Mövenpick Hotel Karachi celebrates vanilla festival
The mini food promotion named Vanilla Salée was initiated at the Italian restaurant, La Mamma and included five vanilla inspired dishes created by Director Food and Beverage Europe. The festival ran for an entire month during which customers delighted themselves by enjoying well-blended vanilla spice in savory dishes. Imported fine bourbon vanilla gave all the dishes the most unique taste and exotic aroma and offered well balanced flavours to cater everyone. The menu, recreated by Chef de cuisine Tanveer Hussain, consisted of three entrées – white onions velouté (soup), Sashimi of tuna and salmon and Goat cheese and figs salad, and two main courses, Pike fish fillet and endive and Veal tenderloin jardinière.
“The idea of introducing this unique promotion was to open our guests to a host of new flavours, offering them to new eatery experiences and diversify their palate,” said Mirza Mansoor, General Manager, Mövenpick Hotel Karachi.
Glued to the Screen
Looking for something interesting to watch? Follow Rasm-e-Duniya. Keeping typical characters and storyline aside, the antagonist Sami Khan plays a mentally disturbed husband to Armeena Rana Khan who is actually in love with his younger brother, Bilal Abbas Khan. Newcomer Bilal’s good work coupled with Sami’s supposed bipolar bursts make the serial an entertaining watch.
The Right Note
In what feels like a drought of soulful, meaningful songs, Sahiba from Phillauri is something that will get many listeners hooked on to it. The equally good video shows excellent chemistry between actors Anushka Sharma and Diljeet Dosanjh, while the lyrics give tribute to the Punjabi folklore of Mirza-Sahiba while the song with a sufyana/ qawwali romantic touch to it is sung with a perfect feel by Indian singer Romy.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Manto is something to look forward to
Like many other roles he has played so far, Nawazuddin has dedicated himself to great lengths to fit into the character of writer Saadat Hasan Manto, physically and psychologically. It is no wonder that he looks great and the same kind of performance is being expected of him in this titular biopic. Directed by veteran Nandita Das, a teaser of Manto created quite a buzz on social media a few days back. In the video, Manto can be seen addressing a class of students where he bats for freedom of speech, and arguing that his writings should not raise eyebrows as he is only penning the truth.
Pakistani entertainment industry is seemingly getting unluckier this year when it comes to love. First, actress Veena Malik filed for divorce from her husband of three years. Her decision caught Asad Khattak off guard, as he was on a trip to the US at the time. According to an insider, differences between the two, who have two boys together, started when Veena resumed working in showbiz. Next, actress Noor Bukhari has taken her fourth husband, Raga Boys singer Wali Hamid Ali Khan by surprise by announcing her decision to separate from him online. The two got married three years ago while filming Ishq Positive together. Things are reportedly so bad that Noor’s mother has even filed a report against Wali for torturing her daughter, while Noor has asked the authorities to go through Wali’s Facebook account as part of the proceedings.
“Despite my best efforts, I cannot continue with this marriage. Nonetheless, I will state that Wali is a good man and perhaps it’s our bad luck that we cannot live our lives together anymore,” Noor said. According to sources, actress Jana Malik is also seeking a divorce from her husband Nouman Javaid. The couple, who tied the knot in September last year, have been living separately for quite some time now. Jana has reportedly moved in with her parents again and Nouman is living with a friend. According to an insider, tension between the couple started in the first few months of their marriage. “There were many domestic and financial issues between them, so Jana decided to leave him,” the source said.
Mahira Khan gives a heartfelt tribute to her teachers
The Raees star was recently invited to Dubai to attend the Global Teacher Prize where she availed the chance to honour her teachers in a touching speech. Explaining how her teachers inspired her ascent to stardom, Mahira said, "A few minutes are just not enough to recount all the memories I have and all the influence that my teachers have had on my life," and continued, "teachers have the power to make a shy little girl like me believe in her dreams. We walk on red carpets, we get to support the causes close to our hearts. People like us – I talk about sportsmen, actors – we do all kinds of things, in fact, people like you and people around the world celebrate our success. But teachers are the very people who shape the next generation, [and] don't often get thanked, I would say not enough. You are the stars, the true stars." The event which awards US$1 million to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession, saw Pakistan’s Salima Begum reach to the top 10 finalists.
Ali Hamza sings his heart out for kids with Down Syndrome
The handsome singer churned out Ao Humaray Saath Chalo, an initiative by Karachi Down Syndrome Program (KDSP), sharing a much-needed message of inclusion that speaks particularly to people affected by Down syndrome. The song, written by Zehra Nigah, stresses on the importance of accepting and celebrating our differences, based on ability, gender, caste or creed. The touching video also features several celebrities including Bushra Ansari, Sarwat Gilani, Javed Sheikh, Ahsan Khan, Momal Sheikh, Anoushey Ashraf and Sheema Kirmani. The song and music video is an initiative of the KDSP, a non-profit initiative based in Karachi that deals with information, networking, and advocacy for and about Down syndrome, by people suffering from the disorder and their families, educators, healthcare professionals, and the community at large.