Made in Pakistan. Fashion showcase – Day 01

Pakistan’s leading Fashion Council “Fashion Pakistan” (FP) has collaborated with Pakistan’s leading trade authority “Trade Development Authority of Pakistan” (TDAP) to bring another fashion week to our fashion industry with the title “Made in Pakistan – Fashion Showcase”.

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TDAP was at the forefront and FP was at backfoot, and TDAP did succeed in bringing in the so called vip culture also known as ‘sarkaari culture’ to a fashion week for which they must be applauded. Apart from foreign delegates most of the crowd present seemed irrelevant for fashion shows. Once the show started all the deficiencies of TDAP officials became visible to naked eye as half of seats were vacant throughout show and many foreign delegates were seen leaving during the show. TDAP officials were seen facilitating only selected few of their own and many foreign delegates were left to be facilitated by untrained and unexperienced ushers.

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First day of “Made in Pakistan – Fashion Showcase” started with a welcome speech by Chairman of Fashion Pakistan Mr. Deepak Perwani and during this welcome speech, Chairman Fashion Pakistan welcomed the delegates and guests and thanked them for gracing this event

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He further informed that; “this show is divided into three parts,  during day one and day two Pakistan’s leading and established fashion designers will be show-casing their products, whereas on the third day “Millennial Fashion” is dedicated to young and emerging designers, which goes in-line with Fashion Pakistan’s policy of promoting young talent”.

On this concluding note Mr. Deepak Perwani said; “all the designs that will be showcased during the fashions week are based on export oriented and with a vision to contribute more to Pakistan’s economy for value added sector/market and in the end its it’s all about Pakistan, so bring to you Made In Pakistan”.

First designer to showcase was the chairman of Fashion Pakistan, Mr. Deepak Perwani and his designs seemed very cool, trendy and fit for evening wear. His designs seemed very export oriented keeping in mind both westerners and desi’s.

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Next was Amir Adnan who showcased some of the finest jackets on day one, with FNK Asia from the House of Amir Adnan had few good pieces while rest of it was pretty normal.

Nova Leather showcased some of the best collection of day one with their excellent leather jackets, hand bags, purses, trousers and skirts and with any doubt Pakistan leather goods are one of the finest in the world and designs have improved lot too. Model Abeera Habib displayed the best looking dress produced by Nova Leather.

The Pink Tree Company showcased some very cool, trendy and elegant looking evening wear followed by Gogi by Hassan Riaz with pretty ordinary looking designs which didn’t feel like to be destined for export.

Last of the day one was Tena Durrani who wasn’t that impressive as was expected from her, some of her designs felt incomplete and didn’t seem fit to be for exports.

Overall first day of Made in Pakistan. Fashion showcase wasn’t that impressive and with a very dull red carpet with sarkaari culture, choreography by someone who is not familiar with choreography, not many top male/female models and so on.

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Karachi Biennale 2017 concludes with the promise to be back after every two years.

The first Karachi Biennale concluded this Sunday at the lush green lawns of Beach Luxury Hotel after two weeks of art exhibits and events that focused on arts.

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The Karachi Biennale 2017 (KB17) is Pakistan’s largest international contemporary art event, and it seeks to engage the public by using art as a lens to see the city and its concerns. Global art exchange has been strengthened as the work of artists from 34 countries exhibited in Pakistan and Pakistani artist were showcased to international guests from 4 continents.

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IMG_3910KB17 is a project of Karachi Biennale Trust (KBT), which is a group of professionals, art educators, and art enthusiasts. Art critic and cultural interventionist Nilofur Farrukh is CEO of KB17 and is also a Managing Trustee of KBT and Amin Gulgee is the Chief Curator of KB17 and a trustee of KBT, these two individuals are involved with Karachi art scene for several decades.

