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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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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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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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1 Jun

Syed Noor ‘movies’ in a new direction

The veteran director talks about Bhai Wanted, the new age of cinema and why Shaan is still the country’s biggest star.    Syed Noor's vital statistics are interesting. He’s been in the movie business for 44 years. Since 1998 he has directed and released around 30 films, half with Shaan as the main lead and only three without Saima. He is back in the director’s seat this year, recently signing up Shaan Shahid for Bhai Wanted, their first notable film together since the Punjabi film Sharika was released in 2012. Sharika didn’t make much of an impact on Pakistan’s evolving cinema dynamic but with Bhai Wanted, Syed Noor looks forward to bringing almost four decades of experience in filmmaking to directing a...
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