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A single photo of two exceptional musicians in one frame has us wondering what's the next project Bilal Maqsood is hinting at with 'Pasoori' star Shae Gill?
Gill rose to fame with her hit single from Coke Studio's latest season that also featured Ali Sethi. Ever since, we've heard her croon the famous song on various social media platforms. Her newest collaboration seems to be with Strings legend Maqsood.

Taking to Instagram, Maqsood shared a photo with Gill and wrote, "It was wonderful working with Shae Gill on my latest project (2.0) Can’t wait to share it with you all."

The singers can be seen in a traditional Hunzai house with a man seated behind them. Traditional musical instruments may be part of their upcoming project, as we spotted a Surnai next to Gill in the photo.

In response to Maqsood's announcement, Gill re-shared his story and wrote, "It was an honour".
Before working with Maqsood, Gill collaborated with Atif Aslam for a song called 'Manzil'. The song was on Covid awareness in collaboration with the US Embassy in Pakistan. The music video starring Sarwat Gilani released on May 14.
Her latest endeavour has us wondering if they're collaborating for Velo Sound Station 2.0, a television programme that features pre-recorded music performances by local artists. We'll have to wait for their project to release but we have our hopes up for a spectacular blend of Maqsood's soft vocals with Gill's strong high notes.
hoto: Bilal Maqsood /Instagram


KARACHI: With Eid just around the corner, there is quite a bit of excitement in the entertainment industry. The holidays will mark the premieres of several movies that were delayed due to COVID and included in that list is the new Humayun Saeed movie London Nahi Jaunga. However, one glance at the trailer and we find ourselves using the word ‘new’ loosely.
No, this new Humayun Saeed movie is not a sequel to his previous flick Punjab Nahi Jaungi. Though we do not blame you for the assumption. With the same director, same writer and same lead actors, it is easy to come to that conclusion. Director Nadeem Baig even admitted at the trailer launch that the genre for both movies is the same. They both have the romance, the comedy and the drama. However, he insisted that the new movie is different because of the message that is being conveyed to the audiences and that this one is a family movie in particular. Producer Jerjees Seja went as far as to call London Nahi Jaunga a “game changer”. Is it really?

The trailer for London Nahi Jaunga starts in a very typical setting of a shaadi ka ghar with Humayun Saeed making his dramatic entrance on a horse. He pleads with his father to not get him engaged and jokes ensue. It turns out Saeed does not want to get into an arranged marriage with Kubra Khan. In fact, just like the typical Pakistani man, he does not want to get married to a Pakistani girl, period.

In comes Mehwish Hayat. Unlike the very desi Kubra Khan, she adorns dresses, jeans, crop tops and tracksuits. She is brazen, flirty and from London and so obviously, she is exactly what our desi man wants. So much so he is willing to break his fiancé’s heart and go against the promise he makes to the village elders about not going to London to pursue her.

And so our very desi mundas, Humayun Saeed and Gohar Rasheed, make their way to London and revel in the fact there is a big wide world beyond their Bhawalpur. They go clubbing, get into fist fights and face rejection. They come back and face family drama, more fist fights and a slap made especially for Humayun Saeed (after a lot of backlash for Mehwish Hayat’s slap in Punjab Nahi Jaungi).

Just as the trailer leaves very little to imagination as to the plot of the movie, it also all but reveals the ending of the movie. In one instance, we see Kubra Khan dressed as a bride with her unwilling fiancé waiting for her at the alter. We see him repeat the same words and declarations of love Mehwish Hayat made to him and him walk off. The only thing left to determine is: will Humayun Saeed ever be able to make it up to the elders who he disobeyed?

While it seems as though the new Humayun Saeed movie is all but similar to his previous ones, we cannot help but be drawn in by certain aspects of the trailer. As much as we are tired of the same slapstick comedy, there is no denying that some of the jokes in the trailer definitely made us laugh. Audiences are automatically drawn in to the setting of the movie and the grand wardrobe and styling choices. And to add to the feel of the movie is the soundtrack which wants to make us dance and makes us feel sad, all at the right moments.

