Organised by Bilal Mukhtar,The Reluctant Fundamentalist red carpet premiere was attended by our favourite people at Cinestar in Lahore today. The event had live singing (qawalli),a paan station and waiters serving kebabs, yes kebabs. The festive ambience complete with fairy lights was very Lahori (and almost like being transported to a desi mehndi) as most of the movie is based in Lahore. Very original! We couldn’t wait to the see how the brilliant Mira Nair brought Mohsin Hamid’s acclaimed book to life. With a superb script and a fabulous cast the movie lived up to all the hype. The touching story about a Pakistani’s (Changez played by Riz Ahmed) experiences in the US after 9/11 which affect his relationship with his love interest (Erica played by Kate Hudson), work and the American dream transported us back to that time and got us very emotional. Some scenes and words were censored for Pakistan and that was quite annoying but the acting and dialogue were brilliant.
Meesha Shafi was loveable in her debut role as Changez’s sister and also contributed to the soundtrack with ‘Bijli Aaye Ya Na Aaye’.It was a pleasant surprise to see Ali Sethi in the movie. He is definitely a natural and also contributed to the soundtrack with ‘Dil Jalaane Ki Baat’ Click here. Atif Aslam’s track ‘Mori Araj Suno’ and Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammed’s ‘Kangna’ made the soundtrack even more solid. Thank you Mohsin Hamid for writing the book and contributing to the script. We were so proud to see all our Pakistani talent on the big screen today!
Mohsin Hamid and Zahra Khan
Watch the trailer here:
Mohsin Hamid On filming TRF
Designer Faraz Manan and Shoaib Shafi were recently invited to Delhi to showcase Crescent’s luxury pret collection. The exhibition was organized by Harmeet Bajaj and Kiran Chaudhry Amlani- a duo that is all set to become a major player in bringing Pakistani fashion to India.
Speaking about the exhibition, Kiran said, “When I moved to India, I realised the incredible demand that is there for all things Pakistani – whether its fashion, music or art. We have a reputation in India for having a highly advanced aesthetic and a sophistication when it comes to the arts. That is a huge strength that Pakistan has and one that must be used to its benefit. Both India and Pakistan also have large textile and fashion industries which are run by influential people in the business community on both sides. It makes sense to create a platform where both sides realise the tremendous benefits that would come from trade in these fields, not only in a commercial sense, but in helping us forge better relationships regionally that are based on the strongest foundation of all – mutual interest.”
Harmeet and Kiran plan to host several exhibitions throughout the year with Pakistani designers whom they feel have the talent, but also the business savvy and production capabilities to be successful in the Indian market. They were in attendance at the most recent PFDC Spring/Summer Fashion Week in order to identify the designers that they would like to work with.
Speaking on why Pakistani designers were not currently making as much of an impact in India as they could, they said, “at the same or similar price point, the Indian customer will always prefer an Indian designer with a solid profile to an unknown Pakistani designer. In order to compete, Pakistani designers will have to be marketed and their brands built through an aggressive PR and marketing effort, which many of them are simply not in a position to manage themselves from Pakistan. We hope to create partnerships with designers which help them in building this profile and organising their marketing and sales strategy in India. Nobody is doing this yet, so we are very hopeful that it will pay off handsomely – for everyone.” The duo also plan to set up their own stores in major cities like Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore and Pune.
The exhibition sold out within hours, and was followed by a celebratory champagne and canapés evening at Riyaaz Amlani’s popular Delhi nightclub “Shroom”, which was well attended by the Delhi social circuit.
Kiran Chaudhry and Riyaaz Amlani launched their latest Delhi restaurant, “Smoke House Deli” at the Hauz Khas village this weekend.
The sixth of its kind, and the third to open in Delhi, the Smoke House Deli concept aims to incorporate local landmarks and cultural references into the very fabric of the space. On the walls of the restaurant, hand-drawn illustrations directly inspired by the history of Hauz Khas Village and its surroundings are intended to inspire and educate diners.
The launch was also Kiran Chaudhry’s first performance in Delhi, as she jammed with local musicians for a couple of acoustic numbers that had the audience clamouring for more.
Delhi socialites and celebrities were out in full force to inaugurate this new addition to Delhi culinary landscape.