September 25, 2017
By Maheen Sabeeh

Strings: Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia MUSICMix Strings stage a comeback as vocalists while remembering Junaid Jamshed, plus other highlights. The most well-known music property in the country and beyond (particularly India), Coke Studio ended its tenth season late last week in memorable and moving fashion. While the recently concluded tenth season had both moments of miraculous music and some less than appealing efforts, the material offered in the last two episodes certainly elevated matters. Though cover songs are still very much a part of the format and those numbers need to be reduced, with participation of nearly 40...


By Instep Desk

  Fashionforward Everything you need to know as we begin the countdown to PLBW. The PFDC L’Oreal Bridal Week, scheduled to take place in Lahore between October 14 and 16 next month, is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious bridal couture platforms in the country. Several years into its consistent existence, it has been a stage for bridal fashion, but as the word ‘fashion’ dictates, it is driven by designer creativity and innovation as opposed to commercial demand and supply. That’s not to say that every one who shows at the PLBW is a bona fide innovator, but having names like Sana Safinaz, Nomi Ansari,...


By NewsBytes

It is always refreshing to encounter new faces onscreen - be it is television or films. And when it comes to cinema we’re a little jaded by seeing the same faces that once dominated small screens making the transition to films. Consequently, it sometimes feels as if one is watching a TV drama on the big screen. Fortunately, change is coming as more and more young artists enter the world of films. A case in point is actor-writer Mariam Saleem Nawaz, who impressed viewers with her comic timing at the 16th annual Lux Style Awards earlier this year and is gearing up for her big screen debut. She will be seen opposite Shahroze Sabzwari,...


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Urdu language feature film, My Pure Land, has been chosen by Britain for Oscar 2018 submission in the foreign language film category. Directed by debutant Sarmad Masud, the film stars’ Pakistani dancer-actor Suhaee Abro and has been shot entirely in Pakistan amidst tough conditions. Based on a true story, My Pure Land follows the story of three women, a mother and her two daughters, who fight against the army of 200 bandits to save their land in rural Pakistan. The elder daughter, Nazo Dharejo, essayed by Abro, is a courageous woman who protects the land from opponents with the help of her mother and sister. My Pure Land was first...


By Mehek Saeed

Dr Majeed, Sihim, Rubi and Yoon at the launch of Korean beauty in Lahore, Pakistan. E-Beauty The Korean beauty giant officially launches in Lahore, Pakistan with a website. Lahore: Korean Beauty has become somewhat of a mammoth entity with tons of players. While the market is dominated by many individual products, TonyMoly still manages to stand out under this umbrella. Overtime K Beauty has proved itself to be more than just a passing fad and its real staying power is evident in the way TonyMoly has expanded in the decade it’s been around. It now has stand-alone retail stores across Asia, Russia, Spain, Mexico and the US....


By Instep Desk

TVTime The iconic producer and writer on her multiple TV productions and the recent edition of the Emmy Awards. It may be the age of Netflix but it is also the age of Shonda Rhimes, who has the honour of being the first woman to produce three hit TV shows with 100 episodes each. Even as she has moved to Netflix, at least three shows from the iconic writer and producer still have a home on ABC Network and are staging a return after going on hiatus earlier in the year. First up is Scandal starring Kerry Washington (Olivia Pop) that is set to make its last appearance since the upcoming season will be its final hurrah. While the plot...


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Shoaib Mansoor’s next film, Verna that features Mahira Khan as a rape survivor is one of the highly anticipated films to come out in the coming months. The film’s poster, that released recently, generated great reviews from fans as well as industry insiders. The latest news surrounding the project suggests that it carries a rap song titled ‘Power Di Game’ with women empowerment as its theme. According to reports, it has been sung by Islamabad-based musician, Xpolymer Dar. Given Mansoor’s previous films, Khuda Kay Liye and Bol, we know that the director always brings something new to the table. But a rap song...


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Pakistan’s fashion industry is not only growing within the country but is touching new heights internationally as well. The recently concluded Fashion Pakistan Week, which opened with a solo show for the first time, introduced some new trends, besides some hits and misses. On an international front, the most recent development is a fashion showcase by the House of Kamiar Rokni and Zonia Anwaar in collaboration with the High Commission of Pakistan in Prague. With the aim to promote Pakistani fashion in Prague, the initiative brings forth the best of Pakistan’s craft. In a conversation with Somethinghaute.com, the designer Kamiar...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Ali Zafar sings ‘Uss Rah Par’ while Junaid Jamshed can be seen in the background. A poignant tribute that also features AliHamza and Strings, it is, in many ways, the perfect end to a season that has seen both hits and misses. Here’s hoping anotherseason is on the cards. MusicMix In its finale episode, the music production remembers Junaid Jamshed. The shadow of Junaid Jamshed’s death continues to haunt us. The former Vital Signs vocalist, who seemed to always carry an internal conflict, eventually exiled himself from the world of music to follow a higher calling and now remains a reminder of the past and...