By Muhammad Asad Ullah
Before he tried his luck on the silver screen, he appeared in a couple of drama serials, but it was the silver screen phenomena that set his stars in motion. Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui has made a name for himself playing big-screen paragon of a chocolate hero as Arhan in Ho Mann Jahan (2016). He went on, of course, to grow as an actor and affix his stardom playing a non-straight character of Tipu in recently released 7 Din Mohabbat In.
Both his films starred him opposite Mahira Khan and the magic they bring together on-screen with uncanny chemistry between the two, speaks for itself as the film takes the box office run. Now Munawar is returning to type – and this time taking over the role of a producer as well with Paray Hut Love, hilarious, scathing and a romantic film. The film is scheduled to go on floors from September and release on Eid al-Adha 2019.
Only a few weeks ago, we heard the news of Mahira Khan being roped in for the upcoming venture, directed by Asim Raza, who is back at directing film after a two-year hiatus. However, it has now been confirmed that Maya Ali of Mann Mayal fame and recently rising to stardom with Teefa in Trouble will be replacing the Raees actor in Paray Hut Love.
Revealing details of his upcoming film, Sheheryar said, “Paray Hut Love is a romantic comedy drama.” Written by Imran Aslam, satirical and ultimately compassionate, the film is an unlikely romance between a young-free willed, commitment phobic man and a beautiful, strong headed woman.
Although we’ve seen Mahira and Sheheryar bringing together an impeccable chemistry on-screen, which also accredits to a strong bond of friendship they share, when asked for whether he and Maya would be able to display the same in Paray Hut Love he responded, “We wouldn’t be working together if we didn’t think we can work well together.”
Don’t lose your heart just now. It has been confirmed that although Mahira Khan is not the leading woman, we would still be catching up with her in the upcoming film. “Mahira is playing a very special part in the film,” Asim said in a statement.
When questioned on why Mahira was replaced, Asim said, “Mahira was facing major date issues but there’s no doubt that she has a very special place in my heart. No-one can ever replace her.
As Sheheryar Munawar turns producer for the film, so too his responsibilities for the actor. It is quite strenuous to be on-screen and behind the camera at the same time, whilst making sure everything goes smoothly as planned and with attention-to-detail. But the idea of increased responsibility doesn’t seem to faze the young actor. “Of course, being a producer of a film is a huge responsibility but it also allows me to thoroughly enjoy the film making process,” Sheheryar said.
Apart from Maya and Sheheryar, the all-star cast includes Nadeem Baig, Hina Dilpazeer, Ahmed Ali Butt, Zara Noor Abbas among others.
The indomitable trending of black
Black always remains the indomitable trend, be it for the red carpet or any unorthodox appearance. Although swathes of colour and sequins remains the order of the day, but it’s black that eclipses any other silhouette or couture in line. Everything, from glamorous gowns, that speaks volumes, to powerful suits, the chic tailor pants and sleek body fitted jackets lends to the colour. Creativity is always a win on the red carpet, well mostly. You need to balance a look between sequins, plunging necklines, edgy colours, clean lines and sultry slits. If you’re on just one side of the spectrum, you’ve lost it. Though gowns are usually a go-to for the celebrities, but an effortless denim and jumpsuits can do wonders, too. Shimmer that lasts for days, fabulous feathers, floral appliques, protuberant flower patterns or a simple silhouette playing around the lines of tailored cuts. Deserving of applause or not, it all depends on how the celebrity trails through with everything on perfect. We note down the two women that recently went through a sea change of girl-next-door to a diva status, trailing all black with their recent appearances.
While riding high on popularity with Teefa in Trouble and bagging another role in Asim Raza’s next, Maya Ali went bold and sassy as she sparkled in silk silhouette by Nomi Ansari for the premiere night of her film. Tailored yet alluring full length gown, in deep-rooted black with jacquard flowers, was a mega slouchy appearance. Clean lines and a classy take on black with applique neckline, and intricate use of flowers to add a hint of personality by Ansari was for one simple reason – to make the woman look like a million dollars as she walks down the red carpet with awaiting paparazzi, keeping an eye on each twirl and the smile of confidence. With loose curls, it was a winner this season.
After being the part of quotidian world of morning shows for about 5 years now, her appearance on a recent television show came as a surprise to us as she channelled a Sania Maskatiya knee length one-shoulder gown, way too effortlessly than imagined. Sanam has always made appearances in very eastern attires, but her recent fashion choices have hailed her as the young bright spark. Clean lines and a classy take on all things, especially the tailored neckline and perfectly structured silhouette in silk with intricate use of geometry and a symmetry of shape have made Maskatiya a talked about collection of sleek evening gowns which one can also carry in a bright sunny day. Sanam took it easy, minimalism taking over the centre stage, having fun with fashion as luxe get comfy, pairing with high black stilettos and rolling down her all puffy hair on one side of the shoulder, not drawing too much attention. Va Va Voom!
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