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In conversation with Huma Nassr



Shaan e Pakistan is about promoting Fashion, Music, Art and Culture. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with promoting peace and love through art and culture. Regardless of the current political tensions, Shaan-e- Pakistan is still very much going ahead and on course to take place on the 21st and the 22nd of March, having only Pakistani artists attend and perform at the event.

Q1. Tell us the success story behind Shaan-e-Pakistan.
Our success story is as we aim to take Shaan-E-Pakistan to greater height and took shaan of Pakistan across borders. Considering the history of India and Pakistan where the situation has always been difficult for both countries to come together, yet I tried my best to break the ice and bring talents from India and Pakistan together with great successful events such as Ek Shaam Pakistan kay naam.

Q2. Was there a time you felt completely discouraged because of Indo Pak scenario?
India and Pakistan have always shared a fragile relationship; the situation becomes really sensitive, so we really need to constantly monitor the scene. It indeed has been a factor which decides how we organize our event, like this time the things de-escalated pretty quickly and the situation between the two countries deteriorated, but I am extremely passionate and always think that what I am doing is definitely a challenge without any government support .I keep my road map stringent and I don’t fear to fail but yes I am also a human and these shifts in political situation create friction but I am extremely determined to succeed.

Q3. How is Shaan-e-Pakistan reviving art and music?
Shaan-E-Pakistan is a cultural platform and as we say art, music, fashion, and food connects people, We ensure amazing content based shows by collaborations of various artists and organic brands which create bigger avenues for the audience . We bring South Asian talent to collaborate on the same shaanepakistan platform so as to bring international mergers, we aim to connect through music. And this year we will have our local artists showcase their unrivalled talent.

Q4. What are some things that have inspired you throughout your career?
I am a very creative person, for me, the inspiration is tradition and culture of Pakistan, I keep trying to invite international culture to come and we celebrate Pakistan along with them. This sends a positive image about the rich heritage and culture of Pakistan.

Q5. What was your journey like to get where you are?
My journey was not easy as I am still struggling and I have not reached where I want to be yet. So, yes my journey definitely is a challenge and its becoming difficult but I guess it also brings the best in you.

Legendary singer REKHA BHARDWAJ performing in Lahore

Q6. What to expect at #Sepma2019 in terms of musicians?
SEPMA 2019, As a founder of Shaanepakistan I expect the best support from music fraternity and I am actually excited for this project of ours as trying to bring a great content which has only music in it. We are trying to create great collaboration of niche Pakistani artists and this will definitely give rise to our music industry, we aim this as a yearly celebration of music.

Q7. How do you see Sepma adding value addition to the music industry?
SEPMA definitely is a value addition to specifically those musicians who deserve a bigger stage to showcase their real talent. Pakistani talent is widely recognized in south Asia and I believe this will definitely be game changer for all who have tried making their mark in music but lack the platform.

Q8. As an experienced working woman, what tips would you like to give to women aspiring to follow their dreams?
My dream and vision for shaanepakistan is larger than life, I aim to take Pakistani talent international and celebrate our culture, music, art and fashion and take a smooth transition of Shaanepakistan. My experience as a working women and mother and wife is a challenge thing but I would say whatever you want to do and achieve then you just need to have FOCUS, FOCUS and FOCUS, once you believe and perceive then you will definitely achieve.

Q9. What are you most excited about regarding #Sepma2019
I am excited about whatever I do in shaanepakistan as I am extremely passionate about it. For me, it’s just an event. I breathe music so for SEPMA I have zero percent doubt about anything infact I am completely excited with the music journey as I think my vision is completely intact with whatever I do with God’s helps. I know music is definitely reaching another level, as we witness the rise of shaanepakistan on 21st March.

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Cinepax announces the launch of first ever STARZ PLAY Short Film Competition




[Lahore, 16th July 2019]:After the successful launch of STARZ PLAY by Cinepax, Pakistan’s favorite entertainment company STARZ PLAY by Cinepax,  has launched STARZ PLAY Short Film Competition (SSFC) with the final event taking place on the xx of July with the sole intent to bring the young and aspiring filmmakers into the limelight and give them the opportunity to produce STARZ PLAY Originals and accelerate their careers.

The impact of the competition has created a global reach and garnered intense local interest, attracting more than 3,000 submissions from all over the world and over 200 entries from within Pakistan making SSFC the biggest film competition of the country.

Arif BaigMohamad, the Chairman of STARZ PLAY by Cinepax said “SSFC has been our dream since the inception of the company and we have been working on the short-film concept for a long while now.  We couldn’t be more proud and excited to have conducted this competition in such a successful way that it has become the biggest short film competition in Pakistan. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the talented youth of Pakistan to have taken part in such big numbers and to have trusted STARZ PLAY by Cinepax.”

Shortlisted films will be screened at the final event and the winner will be decided by a jury of judges from the entertainment and film industry. The winner will get an exclusive contract to produce a STARZ PLAY by Cinepax original web series. All entries will be judged by a panel of film and media experts and will then be uploaded on the STARZ PLAY by Cinepax app and website.

About StarzPlay :

STARZ PLAY by Cinepax, is a subscription-based video on demand (SVOD) service that offers an impressive library of blockbuster Hollywood movies, award-winning box sets, documentaries, kids’ entertainment and Pakistani content.