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The two-week long programme beginning on 22nd October 2017, included exhibitions by over 160 national and international artists, educational art activities for school and colleges, tours for general visitors introducing them to the works on display, art and cultural performances at public space, a series of discursive sessions on various aspects of arts and society, film screenings were connected to witness the theme of first biennale. All exhibitions and programmes were open and free for public participations.

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A reel recycled as a tea stall was inaugurated at the Karachi Zoo during this Karachi Biennale to mark the culmination of its public art project “Reel On Hai” (the largest public art project in Pakistan).

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Two prizes also accompanied first Karachi Biennale 2017, which were; KB17 Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation “Juried Art Prize” and KB17 Shahneela & Farhan Faruqui “Popular Choice Art Prize”.

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KB17 Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation “Juried Art Prize” was awarded to Ali Kazim at the opening ceremony and KB17 Shahneela & Farhan Faruqui “Popular Choice Art Prize” was awarded to Shahzia Sikandar at the closing ceremony of KB17. The popular award has been determined by viewer’s choice who voted for their favourite art works through secret ballot.

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Two weeks of the biennale received an exciting response as visitors from all ages and backgrounds not only visited the international standard exhibitions but they also participated in discursive sessions and saw performative art at public places such as Frere Hall. Capri Cinema screened a special documentary created on this iconic cinema house of Karachi. The event sparked the imagination of the public as large groups experienced art on such large scale for the first time. Whether it was the performances at the Frere Hall, or visits to the 12 venues that were turned into art spaces across the city, the diverse audience was excited to experience culture in an open, secure, accessible and engaging environment.

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The biennale is set to stay on Karachi’s public calendar, marking 2019 for its next appearance. While this year, the biennale focused on the theme “witness”, the next biennale’s theme and curator will be finalized in the upcoming months.

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All over the world, the biennales – held over 100 cities so far, play an important role in connecting cities with art and highlighting its cultural character to the world. The Karachi Biennale opened a new lens to view the city through its culture, and this is particularly very important because of its recent history of violence.

The Karachi Biennale offered the Karachi public an opportunity to engage in on their visions and aspirations for the city, and found much scope for continuing this endeavour. However, organizing an event at a scale that could reach out to the 20 million population of Karachi requires support, not only in terms of resources and finances, but also a conducive and encouraging environment. The KB17 trustees hope that such support will be forthcoming from various stakeholders of the city and its communities and professionals. Citizens that have a desire to help Karachi heal from its turbulent history and regain its position as a city that celebrates culture, dialogue and public spaces.

Imad Wasim appointed new captain of Karachi Kings for PSL Season 3

Since the inception of the HBL-PSL, the Karachi Kings and its management have always strived for the betterment of cricket in Pakistan. For the past several years, the franchise has meticulously developed ground breaking programs and undertaken numerous initiatives to make this dream a reality.

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Imad Waseem, newly appointed captain of Karachi Kings answering questions

The vision and promise of Karachi Kings to unite the city and bring forth new talent into the game, is gradually coming into shape, a promise that we all saw fulfilled with the ‘Khiladi Ke Khoj’ – Talent Hunts, where the turnout of prospective players was in the thousands, not just from Karachi but across Pakistan as well. The Khiladi Ke Khoj Talent Hunt was the first step that led to the launch of Saima Group Karachi Ke Shehzade Tournament 2017.

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Salman Iqbal, Shahzad Roy and Shahid Afridi at press conference of Karachi Kings for Seaon 03 of PSL.

With the commencement of the 3rd Season of PSL drawing near, Salman Iqbal, owner, Karachi Kings and the President of the team, a living legend in his own right, Shahid Khan Afridi have made some major announcements today. Imad Wasim, a sensational all-rounder has been appointed to lead the team as captain in the upcoming instalment of the PSL. In a very short time, Imad has managed to prove his mantle as a capable athlete, injecting a fresh and energetic vigour into the team.

