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Who Did What At HUM BRIDAL COUTURE WEEK 2021

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The 18th edition of the country’s biggest bridal extravaganza, HUM Bridal Couture Week (PHBCW) happened in the City of Gardens on February on  4th, 5th and 6th February  2021.

Organized under the banner of Pakistan’s numero uno entertainment network HUM Network Limited, the event is considered a highest profile bridal show in Pakistan. This year, , PHBCW showcased 35 designers with Pantene as its title sponsor. The three-day bridal extravaganza had also an amazing line-up of celebrities walking for the designers.

Here is a little detail of each day’s collection and celebrities walked on the ramp.  

DAY 1

Show one of the day 1 of bridal gala kicked off with a special hair show by Pantene where the brand unveiled their new bottle. Models sashayed down the ramp showing off their shiny, bouncy, healthy hair. Film actor and brand ambassador of Pantene Maya Ali also walked the ramp.

Fahad Hussayn presented an avant-garde collection of custom made woven Banarsi bridal dresses with Sao Banjara – The Couture Edit, – Ushna Shah closed the show for Fahad Hussayn,

Uniworth Dress Co.’s groom collection The Luxe Edit celebrated brand’s 25th Anniversary. The father son duo Nauman Ijaz and Zaviyar Ijaz showstopped for Uniworth Dress & Co.,

Next was Nauman & Bhaiya who debuted with their bright lehngas and cholis in hues of scarlet with their collection Gurya. The gorgeous Nimra Khan walked the ramp for Nauman & Bhaiya.

Alishba and Nabeel’s Sakhiyaan was an ode to the bridesmaids who bring life, joy, colour and lifelong memories to the weddings. Affan Waheed and Hira Mani graced the ramp for Alishba & Nabeel.

Next in line was Naushad Imdad’s Subh e Nau (The Way Forward) inspired by Pak-western culture, using hand paint art and hand embroidery together in menswear. The debonair Salman Saeed walked the ramp for Naushad Imdad

Haris Shakeel with his collection Ghazal which drew its inspiration from the colours of poetry ended his show with Saboor Aly.

Madeeha Shoaib was next with her signature collection ‘The Enchanted Island’ inspired by marine life, encapsulating the true essence of haute couture. The gorgeous Sarah Khan and Falak Shabbir added grandeur to Madeeha Shoaib’s collection.

The day came to end with Munib Nawaz’s collection Sakal Ban which paid tribute to Ameer Khusro’s famous poem Sakal Ban. The collection presented love, joy and passion in the words of Amir Khusro. Usman Mukhtar showstopped for Munib Nawaz.

DAY 2

Show One on Day Two of the bridal extravaganza kicked off with ‘Mata-e –Jaan’ (Sweetheart) by ‘The House of Arsalan Iqbal’. The ceremonial collection was inspired by the 11th century Muslim culture of Granada. Ace designer Munib Nawaz walked the ramp for THOAI.

Ayesha Rehman’s Peony Dreams. Her collection incorporated timeless styles with modern cuts and applications. The stunning Ayesha Omer graced the runway for Rehman.

The next showcase was by Karismash by Ahson Shoaib with his Dastaan-e-Mohabbat collection which was based on the endless tales and endeavours of love and pain. Hira Mani showstopped for Ahson Shoaib.

Show One of Day Two came to a close with Tabya’s Khaas-Mahal, a collection which was a tribute to our diverse heritage from the Mughal Era and the artisans that have preserved the treasures of the craftsmanship for generations to come. Gorgeous Mawra Hocane and Ameer Gilani walked for Tabya Official.

Show Two started with the debutant Kashee’s collection Parihaan with beautiful patterns of embroidery, embellishments and motifs. Kashee had an array of artists walking down the ramp for the brand’s first showcase including Sana Fakhar, Fizza Ali, Shaista Lodhi, Sahiba, Alizeh Shah and Urwa Hocane.

This was followed by a special segment titled The Gentlemen’s Club featuring capsule collections of J., Almirah and Diner’s. The very charming Aijaz Aslam walked the ramp for J.

