Saturday, 26 November 2016

I'm excited to work with Javed Sheikh and Samina Peerzada, says Armeena Khan

Armeena Khan fans, you're in luck!
Bin Roye isn't the only drama she'll be seen in. The actor has signed another TV serial, Rasm-e-Duniya, it was revealed in a press release earlier this month.
The drama will feature industry bigwigs Javed Sheikh, Samina Peerzada and Sami Khan, alongside Armeena Khan.
Armeena finally broke her silence about her return to TV, and said to Images, "I am very, very excited to be working with the likes of industry giants like Javed Sheikh who I have already worked with in Bin Roye, Samina Peerzada who I will be working with for the first time and of course my co-star Sami Khan. These are exciting names to be working with."
Having worked in a number of international projects, Armeena is proud to be back on Pakistani television.
"I am coming back to television after two years. My last serial was Karb, which did extremely well in Pakistan as well as UK. So it's an honour to be back on the television screen as it is essentially what makes the Pakistani industry what it is. Films are in their infancy but growing very fast, and I am proud to be working on both platforms," she added.
The ARY Digital serial is being produced by Abdullah Seja of iDream Entertainment, and will be directed by Roomi Insha. The writer is Imran Nazir.
Armeena already has her hands full at the moment with a number of future projects lined up which include upcoming Pakistani film, Yalghaar, British sci-fi film, The Achilles Protocol and another international feature film.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Anushka is not getting married to Virat and wants people to stop talking about her love life

She's fierce on-screen and off and this time she wants people to lay off her equation with Virat Kohli. Marriage or no marriage, Anushka Sharma is done talking about her love life.
In an interview with DNA India, the Sultan actor was unapologetic in calling out the media for poorly handling her relationship with the Indian cricketer.
"I have nothing to say about it [getting back together with Kohli]," she says. "I don’t want to talk about my personal life. I feel the Indian media doesn’t have the maturity to deal with it. They can’t understand when we are open about our relationships. I was open about my relationship, I spoke about it and I thought that would be respected, but it’s not. People don’t know what to do with it. "
Considered one of Bollywood's most talented actors, Anushka Sharma is tired of having her work tossed in the sidelines as her relationship takes centre stage in the media.
"The focus is completely taken away from my work. While I was in this relationship, I was doing the best work of my life. I was getting appreciation for the films I was doing then, but suddenly, it’s only about my relationship! I think it happens more with girls. There is more to us than who you are dating, what you are wearing..." she complains.
And don't even get her started on marriage. "What the hell is this obsession about marriage? Why are you trying to make it seem like I am packing my bags and going away after I get married? This whole thing about marriage is like she doesn’t want to work after she gets married. Why?," asks Anushka.
"Nobody would dare ask my family about my marriage. My parents are very progressive, though they come from a small town. It’s all in our minds. Nobody would even dare to ask me when my brother is getting married. And if they do, my parents say, 'Unki life hai, jab unko karna hai woh karenge, humko kuch lena nahi hai unki shaadi se'," she adds.
"And asking for grandchildren is such a selfish motive for getting married. I don’t understand this fascination and obsession with people’s marriages. When Rani Mukerji got married, nobody knew," she points out.
Anushka may not want marriage at this point in her life, but she does plan on getting married and having children.
"I want to get married, of course. I would like to have a family. Even though I am an actor, I am a very simple and normal person and I have always maintained a simple life. I feel marriage will happen when it has to. I will get married when I am mentally ready for it. A marriage is not a joke. It’s not like ‘Oh shaadi hai toh karle!’ You have to be mentally ready to spend your life with another person. It’s not just about you, but about the other person also and then at that point you need to be ready to have a dual interest. Mentally, when I reach that stage, I will get married," she says.
And validating Anushka's stance of the Indian media being immature, the publication asked Anushka what her reaction would be if she were offered a film opposite Virat, to which she fittingly replies, "I don’t want to talk about it at all."
More power to you, Anushka!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Mah-i-Mir's failure steals the show at Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai music launch