In addition to changes in the team roster, Salman Iqbal made announcements about new initiatives that will serve as an investment into the future of sports and cricket in Pakistan, further strengthening the next generation of athletes who will make our country proud. With the launch of the Street Kings, a trust that will work in collaboration with the Shahid Afridi Foundation to identify, groom and train the raw sporting talent of Pakistan that lacks opportunities to grow. Bringing out the best of the best from all parts of the country, not just in cricket but in Boxing and Football as well. The Shahid Afridi Foundation will also be working with the Ehsaas Trust, to provide education and welfare to underprivileged homes and families.

To further the development of young players Mr. Iqbal also announced the launch of the Karachi Kings Academy, where the athletes who progress form the Street Kings will be provided with a unique one of a kind platform that will offer young and upcoming athletes with greater avenues to develop and hone their skills, the academy will provide facilities and further polish the individuals into world class players, while also creating opportunities for them to perform in UAE and other international arenas. Speaking about the new announcements, Mr. Salman Iqbal said ‘Evolving and adapting to change are an essential part of growth, as a collective unit the Karachi Kings hold firmly to this belief. We are confident with the appointment of Imad Wasim as the new team captain and wish him all the best in the upcoming season. With Shahid Afridi as President for Karachi Kings, we look forward to gaining from his vast experience and expertise, the coming year looks even more promising.With the launch of our new initiatives, as well as collaboration with the Shahid Afridi Foundation, we look forward to setting a new precedent of growth and excellence in sportsmanship’.

Attending the event were Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Rashid Latif, Shehzad Roy, Tariq Wasi – CEO Karachi Kings, with Najeeb-ul-Hasnain presiding over the event.

The management and members of the Karachi Kings team are deeply grateful to the love and support shown by the fans and especially our sponsors, Bahria Town, Bridge Power Batteries, The Arkadians, Shield, OyeHoye, Vital Tea, Pepsi and Super Star Motorcycles, home ground partner Naya Nazimabad our print partners Score Line and Pakistan Observer with Apna Karachi 107 and FM 91 as radio partners.

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Team “Karachi Kings” for Season 3 of Pakistan Super League

 

Dubai based “www.fashsouq.com” launched in Karachi. Pakistan.

Karachi’s most fashionable glitterati congregated this Wednesday, when Dubai based e-commerce site, fashsouq.com held its launch in Karachi at the at ‘The Deli’ restaurant on the 08th November 2017. The online start-up sells luxury brands based in Dubai as well as across Europe on their website – www.fashsouq.com.

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Ahsan Khan, Nausheen Shah, Maria Wasti, Ayesha Toor and Rabab Masood at FashSouq launch in Karachi.

The launch, a high tea event included a make-over station for guests to try out make-up brands that the site offers including products from Huda Beauty & Fenty Beauty and with that also on display were clothing from a mix of high street and high end labels such as Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Zara and Mango with accessories diplay for shoes and bags from brands including Sophia Webster, Stella McCartney, Zara and Mango.

FashSouq’s brands include Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, as well as popular high street brands such as Zara, Massimo Dutti and H&M. FashSouq also represents a range of beauty brands such as Huda Beauty, Anastasia Beverly Hills, YSL, Cosmetics, Benefit Cosmetics, Kylie Cosmetics and Beauty Blender.

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Frieha Altaf, Ahsan Khan and Maria Wasti at FashSouq launch in Karachi.

While using Dubai’s central location as its hub, the retail site focuses on delivering its wide range of clothing, accessories and beauty products to the surrounding Middle East region as well as Pakistan. Founder and CEO of FashSouq, UAE based Pakistani Ali Ahmed launched the site as a solution to the retail limitations of the region.

Mr. Ali Ahmed said; “practically hordes of shoppers travel from other countries in the Middle East and from countries like Pakistan and India just for the sole purpose of to shop in Dubai and with this site www.fashsouq.com I am hoping to take Dubai to them”.

www.fashsouq.com also introduced its iOS and android applications as well as its loyalty programme at this launch.

The event was curated by indomitable Frieha Altaf under the banner of her own Catwalk Event Management & Productions with PR services by her Catalyst Public Relations.

