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The Islamabad edition of Coca-Cola Food and Music Festival successfully concludes attracting over 75,000 foodies in 3 days!

The Islamabad edition of Pakistan’s biggest Food and Music Festival successfully concluded on Sunday. The three-day Festival held in Gulberg Greens Islamabad on January 25th, 26th and 27th, attracted a huge number of visitors from all corners of the city and provided families with an opportunity to plan a perfect day out. The festival attracted over 75,000 visitors to sample the city’s culinary delights. Attendees witnessed chefs working their magic through cooking demonstrations and enjoyed live music with performances from renowned musicians like Quadrum, Jawad Ahmed, Goher Mumtaz, Asim Azhar, Bilal Khan, Sahir Ali Bagga, Sahara UK and many more. After the successful completion of Coca-Cola Food and Music Festival in Islamabad, Season 3 will now travel back to Karachi for its second round of festivities.

The Coca-Cola Food and Music Festival will offer a variety of cuisines with flavors and delicacies to cater to a wide array of audience. The festival will offer a diverse panel of culinary talents along with several home based chefs. Coke Fest prides itself in being the platform for the promotion of solopreneurs and providing a boost to the homebased food market. #CokeFest promises to offer all the season’s freshest flavors extending from a diversity of Desi to Continental, Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Thai), Turkish/Lebanese and Italian.

Food from the best combined with music from Pakistan’s biggest music platform, Coke Studio, is bound to give attendees a hard to forget experience. The incredible selection of musicians from Coke Studio will include megastars such as Ali Sethi, Sahir Ali Bagga, Aima Baig, Asim Azhar, Quadrum, Farhan Saeed, Waqar Ehsin, Faraz Butt, Sahara UK and other international artists.

CEO at Activemedia (The Organizer), Saad M. Khan said; “The season 1 of Coca-Cola Food and Music Festival saw the biggest celebration of Pakistani culture with more than 250,000 people enjoying the festival with their loved ones. Season 2 of the Coke Fest is going to be bigger than ever, expanding to five cities with 7 events altogether. We are extremely excited and looking forward to welcome our guests to provide world-class entertainment through quality music and food for everyone.”

Indeed, a diverse panel of culinary talents i.e. local chefs will be offering special festival menus, discounts, and great meal deals during the festival. So put on your shoes, round up the family and explore over 90 leading and burgeoning traditional/contemporary restaurants and 30 caterers, home chefs et al. food stalls at this nonstop ‘Party in the Park’.

Given the prevailing political and security situations in our country, people get only a few opportunities to come together for festivities in a safe public setting. As a brand that focuses on togetherness, Coca-Cola took it upon itself to bring people together for three-day festive events. Last year, The Coca-Cola Food and Music Festival brought together two of the biggest passion points of our nation; Music and Food, to give the people something to celebrate.

Organized by Active Media, the #CokeFest is presented by Coca-Cola Pakistan cosponsored by Jazz alongwith Kashmir cooking oil and Banaspati with Foodies ‘R Us, as the organizing partners. Also, The Festival’s Transport Partner will be Uber, Kids zone partner: Candy land, OOH Partner: Kinetic and Ticketing Partner: Easy tickets. Official media partners for the festival are TV One, News One, FM 91 & Wasaib with Lotus PR as the public relations partners and Foodada as the digital partner.

Tickets for the event are priced at only PKR 450/- and can be purchased in advance from https://www.easytickets.pk/ and will also be available at the venue.

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Kangana Ranaut hits new low: “Pakistan ban is not the focus, Pakistan destruction is”

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From raising the issue of nepotism in bollywood to standing up for the #MeToo movement, Kangana Ranaut has now taken another route. In wake of the Pulwama attacks, the actress cancelled her success party for movie “Manikarnika” in solidarity but that was not the end of it.

Ranaut went on to bash cultural exchange between Indian and Pakistani artists claiming “Pakistan ban is not the focus, Pakistan destruction is”. Even though Pakistan denies any role in the bombing, India has accused the state of being complicit.

Ranaut has always voiced her opinion and has been highly regarded as a strong voice for female empowerment, however has taken things too far this time. Coming from an artist, these words seem irresponsible and ignorant and some have claimed that Ranaut is now trying to make her way into politics.

