July 24, 2017
By Buraq Shabbir

InstepInterVIEW The actor reflects on his TV projects and his upcoming film, Parwaaz Hai Junoon, and also talks about the need to give quality films to the audience. At a time when actors are concerned about their looks more than their work, it is a pleasure to have young, aspiring artists who are serious about the projects they attach themselves to. Case in point: Ahad Raza Mir, who joined the local entertainment industry almost a year ago after returning from Canada where he worked as a theatre artist for several years. Ahad comes across as an extremely grounded artiste, more concerned about his craft rather than his public...


By Instep Desk

Culturevulture The Queen star responds to Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar by writing an open letter on nepotism. Kangana Ranaut has taken on the ‘elite’ of Bollywood by starting a dialogue on nepotism, Bollywood’s most popular word nowadays. This word was brought to the forefront when Ranaut appeared on Karan Johar’s show, Koffee with Karan, and called him the “flag-bearer of nepotism.” This did not go down well with the director and he repeatedly attacked Ranaut on numerous occasions, with the most recent attempt being his appearance alongside Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan on stage at the IIFA...


By NewsBytes

Having released four tracks from Wajd, sung in a number of languages, Hadiqa Kiani is now gearing up to unleash the fifth song from her six-track EP that made its debut earlier this year. In the lead-up to the release, a BTS video featuring Hadiqa can be found online in which you can hear bits of the song and the singer speaking on why she chose to sing ‘Chaap Tilak’. As Hadiqa explains it, this kalaam by Amir Khusrau has been sung by many before her but to her it fit perfectly within the narrative and sonic structure of Wajd. Beyond the beautiful songs, Wajd also has a very cohesive visual identity, one that has been...


By NewsBytes

A couple of years ago, when Hollywood Reporter noted in a piece that Christopher Nolan, the god of filmmaking in the modern era, would make 20   million dollars upfront plus 20 percent cut of the profits for Dunkirk, his acclaimed war drama, the Internet went into an overdrive. With Dunkirk releasing now and raking in the big bucks, the question of Hollywood’s highest paid directors is upon us, once more.  According to an extensive story in Vanity Fair, one of the highest paid directors in Hollywood today is Steven Spielberg whose films have managed to earn 9 billion dollars at the box office. Other money-making...


By NewsBytes

It looks like Ben Affleck’s run as Batman could get very, very short. Officially, Affleck is still Batman as was confirmed by Warners’ film studio chief Toby Emmerich who told THR: “Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.” Reality, however, is very different. After starring in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, there were rumours that Ben Affleck would helm his own Batman film, as actor and director. His run as Batman seemed safe since an Avengers-esque multiple superhero film, Justice League, is releasing with Affleck’s Batman/Bruce Wayne leading from...


By Mehek Saeed

From left to right: Jamal Rahman (True Brew Records), Janat Sohail Aziz and Ahmer Naqvi (Patari COO) sat down to talk about the music industry for those on the periphery of it as well as the new music video ‘Circus’. Cultural/public spaces in Pakistan may be numbered but it is in spaces like these that citizens find a space to breathe and nurture their creative selves. Lahore’s The Last Word is one such space that has developed into a welcome sanctuary for those who relish intellectual stimulation. Aysha Raja, the owner sees it as more than a bookstore - a social space, a cultural hub and a place to soak in the knowledge...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Pepsi Battle of the Bands officially announces comeback with a short teaser. If the first half of the year was dominated by eclectic and alternative music vibes, courtesy of projects like Patari Tabeer, Zohaib Kazi’s on-going Fanoos, Hadiqa Kiani’s transcendental Wajd and artists like ESharp, Eridu, Nawksh, Slowspin, Asfandyar Khan/ TMPST, Gentle Robot, Shajie Hassan, Janoobi Khargosh, Forever South collective, Sounds of Kolachi, Ali Suhail, the collective of musicians who made up the Chalay Thay Saath original soundtrack, the second half of the year looks even more promising as two massive music shows gear up to stage their...


By NewsBytes

It truly is the end of an era. The front-man for Linkin Park, one of the most successful rock bands of our generation, Chester Bennington passed away on Thursday by hanging himself. He was found dead in his home near Los Angeles. According to the New York Times, the chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, Brian Elias confirmed the death in Palos Verdes Estates, and said it was being investigated as a possible suicide after law enforcement authorities responded to a call shortly after 9 a.m. Bennington’s death has come as a shock to many fans and other members of the music community world over. The star...


By Mehek Saeed

BeyondBorders Known as one half of acclaimed music group Josh, Rup Magon talks to Instep about his role in the upcoming Hollywood production, The Black Prince and transitioning into the glorious world of cinema. Lahore:Rup Magon of the internationally acclaimed band Josh will soon be seen in a Hollywood production with a storyline that hits rather close to home. Titled The Black Prince, the film is about Maharaja Duleep Singh - the last king of Punjab. Son of one of the most notorious rulers of the land, he was the last tenant of the Lahore Qila which made him the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire in the 1800s. Magon shared that he was...