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Aamna Haider Isani

  • March 17, 2024

    MNR dhol-rolls into London

    With stores in Gujranwala,Lahore and Karachi rocking to a proverbial dhol-roll, Mohsin Naveed Ranjha takes his Punjabi roots and plants them firmly...

  • April 17, 2022

    Atif Aslam: On how to be or not to be

    Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hilmand is a character that was written to be so complex that it would challenge the most seasoned of...

  • April 04, 2021

    Building the bridge

    This is the first year that the Pride of Pakistan recognitions were being made. Over the course of the day one spotted ACCA topper Zara Naeem Dar,...

  • February 07, 2021

    The Un-witching of Yasra Rizvi

    Yasra Rizvi has been acting for almost a decade now but while she’s delivered all sorts of characters in her career, it’s the most problematic...

  • January 17, 2021

    Fashion: the ins and outs of 2021

    The ongoing coronavirus crises has left fashion, amongst other affected industries, in desperate need of a reboot. There is need for mindfulness and...

  • November 22, 2020

    The reemergence of responsible fashion

    It’s been a long and arduous summer, if not year, and it’s a year in which fashion – dependent on the luxury of time to create, places to go...

  • November 15, 2020

    The man with many faces

    It’s been 22 years since Ahsan Khan first set foot on a set, kickstarting a career that has the trajectory of a guided missile. Countless TV plays...

  • October 04, 2020

    Ushna Shah, uncensored

    The woman who walks in knows herself; she’s just wary of the fact that people don’t always see the same person she does. Hugely underrated,...

  • September 13, 2020

    Culture, vulture & the right to ban

    In a country like Pakistan, where poverty and illiteracy dominates the demographics, television is the most powerful medium for news and...

  • August 16, 2020

    The ‘fair & foul’ of feminine content

    “By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes”- Act IV, Scene I, Macbeth William Shakespeare may have written these lines in...

  • May 24, 2020

    The rise of Dirilis: Ertugrul

    Dirilis: Ertugrul, the grand and larger than life TV series charting the life of Ertugrul and eventually his son Osman I, who rose as the founder of...

  • April 26, 2020

    35 years after Tanhaiyan

    What happened in thirty five years that we, if judged by what’s shown on television today, became a generation of nit-picking dimwits? The women,...

  • March 29, 2020

    Television’s charismatic chameleon

    Days before the city went into strict lockdown to combat the deadly coronavirus, one had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Faysal Quraishi,...

  • March 17, 2020

    Alif and its message

    The final episode of Umera Ahmed’s Alif wraps up a beautifully spun story of spirituality and love.

  • March 12, 2020

    Sitara inspires girls to dream

    Released on March 8 as the first Pakistani Animated Film to be released and distributed by NETFLIX USA, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Sitara screens in...

  • March 09, 2020

    Writing in role models

    As the world celebrated Women’s Day yesterday, we also saw women across Pakistan step out in support of the movement; the aim, as every year, was...

  • March 08, 2020

    Speaking of the business of fashion

    Zainab Chottani talks about the mechanics and economics of lawn campaigns and the added value celebrities bring to the business of fashion.

  • March 05, 2020

    Khalil ur Rehman Qamar under fire for misogynistic remarks, again

    The man who has written TV serials like Pyarey Afzal, Sadqay Tumhare and Mere Paas Tum Ho, Khalil ur Rehman Qamar came under fire on Tuesday evening...

  • February 25, 2020

    Karachi celebrates the power of music

    A Salt Arts presentation, the evening titled Nakaam Ishq Ke Naam featured ‘heartbreak heroes’ Strings and Shamoon Ismail together for the first...

  • February 16, 2020

    Deconstructing the first PISAs

    It was a sparkling evening, dotted with big stars, high fashion and equally high expectations

  • February 11, 2020

    FM Connect builds a bridge with the arts & culture community

    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hosts a delegation from all segments of the liberal arts, initiating a much needed dialogue to help position a...

  • February 02, 2020

    Two ‘filmwalas’ & their bigger pictures

    With four successful films to their credit since 2014, Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi have become the power-packed pair of filmmakers that no...

  • January 26, 2020

    The calendar of Pakistani film releases in 2020

    Things may not always go according to plan in the Land of the Pure, but if they do then here are Pakistani films we’re looking forward to seeing...

  • January 18, 2020

    Ayeza Khan talks about Mehwish

    The actress finally makes an appearance and talks about her controversial character as Mere Paas Tum Ho reaches its conclusion.

  • January 12, 2020

    50 Shades of Grey Matter

    We’re turning into a new year, but when it comes to overviewing the past decade, we cannot deny the shift in dynamics when it comes to evaluating...

