WWE® RETURNS TO SINGAPORE THIS JULY

SINGAPORE, March 16, 2015 – WWE LIVE™ will return to the Singapore Indoor Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub on July 2.  Tickets will be available beginning Thursday, March 26 at 9 a.m. SGT at www.sportshubtix.sg, at the Sports Hub Tix Box Office, by calling the Sports Hub Tix Hotline at +65 3158 7888 or at all Sports Hub Tix Outlet SingPost locations.  Tickets will range in price from S$488 to S$48.

Fans attending WWE LIVE will be able to see their favorite Superstars including John Cena®, Daniel Bryan™, United States Champion Rusev™, Dean Ambrose™, Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett™, Dolph Ziggler™ and Kane®. *

“WWE is excited to return to Singapore, giving fans the opportunity to see their favorite Superstars and Divas in an energetic, larger-than-life entertainment event,” said Chris Marsh, Vice President and General Manager, WWE Asia Pacific. “WWE LIVE brings the same non-stop action and family fun that fans know and love from our TV programs on StarHub and WWE Network.”

“I am thrilled to bring WWE Live back to Singapore”, said Paul Dainty, Founder and Executive Chairman of Dainty Group. “This one-night only show should be a must-attend event for families.”

WWE programming, including Monday Night Raw®SmackDown®, Main Event, NXT™, WWE Superstars™, Vintage™, BottomLine™, AfterBurn, WWE Experience™, This Week™ and Total Divas, airs every week on StarHub.  WWE Network offers one-of-a-kind programming including all 12 WWE pay-per-view events LIVE at no additional charge plus groundbreaking original series, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and a robust video-on-demand library with more than 3,000 hours available to subscribers.

*Talent line-up subject to change. 

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 35 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 170 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.    

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Forward-Looking Statements:   This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: WWE Network; major distribution agreements; our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and events; a decline in the popularity of our brand of sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties associated with international markets; our difficulty or inability to promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our infringement of others’ intellectual property rights; the complexity of our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including, without limitation, claims relating to CTE; large public events as well as travel to and from such events; our feature film business; our expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic investments; our computer systems and online operations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our revolving credit facility; litigation; our potential failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance, which  could adversely affect our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercising control over our affairs, and his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock; a substantial number of shares which are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could lower our stock price; and the relatively small public “float” of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant. Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date made, are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the Company to update or revise them, and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. 

Contacts:   Shirene Menon

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[Press Release] YouTube’s Superwoman, Lilly Singh – A Trip to Unicorn Island World Tour Singapore

LA Comedy LIVE in association with LAMC Productions is thrilled to announce that a global YouTube sensation, Lilly Singh (YouTube’s Superwoman) will be making a stop in Singapore for her very first A Trip to Unicorn Island World Tour 2015 on Thursday May 28, 2015 at Kallang Theatre!

Lilly Singh is a digital sensation who lives for the stage, studio and set. A multi-talented entertainer with a message of positivity, Lilly inspires her viewers with her inspirational videos on YouTube as well as cracks up her own funny videos too. Her knack for observational comedy has led to viral hits such as “How Girls Get Ready” and “Types of Kids at School” which collectively have over 20 million views. Lilly has collaborated with digital stars including Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and mainstream, celebrities James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Lilly is constantly travelling attending events around the world spreading the message that everyone can be their own superhero. Don’t miss the first of Lilly Singh’s World Tour right here in Singapore!

Lilly Singh’s videos have to date a total of over 677 million YouTube views and her YouTube channel has over 5.5 million subscribers.

Standard tickets priced at S$68, S$78, S$88, S$108 and S$180 (VIP Meet & Greet) are already on sale at SISTIC.com.sg and all other SISTIC channels. (SISTIC booking fee not included)

VIP Meet & Greet Package includes:

- Best seats in the venue

- VIP Pass with landyard

- Autographed A3 Poster

Take a photo with Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh’s Biography

Born in Scarborough, Canada, Lilly lives with her parents (her Mom is her best friend) and will not do anything that she cannot tell her mother about. She uses this philosophy and her spirituality as her guiding force – and her shield against the haters that sometimes show up after video posts.

Mostly Lilly gets a whole lot of love. She has dialled in the formula as Superwoman to make that intangible connection with her audience. She has many followers on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

She vlogs and makes comedy sketch videos about various topics. From shopping at the mall to superstitions to being single. Her work is influenced by her Indian heritage, which she takes great pride in. She has worked on different collaborations with other YouTubers such as Miranda Sings, Ryan Higa, and Hannah Hart. Even Madhuri Dixit, and Karan Brar has been part of her videos.  She often features characters inspired by her Punjabi parents, such as her mother “Paramjeet”, and “Manjeet”, her strict, conservative father (all played by Lilly).

Part comedian, part motivational speaker, fully fierce – Lilly Singh seeks to entertain and uplift. After a period of depression, Lilly says, that she just decided one day to snap out of it – and she did, with a Youtube channel. Now she seeks to help other people feel good through her semi-weekly videos and her event speaking.

Official Sites:

http://www.lillysinghtour.com

https://www.facebook.com/Iiisuperwomanii

 

 

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Tulip Mania @ Gardens by the Bay

By Ayesha Dayyan

[dropcap style="inverted"]I [/dropcap]have never been an ardent writer, but what I am is someone with an eye for scenic views and beautiful landscapes; which is what has led to my passion of capturing images of places, faces and landscapes. And to top it all off, is my love of flowers.

