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8 Dec

My thoughts on Pakistan Idol

Airing every Friday and Sunday, two episodes down, I do feel that Pakistan Idol deserves a comment or two. And my first reaction is wholehearted approval. I did intend to avoid the cliche but cannot help myself from saying that in a country where conservatism seems to be seeping into lives and styles, it's pleasing to see parents encouraging their sons and daughters to perform on television. It's heartening to see husbands pushing their wives to sing and even for the youth, it brings on a smile to see music make their world go round. You may argue that a lot of what we see is orchestrated and perhaps it really is, but when this 'reality' is aired to millions...
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21 Oct

Waar, finally, but really?

Everyone has to watch Waar, right? There's just too much build-up and baggage that the film has been carrying for almost five years to ignore. Of course! We all went to watch Waar over the Eid holidays, which accounts for the high box office figures. However, all is not hunky dory with the film. Two of its strongholds are filming and soundtrack. Let me rephrase that. Two of its ONLY strongholds are filming and soundtrack. Waar is a well made film, shot by Bilal Lashari with a smart camera and its soundtrack is contemporary. It brings Pakistani cinema to the present and pushes it forward while most Pakistani films still appear archaic and outdated in technology. Out of all the recent...
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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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