Friday, June 14, 2013

Pakistani actress Laila arrested in Multan

Police on Thursday arrested Pakistani actress Laila in Multan, Geo News reported.
The actress was arrested after a producer Sheikh Naeem lodged a complaint with Cantt Police Station that Laila gave him a Rs220,000 cheque, which was dishonored. The application stated that the actress had borrowed the money from Sheikh.
Police conducted a raid at a local hotel and arrested Laila. The police said that the actress would be presented before a local court.
Talking to media, Laila said she had settled the issue with the producer but he got her arrested when she came to perform in Multan.
Later a verbal agreement was reached between the two parties and Laila was released from police custody.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mehwish Hayat in ATV show Morning with Farah

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tahmena Bokhari wins Mrs United Nations 2010

Uzma Zafar

Tahmena Bokhari, Mrs.Pakistan World 2010 has made history. On Saturday November 13th in Negril, Jamaica, Bokhari was crowned Mrs. United Nations 2010. She competed with married women around the world with strong representation from Columbia, Nigeria, West Africa, South Africa among others. In the history of the pageant industry, this is the first time Pakistan has won an international pageant title.

Upon winning Bokhari stated, "I would like to thank all of those who have supported me and have worked with me to improve the image of Pakistan in the world. Being the first international title holder for Pakistan is not my victory alone and nor am I solely responsible for this win. It is because of you out there, all of my family, friends, fans, and all those who have dared to dream this new vision of Pakistan along with me. This is a victory for all Pakistanis everywhere."

Bokhari opened the evening with a bang after coming in the top 5 winner’s circle for talent earlier in the week. Her sensational dance routine represented the emotions of a woman to a compilation of music from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as well as a bit of music from around the world. Bokhari was the first delegate to come out in her national costume made from local Pakistani fabric in green and white for the Pakistani flag.

Delegates were judged on poise, grace, intellect, diplomacy, passion and commitment to community service along with several other areas.

Along with the organizers of Mrs. Pakistan World, Bokhari landed in Jamaica on the 8th and spent a week with the dozens of delegates from other countries. During their week, the delegates visited local schools, charities and mingled with fans. Due to her grace, charm, personality and style of dress, Bokhari was said to be an instant favorite. Other winners of the night included Miss Canada as Miss United Nations and Miss Teen Jamaica as Miss Teen United Nations.

In January of 2010, Bokhari won Mrs. Pakistan World 2010 in Toronto, ON, Canada. She has 15 years experience in social work and is a college professor in the Greater Toronto Area. She is passionate about working towards a lighter and more positive image of Pakistan in the world and enhancing the status of Pakistani women. Bokhari stated, “I hope to inspire all women to dream big and I want to show the world that only because of the mere dream of a new Pakistan was I able to help make history for my country.”

Sonia Ahmed, President of Mrs. Pakistan World & Miss Pakistan World stated,” We need the Pakistani community around the world to see this event as a stepping stone to change the negative image of Pakistan. Pakistan has a lot of talent that is not recognized. Tahmena Bokhari, Mrs. Pakistan World has proven that Pakistan stands a chance in the world for such competitions. This is a wonderful thing that has happened to improve the image of Pakistan and this encourages other married women to look up to Bokhari as a role model.”(Daily Mail)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fashion's New Wonder Boy