While Humayun Saeed is convinced that both he and Fahad Mustafa can easily compete with Chris Hemsworth and Thor, the jury is still out. Only time will tell!


KARACHI: With Eid approaching, there is a buzz in the entertainment industry. Several movies are to premiere on Eid and one of them is the Mahira Khan and Fahad Mustafa starrer Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad. Fans have been anxiously waiting to see the two actors share the big screen but the cast and crew had been pretty tight lipped about the new movie. Now that the trailer is finally here, we know what to expect from Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad!

Produced by Fizza Ali Meerza and directed by Nabeel Qureshi, the movie is an action-comedy that follows the misadventures of a police officer. The trailer begins with Mustafa’s voiceover as he credits Quaid-e-Azam for being the reason why people stay in line. However, Mustafa isn’t a clean cut cop and by the looks of it, his partner (Javed Sheikh) and him have gotten their hands on counterfeit bills. They decide to test the money out to see if it is believable only to have Mahira Khan pop their bubble by pointing out a major blunder: the notes do not have Quaid-e-Azam’s picture on them!

Of course, no movie on corruption is complete without a corrupt politician played by Nayyar Ijaz to make things things difficult for the pair. Nor is it complete with an emotional set back in the hero’s life that will turn things around.

While the trailer tries to not give a lot away, it still manages to give away most of the plot and by the looks of it, Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad is your typical Pakistani drama action movie. All the elements are there: a bad cop turned good, people questioning why his intentions changed, a politician dead set on making things difficult and a beautiful heroin to guide our misguided hero to the straight path.


Only six days after its release, superhero series Ms. Marvel is now the highest scoring Disney+ and MCU original series on Rotten Tomatoes with 97 per cent. The series has a higher score than every other MCU film as well.

According to Forbes, the series stands above 14 other MCU contenders that scored a high percentage including Disney+ series and movies — Black Panther at 96 per cent, Avengers Endgame at 94 per cent competing with Iron Man and What If...?, Thor Ragnarok and Spider-Man: No Way Home at 93 per cent, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Loki, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hawkeye and The Avengers at 92 per cent, WandaVision and Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings at 91 per cent and Spider-Man: Far From Home at 90 per cent.

Disney+ shows like Loki and WandaVision also made it to the list, but Ms. Marvel took the crown by unseating the champion, Black Panther that ruled the ratings prior to the series' release. Starring the late actor Chadwick Boseman, the film was previously the highest rated Marvel production on the website at 96 per cent.
The new series could lose a point or two in the near future as more episodes release online and more reviews pour in. So far, it has 161 critic reviews.

In the show, actor Iman Vellani plays 16-year-old Kamala, a Pakistani-American teenager who lives in Jersey City. Kamala is an aspiring artist, an avid gamer, and a voracious fan-fiction scribe. She is also a huge fan of the Avengers — and one in particular, Captain Marvel. But Kamala has always struggled to find her place in the world that is until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to.

Ms Marvel is being helmed by Oscar-winning Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Meera Menon, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. While it premiered on Disney+ on Wednesday, Marvel Studios will be releasing Ms. Marvel exclusively in cinemas in Pakistan this week. Episodes one and two will debut this Friday (June 17), three and four on June 30 and five and six on July 14.

We don't know about a second season, but Ms. Marvel is going to appear in The Marvels in 2023 alongside Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, whom she admires.


Terrific news for die-hard fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! To commemorate 60 years of everyone’s favourite wall-climbing, web-slinging, teenage superhero sensation making his first appearance in comic books, Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to return to cinema screens with new, never-before seen footage, deleted scenes and director’s cuts.

Sony announced the news on their official Twitter handle, sending Marvel fans around the world into a frenzy.
Some people were very excited. But others criticised the move. One user suggested the deleted scenes go straight to DVD release. Another was just mad at Disney.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is Watts’ third instalment of the franchise, with actors Tom Holland and Zendaya reprising their roles as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and MJ respectively. With his identity now revealed, Peter Parker must enlist the favour of Dr. Strange in restoring balance to his life, an endeavour resulting in Peter, MJ and Ned needing to battle villains from the franchise’s 20-year history. The movie includes appearances of fan favourites like Alfred Molina (Dr. Octopus), Willem Dafoe (The Green Goblin) and Jamie Foxx (Electro).

