‘Zindabad’ by Call and Drummers of Pakistan.

CALL and the DRUMMERS OF PAKISTAN from all ages come together to chant the prayer “Pakistan Zindabad” and celebrate the freedom, hope and identity that binds us as one. Here they are presenting drum anthem ‘Zindabad’, an ode to our homeland and a symbol of our unity.

 

Song: Zindabad

By: Call & The Drummers of Pakistan

Vocals: Junaid Khan
Guitars: Xulfi & Sultan Raja
Bass: Farhan Ali
Lyrics: Xulfi & Sami Khan
Associate Music Producer: Sherry Khattak
Audio Tech On Set: Umer Lahooti
Music Produced by Xulfi

Mixed at Xth Harmonic
Mastered at Waltz mastering by Tom Waltz, Massachusetts (USA)

Directed by Murtaza Niaz
DOP: Aamir Mughal
2nd Unit Camera: Adnan Aslam, Zaid Safdar, Danyal Shafeeq
Assistant Director: Bilal Haider
Line Producer: Ahmed Waqas
Edit: Murtaza Niaz & Bilal Haider
Post: PMR Studio Works

Creative: Giraffe Pakistan
Project Head: Saad Mahboob (PMR Studio Works)
Production Manager: Faraz Hassan
Production Team: Sherry Shehbaz, Muhammad Naqi
A Giraffe & PMR Studios Works Production

 

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‘Motorcycle Girl’ – feels like a breath of fresh air for Pakistani cinema

Finally got a chance to see the most anticipated movie of the year 2018 and by far ‘Motorcycle Girl’ is the best pakistani movie to come out in last many many years. After ‘Bol’ this movie ‘Motorcycle Girl’ has the power to impact lives as it’s based on real life story of young Pakistani girl named Zenith Irfan and this movie will inspire many girls to start commuting motorcycles rather than depending pathetic transport system that we have.

‘Motorcycle Girl’ which is written and directed by Adnan Sarwar is a movie that is inspired by a true event of young Pakistani girl named Zenith Irfan who loses her father at an early age. Zenith Irfan’s father had a dream of going till Khunjerab Pass on motorcycle and his dream was brought to life by his daughter. In June 2015, Zenith Irfan motor-cycled 3200 kilometres from Lahore, through northern Pakistan and up-to the Khunjerab Pass which borders China, this three week journey made her the first female Pakistani motorcyclist to ride through the northern terrains of Pakistan.

Almost every aspect of ‘Motorcycle Girl’ seemed spot on, even though Adan Sarwar had assistance of a very senior director Jami at his disposal but we can’t take much away from Adnan Sarwar. ‘Motorcycle Girl’ had very few technical issues which can be ignored when you witness first class direction, cinematography, acting, story, content and music.

Last month during PIFF Adnan Sarwar said; “it all comes down to how passionate you are about the story you telling and audience will forgive your technical mistakes if you tell a (good) story honestly”, and that’s exactly what I experienced while watching ‘Motorcycle Girl’. Before proceeding any further I would like appreciate for what Adnan Sarwar is doing to Pakistani film industry by creating a class of his own.

“I have always tried to make films that are relatable to the audiences and give a lesson at the end. ‘Motorcycle Girl’ is made to break the barriers prevailing in our society and to develop a norm that a girl can achieve whatever she wants on her own.” stated by Adnan Sarwar writer and director of the ‘Motorcycle Girl’.

Sohai Ali Abro literally carry’s the entire movie on her shoulders with her beautiful innocent face, excellent acting skills, dialogue delivery, facial expressions and body language. all throughout the movie it was impossible to find a flaw in Sohai Ali Abro’s performance which I would rate as 10/10.

Apart from Ali Kazmi who looked very ordinary with his acting skills, all other actors did well according to their roles. Adnan Sarwar (as Father) was brilliant, Samina Peerzada (as mother) acted to perfection, Hadi Arshad (as brother) was brilliant, Sarmad Khoosat (as boss) could have done better, Shahmim Hilali (as grandmother) was good, Mandana Zaidi (as aunty) seemed decent enough, Daniyal Raheel (as male colleague) has potential to be a future hero, Hani Taha (as a teacher) fared well enough and Meher Bano (as female colleague).