Tulip Mania, the ongoing display at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, proves to be what it claims; a mania, in the actual sense of the word. I went to see, and fell in love with, one of the most beloved flowers of the world.

The tulip heralds spring, brings in messages of a new life and celebrates cheerful thoughts, spreading warmth and abundance after long winter months.

Tulips are the first flowers to blossom yearly after snow, and so, if you want your garden to be the first to bloom, make sure you plant lots of Tulips (given the right temperature conditions, of course). When you do this, you can boast the meaning of your garden as represented by the Tulip colours you choose! Allow us to explain:

Red Tulips in your garden will symbolize a declaration of true love.

A Turkish legend may be responsible for this association; when Prince Farhad learnt that his beloved Shirin had been killed, he was so overcome with grief he rode his horse over the edge of a cliff. It is said that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each drop of his blood.

Yellow Tulips will symbolize the presence of sunshiny smiles and cheerful thoughts! Everyone will know at one glance that your home is one filled with fun and laughter.

White Tulips epitomize a heaven on earth, a purity and a newness. Those who see your garden will be put at ease, and will feel calm and tranquility.

Pink Tulips symbolize care and affection, making your guests and loved ones feel warm and welcomed into your home.

Orange Tulips symbolize energy, enthusiasm, desire and passion. For all those who pass through your garden, it will be an exciting experience. 

Purple Tulips signify royalty, which will leave everyone in admiration and awe.

Variegated Tulips are popular due to their striking color patterns, and are a representation of beautiful eyes. 

The beautiful display at Gardens by the Bay has been lovingly entwined with the theme of fairy tales. This means that as you enjoy the grandeur of the Tulips, you are also transported to a magical world of Rapunzel’s tower, the house of Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, the Snow Queen, Cinderella, Ariel, easter eggs and so much more.

At the entrance of the Tulip exhibition, paper tiaras are distributed to one and all, so all the girls and ladies can feel like princesses during their time at the Dome. I had this opportunity too, and, of course, I chose to be accompanied by my knight in shining armour, my beloved husband.

Years ago, a dear friend of mine got married, and her husband brought her a special bouquet of tulips all the way from Holland. Since that day, I have dreamt of standing in a field of tulips in Amsterdam. 

Tulip Mania in Singapore was just a taste of heaven for me, and I recommend it as a must-see, not to be missed.

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Tulips From Amsterdam- Ed Madden

[box style="1"]Ayesha Dayyan Jagus completed her Intermediate Chartered accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and worked with Ernst & Young for 4 years. Thereafter, she pursued a career as an Auditor with different organizations until she married and moved to Singapore in 2008.Now a stay-at-home mother of two, Ayesha enjoys her love for photography and experimentation with new recipes, to satisfy her husbands palate.[/box]

 

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Pakistan’s Burka Avenger launching in India on Zee Network

[dropcap style="inverted"]Lady[/dropcap] in Black leaps across borders

The Emmy nominated and multi-award winning Pakistani animated TV series Burka Avenger, is set to launch in India on Zee Network this April. The episodes have been specially dubbed in 4 languages for India including Hindi, English, Tamil and Telagu.

Speaking about the launch in India, Deputy Business Head of ZeeQ, Aparna Bhosle said: “Burka Avenger is an amazing show; both in terms of quality of animation as well as storytelling. We are always on the lookout for shows with themes that are relevant to Indian children and we are very fortunate that we have this show. Each episode has a positive message with fun, action and comedy so that it does not come across as preachy. Burka Avenger has won many prestigious awards worldwide and it will be our honor to showcase it in India.”

Burka Avenger is an action-comedy animated TV Series that follows the adventures of Burka Avenger and three young kids in the imaginary city of Halwapur as they fight the evil Baba Bandook and his henchmen. Burka Avenger Season 1 and 2 is currently airing on Nickelodeon Pakistan daily at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

Season 1 of the series has also been launched in Afghanistan where it is immensely popular with Season 2 set to launch there soon.

Burka Avenger is Pakistan’s first ever full length animated TV series. The series features Jiya as the inspirational school teacher and her alter ego, the super-heroine Burka Avenger. Her use of books and pens as projectile weapons is symbolic on many levels. The Burka Avenger fights for Justice, Peace and Education for all. With its positive messages of women empowerment, gender equity and importance of education particularly for young girls, Burka Avenger has the potential to be a positive role model for children worldwide Please see attachment for the Press Release.
Watch the Burka Avenger Promo online:

YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n23uEkz_CKA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/video.php?v=890181807679118&theater

For more information, please visit:
Burka Avenger Website BurkaAvenger.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BurkaAvenger

Production Company Website: http://UnicornBlack.com/

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Muniba Mazari, Unbroken.

By Rabia Hassan and Farah Haq

When Farah walked in, I had just logged onto Skype for the scheduled interview call. I ran to the kitchen to make tea for her, and on impulse, made myself a cup too, despite not being a tea-drinker. This cup of tea was my saving grace over the next hour or so. Every month, FUCHSIA’s personal story touches me. This month’s story made me tear up repeatedly – at times because I was so inspired, at times ashamed of my complaints and at times overwhelmed by the determination of a woman that seems to have no boundaries.

FUCHSIA is honoured to bring to you Muniba Mazari’s story, in her own words.

