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24 Jul

Catching Up with Mahira Khan

   The verdict is in and in the words of Saqib Malik, “Bin Mahira there is no Bin Roye.”   Anyone making an educated guess would have predicted the overwhelming response Mahira Khan was about to receive in the first feature film marking her debut in lead role. Yes, her big screen debut was Bol in 2011 but hers was a small role back then; it was a role that got overshadowed by Khirad in Humsafar and how!   It would be fair to say that Mahira Khan is no longer Humsafar’s tragic heroine Khirad. Mahira Khan is no longer television’s darling. Mahira is now a film star!   Catching her right before she set out for her international premieres, as she stopped to catch her breath...
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19 Jul

A Man for All Reasons

  Humayun Saeed talks about work, women, the scandals that follow him and his upcoming films that will jolt him out of the comfort zone of romantic hero, as seen in Bin Roye.   Humayun Saeed’s house shares an insight to the star he is; at least his den – in the basement of his home in a posh Karachi locale – does just that. You walk down to be welcomed by a wall decorated with awards; that’s a mantle that exhibits his successes as an actor. One room boasts a massive billiards table; it’s a room lined with articles, shoots and features that have celebrated his existence over the years. His lounge, another palatial space decorated in shades of wood with the...
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29 May

Introducing Bin Roye, again

With more than a dozen highly anticipated titles in the works this appears to be a fantastic year for Pakistani cinema. I’d say it needs to be rechristened, for the gandasa wielding, trigger happy Punjabi films that fell under the rather derogatory term ‘Lollywood’ no longer exist in the larger scheme of things. This is new age cinema: modern, contemporary and clean. It won’t be without drama though, which is what Sultana Siddiqui, CEO of Hum TV network said in the introduction to Bin Roye at a Press Conference. Colourful, musical and dramatic is the first impression you get of Bin Roye, a film that stars Mahira Khan, Humayun Saeed, Armeena Khan, Junaid Khan, Javed Sheikh and many more. Fawad Khan...
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12 May

Ho Mann Jahaan: reviving an Ankahi magic

      How exactly are Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar, Adeel Hussain, Sonya Jehan, Fawad Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Atif Aslam, Asrar, Zeb Bangash and many more coming together for Ho Mann Jahaan?   The Zen, slate grey exterior of Asim Raza’s studio on Ittehad belies the effervescence that is bubbling up inside. Rising behind a jigsaw of cars in the porch and stacks of an endless supply of Coca Cola is the sound of music. An upbeat, faster version of Asrar’s ‘Shakar Wandaan Re’ can be heard and if you manage to see through the troupe of dancers you’ll catch a glimpse of Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawer and Adeel Hussain practicing their moves for the song, which has to be shot a couple of...
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3 May

From crystal meth to crystals

Rizwanullah recalls his perilous journey as he settles down to a crystalline new life at Fifth Element, the official distribution partner for Swarovski in Pakistan.    “I started taking all these chemicals: heroin, LSD, hash, weed, ecstasy, ice, crystal meth…you name it. I thought I could stop whenever I wanted to but I was wrong. My life had started slipping away.”   Syed Mohammad Rizwanullah. It’s hardly the kind of name you associate with a fashion creature but that’s what he’s always been. The ten-inch Mohawk, spiked at the edges, and lace-up boots that said enfant terrible from the minute you set eyes on them. Give him a mirror and you’d see him preening; he was the proverbial peacock who reveled in the spotlight....
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3 May

Hum TV introduces Bin Roye…finally!

The trailer to this film has released, ro ro kar and it comes with a ‘Releasing Soon’ promise, still no confirmed or even estimated date. Bin Roye, secretly dubbed as a Titanic on the sets – because of its long delays – finally emerged and gave Mahira Khan fans something to look forward to. Here’s what my first impression is:   Bin Roye is going to struggle to look like a feature film; it’s cast and crew is too close to television and that shows in the frames. I’m not a technical person at all but I can see that Bin Roye borders on tele-film, which may be a problem. That may also be because the makers plan to release it in drama format...
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3 May

We saw the Ho Mann Jahaan teaser and Wow!

It isn’t the simplest film title to enunciate, understand or remember but Ho Mann Jahan, as director/producer Asim Raza said in the film’s introductory press conference tonight, has double meaning. It refers to a place where your heart is and it also refers to the heart as the universe, the ‘jahaan‘.     Held around the set of Ho Mann Jahan at Frere Hall, where a mehndi dance sequence has been filming these past few days, did Asim Raza host his press conference introducing the film and its cast to the media while revealing a teaser from the film. And how cool did the teaser look! I did an exclsuive interview with Asim last week, which was published inInstep this Sunday, so had most of the information...
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20 Oct

The Unusual, Shining Star

Bin Roye and Bollywood. Marriage and the men in her life. Sex appeal and Sadqay Tumhare. Is there anything else you need to know about Mahira Khan? She talks about it all in her first interview in years.  Mahira is always in a hurry. And she’s in a characteristic state of rush as she walks in for this interview, radiant in a white cotton kurta, gorgeous in an unaware state of unkempt attraction. It’s the look of a woman who has too much to do, with little time to do anything more than pull back her hair and leave the house with nothing fancier than a washed face. But what a face it is! Mahira is a head-turner, evoking both envy...
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