Music by Xulfi is also suits the mood of the movie well, both songs ‘pahiya’ sung by Faiza Mujahid and ‘urr challay’ by Ali Noor are melodious, mesmerizing, soul touching.

Story seems good throughout and content selection is also good, but during a certain period when our Motorcycle Girl is journeying through Northern mountainous areas of Pakistan, one specific community which has a strong presence in Gilgit-Baltistan area is highlighted much more than that is needed, giving the impression that that community is doing much for women empowerment and others aren’t doing much in that area. Even the name of this community’s spiritual leader is highlighted number of times.

Bottom line for ‘Motorcycle Girl’ is that is has excellent direction, awesome cinematography, brilliant acting, nice story which is weaved excellently, content is good and cherry on the cake is its soothing music.  It also has sentimental/emotional values to it and focuses on women empowerment and independent women for Pakistan. ‘Motorcycle Girl’ will be an important milestone for Pakistani cinema but I am not very hopeful for its commercial success.  I would highly recommend this movie.

 

 

‘pahiya chala’ from MotorCycle Girl

“pahiya chala’ another awesome song from Adnan Sarwar’s upcoming movie ‘Motorcycle Girl’ starring Sohai Ali Abro is also released now. Video of the song has excellent acting by very pretty looking Sohai Ali Abro, breath taking cinematography and equally awesome music. Fazia Mujahid’s crispy vocals fit well the mood of the theme.  

 

Song: ‘pahiya chala’

Movie: Motorcycle Girl

Song Credits

Written by Adnan Sarwar

Composed by Adnan Sarwar

Produced by Sherry Khattak @ Xth Harmonic

Lyrics: Adnan Sarwar & Mubashar Hassan

Vocals: Faiza Mujahid

Guitars: Sherry Khattak

Bass: Omair Farooq

Drums: Bilawal Lahooti

Mixed by Xulfi

Mastered by Tom Waltz @Waltz Mastering

Special Thanks: Farhan Albert

Paramount Fine Foods launches its third restaurant in Karachi at Sindhi Muslim Society.

In a ribbon cutting ceremony held Friday, 13 April, 2018, the Paramount Fine Foods team celebrated the grand opening of their new restaurant at Sindhi Muslim Society with the children from Dar-ul-Sukun and Karachi Down Syndrome Program.

Paramount Fine Foods which originates from Canada is the fastest growing authentic Middle Eastern cuisine franchise that has restaurants around the globe including Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, USA and Lebanon. It will also be opening its doors in UK soon.

Being the pioneers in introducing fresh and healthy flavours of the Middle Eastern cuisine in Pakistan, Paramount Fine Foods opened its doors in November 2016 with its first restaurant on Khayaban-e-Shamsheer. After seeing great success it expanded its Middle Eastern flavours to LuckyOne Mall in 2017 which has now been followed by the opening of its doors on the busy food street in Sindhi Muslim Society.

The expansion of the brand is part of the overall franchise development plan for the food chain with a goal of opening 30 restaurants across Pakistan in the coming years. This will create multiple job opportunities in various disciplines and will have an impact on the local economy. Paramount Fine Foods has so far created 100+ direct job opportunities and aims to further generate more job opportunities in the industry, indirectly.

ASA Corporation the Master Franchisee of Paramount Fine Foods in Pakistan also announced a sub-franchising opportunity at the event. Speaking regarding this at the opening, Saad Saleem CEO ASA Corporations, Master Franchisee of Paramount Fine Foods said; “Paramount Fine Foods has been a success and we would like to share its success with food enthusiasts and welcome investors to be a part of this journey. Pakistan has a dearth of good Middle Eastern restaurants and Paramount Fine Foods is filling the gap.”

Along with expanding their locations, Paramount Fine Foods, has also ventured into providing additional services such as catering, lunch deals and delivery services to bring fresh and quality food to their customers.

Saad Saleem further added; “I want to thank Dar-ul-Sukun and the Karachi Down Syndrome Program for coming out and being a part of the inauguration of our new branch. The opening of this branch marks another benchmark for our team. We look forward to continuing to bring authentic and quality Middle Eastern cuisine to customers across Pakistan. Our support to Dar-ul-Sukun and Karachi Down Syndrome Program will continue.”