There I was, on the bed with a broken body, half paralysed with a deformed hand, painting. Thinking that, maybe, someday, these colours will add life to the story of my life. My painting is what kept me alive in the hospital. I was always smiling, I never cried, but deep inside I was scared of the unknown, of never being able to walk again. Doctors had said miracles do happen, but spinal cord injury is disastrous.

When I saw people who were supposed to be so strong, like my father, leaving my mom and I in this condition, I thought to myself, “This is the time; I have to stop looking for superheroes in other people.” I was married at that time, but my father remained my hero. When I saw him leave us, I realised I have to be the superhero in my own story. It’s just me now; others will leave me, time and again. 

My mother, on the other hand, was my pillar. My mother never cries in front of me; she just hugs me and says, “When I see you growing, I feel like days of my life are growing.” My mother is my strength.

 

These two girls on the other side of my computer screen, on another continent, are listening so intently. They say they want to hear something that I haven’t shared in interviews to date. They want FUCHSIA to tell a different side of the story. 

Seven years back, I met with an accident. After taking me out of the ditch, I was put in a Potohar jeep as there weren’t any ambulances in Baluchistan. I asked people where my legs were, and that I couldn’t feel them. They said, “They are right here.” I was very composed, I didn’t cry. At the hospital, I told the doctors, “I am half paralysed, I can’t feel anything.” I was in severe physical and psychological pain, but I didn’t cry. 

Where did I get the courage to stay calm? I don’t know, all I know is when you have lost something, you cannot cry. 

Was my courage due to a false hope that I will walk again? NO – I was very clear. I knew I would never recover. I would hear everything the doctors discussed, and all X-rays were in front of me. A person with three missing vertebrae cannot walk. Unfortunately, poor medical services meant I developed pressure ulcers. I was bedridden for 2 years as a result. I used to beat my legs; I was so tired of those sores. I just wanted to be in a wheelchair. Those two years were dreadful. 

Now when I look back, I laugh at the tantrums I’d throw. During the two bedridden years, I couldn’t brush my teeth or make my hair properly. Once, the brush got stuck in my hair. I was so annoyed I took a pair of scissors and chopped it off! I still remember my hair was long in the front, and short in the back. Now I think about it, and laugh.

During those days, when people visited me, I would feel jealous. I would think they are trying to rub it in, that they can walk, and I can’t. I guess when you are down, you think the worst possible of things. Mom used to say, “Har vaqt guzar jaata hai, achcha bhi, burra bhi (All time passes by, whether good time or bad.) This too will pass. There will come a time when you will laugh at what you used to do.”

In the hospital, everything was white and depressing. I saw people leaving me, the doctor said I’d never walk again, people commented “Oh poor girl will get divorced – who will keep a wheelchair-bound wife?” There was so much negativity, such colourless-ness. I was tired of wearing white, of the hospital, of the negativity. Doctors asked my mom if there was something I used to do before the accident. Mom told them I used to draw. 

I laughed when the doctor said “Why don’t you start painting?” 

My hand was deformed; I wasn’t even able to grasp a pencil. He said to draw whatever I want, but just to start. So, 2 weeks after surgery, I asked my mom for colours. She asked if I was sure, and I replied “I will try.” 

When I started painting, I would completely forget the pain, saying that if anyone wants to leave me, they should do it then.

That doctor, Orthopaedic Surgeon Imtiaz Hashmi used to come to me, and tell me to stay strong. Some time back, he called me and said, “I am holding Hello Magazine, and it has your picture on it.” Then, he saw my Ted talk video, where I had shown my X-rays that he had taken. He still remembered them. 

When I painted, my brother used to tell me that one day, I’d exhibit my work in an art gallery. I used to laugh and tell him to stop joking. 

I think I trust men only because of my brothers. 

The first job I got, I faced much resistance from all around me. I decided to call my brother. I said, “I have gotten a job as a content writer. It is the brainchild of Salman Taseer – the first website of Pakistan. I want to do it.” He said, “Nobody will stop you. If you roll out on the wheelchair today, every other girl on a wheelchair in Pakistan will follow you. You have to break the taboo.” If he hadn’t supported me, I would have never done it. 

Salman Taseer had purchased all 20 to 25 of my paintings. I was surprised, asking why he would buy such gloomy, sad paintings. He said that to me they might be sad, but to him they were a source of inspiration. He also told me never to leave art, no matter what I did. 

That is how I started.  

I smile remembering that incident, and the girls from FUCHSIA ask if I miss the old Muniba?  

I used to be a cribber. I was the female in every Pakistani household, spending life making the in-laws happy and thinking about the husband. After this accident, I was reborn. It wasn’t just that I had seen death so up close – Allah has just made me a very different person now. I am strong, and I can sense it. With each passing day, I can feel the strength growing. That old Muniba was too weak to sustain. I am glad she is no more. 

I can see the surprise on the faces of the FUCHSIA girls, as I tell them I never ask Allah to make me walk again. 

I only tell Allah, “You know what is lacking in me. You know what I need, what is best for me, so give me that.” He is giving me everything, except life in my legs. That makes my belief stronger that I am the chosen one, who He has planned bigger things for. 

The day I gave the Ted talk, I realised that words have the power to change people. After the talk, a girl came to me, held my hand and cried. She said, “Your 15-minute talk has solved 15 of my problems. I asked how, and she said “Because you have made me realise that those 15 problems never existed.” The standing ovation, people coming to me, saying thank you for making them realise if we are healthy we are lucky – that was when I decided that if my life can change someone’s life or their thought process, then that is what I want to do. 

