We had been introduced to Aquaman’s character when DC’s Justice League came out. Although most of the audience is still unaware of Arthur aka Aquaman’s backstory, the comic book readers have been introduced to Atlantis City a while ago.
Following Justice League’s release, we knew DC got time to focus on making the solo Aquaman movie and just after the first trailer of the movie was released, which included plenty of big-scale action and a not-so-interesting plot.
Now, with the extended trailer being released, we have something more to look forward to, as the trailer not only has a story to narrate about a man who is all set to take his rightful place as the king but the merging of the two worlds as well; “the land and the sea”.
We see that Aquaman is the son of a human lighthouse keeper and the Atlantean queen making him the rightful heir to the throne. He has teamed up with Meera on a quest for a legendary trident to unite the disparate kingdoms of Atlantis.
Aquaman, despite being one of the stronger and rougher DC characters, does have an air of royalty surrounding him.
Moreover, we got a hint of the chemistry between Arthur and Meera; who is a very important character in the books/movies.
Having said that, those familiar with the books know exactly what we mean, however, for those who don’t, you all have to wait to find out. The overall vibe of Aquaman seems to indicate that DC is aiming for a more lighthearted tone compared to its dreary and dark predecessors.
Black Manta was also introduced in the trailer and is another important character that is brought on board the DC Universe and is said to be a classic Aquaman foe
Directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe, Aquaman represents something of a clean slate for the DC Films with an entertaining trailer. Not only that, but it also includes plenty of razzle-dazzle visuals and solid actors maintaining their dignity in the Thor-ish narrative.
Aquaman will hit the theatres on December 21 this year.
Bayaan is all Set to Release its First Official Album
This progressive rock band from Lahore is a complete talent house in itself. Each member of the band is an expert in his respective field. After winning Pepsi Battle of the Bands in 2018, this bunch is all set to release its first official album and we cannot wait to dance on the majestic rhythm while murmuring our favorite lines from our favorite tracks.
Read below to know more about this album.
What does “Bayaan” signify?
Bayaan simply means to express your thoughts and words. The thoughts you express can be as simple as basic human emotions and experiences. That’s what Bayaan particularly aims to do with its lyrical content.
What is your album about, what is the genre?
The album is about life, or perhaps death, and the journey in between. It is about the often overlooked emotions that you experience in ordinary moments. The album is not based on any specific genres, but rather lyrical themes and their supporting instrumental arrangements.
What’s the inspiration behind it?
Any album is a snapshot of where we are in our lives as individuals and as a collective. This album signifies the struggles, challenges, heartbreaks, victories and triumphs of the last two years.
The name of your new album?
Your favorite song from the album?
Each song has been crafted with close attention to minor details and emotions. Each song holds a separate special place in our hearts. The answer to this also varies for each band member.
What do you do when there is any conflicting argument in the group?
As a collective, we operate on a strict democratic principle. Since there’s five of us in the band, there never is a stalemate. Conflicting ideas/thoughts are inevitable when you’re working as a team. It is how you learn to embrace each other’s opinions with a listening heart and mind.
What is the craziest thing that ever happened during any tour?
Each performance is a crazy experience of its own. We’re gladly reaching the point where a good chunk of the audience knows the lyrics to our songs and sings along to them. It is a feeling unparalleled to anything else.
Who or what band has been your inspiration throughout this journey?
We all have our distinct inspirations and preferences in terms of music. Four of the band members are largely influenced by western artists and bands, whereas Asfar is mainly inspired by some notable Eastern names. In terms of the album theme, the inspiration is our collective or individual human experiences.
How do you compare group effort to performing single on stage?
Performing as a band entails a certain level of musical chemistry between the members along with hours of rehearsal of course. The collective energy shared on stage is far greater than a solo performer.
If you didn’t have a band, what would have been your career choice?
We’re all juggling day jobs with our music, so that would’ve been in focus if it wasn’t the band.
Are you spiritually connected to music or was it just a plain hobby?
To create something meaningful and honest, being connected to oneself is a prerequisite. We believe that hobbies are also things that you are mentally and emotionally attached to. So the line between hobby and passion is a blurred one.
Who do you think is your biggest competitor right now in the industry as a band?
Music/art is not a competition. Even if it is looked that way, it shouldn’t be. Artists put their vulnerabilities out when they create something and that should not be turned into a competition. Artists and musicians should come together, support each other and strengthen this already feeble community. We are glad that this community has gotten stronger over the last couple of years and we surely hope that it continues this trend.
What kind of audience is this album going to cater?
People who have supported Bayaan over the last 5 years – we hope they are going to connect with it. Apart from that, we have experimented with new sounds that will, hopefully, appeal to varied audiences.
What are you expecting from your new album in terms of response from the audience?
We just hope that people connect with the songs like they have had previously and be inspired to get over their fears.
Do you think it is going to be even better and more popular than what you performed at BOB?
One certainly hopes to keep on improving and getting better
Are there any special plans to showcase this new album?
Yes, there are a couple of plans. One is that we are going to officially announce album details and launch it on 2nd February at the illustrious Lahore Music Meet 2020. Second is that we are going not only for a digital release but also for a physical release. The primary reason for doing that is to bring back that deep connection between the music / artist and the listener that has been lost in this digital age. Technology has a lot of benefits and we strongly support all of them but at the same time, there are some pitfalls as well. Art, whether it be a painting, a book, movie or music, can only be fully appreciated if the connection is developed with proper focus and attention. Through this physical release, which is more than just songs, we aim to strengthen that connection.
