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22 May

The scent of Fawad Khan’s woman

Chemistry is a dangerous subject. Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in Taraana; DeepikaPadukone and Ranvir Singh in Ram Leela.  Clarke Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and countless onscreen couples that set the screen on fire. Chemistry is what makes or breaks a romance, a relationship and as we’ve seen all along, a film or TV series. The chemistry between Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, I believe, is what made Humsafar such a mammoth success. This new Lux ad is no film but if it were a science lab it would come with a warning because the chemistry between these two is explosive. They return to the screen, several years after Humsafar...
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17 May

Meet the characters of Mann Mayal

    Hamza Ali Abbasi as Salahuddin   I’m Salahuddin. I’m such a handsome bloke of a gentleman that any woman in my path falls for me. Unfortunately I’m not as sharp as I’m handsome because I tend to lead women on without realizing what I’ve done until it’s too late. I did it with Mannu and didn’t have the backbone (read money) to reciprocate and now this office girl is sending out all the needful messages that I don’t pick up on. I truly believe that she cares because she’s just a nice person; that she’ll order my dinner and turn up at my home with breakfast and ask me what I like in women and talk to my...
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15 May

Dillagi: Episode 9

Dillagi continues to engage with its localized take on Beauty and the Beast. Women find the character of Mohid (Humayoun Saeed) completely swoon-worthy for his silent, brooding and macho exterior and mushy heart (an irresistible combination) and I have to say that Mehwish Hayat does full justice to her character, Anmol, the gorgeous woman with an icy block of steel for a heart. But it’s Saba Hamid who completely overtakes everyone whenever she comes on screen. It’s refreshing to see the portrayal of such a strong woman, one who commands her super-machismo of a son and actually has a backbone and a sense of power as well as values. The fact that her daughter is a weakling is also natural;...
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25 Apr

The HUM Awards 2016

  The set up was spectacular.   10:30pm. We were very, very late in getting to the Expo Centre last night, where the 4th Servis Hum Awards were being held. The traffic outside the venue was crippling and it took us over an hour to cover a few yards of road: our honest excuse. By the time we got inside everyone had already been seated and announcements were being made for people to take their seats so the show could begin. It was 11pm.   I managed to venture out backstage where I bumped into a beautiful Reema who had swapped her Asim Jofa outfit for her favourite, HSY. Hassan of course was his usual jovial and happy self. He’s got great energy. Sarmad Khoosat,...
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12 Apr

What to expect at the HUM Awards 2016

  By Aamna Haider Isani   It's award season in Pakistan! The ARY Film Awards (AFA) are taking place in Dubai this coming weekend and the 4th Hum Awards are going to be held in Karachi on April 23, it was announced at a press conference yesterday.   "We will take the Awards all over the world," President HUM TV network, Sultana Siddiqui answered a question about rumours that the awards were going to be held in London, "but this year we will honour our talent in Pakistan." Out of the three HUM Awards held in previous years, two have been in Karachi whereas one has been held in Dubai. Considering that HUM TV programming has a following all over the world (basically wherever there...
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4 Apr

An open letter to fashion designers

By Aamna Haider Isani   The fashion industry has come a long, long way but there are miles to go before you can rest.   It’s April 3.   Today is a couple of weeks after the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week (PSFW) concluded in Lahore and about four days before Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) is scheduled to kick off in Karachi. Together, both these fashion weeks stand for the two credible, fashion forward platforms in the country. Other fashion weeks have emerged all over but they – and I don’t say this enough – do not serve fashion.   Deepak Perwani made a much needed comment on the recent streak of social activism in Karachi, where the words FIX IT were stenciled across town,...
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31 Mar

Reimagining life beyond the border

Shilpa R, our correspondent in Delhi, writes about Zee Zindagi and how it has managed to bring a reimagined understanding of Pakistan to Indian homes.   The mere mention of Pakistan evokes varied emotions among Indians. A strange sense of longing, belonging and nostalgia hijacks the senses and peaceful reverie settles in. This moment is ephemeral because restricted narratives from Pakistan have resulted in constrained imagination. The window to our neighbouring nation, with whom we parted ways in 1947, opens slightly during cultural exchanges and political discourses, but these glimpses fail to offer a panoramic view of the society whose cultural heritage is as rich as India and who is fighting against the same social evils as India is.   For many Indians, the...
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