I hear my name being called out, and I ask the two FUCHSIA girls to give me a minute. It’s Nael, my son. He calls me Muniba. I can imagine how big my smile must be as I introduce him to them. They seem unable to get over his hairstyle.  

When he watched my Ted talk, he told me how proud he was of me. He knows me – when I am tired, he pushes my wheelchair. I remember the day he asked for 2 glasses of milk so he can grow up faster and be the one to help me. “I don’t want anyone else to help you.” 

I have achieved whatever I have in my life at the cost of losing relations at every step. It’s been a 7-year-journey. I have changed, but one thing that is constant is my hard work. I know I don’t have much time, being wheelchair-bound. If I don’t work hard I won’t be able to achieve what I want. People think to themselves that “She looks good, she dresses up nicely; she belongs to a well-off family, so it’s easy for her. Would a girl from a poor family have been able to do this?” 

But, you know what?I am a Baloch girl, living in a country with no awareness on disability, a single mother. I had no job when I started, just one lakh Rupees in my account, and I moved into an apartment. I am now doing 3 jobs all at once, but I don’t tell people all of this. It is my journey. Fame, praise – everything comes your way when you are persistent and you know what you want. Yes, when an opportunity comes my way I never say no.  Allah makes ways for you.

I hope things will change, and people will accept persons with disabilities. Whatever comes your way always changes things for the better.

If time had permitted, we at FUCHSIA would have continued much longer with Muniba, because there is just so much to learn from this amazing person. She is a South Asian woman to be held in the highest of regard. She is not only a motivational speaker, but a model and TV anchor. All from her space on a wheelchair.  

True enough – Muniba Mazari’s determination knows no bounds. This, too, is a face of Pakistan.  

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Ayesha Omer – A Khubsoorat Breath of Fresh Air

 

By Meghna Dua

“Aapki pehchaan Khubsoorat se hogi.

Ayesha Omer laughed off this comment by the director of Bulbulay, in which she played Khubsoorat. She didn’t know her laughter would become a part of the lives of thousands of people, from 8-year-olds to 80-year-olds. She didn’t know she was on the way to becoming a popular and much-loved celebrity of Pakistani television.

FUCHSIA had the privilege of interviewing Ayesha in her most chilled out avatar; we talked about many different topics close to her heart, with so much ease and panache.

Talking about joining NCA, painting and starting to get offers to host programs, Ayesha shared that her entry into Pakistani television was sheer chance. The initial offers she got to host programs were just about fun and games, but she slowly started taking them more seriously. “Creativity has no boundaries”, she says, and it shows in the range of work she has done. She was part of a very popular sitcom called College Jeans by Faisal Qureshi, a fresh and young sitcom during her National College of Arts (NCA) days, which people still remember as the start of a revolution in the Pakistani television industry. From being an MTV VJ to hosting live shows, to winning the Style Award for Best Album, she does not cease to amaze us with her thirst for creativity.

A fascinating side of Ayesha which came across through this interview was her love for her mother and respect for her elders. Nothing in her life happens without the knowledge of her mother. “80% of the viewers of Bulbulay are kids; if there is a scene where I talk rudely to my mother-in-law and it does not look right, I get it changed so I don’t influence people wrongly. As a kid, I was told not to sit with my legs pointing towards elders, not to point fingers as I talk.” 

Ayesha believes that actors have a moral responsibility, and a social responsibility, towards the nation, and need to portray characters which do not cross the boundaries of ethics. “It’s not how dramatic you are, but how honest you are to your art, which makes you the artist you are.” She is a proud Pakistani and it reflects in everything she says. “I am ready to work cross-border, but will never want to leave my country. I love it here and would not want to trade places. It is this place which has given me the recognition I deserve.” 

On this candid note, FUCHSIA starts the question-and-answer with Ayesha Omar .

FUCHSIA: Does gender discrimination exist in the Pakistani television industry? 

“Our society is still a patriarchal society, a male-dominated society; women still lack respect. We are constantly striving for equality, acceptance and respect. If you are working on a project where the director is sensitive towards women and understands their needs, vis-a-vis a person who is less sensitive, the whole equation of the set changes. Sometimes, even the spot boy will listen more to a male actor than a female actor. So, to answer the question, yes, there is discrimination, but times are changing. What things were 10 years back, is very different from today. New actors who are fresh in the industry still face a lot – they are exploited. So, as a rule, I make it a point to tell them to work hard, and be honest to the profession. The general mindset needs to change; things are going to get better if each one of us stands for each other, so we can evolve as a nation. With the good comes the bad; it’s about how we take it, the integrity with which we handle it.”

FUCHSIA: What is behind the immense success of Bulbulay? Did you ever think it would get so big?

“When I was asked to do it, I was like, chalo I’ll do it. I wasn’t so sure about it. Slowly it started becoming very popular. We get so many prayers from people. People come to us and say,’You guys make us laugh. There is so much sadness and boredom in life but when we see Bulbulay, we become happy for that time.’ It’s ingrained in me now; wherever I go, from a paan vaala to a fancy restaurant, everyone recognises me from Bulbalay.”

Ayesha Omer in Bulbulay

FUCHSIA: How do you take criticism? Are you your worst critic?