Paramount Fine Foods brings with it authentic flavours and recipes, which have been passed down for generations and include sweet and savory treats such as Kebabs, Shawarma, Falafel, Manakeesh to Baklawa and Kinafe.

 

After immediately being seated we were served with best tasting ‘Hummus’ with mouth-watering ‘Moutabbal’ and very fresh looking and fresh tasting salad known as ‘Fattoush Salad’. This was the first round consisting of appetizers after which came the main courses which started off with ‘Butter Chicken Pizza’ and was followed by ‘Chicken Shawarma Pizza’ of which we were told is a unique creation by Paramount’s executive chef. Then came ‘Basmati Rice’, which were cooked to perfection and were served with french fries. Basmati Rice reminded of famous Irani cuisine ‘Chullu’.

After deliciously tasting Basmati Rice, were served with the most iconic serving on offer from Paramount Fine Food which is their ‘Mixed Combo Platter’, which consists of Fattoush, Chicken Shawarma, Beef Shawarma, Kafta skewers, Shish Tawouk skewers, BBQ Beef skewers, Falafel and Tahini sauce.

For dessert “Baklawa’, which was the only item of the day with pretty ordinary taste and needs improvement.

“urr chalay” title song of upcoming movie ‘MotorCycle Girl’.

“urr chalay” title song from Adnan Sarwar’s upcoming movie ‘Motorcycle Girl’ starring Sohai Ali Abro is released now. Video of the song has excellent acting by very pretty looking Sohai Ali Abro, breath taking cinematography and equally awesome music. After listening to this song and watching the video number of time, can’t really wait to see this movie.

 

Song: ‘urr chalay’

Movie: Motorcycle Girl

Starring Sohai Ali Abro
Based on: Zenith Irfan
Song credits:
Produced by: Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka (Xulfi)
Composition: Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka (Xulfi) and Sherry Khattak

Arrangement: Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka (Xulfi) and Sherry Khattak
Written by: Sami Khan and Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka (Xulfi)

Lead Vocals: Ali Noor

Backing Vocals: Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka (Xulfi) and Sherry Khattak

Guitars: Zulfiqar Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka (Xulfi) and Sherry Khattak

Keys: Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka (Xulfi) and Sherry Khattak
Bass: Farhan Ali

 

Motorcycle Girl will be released on 20th April 2018.

 

Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer ’18 Day Two showcases best of the season

After an extravagantly elaborate display by designers on day one, the glitz and glam continued on the second and final day of Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2018 where the remaining seven of 15 designers put forward their most thought provoking collections. The two day event concluded on Wednesday, April 11th at the grandly appointed Pearl Continental in Karachi. The collection showcase for this season ended on a high note leaving fashion enthusiasts wanting more of the season’s best trends and most aspirational designs.

Deepak Perwani commenced day two of Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2018 with an eye-catching collection followed by festive ensembles by Saira Shakira, Rozina Munib, Boheme by Kanwal, Nauman Arfeen, Natasha Kamal and last but certainly not the least, Ayesha Farook Hashwani. Needless to say, each designer crafted their best creations with great precision and detail. A–list models from the industry presented designer outfits down the ramp.

Prior to the show, leading celebrities and designers were seen mingling at the gorgeously designed all white Physiogel booth where Nadia Hussain, actress and model, engaged the A-lister audience in conversation revolving around fashion, their personal style, beautiful skin, and the who’s who of fashion. Physiogel’s range of Daily Defence, Calming Relief and Moisture Therapy were on display so attendees could experience first-hand the soft-smooth skin effect. Many also experienced the innovative bio-mimic technology that targets skin issues according to each skin type, ultimately walking away with picture perfect moments and Physiogel giveaways.

“Those working behind the scenes know the tireless efforts that go into making the event appear as seamless as it ends up being. There’s much to expect from this year’s Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2018 as it’s even grander than previous years. We have a line-up of many known and upcoming designers from across Pakistan showcasing their creativity in breath-taking ensembles while setting the perfect trends for the festive season,” said Deepak Perwani, Chairperson of Fashion Pakistan Council and himself a prominent Fashion Designer.