She went on to bash Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi for accepting an invite by the Karachi Arts Council to celebrate Azmi’s father,  Kaifi Azmi’s birth centenary. However, in light of the attacks, they cancelled their trip but Kangana did not stop there.

Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar

In an interview with PINKVILLA she said “People like Shabana Azmi calling for halt on cultural exchange, they are the ones who promote Bharat tere Tukade honge gangs…. why did they organize an event in Karachi in the first place when Pakistani artists have been banned after Uri attacks and now they are trying to save face. Film industry is full of such antinationals who boost enemies morals in many ways but right now is the time to focus on decisive actions.

Azmi responded – “You really think at a time like this a personal attack on me can be of any significance when the entire country stands as one in our grief and in condemning this dastardly Pulwama attack? May God bless her. Shabana Azmi.”

Esteemed bollywood actress Sushmita Sen also reacted to Kangana’s comment: “We are living in sensitive times, what sounds like ‘fake news’ may well be someone’s reality. Let’s all be more aware of our surroundings & our true sense of patriotism, so that NO ONE can mislead us.”

Looks like Pakistan was not the only target of her misplaced and misjudged wrath, she also went on accusing the film industry for not supporting her movie. Kangana Ranaut’s statements about Bollywood ganging up against her to boycott her has not gone down well with many from the industry. Not that this is the first time she has accused Bollywood of treating her as an outsider. This time, she went on record to threaten that she will expose each from the industry after how they neglected her most ambitious release, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. She even mentioned Alia Bhatt in one of her statements by calling her ‘Karan Johar’s puppet’.

When Zoya Akhtar was recently questioned about Kangana’s statements and what does she think of this whole backlash from Kangana, she however retorted saying, “Of course people appreciate her work…I don’t understand her accusations, I’m sorry” She said this in interaction with Pinkvilla.

Zoya Akhtar, Director of Gully Boy (Also happened to be the daughter of Javed Akhtar – Seems likes these assaults are all linked)

Looks like Kangana is just out to attack anyone who she sees as a competitor. This attack was brought on unprovoked and Alia Bhatt was also called out by her for no apparent reason other than the fact that Zoya and Alia’s movie “Gully Boy” was set too release around the same time as “Manikarnika” and gained more attention.

It is deeply upsetting to see someone on a platform so important, generalizing a whole country and blatantly throwing shade without realizing the impact it might have on the citizens of both countries. We expected way more from her than we clearly should have and this is all the more reason Pakistanis should focus on celebrating their own artists and promoting our national film and cinema industry.

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Junaid Khan Makes A Leap With A Negative Character In Latest Drama “Hania”

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Junaid Khan will be seen in a completely new avatar, as he will be
playing a negative character in his latest drama serial “Hania” – set to air on ARY Digital. It is the first time that the audience will see Junaid Khan in a dark persona of an abusive husband to Zoya Nasir. While Junaid has played several characters that have been semi-negative, this will be his first as an antagonist. Junaid Khan is not only playing the part but also hugely looking the part.

While talking to the media about his character, Khan said, “I want to challenge myself in every role I choose, “Hania” is a new turn as I have never played a character that has no grey shades but is completely and blatantly dark and aggressive, with motives that match his personality.”

Khan added by saying, “The story of “Hania” also highlights a common problem that’s deeply rooted in our society, with the girl’s parents not asking about family history and only see a family’s wealth when
they are marrying their daughters off. This is actually turning out to be a major issue that needs to be addressed.”

The drama is directed by Qasim Ali Mureed and written by Door Way entertainment. Other cast members include Osama Tahir, Tanvir Jamal, Marium Mirza, Ghana Ali, Wasim Abbas, Fordous Jamal and Hassan
Ahmed.

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Jamie Le Hardy comes to Pakistan

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Jamie Le Hardy first came to Pakistan in 2004, has played and won the Pakistan Open and a number of other Cups including the Zameen Cup & Honda Cup last week as Captain. He has a special connection to Pakistan Polo as his grandmother first visited Lahore Polo Cup over 40 years ago and he also met his wife and was married in Lahore. They are now based in Sotogrande Spain in the summer season and plays in Pakistan and Argentina in the winter. He also trained the Pakistan World Cup Squad at his home in Spain last summer and is working closely with the Lahore and Islamabad Polo Club to promote and grow polo in Pakistan.

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