“It propels me to work harder and do better work. So it’s the way you look at it. Honestly, harsh criticism hurts but I don’t get disheartened.” she says with her beautiful sunshine smile. “Myself … I am never satisfied with how well I do. Even now, after every scene I sit down with my producer and co-actors asking ‘what did you think, could I have done it better?’ Sometimes I over-think it. If I feel I could have done it better, I keep beating myself up over it. To an extent, I am a bit harsh on myself. I need to learn to let go and give it my best.

My mother is my biggest critic – she watches every single thing that I do.”

FUCHSIA: You acted in the theatre production of Grease when your television acting career was going very well. Why?

“We don’t believe enough in all the art forms helping each other – singing, acting, theatre etc – they all complement each other. I have done a lot of theatre in my college. I put the theatre experience down in my acting now. It helped me in my upcoming movie where I had to perform in front of five hundred men. I was like, OMG. It would have been very overwhelming, but I just blocked everything out, and pretended I was on stage.” 

FUCHSIA: Your song Khamoshi was a big hit. What was the inspiration behind that song? 

“I was part of a college band, I had lots of musician friends, who I jam with every now and then … sadness, tragedy, happiness, are all a part of life. You know when you are getting out of a relationship, or you come to that point where u can’t live with or without somebody. It’s tough deciding what to do – should you stick it out, or walk away, give it one last shot? So I guess that’s what the inspiration was.” 

 

FUCHSIA: Is there anything you want to change about the Pakistani entertainment industry?

“I wish people would take out more time to read scripts, develop their characters and do more research on the stories. Shortcuts defeat the purpose.” 

Ayesha feels the industry could do with more commitment to ongoing projects, given that there are more scripts than actors. She also sees the need for more punctuality and professionalism, respect for women and the elderly.

“A lot of educated and talented people have come into the industry, so there is a wonderful shift”.

She is hopeful that things will turn around, and she will very much be a part of the process.

We also learnt that Ayesha wants to be a great mother; she is very close to her family, and their opinion matters the most to her. She is an open book, who speaks her mind and believes one cannot be everyone’s favourite. She wants to bridge gaps, and change the world’s perception of Pakistan.

“Love comes in doses,” she says.

With this quote and and a Joie de vivre for life, I wrap up this interview. I find Ayesha Omar is truly the change she talks about – a breath of fresh air.

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Fashion Shoot

 

By Farah Haq

Clothes: Courtesy Indochine With Gaurika (IWG)

Models: Miraya Dua, Minahil Khan & Mahnoor Khan.

Indochine With Gaurika (IWG) takes pride in introducing to you the most original, easy-to-wear children’s clothing line.

Every garment is hand-made using natural fibers, and some small differences are a sign of its individuality. Employing a daunting repertoire of hand techniques, countless hours of work bring these designs to life.

These will be available only at the Colors Of Indus Fair on 13th April at the Novotel Hotel, Clarke Quay. For further details pls check out  the IWG website by clicking here.

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Indochine with Gaurika is a women’s fashion boutique retailing quality fashion for today’s women, and promises to deliver chic clothing accompanied by the right accesories, at affordable prices.

Address: #02-62 Parkway Parade, Singapore.

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Adnan Pardesy: What You See Is What You Get

 

 

By Farah Haq and Sidrah Ahmad 

“You had me at Hello.”

And true enough; a hello really was all it took from us to get Adnan Pardesy’s outgoing, talkative and jolly personality going. He was an absolute charm to talk to, and that too, at our very first meeting! Genuine, inquisitive, down-to-earth – words one doesn’t expect to use to describe a rising star such as him.

It is no wonder, then, that it did not take Adnan Pardesy much time to go from launching his brand to being a name on the lips of anyone with a stake in the Pakistani fashion industry. His easygoing nature also meant it did not take FUCHSIA much time to get our foot-in-the-door.

FUCHSIA: How did Adnan Pardesy happen to Pakistani fashion? 

I come from a family that has been in the textile trade for decades. It was quite natural for me to go to art school and learn the technicality of the family business, which I ran for 5 years before branching out into my own label. 

FUCHSIA: How was your experience working in collaboration with The Working Woman (premier clothing brand) in 2013? Why didn’t you continue with them in 2014? 

It was a fantastic experience. I have a great relationship with TWW, and it is a wonderful brand. We had creative differences, and were going in different directions so we didn’t continue in 2014. 

 

FUCHSIA: What makes a Pakistani woman say “I want a Pardesy in my wardrobe.”?

I think these women relate to my aesthetics, and they have very fine taste; an understanding of intricate detail, which is rare. 

FUCHSIA: You are one of the very few Pakistani designers who focuses on styling the young generation. Why this focus?

As much fashion is about clothes, it is also about teaching the audience how to stand out as an individual. What works for some may not work for others, as no two individuals are alike. The younger generation is more aware and willing to take chances, and break rules, which is extremely refreshing. All it needs is support and encouragement. I think it’s important to have this focus; I feel it is my contribution to Pakistani fashion. 

FUCHSIA: You say 2015 is all about monochromatic colours. Will it not be challenging to sell monochromes?

I just did a monochromatic collection, and it did fantastically well. For the upcoming season, I am doing a very colourful collection which I designed 4 months ago. Once I am done with a collection, I am done with it. There is nothing monochromatic in my studio anymore. 

FUCHSIA: Is there a particular personality in fashion that you look up to?

I really look up to Karl Lagerfeld and Rohit Bal. They are geniuses. 

FUCHSIA: In a country with a bigger demand for traditional styles, what inspires you to go with modern chic styles? 

