January 16, 2018
By Sadiq Saleem

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, a regular at Cannes Film Festival, will be joined by Mahira Khan this year.An international writer once said: “There are women. There are beautiful women. And then there’s Aishwariya Rai.”The statement, meant to be a testament to Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan’s striking looks, in some ways takes away from the fact that she is just as celebrated as an artist. From being crowned Miss World to receiving the Padma Shri, India’s highest civilian honor to being immortalized at the Museum of Madame Tassauds, Rai-Bachchan’s life is filled with accolades. But somehow it’s her beauty that is praised and discussed in a...


By Instep Desk

Last year, the Me Too movement caught everyone’s attention as Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct. In this regard, many well known celebrities took to social media about being sexually abused which led to the ‘Times Up’ campaign. And now Pakistani personalities have also taken to social media to share their childhood experiences of sexual abuse after the horrible incident of 6-year-old Zainab, who was recently abducted, raped and murdered in Kasur, Punjab.In the wake of this incident, well-known designer Maheen Khan, PR maverick Frieha Altaf and actor Nadia Jamil have come forward with their own childhood experiences of...


By Instep Desk

A still from Chupan ChupaiAwardSeasonPatari sweeps music categories with six of its productions nominated; Chupan Chupai sweeps film categories with eight nods.The 17th edition of the Lux Style Awards, Pakistan’s longest-running contemporary award ceremony, is all set to take place in Lahore next month. The mission of the LSAs is to recognize and celebrate talent from the fields of music, fashion, film and television. And the nominations announced for the upcoming edition reflect just that. Nominations in 18 entertainment categories have been announced thus far and of those 12 are open for public voting. The ones that will be decided by a...


By Instep Desk

culturevultureFILMBest Film Balu Mahi Chupan Chupai Na Maloom Afraad 2Punjab Nahi Jaungi Verna Best Actor Ahsan Khan in Chupan Chupai Fahad Mustafa in Na Maloom Afraad 2Humayun Saeed in Punjab Nahi Jaungi Mohsin Abbas in Na Maloom Afraad 2Osman Khalid Butt in Balu MahiBest Actress Ainy Jaffri in Balu MahiMahira Khan in Verna Mehwish Hayat in Punjab Nahi Jaungi Uzma Hasan in Arth 2Neelum Muneer in Chupan Chupai Best Film DirectorHaisaam Hussain for Balu MahiMohsin Ali for Chupan Chupai Nabeel Qureshi for Na Maloom Afrad 2Nadeem Baig for Punjab Nahi Jaungi Shoaib Mansoor for Verna Best Supporting Actor Ali Rizvi in Chupan Chupai Faizan...


By NewsBytes

2018 certainly looks promising with several Pakistani films slated to release in the first quarter of the year. After January release Parchi, the next in line is Maan Jao Na that is all set to release on February 2, 2018. The movie introduces us to a new face Naaz Norouzi as the leading actress of the movie alongside Adeel Choudary, Ali Gul Pir, Asif Raza Mir among others. The story revolves around Raania who does not believe in love or marriage. However, life has other plans for her. Another film slated to release on the same day as Maan Jao Na is Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor. This animated film, directed and written by Uzair Zaheer...


By NewsBytes

According to a new report in Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally settled on a new film - since winning an Academy Award in 2016 for The Revenant. The film in question is Tarantino’s Charlie Manson project but DiCaprio won’t be playing Manson in the film, but an aging actor. The film already has a release date and will be set in 1969 Los Angeles during the summer of the Manson murders.Variety has reported that Tarantino has tapped I, Tonya actress Margot Robbie for the role of Sharon Tate, an actress who was murdered by Manson’s cult. She also starred in Wolf of Wall Street, across Leonardo DiCaprio. Tarantino is also courting Al...


By Ahmed Sarym

Khalil-ur-Rehman QamarInstepInterVIEWAfter having given Pakistan the script for its most successful film, Punjab Nahi Jaungi , the writer talks to Instep about his next project, Kaaf Kangana, for which he is returning to the director’s chair. There were barely any Pakistani films last year that brought joy. In fact, it was conveniently the weakest year in cinema post-revival. What was even more disappointing was the poignant turnout of seemingly well-crafted films that failed to live up to their potential. Blame the exaggerated promotions or the weak performances, but what really went wrong was the cohesiveness of narratives, and the lack...


By Sameen Amer

Death Cab for CutieMusicMixIndie music giants Father John Misty and Death Cab for Cutie set to return.In this concluding chapter, we look at artists across genres, from pop, rock, hip hop, or indie, who have promised new records. Cardi BHer meteoric rise last year on the back of the surprise summer hit ‘Bodak Yellow’ turned Belcalis Almanzar – a.k.a. Cardi B – into hip hop’s most prominent newcomer. The rapper will try to prove that her debut single was no fluke and cement her place in the industry with the release of her first album this year. The record’s second single, ‘Bartier Cardi’ , came out a few weeks ago, with an...


By NewsBytes

After multiple delays in its release, Sanam Saeed and Rehan Sheikh-starrer Azad is all set to hit cinemas next month. Originally scheduled to release in late 2016, the upcoming film will now come out on February 9 while it stars an ensemble cast including Sabreen Hisbani, Nimra Bucha, Angeline Malik, Imran Abbas, Zahid Ahmed and Salman Shahid.The announcement comes out with a music video, ‘Kuch Mat Kaho’ with Rehan Sheikh’s monologue taking us down memory lane and vocals by Abbas Ali Khan while it also features Sabreen Hisbani. It is a melancholic song about two people in love who are no longer together.According to reports, Azad...