Text: Talath Naqvi and Amna Khalique

There is a fire in Emraan Rajput that drives him despite the odds that haven't always been in his favour. In fact, it seems that the difficulties he faced at the beginning of his career are what drove him to pit his all and make it in this field. Emraan, at just 24, has carved a niche for himself in the fashion industry.
I caught him at a bad time. His father had fallen ill and he had to rush to Karachi after a brief visit to Lahore. Even then, he agreed to a phone interview and spoke to me on his way to the airport.
Emraan tried his hand at designing haute couture for women three years ago, but found menswear to be his forte. However, being the enterprising person that he is, a couple of years later Emraan decided to venture into the world of womenswear again. The result was a successful collection of western wear for women, which received acclaim after being printed in a style monthly, and fetched him a place among the up-and-coming designers in the fashion industry.
Emraan began his career in 2003, when he was only 20, and had to return abruptly from Dubai, where he was enrolled at a fashion school. He was unable to complete his diploma due to personal reasons: "There were some personal issues, and then there was also family pressure regarding my choice of career. My family was aghast when they found out I wanted to study fashion - they did not want me to step into this business, which made me fight even harder to prove that I could do it. And I have made it on my own steam with very little support."
Emraan's work has made it to the covers of several prestigious fashion magazines. He understands the importance of every photo shoot - and hence, the attention to detail. According to the designer, it isn't just about selling clothes, it's also about creating a certain 'look' and communicating this to customers who are looking to designers to help them dress better. "I have worked with some of the best models, photographers and stylists," he says, reeling off a list of the bigwigs of the industry. Working with the industry's best people makes a huge difference to the label. "I know my clothes are beautiful and elegant, but they need to be photographed well in order to make an impact on people who have not seen the clothes personally. It is essential to recreate an image, and a well-taken picture that shows how a person can accessorise and carry a certain 'look,' does just that. It gives my client a format to work with."
Emraan's current western collection caters to the younger market that comprises teenagers and young professionals. According to the designer, this collection is reasonably priced, and ranges from Rs.3,000 to Rs.7,000. "Customers do not have too many options to chose from and, hence, often end up buying over-priced dresses and shirts," says Emraan. He also feels that by lowering the price range, he will be able to reach more households, who won't feel intimidated by the prices. His formal line, which he plans to launch after Eid, is priced between Rs.8,000 to Rs.15,000. Given the huge demand for clothes before Eid, why isn't Emraan introducing his formals earlier? "I am a stickler for detail," he confesses, "and I want every outfit to be stylish and unique."
Talking about designing clothes for men, Emraan says that men's fashion is still evolving. "This facet of the industry has emerged in the last five or six years. Earlier, there were only a handful of people working on menswear, and few were professional designers."
He concedes that "men have become more fashion-conscious. They want to dress better and look good. Designers have to show their clients how to put the whole ensemble together to create the 'look' that sets them apart." Men's fashion trends have changed slowly, but steadily. "Previously, only women would shop for designer-wear and there was the occasional bridegroom who took an interest in his wedding outfit. Now, a lot of men come to designers to buy clothes and accessories for their wardrobes." Emraan attributes this change to the exposure that people have experienced in recent years, thanks to the media boom.
With an outlet based in Karachi, Emraan plans on expanding his business to other cities. "I am looking into opening a store in Lahore.The city is fast emerging as a designer label-aware metropolis. I've also noticed a similar change in other cities in the Punjab."
A determined young designer, Emraan promises to challenge himself, and the norms of fashion with every collection that he produces.

Super Model 2011: Make way for the models

LAHORE: Fans of reality television were amazed when the 18-year-old Texas born Nida, of Pakistani origin, participated in Tyra Banks’ hugely popular “America’s Next Top Model”. Nida spoke on the show of her mother’s potential reservations and that she wanted to be a role model for other Pakistani girls. Stereotypes about models are commonly found in online discussions et al, and one wonders how successful “The Super Model 2011”, a local adaptation of the international show, will be in Pakistan.
Producers Shoaib and Sadya Khan, who have been creating reality shows for A TV, have decided to step up to the challenge of emulating Tyra Banks’ show in Pakistan. “We are creating this show on the same lines as ‘America’s Next Top Model’, but of course we will have to tailor it according to our own culture and norms of acceptability,” explains Shoaib. The duo has recently done a reality show on a similar theme called “Beyond the Glam” that takes a close look at celebrities.
The Pakistani version will follow the format of the international programme, which also has spin-offs in the UK, Australia and Canada. There will be auditions from which 12 girls will be selected by a jury comprising of model Natasha Hussain, fashion photographer Shani of the Guddu and Shani duo, and Niche magazine’s chief editor Pashmina Malik. The contestants will participate in a round of activities such as photo and fashion editorial shoots, ramp walks, make-up and personal grooming from designers.
Even though the fashion industry in Pakistan is not as large as the countries these model hunts have been run in, it is sizeable enough to support such an enterprise from a local perspective. It would be interesting to see the avenues from which talent emerges and what agents in the industry are able to hone it. Bridal Couture Week, which came to a close recently, had also held a model hunt under its banner which was judged by supermodel and the producer of the event, Vaneeza Ahmed. The hunt yielded 16 new names that then graced the ramp at the bridal week.
Frieha Altaf was part of the model hunt held by Veet which was won by Saima. She went on to model at Fashion Week and made an appearance in a Zong advertisement.
Like Tyra Banks’ show, “Super Model 2011” will also be giving away a grand prize comprising a trip to Malaysia, four to five pret wear ensembles from designers, a one-year contract with fashion photographers Guddu and Shani, a one-year contract with the A Plus channel, a cover shoot with Niche Magazine, Page 3 coverage, and a one-year membership to the Sukh Chen Wellness Club.
Auditions will be held on December 15 at the World Fashion Cafe in Lahore, and the show will go on air in January next year.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2010.

Book on singer Mehdi Hasan to be launched today

A book on celebrated singer Mehdi Hasan will be launched at a ceremony in Karachi today. Titled “ Mehdi Hasan: The man and his music” it has been penned by senior journalist Asif Noorani. Eminent poet Zehra Nigah will be the chief guest at the launching ceremony. The book has been published by the Liberty Books in collaboration with EMI Pakistan.