Month: April 2017

Movie Marathon Theme: Love

I love movies and I take them very seriously. If you watch an average movie at the cinema it will become something extraordinary. My friend is a movie freak like me and I’ve been watching movies with him for 10yrs  in his basement, first he has 5.1 surround sound and recently he upgraded to 7.1 Dolby Surround sound system with cinema seats.

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So after seeing this upgrade I decided to do theme based movie marathon  followed by one or two Youtube  video and one song. For March I selected ‘Love‘. Movies I’ve selected are In the Mood for Love, Her and Amour.

In the Mood for Love

It’s a masterpiece directed by Wong Kar-wai. His movies has been admired by Martin Scorsese & Quentin Tarantino.  What makes this film distinct and unique when compared to most romantic movies is that it deals with a relationship that is never going to happen, but nevertheless, a great loss is experienced. Love the way Wong Kar-wai handles his characters. This movie has a Prequel titled ‘Days of Being Wild‘ and a sequel titled ‘2046‘.

Her

Her is about one man’s relationship with an electronic device that has a female voice. Far from being an alarming tale, it highlights how technology itself cannot only fulfill our emotional needs, but also clarify our relationships with the people it’s meant to connect us with. This is something that can be possible in the future. Stunning Production & AHmazing performance by Joaquin Phoenix.

Hoyte Van Hoytema has done stunning cinematography. I knew that  Spike Jonze will win an Oscar for Best original screenplay and on 16th feb. I tweeted my prediction.

Amour

Amour is a 2012 French-language romantic drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. It honors the resilience of love in the face of old age and sickness. Amour is emotionally powerful, but attains its power through a spare, non-manipulative chronicle of events in the lives of an elderly couple. Although predominantly a tragedy about the end of life, Amour also makes a profound statement about what constitutes true love at one word might lead you to believe.

 

In the end

 

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Dastaar-e-Anaa Bloggers Meetup

TV One uncovered mysteries and the OST screening of the upcoming dramatization Dastaar-e-Anaa in the bloggers meetup with the enthusiastic cast at the Pi Social Café.

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Director Mohsin Talat

Uzma Gillani is all set to do her television comeback as Zebunissana in Dastaar-e-Anaa. Abid Ali and Uzma Gillani the legends of Pakistani Drama industry will be seen together after 14 years.

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Salman Saeed & Aisha Gul

Mark your calendars for some memorable performances starting from 14thApril 2017 every Friday 8pm.

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An adept director Mohsin Talat together withthe talented cast including Salman Saeed, Ayesha Gul, Uzma Gillani all the way from Canada over a voice call became part of the launch and bloggers meet of Dastaar-e-Anaa.

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Dastaar-e-Anaa is a captivating drama serial with an interesting story line built up by Amin Sadiq.

Dastaar-e-Anaa will deliver an impactful message amongst audience.

Director’s Note: “Our mission is to create awareness of keeping balance in relationships and solve the negative slot in the society. Either dramas are character based or issue based, here in this drama we have tried to provide audience with a impactful message.”

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Aisha Gul

Cast’s Note: ” Challenging roles like these is the beauty of acting, this is my passion that’s why I am here”- Aisha Gul

Dastaar-e-Anaa revolves around a story of a lady Zebunissa (Uzma Gillani) who loves to control life of people around her. The main lead Saniya Shamshad as Mahnoor is shown as the granddaughter of Zebunissa. Mahnoor is a gentle and kind soul, who is scared of her granddaughter and tries to obey. Salman Saeed is playing the opposite lead role to Saniya Shamshad and the story is a traditional love story which is shot on the beautiful locations of Northern Areas in Pakistan.

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The melodious OST of Dastaar-e-Anaa is composed by Maestro Waqar Ali and sung by none other than Coke Studio star Jabir Abbas.

Do you think Mahnoor will go against her grandmother for lover?

Kashif Mahmood a well known face of Pakistani Drama industry will be seen in a negative role as Waleed in Dastaar-e-Anaa. Kashif has a boy next door personality and this role must be a challenge for him.

