01 August, 2014 / Shawwal 4, 1435

Raza Ali Sayeed

Weekly Classics: Mandi

Based on Ghulam Abbas' Anandi, its a superb satire on the tussle between prostitutes and holier-than-thou politicians.

Weekly Classics: Umrao Jaan

Rekha has probably never been more beautiful or more powerful as she is in the title role, and has the other characters revolving around her.

Weekly Classics: Umrao Jaan

Rekha has probably never been more beautiful or more powerful as she is in the title role of 'Umrao Jaan'.

Weekly Classics: The battle of Algiers

Immediately after its release, the film faced severe criticism, with some arguing that it justifies the use of terrorism and makes a shameless apology for it.

Weekly Classics: Shatranj ke Khilari

Set a year before the 1857 uprising, this film is a window into a bygone era that is shifting, which the protagonists of the film refuse to accept.

Weekly Classics: Chinatown

Jack Nicholson cemented his status as a Hollywood leading man in the early 1970s with this great film noir.

Weekly Classics: Mirch Masala

The aesthetically pleasing, albeit slow-paced film will keep you riveted by the way the story unfolds and more specifically the questions it asks the viewer.

Weekly Classics: The Mark of Zorro

The sword fight between Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone has been called as one of the best, if not the best, ever committed to film.

Weekly Classics: Death of a princess

A landmark in the docudrama genre, this film showed how international relations can seriously be affected by film making.

Italy upholds convictions of 23 CIA agents for imam kidnap

Italy's top court Wednesday confirmed guilty verdicts against 23 CIA agents for the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian imam in Milan and ordered a re-trial for five Italian ex-spies accused of taking part.

Weekly Classics: The Terrorist

It is probably the best fictional interpretation of suicide bombers on film – almost a necessary viewing for people in Pakistan.

Weekly Classics: The Blood of Hussain

It’s a great tragedy that the ban on the film still has not been lifted because it is a masterpiece of Pakistani artistic cinema.

Weekly Classics: Andaz Apna Apna

The film was a box-office flop, however, over the years it’s appeal has grown enough for it to be now regarded as a comedy classic.

Weekly Classics: Satya

The star of the movie is Manoj Bajpai who is quite simply outstanding as Bhiku Mhatre. This is his movie, hands down.

Weekly Classics: Bandit Queen

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s hauntingly beautiful music works perfectly in tandem with the brutal images on the screen.

Weekly Classics: Goldfinger

According to a survey, half the population of the planet has seen at least one Bond film in their life.

Weekly Classics: Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur stands the test of time and remains enthralling to every subsequent generation that discovers the film.