August 20, 2018
By Maheen Sabeeh

If the season opener, followed by the first episode was about diversity and inclusion, even as it drew criticism for reasons both valid and not, the second episode is where the gloves come off with the show returning to experimentation of a different sort while presenting both established artists and several who are making their debut for the very first time. Our story begins with Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi - who has appeared on the show multiple times – but is back to weave a newer, more experimental magic, the kind he made in season four for the first time. Joined on ‘Gaddiye’ by Asrar Shah, who is your contemporary folk musician, the...


By Buraq Shabbir

Samina Ahmed in a bts image with Mehwish Hayat who stars as the female lead in Load Wedding. Veteran TV, film and theatre actor-director Samina Ahmed remains an integral part of Pakistan’s entertainment industry, with almost 50 years of experience. She essayed the role of Sanam Saeed’s mother in a recent theatre play Heer Ranjha while she was also a part of Ramazan special transmission Suno Chanda that became very popular among masses. Currently, the actor is gearing up for an important role in Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza’s Eid ul Azha release Load Wedding, in which she will be seen as Fahad Mustafa’s mother.“It’s my...


By NewsBytes

Female lead of Parwaaz Hai Junoon, Hania Aamir, who is currently busy with the promotions of her upcoming film, has been in the news for quite some time now. Just a few days ago the actor took to social media and claimed that she was “harassed by men disguised as fans”, followed by reports suggesting that Hania misbehaved with the media and waiters at a local eatery where the promotional meet and greet was happening.While some media persons have even demanded to boycott the actor due to her rude behavior, her friend and colleague Kubra Khan, who plays a cameo in the upcoming air force movie, has spoken up on the subject, defending Hania...


By NewsBytes

Having launched his brand MNR Designs in 2014, designer Mohsin Naveed Ranjha is known for his richly detailed and structured drapes for both men and women. While the talented designer has shown a number of his collections at different fashion shows, the good news is that recently Mohsin has collaborated with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh for his upcoming campaign.The designer announced the news on his official Instagram handle and also posted a picture of himself with Ranveer Singh. “To do something different and achieve great heights, one shouldn’t be afraid to explore,” Mohsin noted about his upcoming shoot with the heartthrob.The...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Of the four bands that survived the last episode of Pepsi Battle of the Bands, now in its third season, on the basis of Independence Day as well as the music groups we’ve seen since the beginning, our money has been on music group Xarb - that counts as members Mubeen, Shahzeb, Shayan, Saud and is led ably by vocalist Qamar.According to Instep sources, Xarb have made the cut for the top two bands who will compete and battle it out for the top prize. This news should not come as a surprise since they have emerged to be the strongest band in the lot and have showcased true grit. With electric performances that began with their...


By NewsBytes

The queen of soul music with an equally controversial personal history is no more and has left a hole in the music world forever. Her death was announced on Thursday in Detroit at the age of 76. Fighting pancreatic cancer, Franklin had a career that spanned five decades. Known world over for singing the Otis Redding song ‘Respect’, she delivered scores of Billboard hits of her own and also sang at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. Even as tributes have continued to pour in from the likes of Paul McCartney and current US President, Donald Trump, a joint statement from Barack and Michelle Obama remembers her the...


By Ahmed Sarym

Unlike the usual rising stars of his age, Ahad Raza Mir is shockingly modest and comes across as someone grounded to his roots. Hot off of the success of his debut assignment, TV serial Sammi, Ahad followed it up with the breakthrough drama serial, Yakeen Ka Safar that was drenched in old school romanticism.He is now gearing up for his big screen debut with director Haseeb Hasan’s feature film, Parwaaz Hai Junoon , helmed in association with the Pakistani Air Force, which is slated to release this Eid ul Azha. Having bagged the Lux Style Award earlier this year and three more trophies at the recently-held Hum Awards in Toronto, Ahad has...


By Instep Desk

With the Eid season upon us , three much awaited films are all set to hit theatres; they include Mehwish Hayat and Fahad Mustafa-starrer Load Wedding, the sequel to 2015’s blockbuster Jawani Phir Nahi Ani along with Air Force film, Parwaaz Hai Junoon, that features an all star cast including Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahad Raza Mir, Shaz Khan, Hania Amir and others.While we are geared up for the Eid releases, as far as television is concerned, there are multiple telefilms that will air on different channels during the Eid season and will feature some of our favourite actors such as Saba Qamar, Faysal Qureshi, Sohai Ali Abro and others. Read on as...


By Instep Desk

London has long been home to a huge South Asian population, some with roots to Pakistan as well as other countries like India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka . That population is often catered to with the most intriguing events. For instance, Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival, based in the UK, highlighted in 2017 Abida Parveen. The year before, Salt Arts - the Karachi based production company - presented RPM , a digital exhibit at the Southbank Centre in London, counting as collaborators Mekaal Hasan, Bilal Sami, True Brew Records , The Kominas, Samya Arif, Dynoman , Slowspin , and Natasha Humera Ejaz amongst many more....