Shoaib Akhtar is definitely the fastest bowler ever to bowl in Cricket.

Frame by frame comparison of two quick deliveries by two of the fastest bowlers of all time Shoaib Akhtar and Jeff Thomson, let see who is the winner, this video shows who the fastest bowler in the world is, and refutes the notion that Jeff Thomson is the fastest bowler of all time, Jeff Thomson aka (Thommo) claims to be a “180 km/hour bowler”.

To those who would complain that “one random Thommo delivery vs Shoaib’s fastest ever (on video)” you can just pipe down. I went frame by frame through many deliveries from Thommo that he delivered during 74/75 series against MCC and the 75/76 series against the West Indies. This (video) was the fastest Thommo delivery I could find. According to newspapers reports of that time in the 75/76 series against West Indies, Thommo was felt to be faster than in the previous year, but very unfortunately there isn’t much video footage left of that series as much of it was lost by the broadcaster.

Also this is not a precise comparison, but what this video is trying to show is that Thommo was never a 110 miles/hour or 180 km/hour bowler which many Australian have claimed and even Thommo has claimed it many time. He was measured, very accurately at 160.45 km/hour (or 99.79 miles/hour) during the Perth Test match. That was his release speed, NOT the speed at the batsman’s end. The University of Western Australia set-up a high speed cine camera aligned to the bowling crease at each end of the pitch. They measured many deliveries from Thomson, Lillee, Roberts and Holding.

Thommo’s two fastest deliveries were 160.45 km/hour and 159.49 km/hour. Andy Roberts was 2nd quickest with his fastest they measured was 150.67 km/hour. Michael Holding’s fastest was 148.54 km/hour. Lillee was ill and nowhere near his best. So Thommo was, on that day in Perth, in a different league to the others.

The myth that his 160.45 km/hour speed was measured at the batsman’s end has grown up from the fact that the speeds were measured at both ends during the Perth test. But that 160.45 km/hour delivery was only doing around 130 km/hour at the batsman’s end after bouncing off the pitch. All these measurements and a description of the process are very well described in Dennis Lillee’s 1978 book “The Art of Fast Bowling”.

To those who claim “that old technology wasn’t as accurate” the Photo-Sonics cameras they used took frames at up to 500 per second controlled by a digital phase locked loop. So they were very accurate and very expensive.

Jeff Thomson’s unique action allied to his strength and physique made him a true phenomenon. But by modern standards he didn’t do much in the way of training (unlike Dennis Lillee who overcame a lower back injury through dedication and self-discipline). It is interesting to speculate how fast he could have been within a modern scientific training regime. He was a fearsome bowler and those who were lucky enough to see him live would vouch for the face that he was very fearsome sight for many batsmen of his era, but I think the hyperbolic claims of him bowling over 110+ miles/hour don’t really do credit to him and are not needed.

Concluding remarks would be that both bowlers are greats of their eras, but we must understand that Shoaib Akthar terrorised the batsmen when the conditions were more favourable to batsmen, whereas Thommo terrorised when there were no such restrictions on fast bowlers. Today you get to see many rules, field restrictions, bouncer restrictions, wide-balls, no-balls, free hit and few more and all these favour the batsman not the bowler.

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Rangreza – will be remembered for its music.

After huge success of Punjab Nahi Jaon Gi and Na Maloom Afraad 2, I was expecting some quality stuff from the makers of Rangreza, but was hugely disappointed  and to be honest I was expecting a lot more then what I had just seen. During the promotional period I remember someone from the production team said it to one of the most expensive Pakistani films of the year. Still wondering where all that money had been dumped to. My prediction for Rangreza is that this will be last miss of 2017 as last two movies of 2017, Arth-2 and Chuppan Chupai will be hit it for sure.

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Rangreza is just another addition to the long list of Pakistani movies that flopped and almost all the flops of 2017 had at-least one point to share with each other that was ‘weak story line / weak content’, but in-case of Rangreza there were some other issues too.

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Weak story coupled with even weaker direction was even harder to digest even though ‘rangreza had some brilliant actors but even they couldn’t steer the ship ashore. Editing was also sub-standard and I am still wondering how suddenly the song ‘Kallu’ jumped in from. This song ‘Kallu’ had no relevance to post or pre scenes.

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Some of the brilliant acting displays were by Saleem Mairaj and Akbar Subhani, both these seniors were flawless with their acting skills and they didn’t miss a single mark. Normally it’s very pretty clear that Saleem Mairaj will be spot-on and flawless with his acting. Akbar Subhani’s acting and his face expressions were awesome and will be remembered for long. Malkani also acted superbly.

