February 25, 2017
By Manal Faheem Khan

Deepak Perwani InstepREport A disjointed second day and star-studded grand finale reminded one of what Fashion Pakistan Week used to be. Karachi: When it was initially announced that FPW will be shortened to a duration of merely two days, many eyebrows were raised. But the new speed of FPW is perhaps a good thing in the fast paced world we live in today; FPW swiftly albeit painfully completed its two day fashion week on Thursday and brought some of the biggest names of fashion fraternity to the runway to celebrate Fashion Pakistan’s tenth anniversary. Bunto Kazmi, Sana Safinaz and Nomi Ansari, for instance, were in all...


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After making its inaugural appearance last year, Cornetto Pop Rock is back with a second season. While last year’s edition featured Noori, Ali Azmat, Umair Jaswal, Zoe Viccaji, Komal Rizvi, Quratulain Balouch, Qurram Hussain and led to several music videos and collaborations plus a series of live shows, this year’s edition will feature an equally star-studded line-up, if not more. Last year’s contenders, Ali Azmat, Quratulain Balouch, Komal Rizvi and Qurram Hussain, are back in the second season alongside new entrants Meesha Shafi and Momina Mustehsan. The song that will open the new season is called ‘Yeh Kya...


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As February has sadly become a month of mourning for dozens as terror attacks across the country (including one at Sehwan Sharif shrine in Sindh) have left people devastated, both the will to celebrate anything and the climate for it seems to be shifting. After I Am Karachi Film Festival was postponed, the latest announcement in these dark times has come from the organizers of the Face (Foundation for Arts, Culture & Education) Music Mela 2017 that was scheduled to take place next month, on March 3 and 4 in Islamabad. The decision has been made as a way to showcase solidarity in these uncertain, grief-fueled days. The artist line-up...


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Actress Kalki Koechlin has delivered many memorable performances. From Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara to Dev D, each performance has merit and an inherent appeal. But despite the evident diversity in her roles, Koechlin claims she has been typecast multiple times in the industry. According to the Times of India, the actress stated, “After Dev D, I got offers for many roles of a prostitute, people offered me roles of a spoiled brat and a physically disabled (character) after the release of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Margarita with a Straw.” Koechlin, however, believes that it’s...


By Manal Faheem Khan

 Nauman Arfeen InstepREport Fashion Pakistan Week 2017 kicks off; Bank Alfalah Rising Talent steals the limelight. Karachi: Fashion Pakistan Week 2017 opened its doors for the fashion fraternity on Wednesday. This marks the 10th year of fashion for the Fashion Pakistan council, and the runway saw many new as well as established names take stage to present their collections. However, its FPW’s introduction to new talent that became the highlight of the evening. Menswear FPW Day One saw a lot of menswear designers, especially those who aren’t afraid of taking risks. Nauman Arfeen proved his strong command over...


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Having made a strong impression on the small screen with a diverse set of roles for the last 25 years, veteran actor Noman Ijaz continues to spread his charm even in this age. Starring as a politician, Khan, in new drama serial Khan, the actor once again proves that he has incredible range. Speaking to Instep in a recent interview, Ijaz reflected on films that are being made in Pakistan these days. “The difference between Hindi cinema and the local film industry is that they add drama in their films and we are trying to insert films in our dramas,” he told Instep. When asked if he plans to work in films anytime soon, the actor...


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American-Pakistani actor Shaz Khan, who first appeared as a Pashtun in Jami’s critically acclaimed Moor in 2015, certainly has a strong screen presence. He starred in Mehreen Jabbar’s Dobara Phir Se as Hareem Farooq’s estranged husband and is all set for his next big screen project, Parwaaz Hai Junoon. “I’m playing one of the 16 pilots in Parwaaz Hai Junoon, it’s one of the main roles in that track,” Shaz Khan, who hails from an Air Force background, shared in a quick telephonic conversation with Instep. “My grandfather was an air commodore and my uncle also holds one of the senior positions...


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Although Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s baby boy Taimur is only two months old, he is no stranger to controversy. A storm erupted on social media over his controversial name, which happens to be very similar to the name of a barbaric invader. Twitter trolls had a field day, slamming Saif and Kareena for their choice, even going to the extent of calling them ‘jihadists.’ Saif and Kareena broke their silence recently, maintaining that their son was given an ancient Persian name that means iron and any insinuations otherwise were ridiculous. But Saif recently revealed to Delhi Times, “I thought for a second...


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Having been around since 2010, Sikandar Ka Mandar have become rather well known in the underground music circuit for their quirky and thought provoking music. Artwork by Samya Arif. musicmix If you haven’t been paying attention, Pakistani bands are becoming more and more creative with their band names. Pakistani indie music is on the rise and thanks to platforms like Patari, these names are now coming forward and in the limelight as well. However, the said names are rather peculiar, if you’ve been observing their titles. We’ve compiled some of the weirdest names that we’ve come across, and may we add that we...