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11 May

The ‘classic’ case of Mah-e-Mir

    There is a big difference between what I saw at the premiere compared to what I've been reading in the newspapers. People left the movie midway; those who stayed back could be seen laughing and talking loudly, commenting on how they don't get a word of what's being said in the film. On the other hand, reviews suggest that Mah-e-Mir is a smashing success and is one of the best films made to date. So which one is it? Do critics only praise films that the masses don't really like?   To address the first opinion, there were some factors in the movie that made me want to get up and leave too. For instance, the language indeed was too difficult to follow....
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4 Mar

The lost art of dance in Pakistani cinema

  Recently held in Alliance Française by the same name, 'The lost art of dance in Pakistani cinema' was an eye opening journey for any cinema-lover/media student/film critic. The low attendance of anyone from the media industry, however, was shocking. You would think that the people so interested in producing films and 'preserving/reviving cinema' would have attended an event like this. Sadly, there were barely any people from our mainstream film industry present. Guddu Khan, moments before breaking into a chorus of 'Thank yous' to all the people who came to see his archive   What was this event? It was an exhibition held by Guddu Khan, one of the few people who have created an impressive archive for Pakistani cinema, ranging from original film...
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26 Feb

Sania Maskatiya’s 5-year journey to the top!

Sania Maskatiya talks about digital prints, plagiarism and rumours surrounding her brand!   by Manal Faheem Khan   Sania Maskatiya immediately dismisses my claim when I ask her what it's like being at the top of the Pakistani fashion industry. "I wouldn't say we're on top, there are so many other established brands out there," she modestly brushes off the suggestion. Her impact on the industry, in five short years, is nevertheless undeniable. Sania opened a flagship store in Karachi when high street retail was limited to a handful of brands; her success motivated so many to follow in her footsteps. But it's refreshing to talk to a designer, who despite so many achievements - multiple stores, Lux Style Awards, Woolmark Prize nominations, local and...
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