November 12, 2018
By NewsBytes

Aziz Jindani’s animated film, The Donkey King, that released in cinemas across Pakistan on October 13, under the banner of Geo Films, is still impressing audiences. The film collected nearly 4 crores in its first week and broke all previous box office records made by animated films that have been produced in Pakistan. The movie that follows the story of a donkey called Mangu who becomes king by chance didn’t disappoint after the rush of the first week. In its second and third week, it collectively raked in over 10 crores and set a new benchmark.However, it is quite interesting to note that The Donkey King has sustained the numbers...


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Deepak Perwani hosted a crackling Diwali party at his new home in Karachi this Friday. It turned out to be a great way to kick off the weekend as every one who’s anyone came to join the designer in one of the most auspicious days on the Hindu calendar. Other than Deepak’s family – tons of kids who fired extremely noisy crackers for the better part of the evening – there were friends and well wishers from the fashion fraternity. Deepak has enjoyed a long and very well-connected career in fashion, extending to TV, film and music and so the diverse selection of people at his party was not surprising. Best dressed of course were the...


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Just days ago we learnt that Netflix’s India projects includes a series and a series of films. One called Hotel Mumbai that won’t be heading to the theatres but the streaming giant instead despite great potential. How times change. But there is a bigger battle brewing as Netflix has to spend time and energy to battle Disney who has just announced the name of their upcoming streaming platform, Disney Plus. And, given the profits they recorded with Marvel films, among other projects, it will be one hell of a battle.However, not one to back down, Netflix is fully prepared to go to war with Disney Plus when it arrives next year, according...


By Mehek Saeed

There are signs of a new wave of filmmakers in Pakistan’s burgeoning film industry. They are not bound by traditional themes in their storylines and their work is relatively more raw and urgent. Nehr Ghar and Laal Kabootar are a product of this new generation of passionate filmmakers who are driven by a keen seen of frustration - in planning the best way to deliver their concepts and with the very systems that allow these concepts to be shared. The Chima siblings; Kamil and Hania set up Nehr Ghar after returning from Harvard and have big plans for Pakistan’s entertainment industry. Instep speaks to them to shed light on how the next...


By Abid Rahman

Netflix continues to unveil a host of new original films and TV shows at the company’s See What’s Next: Asia event, its first-ever content showcase in the region, which concluded in Singapore yesterday. After unveiling a collection of new shows and films aimed at telling stories from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea on Thursday, it was India’s turn, with Netflix announcing a further 8 films and one series from the country. Netflix has aggressively targeted India for growth and the new projects will follow the critically acclaimed crime drama series Sacred Games, upcoming cricket drama show Selection Day and the eagerly...


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Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar’s upcoming film Kaaf Kangana has been in the news ever since announcement for the film was made. The biggest point of interest has been its casting and while there have been several changes in the cast from day one, the final lineup includes Ayesha Omar, Eshal Alam and Sami Khan. The most recent addition to the list is veteran actress Resham, who will be seen essaying a significant role in the film.Speaking of getting Resham onboard, writer-director of the film Khalil-ur-Rehman said in a recent interview, “Resham has been given a beautiful role in the movie which is up to her caliber. She is a brilliant performer...


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The Coca Cola Food and Music Festival is all set to return this season with a bigger and better lineup. The upcoming edition of the event will feature seven mega events in five cities across Pakistan while artists who will be performing during the festival include Ali Sethi, Sahir Ali Bagga, Aima Baig, Asim Azhar, Quadrum, Farhan Saeed, Waqar Ehsin, Faraz Butt, Sahara UK as well as other international artists.The festival will kick off in Lahore where it will take place from November 16 till November 18. This will be followed by a stop in Faisalabad and Karachi, after which it will head to Islamabad and Multan next year.The festival that...


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When you watch the full season six of House of Cards, you keep wondering to yourself why no one gave Robin Wright a bigger role in any series before. The sixth season has received mixed reviews but Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood is a contender for Emmys, Golden Globes and the lot when the award season arrives because she is delightful. She’s mastered the art of deadpan and she proves it this season more than ever. The final season, including the final episode which Wright directed, has received mixed to bad reviews. But her Lady Macbeth-like is a performance of a lifetime. And with no Kevin Spacey, who was dropped from the series after...


By Instep Desk

Pakistani television plays have been ruling the entertainment industry on the whole given their intriguing plots and exceptional performances by the actors and actresses. The plays are usually family-centric and women always seem to play critical roles in them. Though there still remains a strong presence of regressive female characters, we can’t deny the fact that our drama productions are evolving with time. Now more than ever, actresses can be seen portraying complicated, villainous roles with a dominant role in the story development. The credit goes to Pakistani scriptwriters who have started adding a layer of depth when it comes to...