By Fareeha Qayoom
Here’s my list of Top 5 videos on the net right now! Enjoy…
Produced by Adam E. Ellick
Clinton again reiterated that Bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan during her two day recent trip to Pakistan, (July 2010), even though Prime Minister Gilani was quick to refute this publicly. Well, what do you think? Is Al-Qaeda and Talibans Pakistan’s biggest problem? The western media has also joined the propaganda bandwagon and keeps such ideas alive.
In November last year, New York Times released this video produced by Adam E. Ellick “Tuning out the Talibans” –
According to New York Times, “Pakistani pop musicians are propelling anti-American messages. The lyrics reflect widespread views among their young educated fans who say Pakistan’s problem is the West, not the Taliban.”
Do you agree with NY Times and Clinton or do you agree with our pop stars?
Tere Bin Laden
People are talking about Tere Bin Laden. A controversial film made in Bollywood, starring Ali Zafar, our very own pop singer turned actor and now a Bollywood star.
The movie has been banned in Pakistan. Why do think? According to press reports, the Walkwater Media Productions’ film is about a Pakistani journalist who, desperate to get a visa to the US, pretends to have secured an interview with the elusive al-Qaeda chief after finding a look-alike. Though an Indian film, it is unusual because it stars a Pakistani pop singer and actor, Ali Zafar.
Pakistan is located in one tough neighborhood and is “one of the most dangerous countries of the world” according to Newsweek (article 2007).
But isn’t that western media’s view? Is this a true picture? Slackistan, a movie slashed for release this year, produced by Hammad Khan, about a group of hip young things chilling out in the federal capital of Pakistan – Islamabad sheds some light on the other side of the coin. It chronicles the hidden lives of upper middle class, some would say the really rich folk, amid chaos of media frenzy and wars being fought in neighboring Afghanistan, its fall-out in Pakistan, and the escalating and volatile situation in the middle east, NATO and India – the lead character “Hasan flirts with both filmmaking dreams, as well as secret crush Aisha. But a daily routine of cruising around town with his cocky, status-obsessed buddy Sherry could keep Hasan from escaping the existential bubble he is trapped in,” according to the official website. Language: English
A heart-felt prayer of hope for a better tomorrow for the people of Pakistan – The featured music video is by Noori, a popular music band in Pakistan, depicting “ordinary citizens” going about their lives (or in other words, the famous “common man” the darling of politicians and media nobody actually cares about, conveniently forgotten at crucial bits of history and only remembered during elections!). Language: Urdu
Election 2008 Pakistan
An excellent video and a personal favorite; from narration to script to graphics –– a master stroke of humor and satire describing Pakistan’s recent pre-election history; a must watch. Language – primarily Urdu