July 16, 2019
By Maria Shirazi

Usually the Eid season ushers in a number of movie releases and this Eid-ul-Azha we were looking forward to four films – Superstar, Parey Hut Love, Heer Maan Ja and Kaaf Kangana – to hit cinemas.However, recent reports suggest that Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s directorial debut Kaaf Kangana will no longer release on Eid.While actor Humayun Saeed recently took to social media to announce that Kaaf Kangana will now release on October 25, 2019, Instep got in touch with the director, Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar, to know the main reason behind the delay.“Being my first film, I wanted Kaaf Kangana to simultaneously release internationally and...


By Buraq Shabbir

In the digital age we live in, web series have become the latest trend, with several young and ace artists exploring the medium. Amidst renowned names such as Kashif Nisar, Mehreen Jabbar and Rafay Rashdi, who are working on releasing their series in the coming months, there is a slew of aspiring directors and scriptwriters who are trying their luck too.Among them is writer-director Bilal Yousufzai, who is gearing up for the release of his first web series on July 18. Titled The Roomeos, the upcoming five-episode series will highlight issues that confront the youth in present times, in a humorous way. A soft trailer launch of the series was...


By NewsBytes

Actress and host Ayesha Omar, who is currently appearing in the second season of hit comedy show Bulbulay, was recently seen having some fun time during her vacation in Ibiza, Spain. The actress received severe backlash for posting some pictures and videos on her Instagram handle. After things got a little out of hand and people went a bit too far with trolling, Ayesha Omar deleted all her Instagram stories with DJs and music and decided to make a separate Instagram account to avoid all the hate that she has been receiving.“So I’ve deleted all my stories, the ones with all the DJ’s and music. Thanks to all your hate, I’ll be making...


By Abid Rahman

It was a few days late, but Kumail Nanjiani finally had his interview with Conan O’Brien on Sunday.After the Silicon Valley star was forced to cancel his appearance on TBS’ Conan just minutes before the broadcast last Thursday, which forced O’Brien to improvise a show that went viral on social media, Nanjiani made an appearance on the podcast Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend to explain the ultimately hilarious debacle.On Thursday’s episode of Conan, which under its new format only has one guest a night, O’Brien scrambled to fashion a show, ad-libbing a monologue, interviewing his long-time assistant Sona Movsesian and play a clip...


By Maria Shirazi

Eid-ul-Azha is almost a month away and three anticipated films - Superstar, Heer Maan Ja and Parey Hut Love - are scheduled to hit cinemas in August 2019. It was reported earlier that Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s directorial debut Kaaf Kangana would also release on Eid. However, recent reports suggest that the film’s release has been delayed.While we eagerly await the release of all three films, the cast of the all-star Parey Hut Love is busy promoting the film.Instep met a few of them – Maya Ali, Sheheryar Munawar, Zara Noor Abbas and Shahbaz Shigri – at a recent meet and greet as part of the promotional spell in Karachi. Asim...


By Peter Debruge

If not for the wonders of technology — and the world’s most popular ride-sharing app in particular — Vic and Stu never would have met. Vic is an enormous bull-in-a-china-shop-style cop recovering from eye surgery who can’t see well enough to drive on the night of his big bust. Stu is a touchy, easily disconcerted Uber driver who can’t afford to get another one-star review.And Stuber is the wildly irreverent crash-test action comedy that throws these two polar opposites together for a night of shootouts, stakeouts, and bust-out big laughs, as Vic commandeers Stu’s puny electric car, simultaneously deputizing and endangering...


By Buraq Shabbir

The trailer of Ali Rehman Khan and Hareem Farooq starrer Heer Maan Ja - one of the three Pakistani films releasing on Eid ul Azha 2019 - came out last week. While the other two films – Asim Raza’s Parey Hut Love and Mohammad Ehteshamuddin’s Superstar – fall in the category of romance/drama, this one promises to be a complete package with action, comedy, romance, drama and much more.Directed by Azfar Jafri and produced by Imran Raza Kazmi, Hareem Farooq and Arif Lakhani under the banner of IRK Films and Arif Lakhani Films, Heer Maan Ja will be released in association with Geo Films. The recently released trailer opens with Ali Rehman...


By Maheen Sabeeh

Contemporary qawwali group Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers - who have a Lux Style Award in the Best Emerging Category to their credit - are back in the spotlight with a beautiful track called ‘Kesa Ishq‘. There is a very simple truth to the song: love in all its purity and how it is transcendent, and that simplicity, that message, shines in this qawwali production. It is appealing upon first listen.The song features all three brothers including Hamza, Taimoor and Abdul Akram with the music video shot in New York by director Asim Farooki.According to a press statement, the poetry featured in the song is by Tauqeer Bhinder and is about...


By Aamna Haider Isani

The 18th annual Lux Style Awards – #LSA2019 – held last week in Karachi, left everyone with major ophthalmological challenges. Would people be able to see this glass as half full or half empty? And the answer, as in most cases, lay in perspective. It depended on who you spoke to – winner, or loser.There was enough encouragement to rising stars and homage to legends as far as the show’s core values went but at the same time there were several upsets, snubs and disappointments when it came to the judging system and subsequently, several award winners. Most of the dances may have been foot-tapping and fun but the script wasn’t as...