The platform utilizes advanced technology to provide a premium viewing experience with full HD content sourced from some of the largest Hollywood and Bollywood studios, such as Warner Bros, MGM, STARZ/ Lionsgate, Red Chillies Entertainment, UTV Motion pictures. 

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In conversation with Hamza Tanveer



Setting the standards high with his impeccably charming looks

We had a short heart to heart conversation with this cutie Hamza Tanveer and we bet there is a lot you would love to read about him. Certainly, we are not afraid to say that he is already on the road of success to be the next sensation in town.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Hamza Tanveer. I’m a Vocalist and I’m one of the veterans of Nescafe Basement.

How did you get into Nescafé Basement?
Through LIVE auditions. Nescafe Basement held LIVE auditions for their Season 2 in my University (UCP) back in 2013. I was selected by Xulfi (Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan) as a Lead Vocalist. That was one lucky day of my life.

Before Nescafé Basement, how did you find out that there was a singer inside you?
I actually realized that when I got selected in Nescafe Basement LIVE auditions. Before that, I was just an introvert and more of a bathroom singer LOL. Also, I never took part in any College/University events as I was too shy to do so.

How did you all get together to produce music? Where did it start?
All the artists were selected from all over Pakistan through LIVE auditions. After that, we were called by Xulfi Bhai for our initial orientation at Nescafe Basement. There, we had our first musical jam and on our first attempt, we knew that we all were at the right place. Thanks to Xulfi bhai for mentoring us all these years. He unearthed and discovered the talent in me and motivated me to get what I could ever dream of.

Was it like you always wanted to be a singer?
No! My parents always wanted me to become an engineer. So, my focus was on my studies initially till Nescafe Basement happened. But music was within me. I used to sing it with my only friend who had a guitar. Music was always something I loved doing in my spare time and the passion grew stronger by time.

Has it become your full-time profession?
No! I tried to convince myself and my family…but considering financial issues, and other social problems, I couldn’t cope up with that! Now I do a job and also do the music side by side! Although I do hope that there may come a time in Pakistan when artists like me would be able to opt music as their full-time job.

How is your experience working as a group?
It has taught me a lot! I had no musical education/background before NB. So, for me, it was a great learning experience working with such a talented lot. We’ve not just made good music altogether but we’ve made long-lasting friendships also. For now, it’s everything I could ever ask for.

Are you intending to move towards Coke Studio?
Definitely, if I am ever given a chance and anything I can contribute to music with what I acquire, I’m up for it!

Who is your favorite Pakistani Singer/ your inspiration?
Considering genres that I sing or like, I can take all the names of legendary artists of Pakistan. Everyone’s been my inspiration as I grew up watching/listening to them on TV and wanted to be like them. 🙂
If you still insist, I’d say Mekaal Hassan Band, Shafqat Amanat Ali and Sajjad Ali are my favorites. 🙂

Considering your good looks, would you like to get into modeling or acting?
Acting, NO! Modeling can be done!

Other than music, what do you like to do the most?
Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat!

What’s your comfort blanket?
I enjoy spending time alone.

What is your relationship status?
Single for now!

If you could sing with one singer that is not alive, who would it be?
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Tell us about your future projects?
I’m working on my two new songs. I would share updates as I get done with everything.

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Hareem Farooq breaks the stereotypical image of a dulhan in the newly released trailer of Heer Maan Ja and we can’t wait for the movie now!



By Hina Ghaffar

The megahit on-screen couple of Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman Khan are back together in IRK Films & Arif Lakhani Films’ upcoming movie ‘Heer Maan Ja’, that’s all set to release worldwide this Eid-ul-Azha.
Knowing that the movie is a project from the super talented makers of Siyaah, Janaan and Parchi, we already couldn’t wait to the see what this movie will bring us. But after watching the electrifying trailer of the movie that has just been released, we are now completely on edge! Eid-ul-Azha can’t arrive sooner!

What a terrific visual! The trailer is a perfect glimpse of the epic roller-coaster ride Heer Maan Ja is expected to be! You can find romance, you can see action, and you can also find yourself smiling at the hilarious scenes from the movie! Also…how adorable does Hareem Farooq look in that stunning orange and pink lehenga? We honestly can’t take our eyes off of her!

Hareem seems to be breaking the image of all stereotypical brides with her peppy character in Heer Maan Ja. Heer is giving us the vibes of a runaway bride, however, that’s just a small part of the film. The first look of Heer Maan Ja divulges Hareem Farooq as the coolest bride ever. Has anyone noticed the silver sneakers she’s donning underneath?
Hareem’s character looks very different from Eman in Parchi! Heer seems like a very bubbly and lively character, standing next to a rather nervous-looking Kabir.

Heer Maan Ja is going to be a romantic comedy with a punch of laughter, emotions, thrill and action sequences. Featuring a stellar cast, exceptionally talented directors and a brilliant production team, Heer Maan Ja is going to fill our Bari Eid with a whole lot of entertainment.

‘A love story that has a past’ – and we wonder what past is that? The trailer makes us question quite a lot of things; why were they separated to begin with? Why does Heer look like a run-away bride? Why is Kabir asking her for forgiveness?

We can’t wait for the Bari Eid to find out now!

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