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Issue Date 19 - 25 Aug, 2017 at 2:00 PM

A power packed cast comes together to tackle another taboo topic

A power packed cast comes together to tackle another taboo topic
Mikaal Zulfiqaar took to Instagram, revealing about a project he is working on. The miniseries co-stars Sanam Saeed and Nimra Bucha, as well and hopes to tackle taboo topics like mental health. "It's a miniseries that will be directed and produced by Sarmad Khoosat," revealed Sanam. "The plot revolves around seven women who meet on a train... The miniseries contains the story of each of those seven women."
Without revealing much further, the actress said all seven stories surround a social issue. "My character's story is based on handling mental health challenges and spreading awareness about depression," Mikaal Zulfiqar shared, adding that the project has been written by Amna Mufti in collaboration with Asghar Nadeem Syed. "The cast also includes Sanam Saeed, Nimra Bucha, Anam Gohar and myself, along with a few new faces," he further said. The show has been tentatively named Aakhri Station.


Mahira Khan & Mawra Hocane spotted wearing Sonam Kapoor's clothing line

Mahira Khan & Mawra Hocane spotted wearing Sonam Kapoor's clothing line
Sonam Kapoor and her sister Rhea Kapoor recently launched a clothing line called Rheson. Surprisingly, our very own actresses Mahira Khan and Mawra Hocane have taken a liking to the fun, quirky brand and were even spotted wearing it! The Sammi actress was seen in a black Rheson asymmetric top paired with khaki pants, looking as comfortable as ever. She even sent love for it to Sonam on Twitter, tweeting – The #Rheson I dressed up last night was the comfort fashion I could pull off. And Sonam was quick to reply that Mawra looked 'chic' in the dress.
Last month, the Raees star was also spotted in a Rheson black mogra palazzo sari, days after bagging two awards at Beirut International Awards, wearing the same dress Rhea Kapoor was seen modelling. However, she took the style quotient up a notch by pairing the sari with a black and white crop top and edgy black heeled loafers. Mahira thanked Sonam for the dress and tweeted that she loved wearing it, while the Neerja star agreed that she looks great in it.

 

 

 

 

 


Zeb Bangash gains a strong foothold in India


Zeb Bangash gains a strong foothold in India
Zebunissa 'Zeb' Bangash has become a force to be reckoned with across the border. The Pakistani singer's song compositions – Le Li Jaan, Jigi Jigi and Ishiqya – in controversial film Lipstick Under My Burkha have made her one to watch out for. With India's ban on Pakistani artists, Zeb believes art transcends all – even the risks involved. "Bringing someone for you (in India) is a risk. Coming for us (from Pakistan) is a risk. We work together because the art speaks to us, not just because we are Pakistani or Indian," she said in a recent interview for Indian media.
"And in that process, with artistic integrity in the background, you don’t even realise you are building bridges, or may be being provocative. That's because of your commitment to the art. Art itself is provocative. If you can keep yourself true to your art, within that moment, then truth transcends. And it will speak to people regardless of where they are from." Zeb has previously worked on songs for Bollywood films, including Katrina Kaif starrer Fitoor and Alia Bhatt's Highway.

 

 

 

 



Hot Pursuit
MAG’s favourite picks of the week

Baaghi

Glued to the Screen
Baaghi

This serial has been made on the life of social media star Qandeel Baloch played by Saba Qamar. Make sure you follow it for the amazing performances and an in-depth insight in to Baloch’s rise and eventual death.


81-year-old gives everyone grandma goals


Treasure Trove
81-year-old gives everyone grandma goals

An 81-year-old guitar-slinging Singaporean granny has shredded stereotypes to pursue her love of rock music, becoming a sought-after performer and unlikely internet sensation. Grandmother of seven, Mary Ho started playing the guitar at 60, fulfilling a lifelong dream to learn the instrument.
She initially taught herself from a book with an acoustic and was content strumming along and singing.
But when a friend introduced her to rock star Carlos Santana's classic track Samba Pa Ti about a decade ago, she decided to seek some professional tutoring to shift things up a few gears. Since then, she's amassed a collection of more than 20 guitars, recorded her own album of Latin music and is often in demand for charity gigs. A video of Ho playing rock classic Need Your Love So Bad has more than 1.1 million views on YouTube.


Around Town

Around Town
MasarratMisbah Makeup (MM), Pakistan’s first and only Halal certified make-up brand, had a smashing event at Pakistan’s biggest wedding expo – Pakistan Wedding Show – in Lahore. MM booth was the highlight of the large scale two-day event that lasted with thousands of people thronging in to try their new and purchase their favourite products and take beauty & make-up tips from the make-up maestro Masarrat Misbah, herself. “I am truly humbled and overwhelmed by the amazing response from everyone who came to the Pakistan Wedding Expo to visit the Depilex & Masarrat Makeup stall." stated the senior make-up artist, adding that ‘it was wonderful to hear firsthand feedback on our products and services from our esteemed customers during the two days’. The Masarrat Misbah Makeup and Depilex Group stall also offered free makeovers and exclusive make-up and bridal service packages for brides-to-be visiting the Expo.


The Right Note

The Right Note
Since many of us aren’t happy with Coke Studio’s cover of the national anthem, go check out a 9-year-old's soul stirring rendition of it. Ahmed and his brother Muhmmad Afandi played the tune on sitar and tablas, respectively, for Nescafé Basement about a year ago, but the clip has gone viral once again since many are comparing the two covers and deeming the latter better.


Where, what, when

Meet the star cast of Na Maloom Afraad 2

Meet the star cast of Na Maloom Afraad 2
You are cordially invited to meet and greet the star cast of Na Maloom Afraad 2 for a fun evening filled with interaction, autographs and selfies with your favourite actors. Be there on 22nd Aug between 5:00-7:00 pm at Fun City, Centaurus Mall, DHA - II, Islamabad. For more information, call at: 0518319618-21 | 0313FUNCITY


ERDC Workshop: Learning Through Play

ERDC Workshop: Learning Through Play
Know the impact of play on children's personality by attending a two-day workshop on Learning Through Play on 24th & 25th Aug between 03:00-6:00 pm at Educational Resource Development Centre (ERDC), A-735, Block H, North Nazimabad, Karachi. For more details, contact: 03363099390


Comprehensive Montessori Training

Comprehensive Montessori Training
Seasoned educationist and international Montessori trainer Maryam Ubaid is holding a comprehensive training course for school directors, principals, teachers, coordinators and parents interested in home-schooling in Lahore from 25th Aug to 7th Sept. For registration, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/2rziFElFzJFwruxI2
For further details, call: 03000655633 | 03216326369 or email at: hafsabinteumar@gmail.com



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