  • January 06, 2020

    Wanted: an uprising of the fashion forward

    Pakistan’s fashion industry has submitted to bridal couture and the tedium of lawn for far too long. This year we desperately need to see the rise...

  • December 29, 2019

    A to Z of entertainment

    Landmarks that will go down in history as an integral part of popular culture, mainly stemming from film, television and a speckling of music, in...

  • December 16, 2019

    In Conversation with Savera Nadeem

    The highly respected actor talks about television and restricted roles for women of age, misogyny in the industry and the relief that women have...

  • December 15, 2019

    Fashion in the year that was…not too fashionable

    Kate Middleton selected several Pakistani labels to wear, often mixing them with British brands, and her wardrobe was termed as the biggest...

  • December 09, 2019

    All the way from Sri Lanka, Spa Ceylon is a treat for all six senses

    Spa Ceylon boutique, which opened in Karachi’s Bukhari Commercial Area this weekend, is a potpourri of colour that one immediately associates with...

  • December 06, 2019

    Who ever thought that a ‘daagh’ could be sexist?

    Women in most TV serials are faced with the almost impossible task of cleaning up their honour while men, in each story, the real criminals, enjoy...

  • December 01, 2019

    Hair’s a Rebel Fantasy

    The hair was the highlight of the show. Each style a head turner, the catwalk opened to looks controlled by trending cuts and colours, ranging from...

  • November 28, 2019

    Crafting a better future

    Craft Stories, Huma Adnan’s new label, aims to develop sustainable solutions to financially empower refugees in the city

  • November 27, 2019

    Toni & Guy Pakistan’s tenth anniversary draws stars to Lahore

    I call this the ‘5 am Club’. Robin Sharma may have written the book as a guide to successful people and the fact that they wake up early, and...

  • November 26, 2019

    How to work your hair this winter

    Asian women have great hair and this Toni & Guy trend show offered a range of polished variations that they can look into for the upcoming season.

  • November 08, 2019

    “I feel proud that my country is one of the most generous countries of the world.”

    Mahira Khan is appointed UNHCR National Goodwill Ambassador; in this Instep exclusive she elaborates how she wishes to stand behind “incredible...

  • October 29, 2019

    FPWF’19 Day Three: The highs and lows of wedding wear

    Day three at fashion week began and ended on high notes, with several other saving graces in an overall long day that dragged itself through endless...

  • October 26, 2019

    FPWF’19 Day Two: A cool breeze blows in from the past

    Italian designer Stella Jean opens with her Milan Fashion Week collection, made in collaboration with Kailashi karigars, while PinkTree and Maheen...

  • October 25, 2019

    FPWF’19: Day One takes fashion from dawn to dusk

    FPWF’19: Between Alkaram Studio, Boheme, Gogi by Hassan Riaz, Yasmin Zaman and Ayesha Farooq one can’t say the fashion was all great but at...

  • September 22, 2019

    The long and short of filmmaking

    This is Saim Sadiq’s Darling, which just picked up the Orrizonti Award for Best Short Film at Venice Film Festival.

  • September 19, 2019

    ‘With short films we can figure out what our voices are’

    Omar Rahim, behind the scenes.Two men, Karthik and Saif, ask their best friend Anjali to step in as surrogate so they can complete their family, and...

  • September 16, 2019

    “With Kamli, I’m stepping into the mainstream.” – Sarmad Khoosat

    “Saba has been learning how to swim for the role and we just shot some very interesting images, which we thought would be an intriguing way of...

  • September 12, 2019

    Imran Ashraf & Neelum Muneer take up new roles in this romance

    Abdullah Kadwani, CEO 7th Sky Entertainment, gives us insight into the upcoming drama serial.

  • September 02, 2019

    Pakistani dramas and their dysfunctional families

    "The doors to my heart and home are forever closed to you," Behroze Sabzwari exclaims, when he hears that his married daughter has been talking, yes...

  • August 29, 2019

    In loving memory of Nieni Rafi

    Nieni was one of us. Except she was much, much better than any of us. A beautiful soul void of any airs and graces, Nieni was someone who wore her...

  • August 14, 2019

    The agents of change amidst us

    It’s August 14, 2019 and today, as Pakistan turns 72, I’d like to wish it a very happy birthday and an eternity of progress and prosperity....

  • August 07, 2019

    The Mousetrap comes to town

    In its debut production, Gaslight Company brought Agatha Christie’s long running whodunnit to Karachi for a two-day run.

  • July 14, 2019

    The LSA2019 rollercoaster

    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...

  • July 06, 2019

    Rolling out the Lux Style Awards

    The red carpet for the 18th annual Lux Style Awards rolls out this week and with it comes the glamour, the style, excitement and a dusting of the...