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6 Nov

You too can help Mukhtaran Mai in her mission…

“I can never forget; it still haunts me,” Mukhtaran said quietly, as we met at a lunch organized in her honour a day after her fashion week appearance. I wouldn’t call it a ‘runway debut’ as various stories have been terming it; she was hardly there to draw attention to herself or the clothes she wore. Fourteen years after being raped and publically humiliated in some perverse sense of justice her village’s tribal elders had handed out to her, Mukhtaran had traveled from her home in Miranwala to Karachi, to draw attention to the cause she has taken up for life. It was a cause that Rozina Munib, designer and fashion week debutant, wanted to bring attention to via her showcase....
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16 Jul

First Look: Dekh Magar Pyaar Say

Three reasons why the trailer of DMPS leaves us looking forward to the film.    ‘Look, but with Love’, the title literally means. And one can’t help watching the first trailer of the film with interest and affection. It’s a good looking two minutes, featuring what seems like a film revolving around two characters. And while both of them provide a pleasant dose of eye candy, it has to be said that Humaima Malick completely dominates the screen.   DMPS appears to be a film led by a female protagonist, which is quite refreshing. It’s also great for Humaima, who rose to unprecedented heights with her award-winning debut in Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol in 2011. It showed the world that Humaima can act, she has...
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23 Sep

Frieha’s Fabulous 50!

Frieha Altaf's 50th birthday celebrations began on a yacht that sailed, under full moon, around midnight. It was gorgeous, the moonlight leaving a silver trail on the water's surface, eighties music playing in the background and just enough people to be around happily, without having to make superficial small talk. I haven't known Frieha long, just around 12 years. And I remember meeting her for the very first time, backstage at the first Carnival de Couture held in Karachi. I introduced myself (there had been work-related communications over the phone) and she beamed a fabulously dimpled smile at me, "Finally, we meet!" Contrary to what I had heard, Frieha was not scary. And believe it or not, while the world finds...
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