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3 Jan

Atif Aslam: Getting high on spirituality

Atif Aslam talks to Aamna Haider Isani about how his life has evolved around work and family and how important it is to maintain a distance between the two   Atif Aslam, by all descriptions, is Pakistan’s most celebrated artist today.   It’s a simple case of mathematic. With a massive following of over 18 million on Facebook, 466K on twitter and more visibility than any single artist in the country on Instagram, where 791,000 fans trail him, he is collectively the most followed celebrity on social media. In fact, his popularity equals the rest of the music industry, combined. And that’s just cyberspace. The constellation of his concerts shine all over the world, from popular destinations like India, Dubai and the USA but...
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28 Dec

In conversation with.. Ho Mann Jahaan

Aamna Haider Isani manages to bring the cast of HMJ together for a madcap interview that allows us to read between the scripted lines!   It took some serious skills in persuasion and coordination to get these guys together. With the release of Ho Mann Jahaan a mere few weeks away and promotional activities at an all time high, the cast and crew was all over the place, all the time. You could spot them at colleges and cafes, cineplexes and hotels, talking about the film and building up the hype with very little leftover time to sit down and talk about it. But we did manage to get Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar, Sonya Jehan, Adeel Hussain and Asim Raza in one...
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8 Dec

Exclusive! BTS at Ho Mann Jahaan rehearsals

'Shakar Wandaan Re' dubsmashes are all the rage these days but we've been holding on to this exclusive footage of the Ho Mann Jahan's leading trio - Mahira Khan, Shehryar Munawwar and Adeel Husain - since summer when we went behind the scenes at Asim Raza's studio in Karachi and caught the action, live. We were requested not to post this footage until the first look of the song was revealed - which it has been done now - and now we have the director's blessings to go ahead with giving our readers a little something special.   So, what was it like to be present at the rehearsals? It was like being in the midst of a hustling and bustling bazaar,...
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2 Dec

FPW pulls out the BIG GUNS on Day 3

…Some of Pakistan’s best bridal couturiers play to their strengths   By Aamna Haider Isani   Day 3 featured some very big names in Pakistani fashion – Umar Sayeed, Faraz Manan and last but not least, Nilofer Shahid. And all three of them pelted out some fabulous wedding wear and artistic couture. An unexpected surprise was Nauman Arfeen, whose simple, rustic collection provided a much-needed dose of menswear that didn’t look like something out of a Tim Burton movie. Other than the top names, Zaheer Abbas put out a neat but forgettable show and Delphi by Nida Tapal showcased some lovely examples of how crochet can be incorporated into formal wear; a jarring palette let the collection down. Zainab Chottani unraveled a colourful collection...
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21 Nov

Mahira turns bad-ass for Pepe

  Mahira Khan’s pretty, girl-next-door image completely turned on its heels this week when the first few images of Pepe Jeans’ new campaign hit the cyber waves. Out flew Khirad and Saba and in came this almost bad-ass, pouting lass of a woman who didn’t know how to smile. All this denim, leather, boots and nonchalance brought out the babe and wow! This smoldering look was a welcome relief to Mahira’s usual, wholesome gorgeousness. We love her always, forever but we were swayed by this new look more than ever before.   So we called Nabila, who gave her the look, and asked how our readers could recreate it if they wanted to … which we’re sure they do!     HAIR Mahira’s hair had been cut...
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10 Sep

5 (Manto) minutes with Mahira Khan

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Something Haute catches a few minutes with Mahira Khan on what she expects from the latest sensation, Manto.   SH: Manto is very different from your average feature film. What are your hopes from the film?   Mahira Khan: Okay, let me just digress. I saw Shah and I was like, wow man. When someone likes what the story is, or believes in it, or has a lot of heart in it, it's amazing that you see it as an audience, I think. That's what Shah is. You forget that it's a low budget film and that it may not be as beautiful as the others; you see heart and you feel it on the screen. I hope that even though Manto is technically great...
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9 Sep

Ho Mann Jahan’s release postponed

Asim Raza’s eagerly anticipated feature film, starring Mahira Khan, Shehryar Munawar and Adeel Hussain in lead roles, will now hit cinemas after Moharram. Projected as an Eid-ul-Azha release in a star-studded press conference earlier this year, Ho Mann Jahan will now make it to cinemas by the end of November, at the earliest. Producer/Director Asim Raza explains his reasons…       Why has the release of Ho Mann Jahan been postponed?     Asim Raza:Jawani Phir Nahi Aani is releasing on Eid-ul-Azha and it’s a big Pakistani film that we don’t want to go head to head with. We’d happily go up against any Indian film but I feel there needs to be harmony within the Pakistani film industry. We’ll wait for Moharram to pass by peacefully...
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25 Aug

Mahira as man, madari or monkey?

  We’ve seen and loved her as Khirad (Humsafar), Falak (Shehr-e-Zaat), Shano (Sadqay Tumhare) and of course, more recently as Saba in Bin Roye. Mahira Khan’s next appearance is not likely to be as conventional or feminine. In fact, it is quite simply unorthodox as she plays monkey, man and madari in Madari, one of Saadat Hassan Manto’s short stories featured as part of the upcoming Manto the Film. Madari is one of Manto’s most thought provoking stories, which confronts Darwin’s theory of evolution.     “Of course it challenged me,” Mahira Khan spoke to me on the sets of Subh Ki Kahani, a new morning show launched on the channel Geo Kahani yesterday. Mahira and Sarmad Khoosat came in as the show’s very...
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