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30 Aug

Catching up with Humayun Saeed

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and the only buzz I hear is social media fawning over the latest episode of Dillagi, aired the night before. It is all people are talking about: how many episodes are left, will Mohid live or die and how will this love story conclude. Humayun Saeed actively follows all this hoopla, retweeting and reposting what he likes and contemplating the negatives with a fair level of introspection. He enjoys feedback and is open to criticism. He sends me the unseen promo of the next episode and we decide to meet up for a quick chat. We connect over coffee and homemade chocolate cake; the last time I met him he wouldn’t touch sugar. This is obviously...
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15 May

Dillagi: Episode 9

Dillagi continues to engage with its localized take on Beauty and the Beast. Women find the character of Mohid (Humayoun Saeed) completely swoon-worthy for his silent, brooding and macho exterior and mushy heart (an irresistible combination) and I have to say that Mehwish Hayat does full justice to her character, Anmol, the gorgeous woman with an icy block of steel for a heart. But it’s Saba Hamid who completely overtakes everyone whenever she comes on screen. It’s refreshing to see the portrayal of such a strong woman, one who commands her super-machismo of a son and actually has a backbone and a sense of power as well as values. The fact that her daughter is a weakling is also natural;...
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24 Nov

Mehwish Hayat: What does the ‘cat’ say?

  From TV, theatre, film to music, Mehwish Hayat has done it all and yet it’s ‘Billi’ that propelled her to cinematic stardom.She has signed up for her first drama serial in two years and is ready to release her first pop single anytime. Here's what makes the starlet tick…     You may remember her as the very pretty Priya from Shah Sharabeel’s Bombay Dreams or those whose hearts lie in serious theatre may remember her in Javed Siddiqui’s Aapki Soniya, a sequel to the iconic Tumhari Amrita in which she appeared opposite Sajid Hasan. Mehwish Hayat may have made an impression in Manjali, a TV serial that established her as a serious actress but it was the foot-tapping ‘Billi’ in Na Maloom Afraad...
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