Volume 2, Issue 3 / MAR 2012
on a movie that will transform Pakistani cinema
which one is perfect for you?
we take our kababs very seriously
Kamiar Rokni does lawn
08 10 18
jalebi die You can run but you can’t hide
the t-shirt report Welcome spring with everybody’s favourite clothing staple in fresh new designs
honour, glory but not in England One of Karachi’s most beautiful cemeteries houses soldiers from faraway lands
the quirk list Be Bold, Bright and Shiny with this month’s picks kaleidoscope Bringing us a kaleidoscope of colours, Kamiar Rokni talks about his first ever lawn collection
a kabab affair We’re serious about our kababs
set the stage for spring An amateur theatre festival is all set to show
asian invasion 3 new Asian restaurants are reviewed and the verdict is out
fro-yo wars We breakdown the who’s and what’s of the newest food rage in town love struck Strawberries are ripe and ready for lovin’
the little museum that could An artistic treasure cove buried inside the state’s most important bank
10 minutes with Aisha Khan Aisha Khan wants to stop crying! entertainment reviews Nadia Jamil returns! Time to turn your TV sets on
The t-shirt never lets you down. It gets outstanding marks for its ability to be worn in innumerous
welcome in the spring with our fun picks of this wardrobe staple. ways. Its universal appeal and comfort is unquestionable. It’s time to pack away the sweaters and
is it spring already? Kamiar Rokni gets us ready with his lawn collection for Bonanza What made you want to venture into lawn? Lawn is a great way to reach a wider audience. The house of Kamiar Rokni is about colour and pattern, which is perfect for textile design. Months after the PFDC Fashion Week, it doesn’t take long
What makes lawn such a national phenomenon in
to conjure up images of Kamiar Rokni’s stellar spring
2012 collection, with its vibrant color blocking and unique
Pakistan is a very hot country and most women wear
thread work. Fresh off the heels of that success, Rokni
shalwar, kameez and dupatta! Lawn is the perfect fabric to
has now entered the world of Lawn. Teaming up with
wear and with Lawn, everyone can put together their own
Bonanza he has produced twenty unique designs inspired
look and feel.
by three concepts, the romantic, the traditionalist and the
What silhouettes do you recommend for your lawn?
We suggest many different options that suit your mood and
Rokni jumps effortlessly between his three inspirations
different aspects of your persona. For the traditional line
to reveal a collection that will cater to any mood. With
we have worked on different types of shalwars and shorter
flowers, lace, feathers and impressionist art in mind, Rokni
kurta style shirts. For the romantic line we have kept things
embarked on his design for the Romantics. His Modernist
soft, long and flowing and for modern styles things are
line though, stands out in its experimentation. It is bold and
sharp and snappy. The main thing that we are advocating is
striking with splashes of colour blocking and interesting
a sense of individuality and an acceptance and celebration
geometric designs. Not one to leave out his signature
of the diversity within ourselves.
homage to the traditional crafts of Pakistan, Kamiar Rokni’s
What is your favorite piece from this year’s
third line is the traditionalist. Here he hones in on the
nation’s rich cultural heritage and gives it a twist. Think
Gosh! At this point they are all our babies, but I think both
dramatic prints using traditional textile techniques.
Tia and I are partial to our Rilli design as is everyone in our
Kamiar’s world of colour, print and texture finds
a perfect home in Lawn and gives the buyer a universe
What is the one piece of advice that you would give
of possibilities. Whether you are craving reminders of
to your lawn collection buyer?
enchantment within nature or prints in exuberant colours
We encourage our clients to try the different styling of
to welcome in the summer, Rokni has got you covered.
outfits that are displayed in the look book. We want our ladies to be leaders in fashion, not followers! What makes the Karachi Lawn Enthusiast different from those in other parts of the country? Karachi is nearly eleven months of summer so the consumer needs a lot more lawn!
a kabab food
we’re serious about our kababs. by Mahrukh Abbasi
Forty years ago, before celebrity chefs influenced our cooking
to God for having so much already. The recipes have been
skills or inauthentic recipes popped up on websites, or before
passed down for generations, and their kababs have a distinct
Karachi became a hot house for some of the most popular
taste, unlike any other available in the city.
kabab-paratha places in the country, Nazeer Ahmed opened
The seekh kababs are malaii-soft and juicy, and it was
up Al-Kabab in Bahadurabad.
a wonder they were still intact. The beef boti was decent
These days, this tiny restaurant is being run by the
too, but the Bihari kababs stole the show. Their flavour was
original owner’s son, Naseer Ahmed, who is making sure he
just perfect, without being too spicy, bitter or burnt, and
upholds the quality and taste set by generations before him.
a combination of secret spices that were unlike any other
It’s not the most attractive joint in the city - hidden
Bihari kabab in town. Their fresh green raita, with crisp, pink
away in a lane before Imtiaz Supermarket, with a few bulbs
onions was complimentary with every dish, and their trade-
hanging outside, plastic chairs along the side-walk, and a
marked golden fried puri parathas topped the charts for a
street filled with people enjoying every bite of their meal
complete kababi dinner. The prices are also very reasonable,
in their cars. First-timers might even feel reluctant when
Rs.115 per plate for any types of kababs, which makes this
ordering the food, but only until it arrives. After that every
place a super-hit for students and families.
bite will have you craving for more.
