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6 Oct

Why ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Aani’ works

  Jawani Phir Nahi Aani has to be one of the most enjoyable Pakistani movies I’ve ever watched. I would even go as far as saying it’s one of the most enjoyable films I’ve watched, period. I wish I had the time to see it again because it is worth the encore. Is JPNA original?   I wouldn’t go that far. It’s a formula flick featuring three hen pecked friends who find a brief getaway to Bangkok thanks to a cool and successful divorce lawyer/bachelor friend and the rest is predictable. What keeps you at the edge of your seat, or rolling away in mirth, is the film’s characterization and dialogue.   Ahmed Ali Butt is at his comic best. Vasay Chaudhry may not be...
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5 Oct

Something British is brewing in town

  A ten-day ‘Great British Festival’ at Dolmen City Mall marks the strengthening of business and cultural ties between Pakistan and Britain.   The combination of blue, red and white is an indisputable reference to the Union Jack and with the three colours twining through spaces of the Dolmen City Mall, one knew something British was brewing.   Friday evening marked the start of the Great British Festival, a ten-day celebration showcasing British expertise in fashion, retail, music, food, culture and creativity under the UK Government’s ‘Britain is GREAT’ campaign. Emphasis was put on the strengthening security situation in Karachi and the subsequent rise in business opportunities.     The British High Commissioner, Mr Phillip Barton, gave his vote of confidence to the strengthening...
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10 Sep

5 (Manto) minutes with Mahira Khan

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Something Haute catches a few minutes with Mahira Khan on what she expects from the latest sensation, Manto.   SH: Manto is very different from your average feature film. What are your hopes from the film?   Mahira Khan: Okay, let me just digress. I saw Shah and I was like, wow man. When someone likes what the story is, or believes in it, or has a lot of heart in it, it's amazing that you see it as an audience, I think. That's what Shah is. You forget that it's a low budget film and that it may not be as beautiful as the others; you see heart and you feel it on the screen. I hope that even though Manto is technically great...
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29 May

Introducing Bin Roye, again

With more than a dozen highly anticipated titles in the works this appears to be a fantastic year for Pakistani cinema. I’d say it needs to be rechristened, for the gandasa wielding, trigger happy Punjabi films that fell under the rather derogatory term ‘Lollywood’ no longer exist in the larger scheme of things. This is new age cinema: modern, contemporary and clean. It won’t be without drama though, which is what Sultana Siddiqui, CEO of Hum TV network said in the introduction to Bin Roye at a Press Conference. Colourful, musical and dramatic is the first impression you get of Bin Roye, a film that stars Mahira Khan, Humayun Saeed, Armeena Khan, Junaid Khan, Javed Sheikh and many more. Fawad Khan...
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30 Aug

Rural to Runway

rizwan-beyg-on-ethical-fashion Ethical Fashion is all about salvaging the conscience (Herald, June 2012) Rizwan Beyg Most people in Pakistan are still confusing ‘ethical’ for ‘ethnical’ but the term ‘ethical’ should acquire the clarity and visibility of a neon sign now that it’s gaining steam all across the world. It can be incredibly pertinent to Pakistan, and Pakistani fashion especially. What do ethics have to do with fashion? More than you think. Ethical fashion, in Pakistan and the third world, is all about rural empowerment and it simultaneously feeds the purpose of reviving dying crafts. The chikankari and gotta work done by the women of Bahawalpur, the rilli patchwork done in central Sindh and the phulkari work done by women in northern Swat are...
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18 Feb

“I’m a magician. I can do anything.” – Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan is impossible to ignore if you’re in Mumbai. He stares down from every second giant billboard, his piercing green eyes convincing you to subscribe to Airtel or wear Provogue. He is by no means Bollywood’s biggest star but he is one of the most visible, and that vision of him is one that his fans awe at. When he walks into the India Couture Week lounge, he isn’t surrounded by bodyguards but spotlights, cameramen calling out his name and nickname in hope for that one exclusive shot that will make it to the front page the next day. He stops and talks to everyone, unperturbed by neither the crowd nor the hysteria. It’s obvious that while many other...
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1 Apr

Beauty goes back to the future

What you decide to wear will define your wardrobe but how you wear it is always equally important. You can ruin the best outfit with the wrong shoes or the strongest statement by wearing the wrong lipstick. There are reasons why some women – who are still outlining their lips with dark pencils before filling them in with a lighter shade - will never be considered style icons. Fashion may define what you wear but your style will reflect in how you wear it and this season’s beauty trends are all about futuristic, almost alien trends. Hair: the long and short of it Think Pocohontas, think Pandora. The good news for Pakistani women: long hair is an asset now because braids...
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