September 15, 2018
By NewsBytes

Earlier this week the finalists for the 13th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival were announced and the good news is that Pakistani short film, Rani, featuring transgender model and activist Kami Sid, has made the cut.Rani was previously selected from more than 3,500 films as one of the fifteen semi-finalists and is now one of the six finalists at the festival, which is known for celebrating diverse storytelling and exploring race relations, women’s rights, as well as gender and sexual identity as subject among other things. Written and directed by Hammad Rizvi and produced by Akbar Allana and Sara Siddiqi, Rani follows the story of a...


By Maheen Sabeeh

In episode five of Coke Studio 11, with Ali Hamza and Zohaib Kazi holding reins as co-producers, something different was expected and that’s exactly what has happened. There is always a balance between commercial elements and non-commercial ones as the seasons have evolved over time. Even as Sahir Ali Bagga’s ‘Malang,’ in which he is joined by Aima Baig, is yet another example of his over-the-top music, we know that it appeals to many. The fusion in ‘Malang’ with ‘Chan Kithan’ – after Ali Sethi’s brilliant version – however, comes off as an unnecessary annoyance. And yet, it’s the other two songs that make the...


By Instep Desk

Having featured on this year’s Masala magazine’s HOT 100 list and titled Esquire Magazine’s Most Talented Asian in UAE, Dubai-based actor/producer/director Asad Raza is keen to make Pakistan proud after receiving recognition on various global fronts. He has been an integral part of Dubai’s theatre circuit and has won multiple accolades including the Best Actor trophy in 2013, followed by the same in 2014, 2017 and 2018. He is the first Pakistani actor to have won this award in Dubai.Reflecting on his win and what made it possible, Asad shared in a recent interview, “In 2012, I debuted in Dubai with a play called One Day in the...


By NewsBytes

One of the most respected and acclaimed names in Pakistan’s fashion industry, Sania Maskatiya this season elevated her brand value by being the first designer from Pakistan to show at the coveted New York Fashion Week. Participating as part of the Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers , Sania showcased a Spring/Summer 2019 collection for Sania Studio , which retained the cultural ethos of the brand in print and pattern. While Sania’s collection looked every bit apt for the international runway, it was just as adaptable to fashion back home in Pakistan. That is actually a very tricky balance, which not many designers have been...


By Buraq Shabbir

A theatre competition is not something one hasn’t heard of before in Pakistan but one that opened its doors to people with hearing impairment was indeed one of a kind. The competition took place last weekend at IBA in Karachi and saw deaf people of different age groups performing onstage to a packed audience that mostly comprised the deaf. The initiative, called ‘Ishara: Lafzon Se Aagay’, was led by ConnectHear, a social entrepreneurial startup, in collaboration with I Am Karachi that is always at the forefront when it comes to socio-cultural activities in the city.With Sadaf Amin and Azima Dhanjee at the forefront, ConnectHear...


By Instep Desk

Nearly fifty four years ago, the original Star Trek series made its debut and along the way created stars out of William Shatner and the late Leonard Nimoy. Many series and efforts later, when J.J. Abrams got involved and rebooted Star Trek in 2009 as a series of films with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg running the team, it was a stroke of genius. With the follow-up to Star Trek Beyond on the horizon, all was going well until it was revealed that Chris Pine, who essays Captain James T. Kirk as well as Chris Pine, who will essay his father and made a cameo in the first film, may be walking away from the film after...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Not too long ago, Atif Aslam came under fire when subcontinent’s living legend Lata Mangeshkar stated that she had no interest in listening to his version of ‘Chalte Chalte’. The song is featured on the soundtrack of a Bollywood film called Mitron while the original song featured in the iconic film Pakeezah had lyrics by Kaifi Azmi, music direction by Ghulam Mohammed and was sung by none other than Lata Mangeshkar. Atif’s version, meanwhile, is recreated by Tanishk Baghchi, who is credited for music and lyrics on the newer version. Speaking to media outlets, Mangeshkar was quoted saying: “This trend of remixing old songs saddens...


By NewsBytes

Bollywood movie Badhaai Ho’s interesting and quirky trailer recently came out and features Neena Gupta, Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra in lead roles. The movie is a hilarious take on the taboo surrounding pregnancy at an older age.After the trailer was released, many Bollywood celebrities took to social media to appreciate the witty and quirky content of the film along with the performances of actors. Our actors also didn’t hesitate and Amar Khan, who has period drama Ghughi and Belapur ki Dayan to her credit, also loved Badhaai Ho’s trailer and gave her two cents on it. The actor and film graduate took to her official Facebook...


By NewsBytes

After delivering a remarkable performance in Umer Adil’s debut film Chalay Thay Saath in 2017, Mansha Pasha is all geared up for her next movie alongside Ahmed Ali Akbar.The actor, who prefers roles that have substance and something new to offer, shared in a recent interview that the movie is untitled as yet. However, she revealed that a few more days of shooting for the film are left and that the poster will be releasing next month that will of course reveal the film’s title.According to the actor, her upcoming project will be completely different from her previous movie, Chalay Thay Saath. The film is directed by Kamal Khan and...