January 22, 2019
By Buraq Shabbir

Pakistani films have been ruling the local box office for the last couple of years and the past year was no different. Films like Teefa In Trouble, Donkey King, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2, Load Wedding and Parwaaz Hai Junoon did very well at the box office while some of them even broke records. This year too, multiple mega projects such as The Legend of Maula Jatt, Parey Hut Love, Loafer and others are expected to release and do well at the box office.Amidst local content, an Egyptian suspense-thriller called 122 released across Pakistan on January 18 and is currently running in cinemas nationwide. Dubbed in Urdu, it is the first Egyptian film...


By Stephen Galloway

Lost in the hoopla of the January 6 Golden Globes and the parade of awards and nominations that came tumbling out the following week was this simple fact: The death knell has now rung for a host of once-promising candidates in the race for a best picture Oscar. Private Life, Mary Queen of Scots, First Reformed, Widows, The Mule, At Eternity’s Gate, The Front Runner, On the Basis of Sex, Ben Is Back, Beautiful Boy and Boy Erased are just some of the titles that can say goodbye to their chances of winning the top Academy Award, even if their hopes remain alive for earning a picture nomination and perhaps taking home a statuette in another...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Zain Ahsan from Poor Rich Boy is producing so much music that it’s possible to get the numbers wrong. But as Zain Ahsan confirmed to Instep, he is producing Jimmy Khan’s Tich Button folk live EP, which consists of five songs; he is also producing an EP for Pepsi Battle of the Bands runner-up band, Xarb; the EP will contain five tracks.“I’m also producing an aspiring artist from the city,” Zain revealed to Instep. Poor Rich Boy’s own third album, Almost Tuesday, which Zain is a part of and is also its producer, is a collection of eight songs in total, of which three have been released and more will arrive – with music videos -...


By Maria Shirazi

After playing anti-hero in drama serial Khasara last year, Mikaal Zulfiqar is gearing up for his upcoming play, tentatively titled Zard Bahar, alongside Sana Javed.Talking about his character in the play, Mikaal told Instep, “I play the role of Captain Salman, a commercial airline pilot, who is madly in love with the character of Sana Javed. He is a romantic who goes out of his way just to impress her. The graph of the character that I play is quite interesting.”Directed by seasoned actress Rubina Ashraf, the play is written by Naila Ansari and according to Mikaal Zulfiqar, it is a family drama that has a lot of twists and turns....


By Aamna Haider Isani

We were lucky that Lahore’s crippling winter spell, which we had been reading about in the papers, broke down for the day we were in the city for Zainab Chottani’s store opening in Gulberg. Flights took off from Karachi and landed in Lahore more or less on time and our ‘tropical’ winter wardrobes, usually ill-equipped to handle temperatures below 10 degrees, fared relatively better. Lahore, however, was dressed to the nines at Zainab Chottani’s event. The designer – who has over a decade of brand equity in her hometown – was opening her first store at the Gulberg Galleria Mall in Lahore and her support system came out to...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Pakistan Super League 4, after years with Ali Zafar as theme song provider, opening ceremony performer and ambassador to one of the teams, is going for a change. Change is good.PSL 4 unveiled its complete line-up of performers this past weekend on Twitter and it looks like Dubai, which is where the opening ceremony will be held, is going to have a ball of a time, as will those who will hopefully tune in, in great numbers to see this particular set of performers. The line-up comprises the global music star Pitbull, Pakistan’s very own superstar Fawad Khan featuring rapper Young Desi, the re-united original Junoon trio, Marcia Barrett...


By Maria Shirazi

After a hiatus of more than four years, Mohib Mirza made a comeback to the small screen with drama serial Deedan alongside Sanam Saeed, which is currently on air.The actor’s last film was Shaan Shahid’s 2017 production, Arth - The Destination in which he essayed the character of a filmmaker who cheats on his wife and falls in love with an actress. As the actor gears up for his upcoming play Dushman that will go on air in the coming months, grapevine has it that Mohib Mirza is all set to don the director’s hat for an upcoming film that is said to feature the actor himself and Sara Loren. Recent reports also suggest that actor Ali...


By NewsBytes

It was just last week when Indus Blues, a documentary that highlights the efforts of various Pakistani folk artists who are trying hard to keep a fading art-form from dying, picked up the Gold Award at Spotlight Documentary Awards 2018. The film has officially been selected at the prestigious Docfeed Documentary Festival 2019, an upcoming festival that showcases a unique selection of the most recent and inspiring documentaries.Picking up praise since its debut, Indus Blues will have its Indian premiere today at the Jaipur International Film Festival , India that commenced on 18 January and will run till 22 January, 2019.The brainchild of...


By NewsBytes

In the same week where Netflix CEO Reed Hastings dissed Disney+ as well as HBO due to its belief in its original programming, The Walt Disney Corporation has offered an indepth look at its losses and upcoming plans.Despite sustaining losses, Disney invested in Hulu and acquired a major chunk of 21st Century Fox’s TV and film content but had a reason for it.Disney has also invested in BAMTech that “has evolved into a digital media powerhouse, handling the technology that drives online initiatives including HBO Now, WWE Network, Riot Games/League of Legends, and Ice Network. Its clients serve 7.5 million global paid subscribers”...