MaheMir is all set to release across Pakistan on May 6, 2016. This film stars Iman Ali, Aly Khan, Hahad Mustafa and Sanam Saeed. It is being considered as an important milestone in the revival of Pakistani cinema because the film is about the life and time of famous poet Mir Taqi Mir. This is the genre which was less explored in Pakistani cinema earlier. MaheMir is thus a leap forward for the cinema.
A super-hero fantasy and comedy drama action animated film in Pakistan is 3-Bahadur. The revival of Pakistan Film Industry has also brought good news for lovers of 3D movies. The first 3D-animated film in Pakistan has been produced by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Oscar-winning Filmmaker). The film was a home production of Sharmeen which is written by Kamran Khan. Sharmeen directed and produced this film under the banner of ARY Films.
The year 2015 has brought many amazing dramas for the Television viewers of Pakistan. This was one of the best years for the Television industry. Many new and talented TV actors have also been introduced when senior stars moved towards Film Industry. It was an epic era for both TV as well as Film Industry.
The drama Sadqay Tumhare (Hum TV) starred Mahira Khan and Adnan Malik got overwhelming response and won numerous awards as well.
In the last decade Pakistan has witnessed a mushroom growth of TV and Radio channels. Despite the growing number of opportunities in media, there are very few people in Pakistan who have successfully branded themselves as Radio broadcasters in Pakistan. DJ Shahpara from Samaa FM is one such name, who has spent more than a decade in this field, and has made a name for herself. Team All about Pakistan visited Shahpara Salim at her residence. It was an interesting session that the team had with one of the most popular DJs in Pakistan.
We started off with the basic questions. In reply to the questions regarding her education and early career RJ Shahpara said that “I completed my matriculation in science, followed by an FA in arts. I had contemplated the idea of pursuing home economics yet somehow chose arts again and thus went on to paint and eventually completed my Masters in Fine Arts”. Joking, she said that “My family was against this and they thought if my drawing was not good enough, perhaps I would get over it and leave arts. They thought it was a waqti bukhar.” But her main focus in life had always been to be happy, she told us. “I have always done whatever made me happy. I even touched upon philosophy at one time.”
Despite having decided not to pursue any more studies after her BA, she went on to do her Masters, after which she got her first job at an NGO. This was followed by her work for radio, FM 100. “Radio had always attracted me and this work was not just a job, it was actually fun.” One of the most experienced RJs in Pakistan in recent times, DJ Shahpara believes she learnt the art truly during her tenure at PTV. In 2004, she began working for PTV, being one out of the only two people shortlisted. However, three years later she resigned and during this time, she studied several courses of production and was appreciated for her work. The video of patriotic song “Tujhse Pakistan” which was sung by Maestro Hamid Ali Khan sahib and Raga boys was directed by Shahpara. This song won accolades for her.
Shahpara then got married and she told us that she was faced with the usual dilemma of whether to work or remain a housewife. For 3-4 months, she chose the latter but after that her husband advised her to rejoin radio, which she did. “Then NCA was looking for a teacher who knew production and fine arts both. It was a rare combination but I fit right in.” Just like this, Shahpara joined NCA and is still currently teaching there. In 2012, Samaa FM was launched and Shahpara was approached. Her 1-4 PM show focused on a celebrity. This is where she made her mark.
“Research is my thing. I take Radio broadcasting and the job of being a known RJ very seriously. Whenever I have to go on air, I know I have to have my facts correct. Everyone has a unique point to sell their ideas. I always wanted information to be mine.” And till today she works for Samaa FM. Upon being asked as to how she was able to manage so much work, she replied, “If you’re doing something that satisfies you, it’s always manageable”.
Shahpara says that her being a woman never came in the way of her work. Before marriage, her father supported her and afterwards it was her husband. In fact, she claims to have worked much more after her marriage rather than before. “I never let any of my work become a burden for me”, she says. With reference to the problems that women usually face at work, she believes herself to have been quite lucky even though she was working in the media. “I had actually drawn a line which I didn’t allow anyone to cross, and if that did happen, that person would get a direct shut up call.” “I would say nothing has changed me in my life as much as motherhood. My child has changed me in an irreversible fashion. I now feel before everything I am a mother to my child”.
For the coming generations she advises them to ‘prioritize’. “There are two paths that one can take when in the media. A short path, which is an easy short cut but ends your career as shortly, or the long way, which requires you to work much harder but yields a higher reward.” Speaking of priorities, Shahpara told us that her family relations matter to her very much. “I have always put the feelings of my parents before mine. My daughter is very dear to me. I have always wanted a sister. My brothers are a treasure to me.”
Then we talked about something that interests everyone- food, of course. Shahpara says she loves to eat but the kind of food depends on her mood. Cooking, on the other hand, is what she enjoys greatly. “I have always loved baking. Cooking I enjoy too, but baking is simply what I love to do”. Other than that, she told us that she loves to travel.
When we asked her what was the point in her radio career where she realized that she was a ‘star’, she humbly replied that she does not believe in such realizations. Although she would not call herself a future planner as such, she does aim to work in the film industry, in the future. “I would love to direct a movie some day” she said. As a popular RJ from Pakistan or a DJ, people have approached me many times, telling me how they admire my work. I believe it is just the beginning. I am humbled by their response. It gives me more energy to look forward to better work in future. As a voice artist I have to do a lot more to deserve all this love and respect”.
