May 27, 2017
By Mehek Saeed

Instep catches up with the eminent couturier about retail, bridal couture and the problems that plagued her lawn. Lahore There are brands out there whose trajectory is nothing like those of the others. They are the market leaders, those that blaze trails for the rest. The designers who are at liberty to say, ‘Hey, just because this aesthetic works for others doesn’t mean everyone should aspire to just this.’ They are original, their flair for design is ingrained in their brand ethos and they are one with it. They are designers like Zara Shahjahan, who we recently caught up with at the opening of her one-of-a-kind bridal...


By Siddharth Vikram Philip

Actor Prabhas and Director SS Rajamouli on the set of Baahubali 2. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has become the country’s highest-grossing film and is demonstrating the growing challenge that regional moviemaking is posing to Bollywood’s hegemony in the world’s most prolific cinema market. The revenge of a muscular prince, as told in an epic movie from southern India, has become the country’s highest-grossing film and is demonstrating the growing challenge that regional moviemaking is posing to Bollywood’s hegemony in the world’s most prolific cinema market. The film, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, has...


By NewsBytes

Since Mehrunisa V Lub U appeared on the radar with its teaser, we have been wondering why it resembles a Bollywood film. We hate to jump to conclusions but there are too many elements in it that remind us of cross-border productions.  The teaser, featuring leads Danish Taimoor and Sana Javed, brings to mind a scene from a typical Yash Raj film particularly because Taimoor is doing Shah Rukh Khan-esque dance moves while Javed is draped in crepe saris in the freezing cold. The latter sequence brings to mind Hindi actors Sridevi or Kajol who have appeared in several such scenes in the nineties and early 2000s. We later met the cast for...


By NewsBytes

M. Night Shyamalan, the Indian-American filmmaker - who developed a strong reputation for telling strange supernatural stories with films like Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs - has seen plenty of failures. After The Last Airbender and After Earth bombed both critically and commercially, the director went back to the drawing board and returned with The Visit, a” found-footage” horror film that paved the way for Split, his comeback film. “I had the story of The Visit in my journal of ideas,” Shyamalan told Deadline recently about getting his groove back. “I kind of guarded it as my creative secret weapon that...


By NewsBytes

The prestigious film festival that attracts the who’s who of the entertainment world is a great place to get yourself noticed. We saw Bollywood beauties taking up the challenge by making superb style statements on the red carpet of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Others use the occasion to promote their upcoming films. Rihanna doesn’t need to do anything to be noticed obviously. Her style statements are always spot on and she’s always surrounded by the hottest stars, models and designers. This year, she co-hosted Chopard’s fabulous Space Party but sources say that even though she hosted the event, she had declined...


By Instep Desk

Saba Qamar could not have hoped for a better response to her debut film in Bollywood as Hindi Medium released to greatreviews which generously gave Saba credit where it was due. Five prominent Pakistani actors will be making their Bollywood debuts in India this year. Instep takes a quick look… While it is still unclear whether Bollywood will open up to casting Pakistani artistes now or in the near future, all these films – planned and initiated back in the hey day – are releasing this year and they will count for the debuts of several credible Pakistani actors. Mahira Khan’s Raees was a dream debut that may...


By Instep Desk

The Hollywood actor and producer, in India to promote his upcoming Netflix film War Machine, talks to Shah Rukh Khan about the changing landscape of the movie business, experimental films and Bollywood. Shah Rukh Khan’s films may not be fetching the kind of numbers that a Salman Khan or an Aamir Khan film can generate but he remains one of Indian cinema’s biggest exports. His value outside foreign shores can be judged by the fact that whenever someone from Hollywood enters India, SRK is always around. Whether it’s the Apple CEO or Will Smith, Khan is always in the picture. The most recent example of this can be found...


By NewsBytes

News has surfaced that TV show presenter Nadia Khan has filed a police complaint against an American actor and producer for physically assaulting her 14-year-old daughter at an audition in Dubai last week. Khan had taken her daughter to the auditions which took place at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in JBR. The casting was held by a renowned company that represents some big names in music and television shows in the US. Speaking to Gulf News, Khan recounted the traumatic incident: “My daughter wanted to audition for this Disney thing happening here in Dubai. She was given two lines to read. When she read her lines, this person grabbed...


By NewsBytes

Almost every generation alive today can relate to the butt-kicking, crime solving private detectives who fought villains and solved crimes by responding to a mysterious Charlie over the phone. The original Charlie’s Angels was a TV series that released in 1976 and ran for five seasons. It originally featured Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. Later in 2000, a film reboot starring Cameron Dian, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore was released and it became a huge commercial success, so much so that it was followed by a sequel in 2003 that also starred Demi Moore as the villain. This film reboot really jazzed up the original...