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25 Sep

Ten years and counting

At their tenth anniversary there was an appreciation that the Lux Style Awards have come a long way but also an apprehension regarding which path they’ll be taking now. Mathira has the moves and she got Bootylicious at the LSAs. An event that was launched a decade ago to acknowledge excellence in Pakistan celebrated its tenth anniversary in a manner that did not quite justify the aplomb of the occasion. The tenth annual Lux Style Awards certainly had more moments than the show has had in the past three years but it did not out-do the magnificence of Malaysia (2007), as was expected and hoped for. The evening rode entirely on the shoulders of the BNN (Banana News Network)...
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10 Sep

Instep on MBKD

StarBytes Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif- Ali Zafar starrer Mere Brother Ki Dulhan releases around the world Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, the Bolly flick that Pakistan is so invested in because of Ali Zafar, premiered in India and Pakistan a couple of nights ago, and the reports are better than just good, everyone. We can almost see that guy who tried to get MBKD pulled from theatres ‘cause Katrina was smoking a bidi in it smoking at the ears, but MBKD made it, and made everyone smile, at least a little. A reviewer from Bollywoodlife.com sent her editors a quick message saying: “Movie belongs to Katrina. Otherwise the film is okay, funny in parts and with tacky dialogues in some places. The cinematography is good.” Meanwhile, another...
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10 Sep

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan premieres, has something for everyone

By Faisal Quraishi | From the Newspaper   Mere Brother Ki Dulhan opened throughout Pakistan on Friday. KARACHI: The exclusive back-to-back premieres of Yash Raj Films’ Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MBKD), which opened throughout Pakistan on Friday, were well-attended events. Not only were the glitterati and celebrities in full attendance, but the event also wiped away unsavoury memories of Ali Zafar’s Bollywood debut, Tere Bin Laden, being banned at the last minute from being screened throughout Pakistan. But then there’s a big difference in the content matter of both the films: where the TBL was somewhat loosely structured around a fake Osama bin Laden look-alike and focused on certain elements of society who exploit a situation to their benefit, the MBKD is a light-hearted comedy skirting around the...
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9 Sep

MBKD makes a heart warming premiere

Hop on for the joyride! Ali Zafar's Yash Raj venture, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, premiered in Karachi today and it sent the crowds home with smiles pasted to their faces. Two things make Indian films a hit: stars and soundtracks and MBKD offered both. A light hearted fun watch with an absolutely amazing soundtrack. Don't expect anything deep from the film; it doesn't have a soul. But it does have spirit and what more do you need for entertainment? Spirit and a bucket of popcorn will do nicely, thank you very much! With Frieha and Rukaiya at the premiere  You can read my official review in the newspaper but a few words on the premiere...
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10 Aug

Rising, Shining Pakistan (Part II)

This is Pakistan shining. Amidst all the negativity there are individuals who propel spirits and blow optimism into the daily drudgery of our lives. Music, film, fashion…these are all silver linings now. They are flashes that shine brightly and bring out stars from behind the dark clouds. That said, stars today are no longer the glamorous, untouchable icons that they once used to be. Just like the Royals – who have transformed from being power houses of glamour and rich lifestyle a la Princess Diana to Top-Shopping, jeans and t-shirt new age Queens like Kate Middleton – twenty first century celebrities too want to be lifelike rather than being larger than life. That holds true for Pakistan’s brightest star Atif Aslam as...
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9 Aug

Rising, Shining Pakistan (Part I)

This is Pakistan shining. Amidst all the negativity there are individuals who propel spirits and blow optimism into the daily drudgery of our lives. Music, film, fashion…these are all silver linings now. They are flashes that shine brightly and bring out stars from behind the dark clouds. That said, stars today are no longer the glamorous, untouchable icons that they once used to be. Just like the Royals – who have transformed from being power houses of glamour and rich lifestyle a la Princess Diana to Top-Shopping, jeans and t-shirt new age Queens like Kate Middleton – twenty first century celebrities too want to be lifelike rather than being larger than life. That holds true for Pakistan’s brightest star Atif Aslam as...
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25 Jul

Ten years and counting!

The Lux Style Awards fashion nominations 2010 prove how far the industry has come in ten years. Tenth anniversaries are milestones and if traditions are to be respected then this year’s Lux Style Awards, marking ten years of the country’s premium awards show, are destined to make a celebratory big bang. One remembers how they began in Karachi in 2001, representing a fashion industry that was barely standing on its own feet. That industry is soaring today – numerous fashion weeks, foreign exposure as well as buzzing retail presence being the wind beneath its wings. That said, Unilever, the chief sponsor has not done justice to the show christened to honour excellence in fields of fashion, film, television and music. One has...
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