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18 Sep

Pakistan Idol, finally!

It took them a couple of years to actually launch a project they initiated in 2007/8. But if anyone can, GEO can. And GEO has. Finally brought Pakistan Idol to Pakistan. The buzz has been in the air for a week ten days but a formal (much too formal, which reads dry) press conference put some facts and figures on the table. Asif Raza Mir launches Pakistan Idol on behalf of GEO TV. 1. Auditions for the very first Pakistan Idol will be starting tomorrow in Karachi, followed by Lahore, Islamabad and even Peshawer and Quetta, according to the newly appointed CEO of GEO Entertainment, Asif Raza Mir (yes, the one and only). There is no reason to...
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31 Aug

Neuplex and the Sea of Monsters

Neuplex opened with a premiere on Thursday and once again, thanks to it being a workday, I did not/could not go. The only thing I'll disrupt a work/school night is a solid fashion show or of course, fashion week! Anyway, eager to check out the new place, I took the kids for Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters this evening. The cinema, is located way out in Phase 8, DHA. For the DHA population it's a pleasure but for the rest of us - living in Clifton and beyond - it's quite a drive which we formerly undertook only for Itwar Bazar or Kolachi. The Cinema is quite impressive once you get there. Visually the 3D experience looked better as I think...
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29 Aug

My last cine-weekend: Josh & Aashiqui 2

 I can’t say I was terribly convinced that I would like Josh. Barring the patriotic stirrings that we’re always ready to succumb to, I presumed that it would be, well…boring. But it was pleasantly and refreshingly engaging. Despite being shot (a problem that new Pakistani film makers will overcome with time) more like a tele-film than a feature film, Josh does was no big budget Hollywood or Bollywood production can do. It brings an authentic bit of Pakistan to the cinema. And eager to give in to patriotic stirrings, one is only too proud to relate to the language, the landscape, the characters and the nuances that are all purely ours. Unfortunately, many of them like the feudalism, crime and corruption,...
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25 Aug

Veet Celebrates Beauty, but keeps it skin deep

The evening's hosts, Aamina Sheikh and Azfar Rehman, who looked better than their scripts sounded. Aamina Sheikh, Mehwish Hayat, Humaima Malik, Cyra Yousuf, Amna Ilyas, Saima Azhar, Mahnoor Baloch and several other fashion and television starlets were flaunted at the seventh Veet Celebration of Beauty held at the Expo Centre in Karachi last night. Needless to say, the event was quite easy on the eyes. Mahwish Hayat opened the VINTAGE segment with a performance set to an adaptation of Nur Jehan's 'Mehki Fizain'. The look and feel of the event was elegant and impressive. The lounge, upon entrance, had a chic pink ambience and a clean, uncluttered red carpet. Even the stage was aesthetically appealing...
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5 Aug

Cine Sunday: Wolverine and Waar hype

I have decided to dedicate Sundays to the cinema. Not just because it reads as an alliteration but because Sundays are the only day I get to indulge in my other love: movies. And so after cinematic abstinence during my 6 week zen holiday in China, I was all too eager to book myself some seats. The only film worth watching was Wolverine and so The Wolverine it was. That's one good enough reason to watch the film, in the cinema, in 3D. I love superheroes and more so, mutants. They stand out and so The Wolverine, despite spoilers and warnings, was an engaging watch. For one, Hugh Jackman is worth the watch, barring that epic disaster called...
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22 Jul

Ronak Lakhani the face of Sania Maskatiya this Eid

EID REVIEW 2 Ramazan and Eid is ideally about generosity and philanthropy so who better to step into the Sania Maskatiya 2013 Eid Collection than social icon Ronak Lakhani, who has a deep rooted commitment to the Special Olympics amongst other causes. Ronak Lakhani is the face of Sania Maskatiya's Irtiqa (Evolution) this Eid. This designer is in constant competition with herself! Sania’s collections (especially her Eid collections) are always worth looking out for; I do remember her ode to Turkish Islamic Art last year. The Lokum collection was an absolute winner and I have no doubt that Irtiqa, this Eid, will be just as impressive. I haven’t seen the entire collection yet but I do know that it’s...
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27 Jun

The new music sensational…Eye to Eye

Today, I’m hooked to Taher Shah’s Eye to Eye. I mean, how could God give one man so much: his looks, talent, vocals and hell, those mesmerizing eyes just leave you speechless. It’s just as well that he doesn’t need or want a woman (as he obviously is happy with himself) because what woman could resist those spectrum eyes? I just feel bad for women in general and for Michael Bolton who probably wishes he had sung this while he was wasting time on ‘How Am I Supposed to Live Without You’. And shame on Ahmed Jehanzeb (‘Kaho Ek Din’ fame) who had Taher Shah’s looks (almost) but not his charisma. http:// Taher Shah is a mystery. I mean, how did one...
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