Also, supporting albums is the strongest support an artist can get from their listeners – that has been lost over the years. With so many amazing bands and artists coming up with their albums this year, it is important that we start bringing this support back.
Red Carpet Glitterati At Hum Style Awards 2020
Hum Style Awards 2020 – The Good, the Bad, and the Dazzlingly Hottest
Hum Style Awards 2020
The enchantment and glitz of a perfect Saturday night, and with the true spirit of a star-studded affair, Hum Style Awards 2020 kickstarted the year with a bang. Held at Expo Center Karachi, the Hum Style Awards was indeed filled with glamour and graced by big names of the fashion and entertainment industry and turned out to be a compendious evening. The red-carpet ceremony began with a spark with megastars including Reema Khan, Tariq Amin, Zara Noor Abbas, and Mira Sethi among many, walking along and flashing their brightest smiles and deluxe attires. However, the zing started to fade after a few hours, turning into a drabber experience, and the diminutive size of the red carpet relative to previous years just added to the walk being shorter and people getting bored quickly.
The event turned out to be unusually timely, and before it was half past nine, the hall was filled and the show about to begin. The stage was remarkably gorgeous with the graphics setting a starry-night mood, mirroring the space with so many of the industry’s stars. Though the hall space was relatively cramped, making it appear congested at a few spots, especially when there was movement. And what better way to start the show, than with a splash of patriotism invigorating one’s spirits through our beautifully melodious national anthem.
The boost of patriotic sentiment was followed by a performance by a rap dup, Young Stunners, which turned out to be moderately successful in energizing people. It even managed to make the audience laugh at some spots, especially with the comical references to videos of celebrities that went viral on social media – the actor Ali Rehman Khan’s video leak where he is repeatedly seen saying to a restaurant’s staff, “Aap ko pata hai main kaun hun?” (“Do you know who I am?”)
Adnan Siddiqui, the host for the night, gave the show’s opening note, which was perhaps the only part of the hosting that can be termed enjoyable. The other hosts that followed, namely Aamina Sheikh and Usman Mukhtar, steered the event in a way which could have been made more entertaining if it were Adnan Siddiqui paired with Aamina for the show, as Mukhtar’s part sounded rather clumsy, with forced jokes in between. His Hum Smile Awards segment left a lot of the peers watching the show super perplexed, as his supposed impression of PTV’s host Tariq Aziz, was downright vague. The only thing that seemed spontaneously amusing about the hosting, was the use of political jokes here and there, which is rarely observed in Award ceremonies. From the comment on how Imran Khan is the only Prime Minister without his own business and hence, is bent on erasing all business from Pakistan, to the “boot polish” statement, the spritz of comedy was like a breath of fresh air in the otherwise mundane script.
The performances were energetic, and made the audience recall all the classic, vintage Pakistani music, while appreciating the present-day music that is part of our television and film industry. The second performance by Ahsan Khan and Sara Loren was riveting, though if the music is to be viewed separately than the dances, both the performers lacked the energy and the vibe of the tunes, despite being great at dancing usually.
The highlight of the event was the performance by Zara Noor Abbas, who appeared to be an embodiment of grace and art, rhythm and style, as she moved to the beat of the classical songs. Her performance was thoroughly refreshing and delightful, one which reminds you of not only the beauty of the art itself, but also the ability of a great artist keeping the viewers fascinated, throughout.
Dancing to the superhit tunes of the blockbuster film of last year, Superstar, the power-couple Farhan Saeed and Urwa Hocane brought life to the show, as they shook the stage with their dynamic moves. The flow of the choreography and the beat of the dance numbers kept the fun alive till the next performance, which was undoubtedly another key feature of Hum Style Awards. The said performance was a splendid concert by Abrar ul Haq, instantly making the audience fall in love and sway with the hit Punjabi beats. However, had the concert been live, it would have added more of a buzz in the environment.
The Award Categories included the Rising Star 2018-2019 won by two of the Nominees including Mush Kaleem, the Hair and Make-up Artist of the Year 2018-2019 secured by Qasim Liaqat, Fashion Photographer of the Year 2018-2019 bagged by Alee Hasan, Best Model Female 2018-2019 won by Zara Abid, Best Model Male 2018-2019 won by Aimal Khan, Designer of the Year Lawn 2018-2019 received by Zara Shahjahan, Most Stylish Performer 2018-2019 won by Asim Azhar, Timeless Beauty won by Reema Khan, Most Stylish Actor Television 2018-2019 won by Sonya Hussyn in the Female Category and Mikaal Zulfiqar in the Male Category, and Most Stylish Actor Film 2018-2019 won by Mahira Khan (Popular) and Kiran Malik (Jury) and Ahad Raza Mir in the Female and Male Category, respectively.
Surprisingly, despite Superstar being one of the highest grossing film of the previous year, Bilal Ashraf was not nominated for the Most Stylish Actor Film category. If there were two awards given in the Female category in the name of Jury and Popular Choice, there surely could have been made room for two awards being awarded in the Male category as well, deservingly giving one of the awards to Bilal Ashraf.
Other Categories included Most Stylish Sports Personality 2018-2019, won by Hajra Khan, Captain of Pakistan Women’s National Football team. This was a novel deviation from the usual practice of recognition being granted to cricketers alone, as well as the fact that a woman bagged the award.
Style Icon given to Aisha Omer, and other prestigious awards that were part of the ceremony were Best Model Male and Female, Designer of the Year Pret Wear, Bridal, Menswear, Demi-Couture, and Lawn, as well as Retail Label of the Year and Excellence in Interior Designing and Furniture Manufacturing.