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30 Nov

Why the show must go on!

(Published in the October 2011 issue of Herald) 2007: Aaminah Haq and Atif Aslam performed to a frantic audience in Malaysia. The Lux Style Awards celebrate their tenth anniversary amidst national crises and raised eyebrows. Can the annual event survive this inhospitable climate? Here’s why it’s so important that it does… Take a minute to imagine how it was back in 2007. A special plane to Kuala Lumpur was chartered by Unilever to fly over 200 people who couldn’t be accommodated in regular flights. These 200 people were a heady mix of celebrities, musicians, fashion designers, models and the regular swarm of journalists whipping up every possible story. Pop band Raeth serenaded ‘pilgrims’ through the flight all night while...
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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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13 Jan

Engro Excellence Awards in picture

I don't know whether this is Atif's new look for 'Bol' OR is he inspired by the Taliban OR whether he is actually following in JJ's footsteps, God forbid. All jokes apart he looked quite good in this new avatar and let's just hope the beard and 'zulfain' are a fashion and not religious statement. He does, after all, get commissioned in a melodious albeit religious Engro ad every Ramazan. Ayesha Omar may not have sounded or looked as smooth as Atif but she put up a decent performance with Faiz Ahmad Faiz's 'Bol ke lab azaad hain teray'. We are used to Tina Sani's perfect rendition of this anthem but Ayesha managed to lend it her unique raspy tone. That...
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