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Main leads Bilal Ashraf and Urwa Hocaine were just pretty faces and weren’t that impressive, Gohar Rasheed showed glimpses of his skills but at times over-acted. Goher Rasheed is a very skilled and talented actor who wasn’t used well by the director. Ghana Ali turned out to be a surprise as she was not just a pretty face, but she also acted better then main lead Urwa Hocaine.

Music was the best part of Rangreza, to start off with best song of the movie and probably the best part of Rangreza was its song ‘Bagiya’ by Jonita Gandhi, title track which was ‘Hey Rangreza’ title track was a power packed performance by J. Ali and this title track reminded me of Aashiqui 2 but even then this song had feel-good factor it, Phool Khil Jayien by Abida Parveen & Asrar Shah and Bulleya by Asrar Shah and lastly Balamwa sung by Ustaad Fareed Ayaz, Ustaad Abu Mohammad & Hamza Akram Qawal. Only one song ‘Kallu’ could have been avoided.

Dances need to be choreographed in a better way and fight scenes were as badly choreographed as they have always been done in the past. DOP and Cinematography was better as compared some recent movies.

Overall there aren’t any crowd pullers in Rangreza and also the movie has no repeat value, I don’t see this movie doing much.

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“Bagiya” from ‘Rangreza’.

 

“Bagiya” is probably the best song from Pakistani movie ‘Rangreza’ and here we have the video of this song which is nicely executed and shot with excellent colors + camera work is also of good quality and all this coupled with the cuteness and beauty of Urwa Hocane makes this video a must watch. Composed by Pakistani-Canadian musician, music producer and composer Qurram Hussain and sung by Indian-Canadian Jonita Ghandi, “Bagiay” is a nice romantic song which is a treat for ears too.

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Pakistani movie ‘ARTH’ and UN Women join hands to highlight intimate partner violence.

The cast of “Arth – The Destination” Shaan Shahid, Humaima Malik, Uzma Hassan and Mohib Mirza collaborated with UN Women to run a campaign called ‘End Violence Against Women’ to speak on abuse, its various forms, and to end violence against women & girls. The movie itself raises multiple social issues that go unnoticed under the contemporary consciousness. This collaboration with UN Women has no agenda but to take the opportunity to spread awareness against the gender roles, domestic sexism and abuse. Shaan Shahid, the filmmaker and the lead role of the film, took a step ahead at bringing into attention, through his film, his promotional tours, interviews and discussions, the idea and incentive behind making his film “Arth – The Destination”. In the campaign, led by the collaborated teams, the multiple aspects of abuse come into the light.

Uzma Hassan, whose character in the film demonstrates emotional abuse, speaks on the respective subject, “When we speak of abuse, never does it occur to us if the concept could involve emotion, sentimentality of a person or his/her psyche. The mental image itself is that of a physical strike. But that’s not where it begins. Before it takes that form, a woman goes through psychological and emotional distress. That is what we need to speak of – that is where we need to begin our stories from.”

Adding into that, Humaima Malik explains, “and to speak of this aspect of abuse is no minor a subject as it has always been perceived. It’s about time that the victims start speaking up. Who better than a woman can take a stand for herself, her rights? This is what motivates us to lead this campaign.”

Mohib Mirza, one of the lead characters of the film, casts a bird’s eye-view on the subject, “We think that we have a right on other people’s lives. That’s how we have been brought up. We feel absolute freedom in imposing our judgment on others especially women. Such are the acts constituting and strengthening patriarchy in the society for a very long time now.  We see it but we don’t realize how poisonous it is.”

“Arth is not just a piece of art. It speaks on actual issues, highlights real facts and reflects struggles that artists go through in their lives. In comparison, a male artist does not face as many hurdles as female artists do. The added patriarchy, apart from the rest of the career struggles, always gets in their way. It is not just unfair to the artists but also to the entire womanhood,” spoke Shaan Shahid on the subject.

The cast went on to explain the gravity of the matter by demonstrating their roles in the film that are reflective of their actual lives – the reason behind keeping their original names in the film.

‘Murshed Ji’ by Sahir Ali Bagga & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Launching one of the biggest songs from the Pakistani movie Arth 2 – Arth The Destination “Murshed Ji”.

This song composed by Sahar Ali Bagga is backed by the powerful vocals of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sahar Ali Bagga captures the plight of love, passion and music.

“Murshed Ji” from upcoming the Pakistani movie Arth 2 – ‘Arth The Destination’ starring  Shaan Shahid, Humaima Malik, Mohib Mirza & Uzma Hassan.

My view on “Murshed Ji” is that its the best Pakistani song of 2017.

 

“A REEL ON KARACHI” COFFEE TABLE BOOK LAUNCHED BY PAKISTAN CABLES.

