July 22, 2017
By Mehek Saeed

From left to right: Jamal Rahman (True Brew Records), Janat Sohail Aziz and Ahmer Naqvi (Patari COO) sat down to talk about the music industry for those on the periphery of it as well as the new music video ‘Circus’. InstepReport The Last Word hosted a panel to support emerging indie artist Wooly and the Uke. Lahore: Cultural/public spaces in Pakistan may be numbered but it is in spaces like these that citizens find a space to breathe and nurture their creative selves. Lahore’s The Last Word is one such space that has developed into a welcome sanctuary for those who relish intellectual stimulation. Aysha Raja, the...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Pepsi Battle of the Bands officially announces comeback with a short teaser. If the first half of the year was dominated by eclectic and alternative music vibes, courtesy of projects like Patari Tabeer, Zohaib Kazi’s on-going Fanoos, Hadiqa Kiani’s transcendental Wajd and artists like ESharp, Eridu, Nawksh, Slowspin, Asfandyar Khan/ TMPST, Gentle Robot, Shajie Hassan, Janoobi Khargosh, Forever South collective, Sounds of Kolachi, Ali Suhail, the collective of musicians who made up the Chalay Thay Saath original soundtrack, the second half of the year looks even more promising as two massive music shows gear up to stage their...


By NewsBytes

It truly is the end of an era. The front-man for Linkin Park, one of the most successful rock bands of our generation, Chester Bennington passed away on Thursday by hanging himself. He was found dead in his home near Los Angeles. According to the New York Times, the chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, Brian Elias confirmed the death in Palos Verdes Estates, and said it was being investigated as a possible suicide after law enforcement authorities responded to a call shortly after 9 a.m. Bennington’s death has come as a shock to many fans and other members of the music community world over. The star...


By Mehek Saeed

BeyondBorders Known as one half of acclaimed music group Josh, Rup Magon talks to Instep about his role in the upcoming Hollywood production, The Black Prince and transitioning into the glorious world of cinema. Lahore:Rup Magon of the internationally acclaimed band Josh will soon be seen in a Hollywood production with a storyline that hits rather close to home. Titled The Black Prince, the film is about Maharaja Duleep Singh - the last king of Punjab. Son of one of the most notorious rulers of the land, he was the last tenant of the Lahore Qila which made him the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire in the 1800s. Magon shared that he was...


By Instep Desk

CultureVulture Lily Collins talks about anorexia, models and how there is a need to start a conversation around eating disorders. It wasn’t too long ago that Lily Collins expressed her shock and grief when somebody complimented her for losing weight for her film, To The Bone in which she was to appear anorexic. “That is why the problem (anorexia) exists,” stated the actress who has battled anorexia in real life as well. But now, a week after the release of her thought provoking film which talks about anorexia, Collins has a lot more to say about eating disorders. “I don’t think we are starting the...


By NewsBytes

Punjab Nahi Jaungi, the upcoming film from Nadeem Beyg which stars Humayun Saeed, Mehwish Hayat, Urwa Hocane and Ahmed Ali Butt and is slated to appear in cinemas nationwide on Eid ul Azha, has just released its full original soundtrack. Of the six songs that make up this record, three songs have been produced by Shiraz Uppal who seems to have left his Jhuki Jhuki days behind and seems to be thriving in the role of film music producer. Uppal has co-sung two songs; on the mellow ‘Ae Dil’, he is joined by Junita Gandhi while ‘Ranjha’ features Uppal alongside Asrar.  In addition, ‘Raunaq e Ashiqui’,...


By NewsBytes

It is a rare thing for celebrities to not get clicked by either fans or photographers when they step out of their homes. However this isn’t limited to the stars themselves but also extends to their families. Star kids are almost always captured by the press wherever they go no matter how much they try to avoid it. Shah Rukh Khan recently asked a photographer to not be harsh towards the kids and also spoke about it in an interview. “This is the part of stardom that we all have accepted,” he told Pinkvilla. “I think everything in today’s time and age is a fair game. It isn’t just the celebrity kids. I say...


By NewsBytes

The debate around Bollywood’s obsessions with fair skin has been addressed by numerous celebrities such as Nandita Das and Abhay Deol. There is a lot of pressure on actors who are not conventionally good looking or fair. This was further reiterated when a casting director recently said that one cannot cast a fair, good looking actress opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui because “it would look weird”. Siddiqui took to twitter to respond to this observation. “Thank you for making me realise that I cannot be paired along with the fair and handsome because I’m dark and not good looking, but I never focus on that,”...


By Manal Faheem Khan

With the Lahore High Court’s recent decision to allow Indian content on local TV channels, will Indians follow suit? Tensions were soaring high between the two countries after the Uri attack in 2016. Pakistan and India, who had finally reached a somewhat amiable position where artists were freely collaborating with each other, were suddenly thrown into a war of words and otherwise. While the political climate continued to get worse with every passing day, many questioned India’s decision to impose a ban on Pakistani artists as well. Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan were gearing up for the release of two big Bollywood films –...