Frankly the woman I design for is the modern, chic super-achiever. I have no intention of taking over the whole country, and designing for every kind of woman. I have a very small market and I am very happy to cater to that. Also, things have changed. Over the last 5 years, a market for simple, chic, no fuss clothes has developed, and it is growing more. That is why you see a lot of brands catering to this market now. 

FUCHSIA: You have shared in interviews that you’d rather be considered a technical expert than a creative one. Tell us more.  

I like to call myself a tailor, rather than a designer. I am technical when I design. Seams, pleats, pressing – these things matter to me a lot along with the overall design; and everything I do has to have that element of technique. So, in the end, even if the clients may not notice certain things, I have to ensure that, technically, my designs are perfect. 

FUCHSIA: Do you face the dilemma of creativity selling better than technical expertise?

It’s an open market – some things sell better than others. I have made my own place. I am happy with what I sell, and the amount I sell. It is simple, like in food. Some like Chinese, some like Japanese, so on and so forth. It’s a process. There is never a market for it, you need to create it and carve out your own niche. 

FUCHSIA: What is your biggest criticism of yourself?

Right now, I am focusing on my marketing and availability. I hope this yields results over the next few months. Other than that, I feel I am extremely lazy; I know I can do a lot more. Finally, I think too much, which needs to change. 

Adnan Pardesy struck us as being very matter-of-fact in his attitude towards the world of Pakistani fashion and his work in general. Where most designers are offended by the piracy of their designs, Adnan Pardesy finds it flattering to see that his work is easy to relate to. In fact, he likes that people can contribute to the economy by making a living off his work. This rare breed of a designer is also candid that the Pakistani fashion industry is an unfair one which is unlikely to change, and exists this way all over the world.

Such is Adnan Pardesy’s self-assured and confident nature, that he readily entrusted FUCHSIA with a beautiful collection of his latest bridal outfits for Ishq e Fashion 2015 ramp in Singapore. With an attitude as positive as this, an emphasis on technical excellence and a talent that cannot be denied, the sky is the only limit for Adnan Pardesy.

For more info on him, you can check out his Facebook page by clicking here.

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ڈھولک سے ڈانس فلور

By Mahwish Zaidi

یہ ان وقتوں کی بات ہے جب شاہراہ فیصل، ڈرگ روڈ شاہراہ قائد اعظم، مال روڈ اور شہر ساہیوال منٹگمری کے نام سے جانے جاتے تھے- اسی کی دہائی کی اوائیل میں ہمیں لائیل پور یعنی کہ آجکل کے فیصل آباد جانے کا اتفاق ہوا- یاد رہے کہ ان تین دہائیوں میں ہمارے ملک بلکہ دنیا میں نہ صرف جگہوں کے نام بدلے ہیں بلکہ ہماری تہذیب، رسومات اور کلچر کے بھی بہت سے پہلووں میں بدلاو آیا ہے- اب یہ تبدیلی اچھائی کے لیے آئی ہے یا اس نے برائی کو فروغ دیا ہے اسکا فیصلہ میں آپ پر چھوڑتی ہوں-
“اچھے بنے مہندی لاون دے، ہریالے بنے مہندی لاون دے، خسرو بنے مہندی لگاون دے-“ لائیل پور شہر میں اپنی بڑی پھپھو کے گھر کے بڑے سے پورچ میں ہماری ١٩٧٤ ماڈل کی لال کرولا کے دروازے کھلتے ہی امیر خسرو کا کلام ڈھولک کی تھاپ پر ہمارے کانوں میں رس گھولنے لگا- آپ نے صحیح اندازہ لگایا یہ شادی کا گھر تھا، جہاں میری بڑی پھپھو کی سب سے بڑی لڑکی کی شادی کی تیاریاں عروج پر تھیں- گو کہ ابھی شادی میں دس دن باقی تھے لیکن میرے والد نے دفتر سے چھٹی لے کر شادی کی تقریب میں بھرپور انداز سے شرکت کا فیصلہ کیا- اچھے وقت تھے کہ ان کو نہ تو اس چیز کی فکر تھی کہ واپس جانے تک شاید ان کی کرسی پر کوئی اور براجمان ہوجائے اور نہ اس بات کا خوف تھا کہ دفتر سے اتنی لمبی غیر حاضری شاید ان کی آنے والی ترقی کے راستے کی رکاوٹ بنے-

دسمبر ٢٠١٤، لاھور کی کڑاکے دار سردی، دھند میں چھپی ہوئی شہر لاھور کی سڑکیں، ایک اور شادی والا گھر، مگر حالات کچھ مختلف — یہ شادی میری بھانجی کی ہے- مہندی کی رات سے کچھ پانچ دن قبل بیرون ملک اور دوسرے شہروں سے آنے والے لوگوں کی تعداد میں اضافہ ہوتا جا رہا تھا- ایک گاڑی اور ڈرائیور فقط ائیرپورٹ ڈیوٹی کے لیے مختص تھا کیونکہ موسم کی خرابی کے باعث پروازاں میں تاخیر ایک معمال کی بات تھی- گھر کے پورچ کو ایک خوبصورت مخملی قنات سے ڈھانپ کر ایک کبڈی کے سے میدان کا سماں باندھا گیا تھا- بڑے بڑے سپیکروں نے اس میدان کو چاروں جانب سے گھیر رکھا تھا- دراصل یہاں روزانہ ڈانس پریکٹس کی جاتی تھی۔ “تو گھنٹی بگ بین دی سارا لندن ٹھمکدا — اور جمع کی رات ہے چمے کی بات ہے اللہ بچائے مجھے تیرے وار سے“ جیسے گانوں پر نئی پود روبوٹوں کی طرح اچھل کود کر رہی ہوتی تھی جس کو اگر آپ بہت اثرار کریں تو رقص بھی کہا جا سکتا ہے۔

