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
Home Couture, a brand based in artisan handmade furniture and accessories, launched its flagship store in Lahore on the 8th of November 2012. Launched by Shahnaz Noon and Attiya Rashid, the Home Couture launch was attended by Lahore’s media, fashionistas and socialites alike. For the launch, Cinnabon Pakistan partnered with Home Couture as hospitality partners with PR by Lotus.
Inspired by their aim of crafting design-led and timeless pieces of furniture, Home Couture uses the finest seasoned sheesham [Rosewood], a heavy and hard indigenous wood of Punjab, Home Couture carves its furniture with a harmony of traditional and modern influences, aligned with their passion for rekindling the concept of furniture as a functional treasure. The team at Home Couture believe that long-lasting, premium and aesthetic pieces should be available to everyone at affordable prices.
A complete home store, the range at Home Couture includes furnishings such as beds, sofa’s, tables and armchairs, accessories including home decoration pieces, scented candles, lamps, cushions, tray tables, stools, trays, book ends, mirrors, vases and bowls and custom design services.
Speaking about the launch of Home Couture’s flagship store, Shahnaz Noon and Attiya Rashid said, “We are proud to have launched a dedicated standalone retail space for Home Couture, a brand that first started with exhibitions under the brand name F&S Furniture. Home Couture draws inspiration from classic pieces of furniture; passed down through the generations; we believe that such furniture acquires heirloom and vintage status and we interpret this within a modern context. Our inspiration behind the launch our flagship store was driven by our vision to house a large collection of quality classic contemporary home furniture and accessories under one roof, which is premium yet affordable.”