Filmfare honors Fawad Khan with an icon award

In this file photo, Pakistani film and television actor Fawad Khan poses during the launch of the new Giovanni FW15 collection in Mumbai on July 14, 2015. (AFP)
Updated 31 March 2018

Filmfare honors Fawad Khan with an icon award

It seems that entertainers from both sides of the India-Pakistan border are ignoring the suggestion that they cease working together. It was widely reported that at the launch of Filmfare magazine in Dubai, Pakistani heart-throb Fawad Khan and Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone would share a stage. But that wasn’t the main excitement behind Khan’s appearance.
Filmfare Middle East honored Khan on its UAE relaunch with a Cinematic Icon Pakistan/India Award.
It was presented to him by filmmaker and collaborator Karan Johar and designer Manish Malhotra, for whom Khan walked the ramp for as a show stopper alongside Padukone in 2016.
Filmfare’s move could be seen as a bridging of relations after the sharing of talent between the two countries had become further and further scrutinized and politicized over the past few years. The Middle East is a neutral middle ground for stars from both sides of the border to rub shoulders.
Khan’s relationship with Bollywood took a sour turn when after two mega-hits (arguably three with ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’) relations between the two countries soured with reports of many deals and roles slipping out of the in-demand actor’s hands. Clips from all three films, including ‘Kapoor and Sons’ and ‘Khoobsurat,’ played before the actor received his award.
Filmfare is a longstanding Indian entertainment publication that focuses on Bollywood.
The Middle East is a big Bollywood consumer and home to a large population of South Asians from across the subcontinent. Filmfare’s ME edition will expand beyond the B-town stars and also highlight Pakistan as well as local film news.
Khan was joined at the event with fellow Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat, veteran Indian actor Jackie Shroff and actress Vidya Balan.

Oscars 2019: Arab nominees at the 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars 2019: Arab nominees at the 91st Academy Awards

DUBAI: The Oscars countdown is almost over - both fans and critics have already locked in their favorites over who will take home this year’s trophies.

It is a particularly exciting season for Arabs and Muslims, as a few Oscar contenders are set to make history for the region. 

Rami Malek for Best Actor

It would be a big upset if Rami Malek does not win the coveted Best Actor trophy on Feb. 24, as his epic transformation into rock legend Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been recognized in every awards show preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG.

Born to immigrant parents, the Egyptian American is poised to make history as the first actor of Arab descent to clinch the top acting prize at the Oscars, seen as one of the highest recognitions in the field. In 2016, he scored an Emmy for his performance in the hit TV show “Mr. Robot.”

Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor

A frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali is heading strong into the Oscars with multiple wins on his resume for his role in the historical dramedy “Green Book.”

The 44-year-old made headlines in 2017 when he became the first Muslim to win Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars in its 91-year history. Ali could replicate this success this year.

Capernaum for Best Foreign Film

Oprah Winfrey, a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has said Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, is a must-see.

Ever since the Lebanese drama won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, more and more people, including colleagues in the film industry, have been praising Labaki’s work.

But it is going to be an uphill battle as her film competes with Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” which has won all foreign-language film recognitions ahead of the Oscars.

Of Father and Sons for Best Documentary Feature

Berlin-based Syrian director Talal Derki took it to a different level when he lived with a Daesh family to shoot his award-winning documentary “Of Father and Sons,” which depicts radicalization from a very personal viewpoint, and is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

But the courageous Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner is up against a tough bunch, including fan favorite “RBG,” which documents the life of US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a living legend in American law.

Critics have also placed their bets on “Free Solo,” a sports documentary that depicts the athletic feat of professional rock climber Alex Hammond.