The hip and happening updates



Till now, everybody is aware of Sadaf Kanwal’s remarks on #MeToo that made quite an uproar for all the wrong reasons. Foremost was Kanwal’s selection of inappropriate words for which she was ridiculed by many a celebrities. One of them was Mansha Pasha, who in her efforts to teach a lesson to Sadaf, tweeted some upside down sentences, concluding her tweet with, “The women if this industry need to step up and speak better.”

And Sadaf was quick to record her response that read, “Hum aap ko kapray pehanna sikhatay hain aap hamain bolna sikha do.”

While their followers and media had a field day, the two beauties need to realise their mistakes i.e. do give it a thought before you speak on a sensitive issue and never ridicule someone on social media as there are chances that you might end up being ridiculed.


Shireen Mazari, Momina Mustehsan lock horns over Ko Ko Korina

While I strongly disapprove of Momina Mustehsan falling into the category of ‘Titans’, the whole fiasco did seem and sound like a Clash of Titans to me where the Titans, of all the other places, made Twitter their battle ground. Yes, I am talking about Coke Studio singer Momina Mustehsan and Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari who, lately, engaged in an argument, root cause of which, later became a disaster for the crooner herself with many a Twitteratis joining the side of the Minister [of course].

It all started when Mazari expressed her disliking for Momina’s and Ahad Raza Mir’s rendition of classic foot tapping number, Ko Ko Korina, originally sung by legendary Ahmed Rushdi.

“Horrendous!” she wrote. “Destroyed a great classic – why oh why, did Coke Studio allow such a massacre of this classic song?”

To this, the Awaari singer responded, “Apologies for hurting your sentiments. It is your right to judge us and express your outrage, just like it was our right to exercise our freedom of expression. As our Minister for Human Rights, you should appreciate Coke Studio for allowing us to express ourselves, especially if it was horrendous.”

The PTI MNA, however, promptly replied to Mustehsan’s tweet. “I gave my personal opinion which I am entitled to. Especially on a non-political issue having to do with music. To each his/her own! And why bring the ministry into it?!” she wrote.

“I respect that ma’am – I apologised and acknowledge that you had every right to judge and express outrage,” the Afreen singer stated. “I was only answering your question of why Coke Studio allowed it. And as someone holding office, I’d hope you’d appreciate the allowance of freedom of expression - however bad it turned out.”

And she [Momina] did not stop here as she exaggerated a trivial Tweet [on Mazari’s part] to the extent of cyber-bullying, when she tweeted,

“When you hold office, its not about politics or his/her own anymore – it’s about the country at large. You represent all of us now, not just yourself or PTI. In a time when we’re trying to curb cyber-bullying and hate speech, please don’t fuel it further.”

Amazed and astounded at her no-brainer, Mazari replied, “Are you serious? Liking or disliking a song has nothing to do with anyone or any politics! It’s a personal choice. I did not like the song. End of story.”

But, for Momina, it was definitely not the end of story who hit back at the minister again trying to make logic of transforming a foot tapping number into a head banging one.

“I never said it was cyber bullying. I said we are in a time when we’re trying to curb it, along with hate speech, and it’s adding fuel to the fire. Expressing outrage is one one thing, questioning why it was allowed is another, especially coming from the minister for human rights.”

This time, instead of replying to the adamant singer, Mazari shared a video of another version of Ko Ko Korina by the Nescafe Basement famed musicians, Leo Twins. She captioned it, “Loved this! And again it’s my personal choice! I have every right to like or dislike a piece of music!”

End of story! — Editor

Bilal Saeed sings ‘La La La’ for Saif Ali Khan-starrer, Bazaar

Hitting the ball out of the park with his third track for Bollywood titled ‘La La La’ for the Saif Ali Khan-starrer Bazaar, Saaed sang the song along with acclaimed Indian singer, Neha Kakkar. La La La is a refreshing Bollywood comeback from the singer, after a long break since his previous musical number Teri Kher Mangdi released for film Bar Bar Dekho. The musical video crossed over eight million views in a span of a week and seems to be galvanising praise from across the borders. The video features Rohan Mehra and Radhika Apte dancing the night away while Saif Ali Khan makes a small cameo. Making for a stellar party number, it is the song forecasted to be the one most would be swaying to, this season. The sterlings and tempo render the song its magic. Composed, penned and sung by Saeed himself, it has certainly made his fans hungry for more. We wish to see more hits by the singer breaking records in Bollywood.


Laal Kabootar to hit screens in 2019

Nehr Ghar Films has announced their debut feature film Laal Kabootar, to be directed by award-winning director Kamal Khan as his cinematic directorial debut. Laal Kabootar is an action thriller and is set in the electrifying city of Karachi. Nehr Ghar Films is the brainchild of the brother-sister duo Hania and Kamil Chima. They founded the company after completing their education at the prestigious Harvard, with a view to add their unique flavour to the business of story-telling in Pakistan. Laal Kabootar is the siblings’ first foray into the world of cinema, one they hope to make with a bang in 2019! The introduction of this pair marks the entry of the next generation of film-makers into Pakistan’s growing cinema landscape.


When Sanam explains why ‘TV is called an idiot box’

Sanam Chaudhry is amongst the sensible breed of our entertainment industry. She is suave and eloquent and knows how to speak on a variety of subjects. Recently, in an interview with Something Haute, Chaudhry shed light on media’s role in educating the masses about social taboos and sensitive subjects such as sexual harassment. “Television has a wider reach and exposure, especially in rural areas. Everything they are learning about the outside world is from that idiot box,” she said while asking, “Why is it called an idiot box? Well… because some of the content is really mind-numbing while the rest is enlightening, educational and informative,” she said.

She was of the view that dramas like Udaari, Meri Guriya, and Khuda Mera Bhi Hai are commendable. "If nothing else, such content rewires your brain and give you a newer perspective to view things as not everyone is exposed to these harsh realities,” the actress said. However, Sanam also emphasised that you cannot only do educational plays on TV. “You need some fluff along with substance. TV is all about variety; we should have all kinds of plays from moralistic, dramatic ones to filmy, lighthearted comic ones too,” Sanam asserted.