About the designers and their collections:

Show Opener: Deepak Perwani – Black is the new WhiteHis collection was inspired by the oriental rose and diaphanous airy silhouettes. The men’s wear consisted of primarily black and white outfits with gold embellishments while womenswear had a variety of ensembles in cool breezy summer/spring colors with gold cutwork perfect to be worn during the festive season. From smart sherwanis, black kotis to regal flowy and airy long shirts with feathers and furs paired with boot leg pants, his collection was like a breath of fresh air. Most of his dresses were a fusion of western and eastern dresses. The very gorgeous Sarwat Gilani was the stopper for his collection.

Saira Shakira – Winds of Summer‘Winds of summer’ explored the opulence of summer couture with elaborate embroideries, lavishly sequined motifs, bedecked with stones, pearls, dori work and 3D embellishments. The pieces were flowy and gown-like that were traditional yet trendy with modern cuts and their signature designs, beautifully blended with fresh contemporary patterns and silhouettes. The color pallet used was a mix of pastels with rich jewels and printed florals that gave a fresh and new look. Most of the pieces had a dexterous use of metallic tassels and colored thread work with intricate mosaic borders on them.

 

Rozina Munib – Glamorama‘Glamorama’ depicted the handicraft of decorating fabric and other materials with needle and thread or yarn. The embroidery used in this collection incorporated materials such as 3D flowers, metal strips, glass beads, crystals, Swarovski’s, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Interesting forms of ruffles, the embroideries used in her pieces perfectly embodied the essential elements of the modern glamourous women of today; sensuality, glamour and femininity. Her pieces were a mix of nets, jerseys, chiffons, charmeuse, lace fabric, georgettes, rich tactile fabrics and vibrant colors. From modern glamorous dresses to elegant cuts along with modern embroideries and color palette infused with hues of nudes to peaches, black, shades of navy, and tones of purples, her outfits ranged from resort wear to glamorous evening wears. The collection also consisted of high waisted skirts, capes, kimono tops and jackets, gowns, jumpsuits, pants and a lot of different and modern cuts. Neelam Munir was the showstopper for her collection.

 

Boheme by Kanwal – Kathputli TamashaHer collection was inspired by the puppet shows she frequented as a child. Models walked down the ramp in pieces that were exquisite, colorful, creative, well thought of and had carefully knit puppet displays in detailed hand embroidery. Every piece was made so intricately that one couldn’t help but be in awe. The use of colorful threadwork paired with mirrorwork made her ensembles stand out and her collection beautifully reflected cheerful memories, love, laughter and everything else that adds color in her life. Dresses had a very cheerful touch to them more of modern eastern wear and had something for everyone Saris, long shirts, short shirts, jackets, kurti pajamas etc. Zoe Viccaji, as the showstopper donned an exquisitely gorgeous gown that looked like something out of a fairy-tale.

Nauman Arfeen – LinesIn this world of delusions and fantasies, confusions and misconceptions, twists and turns, right and wrong, Nauman Arfeen brought lines glamorously onto the fashion runway. Monochromes with a tinge of patriotic green, blended suiting material and variety of styles in lines on cotton fabric. The crowning glory of his compilation had hand embroidered logo jackets in different colored stripes, custom designed bags and vivid shoes. Through his vision, Nauman put forward a message, an insight that said let’s all behold and read between the lines. In one of the most powerful statements witnessed on the ramp, he highlighted the unsung heroes of Pakistan, the medalists from the Special Olympics.

Natasha Kamal – EbruThe ‘Ebru’ collection drew inspiration from the textures and vibrancy of Marbling. It showcased a playful take on linear patterns, worked with their infinite versatility through a series of different fabrications and techniques. Drawing reference from its asymmetrical imagery and effortless structure, the relaxed silhouettes embodied the fluidity of marbling itself. Paired with assertively modern styling, the collection was unmistakably infused with a youthful spirit, which could be found in the sweeping lines, stylized imagery and elegant proportions, which made for a contemporary appeal. With great design at its heart, the collection married rich colors and intricate patterns with tailored silhouettes and edgy detailing; the result was a bold collection, which was very wearable and much appreciated by all. Saris are becoming more of extinct these days, and Sari’s by Natasha Kamal felt like a breath of fresh air.