KARACHI: The director of upcoming film Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai, Anjum Shahzad got visibly upset at the music launch of his film at a local hotel on Wednesday evening when during the question and answer session a couple of journalists asked him about the box office failure of his previous offeringMah-i-Mir.
He first responded by saying that they (makers) did not make the movie for cinema. When the journalist reasoned it was shown in cinemas, he retorted that it was done so to check your intelligence and found out that we hadn’t become that intelligent to watch a film like that.
He said watching Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai would make them realise that life’s beautiful. The journalist rebutted that many often trailers made movie projects looked good to which the director replied he should attend the premiere of the film and would get all the answers to his questions.
When another media person began his question, Shahzad requested him to talk about the new film and would hold a separate press conference for Mah-i-Mir. He said the film’s cast included Feroz Khan, Sajal Ali, Jibrael, Shafqat Cheema, Nayyar Aijaz, Rashid Farooqui and Alyy Khan. He said the concept of the story was original and had no similarities with any of the other films (Actor-in-Law as mentioned by the media man). He said Abdul Khaliq had written the script four years back, and the shooting for the project began last year in October. He said it’s an emotional roller-coaster.
Lead actress on the film Sajal Ali said she had worked both in Indian and Pakistani films and found out that there was not much difference between the two. Except, she said, technically Pakistani films needed to improve. Alluding to her late arrival for the music launch, she said in India too traffic jams caused actors to arrive late at events.
On the question of releasing the film on Eid-ul Azha, when two other Pakistani films will also be screened, Shahzad said if you’re a cinema lover, you should watch all three of the Pakistani movies.
Talking about the film’s music, Shahzad said songs were made to support the story and help it move forward.
With regard to the cultural aspect of the story, the producer of Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai, Rafiq Ahmed Chaudhry said it’s a pure Pakistani film.
Shedding light on the title of the project, Shahzad said it’s a family drama in which the story revolved around a couple. “When they’re together, life is beautiful, when they’re separated, life’s not beautiful.”
Earlier, the trailer for the film was shown and three songs from the soundtrack were played. The audience particularly liked the one played by the band called Soch.

Did you know? Fawad and Deepika went on a secret vacation in Barcelona

No, they weren't alone. Fawad's best friend in B-Town, Karan Johar, was part of the secret getaway.
According to The Asian Age, after the IIFA ceremony in Madrid, the trio flew to Barcelona for a break.
"After everyone attended a film function award in Madrid, Karan, Deepika and Fawad took off for a fun vacation to Barcelona for a few days," a source told the publication.
We wonder what's cooking between these three. An upcoming KJo production, perhaps? It could happen, but we can only guess for now.
While there's no question about Fawad and KJo's bond, Fawad and Deepika, on the other hand, have recently sprouted a new friendship, one which we can't stop gushing over.
At the IIFA this year, Fawad Khan had the Bollywood actor swooning over him, she even went down on one knee for the Pakistani charmer.

And the pair was next seen on the runway together as showstoppers for Manish Malhotra at the Indian Couture Week 2016.

We'd be lying if we said we didn't want to see the couple together on-screen.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Anushka Sharma talks about having worked with all the three Khans

Anushka Sharma has made a place for herself in the industry even after being an outsider. She debuted with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite Shah Rukh Kha, then did PK opposite Aamir Khan and is fresh from the release of Sultan with Salman Khan. She's one of the very few actresses to have worked with the three Khans, and with such grace.

When asked about it, Anushka said, "I have never really thought about all these things happening to me. I never thought about 'I'll get to work with all the three Khans'. It really wasn't something that ever occurred to me in my mind. But I feel humbled and happy... The contributions that I have had in the films is what makes it special for me."

She also feels fortunate for having worked with the three Khans because it is because of them and their fan following that her work has been able to reach out to so many people. "Their reach is phenomenal and because of their reach and their fan following, my work gets through to so many other people... So I feel happy, humbled and loved by the people for the appreciation I am getting for Aarfa's character (in Sultan)," she said.

