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)
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.
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)
In the crosshairs: Bilal Lashari on Waar
“This film was not made in a way a film should ever be made,” is something Bilal Lashari often said during the course of this interview.
Islamabad Fashion Week
The third edition of Islamabad Fashion Week was held from October fourth till the sixth at Serena Hotel Islamabad. The three day fashion event was organised under the aegis of the International Pakistan Fashion Council (IPFC) with support from the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). The primary goal of the fashion week is to help inform, empower and encourage designers as well as to promote traditional crafts. More then twenty designers and labels from across the country, as well as from Bangladesh and Malaysia, gathered to showcase their collection during the event.
Heads or tails: Waar to finally release this fall
A terror plot, drama, action and a well-known and attractive cast — it is no surprise that with these key elements, Waar’s well-executed trailer generated excitement when it released two years ago. But that anticipation and fervor has died down, since the movie did not see a release and critics dismissed it as ‘just another project that won’t make it to the screen’. But there’s finally some good news — the film is tentatively scheduled to release late September or early October this year. (complete news)
50 years on, Pakistan part of the Oscars once more
HOLLYWOOD: After hiatus of about 50 years, Pakistan will once again dance at the Oscars.
Although the committee has not yet chosen the film, Pakistan will be submitting an entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Each country is allowed one submission and can decide how that film can be chosen. The deadline for submitting foreign-language film submissions to the Academy this year is Oct. 1.
The committee to choose the film is independent from the government even though will be approving the selection.
“Bum Phatta” by Ali Azmat, Directed by Jami
Vocalist: Ali Azmat
Album: Klashinfolk (2008)
Stylist: Ehtesham @ E Styles
Wardrobe: Munib Nawaz
Make Up: Kamal Ahmad
Producer: Rehan Noorani (Azad Film Co.) (via shariques)
Pakistan Inflight Music Series
Khatak Instrumental - The Panthers
This is one of my favorite pieces. It was performed by The Panthers and was played on PIA flights during the mid 1970s.
The Panthers were a band consisting of four members that formed in 1967 Karachi.
To learn more about The Panthers, visit: http://radiodiffusion.wordpress.com/2009/05/31/the-panthers/