We speak to influencer Minahil Wattoo about her style, her fashion influences and more
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is always evolving depends on my mood and the trends. But if i have to describe it in a few words, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s a combination of classy and trendy with a hint of casual chic!
Your favourite fashion designer?
Have been obsessed with lirika Maloshim and Mohsin Naveed Ranjha for over a year now!
Do you believe in sustainable fashion? Have you changed your wardrobe to make it more sustainable in the recent years?
Yes I do. I am obsessed with solids and colour blocking these days. I own at-least 2-3 different solid pieces in each colour and itâ€™s crazy how much you can do with just a few of those!
Where in Pakistan do you love to shop?
Apart from the stunning designer stores that we have so many of in Pakistan, I love going to Liberty Market. I hardly shop there because I canâ€™t bargain but i loveeee capturing the aesthetic and the vibe of the market on my camera! (For insta mainly 😉
What is the oldest item in your closet?
My black Zara T-shirt. Itâ€™s sooo basic but so soft at this point in life and since itâ€™s black, it looks like itâ€™s in perfect condition everytime. I can still style it up or down and it never disappoints. Safe to say itâ€™s not only the oldest but also my most favourite item in my closet.
What, in your opinion, are must have items that are essential to a great closet?
And youâ€™re sorted! You can elevate any basic look with a nice pair of heels and gold accessories! Yes, even a white shirt and a black T-shirt!
Your most prized possession?
My momâ€™s 24k gold pendant that has Allah engraved in and it was given to her by my late grandfather when I was born. (Emotionally and financially 🙂
Your favourite accessory?
Any sort of solid gold jewelry! Literally!
What item in your closet makes you cringe?
OMG! My Ed Hardy T-shirt with all those diamantÃ©s engraved in a skull. Haha, itâ€™s almost vintage but i need my kids to see it.
We speak to actor and singer Farhan Saeed about his journey in Lollywood, his hobbies and his inspirations
You started off in a boy band called Jal. How did the journey from there to here happen?
I started my career with Jal and I would say it was meant to be. I was performing at one of my universityâ€™s events where a common friend introduced me to Gohar Mumtaz and we recorded Woh Lamhey and from there we just never looked back.
How does it feel seeing yourself on the cover once again?
As always it feels so good to work with GT and to be on their cover story. And my favourite part is communicating with my fans through GT.
How are things with you and Urwa now?
How did you decide to pursue acting as a career? Did you always want to become an actor?
I never wanted to be an actor but it just happened! To be honest initially, I never thought I would be taking up acting this seriously. Now I think Iâ€™m in love with the process of acting as I want to discover the new roles and the boundaries I can push as an actor and I think that keeps me going. Choosing a right script, the right role and performing to my best abilities is what Iâ€™m enjoying right now.
Has your perception of the entertainment industry in Pakistan changed over time?
I donâ€™t have a perception about the entertainment industry as such but yes one keeps meeting people everyday and keeps discovering. I also think our entertainment industry is very talented. Be it music, drama or the film industry we are like a family. We are a very small industry and everyone knows everyone and I think overall itâ€™s a good industry but the perception as such has never changed. I think our industry is different than the other industries in the world and I see people standing for each other quite often in this industry.
What are your hobbies outside of singing and acting?
I like sports. I have always been a great fan of outdoor sports. Cricket, volleyball and table tennis have got to be my favourites. So the minute I get some time off I love indulging in these sports.
Do you work out?
I do work out but unfortunately, Iâ€™m not that regular. But I am strong believer of going to the gym. It keeps you sane, fit and fresh.
People in Pakistan donâ€™t consider signing or acting a proper profession. What do you have to say about that?
Unfortunately, thatâ€™s sad. But once you cross a certain line then you know itâ€™s a parallel and proper profession. Fortunately, in singing and acting Allah has been kind to me so it never came to my mind whether it is a proper profession or not but people would be very surprised to see how much actors and singers earn.
How do you handle the fame that comes with being an actor? Does the hate or the pressure ever get to you?
Well, I think once youâ€™re a successful actor or a singer that comes with it and you know thatâ€™s when people like your work. I have learnt to filter the haters and that really helps. But people think that actors and singers are public property and anyone can say anything about them. I am fortunate enough to filter all that and I donâ€™t let it get to me if I donâ€™t want to. I really like and respect my fans and whatever we are, we are because of them.Â The good and bad just comes with it. We are what we are because of the love we get from our fans. My fans mean the world to me and make me strive to keep doing better with each passing day.
Whatâ€™s your favourite part about your work?
My work is my joy and passion, itâ€™s what keeps me going everyday – so I love everything about it. Making new music, performing at a concert in front my fans, acting in a drama, shooting for a TVC and now making my film Tich Button – the journey of creating something for people to see and react is an altogether different high â€¦ and what keeps me going.
Name three things on your bucket list?
Performing Hajj. Travelling to my favourite destination. I have quite a few actuallyâ€¦ third would be doing a dream script.
Tell us about your first TV shoot. What was it like?
My first shoot was a music video Woh Lamhey. Everybody knows about it. Itâ€™s a memory that stays with me forever.Â T-shirt, pants, shoes and car, everything was borrowed. When we shot the video for Woh Lamhey. We had no experience and yet Allah blessed us with the number one song of Pakistan for months.
Who is your inspiration?
My inspiration would be any hardworking individual I love and respect wholeheartedly. The people who are honest with their profession inspire me. I literally note every single thing about people who I think are very honest with their profession. You could be a salon worker, waiter, singer and if you are honest with your work, it shows and if you are not then that shows too and thatâ€™s how you lose my respect right then and there.
Describe your perfect day off when youâ€™re not working.
Waking up then breakfast, gym and friends coming over for a good jamming session. Basically, lots of chilling.
What advice do you have for aspiring actors?
Just be honest and passionate about your work. Just donâ€™t do your work for the sake of fame and money but instead do it for the love of your profession. Whatever you are doing be at acting, singing just do it wholeheartedly and then thereâ€™s no way anyone can pull you down.
Photography: Mohsin Khawar
Wardrobe: Munib Nawaz
Makeup & Styling: Toni & Guy
Location: Eggspectation; Client Management: Alchemists
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