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
To celebrate their 5th anniversary, leading beauty brand Luscious Cosmetics revealed a first of its kind campaign in Pakistan: Luscious Loves Fashion: a collaboration with 14 of Pakistan’s exciting designers to introduce a Limited Edition range of Nail Colours through a press conference which was held at Veranda Bistro in Lahore today. Designers include Ammar Belal, Élan, Fahad Hussayn, HSY, Karma, MUSE, Nickie Nina, Nomi Ansari, Sana Safinaz, Sania Maskatiya, Sublime by Sara, The House of Kamiar Rokni, Umar Sayeed and Zara Shahjahan. Each nail polish shade has been chosen by and named after their respective designer, bringing their signature shade for the season into wardrobes. What a fabulous idea!
The Limited Edition collection of designer nail polishes will be available at designer specific stores and select retail outlets from 5th March and at lawn exhibitions ( for the designers who are lauching lawn this year) at PKR 295 per bottle.
At the launch, creator Mehrbano Sethi said “Luscious has always supported Pakistan’s fashion industry and sought to work with a diversity of Pakistan’s most coveted beauty and fashion personalities to redefine and refresh the nation’s beauty benchmarks . In keeping with this commitment and in celebration of our 5 years of beauty, we now introduce this limited edition range of designer nail polishes – a ground-breaking collaboration in Pakistan between beauty and fashion, where each designer’s shade reflects their design philosophy for the season. This is an exciting first for us in line of much more to come.”