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9 Feb

Movies, Oscar magic and the inevitable lawn tsunami

I know I've not posted for over ten days but it's been crazy busy! This has been a busy, busy week. If weeks were measured in terms of burgers then I’d say this week was a whopper! And if you measure it in lawn I’d say it was summer all over again. Except lawn has arrived before summer this year! The invitation cards started dropping in several weeks ago but there’s been way too much happening to start reporting on lawn too. You know there can never be a dull moment when Meera's around. This week alone? Well, I was wrapping up a really interesting story for Dawn when  Meera arrived after spending time in USA and Bangladesh. Major...
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11 Jan

Rock star Romantic

  Love him or hate him, Asher Hussain has made it impossible to ignore Fawad Afzal Khan. (Published in Dawn Images on Sunday, January 1 2012) Portrait exclusively for Dawn by Faisal Farooqui @ Dragonfly It’s impossible to sit across Fawad Khan and not think of Asher Hussain. Or is it the other way around? Humsafar – the hit TV drama playing on Hum TV these days – has all of Pakistan hooked on to Khirad and Asher’s tragic love story and as we sit face to face in Lahore’s Mrs Field’s Cafe it’s difficult to separate the man from the character he plays. The same gait and guarded gaze. The same intensity and ego. Fawad Khan has eyes that can...
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30 Dec

Best dressed at PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week

Musharaf Hai, the woman with a vision for fashion. Fashion week's black (red) carpet wasn't very happening this time, what with all those weddings happening in Lahore and hence high profile attendance being low. Designer Kamiar Rokni admitted to shaadi hopping all evening, every evening. And that explains why so many people looked like they were coming or going to a wedding. Anyway, L'Oreal Pakistan's CEO Musharaf Hai fitted fashion's bill by wearing this Sabyasachi Mukherjee ensemble to its full credit. You can tell Mukherjee designs by a distance for their earthen palette and use of velvet and cotton. You can also immediately detect Mukherjee wannabes as so many designers in India and Pakistan have tried to imitate...
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25 Dec

Meeting Shahrukh Khan

SRK twenty minutes after the first time I met him at couture week in Mumbai I met Shahrukh Khan last year at the HDIL Couture Week for the very first time. It was the last day and the whole of Bollywood was in Bombay to support fashion's great walk. While I had seen SRK on the catwalk with Gauri a year earlier (for Karan Johar and Varun Bahl's menswear show), he came and left and it was impossible to access him. Luckily, he was sitting in the front row the next year, again for Karan Johar's show. Followers will remember the show that featured Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan; they pulled SRK up as well and they did...
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25 Dec

“One of these days I will come to Pakistan” – SRK

(Published in Dawn Images 18.12.2011) “It’s not just difficult to get hold of Don… It’s impossible.” That dialogue rings just as true for the man who wears the mask of Don these days; Shah Rukh Khan has been living out of a suitcase and he is impossible to pin down. His life has been a whirlwind for the past few months  – “I never know where I am anymore” – as he flies from one city to another, first for Ra.One and then for the juggernaut that must continue with Don 2. Releasing this week, Don 2 is the sequel to Farhan Akhtar’s remake of the original and already has everyone’s interest as the year comes to a close. It’s amidst this tsunami of...
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23 Dec

PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week: day four

It was a good day. No, let me rephrase that. It was a great day. Infact, it was the kind of day that should have been everyday. PLBW started on a high note and ended on a high note. There was a dip in between but Fahad Hussayn and Ali Xeeshan salvaged the situation. Here's a bit about day four. Karma is back with the collection that we've been waiting years for. Karma's finale Nida Azwer's was the most creative/artistic collection of day four. She designs clothes for children and so the 'family' fashion made sense. Sanam Marvi's live singing at Nida Azer's show which added delightful dimension...
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