May 24, 2018
By Maheen Sabeeh

Crackdowns, missing persons, media outlets and journalists under siege, and vitriol and gaslighting directed towards artists like Meesha Shafi and many more for breaking their silence over an issue that has affected millions of lives. Feminists and/or activists trolled for trying to build a better tomorrow facing an eerie tirade. These are just some of the issues that hit you when you open social media every morning these days - not just because you want to be informed but because, like I said, the media is under siege.In the digital age, we also open social media with the hope that something good will come along, particularly for those of...


By NewsBytes

It is quite heartening to see celebrities lending support to various social causes. Quite recently Coke Studio sensation, Momina Mustehsan, who has always been in the news for speaking up her mind about various issues, such as cyber bullying or depression, posted a picture on her official Instagram page supporting the Alif Alaan’s Taleem Do initiative. “#MeinTharparkarHoun is a moving documentary of the first science festival that recently took place in Tharparkar,” the singer and social activist wrote. “With over 15,000 students attending from public and private schools, the festival played a role in igniting the curiosity of the...


By NewsBytes

Since finding global fame in the breakthrough British TV series Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch has managed to carve a career doing big feature projects and intelligent ones . He is also a revelation on stage .Known for his iconic portrayal of Sherlock Holmes , Benedict has, in the age of gender bias, decided that he will make sure that his female co-stars are paid as much as he is from here on now. In fact, he will not be signing any new projects until his demand for equality is met.Speaking to Radio Times, the 41-year noted, “It’s about implementation. Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism. Look at your...


By Buraq Shabbir

Faizan Khawaja returned to the limelight with his big screen debut Chupan Chupai that released in December, last year. The film generated respectable numbers at the local box office while it attracted praise for the actor who played a prominent role in the film. Currently essaying a key role in Ishq Tamasha, that is among the top rated TV plays, Faizan is gearing up for multiple small screen projects. While the actor just wrapped up shooting for Sodai, he is gearing up for his next, called Nisbat, for which he recently began shooting.“I’m playing a law graduate from London who’s in love with his cousin, essayed by Minal Khan,”...


By Aamna Haider Isani

Spoilers aheadIn a complete shift of balance, drama serial Khaani – which until now was more about Mir Hadi and Khaani – has become all about the power play and politics between Arham and the Mirs. The episode begins with Iffat who’s weeping over the betrayal she feels she has suffered due to Khaani’s lies and over the fact that Arham’s life may be in danger if he pursues Sarim’s murder case against the powerful Mirs. Her fears are justified as the mild-mannered Arham goes up against the powerful and ruthless Mir Shah; it is only natural that the thought of losing her son makes her very anxious and afraid. But her father in...


By NewsBytes

Having released in Pakistan and worldwide on March 30 this year, Cake the Film is still running in cinemas after eight weeks. Starring Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik in key roles, the film is a family drama that generated mostly positive reviews. Directed by Asim Abbasi, the film raked in a total of 6.5 crores at the local box office while it collected $1.4 million globally.Following the success of Cake, the production team behind the film – ZAB Films and Indus Talkies – have partnered with B4UMotion Pictures to co-produce future films that will target audiences in Pakistan and beyond.Speaking of the collaboration, Zulfikar...


By Buraq Shabbir

Singer-songwriter Umair Jaswal has made multiple appearances on Coke Studio. Starting off with music group Qayaas almost a decade ago, lead vocalist Umair Jaswal has taken his time to reach the path he’s on. From the heavy rock ways of Qayaas, to iconic Coke Studio appearances and making his acting debut with period drama Mor Mahal , Umair has proven his mettle time and again. However, he has lately been performing on various occasions as a solo artist, which will follow his upcoming debut album, titled Umair Jaswal.“The album is self titled; it’s called Umair Jaswal,” the singer-songwriter shared in an exclusive interview with...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami and Zeb BangashBeyond the overt commercialization of religion, cashed in on by brands, TV channels alike or actors including Ahsan Khan, Momina Mustehsan, Sami Khan, Imran Abbas and certain others, taking on conservative garb during the holy month, Ramazan remains a month where spiritualism in its truest sense also reveals itself, both internally and externally, if you yearn closely.Qawwali, which is said to be the oldest form of Islam, is taking center-stage in Karachi this Ramazan, beginning with Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami and Sons, presented by Salt...


By NewsBytes

It was a few days ago when actor Maya Ali, who is playing the lead female role opposite Ali Zafar in Ahsan Rahim’s directorial debut, Teefa in Trouble, took to social media to introduce her character ‘Anya’ in the film. “Excited introduce to you ME as ANYA! A go-getter, a problem solver and an all round free spirit!” the actor wrote on her official Instagram handle. This was followed by a poster which stated, “My 1st ever poster for my 1st ever film @teefaintrouble... What a feeling.”Quite recently, Ali Zafar and Maya Ali in the upcoming movie posted a video on Instagram presenting Maya Ali as Anya in Teefa in Trouble. The...