November 21, 2017
By Aamna Haider Isani

“Don’t tell me what rights Islam gives women; tell me what rights Muslims give women.”These words, for me, epitomize what Shoaib Mansoor’s third film, Verna that released this weekend, stands for. These words remind me of Naseeruddin Shah’s monologue in Khuda Kay Liye, in which he says that “Din mein darrhi hai, darrhi mein din nahin.” It’s the kind of line that will stick. KKL was a brave film, made in unstable times; Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol was even more hard hitting, serving several sensitive and misplaced issues at the same time and in his third outing the acclaimed writer/director makes a case for women’s rights...


By Haider Maqsood

The young and immensely popular singer/ songwriter talks about the importance of creating original musicAsim Azhar’s relatively young yet rapidly growing career is definitely not one without several big accomplishments. Being one of the few breakout singers from Coke Studio, his collaboration with Momina Mustehsan in ‘Tera Woh Pyar’ (Coke Studio Season 9) has gained more than 60 million views on YouTube alone. So what does this 20-something singer/songwriter have to say about his success in Coke Studio?“It was very unexpected,” he said in a recent interview. “But even when we were in the middle of rehearsing it at times...


By NewsBytes

Bilal Lashari’s reboot of Maula Jatt, filming these days, landed into a bit of controversy earlier this month as Sarwar Bhatti, producer of the original Maula Jatt (1979) claimed that the producers don’t own the rights to use the name, characters and music of the original film. As a consequence, a legal notice was apparently served to director Bilal Lashari, producer Ammara Hikmat as well as the cast including Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi and Humaima Malick. However as per recent development, the court has cleared them of all the charges, discarding the claims made by Bhatti and allowing the film’s smooth...


By Mehek Saeed

MusicMixThe acclaimed producer and leader of MHB, Mekaal Hasan talks to Instep about playing at the third edition of Dhaka International Folk Festival. Mekaal Hasan, 44, is having a busy, creative year and in some ways, an iconic year. He’s moved to Karachi for one thing and now has a studio in both Karachi and Lahore. He’s re-released Andholan, the third album from his music group, Mekaal Hasan Band in Pakistan in prominent fashion and is routinely uploading more tunes, both heard and unheard, made in studio or created live on bandcamp while the work on a fourth record that will be qawwali-based has begun. As the music...


By Joe Otterson

ForeignEditorialHe will star in, direct Catch-22 limited TV series.Variety.comGeorge Clooney is attached to star in and direct a limited series based on Catch-22, Variety has confirmed.The six-episode series hails from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content. No network is currently attached. Adapted from the 1961 Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 is set in Italy during World War II. It focuses on Capt. John Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier who is furious because the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22, which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational...


By NewsBytes

Shaan Shahid’s upcoming romantic musical, Arth, which is a remake of sorts of the original Arth by Mahesh Bhatt is all set to release in cinemas worldwide on December 21. Featuring Shaan Shahid, Mohib Mirza, Humaima Malick and Uzma Hassan, the first song of the film ‘Sanwar Dey Khudaya’ came out recently and melted our hearts.With vocals from the melodious Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and composition by Sahir Ali Bagga, the song is about heartbreaks and the sufferings one goes through after losing a loved one. Revolving around the lives of four individuals, each fighting his battle, the song is a display of their pain and...


By NewsBytes

It is no news that one half of music group Josh, Qurram Hussain – popularly known as Q – is making his debut as a music producer for the upcoming musical, Rangreza that stars Gohar Rasheed, Urwa Hocane and Bilal Ashraf in pivotal roles. The artist has composed four songs that are featured on the soundtrack of the film, which is slated to come out on December 21 of this year. The first one, titled ‘Bagiya’, sung by Jonita Gandhi, released recently to much applause while another song that is said to be a qawwali is all set to come out on December 12 at 12:12 am.Composed and sung by Q, the qawwali is called ‘Janasheen’ that...


By NewsBytes

Streaming giant Netflix is definitely taken over the world. While we reported earlier this month that Netflix Pakistan is all set to produce its first original series (with Zahid Ahmed as the protagonist), the latest news is that super star Shah Rukh Khan has joined hands with Netflix. Khan’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment has collaborated with Netflix for an original, eight-episode political espionage series, Bard of Blood based on a book of the same name by an Indian author, Bilal Siddiqui.“We have always tried to create world-class content and entertainment from India,” Shah Rukh Khan said on joining hands with...


By Mehek Saeed

Iqra Mansha and Shehrbano Taseer joined Ammara Khan at the launch of her debut ready to wear line.InstepREportAmmara Khan launches her debut ready to wear line with an intimate celebratory event in Lahore. Lahore: Ammara Khan’s eponymous label is one based out of Lahore that has slowly but surely made a name for its ornate couture. The elusive designer has been in the market for over a decade now and has been working away at heavy duty bridals and wedding wear, growing the brand at her own pace – not allowing commercial considerations to loom over her head. “We are selling luxury because the product is not for everyone and...