February 19, 2018
By Instep Desk

In 2017, two television series, Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale - rose to prominence like no other. Both shows were based on novels and both won commercial applause as well as critical acclaim before going on to sweep all prestigious award ceremonies. Both had women at the center of the story and were deemed relevant to the times we’re living in. While Big Little Lies, created by David E. Kelley was based on Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale, created by Bruce Miller, was based on a novel by Margaret Atwood. The entrance of movie-stars like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon into the TV scene with Big...


By Instep Desk

With Pakistani cinema gaining momentum, film festivals across the country and beyond have become a regular fixture. While the first Pakistan International Film Festival – scheduled to commence from March 29, 2018 – is just around the corner, there is another festival that will begin next week. Called the Asia Peace Film Festival , the upcoming event will be held at Expo Centre in Karachi from February 23 and will run till February 26.This will be the second edition of the festival after the first edition took place in Islamabad last year. Featuring film screenings, conferences, workshops and art exhibition during the 4-day run, the...


By NewsBytes

Celebrity couple Syra Shahroze and Shahroze Sabzwari, who have been married since 2012, have been an integral part of the entertainment industry for several years now. While they have starred in a number of TV projects with a movie, each, to their credit, they haven’t worked as co-stars except for drama serial, Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay .But all that could change as the latest news surrounding the two suggests that they will soon star together in an upcoming film. Syra and Shahroze broke the news of their movie on social media this Valentine’s Day along with a picture featuring the two in lush green fields.Speaking to Instep about the...


By NewsBytes

In 2002, Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave a spectacular film together, Devdas. It was their only film together. With Sanjay Leela’s Padmaavat doing great at the box office, rumours have it that he is keen on signing Shah Rukh Khan for his upcoming project. Reports suggest that Bhansali was keen on casting Shah Rukh in the role of Sahir Ludhianvi, his next film after Padmaavat.Some reports suggest that Deepika Padukone might play his heroine while others claim that Kangana Ranaut will be SRK’s heroine in Bhansali’s next. However, nothing has materialized as yet. And it looks like another Bhansali-SRK film is not meant to...


By Buraq Shabbir

Hua Kuch Yoon follows Quratulain and Raja’s tragic love story spreading from past to present.InstepREportDawar Mehmood’s latest theatre production, written by Sajid Hasan, premiered at the Karachi Arts Council on Thursday.Karachi: When it comes to commercial theatre in Pakistan, Dawar Mehmood is one name that always comes to our minds. He has been producing theatre plays under his banner KopyKats Productions for several years now and most of them have received critical as well as commercial success. Some examples include productions like Pawney 14 August, Aangan Terha, Sawa 14 August, Siachen. However, his most recent play, Hua Kuch...


By Instep Desk

Mawra HocaneLSAUpdateShaheen Airline joins hands with Pakistan’s premier award ceremony to provide a special chartered flight to 150 industry experts, as the LSAs head to Lahore. The 17th edition of the Lux Style Awards, Pakistan’s premier contemporary award ceremony that recognizes and celebrates excellence in the fields of television, film, music and cinema, is all set to take place next week, on February 20, in the beautiful city of Lahore. As the Lux Style Awards head to the cultural metropolis, a special chartered flight will take 150 industry experts including artists, stars, nominees and media persons for the ceremony at hand...


By InstepReport

From left to right: Sanam Saeed, Hira Hussain, Adnan Malik, Aamina Sheikh and Mohammad Ahmed at the launch of their film’s trailer. Cake is set to release on March 30, 2018.CultureVultureUnveiled at Nueplex cinema in Karachi, with the cast in attendance, the trailer provides greater insight into the Jamali family. After making us unbelievably curious, first with its unconventional promotions and later with its teaser trailer, Asim Abbasi’s debut feature film, Cake, is finally here with its official trailer. And it has to be said that this story of familial bonds and what happens when they break, could very well be the film we’ve been...


By NewsBytes

After recreating Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s romantic number ‘Sanu Ek Pal’ for Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz starrer Raid, another chart-topping melody by the late legendary singer has been recreated for the duo’s upcoming crime-drama. While some parts of the song, titled ‘Nit Khair Manga’, have been rewritten by lyricist Manoj Muntashir, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has sung the recreated version.Directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, the film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat and Abhishek Pathak. While talking to Mumbai Mirror, Raj Kumar Gupta stated, “The song has been picturised on Ajay, who plays an upright and...


By Maria Shirazi

Amar Khan in a still from ongoing period drama, Ghughi.Amar Khan talks to Instep about her television debut, her eccentric choice of characters and much more.Unlike most of her contemporaries, Amar Khan opted for unconventional roles as soon as she stepped into the entertainment industry. She is one aspiring actor who is serious about the projects she attaches herself to and claims that acting runs in the genes.“My maternal grandfather was a filmmaker in the early 60s and then my mother, Fareeha Jabeen, also pursued acting more than 25 years ago. But I wasn’t really a kid who would extrovertly proclaim that I wanted to become an actor....