April 19, 2019
By Shahjehan Saleem

Last week the Pakistan Fashion Design Council , along with the Trade and Development Authority of Pakistan , partnered on the Textile Exposition , which took place at the Expo Center in Lahore, Pakistan. Subsequently, a total of 363 buyers from 53 countries made their way to the display to look at the business of fashion – which for the first time, the event focused more on.At the PFDC display, the council curated a design pavilion that, in collaboration with the Pakistan government, attracted close to 400 local and international buyers. Amongst those who showcased their design related merchandise included a list of designers, brands,...


By Maheen Sabeeh

It seems Florent Denecker & Victorien Mulliez, whose initials create their musical alias – FDVM – have won hearts across Pakistan, permanently.After playing a series of shows in February of this year, in Karachi , Islamabad and Jamshoro, Sindh , the music duo went back home but not before making fans and friends leaving behind positive memories. Since then, the FDVM has played shows in other territories and returned to Pakistan in April, 2019. As for their brand of music, it includes uplifting house music, creating happy vibes and melting other genres such as disco to their evolving sound. Landing in Karachi, they took a series of...


By Maria Shirazi

It seems like actor-director Shamoon Abbasi is on a roll these days. Though he is currently busy with the post production of his much anticipated film, Durj, which has entered phase one of the Cannes 2019 screening, Abbasi is all geared up for his upcoming web series, titled The Urban Legend of Jawed Iqbal and the 100 Smiles.“Real life stories and events have always inspired me and this web series/miniseries is again based on a true story,” Shamoon Abbasi told Instep. “Right now we are just waiting for Durj to get to a point and we will start shooting for the web series probably after Eid.”Talking about the cast, Abbasi shared,...


By NewsBytes

Shah Sharabeel’s Urdu musical Twins Apart that had a successful run in Karachi, followed by one in Lahore, earlier this year, is all set to open in Lahore tonight. Starting from today at 8pm, the Lahore run will go on till April 28 at Alhamra , Mall Road.The play marks Sharabeel’s comeback to stage after four years; Twins Apart is his sixth musical and is inspired from Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers that made its debut in Liverpool before it was transferred to West End for a short run in 1983.Twins Apart follows the story of twin brothers Isa and Musa, essayed by Umer Naru and Muslim Abbas, respectively. Separated at birth, Moosa and...


By Maheen Sabeeh

For the purpose of this 2-hour special broadcast, NTS Radio’s Miss Modular, an alias for Sasha Ali, whose program is focused on “womxn-powered musical selections + artist interviews exploring womxn’s roles as music makers, cultural producers, and justice seekers” came down to Pakistan and spent a month here in her mission to record the broadcast.The track list is a combination of folk icons, experimental, electronic artists, one TV OST, and much more with songs from Mai Dhai and Sattar Jogi, several tracks by Natasha Humera Ejaz in her various aliases such as Stupid Happiness Theory, It Might Get Glitchy and one featuring Stupid...


By Natalie Jarvey

Netflix added more than 9.6 million subscribers during the first three months of the year but warned that the next quarter could see slower growth. The company, which was expected to add just under 9 million members during the period, now has 148.9 million total paying members. It ended 2018 with 139 million paying members.During the first quarter, Netflix brought in revenue of $4.5 billion, up 22 per cent year over year, and had earnings of 76 cents per share. Netflix was expected to bring in revenue of $4.5 billion and earnings of 57 cents per share, per FactSet. The company’s stock on Tuesday was trading down as much as 6 per cent...


By NewsBytes

Two Pakistani authors, Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid, have been shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2019. In its 24th year, the award is given to a novel written in or translated into English. It is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries, with nominations submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world - making the award unique in its coverage of international fiction.Kamila Shamsie is nominated for her seventh novel Home Fire, which also won Women’s Prize for Fiction last year. On the other hand, Mohsin Hamid’s fourth novel Exit West has been selected - the same book was shortlisted for Man...


By NewsBytes

Music group Kashmir may have outplayed Badnaam to take the public’s vote in the season finale of the resurrected Pepsi Battle of the Bands in 2017 but their competitors and the season’s runner-up band Badnaam too has since then developed a strong following. The band featured alongside Meesha Shafi in the third season announcer, larger-than-life music video of sorts. The Sufi-inspired trio, led by vocalist Ahmed Jilani, spoke to the BBC’s Waqas Saeed in December and the audio is online. During the conversation, Jilani confessed that if given the chance to collaborate with any artist, it would be A.R. Rahman. Not a bad choice at all, we...


By NewsBytes

After essaying a key role Angeline Malik’s Mujhay Jeenay Do that aired in 2017 and tackled the issue of child marriages, veteran actor Nadia Jamil is all set to return to the small screen after almost two years. She will be essaying a prominent role in a socially relevant play called Damsa that will deal with the subject of child trafficking. Written by Asma Nabeel of Khaani fame and directed by Najaf Bilgirami, Damsa is produced by Wajahat Rauf and wife Shazia.The shoot for the play recently came to an end; it is expected to go on-air in the coming months. “We are making one of the most legendary dramas Pakistan will ever see. So...