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Faran Tahir’s career spans diverse roles, from Shakespeare’s Othello to a concerned Syrian father seeking refuge with his family, a playboy arms dealer, and the iconic Captain Nemo. As one of the few Pakistani actors in Hollywood, Faran is known for his humility, compassion, and drive. Transitioning from theater to the big screen, he shares insights into life in Hollywood, his early career journey, aspirations for the future, and his latest role in
the Pakistani film UmroAyyar.

HOW DID YOU FIND THE TRANSITION BETWEEN WORKING IN HOLLYWOOD AND PAKISTAN’S FILM INDUSTRY? WERE THERE ANY MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN YOUR EXPERIENCES?

Of course there are many distinct differences between working in Hollywood and working in Pakistan. Hollywood industry being way more established and having a much larger history has more resources and bigger budgets for these ventures. And to be able to work with those people who are the crème of the creme and learning from them was a wonderful opportunity. But at the same time working in Pakistan which is a very different industry, one has to honour the rules and regulations of any industry that you work in. Although Pakistan has fewer resources but I think the creativity in Pakistan is beyond imagination and because of that working with people and trying to find solutions together is a wonderful learning experience.

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE CHALLENGES AND REWARDS OF WORKING IN BOTH INDUSTRIES?

Both industries have their own challenges. For me the biggest challenge of working in Hollywood was to keep trying to find roles that showed me in a diversified way. And I’m not stereotyped which can happen in an industry which has limited offerings for characters and people like me. On the other hand in Pakistan the challenge is always been structural things. USA is way more structured. To be able to make your way through and have enough focus on what you’re trying to do has always been a challenge for me.

WE HAVE HEARD YOU TALK BEFORE ABOUT BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE GLOBAL MARKET CONTENT AND DOMESTIC MARKET CONTENT NOW THAT YOU HAVE WORKED IN PAKISTAN, DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS TO EXPAND YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN PAKISTANI ENTERTAINMENT?

Having working in Pakistan I was very encouraged by Pakistan film industry. I think it’s high time we share our stories with the global market. Keeping that in mind I’m setting up my own company. Which is a production house make Pakistan which is my home my base. And keep a foot in both industries and push the envelope and
see if we can do some meaningful work. I would like to keep both the careers alive at the same time.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN UMROAYYAR AND HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH THE CAST AND CREW?

My experience of working at UmroAyyar was nothing short of being absolutely wonderful. The cast and crew became a family. We were trying to do something that was new and original. And because of that there was such camaraderie between the crew. And I will take this with me a jewel of a memory for the rest of my life

CAN YOU SHARE A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE OR ANECDOTE FROM WORKING ON A HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION VERSUS A PAKISTANI PRODUCTION?

One of the funniest annectodes of my work life in Hollywood was when a director got up and decided to show me how to act like a Pakistani. It was hilarious, frustrating and maddening at the same time. On the Pakistani side, I was once asked to come and direct a high fantasy project and I was sure there would be a studio for me to do it. After getting to Pakistan, I was told that the studio that the studio had not even been constructed yet.
Which created a lot of problems. It was hilarious and very frustrating at the same time.

HOW DO YOU APPROACH ROLES DIFFERENTLY BASED ON CULTURAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD AND PAKISTANI CINEMA?

I think regardless of which cinema or industry you’re working in, each character is unique and therefore we
must stay honest to what the characters requirements are. I always approach a character from a unique perspective. Sometimes my Pakistani culture my heritage plays a big part in it. Sometimes it plays a small part in it. And yet it is always a part of of me. So when I work in Hollywood, that uniqueness of my Pakistani experience is a part of my rendition and my approach to the character. But when I work in Pakistan some of my experience
from the US also trickles into my characters.

WHAT DO YOU THINK EACH INDUSTRY CAN LEARN FROM THE OTHER IN TERMS OF FILMMAKING TECHNIQUES OR STORYTELLING?

I think both industries have a lot to offer to each other. Obviously because the west is more advanced in the technology I think Pakistani industry will benefit from learning the technique and ways that are now being used in global story telling. By the same token we Pakistanis have some unique stories which need to be shared with the world and I think it would be a wonderful addition to the world art scene if we can also bring our stories to the forefront.

HOW HAS YOUR BACKGROUND INFLUENCED YOUR ACTING STYLE AND THE ROLES YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY?

I have been very fortunate to have had a wonderful education and training in performing arts. Which always helps me in crafting my characters. On the technical side that is a wonderful blessing, on the artistic side I think my acting style has a lot to do with my heritage and my own experience. I always try to bring something new something different, something more human to every character that I play.

ARE THERE SPECIFIC GENRES OR TYPES OF ROLES YOU PREFER IN ONE INDUSTRY OVER THE OTHER?

