loved the whole concept. It was far different from whatever YA I have read so far. A very basic girl with some basic problems and yes some not so basic problems. The characters despite their weaknesses, knew how to cover them up. Despite the trouble they made, they live up to it. I am in love with Alex and Miles. The idea of them together was just like two pieces of jigsaw puzzles finally found their way to each other. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves to read some fun YA along with the mental illness.. yes they are real!!