September 20, 2018
By Instep Desk

Asim Abbasi’s directorial debut Cake, that received critical as well as commercial acclaim in Pakistan and beyond, post its release earlier this year, has managed another feather in its cap. The film that features Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik in pivotal roles, has been shortlisted for Oscar consideration in the Foreign Language Film Award category at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards. The selection has been made by the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee, which is led by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen ObaidChinoy. Director of the film, Asim Abbasi, took to social media post the...


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By Justin KrollDisney is enlisting Earth’s mightiest heroes as the company prepares to launch its upcoming streaming service. The entertainment giant is in early development on an ambitious plan for a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These series will likely include shows centered on Loki and the Scarlet Witch, along with other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies. Marvel and Disney had no comment. There’s an important distinction from other Marvel small screen efforts, however. The actors who portrayed these heroes and villains in the...


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One of the relatively new names in the industry, Shamsha Hashwani made her bridal runway debut at PFDC L’Oreal Fashion Week in 2016 and then showed again in 2017. This year, she chose not to show at PLBW and is instead showing her Spring/Summer collection ’19 at Vancouver Fashion Week. The collection titled ‘Shanaz’ is inspired by her own paintings depicting flowers and therefore have floral embroidery. There are textural embroidery techniques including 3D embellishments, beadwork, wasli motifs and threadwork. We’re told to expect a sixteen-piece collection featuring contemporary silhouettes including jumpsuits, gowns and other...


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Actor and host Sanam Baloch, who was last seen in drama serial Teri Raza alongside Sarmad Khoosat and Shahroz Sabzwari, has recently joined the cast of upcoming play, Alif. The serial is being directed by Haseeb Hasan of Mann Mayal fame, who also helmed air force film Parwaaz Hai Junoon. According to Sana Shahnawaz, who is co-producing the project with Samina Humayun Saeed, they are excited to have Sanam Baloch on-board. Initially, British-Pakistani actor Kubra Khan was supposed to be a part of Alif, but due to schedule issues Kubra had to opt out of the play. Moreover, Sajal Aly shared the news of Sanam Baloch joining the cast by posting a...


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It’s clear people. No matter what you do, when it comes to Best Drama, winning the trophy will only happen if Game of Thrones is not nominated. But since it was, after bowing out for a season, it won Best Drama yet again and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. But the biggest winner of the night was Amy Sherman-Palladino, who created, wrote and directed Gilmore Girls. Her Amazon-backed series Marvelous Mrs. Maisel picked up a total of five trophies including Outstanding Comedy Series. Another show to clean up the limited series category was Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story that won...


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Nandita’s Das upcoming biopic, Manto, which chronicles the life of Pakistani writer Saadat Hassan Manto, is scheduled to release worldwide on September 21 but it is still unclear if the film will see the light of the day in Pakistan. However, the director recently took to Twitter and shared that they are trying to release the film in Pakistan soon. We hope that happens!Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Saadat Hassan Manto, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and received a lot of appreciation from critics.Siddiqui recently spoke about the controversial writer from the sub-continent and how he feels about...


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After appearing in Khaani, a drama serial that broke all records on the ratings chart, Feroze Khan and Sana Javed are all geared up for their upcoming drama serial, Romeo Weds Heer.This is the third time we will see Feroze and Sana share the screen – first it was Khaani, then the duo appeared in a romantic telefilm called Dino Ki Dulhaniya that aired on Eid-ul-Fitr and now their third project together is Romeo Weds Heer.Produced by Abdullah Kadwani and Asad Qureshi of 7th Sky Entertainment, the title track of Romeo Weds Heer is already out and has been sung by Aima Baig and Sahir Ali Bhagga.The music video for the track has been...


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Director Asim Raza, who made his cinematic debut with Ho Mann Jahaan in 2016, has recently wrapped up the first spell of his upcoming film, Parey Hut Love, in Muzaffarabad, Kashmir. The film features Maya Ali and Sheheryar Munawar in lead roles, while Mahira Khan, who was supposed to play the lead initially, will be playing a very special part in the film.Having shot the first spell of the film, actor Maya Ali took to social media to share the news. “The 1st spell of Parey Hut Love has ended,” she wrote on her official Instagram handle. “I still can’t believe that a film can be this much easier to shoot, but hats off to the team...


By Ahmed Sarym

Mawra Hocane confesses that she is on the pursuit of excellence and it wouldn’t be untrue to say that whatever she touches turns to gold. From her strong social media presence to quirky style decisions, Hocane truly stands out. Her debut Pakistani flick, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 , which featured her alongside Humayun Saeed, Fahad Mustafa and Kubra Khan has emerged as the highest grossing Pakistani film on the box office till date. Instep caught up with Mawra Hocane as JPNA 2 continues to create waves. We begin by going back to how the film landed in Hocane’s lap as rumors suggested that Syra Shahroz had originally been roped in for...