AFH by Ayesha Farook – Ayesha’s collection was a perfect representation of femininity, elegance and understatement. In a variety of flowing silks, satins, chiffons, voiles and charmeuse and just like Eastern couturiers of old, her pieces were created from luxurious fabrics. Each outfit had a story of its own with intricate and detailed embroidery where the craftsmanship complemented the fluid cuts and drapes she’s known for. Models walked down the ramp wearing gorgeously exquisite numbers with an interesting match of funky jewellery, stones, embroidery mixed with gold and silver embellishments. Her signature look was evident in her collection as many outfits had a hint of sensuality in the opulence of a brooch, a flash of skin, a trail of fabric teasing the air a second after the model moved on. Colours were inspired by international trends, culture and season appear and disappear, with black, whites and beige as constants.

 

Amongst the tastefully lit lighting and décor were famous faces with the likes of Zhalay Suhardi, Zoe Viccaji, Neelam Munir, Sarwat Gilani, Hira Hussain, Hira Tareen, Nadia Hussain, Sharmila Farooqi and many more. The show was an exceptional preview of what’s in store for Pakistan’s fashion-lovers this Spring/Summer season.

All the partners involved in putting together the fabulous event included: Fashion Pakistan as the show producer, Nubain Ali as the show director, N-Pro and N-Gents as official stylists, TV-One as the official media partner and Radio FM91 as the radio partner. Apart from these, renowned skincare brand, Physiogel was the official red carpet sponsor, Aquafina was the beverage and backstage partner, Peak Freans Butter Puff was the snack partner, The Deli was the official food partner, Shaheen Airline was the official airline partner and TDAP was the hospitality partner. Digital media and show communications by Talking Point.

Fashion Pakistan Week’s Spring/Summer’18 – Day one kicks off.

The pioneering Fashion Pakistan Council kicked off Fashion Pakistan Week’s Spring/Summer 2018, paving the way for revolutionary designers whilst marking the trends of the season. The first day of the two-day event was held on the 10th of April at the Pearl Continental Marquee in Karachi.

Continuing the tradition, this season’s fashion take was glamorously glitzy with a line-up of 15 designers, eight of whom showcased their collection on the first day. The show was opened by Maheen Khan displaying the latest trends from her brand Gulabo followed by Huma Adnan for FnKAsia, Cheena Chhapra, Hasan Riaz, Yasmeen Jiwa, The Pink Tree Company, Amir Adnan and Farah Talib Aziz.

Prior to the show, leading celebrities and designers were seen mingling at the gorgeously designed purple and white Physiogel booth where Nadia Hussain, actress and model engaged the audience in conversations revolving around fashion, their personal style, beautiful skin and talked about the who’s who of fashion. Physiogel’s range of Daily Defence, Calming Relief and Moisture Therapy were on display so attendees could experience first-hand the soft-smooth skin effect. Many also experienced the innovative bio-mimic technology that targets skin issues according to each skin type; ultimately walking away with picture perfect moments and Physiogel giveaways.

“We are always looking for fresh and innovative ways to engage our Key Opinion Leaders and our Consumers and we are truly delighted to launch a symbiotic relationship between Physiogel and Fashion Pakistan Week,” said Ayeza Sumsam Mohiuddin, Senior Brand Manager for Skin Health Category at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

The event kicked off with some of the best fashion trends being showcased as fresh new faces alongside our favourite ramp-beauties were sent down the runway in exquisite and spring/summer pieces. However, what made an impact was when hearing impaired models made their runway debut for Amir Adnan, who had trained them all personally. Making it a first for any fashion show in the history of Pakistan to take this bold step of having impaired models walk the ramp. The star-studded evening had a perfect mix of style and inclusion as apparent through these words, “Each year, Fashion Pakistan Week stuns the audience and that’s because we have great designers, sponsors and partners on board with us that help make it a great success,” said Feri Rawanian, CEO of Fashion Pakistan Council. “We have also tied up with the Noor-e-Elahi trust to support the impaired, having hearing impaired models walk the ramp for Amir Adnan. Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer ’18 is all about being inclusive and providing equal opportunity to the impaired. We hope to get as great a response on Day Two as well.”

