October 18, 2018
By Buraq Shabbir

instepReviewThe film marks Kajol’s first film in three years but does it take-off?Yesteryear diva Kajol, who last appeared on the big screen in Dilwale for which she reunited with Shah Rukh Khan, returns to limelight with Pradeep Sarkar’s Helicopter Eela this October. However, to one’s surprise, the actor - who essays the role of a single mother – struggles to rise up to expectations.Helicopter Eela stars Kajol as Eela who aspires to become a playback singer and make a name for herself. Her boyfriend Arun, essayed by Tota Roy Chowdhury, supports her in her dreams but things don’t work in her favour somehow. The two get married,...


By Instep Desk

CULTUREVULTUREThe author and the actor will share a panel after Lahore Literary Festival that was held in Pakistan earlier this year to discuss issues that both have addressed in their works, respectively.Break-out actor Riz Ahmed , who is also known as rapper Riz MC and released his newest track, a powerful political single called ‘Mogambo’ and Mohsin Hamid one of Pakistan’s most well-known English authors, are set to reunite after Lahore Literary Festival 2018 that was held earlier this year in Pakistan. Riz Ahmed and Mohsin Hamid are set to participate in a panel as part of the London Literature Festival 2018, where the two will...


By NewsBytes

Independent musicians like Natasha Humera Ejaz, who also makes music under the moniker Stupid Happiness Theory, will continue to forge new ground, no matter how tough the road. She began the year by releasing the beautiful single ‘God in Me’ with a stunning music video directed by Ali Junejo. As Natasha told Instep, it is a prayer song that explores spirituality. “It’s about figuring out what it means to know the truth and not know the truth and finding yourself and not finding yourself.”She was also one of the voice artists in the film, Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor and featured on the soundtrack as well with two tracks; a...


By NewsBytes

After releasing the teasers of upcoming film Pinky Memsaab – that introduced us to the lead characters briefly – the official trailer of the movie has been launched and it certainly looks every bit intriguing. Directed and written by debutant Shazia Ali Khan, Pinky Memsaab features Hajra Yamin as Pinky, a young woman from a small village in Punjab who travels to Dubai to work as a maid. The trailer starts off with Pinky explaining that since childhood she had red cheeks which earned her this nickname. Pinky decides to move to Dubai due to financial constraints and starts working as a maid for a Dubai-based writer and socialite Mehr,...


By Aamna Haider Isani

Winds of change are blowing throughout the world. Issues like racism, misogyny, gender equality, ageism and sexual harassment in the workplace are being discussed with the singular objective of making the world a better place for our children to grow up in and to work in. Those of us who live in South Asia – Pakistan especially – face the additional issue of body shaming that burdens mostly girls with unfair ideals that they are worthy only if they are thin and fair. This used to be a global epidemic but the world is evolving; unfortunately, Pakistan is not.Recognizing this, popular oil brand Dalda organized a panel discussion on the...


By Instep Desk

The recently released animated film, The Donkey King, written, directed and co-produced by Aziz Jindani and released in cinemas across Pakistan under the banner of Geo Films, has collected over 36 lacs on the opening day, this breaking previous box office records made by other animated films such as Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor. That’s not all. The film has raked in over 1 crore on its second day , according to Entertainment Pakistan. The site also states that no animated film has collected over 70 lacs in a single day in Pakistan; The Donkey King has set a new benchmark that will be hard to beat.The film premiered in Karachi on...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Strings, the music group featuring Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia, has that big unstoppable momentum, one that can’t be tempered with no matter what else is happening. When the year began, Pakistan’s most enduring music group announced that after parting ways with Coke Studio as producers, they would like to celebrate 30 years of the band’s existence and success with a new record called 30. Since then, they have released four songs: ‘Sajni’, ‘Urr Jaon’, ‘Mil Gaya’ and the Cornetto-backed semi-butchered ‘Piya Re’. In between, they also found time to co-judge Pepsi Battle of the Bands 3.With the Pepsi gig now...


By Instep Desk

Nearly two weeks back, former model and actor Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct and harassment that took place on a film’s set. This paved way for other women to speak up on the issue and share their experiences. It has led to an avalanche of names from within the industry who have apparently harassed their colleagues at some point in their careers. Some of them include director Vikas Bahl, ace actor Alok Nath, director Sajid Khan, music director Anu Malik and singer Kailash Kher while celebrity hair stylist Sapna Bhavnani has pointed fingers at Amitabh Bachchan without revealing anything as...


By Instep Desk

Music maestro and renowned qawwal Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is all geared up for his upcoming song, which is called ‘Zindagi’ and is presently being shot at exciting and exotic locations in Hollywood. According to producer Salman Ahmed of PME , the locations selected for the video have never been seen in films, drama serials or any video up till now. “The video is being helmed by a renowned director, whose name we can’t reveal as yet but it will be unveiled quite soon. For now all we can say is that he has been a part of some major Hollywood movies,” he shared. Speaking about the song, Ahmed reiterated that with ‘Zindagi’ the very...