Amna Ilyas, the dusky beauty from Karachi is at the forefront of Pakistan’s media revolution. At just 22 she has not only made her mark as a model, she is now staring in two mainstream films- Good Morning Karachi and Zindaa Bhaag.
The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has selected “Zinda Bhaag” as the first Pakistani film in over fifty years to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 86th Academy Awards. A total of four films were submitted to the committee for consideration including Chambeli, Josh and Lamha (Seedlings) in addition to Zinda Bhaag. The film premiered in Karachi last night to rave reviews.
Zinda Bhaag is a comedy/thriller about three young men trying to escape the reality of their everyday lives through the use of the unconventional methods available to them. The journey that unfolds through the film is a telling tale of the sorts of circumstances that everyday Pakistani’s find themselves in – an unfulfilled desire to achieve feats that are out of their reach, a yearning to prove themselves despite of the hurdles places before them, and an inescapable sense of melancholy that sets in when ones opportunities are dictated by forces that are out of their control.
The film is directed and written by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, and is produced by Mazhar Zaidi. The film features Bollywood legend Naseeruddin Shah, our cover girl Amna Ilyas and Khurram Patras in leading roles.
Speaking about the selection of Zinda Bhaag, Chairperson of the Committee Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy said, “Pakistan will finally have a film in contention this year at the Academy Awards and I feel proud that today we are taking a small step towards recognizing our own filmmakers. Zinda Bhaag is proof of the fact that sheer will, passion and talent can achieve incredible feats, and I would like to congratulate the team behind the film on a compelling and cinematic film”
Speaking of the nomination, Committee member Mohsin Hamid said, “Zinda Bhaag is funny, natural, hip, and casually audacious – A real step forward for contemporary Pakistani cinema and a pleasure to watch”.
Speaking of the nomination, Committee member Samina Peerzada said, “Zinda Bhaag is a great film about the price you pay for dreaming dreams, it is painful but true.”
Acclaimed Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah said about the nomination, “The genre “Zinda Bhaag” belongs to can only be called ‘cinema of conviction’. May the tribe increase! I am proud to be a part of this film.”
Speaking of the nomination, Committee member Mehreen Jabbar said, “Zindaa Bhaag took a risk in telling a different kind of story and did it in a very innovative way. It also stayed true to its content and approach and that I feel is a very welcome contribution to the revival of cinema in Pakistan”.
Photography by Ayaz Anis Khan
Hair and makeup by Raana Khan
Written by Amna Salman
We are excited to announce that Pakistan Today and Paper Magazine are collaborating to launch weekly publication “Paperazzi”.
[Lahore, 15th August 2013]: Daily newspaper, Pakistan Today and quarterly lifestyle Magazine, Paper proudly announce their collaboration to jointly launch a weekly magazine called Paperazzi, to be distributed with the Sunday edition of Pakistan Today from September 2013 and onwards.
Pakistan Today is an English Newspaper printed and published by Arif Nizami at Nawa Media Corportation (pvt) Limited. It is published from Lahore, Karachi & Islamabad.
Paper Magazine is a popular quarterly fashion and lifestyle glossy printed by publishing editors Samina Khan and Meher Tareen.
Editorially, this joint effort will offer a high quality product with the latest events, local and international fashion trends, celebrity interviews and exciting features. Paperazzi hopes to be a socially responsible and culturally aware magazine with superb layouts and a light-hearted tone. The collaboration with Pakistan Today will bring Paperazzi to the newsstand every week and will ensure high circulation across Pakistan.
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