Dishoom takes a decent start at the box-office

With over 3000 screens in its kitty, Dishoom starring Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez has opened to a  good occupancy of 30 to 50 percent. The film is high on action, drama, cricket, comedy... the works. Rather obviously, this widely promoted film has opened better in the single screen circuit. From today's early trend reports, it'll pick up by evening and will have a fruitful weekend as well.

With Sultan (Rs. 300 crore and still counting) narrowed down to lesser screens and shows, there isn't any direct competition to Dishoom. And while John Abraham may have had a couple of glitches at the box-office recently, Varun Dhawan's ticket window hold is getting stronger by the day.

As far as day one is concerned, anything between  Rs. 10 to  Rs: 15 crore looks bankable.

Watch this space for more updates on the on-goings at the box-office.

Lux Style Awards 2016 nominations are out — did your favourite star make the cut?

Nominees for the LUX Style Awards 2016 have been announced and for many designers, directors, musicians and stars, it's going to be a very joyous Eid.
The nominations list sees a mix of the usual suspects and some young'uns vying for the coveted awards. Will this well-balanced mix of nominees ensure that merit is rewarded? We hope so.
Here's the complete list of nominees:


Model of the Year (Female)

  • Amna Babar
  • Fouzia Aman
  • Nooray Bhatti
  • Rabia Butt
  • Sadaf Kanwal

Model of the Year (Male)

  • Aimal Khan
  • Hasnain Lehri
  • Jahan -e- Khalid
  • Shahzad Noor
  • Waleed Khaild

Fashion Photographer

  • Abdullah Harris
  • Ayaz Anis
  • Guddu Shani
  • Rizwan ul Haq
  • Shahbaz Shazi

Best Hair and Make-up Artist

  • Hannan Siddique
  • Nabila
  • Omayr Waqar
  • Raana Khan
  • Shammal Qureshi for Toni & Guy (North Pakistan)

Achievement in Fashion Design - Luxury Pret

  • Mahgul
  • Misha Lakhani
  • Muse
  • Sania Maskatiya
  • Shamaeel Ansari

Achievement in Fashion Design - Pret

  • Coco by Zara Shahjahan
  • Daaman
  • Generation
  • Sana Safinaz
  • Sapphire

Achievement in Fashion Design - Bridal

  • Ali Xeeshan
  • Elan
  • Faraz Manan
  • Shehla Chatoor
  • The House of Kamiar Rokni

Achievement in Fashion Design - Lawn

  • Elan
  • Faraz Manan
  • Sana Safinaz
  • Sania Maskatiya
  • Zara Shahjahan

Best Menswear Designer

  • Ahmed Bham
  • Amir Adnan
  • Hassan Sheheryar Yasin
  • Nauman Arfeen
  • Omar Farooq for Republic

Best Emerging Talent

  • Alee Hasan (Photography)
  • Ammara Khan (Designer)
  • Anum Malik (Model)
  • Hira Shah (Model)
  • Zara Abid (Model)


Best Film

  • Jawani Phir Nai Aani - Six Sigma Productions & ARY Films
  • Manto - GEO A & B Productions
  • Moor - Azad Films Co & Mandviwalla Entertainment
  • Shah - Logo Films & Media
  • Wrong No. - YNH Films & ARY Films

Best Film Actress

  • Mahira Khan for Bin Roye
  • Mehwish Hayat for Jawani Phir Nahi Aani
  • Samia Mumtaz for Moor
  • Sania Saeed for Manto
  • Sohai Abro for Wrong No

Best Film Actor

  • Adnan Sarwar for Shah
  • Ahmed Ali Butt for Jawani Phir Nahi Aani
  • Hameed Sheikh for Moor
  • Humayun Saeed for Jawani Phir Nahi Aani
  • Sarmad Sultan Khoosat for Manto

Best Film Director

  • Adnan Sarwar for Shah
  • Jamshed Mehmood Raza for Moor
  • Momina Duraid & Shahzad Kashmiri for Bin Roye
  • Nadeem baig for Jawani Phir Nahi Aani
  • Sarmad Sultan Khoosat for Manto