RANGREZA – trailer launch

The highly anticipated movie “Rangreza” released its trailer in an impressive and well-attended event with leading socialites, prominent businessmen, industrialists, celebrities and reputable personalities of showbiz industry.

 

Trailer gave hint to all the emotions we will be seeing in the movie plus the chemistry between the cast. The emotions of love, joy, anger and sadness are perfectly complimented showing two different cultures of music which evolves through the plot of the movie.

Making one of the most expensive Pakistani film production to-date, “Rangreza” is a musical romance directed Aamir Mohiduddin, featuring Bilal Ashraf, Gohar Rasheed, Urwa Hocane, Ghana Ali and Saleem Mairaj in the lead and principal cast.

Musical legend Abida Parveen features prominently on the sound tracks which are composed by the film’s writer Akhtar Qayyum. Asrar has also contributed with his amazing energy and vocals. Also featuring are J. Ali who has contributed with two songs and Hamza Akram and brothers with their explosive music.

Munir Hussain CEO of Munir Hussain Films, UK said; “I am very excited to bring another highly anticipated film, which will showcase the growing strength of Pakistani cinema. We have some creative plans in place for the release and we are grateful to all the partners especially B4U Motion Pictures and IMGC Global Pakistan for their excellent support and guidance”.

Informing about Rangreza Munir Hussain said; “Rangreza is great to all aspects, with great actors, excellent music and direction also with excellent partners like ARY, B4U.

Munir Hussain further said; “Rangreza is the second movie that I am doing after “Jannan” of which I was a part. For Munir Hussain cinema is passion and through this passion he wants to send positive message to the world. He is also a big believer in trust and most of the amazing relationships are based on trust. Trust sometime comes very slowly and at times comes quickly too”.

 

Talking about Pakistani Cinema, Munir Hussain said; “Pakistani cinema has immense potential and Punjab Nahi Jaun Gi and Na Maloom Afrad 2 had done great which further strengthens the case immense talent that Pakistani films have. Some excellent movies are coming soon too and I am sure that Pakistani cinema can do wonders and can be defining moment for projecting Pakistan’s soft image worldwide.

Aamir Mohiuddin, Director of “Rangreza” said: “This movie has all the elements and emotions in it and you will see a very natural depiction of our society in the movie”. He also thanked everyone who had contributed and said; “Munir Hussain is one of the producers a director can dream of, he had given a complete free hand and to be as creative as possible. Akhtar Qayyum the writer of the film has given his musical journey to this moive “Rangreza”.

Sunil Shah, Head of Film Division for B4U Motion Pictures said; “we are delighted to be further cementing our great partnership with Munir Hussain Films UK with the release of Rangreza, following unprecedented success of our previous out together “Janaan. Munir Hussain has such a pioneering and passionate vision for Pakistani cinema on a global platform and we are honoured to be jointly taking Pakistani cinema to another level with Rangreza, across a record number of international territories”

Rangreza will be released by IMGC Global Pakistan (Distribution Club) in association with B4U Motions Pictures and Munir Hussain Films UK on 21st December 2017.

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“Thai Food Festival” at Marco Polo

The Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi, with great zeal and enthusiasm, puts forward various cultural and literary, festivities and celebrations of international accord all the year around, providing its guests with pleasant, fun-filled and memorable experiences.

 

The Pearl Continental Karachi, celebrates Thai Food Festival a 5 day Celebration at the Marco Polo Restaurant, the menu for the festival is crafted by internationally acclaimed Thai Chef Thawaichai Saithong who joined us especially for the event, the celebration includes a lavish buffet dinner with delicious Thai curries and delicacies.

 

Mr. Aslam Khan – HM Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi warmly received the Chief Guest H.E. Mr. Suwat Kaewsook, guest of honour Mr. Ishtiaq Baig, Honorary Consul General of Morocco and the other esteemed guests. The Event started off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by dinner.