Day Two of PHBCW came to an end with Umsha by Uzma Babar’s Zeenat which embodied the poise, regality and grace a bride of today possesses. Umsha brought Pakistan television’s most followed and loved artists Imran Ashraf and Yumna Zaidi to close the show for her.

DAY 3

Show One on Day Three of the bridal extravaganza kicked off with the designer extraordinaire Ali Xeeshan’s Numaish. His collection was a pledge against the old-age tradition of dowry and an effort to educate today’s youth to say no to dowry.

This was followed by Sable Vogue Atelier’s Mussarat Sultana featuring exquisitely handcrafted renaissance pieces that were cut to perfection and intricately detailed in Swarovski, zari, tilla, marori, hand-worked pearls and Mukesh.

Next in line was Jermyn Street’s Shab-e-Vasl which was a fine blend of sequins, pearls, tilla, zardozi, dabka and embroidery. The dashing Muneeb Butt showstopped for Jermyn Street.

Ayesha & Usman’s Riwaayat showcased a harmonious blend of beloved tradition and timeless stories. The gorgeous Zubab Rana graced the ramp for Ayesha & Usman.

Show One of PHBCW concluded with One of Pakistan’s rising fashion brands, Nisa Hussain’s debut bridal collection. Her collection reflected the brand’s take on traditional sub continental bridal wear, infused with the designer’s signature silhouettes and embellishments. The legendary Arif Lohar performed for Nisa Hussain, whereas the evergreen Resham and the beautiful Hareem Farooq walked for the brand.

Show Two f Day three commenced with the Grand Couturiers’ segment featuring bridal dresses by Pakistan’s most loved designers Amir Adnan, Mahgul, Sania Maskatiya, Rizwan Beyg, Nilofer Shahid, Faiza Samee, Zara Shahjahan, Elan, HSY, Omer Farooq by Republic and Sana Safinaz.

Highlight of the segment was Azaan Sami Khan’s performance on his song Main Tera from his debut album by the same title, which is set to release under HUM Music on February 10, 2021.

Next was a special performance by the gorgeous Amar Khan and Hammad Shoaib on The Wedding Song of the Year by Telenor.

Ahsan’s Menswear was next to showcase his collection ‘Rive’r which was a culmination of bespoke fabric, prints and the designer’s master craftsmanship. The charming Azfar Rehman showstopped for Ahsan’s Menswear

The Pantene HUM Bridal Couture Week 2020 came to an end with Zaha Couture’s Rashk-e-Qamar. The inimitable Khadijah Shah brought her signature design flair and opulent finesse to Zaha’s luxurious debut bridal collection. The finale for the day by Zaha Couture featured the sensational Sonya Hussayn as showstopper.

Hair and makeup for the show was done by N-Pro and N-Gents. All public relations operations and media liaison were carried out by the in-house team of the Special Projects & Events at HUM Network Limited in collaboration with Moiz Kazmi and his team at MK Digital PR.

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Zubab Rana Steals the show in a fun new short film – ‘Twisted Sapnay’

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When the 16-minute short comedy film Twisted Sapnay was released on digital earlier this week, there had been more than one reason we were looking forward to it. Though, the main reason that took us by surprise was when Zubab Rana (who has been stealing our hearts for quite some time with her gorgeous looks) also stole the entire show!

‘Twisted Sapnay’ as the name suggests, is a short comedy film about dreams within dreams – within dreams. Yep, that’s right. We won’t lie – how we actually ended up watching this film was also because of Zubab Rana – when a hilarious clip of hers started circulating on social media – where she is seen in an entirely new avatar and fluently speaking Punjabi. The whole scene turned into a meme, and it was downright hilarious.

 

Zubab Rana, in the film, plays the role of the housemaid – who walks in on the house owner and his girlfriend (who are clearly having an affair) – and well, that is when her hilarious monologue that has taken over the internet starts. Twisted Sapnay is, without a doubt, another great film that has come out of the digital sphere – with some great actors starring in the film including Faizan Khawaja, Sonia Nazir, and Maryam Fatima. The star of the film though – has to be Zubab Rana, an actress we have seen is on a roll lately. After some killer performances in Fitrat and Bharaas, her singing debut on Kashmir Beats, it looks like Zubab Rana is going to have the best year of her career yet! We look forward to what else the starlet would be doing next.

