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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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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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16 Jun

Ho Mann Jahan…in Chitral

At the risk of sounding like a TV Channel, I have to say - with delight - that Asim Raza has shared these fantastic images of a Ho Mann Jahan shoot in Chitral exclusively with us.   Asim Raza with his team of young co-directors   The weather is perfect, crisp and it promises to inspire all of us to head out Up-North when the film releases on Eid ul Azha.   Mahira and Adeel   In what looks like a romantic frolic in wheat fields, you can see Mahira and Adeel in action. The shooting was for the song, "Dil Pagla" by Zebunnisa Bangash, which promises to be a fantastic track.   Love the location!   Please do not steal...
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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

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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