Indian film ‘Baahubali’ to be screened at Pakistan International Film Festival

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Updated 29 March 2018
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Indian film ‘Baahubali’ to be screened at Pakistan International Film Festival

ISLAMABAD: The four-day Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF), featuring prominent filmmakers from across the globe — including India — opens in Karachi on Thursday.
At a time when Pakistani artists are banned from working in India, most recently affecting singers Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistan has extended an olive branch with PIFF.
S.S. Rajamouli, the Indian filmmaker behind the epic “Baahubali,” tweeted his excitement over his film playing at the festival.
“‘Baahubali’ has given me opportunities to travel to a number of countries... The most exciting of them all is now, Pakistan. Thank you Pakistan International Film Festival, Karachi for the invite.”
The festival will screen 210 films from different categories, including documentaries, short films and feature films, which were selected from submissions from 93 countries.
“Baahubali” is a two-part action epic, “Baahubali: The Beginning” and “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” about the battle for the claim to an ancient kingdom between two brothers. The Telugu and Tamil language films, which were also distributed in Hindi, star Prabhas and Rana Daggubati as the warring brothers, with Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Tamannaah Bhatia and Sathyaraj in supporting roles.
Rajamouli will be joined at the event by Shobu Yarlagadda, who produced “Baahubali,” along with a number of other visitors from India. They include: Nandita Das (actor, director and producer of upcoming movie “Manto”), musician Harsh Narayan, actor Vinay Pathak, Zeenat Lakhani (writer of “Hindi Medium”), Saket Chaudhary (director of “Hindi Medium”), Nishtha Jain (maker of documentary film “Gulabi Gang”), Subhash Kapoor (prominent producer, screenplay writer and director), and filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj.
Other films from India that will be screened at PIFF include the Shah Rukh Khan hit “Dear Zindagi,” “Hindi Medium,” which stars Pakistan’s Saba Qamar Zaman, and Marathi film “Sairat.”


The Six: Red carpet rewind

Emma Stone at the 2015 Academy Awards. (AFP)
Updated 20 February 2019
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The Six: Red carpet rewind

DUBAI: We recount some of our favorite Arab-designed gowns to grace the Oscars’ red carpet.

Halle Berry

Berry made history in 2002 when she became the first black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress. She wore a now iconic Elie Saab burgundy gown with a see-through corset and floral detailing for the occasion.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez presented at the 2012 ceremony and turned heads in a beautiful white Zuhair Murad dress embellished with sequins and featuring a plunging neckline and figure-hugging cut.  

Lady Gaga

Always one to shine, Lady Gaga showed up to the 2015 show wearing a white Azzedine Alaia dress with red dishwashing gloves.

Emma Stone

Stone wore a beautiful green-hued Elie Saab gown to the 2015 ceremony. The embellishments, cut and fall of the fabric made the dress a whimsical and dreamy number to remember.

Jenna Dewan

At the 2014 awards show, Dewan wore a mermaid style Reem Acra gown that was tight fitting and embellished with feathers and sequins.

Chrissy Teigen

The always elegant Teigen wore a white Zuhair Murad dress with a high split to the 2017 ceremony show. The gown featured metallic detailing and a gold belt to cinch in the waist.