Pakistan Cables Limited announced the launch of a coffee table book, “A Reel On Karachi – Art Installations in the City” at the Alliance Française de Karachi in an event which was widely attended by members of the business, art, media and social communities. This coffee table book contains contributions of fifty seven (57) artists installed at over twenty public spaces featured in the book compiled to mark completion of project Reel on Hai, a public outreach initiative of the Karachi Biennale Trust.

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In 2016, Pakistan Cables signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Karachi Biennale Trust (KBT) to be the main activity partner for project, ‘Reel on Hai’, a public outreach initiative of KBT. Fifty seven artists, local and international, transformed cable reels into works of art which have been installed at public spaces that include schools, hospital, parks, heritage sites across Karachi.

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“Depicting the project’s illustrated story, this book is a testament to efforts that have brought ‘Reel On Hai’ to life and allowed for the transformation of cable reels into public works of art. I hope that readers will enjoy it as much as I did while supporting the project as main activity partner alongside Karachi Biennale Trust (KBT),” stated Mr. Kamal A. Chinoy Chief Executive Officer, Pakistan Cables Limited.

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The launch event included a stimulating panel discussion hosted by renowned Karachi based actor, Mr. Sajid Hasan who engaged with the panellists recollecting Karachi’s evolving history and the impact of “Reel on Hai” to the city’s landscape. Panellists included Ms. Marjorie Hussain (Art Critic), Mr. Arif Hasan (Urban Planner and Activist), Mr. Mohsin Sayeed (Public Outreach Committee & Journalist) & Ms. Masuma Khawaja Halai (Chair, Public Outreach Committee).

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“This book captures the story behind the project and takes its readers on a journey through Karachi brilliantly!”, stated Ms. Halai.

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The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Fahd K. Chinoy, Executive Director, Pakistan Cables Limited who commended the Karachi Biennale Trust for setting up an exemplary partnership based on a shared purpose of honouring community trust and of giving back beauty to Karachi.

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Atif Aslam – singing Indian classics of 70’s & 80’s.

Atif Aslam’s concert at College of Business Management CBM (also known as Institute of Business Management IoBM) was one of the best concert that I had been to and here Atif Aslam is at his best singing some very old Indian classics of 70’s and 80’s era.

01) ‘kia howa, tera waada’ –  was the first song the medley and this song had a truly amazing feel to it and in Atif’s crisp vocals felt even better than the original one.

02) second song the of the medley also went well with the flow of previous song and felt good.

03) ‘kabhi kabhi’ – cant explain the response that was given by the crowd and that includes almost everyone in the crowd from students, parents, teachers, security guards  and musicians almost everyone was humming along with Atif Aslam.

 

This performance by Atif Aslam is one the best I have seen live and I have serious doubt that I will see a singer with better voice.

‘STRINGS’ mesmerized once again with an excellent performance.

Salts Arts has succeeded in reviving the concert culture here in Karachi by collaborating with legendary pop-rock band “Strings”. Although Salt Arts had previously collaborated with lesser known acts and had successfully pulled-off concerts of much smaller scale, but arranging something as big as this one, deserves to be praised, as almost everything was spot-on starting from venue itself ‘lawns of Beach Luxury Hotel’ which was a brilliant choice with its sea-front coupled with light December breeze created a very romantic ambiance, followed by ample parking with proper guidance, excellent security arrangements (no mishaps were seen or reported), food court with delicious and fresh cooked food, sound arrangements, time management (as we were home by mid-night), crowd handling, crowd itself was very well behaved and all that topped-up with excellent and flawless performance by legendary pop-rock band of Pakistan “Strings”.

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Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia.

Due to some reasons mentioned above, this concert will be remembered for a long long time and more reasons would be that Strings is performing after quite some time as they were extremely busy with their Coke Studio project, second reason was 30th anniversary of Strings itself, which elevates their status to legendary level and they are the only band to have survived that long.

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Crowd thoroughly enjoying live performance by ‘Strings’.  

Two hours of live music by Strings reminded of the time when Junoon use to rule the roost with their two hours and at times three hours of live music. But for someone like me even a two hour’s performance by Strings wasn’t enough and I felt like carving for more. Current line-up of Strings which features Adeel Ali on lead guitarist (who also happens to be the oldest member after Bilal & Faisal), Bradley D’Souza on Bass Guitars, Haider Ali on keyboards and Ahad Nayani on drums gelled well and gave a notion that they had rehearsed well.

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Faisal Kapadia as usual was very energetic, enthusiastic with his solid vocal tone all through the concert was a treat for ears, mind and soul.  Faisal Kapadia and profusely thanked the crowd that had come to see Strings performing. Bilal Maqsood with his soothing and soft vocals was on the mellow side and he looked a lot more matured as compared to Faisal Kapadia or other members but his melodious side of too much to handle with light December breeze and Sea on your left side.

