The nation’s biggest food and music festival’s second season is scheduled to conclude with a bang in Karachi on 9th, 10th and 11th March 2018 at Beach Park, Clifton Karachi. Attendees will also witness chefs working their magic through cooking demonstrations and enjoy a stellar line up of live music with other fun-filled activities. The incredible selection of musicians from Coke Studio includes megastars such as Strings, Ali Sethi, Sahara UK, Asim Azhar, Quadrum, Nabeel Shaukat and Sahir Ali Bagga.
Zuria Dor hosted a Sunday brunch celebrating 3 years of the brand at their studio in Lahore. The event served as an opportunity for the guests to enjoy a beautiful Lahori spring day amongst latest product installations, music, food and peacocks! Zuria Dor prides itself on being a home grown brand led by founders with backgrounds in engineering and innovation. They have showcased a capsule collection at London Fashion Week and subsequently being featured on Vogue. More power to the young minds of Pakistan who are trying to project a progressive image for the nation.
Taimur Ajmal & Hajira Ali of JEEM launched their Islamabad store with a Glamorous PR Launch hosted by Natty and handled by Rezz PR and Savvy PR.
Mariam Aziz hosted a hi tea at her studio in Lahore to preview her latest pret collection Antheia to her clients.
An Italian home brand Giessegi was launched in Karachi at a star studded event. The hair and makeup for the event was handled by Neelo’s Salon, the event & PR was organized by Takell PR.
The powerhouses forces behind the Friends of Shaukat Khanum proudly hosted the fifth edition of the renowned Festival of Life in collaboration with Pakistan’s leading fashion and entertainment fraternity. An all-day carnival for families, the Festival of Life was held at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore on 18th February 2018.
This year’s festival was attended and supported by a number of celebrities including Hamza Ali Abbasi, Umair Jaswal, Ali Sher and Faisal Rehman. The festival’s long term supporters “Quadrum” also performed live at the event.
With romance, comedy, lots of color, drama, and some really good music, Maan Jao Na has all the ingredients that make for a good, light-hearted entertainer.
The plot of the film revolves around a strong-willed young woman named Rania (played by Elnaz Nourozi), who’s an only child raised in urban Karachi. Rania’s immediate family includes her father and a paternal aunt to whom she’s quite attached. This aunt is also a survivor of domestic violence, something that adds to her stance against the institution of marriage.
From the very beginning, we see Rania trying to reason with her friends and family about the patriarchal expectations surrounding marriage and how she doesn’t want to be tied down. But throughout the course of Maan Jao Naa, we see Rania’s loved ones manipulating her into leaving her ideals, and well, eventually getting married. She caves, as most women do, and that’s all the entire film is about.
While Rania’s rebellion was heart-warming to watch, it was an ending we knew was coming but was certainly hoping it didn’t.
Ayaz Samoo was great in his acting, as always. He plays a young man named Asim who is a common friend of Rania and Faris’ (the male lead played by Adeel Chaudhry). Samoo’s character and his love interest Sara (played by HajraYamin) did a really good job with their roles. Emoting well on screenwith variations in their expressions and dialogue delivery is a tough challenge but the duo does it effortlessly.
Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about their co-stars, most of whom failed to make much of a statement despite playing the leads.
Shuja Haider did the music for Maan Jao Naa and once again, managed to remind us that there’s no dearth of talent in Pakistan. The choreography and editing of the song sequences came out all on point. It kept usfascinated to the big screen.
The cinematography and set design was done well too. Be it Karachi or Kot Diji Fort in Khairpur, it was all really well-executed. Maan Jao Naa is visually pleasing and demands very little of your mental energy.
Verdict: If you want a relaxed evening with friends and family, we’d recommend you head over to this movie this weekend.
Golden Chick, the American fast-food chain, opened their second flagship store today at Seaview.
Allahyar and The Legend of Markhor, directed by Uzair Zaheer Khan, comes as the latest offering from our nascent film industry. It revolves around the young character Allahyar (voiced by Anum Zaidi) who finds himself escaping the hunter Manu (Ali Noor) and helping a Markhor named Mehru (Natasha Humera Ejaz) reach home.
Kudos to the team for setting a new bar in terms of animation standards in Pakistan. And subsequently, Allahyar challenges other film-makers to step up, in terms of visual quality. Yes, it is not Pixar or Disney or Laika, but the film is a big leap forward and the next logical and organic progression for the animation industry.
However, when it comes to storytelling, it needs as much saving as the Markhor. The first and the biggest problem troubling Allahyar is the use of Urdu words that are not commonplace. It uses the kind of language children are not used to hearing. They sound poetic but forget who the film is targeted at.
For Allahyar to be the children’s new hero, he needs to be vulnerable, yet stand in the face of fear and take charge. For that, he falls just short of being a memorable character, and his supporting characters outshine him easily.
But the film does succeed in delivering important messages and some scenes do stand out. Yet, overall, one doesn’t feel emotionally connected to Allahyar. He, who is supposed to be the protector and leader in the story, comes off as passive and in need of protection himself. His journey is intriguing but marred by the plot loopholes in that it borrows from the best but somehow manages to dilute it.
Another issue Pakistani film-makers have yet to work around is obvious product placement, which not only wastes screen time but also negatively affects the product and film experience. Allahyar makes the same mistake.
Nevertheless, the film, despite its shortcomings, is fun to watch (for children, of course) mainly due to the animation quality and excellent voice-over, especially by Noor and Azfar Jafri as the chakkor, Hero. It is often hilarious but one does leave the cinema hall underwhelmed; sort of like when you go to an amusement park and not ride the Ferris wheel. Allahyar gets a few things right but wasn’t exploited to its full potential.
Ace producer #AbdullahKadwani, of 7th Sky Entertainment, hosted a star-studded birthday dinner for his sons Rayyan and Shahvir.