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Dec
15

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Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor had some strong contenders to fight with before they were crowned the hottest vegetarians by PETA. Like every year, this year too, the organization has released their winners of celebs who are the hottest vegetarians. Being an animal rights organisation, this is one awards category they hold every year. The organisation has honored a lot of celebs in the past who have taken home Continue Reading…

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Oct
18

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BOL TV launched its transmission on Tuesday after a 16-month-long delay caused by a legal proceeding against the newly launched media group.

According to a tweet by BOL TV’s management, the channel’s transmission started on Tuesday at 6pm.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on September 26 ordered restoration of BOL TV’s licence .

Earlier, the TV channel was set to be launched in 2015 but the plan was jettisoned after parent company Axact became embroiled in a fake degree scandal.

The Axact scandal surfaced in May last year when The New York Times (NYT) published a report that claimed the company sold fake diplomas and degrees online through hundreds of fictitious schools, making “tens of millions of dollars annually”.

Subsequently the offices of Axact were sealed, its CEO and key officials were arrested and a probe was launched on the basis of the allegations levelled by NYT.

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Oct
18

Last week Priyanka Chopra caused a stir with her cover shoot for the Indian edition of Conde Nast Traveller, which featured her wearing this tank top:

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Many called the shoot out for being offensive and inappropriate, arguing that by equating refugees with carefree travellers and holiday makers, Priyanka was minimising the plight of refugees across the Middle East.

This week, while speaking to NDTV, she apologised.

“I’m really apologetic about sentiments being hurt,” she said in an interview. “I have always been against labels. I am very affected and feel really horrible, but the message has been misconstrued. The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels.”

After backlash against the cover shoot picked up on social media last week, Conde Nast Traveller issued an apology ahead of Priyanka, attempting to explain the cover by saying: “We must recognise that we are all on a journey.”

On her part, Priyanka insists that the cover was misconstrued. “I’m sorry people saw it like that and they saw it on me,” she said.

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Oct
17

Like, where’s Fawad Khan? And is demi-couture a thing?

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Year after year, we’ve heard a similar complaint — award shows don’t bring anything new to the prime-time TV slot. Will this change with the newest award show in town?

We’re getting closer to the day of Pakistan’s only other style awards, the first ever QMobile Hum Style Awards — and the nominations are in.

Categories include Best Model, Best Hair & Makeup Artist, Best Fashion Photographer, Best Designer – Demi-Couture, Best Designer – Bridal, Best Designer – Lawn, Best Designer – Fashion Jewellery, Best Designer – Menswear, Retail Brand of the Year – Apparel, Best Fashion Publication and a QMobile Rising Star.

Most Stylish Awards will also be awarded to film and TV actors, singers, TV hosts and sport personalities.

The stage is set for a celebration of “trendsetters in fashion and entertainment”, but the most pressing question on our minds is ‘Will Hum TV remain objective?’ The tendency of TV channel-sponsored award shows to honour their own productions has reduced them to mere television entertainment with no real credibility, and the hope is that Hum TV will not follow suit in favouring the stars with whom they have the closest association.

Another question that begs asking is the exact criteria of the style awards. Are they being doled out to celebs that dress the best on-screen (in which case the credit really goes to the film’s stylist, costume designers, director and other people with creative input) or off-screen, where the celebrities’ own preferences are likely to come into play.

Either way, one is confused by the presence of Hamza Ali Abbasi in the style nominations. The actor has been vocal in his rejection of style statements, but is in the running for his second style award this year, the first having been awarded to him at the Lux Style Awards in July.

Other nominees that surprised include Feroze Khan who hardly ever makes an impression and Urwa Hocane, who is often singled out as the worst dressed at red carpets and isn’t ‘Most Stylish’ by a long shot.

Television hosts are, again, hardly stylish, especially those that go about gifting rickshaws and motorcycles to their audience. Fahad Mustafa, for instance, usually evades designer-wear, opting to boost a brand called ‘Cherry’ – and when he goes on promotional rounds for his movie, he makes blunders like wearing over-ripped jeans. Sana Bucha, Huma Amir Shah and HSY, though, certainly have style.

Noticeably missing from the nominations is one Fawad Khan, but the omission has probably got to do more with the fact that he hasn’t featured prominently in a Pakistani production — TV or film — in the past year.

Also read: Fawad Khan in a bowtie at the Grazia Awards is possibly his best look ever

Many big names were snubbed in the fashion categories. For instance,Elan and Faraz Manan were ignored in the Demi-couture category (more on that later), Sana Safinaz and HSY are not present in the Bridal category while a relatively younger designer like Zainab Chottani gets recognized. In Menswear, Deepak Perwani and HSYignored despite showing menswear collections last year – perhaps this is because both designers are ostensibly more inclined towards womenswear now?