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Fruit Chaat Reinforces The Notion Of Women Empowerment

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ZEE5 Global, the largest OTT platform for South Asian Content, recently announced the winners of its 2021 Global Content Festival. The contest announced 15 winners and among them a Pakistani short film ‘Fruit Chaat’ secured the third place.

Singapore-based independent filmmaker Shilpa K Shukla has emerged as the Global Content Festival Winner with 3 entries in the Drama films category ([email protected], Tashi and Dots) while Love Beyond Boundaries, a collection of incredible love stories by Filmmakers Ruchi Undevia and Aarti Trikannad (Dubai) got runner up position.

Fruit Chaat t is written and produced by Tanzila Khan, who has also played the lead role of Shabana while Moiz Abbas has directed it. The film highlights the hopes of Shabana, a newly-minted yet disabled graduate girl in Pakistan looking for opportunities, and all the limitations that society imposes on her encapsulated in a funny, heart-warming story.

The Daily Paperazzi reached to this young and talented duo and asked them about their project and winning it contest.

Q Why did you name it Fruit Chaat?

Tanzila- Fruit Chaat happens to be a very cultural thing in Pakistan. It has a typical flavour and colour. That is exactly what the character of Shabana is implying, ‘I am much more than what the world perceives me as. As a disabled person or a woman, I can create something so beautiful like Fruit Chaat and can take care of every relationship.” 

Moiz – Just like a plate of Fruit Chaat, this film has many underlying flavours. When we make this into a series or a sequel, the audience will see the relevance of the name.

Q What was the inspiration behind the character of Shabana?

Tanzila – Shabana represents a very important segment of the society that is women, and a woman born with disabilities. It was very important to highlight what a woman with such disabilities can go through the life in Pakistan and in South Asian countries to be precise. She has the same desires and wishes as any normal girl and her disabilities amplify her experience but do not make her an odd one out.

Moiz – The Inspiration behind the character of Shabana is Tanzila Khan herself because Shabana is Tanzila Khan and Tanzila Khan is Shabana in Fruit Chaat. It’s a story of Tanzila Khan in reality, just like the character she managed to complete her graduation sitting in a wheelchair and was treated the same way as the HR treated Shabana, when she was looking out for a job. Ultimately, Tanzila opened her start-up named Girly Things which is operated throughout the country.

Q Do you think that your short film encompasses the message of women empowerment?

Tanzila –I think the first thing that we need to do, is to humanize women, give them the due credit for the contributions they have made and then the empowerment will sprout out in its own way. A woman has same ambitions, dreams that a man would have, and she should seek the same respect for whatever work she does. It could be housework, or being a great mother at home or a good boss in the office. Just allow women to be themselves and that what I think is empowerment.

Moiz – Yes, definitely. Our movie gives out a very clear message of women empowerment and states that no matter whatever the situation is, you can always conquer, and it has nothing to do with your gender. It is about women empowerment, her education, entrepreneurship and other choices in life. What you see Shabana, a hijabi girl completing her graduation on a wheelchair and also appearing for an interview where the panel tries to dominate and neglect her, simply because of her disabilities and gender but she paves her way to victory in the university and the interview as well. This is where she gets the Idea of entrepreneurship and decides to open her fruit stall where she sells fruit Chaat. It is all about how we want to see our women progress in society.

Q Why did you prefer the genre of comedy and satire for your film?

Tanzila- As a woman with a disability, I have been through a lot of ups and downs but keep myself sane because of my sense of humour with myself. I think comedy is a tool for improvement and getting through the challenges in life. Comedy is my way of life; it is my choice. I like people to understand the humor that I have and also simultaneously understand my experiences through that.

