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17 May

Meet the characters of Mann Mayal

    Hamza Ali Abbasi as Salahuddin   I’m Salahuddin. I’m such a handsome bloke of a gentleman that any woman in my path falls for me. Unfortunately I’m not as sharp as I’m handsome because I tend to lead women on without realizing what I’ve done until it’s too late. I did it with Mannu and didn’t have the backbone (read money) to reciprocate and now this office girl is sending out all the needful messages that I don’t pick up on. I truly believe that she cares because she’s just a nice person; that she’ll order my dinner and turn up at my home with breakfast and ask me what I like in women and talk to my...
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3 May

Mann Mayal Episode 15: The Haute Review

    We’re 15 episodes into Manahil and Salahuddin’s love story and I’m hooked, no doubt, but disappointed at the same time. How, in this day and age, can the writer and director justify that Mannu, a headstrong girl, has settled for a life of compromise with a man who’s not just indifferent to her but despises her and makes no bones about it? Not only does he verbally belittle her but in the last episode he also physically bullied her, pushing her into premature labour. Meanwhile she’s holding an iron caste grudge against Salahuddin and will do anything to hurt him. Sallu on the other hand, is besotted by her and will do anything to help her ease any pain, including...
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12 Apr

What to expect at the HUM Awards 2016

  By Aamna Haider Isani   It's award season in Pakistan! The ARY Film Awards (AFA) are taking place in Dubai this coming weekend and the 4th Hum Awards are going to be held in Karachi on April 23, it was announced at a press conference yesterday.   "We will take the Awards all over the world," President HUM TV network, Sultana Siddiqui answered a question about rumours that the awards were going to be held in London, "but this year we will honour our talent in Pakistan." Out of the three HUM Awards held in previous years, two have been in Karachi whereas one has been held in Dubai. Considering that HUM TV programming has a following all over the world (basically wherever there...
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16 Feb

When the stars shone under a desert moon

  The PSL Opening Ceremony witnessed cricket greats as well as stars from all walks of entertainment, flown in to support their teams.   No matter which team won, the victory would be Pakistan’s. This is the incredible feeling with which the Pakistan Super League kicked off on February 4 in Dubai. And this is my account of events that led up to the Opening Ceremony at Dubai Stadium. Ali Zafar with Shaniera Akram and Frieha Altaf     PSL on ground looked like a celebration more than a competition. Carlton Hotel – where the teams were staying – was a panorama of bright uniforms, all five of them speckling the area cheerfully. Scheduled to leave for the Dubai Stadium at 5pm for the opening ceremony, the...
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31 Jan

Mann Mayal, a simple love story

Hamza Ali Abbasi and Maya Ali bring old school romance back to life in this new serial but will it stay this way?   Episode One   The general pace of life these days is so fast and turbulent that one has to make a conscious effort to pull the reigns and slow down…enough to park in front of the television and watch a one hour drama serial at the same time every week. Mann Mayal, promoted heavily as the next big thing on television (since Humsafar?) begged for a chance. And so ten minutes into inaugural commercials, when MM actually began, I was very interested.   I also have to admit that Hamza Ali Abbasi was the biggest attraction, to begin with. I haven’t seen...
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8 Oct

What the LSAs can learn from the Filmfares!

    India’s FilmFare Awards are a tradition more than sixty years old so we don’t expect that level of event management at the Lux Style Awards yet. However, having attended both, there are certain simple things that one has noticed and compared and realized that they could be implemented in Pakistan for a better impression and impact. Here are some simple things that the LSAs can learn from the Filmfares…     First Impression: Red Carpet   The FF floor map was very slick. A red carpet was rolled outside the main show area of the Yash Raj Studio and no one less than a star could step on to it. When I say ‘star’ I mean the film stars and celebrities, not the...
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6 Oct

Why ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Aani’ works

  Jawani Phir Nahi Aani has to be one of the most enjoyable Pakistani movies I’ve ever watched. I would even go as far as saying it’s one of the most enjoyable films I’ve watched, period. I wish I had the time to see it again because it is worth the encore. Is JPNA original?   I wouldn’t go that far. It’s a formula flick featuring three hen pecked friends who find a brief getaway to Bangkok thanks to a cool and successful divorce lawyer/bachelor friend and the rest is predictable. What keeps you at the edge of your seat, or rolling away in mirth, is the film’s characterization and dialogue.   Ahmed Ali Butt is at his comic best. Vasay Chaudhry may not be...
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2 Oct

LSA 2015: The Awards

Na Maloom Afraad predictably dominated the Film category with the only non NMA award going to Saleha Aref for her role in Dukhtar. The music category was a mixed bag, with popular acts picking up the trophy.     Cheeky! Hamza Ali Abbasi, who openly opposes the objectification of women, was asked to present the prize for Best Model (female). Surely that merits a status update!   It was reassuring to see two female vocalists – Zoe Viccaji and Sara Haider – on the list of winners. Fashion delivered very ‘Karachi-centric’ results with all trophies staying in the city. Brand Sana Safinaz emerged biggest winners as they picked up three trophies, and Nabila won her 9th LSA for Hair and Makeup....
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14 Sep

FAL versus Fevicol

How does ‘Fair and Lovely Ka Jalwa’ compare to ‘Fevicol Se’, both being item songs that dance their way around flaunting a brand.     ‘Fair and Lovely Ka Jalwa’, originally just ‘Jalwa’ from the upcoming Jawani Phir Nahi Aani is quite the talk of the town these days and the item song is projected as one of the selling points of the film. Starring a blond and pretty Sohai Ali Aabro, the only one in the dance track who can actually dance, it also throws light on the (lack of) agility from Humayun Saeed, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Vasay Chaudhry and Ahmed Ali Butt. ‘Fevicol Se’, featuring Kareena Kapoor along with Salman Khan in Dabanng 2 was positioned in the same way back...
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