The 10 biggest shockers of 2013

Published: January 1, 2014
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Sarah Loren's  overall look and performance in Murder 3 almost gave us a heart attack. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Sarah Loren's overall look and performance in Murder 3 almost gave us a heart attack. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Sarah Loren's  overall look and performance in Murder 3 almost gave us a heart attack. PHOTO: PUBLICITY Bidding farewell to 2013, we look back at some of the most baffling moments of the Pakistani entertainment industry. PHOTOS: FILE

KARACHI: The year 2013 was a rollercoaster ride for Pakistan  both in terms of the political and entertainment domain. While the entertainment industry saw its share of the good and the bad, the shock value of certain events this time around was at an all-time high; there were murders, maddening music and menace all in one year.

As we welcome 2014 we look back at the top 10 shocking moments of our entertainment industry, and hope that the future is brighter than the past.

1.   Ramazan programming

This year, Ramazan programming hit a new low, with nearly every channel trying to cash in on religious sentiment to boost their ratings. The channel owners may have argued that they have to adhere to ‘cheap tricks’ because they cater to the lowest common denominator, but the fact remains that, this time around, the commercial aspect of Ramazan programming was unfortunately far more dominant over the spiritual one.

 2.  Lamha director commits murder

Perhaps the most shocking news of the year, and rightly so, is that film-maker Mansoor Mujahid shot his friend under the influence of drugs. The cast and crew of Lamha were flabbergasted, and till now, Mujahid is under trial and confined to Central Jail in Karachi. 

3. Taher Shah’s success story

Taher Shah’s Eye to Eye was not the shocking part of the whole deal; it was simply just another romantic song that absolutely everyone talked about. What was most shocking was the fact that everyone who criticised him for being an absurd pop artiste not only listened to and sang along to the song, but also tweeted it and posted a Facebook status about it. As a result, the song went viral, not just in Pakistan but all over the world. We Pakistanis love to hate people, but this time, the joke was perhaps on us.

 4. Ayesha Omar awarded accolades in music

The last thing we expected this year was to see Ayesha Omar, of Bulbulay fame, to get the Best Music Album award at the Lux Style Awards.  Her inability to sing also landed her a slot in Coke Studio Season 6. Her rendition of Lagay Re Nain actually made us wonder what exactly was Rohail Hyatt up to this year?

5. Naya Pakistan:  The Vital Junoonians disappoint big time

We just didn’t expect the stalwarts of our music industry to put their genius minds together only to bring forward what can safely be called a completely forgettable anthem. Given that those behind Jazba Junoon and Dil Dil Pakistan (with Junaid Jamshed making a special compromise on his curfew on singing) we never expected that the result would turn out to be more of a disappointment than a throwback to the glory days of the ’90s.

6. Waqar Zaka chanting ‘vote for me!’

As if his being Pakistan’s daredevil was not enough, the newly buffed-up Waqar Zaka decided to stand in the 2013 elections, and also offered up his own political doctrine. This was such a big shocker because it simultaneously celebrated democracy in its truest form and made us lose faith in it.

7. Cornetto Music Icons: Shahi Hasan’s insignificant talent hunt

After the success of Coke Studio by Rohail Hyatt, we expected something incredible from the other Vital Signs band member Shahi as he got Walls on board for a musical talent show. However, it turned out to be a project that gave far more attention to the mentors than the participants, and had an audio visual quality which was simply unbearable.

8. The acting failure of Amna Ilyas

One of the most promising and well-dressed models currently in the industry, Amna Ilyas had our complete attention as we eagerly waited for Zinda Bhaag’s teaser to translate into a film. The wait proved futile, as her much-hyped performance turned out to be an epic disappointment as she failed miserably to impress with her monotonous dialogue delivery and flat expressions.

 9. How Sarah Loren killed us all in Murder 3

This Pakistani diva might have grabbed everyone’s attention with her post-cosmetic surgery look and exhilarating performance in the new Q mobile commercial, but it was really her overall look and performance in Murder 3 that almost gave us a heart attack; we never expected her to give a stellar acting performance, but she even failed at being just eye candy. She really needs to be careful with the roles she chooses.

10. SAAMPT closes down

Pakistan’s only institute focusing on offering film education closed down after a clash of interests between the owners and the faculty. The South Asian Academy of Motion Picture Arts and TV (SAAMPT) was offering diplomas and external programmes in association with the Columbia Film School. The students who were enrolled at the academy are clueless about the fate of the institute, and are busy assisting different directors and producers in the industry while they wait to hear what will become of their diplomas.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2014.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Usama
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:02PM

    What a piece of junk..
    I wasn’t surprised by any of these.

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  • sensible
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:02PM

    Well “Naya Pak” anthem is not bad, I still listen to it and it always gives me chills!

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  • Hashim
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:28PM

    Pretty rubbish article

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  • far
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:01AM

    Junaid jamshed only had a small part in the song …and that was only the best part and send chills it is beautiful I hear it again and again

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  • Saad Khan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:01AM

    Look who is talking, Express had Maya khan as their Ramazan show host. Oh the irony!

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  • Ahem
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:12AM

    Did something good happen at all in 2013 or, as this article would have you believe, was it all doom and gloom?

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  • Ali
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:11AM

    Lol @ Naya Pakistan, if only they sang Bhutto Zindabad eh ET?

    Naya Pakistan was one of the highlights of the year, it was never meant to be for entertainment purpose. Regardless of political affiliation, if you listen to Naya Pakistan, it gives you hope with catchy tune.

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  • Ameer
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:17AM

    Can you really say that so and so committed murder while the man is still on trial (in the same sentence no less!)?

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  • Jan 2, 2014 - 12:16PM

    Good list… it was a SHOCKING year indeed.

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  • Fyza Javed
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:30PM

    shocked to read about “Naya pakistan”, it gives you goosebumps for sure.. i second the writer for ayesha omer, she better should not sing.

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  • Salman Zafar
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:09PM

    Pathetic write up for NAYA PAKISTAN…
    <<>>

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  • Awais Shafi
    Jan 3, 2014 - 12:27PM

    Why “Naya Pakistan” I think U have not listen to it!!!! Its a great song…

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  • JAHANGIR IQBAL
    Jan 3, 2014 - 9:56PM

    NAYA PAKISTAN IS A BEAUTIFUL SONG I’LL SUGGEST ET TO OMIT THIS ENTRY FROM THE ABOVE LIST.

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  • saima
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:39PM

    Amna Ilyas was SUPER!Recommend

  • Metalmaniac
    Jan 16, 2014 - 4:20AM

    the writer is blunt.i like it.

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