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  • “Raees is very special to me.”– Mahira Khan
    “Raees is very special to me.”– Mahira Khan
      

    It’s all eyes on Mahira Khan these days and she certainly has stolen the limelight with Raees and her undeniably strong chemistry with Shah Rukh Khan. Though Khan cannot be part of the film’s promotional tour, given the ongoing rift between Pakistan and India, Raees promotions are in full swing and it is being anticipated as a film that will take the box office by storm.

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  • Atif Aslam reflects on bad behaviour at gigs
    Atif Aslam reflects on bad behaviour at gigs
      

    Music concerts are meant to signify a space where people come together for the love of music. However, in an increasingly misogynist world, the lewd behaviour seen at concerts can be troublesome and downright horrific. A case in point was a recent gig in Karachi which featured in its playing line-up artists such as Abida Parveen, Atif Aslam and Asim Azhar. But this night of music, according to multiple reports on social media,

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  • ‘Choti Choti Khushiyan’ hits book shelves in Karachi
    ‘Choti Choti Khushiyan’ hits book shelves in Karachi
      

    It’s always refreshing to see anyone trying new things in Pakistan, especially in areas that are otherwise neglected, such as illustration and animation. It’s a field that is only now picking up, thanks to Sharmeen Obaid’s 3 Bahadur, Pakistan’s first ever 3D animated film, and Usman Riaz’s upcoming animated film The Glassworker.

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  • Mawra Hocane and Sonam Kapoor bond over Twitter
    Mawra Hocane and Sonam Kapoor bond over Twitter
      

    It’s heartening to see that the political brouhaha between Pakistan and India hasn’t affected the way Pakistanis and Indians communicate with one another. Even though the political scenario is forcing artists from across the border to comply with the unfair situation being laid out in front of them, every now and then you can see the neighbours trying to reach out.

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  • Don’t expect Bollywood stars to pull a Meryl Streep
    Don’t expect Bollywood stars to pull a Meryl Streep
      

    Bollywood stars are, unfortunately, not known for their ability to speak truth to power. On the contrary, more often than not they succumb to political and ideological bullying – never standing up for their beleaguered colleagues or fellow citizens. That these stars, despite their hefty celebrity statuses, have ever so often failed to defend fellow actors who are hounded by fundamentalists and government alike, is indeed a sad commentary on the culture of the Bombay film industry.

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  • Karachi Eat, coming back this weekend
    Karachi Eat, coming back this weekend
      

    There are a million metaphors that can describe what happened at Karachi Eat this weekend. Heavy rainfall (that was predicted on the weather forecast, to be fair) washed the festival out, leaving it as drenched and bewildered as the incy wincy spider. Primarily, scores of people thronged to the venue, in true Pakistani character paying no heed to warnings – this is, after all, a nation that inexplicably makes a beeline for the coastline every time there’s a cyclone or tsunami warning. But then what started off a pleasant little pitter-patter blew out into angry lashings of rainfall.

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  • Nida Butt reflects on product placements in films
    Nida Butt reflects on product placements in films
      

    Sponsorship can often play a significant role in bringing forward the arts. Whether it is theatre, television, films, or any other form of creativity, it is now becoming crucial to have sponsors on board, to cut down the financial burden.

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  • Noori spices up Lahore with live music
    Noori spices up Lahore with live music
      

    Come hail or high water, Karachi Eat 2017 has been rescheduled to take place next weekend and the fabulous lineup of six music acts will unleash upon gluttonous foodies, keeping music alive in the city by the sea. Lahore will be treated to Lahore Eat next month and until then, the cultural city will have some music to feed its souls.

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