What no one told you about Pakistan
Ali Rehan is the co-founder and CEO of Eyedeus Labs, a tech start-up (from LUMS) by Pakistani students that developed an innovative mobile application which caught the eye of major tech giants such as Google, Samsung, Huawei and LG.
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Ali Rehan is the co-founder and CEO of Eyedeus Labs, a tech start-up (from LUMS) by Pakistani students that developed an innovative mobile application which caught the eye of major tech giants such as Google, Samsung, Huawei and LG.

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Mir Zafar Ali is an Oscar-winning movie visual effects curator who has given life to characters such as Venom in Spider Man 3 as well as several other Hollywood flicks such as X-Men and The Mummy. He won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 2007 for his immaculate work in the movie The Golden Compass.
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Mir Zafar Ali is an Oscar-winning movie visual effects curator who has given life to characters such as Venom in Spider Man 3 as well as several other Hollywood flicks such as X-Men and The Mummy. He won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 2007 for his immaculate work in the movie The Golden Compass.

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Ishtiaq Afzal displays winter casuals, perfect for chilly afternoons spent in the winter sun. (complete slideshow)
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Ishtiaq Afzal displays winter casuals, perfect for chilly afternoons spent in the winter sun. (complete slideshow)

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Zoe Viccaji & Sumru Agiryuriyen - Ishq Kinara (Coke Studio S06E04, via umalik)

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Russian marine animals Memo (sea lion), Boris(dolphin), Stephen(Beluga), are performing at Maritime Museum in Karachi. (slideshow)
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Russian marine animals Memo (sea lion), Boris(dolphin), Stephen(Beluga), are performing at Maritime Museum in Karachi. (slideshow)

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Taking comedy to new heights: Hamza Ali Abbasi
Hamza Ali Abbasi is a rare man among today’s breed of actors. Driven by passion, his latest directorial venture, Kambakht, is Abbasi’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt Don Jon moment. While he has already established a burgeoning career for himself as a leading man, he is looking to make his mark on cinema from the director’s chair.
“I am better known for my acting, so a lot of people told me ‘focus on that’ or ‘wait before you make a film’, but I felt I had to do it. It’s kind of like getting married, you can wait five years or do it now,” Abbasi tells The Express Tribune. (more)
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Taking comedy to new heights: Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi is a rare man among today’s breed of actors. Driven by passion, his latest directorial venture, Kambakht, is Abbasi’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt Don Jon moment. While he has already established a burgeoning career for himself as a leading man, he is looking to make his mark on cinema from the director’s chair.

“I am better known for my acting, so a lot of people told me ‘focus on that’ or ‘wait before you make a film’, but I felt I had to do it. It’s kind of like getting married, you can wait five years or do it now,” Abbasi tells The Express Tribune. (more)

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Getting patriotism overdose with Waar at cinema :) finally got around finding time for this and literally three months down the line it is still pulling in full house. #log #Pakistan #Lahore #film (at CineStar Cinema, via umalik)

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Getting patriotism overdose with Waar at cinema :) finally got around finding time for this and literally three months down the line it is still pulling in full house. #log #Pakistan #Lahore #film (at CineStar Cinema, via umalik)

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Zeb Bangesh, Mohsin Hamid, Rashid Rana & @NJLahori on the Irtiqa’s #Art & Societal Development. Wonderful discussion on sexuality, nationalism, identity and pluralism. #log #photos #Pakistan #Lahore #social #culture #history (at Ali Institute of Education, via umalik)
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Zeb Bangesh, Mohsin Hamid, Rashid Rana & @NJLahori on the Irtiqa’s #Art & Societal Development. Wonderful discussion on sexuality, nationalism, identity and pluralism. #log #photos #Pakistan #Lahore #social #culture #history (at Ali Institute of Education, via umalik)

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Remember Humsafar, the drama which took Pakistan by storm and had everyone talking about it? Well after a very long break finally another drama from Pakistan is now making waves in Arab world. MBC has taken up on broadcasting Arabic dubbed version of the drama. Hey there you go catch up with ’رفيق الروح’ [Soulmate]’ if you know Arabic.
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Remember Humsafar, the drama which took Pakistan by storm and had everyone talking about it? Well after a very long break finally another drama from Pakistan is now making waves in Arab world. MBC has taken up on broadcasting Arabic dubbed version of the drama. Hey there you go catch up with ’رفيق الروح’ [Soulmate]’ if you know Arabic.

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Festival: New beginnings in Pakistani cinema
It was only early this year when discussions at literature festivals and on television bemoaned the decline of Pakistani cinema and questioned whether it will rise again. At the same time, noises were made by industry insiders about projects in the pipelines. Those promises seem to be materialising. Quite a few films have been recently released, some of which have done well at the box office.
Several sessions at the Khayaal Festival were dominated by the cinema. They either discussed the newly-released films or talked about the upcoming ones. Excited writers, directors and producers gave further details about their projects on the sidelines of the festival.
In a session devoted to readings of Saadat Hasan Manto’s work, Sarmad Khoosat showed a 20-minute presentation on his upcoming film, Main Manto, scripted by Shahid Nadeem. Expected to be released early next year, the film is a TV-star heavy take on the writer’s life with Khoosat playing the lead role and Sania Saeed playing Manto’s wife Safia. Watching the clips, one experienced a rollercoaster of emotions — confusion, shock, delight, repulsion and heartache, an experience similar to that of reading Manto’s works. Particularly interesting was the interweaving of Manto’s short stories, essays and radio plays into the biographical narrative. (source)
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Festival: New beginnings in Pakistani cinema

It was only early this year when discussions at literature festivals and on television bemoaned the decline of Pakistani cinema and questioned whether it will rise again. At the same time, noises were made by industry insiders about projects in the pipelines. Those promises seem to be materialising. Quite a few films have been recently released, some of which have done well at the box office.

Several sessions at the Khayaal Festival were dominated by the cinema. They either discussed the newly-released films or talked about the upcoming ones. Excited writers, directors and producers gave further details about their projects on the sidelines of the festival.

In a session devoted to readings of Saadat Hasan Manto’s work, Sarmad Khoosat showed a 20-minute presentation on his upcoming film, Main Manto, scripted by Shahid Nadeem. Expected to be released early next year, the film is a TV-star heavy take on the writer’s life with Khoosat playing the lead role and Sania Saeed playing Manto’s wife Safia. Watching the clips, one experienced a rollercoaster of emotions — confusion, shock, delight, repulsion and heartache, an experience similar to that of reading Manto’s works. Particularly interesting was the interweaving of Manto’s short stories, essays and radio plays into the biographical narrative. (source)

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