Another thing that had us scratching our heads is what classifies as demi couture in the Pakistani context? Demi couture is defined as the in-between of pret and haute couture — it’s fashion that has the high quality and fine embellishments of couture but is available to be picked up off the racks. It sounds like luxury pret — and a fashion insider confirms that demi-couture is Hum TV’s new word for the same.

Fashion Publication of the Year leaves one confused because most fashion publications tend to be over-infested with ads and very little exclusive matter. One wonders how the jury managed to decide upon the results for this category.

The full list of nominations of the QMobile Hum Style Awards, which takes place on October 28, is below:

BEST FEMALE MODEL

Amna Babar

Rabia Butt

Sadaf Kanwal

Fouzia Aman

Sunita Marshall

BEST MALE MODEL

Shahzad Noor

Jahan-E-Khalid

Hasnain Lehri

Aimal Khan

Waleed Khalid

HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Hannan Siddique

Raana Khan

Natasha Khalid

Toni & Guy North Pakistan

Nabila

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Shahbaz Shazi

Guddu Shani

Nadir Firoz Khan

Abdullah Haris

Azeem Sani

QMobile RISING STAR

Ashna Khan

Zara Abid

Anam Malik

Shoaib Khan

Umair Bin Nisar

Stopstyle

Mahgul

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – DEMI-COUTURE

Sana Safinaz

Shamaeel Ansari

Body Focus Museum

Shehla Chatoor

Zaheer Abbas

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – BRIDAL

Zainab Chottani

Nomi Ansari

Shehla Chatoor

Elan

Faraz Manan

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – LAWN

Elan

Shehla Chatoor

Sana Safinaz

Zara Shahjahan

Faraz Manan

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – MENSWEAR

Republic By Omar Farooq

Nauman Arfeen

Ismail Farid

Munib Nawaz

Amir Adnan

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – FASHION JEWELRY

Samina Ibrahim

Amber Sami

Rema

Zohra Rahman

RETAIL BRAND OF THE YEAR – APPAREL

Khaadi

Gul Ahmed

Sana Safinaz

Generation

Sapphire

MOST STYLISH ACTOR TELEVISION

Junaid Khan

Imran Abbas

Hamza Ali Abbasi

Feroze Khan

Ahsan Khan

MOST STYLISH ACTRESS TELEVISION

Syra Shahroz

Ayesha Omar

Nausheen Shah

Aamina Sheikh

Urwa Hocane

MOST STYLISH ACTOR FILM

Mohib Mirza

Humayun Saeed

Adeel Husain

Sheheryar Munawar

Sikander Rizvi

MOST STYLISH ACTRESS FILM

Humaima Malik

Iman Ali

Mehwish Hayat

Sanam Saeed

Mahira Khan

MOST STYLISH PERFORMER MALE

Ali Zafar

Asim Azhar

Atif Aslam

Shahzad Roy

Umair Jaswal

MOST STYLISH PERFORMER FEMALE

Hadiqa Kiani

Zoe Viccaji

Sara Haider

Meesha Shafi

Quratulain Balouch

MOST STYLISH SPORTING PERSONALITY

Shahid Afridi

Shoaib Malik

Aisam-Ul-Haq

MOST STYLISH TELEVISION HOST

Fahad Mustafa

Faisal Qureshi

Hassan Sheheryar Yasin

Huma Amir Shah

Sana Bucha

THE FASHION PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

Libas International

Diva

Niche lifestyle

Visage

Brides & You

Me & My Wedding

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Oct
09

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They call it an ‘artistic bridge’, but in truth, art in the subcontinent has never quite known a boundary in the first place.

As cross-border tension escalates, authorities on both sides have aimed their guns at the adversary that hides within: the sinister foreign artist who conspires to entertain our people with art that originates behind enemy lines.

The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) decided not to work with Pakistani artists. One of the members of the IMPAA, Mr Aggarwal, implied that the decision was punitive, based on the fact that allegedly none of the Pakistani artists had explicitly condemned the Uri attacks.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) warned Pakistani actors to leave India within two days, and some prominent Pakistani artists were relieved of the projects they were pursuing in India.

Cinema owners in Pakistan retaliated by vowing not to screen Indian movies till Indo-Pak relations are normalised. The age-old discussion on allowing Indian soap operas to be viewed in Pakistani homes has been expectedly reinvigorated.

This indicates poor comprehension of what India and Pakistan are actually in conflict with.

I expect more than just mild cognitive dissonance to be dealt with for the boy who grew up dancing to Indian tunes on Pakistani weddings.

Or the Indian cinephile whose films are adorned with musical contributions by Pakistani artists.