 

Thai Food Festival at the Marco Polo Restaurant was inaugurated on the evening of 18th of October 2017. This launch event was well attended by goverement dignitaries, officials, selected press & media, honourbale guests of  The Pearl Continental Karachi.

 

The 5 days celebration is scheduled from the 18th of October and shall continue till the 22nd of this month.

VERNA – trailer launch

Presenting the official trailer of “Verna”, a film by Shoaib Mansoor, starring Mahira Khan, Haroon Shahid, Zarar Khan, Naimal Khawar and Rasheed Naz. From the director of Khuda Kay Liye & Bol. Directed by Shoaib Mansoor and Produced by HUM Films & Shoman Productions,

From the trailer it seems like a Mahira Khan centred movie and two male leads don’t look promising enough. Haroon Shahid didn’t impress much with singing skills and its seems same for his acting too. But let’s wait and see till the movie is released.

 

The love anthem of the season is here “Sambhal Sambhal” sung by Haroon Shahid and Zebunnisa Bangash. This song does have a Shoaib Mansoor’s feel to it.

 

Speaking on the trailer launch Mahira Khan informed; “that Verna was an amazing experience for her and Shoaib Mansoor has always been like a teacher to her”.

On Haroon Shahid’s performance Mahira Khan said; “Haroon has done exceptionally well, keeping in mind that this was his first acting stint and to make things easy for him, I did what my seniors had done for me by making my life much easier and this time as a senior myself I did same”.

 

Haroon Shahid also spoke on this occasion and said; “it felt amazing to be a part of Shoaib Mansoor’s project both as an actor and as a musician”. He said that; “he was connected with Shoaib Mansoor since 2011 as musician and very few have this privilege of being associated with Shoaib Mansoor as a musician”.

 

It was very challenging task and despite being very supportive, Shoaib Mansoor is not an easy director to work with, but determination and extremely supportive attitude from other colleagues especially Mahira Khan made life a lot easier.

Mrs. Sultana Siddiqui, President of Hum Network spoke highly of Shoaib Mansoor and praised his efforts of introducing new faces in acting and in music. According to her the most magical words by Shoaib Mansoor are; “Khuda kay liay, BOL, Verna”.

She further said that; “socials messages are must and it’s about time that we should start speaking up on social issues and social problems”.

On the concluding note President of Hum Network requested all to support and promote Pakistanis movies as we doing very well with very low budget movies and competing against very high budgets ones. If we keep progressing like this, inshaALLH within next 5 years we will be somewhere.

“Verna” is set to release on 17th November 2017.

Sindhi Food Tradition Celebration.

The Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi, a hotel of the ‘Hashoo Group of Companies’ presented “Sindhi Food Tradition Celebration” at  their renowned Chandni Restaurant on 09th October 2017.

 

The Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi, with great zeal and enthusiasm, puts forward various cultural and literary, festivities and celebrations of international accord all the year around, providing its guests with pleasant, fun-filled and memorable experiences.

 

This time around The Pearl Continental Karachi celebrated Sindhi Food Tradition at  the Chandni Restaurant, the celebration shall include a lavish Buffet Dinner with delicious Sindhi delicacies. This celebration is for 7 days from the 9th of October 2017 and shall continue till the 15th October 2017.

 

Mr. Aslam Khan – HM Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi received the esteemed Chief Guest Ms. Rubina Qiamkhani MPA, Sindh Assembly. The Event started off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by lavish dinner at Chandni Restaurant. Sindhi Food Tradition Celebration at the Chandni Restaurant was inaugurated by the chief guest on the evening of 09th of October 2017.

 

This launch event was well attended by goverement dignitaries, officials, selected press & media, honourbale guests of  The Pearl Continental Karachi.

 

Some of the stand-out dishes which are a must try for everyone visiting are; Desi Kukar ji Bhaaji, Chanwar ji Mani, Panjrtni Daal, Desi Kukar jo Pullao and Seyal Machi.