Her favorite musician is A. R Rehman and favorite on-screen personality is Aamir Khan. She admires singers such as Atif Aslam, Farhan Saeed, Fareeha Pervaiz and Madam Noor Jehan. Shahpara listens very regularly to Mauhit Chauhan. Kishore and Lata are the other two of her Indian favorites. She told us that she would love to come towards film production at some point because she sees a bright future for the Pakistani cinema.
After having some really tasty coffee (which was off course made by our dear DJ Shahpara) and some snacks, the team of All About Pakistan took our leave from the DJ. For a person belonging to media, we all believe DJ Shahpara is very simple and like-able. We wish her all the best in her future.
Graceful, sophisticated, chic, sexy, vibrant, colorful and the list goes on when you start describing outfits designed by the duo Sana Safinaz.
Sana Hashwani and Safinaz Munir together launched the label beginning with formal and bridal wear. Their designs caught attention of the people because of their colors and uniqueness. Sana Safinaz outfit were basically on the same pattern; an amalgamation of the contemporary and the conventional but were different in the sense that while most designers concentrated on heavy intricate embroidery and embellishments; Sana Safinaz were more focused on cuts.
Sana Safinaz still emphasizes on cuts and with time the cuts have become bolder. The palette is also colorful and the embellishments are used subtly. Sana Safinaz went forward to produce casual wear and later designed lawn prints. The Sana Safinaz lawn is very popular with cool prints and eye catching colors.
The Sana Safinaz line of clothes includes bridal wear; elegant and classy with delicate embellishments. Diffusion a collection of bold and glamorous outfits, export; it is the line of casual wear in lively patterns and colors. Sana Safinaz Lawn soft prints are available in soft prints with equally soft shades to beat the summer heat and prêt collection is a fusion of the exotic east and the bold west. Sana Safinaz has also dabbled in furniture designing successfully.
Rizwan Beyg is termed as the “fashion guru” of Pakistan. Though there are many other names in the fashion and design industry in Pakistan, Rizwan has his special place. Beyg’s entry in the fashion world was accidental rather than intentional. He was challenged by his friends and being the adventurous type he accepted it. Beyg organized a charity show in which his designs were displayed. People were overawed by what they saw and so Rizwan Beyg the designer was born.
Rizwan Beyg’s designs are quite different. He mostly uses pastel shades and is known for his masterful use of black and white. His bridal wears is not drowned in heavy embroidery, zardozi and resham work. The use of embellishment is also restricted but the dresses are elegant and beautiful. His designs are basic like his palette but very chic. Rizwan has done countless shows both in Pakistan and abroad and has received appreciation. He never ceases to stun the foreign media and people with his designs. His designs though traditional border more towards the west.
Rizwan Beyg holds the distinction of being the first designer to introduce designer printed cotton and voile fabrics at affordable prices. His designs are versatile and artistic. Rizwan Beyg also designed dresses for the late Princess Diana.
Nilofer Shahid is a respected name in fashion designing in Pakistan. Born with a creative streak, Nilofer Shahid launched her label “Meeras” in 1992. Nilofer to date remains one of the most sought after fashion designers in Pakistan who are known for the quality of their work.
Nilofer Shahid’s clothes have the traditional Moghul touch in them and show her attachment to the cultural roots. A strong touch of Islamic Art is very much prominent in Nilofer’s collection has been showcased in most of the important cities of the world. She has participated in fashion shows held in fashion capitals Paris and Milan. Vancouver, UK, Zurich, Hollywood, Middle East, India, Prague and other Asian countries are some other places where she has displayed her exquisite collections. Through her clothes, she has familiarized the world with rich Pakistani heritage.
You can see many international celebrities on Nilofer’s client list. Some big names on her list are Jemima Goldsmith, Madonna (popular singer), Royal families of Saudi Arabia and Royal families of the Western Asia. Mrs. George Harrison wife of Beatle’s guitarist is also her client. Nilofer Shahid also designed a dress for the late Princess Diana when she visited Pakistan. Nilofer Shahid’s clothes are a modern version of the Eastern traditions.
Deepak Perwani is a fashion designer par excellence. He started by designing men’s apparel. He reinvented the sherwani; the traditional attire of the bridegroom in the Sub Continent. Men and boys who at first were reluctant to wear a sherwani now made a beeline for it especially if it was designed by Perwani. Perwani was encouraged by the response from the people and continued to make waves with his trendy yet traditional designs. Perwani then turned his attention towards women’s clothes and the women’s collection proved to be a success too.
Perwani’s outlets can be found in Karachi, Lahore, New York, Dallas, Dubai and London. Three times winner of the Lux Style Awards for Men’s Designs, Perwani has achieved success and fame in a short span of time. He has participated in many fashion shows outside Pakistan and has won laurels for his country. Perwani is proud of Pakistan’s rich culture and you can often see the glimpses of our rich heritage in his designs. Perwani is also known for creating the largest “kurta” of the world. He is involved with the AHAN project which helps the poor women in rural Sindh.
Perwani was chosen as a “cultural ambassador to China and Malaysia. He has represented Pakistan in a number of countries of the world and is truly the “Pride of Pakistan.”