About the designers and their collections:

Show Opener: Gulabo by Maheen KhanHer collection titled ‘Liberation’ meaning a change in the air was a true depiction of breathing comfort, living in style and leaving footprints on the earth in a positive manner. The pieces were like a breath of fresh air, comfy, soft to the eyes yet stylish in a very chic way. From striking statements about environment such as ‘no water no life’ displayed fashionably on the runway to the closing of her show with the Lux Style Awards ‘Mein Bhi’ song playing in the background, her collection was appreciated by all and left quite an impact. Ayesha Toor and Zhalay Sarhadi were the showstoppers for her collection.


Huma Adnan for FNKASIA – PegahHuma’s brand aligns itself with social justice and therefore she dedicated this collection, Pegah, meaning ‘early light of day’ in Persian, to helping refugees seeking asylum in Pakistan. Joining hands with UNHCR, Huma brought jewellery and crafts to the collection that were made by refugee women, in order to promote women empowerment in the work force. The collection was inspired by the airy, and light pastel shades of summer 2018. With features of recurring nature motifs in the form of embroideries and prints that, coupled with the soft palette, portrayed a glowing image of peace. The elements that were used had a meaning of their own for example jagged hemlines and bold jewellery symbolized subtle turmoil, in pieces that would otherwise be considered uncontroversial and predictable. Along with this, free form drapes and the unstructured appeal of the garments made the aesthetic of the collection peaceful and calm. Bell sleeves, bell bottoms, flappers, breezy cool blues, brown belts were all on display as models strutted down the ramp. The showstoppers for FNKASIA were Noor Khan and the very lively and individualistic Zara Asad Siddiqi who sashayed down the ramp to spontaneous applause.

Cheena Chhapra – Buxomcreated especially for the real women and plus size women Cheena Chhapra the queen of style brought on to the ramp fresh and subtle hued pieces worn beautifully by real women in their late 60s, including, in a strong display of support to womanhood, a pregnant lady. it was nothing short of a treat to watch. Living up to her fashion philosophy, that fashion has become more like a battlefield than lifestyle and that every woman has a desire to look pretty and desirable, her collection consisted of ensembles that women aspire to drape over. Block prints, phulkari, gara, kaanta made fashion statements and revived the dying art. Cheena’s exquisite chaddars and outfits were her way of telling women that size is irrelevant as long as the cut and fits are proper and garment is affordable. With stylish fabrics, colors, cuts that were unique and timeless, the outfits painted a picture of pure elegance and a welcome infusion of confidence. Her collection showcase resulted in a resounding cheer throughout the packed hall. Cheena Chhapra created a very lively and homely atmosphere and for her some very near and dear friends and clients walked the ramp.

 

Gogi by Hasan Riaz – Paradise MirageHasan’s Paradise Mirage was a visual tale of an ornate soul. The vibrant and audacious collection had a very strong message of child abuse and child labor, which is a sad reality in our society and where the young ones are given no more value than deceased bones. The bold, effervescent collection depicted a cheerful spirit of the child and the playful life through elevating silhouettes created from organza, silk and leather trims and flamboyant embellishments that provoked color combinations. Frills, lots of bling, feathers, tassels, straight boot pants, all made fashion statements. The showstopper for his show was the gorgeous Nimra Khan.

Yasmeen Jiwa – Qous-e-QazahThe art of “weightless glamor” was quietly and beautifully displayed in Yasmeen’s collection. Having previously showcase at Paris Fashion Week, Qous-e-Qazah played homage to the forces, power, beauty, and chaos responsible for the actual creation of this place. The palette featured chilling shades of silver grays, windy blue and silver mist with pops of citrus and rich reds. The embroideries utilized in this collection were a stunning amalgamation of mirror, thread, sequence, and crochet lace. One couldn’t help but lose themselves in the mystical world that was created on the runway by Yasmeen Jiwa.