فروری کا مہینہ، لائیل پور کا خوشگوار موسم — پھپھو کے ڈرائینگ روم میں صوفے مستقل طور پر دیواروں کے ساتھ نصب کر کے بیچ میں سفید چاندنیاں اور گوٹا کناری والے لال مخملی گاؤ تکیے بچھا دیے گئے تھے۔ ایک طرف میری امی خاندان کی کچھ اور خواتین کے ہمراہ دلہن کے جوڑے ٹانکنے میں مصروف تھیں تو دوسری طرف میری کزنز، محلے کی لڑکیاں اور دلہن کی سہیلیاں ڈھولک پر شادی کے گانے گا رہی تھیں- “بنو تیرے ابا کی اونچی حویلی، بنو میں ڈھونڈھتا چلا آیا۔“ ماسی جمیلہ گاہے بگاہے بادام پستے والی کشمیری چائے، موچی دروازے کی خطائیوں کے ہمراہ سب کو پیش کر رہی تھیں۔ دلہن اس سب کاروائی کے بیچ کونے میں بیٹھی سر میں تیل کی مالش کروا رہی تھی۔

“باجی باہر پیزا والا کب سے بل لیے کھڑا ہوا ہے“ بینا باجی جن کی بیٹی کی شادی کی خوشی میں یہ سب رونق لگی ہوئی تھی، نے بغیر سوال کیے کہ جب گھر میں دو سالن اور ایک میٹھا بنا ہوا ہے تو کس نے پیزا آڈر کیا ہے، پرس میں ہاتھ ڈال کر پیزے والے کی زحمت تمام کی کیونکہ وہ جانتی تھیں کہ بچوں کی ایک فوج جو بیسمنٹ والے کمرے میں ایکس باکس کھیل رہی ہے میں سے ہی کوئی ایک اس گستاخی کا مرتکب ہوا ہو گا۔ ڈرائینگ روم کے ایک کونے میں بینا باجی کے شوہر ایونٹ مینیجر سے للی اور موتیے کی کلیوں کے بھاؤ اور سارے ہال کی ڈیکوریشن کا لیکچر سن رہے تھے- غضب خدا کا، بیٹی کی شادی ان کی، پیسے ان کے اور فیصلے سارے ایونٹ مینیجر کے۔ بحر حال جب لمبی تقریر کے بعد سارے بگلے اور مور ہال میں اپنی اپنی جگہ پر نصب کر دیے گئے تو جا کر ایونٹ مینیجر نے ان کی جان چھوڑی۔ اس گھر کے مختلف کونوں سے انوع و اقسام کے مسا ئل امنڈ امنڈ کر آ رہے تھے۔ ایک طرف دلہن کے کپڑوں کی فٹنگ صحیح نہی تھی تو دوسری طرف دلہن کی بہن کی قمیص ڈیزائینر نے غلط رنگ کی بنا دی تھی۔ مہندی کے فنکشن کی تھیم لڑکیوں کے لیے چنری کے سوٹ اور لڑکوں کے لیے سفید شلوار قمیص اور نیلی واسکٹیں تھیں جن میں سے آدھوں کا کپڑا ایک کمرے سے دوسرے کمرے کی سیر کر رہا تھا کیونکہ ابھی تک سارے اوورسیز مہمان پہنچے ہی نہیں تھے کہ ان کے کپڑے سلتے۔ جوں جوں شام کے سائے گہرے ہوتے جا رہے تھے گھر میں لوگوں کی ریل پیل میں اضافہ ہوتا جا رہا تھا۔ گھر کے ہر کمرے سے مختلف عمر اور سائز کے لڑکے لڑکیاں نکل رہے تھے۔ آٹھ بجے کے قریب جب میوزک سسٹم سیٹ ہو گیا تو اس کبڈی کے میدان کی پہلی زینت اللہ کی ایک ایسی مخلوق بنی جس کے لیے یہ کہنا تھوڑا مشکل تھا کہ وہ کس صنف سے تعلق رکھتا ہے اور یہ تھا ہمارا کوریوگرافر۔ دلہن رنگ ماسٹر کی طرح ہاتھ میں چھڑی لے کر سب لڑکے لڑکیوں کو ہانکتی ہوئی میدان میں لے آئی تاکہ وہ ڈانس کی پریکٹس کریں۔

