A Comical Nation

I wonder if Stan Lee had his inspiration for creating his super heroes from Pakistan and I believe he did but then the history would change but as his characters portray the same kind of abilities and powers as we do have in different sectors of our nation and we have the same kind of characters as them just in abundance rather than being the chosen one. The accidents and the gene mutations that made them super heroes in the comics had happened to one but we are having them since 1947.

Take iron man the infamous play boy come billionaire come genius for instance; lives in a mansion with his own weapons company at his back surrounds himself with an iron suit to be safe from the heavy blows of the bad guys and also the law. As he thinks because of his power he is above the law and none can match his intelligence; so does the elite of our country act in the same manner. The only difference being Tony Stark wears his Iron Man suit while doing what he does and our politicians and the elite class does it while wearing Armani’s and Gucci’s.

Then there is superman, though it is not a marvel character rather a creation of Siegel and Shuster, a boy raised by a nice couple as their own despite they knew he was an alien. Superman being the cool dude who lives a normal humble life as news reporter and lives in shadows until he needs to rip his clothes off and show his might to all and be decisive in letting people know he means business. But there is one weakness which is kryptonite. The army does show its might when the need is more but its high command`s hunger for power when they do show their might and being decisive leads them into a delusional path and that same power proves as kryptonite.

Dr. Bruce Banner being the nice guy who had an accident and mutated his genes to be a potential power machine. He only turns green when something makes his blood boil, he tries hard not to start bulking and ripping through each thread of his clothing like anmarvel_characters_02 animal and though he is a doctor but becomes a pea brain when he is green. Well I guess there is no need to explain to whom that resembles to but then thinking of some being pea brains the whole time; I am referring to the general public at large. They are brown but it takes a very less time to make them go green and destructive to a level they don’t even know whether they are hitting a human or a punching bag. The turning of a procession into mob takes a second and all that is required is a mere punch to their religious believes which most of them have very little knowledge off.

Thor being the guy with a really heavy hammer which only he can lift to bang stuff and make a difference between good and evil. Born to a noble king and a dynasty but as he is not satisfied with his being and explores to find more but at the end ends up banging the same hammer for the same reason he was being put into being. The stature of the judiciary is far more elevated than any of the institutes within any land and being the only place of justice still is being not used as it should be and the hammer slams down upon often those who were mere pawns and the knights and bishops are being given a chance to escape while the dust of the hammer slam settles down.

Then there is the super hero loved by all young or old for his wit and being able to flex and fly with his webs and catch bad guys and young girls alike in the same web that is so sticky even a dump trucks cannot break it. His bold attitude towards issues in a manner of being shy about it and also being innocent about things that one adores him for it, is just a thing what media corps are doing these days. Being blunt and humble, spreading propaganda though innocent, loud mouth though manipulative and being a spider for all to have them get into their web of lies and manipulations, extortion and have no moral sense about it. The power of media in Pakistan is alarming and that is the same reason they are being used and fed by foreign agencies against the good will of the nation.

This character is not a Marvel creation but still it fits the whole scene. It is the zombie. Open zombiemouth no brains and spreading the virus to others knowing and unknowingly. These are the people who watch too much news channels their whole concentration is remembering the analysis by others and giving their own mixed up edition to their social circle. Every person has become a zombie and would rather watch a news channel than to be with his children. This sensation of news channels has brought a majority of the nation to the zombie state and the virus is spreading fast.

Well there is one another character which might not be loved by many bit as this character is very influential and persuasive in his manner and skills and making others believe of him as true is the Loki, brother to the Thor. He gets into your subconscious and plays games with your thoughts and feelings to manipulate for his own interest. Social sector organization and NGO, and human rights activists being there to show as if they are doing the best job but someone within the organization or someone who has worked closely with them would understand that they have drank from the same grail as Loki. Their deceiving nature and looking for interest in anarchy is their manner of earning more money and power. Crying over split milk rather than on spilt milk is their norm of working.

There are more examples one can give in the same context but it would require more pages and as I wanted to keep it short, I hope you have the same kind of thinking as I have and may Allah SW keep our beloved nation Pakistan safe.



Lights Off

I am a couch junkie when it comes to watching TV and movies. I sometimes laugh at myself for sitting in front of TV for so long I truly can be called a zombie at the time and funny thing is even my 4 year old kid impersonates by opening his mouth and gazing in to the screen saying this is how baba watches. I sometimes get bored of myself when watching a flick as I take it so seriously as not to miss a single dialogue or a second of a scene. I have some rituals of watching a movie and even my kids who are adorable are not allowed when dad is watching a flick he has been waiting for to get released.

But all that aside I have been thinking of adding an entertainment category to my blog because of the obvious as I stated above in the context of having my opinion shown regarding the flicks and shows. Though we live in a country where the means of catching a movie when it is released on time is hard and I might be late on my posting but still I would like to have my word out there. And there is another reason of adding the entertainment category to my blog is because of the criticism that the Pakistani movies are being given here from Pakistani critics. I went through enough of them to get the idea that most of them were biased and based on some objective and the words written were not in complete fairness of what a wonderful job is being done here in Pakistan after decades of darkness in our theaters. I would just say you cannot expect a child to start running the moment he take his first step. I have been a big supporter and loud mouth in terms of having more good looking men in Pakistan than in any country of the subcontinent and still we did not felt the pride we should have. Our lead actors are making a name for themselves in the India not only that they have far better acting skills than their counterparts but they also give them a run when it comes to their killer looks. In my opinion Fawad Khan has done a wonderful job in Khubsoorat and the role would have not suited any Indian actor as it did to him and do not even get me started on the actresses. Simply Gorgeous!

Not just that I hope that Pakistani movies being released do well and help get the light inside in the theaters turn off for better but rather I would also comment on the very downfall of entertainment even in the biggest showbiz towns of Hollywood and Bollywood. In my opinion they have both become so commercial and profit hungry they don’t have any creative sense left in them. The run for the box office toll has forced them to indulge themselves in making anything rather than something. Both towns alike, the remakes being sold with newer faces has become boring and ineffective other than a few. Both Hollywood and Bollywood are short on good stories and in abundance on making the same kind of movie the last guy did which did well on the box office.

I am even more shocked seeing some of the most prestigious actors taking part in flicks they should have never even thought off. Take Al Pacino for example, his last movie Danny Collins about a folk singer; in my opinion was a waste of time and energy. Yes, he did some moves and tried to bring the Scent of a Woman touch to the affair with the hotel manager played by the charismatic Annette Bening but he failed to do so in full as was expected from the Al Pacino. I can name more but let’s get to Bollywood where the Big B of Bollywood I think rules the list of such actors who should think really hard before signing on. He had made himself so available that even a pan masala and manjan ads have become his work of pride. I think the last time Big B had a role which he did as himself was in Sarkar and man do I love the silent gestural acting that he did. It was just mind blowing.

I would end this piece on a note that I might be writing something you shall not agree with but that is what it is all about, is it not. I once again hope that the upcoming movies being released on Eid ul Fitr from Lollywood are a treat to watch and may the movies be worthy of our money and time.

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