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First song of the night was ‘koi aanay wala hay’, which was a decent start and felt more a like a warm-up session, followed by ‘na janay kyun’ which had a Spider-Man effect to it, ‘kahani mohabbat ki’ was next, then ‘chaiay chaiay’ and ‘jab sae tum ko mai nay dekha’, is one of their oldest song which I use to hate but now due to its nostalgic I started liking it.

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Without any doubt best song of the night was ‘sar kiay ye pahar’ and this song is only reason why I love Strings so much, it has a nostalgic feel to it and bring back memories of my school time. Strings sang ‘sar kiay ye pahar’ to perfection, not a single error, its seems as they have been rehearsing this song a lot. Next song by Bilal Maqsood was ‘mera bichar yaar’, mellowed things down and then ‘durr’ energized the once again and Faisal Kapadia showed the awesome power of his vocals.

Next in-line was guest singer Momina Mustehsan who came in to present ‘muntazir’ from Coke Studio. Momina Mustehsan failed to impress with her live performance and proved to just another pretty face with not much singing talent, whereas Faisal Kapadia was best among the three vocalist and Bilal Maqsood’s vocals was soothing enough but didn’t fit well with sound of this song.

After a fiery performance by Strings and Momina Mustehsan, ‘mai to dekhoon ga’ soften the mood once again only to be boosted once again by excellent and thrilling drum performance by each and every member of Strings. This drum was very unique had many different instruments.

As far as I remember ‘so ja’ from their first album was first ever song by Strings that I heard or had seen on Music Channel Charts and ‘so ja’ kept the crowd going, ‘soniay’ which had female back-up vocals and to fill this gap Faisal Kapadia requested female members in the crowd who would be willing share the stage with Strings and four young and energetic ladies showed up and sang ‘soniay’ with Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood. ‘Dhaani’ went in with the flow of the concert and last song of the night was the world cup song of 2003 ‘hay koi ham jaisa’. Pakistan was one of the hot favourite to lift the cricket world cup of 2003, but what happened there shouldn’t be remembered. Last was as an energetic and the performances was as power-packed as first one.

Overall it was an excellent effort by Salt Arts and Strings for putting up such an excellent show for very entertainment starved population of Karachi.

 

BRIDAL COUTURE WEEK 2017 – DAY THREE

HUM Network Limited concluded its bi-annual Pantene HUM Bridal Couture Week (PHBCW) on the high notes of magnetism, brilliance and quality fashion to contribute towards the rising of Pakistan Fashion Industry. Day three was a prominent affair of bringing high end celebrities to the ramp as the showstoppers. A night of shebang glamour and recognition of the country’s top and growing designers on an International scale of commercial appeal.

Show one of the concluding day three of PHBCW started with Zonia Anwaar’s Raze Zibaei – Secret of Beauty, an interpretation of a girl’s strength in individuality and charm on the most special day of her life, followed by Umsha by Uzma Babar’s new bridal collection, Khwahish. Ahsan’s Menswear was next to present his collection Tabeer 2018, on the runway. Show one of the concluding day ended on a high note with Across the Globe collection by designer duo Asifa & Nabeel. Their collection offered versatile silhouettes, chattering embroideries and mellowed colours.

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Show two of PHBCW day 3 started with the designer duo Nickie Nina’s Adeena Generation IV, which was followed by a special segment “Strong is Beautiful” featuring Maheen Ghani Taseer’s An-Nism…a String of Pearls collection. Munib Nawaz was next to present his collection Ghalib 2017 on the catwalk.

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The three-day bridal extravaganza concluded on a high note with the designer extraordinaire Ali Xeeshan’s Denial. His way of expressing concerns about current social and political scenarios was deeply rooted in his brilliant showcase, PHBCW’s finale seemed like an epic act of truth and dare.

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The concluding day of PHBCW brought high-end celebrities to the runway as showstoppers; the gorgeous singing sensation Qurat-ul-Ain Baloch show-stopped for Zonia Anwaar, while the multi-talented Saba Qamar added grandeur to Umsha by Uzma Babar’s collection. The delightful Kubra Khan show-stopped for designer duo Asifa & Nabeel, while Soch the Band performed for the brand. The charming Hareem Farooq, Usman Mukhtar and the witty Ali Rehman walked for Nickie Nina. Stunning Ushna Shah added allure to Maheen Ghani Taseer’s collection, whereas Ali Noor walked for Munib Nawaz.

 

Pantene HUM Bridal Couture Week 2017 was choreographed by Vaneeza Ahmed Ali, with backstage management by Muneera & Aamir of Production 021. Make up and styling was by N-Pro and N-Gents. All public relations operations and media liaison was carried out by the in-house PR team of HUM Network Limited along with show production and execution by the special projects and events team at HUM Network Limited. Jewellery partner for PHBCW was Hamna Aamir.