March 29, 2017
By Maheen Sabeeh

Cornetto Pop Rock 2 finally gets its right with a third release. The inaugural edition of Cornetto Pop Rock, launched last year with aplomb and a fair bit of fanfare, had a formidable run. Apart from the star-studded concerts, held in three major cities, the songs were produced by the likes of Zohaib Kazi, Noori and Ali Azmat. Staying within the parameters of contemporary and palatable pop rock structures, the tracks were mostly hits than misses. Sadly, the second season of the same show, which returned earlier this year, had been the opposite thus far. Komal Rizvi’s ‘Yeh Kya Huwa’ and Qurram Hussain’s ‘Turn...


By Kristopher Tapley

Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali with La La Land’s Ryan Gosling Being in front for too long leaves a big target on your back. Variety.com Few films can weather the harsh spotlight of being the Oscar frontrunner from the beginning of an awards season all the way to the end. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, which was perceived as the one to beat from the moment it bowed at the Venice Film Festival, proved this yet again in the closing moments of a telecast that left jaws on the floor. Being in front for too long leaves a big target on your back. It can actually be beneficial to cede the spotlight to other contenders throughout...


By NewsBytes

Most TV serials that dominate our screens these days revolve around repetitive themes of love, marriage and familial ties. And then there is a new trend of dramas based on social issues that has been observed lately. So it’s always refreshing to see unique projects making way to the small screen amidst a large number of run of the mill dramas. The latest effort in this direction is an upcoming period drama, Aangan set in the 1930s that will talk about the ties between India and Pakistan through the lives of women. Based on eminent writer Khadija Mastoor’s classical novel of the same name that she wrote in 1962, Aangan is being...


By NewsBytes

It was reported earlier that the Bollywood adaptation of Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz’s novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me is in works. Starring Sonakshi Sinha, the film is titled Noor and is all set to release next month. It follows the story of a Pakistani journalist Noor, who is stuck between her personal and professional life. The film’s trailer, released earlier this month, looks promising. It features Sinha as a journalist who has no time for family and has no love life. She is prone to accidents and often ends up making a fool out of herself. Her life suddenly takes a major turn and she lends herself in trouble. How...


By NewsBytes

Parineeti Chopra, who made her Bollywood debut with Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl in 2011, has appeared in a number of hit films including Ishaqzaade and Hasee Toh Phasee. Her upcoming film Meri Pyaari Bindu that stars her opposite Ayushmann Khurrana, is special for her since she has sang one of the film’s track, ‘Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin’ that marks her singing debut. As soon as Parineeti shared the song on her official Twitter handle, it went viral within minutes with a lot of praise pouring in from celebs and fans. The song features Parineeti who is apparently enjoying some alone time after a supposed break-up. Those who...


By Instep Desk

MUSICMIX In an exclusive interview with Fifi Haroon for BBC, Adnan Sami Khan talks about some of the biggest controversies in his life. Born in London, Adnan Sami Khan has also lived in the UAE and Canada as well as Pakistan, but today he considers Mumbai to be his hometown. In this rare interview with Fifi Haroon, which went on airwaves this weekend, the talented singer spoke about the reasons for applying for Indian citizenship and what kind of backlash he received.   “My home for the last 18 years is in Mumbai and this is where I feel most comfortable,” he said, when asked about where he feels at home....


By Maheen Sabeeh

Ali Azmat playing his tunes at Emporium Mall in Lahore gigout Sounds of Kolachi, Ali Azmat and Farhan Saeed take the stage. Pakistan’s evolving music scene is inhabited by a number of innovative artists who have the necessary vision and restless will to take their studio-created music to another level when they perform live.  While opportunities to play music, on the whole, have taken a hit - the post 9/11 universe has created a permanent cloud of fear, death and devastation - artists haven’t lost their ability to surprise the audience, both at home and abroad. When given the chance, they manage to create a kind of...


By NewsBytes

Singer-songwriter Umair Jaswal has been around for a while. He started off with music group Qayaas and has been regularly appearing on Coke Studio for several years. His last venture ‘Khaki Banda’ for Coke Studio 9, in collaboration with Ahmed Jahanzeb is nominated for Song of the Year in the upcoming Lux Style Awards. And now the singer is gearing up to release his first solo album, which is currently in the tracking phase. “This is my first solo album; it’s very close to my heart and it sounds nothing like Qayaas,” Jaswal told Instep. “It’s been a decade of music for me and the album comprises...


By NewsBytes

Everyone has the right to voice their views but it is important to think before saying anything directed at someone else. While it’s okay to have an opinion that everybody may not agree with, it’s not very graceful to comment on your co-workers, especially seniors, on national television. This is with reference to actress Syra Shehroz’s outspoken jabs on Tonight With HSY; she attacked almost everyone in the industry who’s way more senior to her in every way. The third episode of Tonight With HSY aired on Sunday and featured Shehroz and her sister Alishba Yousuf. Both of them, while being personally dull and...