I actually focus on story telling and therefore to me all roles are wonderful challenges as long as the story requires it. I don’t make no distinction between roles or industries. I always look for the best story that we can tell.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF PAKISTANI CINEMA EVOLVING, ESPECIALLY IN RELATION TO ITS INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE?

I think Pakistan has a lot to offer. The problem that we have had so far is that we have only explored limited genres of story telling. In order to have a more global presence we would expand our exploration into other genres, other issues and other kind of movies. The strength of any industry is the variety of content that they product and I think we are at the right time and right moment to do those explorations in Pakistani cinema.

ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR DIRECTORS OR ACTORS FROM EITHER INDUSTRY THAT YOU PARTICULARLY ADMIRE OR WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH IN THE FUTURE?

There are some wonderful creators in this world and I make it a point to work with people who elevate my
craft. There are wonderful directors and actors across the world and I hope I can get the chance to work
with as many as I possibly can.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING ACTORS LOOKING TO WORK IN BOTH HOLLYWOOD AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL FILM INDUSTRIES?

My advice to all aspiring actors is to always dream big but never shy away from the hard work that goes into achieving those dreams. If our Pakistani actors want to work outside it would be to our benefit if we keep the training and have all the skills and tools that we might require to work in an international industry.

offering films television documentaries events short films and commercials. We’re hoping that by doing so we can elevate pakistans industry and bring more of an international viewership to our content. We will be in operation in about three months and we’re hoping we can take this industry to the next level.

AFTER YOUR RECENT PROJECT, HOW DO YOU ENVISION WHAT TYPES OF CHARACTERS WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE IN PAKISTAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?

Having worked in Pakistan I would like to explore more varied characters than what we have currently being offered on screen. I would like to focus more on issues and storylines that are different than just domestic issues. We can bring light to other issues and other kind of characters and people will identify with these kind of
characters and story lines.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PERFECT SCENARIO IF YOU COULD BALANCE YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE TWO INDUSTRIES?

I would really like to explore wonderful challenges in both industries and if I could have my choice I would much rather

Photography: MOHSIN KHAWAR

Makeup: PARAGON SALON

Location: ANDAZ RESTAURANT

Step into a reverie of timeless elegance with the enchanting bridal collection b y Mohsin Naveed Ranjha. In the hear t of Karachi ‘s ancient colonial stone buildings, where time seems to stand still, discover a treasury of untold tales with our la test Gold Series bridal collection titled ‘Hussan Ara Mansion! Each delicate stitch in these ensembles serves as a tribute to the narratives of love , joy, and yearning whispered by these age-old walls. From the noble elites to the ordinary souls who once inhabited these halls, their stories are woven into the very essence of our heritage. Inspired by the exquisite tradition of Sola Singhar, acherished beauty grooming ritual of yore , each ensemble is a masterpiece of hand embroidery, reminiscent of the opulent craftsmanship that adorned Pakistani fashion during this golden era. Prepare to be transported to a bygone era of sophistication and splendour.

Muse: @sadafkanwal
Photographer: @rizwan.haq
Stylist: @khojiiii

HUSSAN ARA MANSION

DESIGNER’S NOTE
Born f rom my journe ys to Karachi , the Hussan Ara Collection is inspired by the weathered colonial buildings
that I encountered. Each time I came across these structures, I found myself immersed in a world of stories. These di lapidated edifices, with their faded grandeur, inspired me deeply. Through this collection, my aim is to honor not just the lavishness of past eras, but also the indomitable spirit of those who dwelled within these historic spaces. The collection is centred on the use of finest textiles and elaborate embellishments. Join us as
we journey back in time, honouring the elegance and resilience of those who came before us, and celebrating the enduring allure of tradition

MOHSIN NAVEED RANJHA (Creative Director)

ABUBAKAR NAVEED RANJHA (Managing Director)

Arrange to immerse yourself in a world where creativity knows no bounds with Nine Figures. As the curtains rise on our journey, witness the birth of a revolution — where every stitch tells a story and every design sparks a revolution.

Brand team: @heebakhalid @wasifuddinn @ahmedsiddiqui_
PR @irfanistan
Director & music :@hamzabaande
Makeup & hairstylist: @ss_zubair@qamarbashirofficial
Stylist: @farazsheikhofficial_

Introducing Mohsin Naveed Ranjha’s Summer Festive collection. “A celebration of style that floats like a dream through the daylight hours. Din mein Khuwaab is a visual periphery of abundance. As the drapery of the night sky is inadequate to contain the vastness of our dreams, the stars linger, filtering through the sun’s embrace to shield the dreamers of the day.