Images reached out to local cinemas in Karachi and discovered that Nueplex, The Arena and Cinepax have no updates on whether the extended cut will be screened in Pakistan. Atrium said it will not screen the film.
The blockbuster is set to return to cinema screens in the United States and Canada on Friday, September 2, with tickets going up on sale starting August 9.
In its initial run, the film cemented its place as the sixth-highest grossing movie of all time worldwide, shattering the box office with lifetime earnings of $1.9 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. The movie stands as the third-highest grossing Marvel movie of all time, following Avengers: Endgame ($2.8 billion) and Avengers: Infinity War ($2 billion). Moreover, it became the highest grossing Spider-Man movie of all time, bagging an MTV award, an Academy Award nomination and numerous other accolades.

Amelia Emberwing of IGN awarded the film a rating of 8/10, stating that "impact on the universe as a whole, as well as the overall emotional beats, all feel earned". Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes conferred an approval rating of 93%, based of 411 reviews. The critical consensus of the site reads, "A bigger, bolder Spider-Man sequel, No Way Home expands the franchise's scope and stakes without losing sight of its humour and heart." Entertainment Weekly critic Leah Greenblatt gave Spider-Man: No Way Home a solid B+, arguing that "what seems at first like pure fan service turns out to be some of the best and by far the most meta stuff Marvel has done, tender and funny and a little bit devastating."


It’s chand raat and I am waiting for Farhan Saeed in the lobby of the Marriott Houston. The last time I interviewed Saeed was at the 2019 Hum TV Awards. Then, he’d been impeccably groomed, rocking a tux, with the glamorous Urwa Hocane on his arm. Today, he shows up looking like the guy next door in a plain black tee and sweatpants and floppy, unstyled hair.

As we settle in, Saeed tells me he’s shocked by how homesick he is.
“I didn’t know being away on Eid would affect me like this. We’re Kashmiri Butts so Eid means good food, family and fun. But when I see the crowd tonight it’ll be worth it,” he says.

At 36, Saeed has been in the public eye for almost two decades. He confesses he’s a workaholic and he recognises that lately his chaotic schedule has been catching up with him.

“For 17 years I can’t say I’ve worked a day because I love what I do. During the pandemic, I took time for myself. But now work is in full swing. I’m shooting two dramas, Tich Button will be released soon and in July I’m doing a US tour,” he says, adding: “But I think I’m going to manage things better. I took a 16-hour flight to be here for one day. I’ve been working like crazy and not thinking about things and that takes a toll on your body.”

Fame first found Saeed at 17 when he came on as a vocalist for Jal the Band. Originally founded by Gohar Mumtaz and Atif Aslam, the band has since achieved cult status and catapulted the three of its most visible members to stardom. And while Saeed was born a singer, he’s since been reborn many times.

In this past decade, Saeed can best be described as being everywhere. From Coke Studio and Bollywood to drama serials, the catwalk and fashion campaigns. Soon audiences will see him on the silver screen as both actor and director. While such fame and recognition would bewitch even the most modest and stalwart of men, those who have known Saeed from the start of his career insist fame hasn’t changed him a bit. When I ask Saeed if he can still relate to the 17-year-old musician upstart kid, he says yes, he hasn’t changed and if he has changed then it’s only been for the better.

“There’s nothing the public doesn’t know about me. And if there’s something, they’ll eventually find out,” he quips. “I’m a fun loving guy. I love my cricket. I love my family. I do music. I do acting. That’s what it is.”

Not only is Saeed adamant that fame hasn’t changed him, he’s also hyper aware that fame is both a fleeting and fickle business.

“Look, it’s a social media age,” he muses. “We have timers on our [traffic] signals. We’ll drive through a red [light] if it’s not opening in 20 seconds. We have no patience left. In every country, in every field, you are as good as your last project. This hit me the first time with Suno Chanda. As soon as it’s over, it’s over. It’s good to realise that. When you get off stage, you’re a normal person again. As soon as you realise that, it’s better for you. As we go towards the end of Mere Humsafar, I know the glory will be over.”

