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12 Oct

How DMPS got lost in translation

  There’s nothing ordinary about Asad ul Haq. From his demeanor to his approach, he’s edgy and left of centre. Then why did Pakistan – the viewer and the critic – expect his debut film, Dekh Magar Pyaar Say, to be a conventional romance or worse, a masala flick?   Asad has been filming ad campaigns for over 20 years; the Don Carlos (black and white) campaign, Telenor (again the black and white campaign) and the impactful HBL campaign featuring Pakistan Cricket Team are just some examples of his multitude of work. “I’m notorious for doing things different,” he explains, providing an easy explanation to the way DMPS is shot. “People come to me when they want to step out of the box.”     For...
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16 Jul

First Look: Dekh Magar Pyaar Say

Three reasons why the trailer of DMPS leaves us looking forward to the film.    ‘Look, but with Love’, the title literally means. And one can’t help watching the first trailer of the film with interest and affection. It’s a good looking two minutes, featuring what seems like a film revolving around two characters. And while both of them provide a pleasant dose of eye candy, it has to be said that Humaima Malick completely dominates the screen.   DMPS appears to be a film led by a female protagonist, which is quite refreshing. It’s also great for Humaima, who rose to unprecedented heights with her award-winning debut in Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol in 2011. It showed the world that Humaima can act, she has...
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10 Jun

When Cricket Came Home!

This post has been long overdue but my breath was stuck in my throat until the Zimbabwe team left Lahore, safe and sound. It did, and I can proudly say that this series was one of the best things that could have happened for the peoples' morale.       The feeling of stepping into a stadium packed with charged cricket fans was overwhelming; it was a feeling that was long awaited and long overdue. The Lahore stadium was pulsating with energy, fans madly waving flags, banners and blowing on their bugles to create festivity that had been shrouded in the darkness of inactivity since 2009. Security was tight, with hundred of armed turtles armouring the entrances and intimidating helicopters hovering overhead much like...
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29 Nov

Adnan Malik, Sikander Rizvi scorch the catwalk

Designers brought some stardust to the runway on Day 2 of Fashion Pakistan Week Adnan Malik and Sikander Rizvi, Deepak Perwani eye candy Deepak Perwani has been designing for musicians and celebrities for so long that there were bound to be some surprises up his velvet sleeve. But who would have thought that the very shy Sikander Rizvi would have stepped out of Xander’s for a walk down the runway. He was, of course, a vision for sore eyes. Adnan Malik, looking more svelte and dapper than ever these days, also took to the catwalk and all one could think of was “Khalil”. Previously better known to music and fashion circles, where he has mostly worked within, Adnan Malik has just recently acquired a...
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25 Oct

Xander’s Cafe is open!

Xander's first foodies on Oct 24: Ammar, Aaminah and Hamza with man of the hour, Sikander or as they call him in France Ale'XANDER'. It was by total coincidence that Zeba Husain mentioned, on the last day of fashion week, that Xander's was opening tomorrow (Sunday) and we need to catch up over lunch. It was a totally last minute thing that I decided to take mother to Ensemble, knowing at the back of my mind that Xander's was beckoning too. It was! Walked in, to be joined within minutes by Ammar Belal, Aaminah Haq and Hamza Tarrar, who beat me to being the 'first official customers' by ordering first. Must say Aaminah's Eggs Benedict looked absolutely yum...
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28 Sep

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Sikander at his mother's Cafe Flo during the launch of Tapulicious. The temptation to put this picture up on my blog was too much to resist, though I admit I should ideally have waited for some more information. Oh hogwash! What more do you need to know than the fact the Sikander - Nur Jehan's grandson, Florence Rizvi's son and Sonya Jehan's brother (he must be cringing at this hijacking of his own identity: sorry Sikander!) - is finally ready to open his cafe for business in Karachi. With food in his lineage and style in his DNA he cannot go wrong! Xander's Cafe will be inaugurating sometime in the next two weeks and it will be kicking...
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