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25 Apr

The HUM Awards 2016

  The set up was spectacular.   10:30pm. We were very, very late in getting to the Expo Centre last night, where the 4th Servis Hum Awards were being held. The traffic outside the venue was crippling and it took us over an hour to cover a few yards of road: our honest excuse. By the time we got inside everyone had already been seated and announcements were being made for people to take their seats so the show could begin. It was 11pm.   I managed to venture out backstage where I bumped into a beautiful Reema who had swapped her Asim Jofa outfit for her favourite, HSY. Hassan of course was his usual jovial and happy self. He’s got great energy. Sarmad Khoosat,...
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9 Feb

"Mor Mahal is the story of resilient, fiercely powerful women."

Sarmad Khoosat talks about Mor Mahal, Pakistan’s first fantasy drama in 25 years.   Just think of the elements that are coming together. Conceptualized by Imran Aslam, Mor Mahal has been scripted by Sarmad Sehbai, directed by man-of-the-moment (or should we say ‘Manto’ of the moment?) Sarmad Khoosat and it’s an A&B Production, brought to screens by Babar Javed (makers of Manto). Follow that up with rock-star Umair Jaswal’s TV debut as Nawab Asif Jahan, Meesha Shafi as Farrukh Zaad, one of his three scheming wives, and a stellar cast including Sania Saeed, Hina Bayat, Ali Saleem and many more in intriguing roles and it’s no wonder then that Mor Mahal is becoming a point of obsession even though its first episode...
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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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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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8 Aug

Manto – the game changer

  The much-awaited biopic on Saadat Hassan Manto will release on September 11, 2015, it was announced at a bustling event.   It was a gathering of literary minds, assembled to witness the first look of Manto the Film, a biopic made on one of South Asia’s most controversial and brilliant writers, Saadat Hassan Manto. Held at the Neuplex Cinemas in Karachi, the event, hosted by GEO with Sarmad Sultan Khoosat (Director), Baber Javed (Producer) and Nadeem Shahid (Writer) was bustling with TV and literary personalities (many of whom make up the stellar cast) from Mohammad Hanif, Nimra Bucha and HM Naqvi to Sania Saeed, Marina Khan, Hina Bayat, Ali Sethi, Meesha Shafi and Savera Nadeem. The film was introduced by director Sarmad...
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30 Nov

Are you addicted to Humsafar too?

Mahira, Fawad and Naveen in Humsafar It took me a total of ten minutes to get addicted to Humsafar. And since I don't get the time to watch too much telly, the episode I caught was 9, right before the rain scene. I missed Saturday night's episode too so spent last night watching all ten episodes on YouTube. It was a romantic fix, nothing less, and one that continued till 3 am nonstop. God bless my internet connection. I have not read the novel by Farhat Ishtiaq but realize what makes Humsafar, the TV adaptation so addictive. 1. The perfect casting: Mahira has the loveliness and innocence to pull off the character of Khirad. Fawad as Asher has the looks...
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