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  • THE ICON INTERVIEW: PAKISTAN'S BOY WONDER

    Here is what this amazingly talented youngster had to share with Icon:Award-winning stand-up comic Kumail Nanjiani turns to film with The Big SickQ...

    Did you ever act, write, host or do anything similar while you lived in Pakistan?Kumail Nanjiani: No, I didn’t...

  • THE ICON INTERVIEW: THE PATRIOT OF PAKISTAN

    Regardless, you really don’t need to launch self-promotional campaigns since you veritably remain one of Pakistan’s most well-loved heroes …Shaan:  It’s because you have to be a Pakistani first for Pakistanis to love you...

    We see Pakistan being touted as the root of all evil in popular shows such as Homeland and in G...

  • Last flight home for icon of ‘German Autumn’ of terror

    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN: Forty years ago next month, German anti-terror commandos stormed a Lufthansa jet in Somalia, shot its Palestinian hijackers and freed 90 hostages, a climax in a bloody era of far-left militancy...

    The 1977 Mogadishu raid became a symbol of the “German Autumn” when the state was at war with the “urban guerrillas” of the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, and their international allies
  • THE ICON INTERVIEW: SMALL TOWN, BIG ACTOR

    “I was shooting a television series in Rajasthan, near the Pakistan border, when I got the news...

    Aur kya chahiye matlab? [What else does one need?]”While Hussain has played a few Pakistani characters on screen, he’s never been to Pakistan...

  • THE ICON INTERVIEW: THE MANY LIVES OF MEHWISH

    ”Many actors have trended on social media for their acting prowess but Mehwish became even more famous (and trended on Twitter) during the Pakistan Super League cricket tournament earlier this year...

    Be it the falling of a Lahore Qalandars’ wicket or a Lahori bowler getting one, the pretty face from Actor In Law (AIL) was all over the stadium’s large screens and TV screens across Pakistan...

  • THE ICON INTERVIEW: LED BY THE HEART

    Indian actor and director Rahul Bose talks to Icon about his penchant for directing films, his pickiness as an actor and his social activismFrom the unforgettable and searing Mr and Mrs Iyer, 15 Park Avenue, Japanese Wife, Chameli, Shaurya to Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Jhankaar Beats and then Vishwaroopam, I Am, Midnight’s Children, Bose has done a variety of films...

    Published in Dawn, ICON, October 15th, 2017...

  • THE ICON REVIEW: THE GROUND BENEATH HIS FEET

    It might also have helped the Pakistan Oscar committee’s selection for the Best Foreign Language category move beyond the first round...

    These raw instances often take your mind off the notion that what we’re seeing is less of a motion picture and more of a docu-drama advertising illiteracy and wrong-doings in Pakistan (always a matter of great applause in international festivals)...

  • THE ICON INTERVIEW: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MANSHA

    ”Mansha Pasha talks to Icon about the importance of doing substantial roles as an actor and her decision to turn to direction to serve society through message-oriented videosBorn in Hyderabad to parents who are doctors, Mansha shifted to Karachi for higher studies...

    Replying to a question on how it feels to join the small but distinguished league of female directors in Pakistan, Mansha says she still has a long way to go...

  • THE ICON INTERVIEW: FAME, FILMS AND FAHAD

    ”The first time I met Fahad was some four years back was when he was only a TV star — Na Maloom Afraad (NMA) hadn’t yet released and ARY’s game show Jeeto Pakistan (JP) had also not gone on air...

    He is one of the few actors in Pakistan who can pull it off from any platform...

  • THE ICON INTERVIEW: THE SOUL OF SANWAL

    Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pride of Performance award in Pakistan and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Queen Elizabeth II...

    Now carrying his father’s legacy forward is Sanwal Eskhalevi, a former cricketer and sound engineer working in the UK who returned to Pakistan to hone his musical talent and follow in the footsteps of his childhood inspirations such as Mehdi Hassan, Nusrat...

  • Harassment, rape allegations against notable cultural icon rattle Nobel literature academy

    The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, has been rattled by a sex scandal as several members, their wives and daughters accused an influential person with close ties to the prestigious institution of assault...

    The #MeToo wave exposing sexual misconduct which began in Hollywood has shaken artistic, media and political circles in Sweden, one of the most gender equal countries in the world, as thousands of women have...
  • Former loyalists lose faith in Myanmar's democracy icon

    As Aung San Suu Kyi launched a national struggle against decades of harsh military rule, one medical student worked tirelessly at her side, facing down gun-wielding soldiers trying to crush the surging pro-democracy movement...

    For her activism and loyalty, Ma Thida suffered six years of mostly solitary imprisonment and nearly died of illnesses
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