These ethereal visions transcend the confines of darkness, spilling into the daylight and weaving an unbroken tapestry of imagination and hope. Inspired by the slow summer days, the garments are an ode to ease and lightness, eschewing heavy embellishments for airy adornments in hues of dusty pink, white, lilac, and blue, ensuring comfort during the sweltering summers of Pakistan.

Photography: @asadbinjavedphoto
Concept: @haideralishah_
Stylist: @abdullah_sidiki
MUA: @makeupbyshainal
Jewellery: @amnashariff.jewelry @ayeshaccessories
Videography: @abdulah_mehr

Step into the nostalgia of a bygone era with Mohsin Naveed Ranjha’s exquisite Eid collection, a visual ode to the golden age of train travel. Shot against the timeless backdrop of Lahore Railway Station, the collection captures the spirit of journeys taken to reunite with loved ones. Immerse yourself in meticulously embroidered menswear and womenswear, adorned with intricate block prints. Crafted from luxurious karandi, cotton, and lawn, these ensembles are a celebration of tradition and a stylish embrace of the upcoming warmer season. Mohsin Naveed Ranjha invites you to relive the charm of train voyages with this sartorial journey.

Our latest 2024 eid collection pays homage to the rich heritage of train travel and the timeless allure of Lahore Railway Station. As we delve into the nostalgia of bygone eras, we celebrate the cherished memories of journeys undertaken to reunite with loved ones during the festive season. Train travel holds a special place in my heart and I am sure of many others too. It transcends social boundaries and weaves unforgettable stories. From the bustling platforms to the rhythmic chug of locomotives, Pakistan Railways has been an intrinsic part of our collective experience, offering a unique glimpse into our lives, hopes and dreams.We invite you to embark on this journey with us, as we celebrate the spirit of tradition, nostalgia, and timeless elegance.
Photography: @paragonstudioofficial, @waqar_ahmed_butt
Boys Grooming: @paragonsalonlhr
Stylist: @abdullah_sidiki
MUA: @syedhussain_mua
Jewellery: @pierregemmebyhur, @rgb.hifsafarooq, @hafsajahanjewelry

LeMubdi celebrates the independent and free-spirited LeMubdi-Woman with its stunning wedding wear collection. Each outfit is a bold statement, meticulously designed and carefully crafted to embody elegance and sophistication. Rooted in heritage, these ensembles are intricately handcrafted, reflecting the brand’s dedication to exquisite artistry while empowering the modern woman to shine on every occasion.

Design: @lemubdi
PR/Coordinator: @rubiamoghees
Model: @aroobsworld
Model: @RidaMirza_
Photography: @Nasir_younas_official
Makeup: @Akshas_glambar
Jewelry: @theembellishofficial
Hair stylist: @beunique_London_

Dive into the lap of luxury with MAYFAIR – WINTER PLUSH, a lavish velvet collection that epitomizes timeless elegance and sophistication. Each ensemble is meticulously crafted to give a luxurious feel, showcasing the harmonious blend of high fashion and exclusivity. Each detail narrates a story of refined style, inviting you to embrace the season with unparalleled grace. Get ready to elevate your winter wardrobe with the velvety touch of MAYFAIR.

Luxurious and sophisticated feel, making it a perfect choice for a collection focused on timeless elegance and glamour.

Photography @guddushani
Video @oneo1branding
Muse @sadiakhanofficial
Makeup @aana.akhan
Stylist @kaainatkhan__
Coordination @aamirmazhr

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How do you think the role of a fashion designer has changed since you started your career?

Replication is one of the biggest challenge for any fashion designer I mean It’s hard to sell original high-value garment when everyone wants cheap knock-offs.

What according to you is a favorite part of being a fashion designer?

The constant reinvention and willingness to try new ideas.

What are your favorite fashion trends?

Shackets and coord sets.

Tell us a bit about your new collection

Our new collection Inspired by the age-old architectural charm that the ancient world has to offer, Ruya Wedding Couture ’23 is an ode to the rendition of heritage and tradition. The arches of the architecture are related to the soulfully crafted scalloped finishing while the classic handwork and embellishments are perfectly representing the craftsmanship that has been practiced behind the artful and historic structure.

Who are your style icons and why?

Personally for me I don’t really have any style icons because I love anyone who is fierce and fashionable.

Risham Saqib
ties the knot exuding ethereal elegance & timeless charm!

We love how the bride kept everything so fresh, glowy and magical. From the dreamy floral decor to meticulously crafted attires everything looked no less than a fairytale.

Bride: Risham Saqib
Nikkah, Mehndi & Barat outfit: Rishmal
Walima outfit: Faraz Manan
Jewellery: Neemar Jewellery
Photography: Mobeen Studio

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