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Bloggers playing sequence with Aisha Gul & Mohsin Talat

The launch was a successful event along with a meet and greet session cast and bloggers indulged in board games which are the specialty of Pi Social Café, the cast time win the game against the bloggers team, the challenge was worth gazing and way to interesting.

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Adorn the beauty of Venice and the Roman Architecture with Zainab Chottani’s Sii Bello Collection

We are pleased to announce that Zainab Chottani will be releasing a non-collaborative debut Spring/Summer 2017 Luxury Lawn Collection named SII BELLO, on April 7, 2017.

Zainab Chottani's Sii Bello Collection

Zainab Chottani’s new lawn collection is the perfect antidote to beat the heat while looking effortlessly chic. With a touch of Europe, the beauty of Rome and Venice inspires the prints.

Zainab Chottani's Sii Bello Collection

Hareem Farooq wearing Zainab Chottani’s Sii Bello Collection

With eight unique designs varying in two color ways each, the prints comprise of Venetian ferns and vines cleverly melded with the aesthetics of Italian Renaissance architecture. From dreamy pastels to bold dark hues, each print is imbued with its own unique Italian heritage motif.

Zainab Chottani's Sii Bello Collection

Zainab Chottani with Hania

SS2017 by Zainab Chottani reinvents lawn with trend-setting silhouettes juxtaposed with delicate and 3D floral embroideries end-noted with dramatic tassel add-ons. There is indubitably something for every taste in this electric and worldly collection. We are extremely excited to be launching such an on-trend and alluring lawn collection this season.

Zainab Chottani's Sii Bello Collection

With just few days to go, Team Zainab Chottani has taken things in full swing to offer you a truly covetable collection with so much support and encouragement from media and peers during our previous launches, we are striving to ensure this capsule is nothing short of perfection.

Zainab Chottani's Sii Bello Collection

Be Confident, Be Extraordinary, Be Beautiful….. SII BELLO!!

Strawberry Crepes

As I love strawberries and their sweet and sour taste, I decided to make this super easy dessert by start . . .

strawberry recipe

Ingredients

For Crepes

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup skim milk

1/3 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon white sugar

1 pinch salt

For filing

1 Cup sliced fresh strawberries

Strawberry jam as required

Chocolate syrup for topping

Whipped cream for topping

Icing sugar for  topping

Strawberry Crepes

Method

  • In a large bowl, beat together egg, milk, water and oil. Beat in flour, sugar and salt until smooth.
  • Heat a medium, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place a spoonful of crepe batter into center of pan, tilting to coat the bottom. Cook until golden brown on one side, turning once, 2 to 5 minutes. Continue with remaining batter.
  • To assemble, spread some chocolate syrup and  strawberry jam on the lighter side of one crepe. Place a line of overlapping strawberries down the center of the crepe and roll it up. Topped with some chocolate syrup and whipped cream and drizzle with icing sugar. Repeat with remaining crepes.

KFC Pakistan Day Celebration

KFC Pakistan has been working with Zindagi Trust (owned by Shahzad Roy) since a while now and it  has raised over 70 million rupees. KFC previously donated this money to Zindagi Trust, but has started taking ownership in terms of running the school. On 23rd March, there were kids from a school – which was the second school which KFC is jointly running with Zindagi Trust, gathered at KFC Ittehad outlet, with the aim to celebrate 23rd March, along with the agenda to highlight the achievement of KFC and Zindagi Trust.
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The reason of highlighting this is to prove KFC as a socially responsive brand, highlight its CSR capacity and at the same time, promote the spirit of doing something for the nation, particularly in terms of education and literacy, because educated Pakistan will be a smart Pakistan. Event was attending by numerous celebrities such as Farhan Agha, Sarwat Gillani, Nida Khan and others. KFC CEO Raza Pirbhai along with these celebrities talked to students, motivated them to excel in life; students sang national songs, which was a wonderful moment.
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