December 13, 2018
By Maheen Sabeeh

We’ve always known that the Lux Style Awards is first and foremost a ceremony that celebrates fashion and style the most, given the number of categories dedicated to it. And for a while it was fine. The film industry, for instance, had nothing new to offer. But with the post-revival, things have changed.The LSAs ride on the coattails of stars. Over the years, we’ve seen several artists such as Atif Aslam or Ali Zafar getting segments that include hosting, tribute, dancing and everything else you can think of, more than once. Previous years have seen Ali Azmat take the stage as host, also twice. So, it comes across as almost indignant...


By Instep Desk

Founded in 1989 by two close friends Sana Hashwani and Safinaz Muneer, design label Sana Safinaz has come a long way since then, with various awards and accolades to their credit. The latest addition to the list of honors the brand has received is recognition as one of the 100 Best Performing CEOs & Companies of Pakistan 2018.“It is an honour and a privilege for Sana Safinaz to be featured in the almanac 100 Performing CEOs & Companies of Pakistan,” they shared while expressing their gratitude to be on the list. “We are grateful for the acknowledgement of our hard work and dedication to our company since its establishment in 1989. We...


By NewsBytes

With a number of animated films being released in the post-revival age of cinema, The Donkey King, a political satire, continues to impress audiences across Pakistan and sustain strong numbers at the box office.At the end of the eighth week, the animated production has raked in a whopping 23.2 crores. In fact it is a first of its kind film that has been on top of the charts continuously. This makes The Donkey King the first animated film to have crossed the 20-crore benchmark by the 6th week and setting a new precedent for all animated movies produced in Pakistan until now. According to box office estimates, the film earned approximately 1...


By NewsBytes

A few days ago, news surfaced that singer-songwriter, B Howard, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson and is rumoured to be his son, will be visiting Pakistan soon.The 37-year-old singer reached the city of lights from Dubai on late Tuesday night and reports suggest that he is here to work on a project that will highlight the positive image of the country. There might be chances of him shooting a documentary on Pakistan as well. However, B Howard claims that he is here for ‘leisure’ purposes only.“I have come to Pakistan for leisure,” B Howard was reported saying. “I want to see the city and...


By NewsBytes

Young filmmaker Ali Sohail Jaura, who has the award winning short travel film, Arz-e-Pakistan to his credit, has acquired another feather in his cap. Two of his short films – I Am Here and Bas Ek Piyali Chai – will be screened at the 2nd Annual Edition of Asia Peace Film Festival which is being held in Islamabad. Sohail Ali took to social media to announce the news. “Our both short films I am Here and Bas Ek Piyali Chai have been selected to screen at Asia Peace Film Festival 2018 annual edition in Islamabad,” he wrote on his official Facebook handle.The short film I Am Here features Thai actors and follows the story of a young...


By Instep Desk

The 18th annual Lux Style Awards are scheduled to take place on July 7, 2019, which is quite late given that this year’s ceremony took place in February. This year we were delighted that the LSAs fell in sync with the Academy Awards, making the timing very international. But for reasons unknown, the date has been pushed to the third quarter of the year. There is almost a gap of one and a half years in between the two editions, which is strange. Nonetheless, categories in film, fashion, TV and music for the upcoming event have been announced.The LSAs have been drawing in some criticism - in the last couple of years - for not having...


By Greg Evans

Jeff Daniels can sense the moments during performances of Broadway’s To Kill A Mockingbird when audiences jump aboard for the Aaron Sorkin ride, when fans of maybe The Newsroom or The West Wing recognize that Atticus or Scout or Calpurnia is about to “roll out a Sorkin,” to launch into one of those trademark ten-sentence runs . The new Atticus Finch says he feels theatergoers signing on for the rides, but acknowledges that this Mockingbird is really just beginning its flight .The new play, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher , was shepherded and developed by producer Scott Rudin and playwright Sorkin, and its re-teaming of Daniels...


By Instep Desk

Film and TV director Mehreen Jabbar has some nuanced projects to her name including television serials such as Ab Tum Ja Saktey Ho, Doraha and films like Ramchand Pakistani and Dobara Phir Se.The director is now gearing up to venture into the digital space. Mehreen Jabbar’s upcoming project is a web series, which has been written by novelist and playwright Umera Ahmad. Recent reports suggest that the web series, which is yet to be titled, is currently in its pre-production stage.According to Gulf News, Mehreen Jabbar, who is known for her neo-realistic style of storytelling and trend-setting shows, is quite excited to work with Umera...


By Instep Desk

There’s a scene in Avengers: Infinity War when Tony Stark’s Iron Man, Peter Parker aka Spider-Man and Dr. Stephen Strange, aka Dr. Strange , are stranded in space and Dr. Strange tells Iron Man, “we’re in the endgame now.” If Thanos is successful in his mission, what did Strange really mean by ‘endgame’?That word ‘endgame’ it seems has greater value. It is not only the title of the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s combined Avengers 4 but is actually a plan. While the trailer for Endgame opens with Tony Stark stranded in space sending a recording to Pepper Potts, it also opens up a lot of possibilities.At...