The Pink Tree Company – Chaand RaatRemaining true to its ideology, Pink Tree Company, presented a collection reflecting similar anticipation, and happiness of the coming festive season beginning with Ramzan and Eid continuing until post Bari Eid and monsoon weddings. The stunning pieces evoked memories of bygone eras when elegance ruled, sophistication thrived and life was simpler. Feminine in essence, the pieces highlighted fine, crisp, cool cottons with a dash of sheer organza, which spelled a lifestyle of luxury and ornateness when adorned with traditional embellishments such as zardozi, block print and gota. The collection brought with it, the romanticism of the glorious era with a twist of the contemporary chic.

 


Amir Adnan – Beast Amir Adnan made history by having hearing impaired models walk the ramp in bespoke, environmentally conscious collection, called ‘Beast’. It featured one-of-a-kind pieces made from upcycled vintage sherwanis and the beauty of using existing materials to create something different and beautiful was a treat to watch. The collection name was inspired by the 1991 classic Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast and a similar ambiance was created. Male models carried themselves so well, that the regal grandeur and timelessness of the garment before, with the charismatic, headstrong personality of an alpha now. Azfar Rehman opened the show for Amir Adnan, Aly Khan also made a swashbuckling appearance and Zhalay closed the show for him.

 

Farah Talib Aziz – Mirabelle – Farah Talib Aziz is a debutant for Fashion Pakistan Week and her collection had the perfect mix of prints, textures, embellishments that all reflected the excitement of a promising summer. She experimented with free flowing silhouettes, varying hems and intricate fabric manipulation. Hats, jute baskets, flowers, a lot of pearl-work, Swarovski embellished pieces had an effortless glamour feel to it. The collection overall had a very breezy, fun and a very wearable line up of clothing that was feminine, confident and had laid back luxe with signature Farah Talib Aziz ease. Eye-catching garden-scapes and exquisite flora and fern which were rendered into artisanal works of magnificence. The goddess-like collection comprised of modern cuts and flowy designs had a perfect mix of golds and whites. Syra Sharoz closed the show for Farah Talib Aziz and what caught everyone’s attention was when she walked down the ramp in a mint pastel flowy ensemble with her mother in law Safina Behroze by her side. Must have been a very proud moment for Shehroz Sabzwari to see his mother and wife as show stoppers for Farah Aziz Talib.

PartnersAll the partners involved in putting together the fabulous event included; Fashion Pakistan as the show producer, Nubain Ali as show director, N-Pro and N-Gents as official stylists, TV-One as the official media partner and Radio FM91 as the radio partner. Renowned skincare brand, Physiogel was the official red carpet sponsor, Aquafina, the beverage and backstage partner, Peak Freans Butter Puff the snack partner, The Deli, as the official food partner, Shaheen Airline as the official airline partner and TDAP as the hospitality partner. Media management and post publicity by Talking Point.

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“Yeh Pyara Parcham” by Muhammad Zeeshan

“Yeh Pyara Parcham”, a solo exhibition of works by Muhammad Zeeshan opened at Sanat Gallery on Saturday 31st March 2018.

About this exhibition – “Yeh Pyara Parcham”: Politics continue to influence artists working across all genres, remaining a major concern for many artists in Pakistan. “Yeh Pyara Parcham” deals with conflicts, potential and ensuing, that have gripped the region and much of the globe.

“Yeh Pyara Parcham” translated as ‘this beloved flag’; what we see is how the artist deftly revisions national emblems in light of current political turmoil and socio-economics of the country, while retaining elements that make each beloved banner so recognizable. 29597307_1687487321316423_3688180449043695876_n

“Yeh Pyara Parcham” was originally intended to be shown at Art Dubai 2018, however, due to circumstances beyond control, Muhammad Zeeshan’s solo presentation at Art Dubai 2018 had to be changed at the last moment and “Yeh Pyara Parcham” is now being exhibited in Karachi.

Yeh Pyara Parcham is one tough body of work! – Very charged, very powerful, and energetic. It is a comment on the socio-political scenario of today’s global diplomatic interaction.

