Mahlia S. Lone

Many of us go on European vacays in the summer to enjoy the cooler climes, party in a free, uninhibited environment and shop. But not many, overwhelmed by the beauty of the architecture, end up organizing full fledged photo shoots in an attempt to commemorate the said holiday, unless you are a talented professional photographer like Mohsin Khawar. Enthralled by the beauty of Budapest, Mohsin shot a visually striking shoot featuring Hungarian model Fruzsi who works regularly in India as well. For this editorial shoot, he collaborated with the womenswear designer Bernadette Sitku of Berbloom and handbag designer Annamaria Pap. Mohsin said about his experience, “One cannot stop falling in love with Budapest. It’s a city with great character and history with each corner being an art piece itself….I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with the artists there. They are beautiful people inside and out. Europe is made of artists.”

At the recent premiere of The Black Prince in Lahore, many celebrities turned out to catch the film based on Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last ruler of the Punjab. The producer, director and stars also flew in to mark the occasion in the city that was the seat of the dynasty’s power, as well as thank the Fakir Khana Museum for their cooperation. The biopic up next of Queen Victoria has me waiting with bated breath. Victoria & Abdul is out next month and stars the redoubtable Dame Judi Dench and young Indian actor Ali Fazal. In anticipation, this issue’s Memorable Romance tells the story of the Empress/Queen and her young Muslim Munshi from Agra, a relationship that broke down the barriers of race, age, class and religion despite fierce opposition.

Ghairat, an ARY Digital drama serial, explores the post trauma stage that the whole family goes through following honour killing. While male leads, Syed Jibran and Muneeb Butt give light interviews, holding the cards close to their chest, 22 year old actress Iqra Aziz proves to be as brave as her character. She tells us how she and her family have struggled and made it on their own. Her mother, a single mom, is the country’s first Careem driver. Iqra says that society judges independent minded women trying to make a go of it instead of being supportive and appreciative of honest hard work.

With this and much more, we present you with this fortnight’s issue of GT!

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