March 25, 2017
By Manal Faheem Khan

Faris Khalid started off his career as a comedian; he performed with Saad Haroon in his improvisational comedy troupe, Blackfish. Faris Khalid may be a fresh face in our film industry but he possesses wisdom beyond his years. One may assume that Faris Khalid is making his cinematic debut in Chalay Thay Saath but it turns out that Khalid is technically not a newcomer to the film industry. “I’ve done a film before but it sort of went under the radar. I played a transvestite in Rahm,” clarified Khalid. That’s not a performance that should’ve gone ignored but sadly that is the case. However, the actor has...


By Instep Desk

“It’s right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains” – Kate Middleton By Scarlett Conlon The Duchess of Cambridge today spoke today about the challenges that come with motherhood at the launch of a series of educational films promoting mental health for parents and their children at the Royal College for Obstetricians. “Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience, however, at times it has also been a huge challenge - even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not,” she said....


By NewsBytes

Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a true advocate for women’s rights. She is always putting forward issues that confront most women in Pakistan and her work is a shining example of this philosophy. The most recent news surrounding the filmmaker is that she will be speaking at the upcoming 8th Annual Women in the World New York Summit that is scheduled to take place from April 5 till April 7, 2017. “I will be talking about the 80 per cent of women in Pakistan who have faced some sort of violence in their lives,” Obaid-Chinoy shared in a video message. “The stories that I’ll be bringing...


By NewsBytes

With some of the most notable projects including Humsafar and Manto to his credit, actor-director Sarmad Sultan Khoosat needs no introduction. After bagging multiple awards for his performance in and as Manto, which he also directed, Khoosat received the prestigious Pride of Performance award for his remarkable contribution to the industry at the inauguration ceremony that was held at the Governor’s House on Pakistan Day. “I’m just happy and indebted to the country and the people who appreciate the kind of work I do,” Khoosat expressed his gratitude on receiving the award in a quick telephonic conversation with...


By NewsBytes

Pakistan Day was celebrated with a remarkable spirit of patriotism this past Wednesday. Apart from the military parade, several artists participated in celebratory events across various parts of the country.  Qurram Hussain, who forms one half of music group Josh and is currently featured in the second season of Cornetto Pop Rock, performed at Pakistan Day celebrations in Singapore. Meanwhile in Karachi, Ali Hamza, chief poet of music group Noori, emerged at Dolmen Mall in Karachi and participated in Pakistan Day celebration alongside the wonderful folks of Karachi Down Syndrome Program. Hamza sang his KDSP song, ‘Aao Humaray...


By Aamna Haider Isani

HSY will be showcasing at BCW, PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week and Showcase while he has been appointed Show Director at theLSAs. It’s going to be a busy month for him. CULTUREVULTURE From fashion weeks to Showcase and the Lux Style Awards to the Hum Awards, April promises to be power-packed and stylish! It’s March 24, 2017 and in a week we are about to rush in, head-on, into a manic month of style-oriented activity. With the holy month of Ramzan beginning in May and a merciless sun hanging over our heads already, designers, brands and award shows have been scheduling programs left, right and centre in order to wrap up in...


By Sonya Rehman

 Ustad Naseeruddin Saami musicmix Pakistani classical music giant, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami, is all set to collaborate on a multi-CD album with Irish-American record producer, Ian Brennan. In perhaps one of the most exciting developments in the global music sphere, a Pakistani classical music giant, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami, will be collaborating on a multi-CD album with Ian Brennan, an Irish-American record producer who won a Grammy Award in 2011 for the Best World Music Album. “[Saami] is a world class vocalist, both virtuosic and soulful at the same time...and that is a rare feat,” stated Brennan, who has worked...


By Suhayb Alavi

lookingBack Several successful films have been produced in Pakistan but the one film that survived the most turbulent period in the nation’s history and successfully ran against the tide was called Aina. The Nadeem-Shabnam starrer, which recently completed 40 years of release, was produced by M.A. Shamsi and directed by Nazrul-Islam aka ‘dada’. With melodies produced by the legendary Robin Ghosh, its music still has enough weight that it can give modern soundtracks a run for their money. The most loved couple from our golden age of cinema, Nadeem and Shabnam starred together in over 50 movies. From Suroor...


By Maheen Sabeeh

musicmix A look at new music videos from Atif Aslam, Qurram Hussain and Ali Hamza. Music videos often play a significant role in creating a strong narrative for any artist. Over the years, we’ve fallen in love with gorgeous videos by the likes of Jami, Saqib Malik, Zeeshan Parwez and many more. In short, the legacy of arresting music videos in Pakistani pop culture is so very strong that those who attempt anything shoddy instantly stand out. And though it’s certainly not fair, in our minds we tend to make comparisons to past efforts. Nostalgia, they say, can be a funny thing and we do wonder whether the new age of music...