“لٹھے دی چادر اتے سلیٹی رنگ ماہئیا ۔۔۔ آب و سامنے کولوں دی رس کے نہ لنگ ماہیا“ کی دھن پر خاندان کی تمام بچیاں، لڑکیاں اور بزرگ خواتین بڑے سے دائرے میں لڈی ڈال رہی تھیں۔ دائرے کے درمیان میں مہندی کا ایک بڑا تھال گیندے کے پھولوں، گھلی ہوئی جمیلہ مہندی اور چھوٹے چھوٹے دیوں سے سجا ہوا تھا جن میں صبح سویرے روئی کی بتیاں بنا کر ڈالی گئی تھیں اور ان کو سرسون کے تیل سے بھرا گیا تھا جبکہ تھال کے ارد گرد چھوٹی چھوٹی چنگیریں پڑی تھیں جنہیں موم بتیوں، مہندی اور گوٹے کناری سے سجایا گیا تھا۔ مہندی کی تقریب پھپھو کی گھر کے بڑے لان میں منعقد ہو رہی تھی جسے لال اور سبز پھولوں اور آڑھے ترچھے ڈیزائین والی قناتوں سے سجا رکھا تھا۔ پورا بنگلہ بھی ہری، لال اور سنہری لائیٹوں کی لڑیوں سے جگمگا رہا تھا۔ ہم سب چھوٹی بڑی کزنز نے چٹا پٹی کے غرارے پہن رکھے تھے جو میری امی، دادی اور گھر کی بوا نے مل کر سئیے تھے۔ غرارہ سوٹ کے دوپٹوں پر مہندی کی صبح تک کرن اور لپا لگایا جا رہا تھا۔ لڑکے والوں کا استقبال گلاب کی پتیوں اور ہاروں سے کیا گیا اور اس کے بعد دونوں اطراف کا ڈھولک پر سخت مقابلہ ہوا۔ ہماری طرف سے “ میرے نیہر سے آج مجھے آیا یہ پیلا جوڑا یہ ہری ہری چوڑیاں“ تو لڑکت والوں کی طرف سے “دیساں دا راجہ میرے بابل دا پیارا“ اور بلآخر مقابلہ ٹپوں تک پہنچا جب مہندی کی رسم کے لیے دلہن کے آنے کی صدا بلند ہوئی۔ پیلے گوٹا کناری کے سوٹ میں لپٹی لپٹائی دلہن سہیلیوں اور بہنوں کے جھرمٹ میں بدلیوں میں چھپا ہوا چودھویں کا چاند معلوم ہو رہی تھی۔ دلہن کو ملتانے پیڑے پر بٹھایا گیااور سات سہاگنوں نے مہندی کی رسم ادا کی۔ ہر خاتون آتی اور پہلے ہاتھ پر رکھے ہوئے پان کے پتے پر مہندی لگاتی، گھونگھٹ کے اندر ہاتھ ڈال کر ٹتول کر دلہن کے سر پر تیل لگاتی اور اندازے سے مٹھائی منہ میں ڈال دیتی۔ یہ سب ٹٹولنا اور اندازے اس لیے لگائے جا رہے تھے کیونکہ دلہن کا چہرہ گھونگھٹ میں چھپا ہوا تھااور دلہن کی بہنیں سخت پہراداروں کی مانند سسرال والوں کو دلہن کی جھلک تک نہیں دیکھنے دے رہی تھیں۔ رسم کے بعد دلہن واپس گھر کے اندر چلی گئی جہاں ڈرائینگ روم کے ایک اندھیرے کونے میں دلہن اپنی چند خاص سہیلیوں کے ہمراہ بیٹھی چپکے سے باہر کے مناظر دیکھنے میں مسروف ہو گئی۔ کچھ دیر بعد دولہے میاں کی باری آئی۔ مہندی کی رسم ادا کرنے کے بعد سالیوں نے دولہے کے خوب ابٹن ملا۔ یہ ساری دھماچوکڑی کھانا کھلنے پر ختم ہوئی۔ پلاؤ کی دیگ کا منہ کھلنے پر ساری قنات میں زعفران کی خوشبو بکھر گئی۔ مہمانوں نے پلاو کے ساتھ ساگ گوشت، مرغ قورمہ اور میٹے میں فیرنی کی ٹھوٹھیاں نوش فرمائیں۔

وہ مہندی ہی کیا جس میں دولہا دلہن کی اینٹری شاندار نہ ہو تو اسی لیے ہمارے ٢٠١٤ ماڈل دولہا کی اینٹری بیل گاڑیوں پر ، مجھ کو کہتے سپر مین آن کر لو ہینڈی کیم ۔۔۔ میں تیرا ہیرو، کی لے پر ہوئی اور دلہن بیگم پالکی پر سوار، بےبی ڈال میں سونے دی، کی دھن پر پنڈال میں آئیں اور اس کے بعد دے دھنادھن لکڑی کے ڈانس فلور پر ڈسکو لائٹس کی چمک کے بیچ اور سموک مشین کے دھوئیں کے غبار میں دولہا اور دلہن کی ٹیموں کے درمیان سخت مقابلہ ہوا۔ مہندی کی رسم انسٹرومینٹل بیک گراؤنڈ میوزک می طرح سٹیج پر بیٹھے دولہا دلہن کے ہاتھوں پر رکھے گئے گوٹے سے سجے ہوئے پتوں پر ادا کی گئی۔ مٹھائی کی جگہ چاکلیٹ نے لے لی اور ابٹن تیل سرے سے ہی غائب ہو گئے کیونکہ اس ساری کاروائی سے دلہن کے بال اور میک اپ کے خراب ہونے کا خدشہ تھا۔ کھانا کھلنے پر ناچ گانے کو ذرا دیر کے لیے بریک لگی اور مہمان حلوہ، پوری، بھاجی اور بار بی کیو سے لطف اندوز ہوئے۔ کشمیری چائے، قہوہ، جلیبی اور پیٹھے کو حلوہ بھی بہت ذوق و شوق سے کھایا گیا اور پھر رات گئے تک ڈی جے کے پھڑکتے ہوئے گانوں پر سب نے مل کر ڈانس کیا۔ 

 

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