Best Supporting Actress

  • Armeena Rana Khan for Bin Roye
  • Ayesha Khan for Jawani Phir Nahi Aani
  • Nimra Bucha for Manto
  • Sarwat Gillani for Jawani Phir Nahi Aani
  • Sohai Ali Abro for Jawani Phir Nahi Aani

Best Supporting Actor

  • Ali Safina for Jalaibee
  • Javed Sheikh for Wrong No.
  • Shaz Khan for Moor
  • Wasay Chaudhry for Jawani Phir Nahi Aani
  • Yasir Hussain for Karachi se Lahore

Best Singer (Male) - Film

  • Ali Noor & Ali Humza OST Karachi Se Lahore
  • Ali Sethi for Aah Ko Chahiye OST Manto
  • Javed Bashir for Talabgaar OST Moor
  • Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Teray Bina Jeena OST Bin Roye
  • Rahim Shah for Gul Bashri OST Moor

Best Singer (Female) - Film

  • Abida Parveen for Maula OST Bin Roye
  • Zeb Bangesh for Kya Hoga OST Manto
  • Meesha Shafi for Eva OST Moor
  • Harshdeep Kaur for Ballay Ballay OST Bin Roye
  • Zarrish for Rabbi Ralli OST Dekh Magar Pyar Sey


Album of the Year

  • Bahadur Yaar Jung by E Sharp
  • Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh by Noori
  • Ismail ka Urdu Sheher by Zohaib Kazi
  • Saturday Night Killing Machine by Adil Omar and Talal Qureshi
  • Till the End of Time by Natasha Humera Ejaz

Song of the Year

  • Jogiya by Javed Bashir
  • Rockstar Romeo by Ali Zafar
  • Sarak Sarak by Mai Dhai Band
  • Shakar Wandaan by Asrar Shah
  • Tamasha by Khumariyaan

Best Music Video Director

  • Adil Omar for Nighat & Paras by Adil Omar & Talal Qureshi
  • Kamal Khan for Wake Up/Jaago by Zohaib Kazi
  • Nadir Shehzad Khan for Baaghi by Sikandar Ka Mandar
  • Natasha Humera Ejaz & Shahrukh Khurshid for Khwab by Natasha Humera Ejaz
  • Salman Noorani for Mariam by Mooroo

Best Emerging Talent

  • Ali Suhail
  • Mehdi Maloof
  • Slow Spin
  • SomeWhatSuper
  • The Tamashbeens


Best TV Play

  • Diyar-e-Dil
  • Mohabbat Aag Si
  • Muqaddas
  • Rung Lagaa
  • Sadqay Tumhare

Best TV Actor

  • Adnan Malik for Sadqay Tumharay
  • Faisal Qureshi for Rang Laga
  • Noman Ejaz for Zinda Dargor
  • Noor Hassan for Muqaddas
  • Osman Khalid Butt for Diyar-e-Dil

Best TV Actress

  • Iffat Umer in Mohabbat Aag Si
  • Mahirah Khan for Sadqay Tumharay
  • Maya Ali for Diyar-e-Dil
  • Saima Noor in Rang Laga
  • Sajjal Ali for Khuda Dekh Raha Hai

Best TV Director

  • Aamir Yousuf for Aap ki Kaneez
  • Anjum Shahzad for Rang Laga
  • Ehteshamuddin for Sadqay Tumhare
  • Haseeb Hassan for Diyar-e-Dil
  • Sabiha Sumar for Khuda Dekh Raha Hai

Best TV Writer

  • Adeel Razzaq for Muqaddas
  • Farhat Ishtiaq for Diyar-e-Dil
  • Imran Nazir for Muhabbat Aag Si
  • Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar for Sadqay Tumhare
  • Sana Fahad for Rang Laga

Best Original Soundtrack

  • Alvida by Shafqat Amanat Ali
  • Diyar-e-Dil by Zeb Bangash and Momin Durrani
  • Dusri Biwi by Ahmad Jahanzeb
  • Mohabbat Aag Si by Shafqat Salamat Ali & Beena Khan
  • Mol by Bushra Bilal