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Backstage I: an epilogue or just another beginning?

Madiha-Gohar

Theatre in the subcontinent is an extension of the ancient tradition of storytelling and festivals. Present-day Pakistani theatre comprises two types: commercial theatre and non-commercial (serious) theatre. The two types have nothing to do with the term ‘commercial’ as such, but are jargons used in the local theatre fraternity to …

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Gut-wrenching memoir to be adapted into a film

Gut-wrenching memoir to be adapted into a film

“I’ve realised that the world is, in essence, full of banana peels… that may unwittingly trip an internal wire in my mind, opening a floodgate of fears without warning,” says Amanda Lindhout in her book A House in the Sky. What is a gut-wrenching and redemptive memoir of the freelance Canadian …

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Testing the waters with Finding Fanny

Testing the waters with Finding Fanny

It’s an English language “offbeat” entertainer; made by an Indian director with three veteran and two young stars of Bollywood, and topped with one promotional Hindi song  — that’s Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny. Arjun Kapoor, who plays one of the five “oddballs” in the movie, believes Indian audiences are ready for …

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Salman ‘kicks’ the photographers’ boycott

Salman ‘kicks’ the photographers’ boycott

At the launch of the song Party with the Devil  — the latest song from Salman Khan’s upcoming film Kick all hell broke loose. The cameramen at the launch requested Salman to pose for a picture, which the star refused to do. A face-off began between the star’s security detail and the paparazzi at …

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Digital prints still going strong

Digital prints still going strong

Mahin Hussain, a textile design student from IVS, has an undying love for digital prints  — be it her signature bags or the lawn collection that she recently launched. Speaking about her latest venture, Mahin Hussain Limited Edition Prints, which just wrapped up a one-day exhibiton of five prints, she …

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Did you know?: Fahad Mustafa is leaving television

Fahad Mustafa is leaving television

Much to the disappointment of all the Pakistani drama lovers, Fahad Mustafa has quit acting in dramas. The drama Koi Nahi Apna, which is being broadcast on a local channel, will be his last, reveals the actor. The star has big plans now and his prime focus will be acting in …

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Promotions are a polite way of begging: Alia Bhatt

Promotions are a polite way of begging

Alia Bhatt has been going all-out with her co-star Varun Dhawan to spread the right buzz for their movie Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. The actor equates promotions to a “polite way of begging”. In an interview, the actor, who has featured in Student Of The Year, Highway and 2 States, …

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A new dawn for dramas

A new dawn for dramas

Behlul and Bihter took everyone by a surprise when Turkish soaps graced the Pakistani screens, with gorgeous faces and unconventional storylines getting an even better response than expected. Two years later, the situation has changed. Zindagi, a channel owned by Zee TV network in India, has started airing Pakistani dramas …

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SoundCloud nearing deals with record labels

SoundCloud nearing deals with record labels

Online music sharing service SoundCloud Ltd, a Berlin-based company with more than 250 million listeners a month, is close to a deal with the largest record labels Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group for licences to continue playing their songs and avoid potential legal disputes, Bloomberg …

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Haider made Kapoor feel inadequate as an actor

Haider made Kapoor feel inadequate as an actor

Actor Shahid Kapoor, who plays a dark character in his forthcoming film Haider, says that although he prepared for the role, the nagging thought that he’s not “good enough” for it, kept haunting him throughout the shoot. An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, the film, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, …

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