The incredibly talented, multi-faceted, and gorgeous Amar Khan has become a distinguished figure in the entertainment industry with the remarkably unconventional and diverse characters she has played. Her roles in dramas like Bela pur ki daayan, and Ghughi have won acclaim from critics and audiences, alike. Amar started off her journey with a degree in filmmaking, and is now establishing herself as an actress, director, and a writer.
We decided to have a chit-chat with Amar Khan exclusively, to get a better insight into her life as an artist, and her journey so far.
What was the point in your life that instigated you to choose this career, as there aren’t even many acting schools in Pakistan?
“Ever since I was a kid, I was a big film buff, and I always extensively watched films. When I completed my A levels, that is when I decided that I seriously want to pursue this career and I wanted to do filmmaking. So, I attended a film school, and after my bachelor’s in filmmaking, I went abroad to specialize further. I think, the urge was always there to learn about this profession and then pursue it.
And obviously, my mother is one of the actresses who have been working in the field since there was PTV only, so I think it was in the genes as well.”
You’re known for always playing unconventional roles, especially the one in “Bela pur ki daayan”. Most people would shy away from playing a “daayan”. What is your reason behind choosing such characters?
“I think I have always enjoyed performing challenging characters. I have never really liked playing the damsel-in-distress, tear-jerking roles. And I think people identify with that persona of mine. If the script is thrilling and it demands me to perform in a different, unconventional demeanor, I always prioritize doing that. And I believe that even the audience enjoys seeing me play such characters, rather than typical ones.”
You made your writing debut with “Chashm e Nam”. What inspired you to write that script? And which is the one you would pick if you had to, acting or writing?
“I made my writing, acting, and my directorial debut through “Chashm e Nam, which aired on Hum TV. And I think even if I had to choose between writing and acting, I wouldn’t want to pick just one. Because there are so many people in the industry, like Woody Allen and Meryl Streep, who are multi-taskers and do all of these things together and do it really well. I think, all three, acting, directing, and writing, are interlinked as they all are a means of storytelling. And I love all three of them!”
You were born in Lahore, and now you are living in Karachi; how different do you find the two cities, in terms of work?
“I think, Karachi, in terms of work, is very proficient, very professional, and very on-time! Unfortunately. I haven’t worked in Lahore, because there isn’t any work there. So, they are two very different cities; one city I am very emotionally connected with, having spent my entire life there, with all my friends and my family. So, all my memories are from Lahore; I am a Punjabi, a Lahori. And then, coming here and adjusting according to the Karachi, city environment was lovely. Lovely experience in both the cities!”
You have worked in both, films and dramas. Which is your favorite?
“I think, I enjoy all the mediums. When I was in my film-school, I also did theatre; so, I love doing theatre as well. As an actor, you explore so many other avenues, and you think more. So, I enjoy all the domains, because you are performing and telling a narrative as well. Whatever medium is offered to you, you should just go on and see how it goes along with you.”
Tell us about the best compliment you have ever received.
“The best compliment that I have always received is about my rich, beautiful hair. People always compliment me about hair, and that again comes from my mother. Even today, she has the best, the thickest, the most shiny hair; so, I think that’s in the DNA!”
Amar seemed overwhelmed and admitted that she enjoys all the attention and the love that her fans shower on her, even the long paragraphs she receives on her Instagram! She emphasized that being a public figure who is active on social media, one often has to deal with trolls. However, she feels that when people appreciate her work and are kind to her, she can always ignore the negative ones, and had a message for the trolls to be kind and ethical, instead of demoralizing people.
Independent Curator, Visual Artist & Digital Content Creator
Mahaa is an independent curator, visual artist, and digital content creator. She has been actively promoting young and emerging talent around the globe. She has curated various shows in Pakistan, Paris, and Dubai in the past five years.
Recently, Mahaa co-curated the art exhibition at Ejaz Art gallery “ART INFLUX” which was organized by a young and energetic team of e-exhibition. Attended by all the known senior artists of Pakistan, Saeed Akhtar, Imran Qureshi, RM Naeem, and Irfan Gul, the event was a big hit.
The main concept behind this exhibition was to encourage artists in the times of COVID-19 to stay motivated and show their creative side. Talking about her idea of curation and the e-exhibition team, Mahaa said that it is very important to have a strong connection with art. You need to see things from a different perspective and in a creative way to make the ordinary painting look extraordinary. Curation is not about just the artworks to display in a row, it needs apparition and a visual delicacy.
Furthermore, Mahaa said that It was her first experience working in a team. “Everyone in my team is very professional and helpful. I would like to thank Hira Siddqui, Umnah, and Robella for the assistance throughout this amazing journey of “Art Influx”. Last but not least, I’d like to thank Ejaz Art Gallery for showing so much support and helping us.”
The Men Who Stole the Show with their Style Game This Eid!
Eid – a day when we get to dress up and look our best regardless of whether the day would be spent sitting at home or going out. Eid is incomplete without the perfect outfit that just adds to the festivities and celebrations of the whole occasion. This Eid was definitely no different as our favorite men served some major style goals leaving us in awe.
Here’s our pick of celebrities who stood out with their style game this Eid.
- Muneeb Mushtaq
You might not have heard of Muneeb Mushtaq yet, but this Canadian-Pakistani tech tycoon clearly knows a thing or two about making fashion statements – because we have seen him pull off literally anything he wears.
The blue kurta shalwar – the black waistcoat, that watch, and those glasses! Muneeb Mushtaq has us swooning over him in this perfect Eid look and has definitely made it to the top of our list!
We decided to add Muneeb Mushtaq on this list of well-known names from the entertainment industry because, not only is he an award-winning CEO in the business world, but has also been creating waves with his style game in the fashion world. He has the looks of a model, so we are definitely not complaining! It was really hard to pick just one favorite from his insta profile – because we are literally swooning over most of his looks that are oozing class!