About the artist – “Muhammad Zeeshan”: Muhammad Zeeshan did his bachelors of Fine Arts in Miniature Painting (BFA Miniature Painting) from National College of Arts Lahore during 2003, He is a critically acclaimed visual artist who is currently an adjunct faculty of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan.29594692_1687487651316390_812769112249854426_n

Zeeshan has several gallery, art fair, museum and institutional exhibitions to his credit including exhibitions at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Abbot Hall Art Gallery at Kendal, Pacific Asia Art Museum at Pasadena, Art Gallery of Mississauga, British Museum, Gemak/Gemeente Museum, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and Metropolitan Museum at Tokyo. He has been represented at the Dubai Art Fair, India Art Fair, Contemporary Istanbul, Hong Kong Art Basel and Pulse Art Fair.

Muhammad Zeeshan’s works are also a part of the permanent collection of British Museum, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Pacific Asia Art Museum Pasadena and The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. Muhammad Zeeshan lives and works in Karachi.

Personal Views: Muhammad Zeeshan’s art work titled ‘Promised’ and ‘Promised land’ are my favourite and these three words describe a lot. A picture worth a thousand words seems too true.Israel, promised landPlastine, promised

‘Cake’ – Sanam Saeed all the way.

Why Cake? because Cake is made from the cluster of layers that integrate into each other and also that cake also plays an important role in social gathering as being the centre of attraction

‘Cake’ is more of a one to one contest between Aamna Sheikh and Sanam Saeed. Both these superbly talented actresses tried their best to outdo each other resulting in a best display acting in any recent Pakistani movie. Their versatile and near perfect acting skills were a treat to watch and just because of these two very talented & versatile actresses, my eyes were glued to screen till end.

Winner of this superb contest for me was Sanam Saeed who stood-out from the rest of the cast very distinctly. This was Sanam Saeed’s best movie performance by all means with perfect acting and the role that suited her style well. Sanam Saeed’s acting performance has all the elements to call it a perfect one she was precise, strong, direct and yet very simple with her expressions.

Apart from these two brilliant actors, others fared well too, apart from Adnan Malik who felt more like a filler rather than main lead. Senior actors like Beo Rana Zafar and Mohammad Ahmed were also impressive and so were Faris Khalid and Meekal Zuliqar.

Music was another positive side of ‘Cake’ by Saif Samejo of Sketches fame. All songs and music was fuses well with the Sindhi theme of the movie. Songs like ‘meri dunya kay rakhwalay sunn’ and ‘saat sadyoon ka geet’ can be a decent addition to any Karachite’s music list.

Other than acting and music, there isn’t much that can be written about the movie ‘Cake’, execution could have been a bit better, screen felt too dull and dark mostly, low sound quality, cinematography lacked too, story at times dragged and some low calibre humour didn’t the suit the mood of the movie. But leverage can be given to Asim Abbasi as a debutant and we can hope for a better and improved show next time.

Cake is definitely not meant for commercial success, these type of movie are meant for mature audiences and we Pakistani’s are not ready for Cake type movies as yet, this type should be shown on small screen not on big one.

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“MotorCycle Girl” to be released on 20th April 2018.

Trailer of much awaited and most anticipated movie of the year 2018 ‘Motorcycle Girl’ was released last week. ‘Motorcycle Girl’ which is written and directed by Adnan Sarwar is a movie that is inspired by a true event of Zenith Irfan who loses her father at an early age.

Zenith Irfan’s father had a dream of going till Khunjerab Pass on motor-cycle and his dream was brought to life by his daughter. In June 2015, Zenith Irfan motor-cycled 3200 kilometres from Lahore, through northern Pakistan and up-to the Khunjerab Pass which borders China, this three week journey made her the first female Pakistani motor-cyclist to ride through the northern terrains of Pakistan.

Motorcycle Girl features Sohai Ali Abro (playing Zenith Irfan) as the main lead with Ali Kazmi as the other lead star. Motorcycle Girl also stars Samina Peerzada, Sarmad Khoosat and Shamim Hilali.

Music by Xulfi also seems very impressive and soulful and adds more colour this brilliant and courageous real life story.

“Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul’ I never knew how true that was until I started riding. It’s true to the core.”ZENITH IRFAN

Motorcycle Girl will be released on 20th April 2018.