May 30, 2017
By Buraq Shabbir

Ali Kazmi talks about his voice performance in Angelina Jolie’s upcoming animated film Breadwinner, working in the west and the need for animated projects in Pakistan. Ali Kazmi may not have won the Best Supporting Actor trophy at the Lux Style Awards this year for his performance in Mehreen Jabbar’s Dobara Phir Se but the son of industry veterans Rahat Kazmi and Sahira Kazmi is looking ahead and has some interesting projects coming up. Among them is the Qandeel Baloch TV biopic Baaghi in which Kazmi will star alongside Hindi Medium star Saba Qamar. He has a slew of films brewing on the local turf and has one international...


By Instep Desk

Producer Jeniffer Todd speaks about the 2018 edition, teaming up with Jimmy Kimmel as host and leaving behind the best picture debacle. This year’s Academy Awards got plenty of things right but when the ceremony is discussed, the envelope disaster surrounding the Best Picture nod is what most people remember.  Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, however, are looking ahead to next year’s ceremony which they hope will be remembered as a celebration of cinema and will include Jimmy Kimmel as host. Todd, while speaking to Variety, noted that surprise elements continue to occur because it’s live...


By NewsBytes

All of us had been thinking the thing Ushna Shah courageously pointed out in a recent letter that has since gone viral. The holy month of Ramazan has become a commercial business for some in the showbiz industry where they don the cloak of piety to appear religious or conservative for TV shows that are aired during Ramazan, all the while taking huge monetary figures. Shah called out on this hypocrisy by writing a long letter on her Facebook page that soon became viral. She wrote about how people become preachy and self righteous in Ramazan only to go back to their usual corrupt ways once the month is over. “The same people that will...


By NewsBytes

Patari, an audio tech start-up that is home to scores of music artists from Pakistan, is growing in brilliant fashion. Not only has it created thoughtful partnerships with artists as diverse as Zohaib Kazi, Hadiqa Kiani and Noori and backed many deserving music candidates into the spotlight with projects like Patari Tabeer, it is also home to some wonderful podcasts on a wide variety of subjects. Their most recent effort includes a collaboration with Archive of Pakistan (CAP) that aims to bring CAP’s podcasts to Patari’s audience. A press statement detailing the story behind these particular podcasts stated: “The...


By NewsBytes

Were we the only ones wondering what Queen Elizabeth II thought of the popular series, The Crown? After all, the show is mapping her life from the 1940s to modern times and is touching upon some rather sensitive matters. For instance, the show talks about the early days of her reign, her relationship with Prince Philip, and her younger sister, Princess Margaret’s affair. However, a close source to the Queen informed the Daily Express that she is enjoying the show which was recommended to her by her son, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie. “It has been a longstanding arrangement that they drive to Windsor at the weekend to join...


By Sadiq Saleem

Nadia Khan speaks to Instep about her traumatic experience with a casting agency in Dubai. Nothing can be more terrifying for an actor than walking into an audition room. An audition demands much more than a regular, corporate job interview because one can still predict the job interview format. Therefore, what happened recently with Nadia Khan and her 14-year-old daughter in Dubai during an audition for an international project was completely unacceptable and unfathomable. Once hailed as the queen of morning shows, Khan shared her horrifying experience in a video that quickly went viral online. “When my daughter’s turn came,...


By Instep Desk

(From left to right) Members of music group Khumariyaan, Sparlay Rawail, Shiraz Khan, Farhan Bogra andAamer Shafiq playing at the residence of Reece Smyth, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy. BeyondBorders Electrifying Khumariyaan take London and Dublin by storm. With several fantastic instrumental singles to their name and an album in the making, folk-rock act Khumariyaan is one of the best musical acts to have emerged from the burgeoning independent music scene of Pakistan in recent years. Based in Peshawar and Islamabad and featuring Farhan Bogra, Aamer Shafiq, Shiraz Khan and Sparlay Rawail as members, the band...


By NewsBytes

Several days after fashion designer Nida Azwer’s resignation from Fashion Pakistan Council as CEO and board member, the fashion design body based in Karachi has announced Feri Rawanian as the new CEO. The move was made necessary after Azwer, who was voted in as CEO Fashion Pakistan in October 2016, parted ways with the council citing “irreconcilable differences”. According to a press statement, Rawanian, who steps into office with immediate effect, will be an external chief executive charged with the day to day running of the council. “I’m honoured to be asked to lead this exceptional organization of...


By NewsBytes

Deepika Padukone recently made her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return of Xander Cage alongside Vin Diesel but that doesn’t mean she has left Bollywood behind. If reports are to be believed, the actor who is currently busy shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming period film Padmavti alongside Ranveer Singh (who recently got a head injury while shooting) and Shahid Kapoor, has been roped in for another big project in India. According to DNA, Padukone has been finalized to play the protagonist in Badlapur 2, the sequel to 2013 thriller Badlapur that featured Varun Dhawan as the lead. It will be produced by Dinesh Vijan who...