February 23, 2017
By Manal Faheem Khan

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...


By Instep Desk

 TVTime A quick look at A-list stars who are heading to the small screen in 2017. Television has been playing host to several A-list Hollywood stars for quite some time. After Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s appearance on True Detective earned global recognition, Tom Hiddleston followed suit by appearing on The Night Manager and this trend is not over just yet. In the year 2017, plenty of other Hollywood stars are making their way to the small screen. Big Little Lies, starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, is already on-air and has picked up strong reviews for its pilot episode. More such...


By NewsBytes

Fashion Pakistan Week, now in its tenth season, unraveled in Karachi last night but two days ago, at a lunch hosted by Fashion Pakistan council heads Deepak Perwani (Chairperson) and Nida Azwer (CEO) in collaboration with Scentsation, Perwani explained the reason behind FPW downsizing. FPW has downsized, going from its original three-and-already-small-duration to two days and will feature ten full collections along with three group shows and one hair show by Toni&Guy-South. It’s not the best lineup, with many of Karachi’s top designers either opting out in favour of showing in Lahore or participating in the group shows, but...


By NewsBytes

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Khan is easily one of music’s brightest shining stars. After stealing hearts with his appearance on Coke Studio 7 and before that with songs like ‘Pehla Pyar’ and ‘Aisay Kaisay’, Khan is both exciting and endearing as an artist. Making it big with the track ‘Baarish’ which featured on the soundtrack of Asim Raza’s Ho Mann Jahan, Khan has been flying high. From emerging in Karachi for his tour of the city by the sea, which was presented by Salt Arts to touring the United States including playing shows in vicinities like Chicago and New York to featuring on the...


By NewsBytes

Last week’s announcement of nominations for the upcoming 47th Nigar Film Awards have led to serious backlash from certain quarters of the industry. Many people believe that the process (apparently people’s choice) through which the nominations have been finalized is not fair as it includes names that do not deserve any recognition. The latest buzz surrounding the ceremony, which will take place next month after a gap of over 12 years, is that the court has issued a stay order to stop the proceedings until some issues are resolved. Usama Qazi, proprietor of Lush, has filed an application with the High Court against the Chairman...


By Haiya Bokhari

Fashion can and should use its platform to champion the cause of diversity and shift away from damaging stereotypes instead of perpetuating them. Vogue Magazine’s March’17 issue was meant to be a celebration of diversity and a step in the right direction but unfortunately old habits die hard and the publication only managed to shoot itself in the foot in its attempt. In a widely criticised cover, the US magazine featured Imaan Hammam, Liu Wen, Ashley Graham, Adwoa Aboah, Vittoria Ceretti, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner in matching black turtle necks and swimwear bottoms but Graham was the only model whose hand covered her thigh...


By Manal Faheem Khan

The 47th Nigar Awards are coming back after 12 years but the nominations have left people scratching their heads. 2016 was a record breaking year for Pakistani cinema: 34 local releases hit theaters and several films recorded strong box office collections; Actor in Law raked in over 20 crores and Janaan earned over 15 crores. While box office numbers are important, films should not only be judged solely on the business they generate, as can be seen in the case of the critically acclaimed Mah-e-Mir which tanked at the box office but won praise from critics and was Pakistan’s official entry to the Academy Awards. However, there are...


By NewsBytes

It’s been a while since we heard the rumour that the dynamic duo of Sheheryar Munawar and Mahira Khan, who first appeared together in Asim Raza’s fairly successful debut film, Ho Mann Jahaan last year, will be coming together for another film.  According to the grapevine, the two actors would pair up for Farjad Nabi and Meenu Gaur’s next - the duo who gave us films like Zinda Bhaag (2013) and Jeewan Hathi (2016). However, no official announcement was made on the subject until now. When Instep contacted Munawar to confirm the news, the actor responded in the affirmative. “Yes I’m doing a film with Mahira...


By NewsBytes

With the emergence of more than a few entertainment channels, all looking to capture a huge chunk of the market share, TV dramas are not only creating new stars but also allowing the music industry a chance to showcase its flavour. It’s no longer just films that are roping in artists like Zeb Bangash and Jimmy Khan as soundtracks try and rise from under the burden of clichés and mediocrity. Though there are dozens of TV dramas on-air, we will only focus on the soundtracks that have emerged victorious in a sea of mediocrity.  A case in point:  Ali Azmat’s rendition of the Rasm-e-Duniya OST. Full of emotion, it...