Moiz- Whenever we have talked about disabled people, we have portrayed them in the way that their lives are miserable and they are depressed all the time, which is not right. We have an example of Tanzila Khan, and Ms Mizaari, though are on a wheelchair, they seem happy. However, ups and downs are an inevitable part of everybody’s life regardless of the fact if they are physically disabled or not. We have drawn the character of Shabana from the life of Tanzila, and you will witness how happy and empowered that character is. We wanted to give out the message that Shabana can not only sell fruits but can also make good Fruit Chaat and do several other tasks just like a normal person. She made sure that her disability does not come in between her dreams.

Q How long did it take to shoot your short film and where was it shot?

Tanzila- It took us a day to shoot the entire film. We did the auditions a day before and had some training sessions the same day. The shoot was divided in three locations; one was in office, other was Al-Humara Community Center for Arts in Lahore, and the third location was just a roadside Fruit Chaat stall.

Moiz- Being an independent filmmaker in Pakistan, it was really very difficult. When we approached big production houses for help, they all neglected us by saying there is no point in this script or the film to be made. We had a firm belief in the story since the beginning so decided to make it ourselves. Tanzila started to collect funds for the movie and after a yearlong planning we were in a situation, where we could take it to the floors. We shot this 11 minutes long film in just 15 hours at different locations of Lahore.

Q Tell us about sending and winning this film to the Zee5 Global Content Contest Festival?

Tanzila- Initially, we had shared this film with ZEE5 Global to be aired on 3rd December which is the international day of disabled people. They saw some spark in the film and pushed it into their Global Content Festival which was happening around the same time. We provided them with all the necessary details and were not expecting further contact from them at all, but very soon received words of being shortlisted. The final excitement came when we were told about our inclusion in winner’s list. It became so much valuable for all of a sudden. The entire idea of being an international contest winner, and India recognizing talent from Pakistan was a great feeling. Last but not the least, the disability got the space that it deserved. One billion people in the world are having disabilities and it’s a huge number. So, having that artistic expression, presenting disability and winning, it’s a huge win for all those one billion people. We have also paved the way for independent filmmakers to work on more varied concepts.

Moiz- One of my friends tagged me in a post and on opening I realized it was about ZEE5 Global Content Festival. I then decided to send our film in this without any second thought. I had a belief that we will win as our dedication in the project was at 100%. Winning it was such a nice feeling. I feel that more such Global Content Festivals like the one with ZEE5 should be conducted, as they give a big platform to independent film makers like me to show case their work. I am grateful to the whole team of ZEE5. 

All the winning films are being streamed on ZEE5 and free to watch for viewers across the globe at http://bit.ly/ZEE5GCFWinners.

To watch these films, the ZEE5 app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store. The app is also available on Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. ZEE5 is also available on www.ZEE5.com.

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Yashma Gill’s Latest Shoot Has People Calling her Janhvi Kapoor

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Everyone’s favorite Yashma Gill who has been making headlines since last year for her role as the (not no favorite) Shanzay in Pyar Ke Sadqay, is this time on our radar for a surprisingly different reason. The actress, who recently took social media by storm with her gorgeous shoot for fashion brand Elan – had people comparing her to the Bollywood diva Jahnvi Kapoor. 

 

The model and actress has some beautiful shots up on her Instagram from the shoot – and every picture has us swooning over the gorgeous outfit. But, what has definitely caught everyone’s attention is the uncanny resemblance that the actress seems to hold with her acting counterpart on the other side of the border, the actress and model Jahnvi Kapoor. From makeup guru Babar Zaheer to the multiple fans and followers of Yashma Gill, everyone had only one thing to say – that the actress looks exactly like Jahnvi Kapoor.

 

Yashma Gill, who has currently been garnering fame for her role in the ongoing drama Phaans with the star cast including Zara Noor Abbas, Shehzad Sheikh, and Sami Khan – is once again having quite the year. With her social media filled with collaboration with great brands, and her acting projects getting bigger and better, we say the time isn’t far when Yashma Gill would be as big a name as Jahnvi Kapoor.

What do you think? Check out these latest images from her shoot and let us know if you also think she resembles the Indian actress!

 

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