By Staff writer

Movies :

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures unfurls the incredible untold stories of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – three brilliant African-American women that worked at NASA. These three served as the brains behind one of the greatest aeronautical achievements in human history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, which caused a seismic shift in the balance of the space race during the Cold War between the USA and the USSR.

This film did remarkably well at the box-office, raking in a whopping $165 million worldwide. This story showcasing the remarkable resolve of three women in the era of segregation seems to have rung true with American audiences in the wake of the Trump presidency.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actors Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Kirsten Dunst, winners of the Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture award for ‘Hidden Figures,’ poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Books :

Exit West—Mohsin Hamid

Exit West has been popularized in the western media as the first post-Brexit novel, and is all set to sell like hot cakes in Pakistan. Set in a country on the brink of civil war, two young people meet and embark on a furtive affair in a city beset by unrest and disquiet. In a Rushdie-esque pivot the narrative veers into the fantastical as the lovers, Nadia and Saeed, follow whispers from the inanimate and find doors that whisk people far far away. They find a door and step through only to enter a world that is alien, and uncertain. For the rest of the love story, you’ll have to buy a copy.

Mohsin Hamid’s fourth novel, after Moth Smoke, Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia should be a riveting read.

Music : 

TOP 5 Pakistani Film OSTs

Pakistani Film OSTs

Song Name Artist Film
1 Lar Gaiyyaan Zarish Hafeez & Shiraz Uppal Dobara Phir Se
2 Dil Dancer Atif Aslam Actor-in-Law
3 Janaan Arman Malik Janaan
4 Dobara Phir Se Ali Hamza & Haniya Aslam Dobara Phir Se
5 Funkaraan Asrar Actor-in-Law

Television Shows :

The Young Pope

This highly successful and somewhat irreverent HBO drama series follows Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law) after his election as the first American Pope in history. His ascension is the result of a Machiavellian media and political campaign among the College of Cardinals. As head of the Vatican he is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican stewards instead choosing Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) as his chief adviser.

The Young Pope is a favourite in giving Game of Thrones a run for its money, having already drawn larger premiere audiences than GOT in quite a few European markets. The syncretism between religion, drama, and politics clearly has audiences wanting for more as a second season is already under production.

The Young Pope
Season 1
Pictured: Jude Law (CR: Gianni Fiorito/HBO)
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