November 20, 2017
By Mehek Saeed

MusicMixThe acclaimed producer and leader of MHB, Mekaal Hasan talks to Instep about playing at the third edition of Dhaka International Folk Festival. Mekaal Hasan, 44, is having a busy, creative year and in some ways, an iconic year. He’s moved to Karachi for one thing and now has a studio in both Karachi and Lahore. He’s re-released Andholan, the third album from his music group, Mekaal Hasan Band in Pakistan in prominent fashion and is routinely uploading more tunes, both heard and unheard, made in studio or created live on bandcamp while the work on a fourth record that will be qawwali-based has begun. As the music...


By Joe Otterson

ForeignEditorialHe will star in, direct Catch-22 limited TV series.Variety.comGeorge Clooney is attached to star in and direct a limited series based on Catch-22, Variety has confirmed.The six-episode series hails from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content. No network is currently attached. Adapted from the 1961 Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 is set in Italy during World War II. It focuses on Capt. John Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier who is furious because the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22, which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational...


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Shaan Shahid’s upcoming romantic musical, Arth, which is a remake of sorts of the original Arth by Mahesh Bhatt is all set to release in cinemas worldwide on December 21. Featuring Shaan Shahid, Mohib Mirza, Humaima Malick and Uzma Hassan, the first song of the film ‘Sanwar Dey Khudaya’ came out recently and melted our hearts.With vocals from the melodious Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and composition by Sahir Ali Bagga, the song is about heartbreaks and the sufferings one goes through after losing a loved one. Revolving around the lives of four individuals, each fighting his battle, the song is a display of their pain and...


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It is no news that one half of music group Josh, Qurram Hussain – popularly known as Q – is making his debut as a music producer for the upcoming musical, Rangreza that stars Gohar Rasheed, Urwa Hocane and Bilal Ashraf in pivotal roles. The artist has composed four songs that are featured on the soundtrack of the film, which is slated to come out on December 21 of this year. The first one, titled ‘Bagiya’, sung by Jonita Gandhi, released recently to much applause while another song that is said to be a qawwali is all set to come out on December 12 at 12:12 am.Composed and sung by Q, the qawwali is called ‘Janasheen’ that...


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Streaming giant Netflix is definitely taken over the world. While we reported earlier this month that Netflix Pakistan is all set to produce its first original series (with Zahid Ahmed as the protagonist), the latest news is that super star Shah Rukh Khan has joined hands with Netflix. Khan’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment has collaborated with Netflix for an original, eight-episode political espionage series, Bard of Blood based on a book of the same name by an Indian author, Bilal Siddiqui.“We have always tried to create world-class content and entertainment from India,” Shah Rukh Khan said on joining hands with...


By Mehek Saeed

Iqra Mansha and Shehrbano Taseer joined Ammara Khan at the launch of her debut ready to wear line.InstepREportAmmara Khan launches her debut ready to wear line with an intimate celebratory event in Lahore. Lahore: Ammara Khan’s eponymous label is one based out of Lahore that has slowly but surely made a name for its ornate couture. The elusive designer has been in the market for over a decade now and has been working away at heavy duty bridals and wedding wear, growing the brand at her own pace – not allowing commercial considerations to loom over her head. “We are selling luxury because the product is not for everyone and...


By Ricardo Lopez

ForeignEditorialWarner Bros. is holding its breath as it prepares to unveil Justice League, which poses a critical test for the future of the DC franchise. Warner Bros. is holding its breath as the studio prepares to unveil Justice League this weekend. The costly superhero team adventure carries a production budget of more than $250 million, and with it, the hope that DC’s interconnected cinematic universe of comic book heroes and villains can deliver huge audiences around the globe.When tens of millions of dollars in worldwide marketing and distribution costs are added in, Justice League would have to bring in a lofty sum of around $600...


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Coke Food Festival is back with its newest edition and has a lot in store and not just food fans but also music fans. Kicking off in Lahore on 17th November at Royal Palm, the three-day event will end on Sunday after which it will move on to other cities such as Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan before closing in Karachi. While foodies have a chance to experience 70 leading and burgeoning traditional/ contemporary restaurants and 30 caterers, home chefs, food stalls and more at this party in the park, music will fans will get to see a huge variety of artists, including Pakistan’s longest running music group, Strings. Other artists who...


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Focus Pakistan, a two-day conference dedicated to the business of entertainment and production, is all set to return with its second edition this month after making an inaugural appearance circa 2016.As reported earlier, the event (beginning on November 25) is set to pay tribute to four ‘icons of industry’ such as Imran Aslam, Bushra Ansari, Samina Peerzada and Shoaib Mansoor. It also includes a short-film festival called ‘the film market’ that counts as jury industry experts such as Jami, Nabeel Qureshi, Asim Raza, Wajahat Rauf, Nadeem Baig, Marina Khan, Mehreen Jabbar and Angelina Malik. While the film-market event will take place...