Al-Kabab Near the Main Bahadurabad Chorangi, Off Alamgir Road, across Feefo www.yello.pk/44278
Al-Kabab opened doors in 1970, and since then has only offered four items on the menu along with puri-parathas. When asked why the menu is so limited, the owner answered, “Jitna phailaogay, utna uljhao gai.” He also said he’s thankful WWW.YELLO.PK
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entertainment Having conquered the small screen, Aisha Khan is now transitioning into the film world. Will Waar mean goodbye to tv? Here she discusses the future of films, Shaan and her role in the revival of cinema.
What kind of roles do you enjoy doing the most?
Tell us a funny rumour about yourself?
When it comes to roles, I’ve done pretty much everything
That I’m married to Humayun Saeed! That is such a joke!
under the sun. I never wanted to be just another pretty face in the industry, I wanted to prove my versatility and my
strength as an actor. Nowadays though I’m sick of playing
What can you say is new about this film?
the ‘mazloom woman’. I would like to stop crying for a
This film is going to put us on the international front. It
change! Initially I was the home breaker but now I’m tired
enables us to compete with films of international standards
of hearing this ‘aap roti bohat acha hain’.
all across the globe. Firstly, it’s in English. We’ve never really
had a film in English before. However, the techniques, the script, the direction, everything is going to put us on the
How did Waar happen?
map. The revival of cinema has already started with all
I knew Waar would be huge since Bilal Lashari was
the Shoaib Mansoor films that have come out, but I would
directing it, so it was an easy choice for me to make. And
think Waar would give it a great, great push.
now when I watch it, it makes me proud to be a Pakistani. The script is also really powerful. When I was initially
offered the role, I was a little confused because it was a very
After Waar are you going to go back to TV?
small part, and I didn’t want to disappoint my TV fans. But
I’m getting tired of the monotony of television. I might just
they changed it to give me a larger role so that felt great.
reduce the amount of work I do or quit it altogether.
What was it like on set?
What’s next for Aisha Khan?
It was insanely fun! I had the most amazing people around
Theatre. That’s what I want to do. I’ve never done it before
me. Waqas Rana, who is the writer for Waar, was great;
and I’ve always been interested in it.
I would call him ‘big daddy’ and he treated me like his daughter. Also Shaan is the most amazing senior I could
have asked for. He’s very concerned and very supportive.
What does Karachi mean to you?
Sometimes our shoots would start at night and go on till
Lights, traffic and awesome people.
morning, so we would all have a great time all night.
05.14 Tell us more about Shaan. He’s awesome! He’s an institution. He’s very focused and hardworking, a jaan to be around and ofcourse GORGEOUS.
00.31 Whare do you like to eat in the city? Pompeii, Espresso and Flo.
10 minutes with
by Manal Faheem Khan
rather than a serious effort to understand her. The problem lies partly in the script, which attributes Thatcher’s right-wing ideology solely to her upbringing as a grocer’s doctor and never grapples with her governing philosophy in a serious manner. The Iron Lady treats Thatcher’s biggest achievements — the Falklands War, the miner’s strike, her role in ending the Cold War – in a disappointingly rote fashion. Montages sound-tracked by contemporary music and a few throwaway sentences are enough to dispose of Thatcher’s considerable political victories. The movie also does not attempt to grapple with Thatcher’s gender in a serious manner. Here was a woman who rose to the top of the hidebound Tory party without ever being entirely accepted or loved, who was ultimately betrayed by her male colleagues and banished from the party she had devoted her life to. For the Iron Lady a few superficial flashbacks are enough to explain this. A lack of emotion may be The Iron Lady’s worst crime but that is to be expected in a film which merely skims over one of the most storied careers of our lifetime. The end result is no more illuminating than a 30-minute BBC documentary on Thatcher’s life leading one to wonder why Lloyd ever wanted to make this film in the first place.
Shimraiz in Haissam Hussain’s current on-air serial, Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan. Many viewers will be looking forward to their serious and (hopefully) more mature role in Durr-e-
Durr-e-Shehwar, at first glance, spells out all the ingredients
Ali Qazi. All in all, with a mixture of a new and veteran
that make a drama serial a mega hit: an award-winning
cast, and the return of Nadia Jamil on the screen, Durr-e-
director, Haissam Hussain, an original script by Umera
Shehwar is THE drama serial to watch out for in March.
According to Durr-e-Shehwar’s official page, the serial will introduce Maya Ali, Omer Naru, Sumbal Jamil, Osman
by Hareem Ahmed
Khalid Butt, Fazaray Syed, Saud Umer, HenaZali, and
Ahmed (of Doraha and MeriZaat Zara-e-Benishan fame), the star cast of Qavi Khan, Samina Peerzada, Nadia Jamil, Nauman Ejaz, Sanam Baloch and Meekal Zulfiqar, perfectly balanced by many new faces who will make their debut in this series. This is the first joint production of Momina Duraid Productions and Six Sigma. At the time of writing, no promos have been aired and no one is giving away the basic plot outline. We do know that the plot will revolve around Durr-e-Shehwar, played by Sanam Baloch. The male lead opposite Baloch is Zulfiqar, which is yet another attraction of this serial. The duo is playing the negative yet hilarious Kiran and 0312–YELLOPK
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When: 1 Mar. ’12 at 10am-9.00pm
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Misaal Lawn by Ayesha Hussain,
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Nomi Ansari Lawn
Where: D-94, Block 4, Behind
Where: Imperial near Teen Talwar,
Royal Rodale All Pakistan Day
Abdullah Shah Ghazi, Clifton
Bowling Tournament @ Royal
When: 24-26 Mar. ’12 at 11am-10pm
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