 

The 7 days celebration is scheduled from the 9th of October and shall continue till the 15th of this month.

Heer Ranjha

Heer Ranjha is one of the most well-known love stories of the Punjab. It’s a story of two ill-fated lovers from two warring villages who fall in love. Ranjha disguises himself as a cow-heard to remain near his beloved Heer and to also keep it as a secret too. Soon their love is discovered and they are separated. Heer’s evil uncle plans to keep the lovers apart forever, even when the two families are willing to let them marry.

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This production is a contemporary re-telling of a story based on script by Kaifi Azmi, The script has been adapted for stage and some changes have been made to the music to suit the version of tragic tale.

Directed by Zain Ahmed who is now turning out to be an established director at the theatre scene and his skills can be gauged by the fact that some very senior actors like Arshad Mahmood, Samina Ahmed and Sanam Saeed act in his play.

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Sanam Saeed probably the best theatre actor in Pakistan carries the play on her shoulders with her superb acting and singing. She simply outshone everyone including senior actors like Arshad Mahmood and Samina Ahmed. Flawless and outstanding performance to put it simply. Other main lead Hassan Raza also did justice to his role as Ranjha and Heer’s parents were equally good with their roles too. Other worth mentioning roles were of Meesam Naqvi and Nazar-ul-Hasan. Meesam’s dialogue deliveries were blurred at time and Nazar ul Hassan impressed with his acting here on theatre as previously we had only seen him as Mumbai Don in Na Maloom Afraad 2.

As for very senior and veteran actress Samina Ahmed, it must have been a very strange and a very unique experience of working under the direction of her own son. She must have enjoyed that a lot. Arshad Mahmood as always was perfect and spot on.

 

Pepsi Battle of the Bands, Season Two – Episode 07

This episode started off with celebrity performance Uzair Jaswal who sang ‘sajna’, and on concluding Call performed their iconic song ‘jilawatan’.

Final of Pepsi’s Battle of the Bands, Season two has two contestants namely Badnaam and Kashmir and both of these bands are really promising and have equal chances of winning the title.

Final round consisted of two rounds; 01) mash-up song and 02) original song.

Badnaam stated off the proceeding and performed ‘Ishqnaama’ which was a mashup of their original song ‘ishq mei teray + halka halka suroor by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan + teray ishq nachaya by Adida Parveen and haq ali mola ali also by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and wow what an explosive performance it was. Their mash-up started off very splendidly. Vocals were very melodious and were full of feelings and emotions that comes with the original ones. They really had put their heart and soul into this mash-up. Felt excellent.badnaam02

Kashmir’s mash-up ‘ankahi’ consisted of two very popular songs ‘adat by Atif Aslam + aeitbaar by Vital Signs’. Although vocals on both song were lacking to come near the original ones but had their own style and music arrangement and compositions were both of top level.kashmir07

Second round started by Badnaam’s original song ‘kalyaan Ishq’ which had all the elements of Badnaam’s style. It had powerful vocals, excellent music arrangements and composition too.badnaam03

Kashmir sang their original ‘kaaghaz ka jahaaz’, excellent composition, nice and soft with nothing very hard to it but still very amazing to listen too, groovy bass lines with equally soothing vocals by bilal. All this coupled with excellent live performance, almost flawless. Yes another song which forced the judges to give them a standing ovation and a hug from Atif Aslam. WOW.kashmir08

So finally with their song ‘kaaghaz ka jahaaz’, it seems as Kashmir has done it already. Now it’s for the audience to vote and decide, but I personally think that Kashmir should win this battle which will be like a repeat result, as during the last Battle of the Bands 2002, where final was between Aaroh who were more on the mellow side with softer and melodious type of music against Entity Paradigm’s power packed performance.

My vote goes to Kashmir but I have gut feeling that most of the Pakistani audiences will vote for Badnaam for their sufi type of music, which seems missing since Ali Azmat left Junoon.