Isfandyar’s friends threw a brilliant party to kick off the wedding festivities with a pool party. Needless to say everyone had a brilliant time!
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
About Mo Shah: (taken from his website) http://www.moshah.com
Dystopian pop-romanticism cloaked behind a veil of subversive post-modern expressionism, Mo Shah’s artwork navigates themes of cross-cultural tension and isolation through an apocalyptic neo-noir lens.
A mixed-media artist, Shah often infuses his photography with decaying pop-cultural/historical imagery and dark symbolism. A fascination with alternative cinema, lost history, existential literature, power structures, cosmic constructions, fringe societies, music, iconography and the occult pervades his work. Shah’s compositions consolidate any number of his interests into a narrative that seeks beauty in despair.
A graduate of New York University, Mo Shah was a founding editor of New York City-based EGO Magazine, and has held several alternative DJ residencies in lower Manhattan. An emerging artist, Shah’s works have been selected for group exhibitions at New York’s A.I.R. Gallery, Abrons Art Center (Henry Street Settlement), and Diva. Originally from Lahore (Pakistan), he currently resides in New York City and Hong Kong.
Mo Shah showed at the Drawing Room in Lahore yesterday and his art will be displayed till Sat afternoon. Be sure to visit!
Here’s a few shots from the opening.