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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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5 Sep

Visas prevent designers from Pret a Porter, Paris

Eight Pakistani designers, coined as Pakistan's Super Eight by French fashion enthusiast Alexandra Senes, have very sadly been reduced to the number four as far as their presence in Paris is concerned. The Atmosphere, a section of the Pret a Porter fair hosting the Super Eight, however was just as rich as the designers left behind were quick enough to package off their wares. According to Adnan Pardesy who did manage to fly out in time and kept tweeting his tour, "The show was gr8. Very well received. And the interest in the product from buyers is interesting." Pity that someone so creatively well-crafted as Kami couldn't be one of Pakistan's fashion ambassadors to Paris. Kamiar Rokni, Khaadi...
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14 Aug

Redefining the Lollywood stereotype

A new spate of professionals is trying to change the perception of Pakistan’s archaic film industry but it’ll take a bit more to reload this barrel. The way popular music videos are shot in Pakistan have come a long way from the days when music video directors stuck to two basic formulas: the khandar mein kharra band video and the Pir Suhawa mein cruising band video. These two formulas pretty much summed up most of the videos from the nineties, give or take the few shot on Karachi’s seashore. With directors as accomplished as Bilal Lashari, Jami, Saqib Malik, Sohail Javed and Zeeshan Parwez (amongst others) the formulas have changed. Music videos are pushing boundaries: Sajni, Gallan and Chal Bulleya are...
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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

Khawar Riaz’s little letter of disapproval

Just so that you all don't get confused, my LSA nomination article was published in Dawn on July 17. I was in Dubai at the time so could not receive any calls or feedback. However, some friends were kind enough to alert me of this email/text message that was apparently doing the rounds of all editors/journalists/designers etc. I got the following text (reproduced sic to be fair to Khawar) from some Oz Khan, whom I don't know from Adam. Being the fair and unbiased journalist that I am, I am putting Khawar's letter up on my blog as constructive feedback of my article which is also up on the blog. Though the heart comes up with numerous responses to every single...
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25 Jun

What language does BOL speak?

Atif Aslam and Mahira Khan serve as eye-candy/visual and mental relief in the film. Shoaib Mansoor’s second film Bol is as much a slap of reality as Khuda Kay Liye was. It’s perhaps even more hammering as he tackles many more issues and rolls them into a disturbing two and a half hour feature: infanticide, displaced morals, regressive behaviour, intolerance for those who are different, insensitivity, pedophilia, corruption and general degeneration of society at large. To expect the film to be lightweight is as ridiculous as expecting the President of Pakistan to wake up and reverse a death sentence for some random girl, as shown aptly in the film. Did I find it entertaining? No Did I want to get...
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7 Jun

Who’s going to PRET A PORTER PARIS this year?

PFDC fairy godmother Alexandra Senes, with Ali Xeeshan, and Isabelle Ballu in the background. Xeeshan may not be going to Paris this year but his is clearly a brand Senes believes in. It was announced at the end of the previous PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week that several (seven) designers would be selected from the industry to exhibit/show within the Atmosphere's arena at Pret a Porter Paris in Septmeber 2011. Pret a Porter Paris, for the unaware is a regular fashion fair that hosts "special trade shows for different markets, with ATMOSPHERE’S for creators and designers, THE BOX for high-fantasy accessories, THE TRAIN in New York and LIVING ROOM in Tokyo. With its brand spreading out internationally, its attraction grows...
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