- Ali Rehman Khan
A classic white Kurta Shalwar, paired with a bright smile, was enough to win us over! He looks happy and shining, which makes this a perfect Eid picture.
- Junaid Khan
Now, this is a look we can totally get behind. Junaid Khan, can we borrow this burgundy waistcoat, please?
- Usman Mukhtar
Usman Mukhtar went with the black kurta look this Eid. A classic, but he pulls it off so well!
- Imran Ashraf
Imran Ashraf brings in his own charm to this rust outfit that looks perfect on him! The man knows how to carry off a kurta shalwar.
So, which one of the looks was your favorite? Let us know!
Now, Everyday is a PJ Day
Right now, what do you think is the most essential and high in demand outfit rapidly trending in our fashion market? No, here the answer is not PPE.
During this lockdown situation and the whole fiasco going around in the world, we can all have differences of opinion on every matter but we stand together on one common question and that is, “Where do I order some comfy & affordable PJ’s from?”.
Nowadays, our routine mostly includes staying in bed, watching Netflix, or working from home. For all of this, we need outfits that should not just make us comfortable but also be easy on our pocketbook.
All of a sudden, many mini-preneurs have come to rescue with their Pj-lines that has brought a lot of confusion for the buyers as to which one is the most reliable of all.
To help you with choosing your next “work from home” diva outfit, we have got a list of online pages from where you can order your sleepsuits and enjoy the bliss of staying home.
After successfully delivering up to date and sophisticated formalwear, Trinklets has set its foot on creating stylish and comfortable sleepwear. The vivacious choice of colors and popping designs give us a sneak peek into what the collection will be all about.
Talking about the price, a complete Pj set is available for Rs. 2000.
“We believe that one’s comfort needs to be prioritized which is why we look forward to introducing our line of PJs. They comprise of a summer-friendly fabric along with prim and proper stitching which is sure to impress our clients and convince them to order again”. – Mahnoor Imran
She started with trendy western tops and is now adding customized PJ’s to her collection. This is her astute effort to getting affordable, comfortable and up to date fashionable items under one roof. This is a complete stop for your sleeping gadgets as it does not only provide two-piece nightwear but also makes accessories such as headbands for an on-point sassy look in a range of Rs. 2400 only.
“Being a fashion enthusiast, I yearn to provide quality products through my brand AS Wardrobe with a hint of my personal style and taste. AS Wardrobe has always targeted the modern age woman, depicting a charismatic, bold, and ambitious aura. The response to our articles has been overwhelming, but with our target to provide quality products, we are sure to give even better.” – Areesha Soleja
Even by looking at the fabric, you can feel the softness and comfort as the name suggests. The brand has got a variety of colors and prints to puff up the brightness and charm in your dull quarantine days. Not only this, but the suits are super affordable and you get a complete set in a range of 2000-2500 Pkr.
“The world is drowning in a financial crisis and my family too was struck by this pandemic. It was then when I started a new venture of night wears. All types of customizing night wears are available at a very reasonable price. I kept the fact in mind that people who are now home-bound or working from home, are looking for something comfortable yet fancy to wear all day. I always try to provide my clients best quality material, and that too with customization according to their desires. – Misbah Amir
No matter what kind of a sleeper you are and what sleepwear you prefer, Comfy Bling has got you sorted. Silky and smooth textures, attractive colors, and a complete range of sleepwear definitely makes it a perfect pick for your wardrobe selection. The prices fall in an affordable range of Rs. 2000-2500.
“I started Comfy Bling because of my love for proper and cozy PJ sets. I would never compromise on quality and stitching and that’s what makes this brand different. My goal is to keep a premium quality at affordable prices so that people don’t have to think twice before buying it.” – Tooba Sheikh
This brand grabbed our attention for its ability to customize our dream nightsuits. Yes, you can go fancy even with your jammies. The idea is to make the boring routine a little funky and fun with our everyday attires. PJ’s Turnout offers great quality at reasonable rates within a range of Rs. 2000. Surprising, isn’t it?
“Due to COVID-19, people are spending a lot of their time at home and obviously when you are at home, you like to wear clothes that are comfy and soft so I decided to start a sleepwear line. Since I was bored as well, I thought to create something productive. Customization according to the requirements of my clients makes my brand stand out from the rest.” – Kainat Sheikh
If you want great quality with an unbelievably economical deal, BedHeads should be your next click to stack up your wardrobe with cool and quirky sleepwear.
“My Journey with BedHeads began actually two months ago. These fancy nightwear have always attracted me but they have been always very expensive to buy, so I thought, why not utilize this time into starting a new venture where people can buy affordable and luxurious nightwear, so with my mom’s experience and expertise along with my idea, “BedHeads” came into being. Our brand promises to provide luxurious and affordable nightwear for everyone. I have got an amazing response from our followers and so far it has been a great experience. – Maheen Nizar
As bubbly as the name sounds, Jim Jams puts sugar, spice and everything nice all in one place. Peppy and dramatic prints with a soft touch and great quality, these PJs make your hectic work from home routine no less than heaven. The founder Nageen Memon, a mom entrepreneur, is running Jim Jams since 2018.
The price range starts from Rs. 2200.
“I have always focused on quality over quantity. I keep exploring new prints and color schemes for my clients- I never stop! As of today: florals, polka dots, and stripes are our best sellers. Launching this brand was a dream come true! Being pregnant at the time, I remember the desire and my quest to find a local PJ brand which was comfortable plus high quality and wouldn’t burn a hole in my pocket. That’s when Jim Jams dawned upon me.” – Nageen Memon
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