5 reasons why we are super proud of our artists

2022 is not only the year Pakistan turns 75, it also marks a milestone of extraordinary achievements for Pakistani designers around the world. As our film industry picked up steam after two lackluster years, our multiple artists managed to grab headlines for all the right reasons.

Whether it’s Arooj Aftab’s historic Grammy win or a local ensemble cast in a Marvel project, it’s been a pretty good year for showbiz. Here are our biggest takeaways of 2022 so far that have made Pakistan shine with pride.

Takeover of Pasoori

With its catchy melody and stunning music video, Coke Studio 14’s Ali Sethi and Shae Gill’s soundtrack has won hearts across oceans since its release. With musical influences ranging from reggaeton to soulful rubab tunes, Pasoori is fusion at its best.

Not just in Pakistan, but artists around the world praised the hit number. The likes of Britney Spears, Arjun Kapoor, Armaan Malik among others have shouted at Pasoori as they played it on repeat. The well-deserved track was also touted as ‘bringing India and Pakistan together’, according to a New Yorker report. Needless to say, the song succeeded in serving as a bridge between Pakistan and the rest of the world.

Humayun Saeed wins the crown

This year has started with massive news for Pakistani fans. Humayun Saeed played the role of Dr. Hasnat in the popular Netflix drama, The crown. Saeed, who has a huge following in the country, has become the very first Pakistani star to bag a famous Netflix original in a leading role.

The showbiz fraternity came together and congratulated Saeed on this huge achievement. Mahira Khan shared the news and congratulated her Ben Roye co-featured on Twitter. “Finally he’s out! So proud! So excited! Masha Allah Masha Allah! What a show! What a star.” “Very proud of you my friend, Humayun Saeed! I’m sure you’ll bring nuance to the character with your acting. I can’t wait!” shared Adnan Siddiqui. “So excited about this! He’s the most humble superstar ever. Well deserved and well deserved! Godspeed,” Anoushey Ashraf wrote. “Congratulations to my friend Humayun Saeed for getting the role of Dr. Hasnat in The Crown Netflix series. You make us so proud!” writes Frieha Altaf.

Pakistan’s first Grammy

In April, Brooklyn-based Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab won her first Grammy in Pakistan, winning a prestigious trophy for her song Mohabbat in the Best Global Performance category. The 37-year-old – who has lived in New York for some 15 years – has steadily gained worldwide attention for her work which fuses ancient Sufi traditions with inflections of folk, jazz and minimalism.

Arooj Aftab at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.  PHOTO: REUTERSArooj Aftab at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. PHOTO: REUTERS

“I am more than delighted,” the artist told reporters, during which the vast majority of awards are presented. “It feels good. I’ve been really nervous all day. And we’re off to a great start.” Born to Pakistani parents in Saudi Arabia, Aftab spent her teenage years in Lahore before moving to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston to study music production and engineering.

She released her critically acclaimed third studio album Vulture Prince and garnered even more attention after former US President Barack Obama included the track Mohabbat on his summer 2021 favorites list. produced at a number of major New York venues, including Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, and also opened for Mitski at Brooklyn Steel in 2018.

wonderful actors

Besides Saeed in The crown and Aftab’s brilliant Grammy win, several local artists bagged their first Hollywood project – that too, no less than a Marvel Studio venture. Fawad Khan, Mehwish Hayat, Nimra Bucha and veteran star Samina Ahmed took part in Marvel’s long-awaited project, Mrs. Marvel. Not only that, Oscar-winning Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy directed two of the six episodes of the aforementioned series.

The artists and the director were excited to star in a Marvel project. Hayat and Obaid-Chinoy often took to Instagram and shared previews of BTS from the show. The London Nahi Jaunga The star took to Instagram and shared a carousel of seen and never-before-seen photos with the cast and crew of the popular show. “I’m truly overwhelmed with the love I’m getting for ‘Aisha’ from around the world,” Hayat wrote in a lengthy note for the Ms. Marvel crew. “But bringing a project like Ms. Marvel to the screen is the result of true teamwork.”

In an interview with The Express Grandstandthe Save face filmmaker had shared, “It was very important to me to tell an authentic story. From the start, Marvel Studios was very clear that they wanted to bring authenticity to Kamala Khan’s life, which is why they brought together a truly global cast and crew from different parts of the world and brought the kind of sensitivity that allowed us to tell this story.

Joy in Cannes

Crew joyland made the whole country proud after receiving a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. The film made history as the first feature film to be screened at the prestigious festival, which hosts some of the greatest directors and actors in the global film industry today. With themes of forbidden desire and rebellion, Joyland was widely adored by critics, with Deadline calling it a “thoughtful, well-acted and engrossing drama”.

joyland from director Saim Sadiq, a tale about the sexual revolution, tells the story of the youngest son of a patriarchal family who is expected to have a baby boy with his wife. He instead joins an erotic dance theater and falls in love with the director of the troupe, a trans woman.

This is Pakistan’s first-ever entry in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and it also won the Jury Prize at the “Un Certain Regard” competition, a segment focused on innovative young film talent. “It’s a very powerful film, representing everything we stand for,” said Queer Palm Jury President Catherine Corsini.

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