This practicality and self-awareness is the theme of our time together. For someone who has spent all of his adult life in the spotlight, Saeed is shockingly immune to half-boasts and self-congratulatory, self-adulating behaviour. For instance, when we talk about Udaari, the 2014 drama serial that made him a household name, Saeed can only seem to focus on how, now that he understands acting better, he could have played his character better.

“I absolutely wish I could do it differently,” he says. “I had Urwa Hocane on one side — who I think is one of the better actresses in Pakistan — and Ahsan Khan and Bushra Ansari on the other [side].”

"In every country, in every field, you are as good as your last project. This hit me the first time with Suno Chanda. As soon as it’s over, it’s over. It’s good to realise that," says Farhan Saeed

He continues, “Even in Suno Chanda, I didn’t act. Arsal’s sense of humour, his mannerisms are all me. That’s who I really am.”

This, of course, is the point in the conversation I’ve been waiting for. The perfect segue to ask which of his two most famous roles does he most relate to in real life: the goofy, witty, funny and fun-loving Arsal (of Suno Chanda) or Mere Humsafar’s compassionate, over-the-top romantic Hamza who has audiences drawing comparisons to Fawad Khan and Shahrukh Khan circa the 90s.

Saeed laughs at this question, clearly loving the fan comparisons to SRK and Fawad Khan — two actors whom he admires greatly.
“I have been a fan of SRK all my life. Same with Fawad Khan. I love Fawad Khan,” says Saeed. “By the way, I haven’t seen Humsafar because at that time I didn’t watch dramas. Actually, the first drama I watched was Dastaan which Urwa [Hocane] made me see. My love for dramas comes from that. Even as a guy, that drama gave me the feels.”

Leaving audiences with the “feels” is what Saeed himself has come to be best known for. After Udaari, he and Urwa Hocane took home the award for Best Onscreen Couple. The duo married shortly after. In 2018, Saeed took home the same award for his onscreen pairing with Iqra Aziz in Suno Chanda.

“My onscreen pairing with Urwa was effortless. We didn’t have to do anything, the chemistry was just effortless,” he says. “With Iqra, we talked about how the script sounded like Tom and Jerry. They fought all the time but couldn’t live without each other. Now everyone is doing it, but at that time such a couple was new,” he adds, taking a slight dig at the plethora of copycat dramas that have tried (and mostly failed) to fill the Suno Chanda void.

I ask him if he thinks Hania Aamir and him will win Best Onscreen Couple this year for Mere Humsafar. In his usual nonchalant style, Saeed shrugs and says, “You don’t make chemistry happen. When we do a scene, we’re not thinking we are doing anything special. It’s the audience that decides it’s special.”

Onscreen chemistry may come naturally and effortlessly for Saeed. But it’s his current role in Badshaah Begum, in which he plays the gun-toting Pir Shahzaib Shah Alam that has him most pumped. Talking about his preparation for the role, he gets visibly excited.

“Killing people… I mean I’d never held a gun in my life… it’s all out of my comfort zone. I’m enjoying it more,” he says. To which I ask, of his two different lives — singer and actor — which gives him the most energy?

It depends, he tells me.
“When I’m shooting a drama for a month, I want to hit the stage badly. When I do concerts, I miss the set. But, musicians are very blessed. Music video sets are lavish. [For concerts], I tell show organisers what time I’ll perform, I take my payment in advance and I go. Actors are not blessed. When you are on set it’s hot, it’s cold. I go at 11am and come back at 11pm. I’ll shoot five scenes but sit 10 hours waiting for the lights to shift, etc. For Tich Button we shot 70% in Nankana Saab and 30% in Turkey. In Nankana Saab there were only two hotels and they were full with our crew. The hotels were not lavish and had no hot water. Fans think we play it cool by exaggerating the difficulty but Pakistani actors are very hardworking people.”


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