If I humbly remind you of the enemy artist’s role in some of the most cherished memories from your childhood, would that cause you to shift uncomfortably in your seat?

No. You probably didn’t realise you were paying homage to the enemy the time you played Antakshari with your friends; that memorable evening you laughingly sang Didi Tera Dewar Deewana when prompted to sing a song starting with the letter ‘daal’.

Nor did it dawn upon an Indian college student that he was aiding and abetting the enemy, the day he listened to Rahat Fateh Ali’s O re piyaon repeat.

Surely, India, it is time to reconsider the acceptability of the foreign artist, writer, or researcher coming to you.

It is but a devious plot to help your director, your producer, and your publisher make his money; whilst entertaining your audiences and your readers.

And it may be time for Pakistan to rethink the need for an Indian academic to fly over to our universities to assist with our research projects.

Surely, the time has come for you to ball up your grandmother’s special recipe for Bombay biryani, and hurl it across the Line of Control to the forbidden land whence it came.

But that’s not the worst of it.

The significance of the Indo-Pak artistic bridge is more than just economic.

This bridge is a testimony to the humanity of the adversary.

It is a signal that the enemy is the lover who serenades his betrothed, as in a Bollywood film.

The enemy is the vulnerable woman that lights an earthen lamp in prayer of her husband’s safe return, in an Indian TV show.

The enemy is the handsome Pakistani fellow with a goofy smile, who dances across the silver screen and makes your Indian family laugh.

The humanisation of the enemy poses a challenge to forces that profit off an atmosphere of fear and tension.

Why let the humanity of the enemy ruin the quality of our hate; deliberately depriving ourselves of the chance to reduce the other to the saffron beast or the green demon that we are assured he is?

Why let our conscience be burdened by the unnecessary thought that when the cannon roars, a lover, a dancer, a saas or a bahu gets hurt on the other end?

It could be fair to argue that, politically speaking, one side deserves a greater share of the blame than the other for the hostile situation at present.

But it makes poor sense to be burning down bridges that remind us that what we are dealing with – despite all political or military sins – is a human entity like ourselves.

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Oct
03

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We’ll be seeing Mawra Hocane on our television screens again, and soon.

The Sanam Teri Kasam star is set to begin shooting for Sammi, Hum TV’s next TV serial with a cause.

Mawra Hocane talks to Images about this upcoming TV serial and her Bollywood projects — both rumoured and real.

1) First things first. Some Bollywood director is going around saying that he’s had to reconsider casting you in the lead role of a film titledNot A Prostitute. We understand that that’s not true. How would you like to respond to the rumour? Continue Reading…

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Oct
02

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Blame Tim Burton for Batman and Johnny Depp. The macabre filmmaker, turned The Dark Knight into a bonafide franchise and helped make Depp a star. Despite his hit-or-miss output lately, Burton is still noteworthy. Before you see “Miss Peregrine’s”, here’s our ranking of his best (and worst) films.

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‘PLANET OF THE APES’ (2001)

This is the most baffling of Burton’s superfluous remakes. Not just because of a bananas ending that (unlike the Statue of Liberty reveal in the original 1968 film) makes no sense, but because why did he bother in the first place?Yeah, the monkey make-up looks much better than it did in Charlton Heston’s day, and Burton’s 13-year professional and personal relationship with Helena Bonham Carter began here, but there’s no intelligent life on this “Planet.”

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‘DARK SHADOWS’ (2012)

These next three films are virtually tied for “Worst.” By now, Burton’s remakes of properties that didn’t need to be remade are feeling rote and uninspired. So it is with this take on the 1960s-’70s horror-themed soap opera. Depp is all too lifeless as revived vampire Barnabas Collins. The only lively performance comes from Burton’s future “Miss Peregrine” star Eva Green as Angelina, the dangerously volatile witch unhinged by her (inexplicable) love for Barnabas.

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‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’ (2010)

They say no one ever leaves a Broadway musical humming the sets, but this film, even more than other Burton spectacles, is entirely about the overwhelmingly lush production design. Johnny Depp gets top billing as the Mad Hatter, but even he is just another colorful decoration. At least this time, Burton’s misunderstood dreamer caught between childhood and adulthood isn’t a guy.

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‘BIG FISH’ (2003)

Sure, Burton’s a great cinematic storyteller, but imagine if he were your dad, and you had to live in his world of bizarre whimsy 24/7, and you’ll begin to grasp the frustration and shot nerves that mark Billy Crudup’s character here. Unfortunately, it’s the bizarrely whimsical dad (Ewan McGregor as a young man, Albert Finney as an old man) that you’re supposed to identify with in Burton’s attempt at a male weepie.

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