12 Updates

We look at India as a big industry: Pakistani supermodel (Interview)

Nov 17 2013, 12:26am CST | by IANS

Abu Dhabi, Nov 17 (IANS) All of 23, Amna Ilyas is tall, dusky and oozes the confidence that it takes to catwalk on the ramps of the nascent yet booming scene of Pakistan's fashion industry. Having tasted filmdom with "Zinda Bhaag", she is now hopeful of clinching more movie offers. From India? Why not?

Abu Dhabi, Nov 17 — All of 23, Amna Ilyas is tall, dusky and oozes the confidence that it takes to catwalk on the ramps of the nascent yet booming scene of Pakistan's fashion industry. Having tasted...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos Tweets

 
 
 

44 weeks ago

We look at India as a big industry: Pakistani supermodel (Interview)

Nov 17 2013, 12:26am CST | by IANS

Abu Dhabi, Nov 17 (IANS) All of 23, Amna Ilyas is tall, dusky and oozes the confidence that it takes to catwalk on the ramps of the nascent yet booming scene of Pakistan's fashion industry. Having tasted filmdom with "Zinda Bhaag", she is now hopeful of clinching more movie offers. From India? Why not?

Abu Dhabi, Nov 17 — All of 23, Amna Ilyas is tall, dusky and oozes the confidence that it takes to catwalk on the ramps of the nascent yet booming scene of Pakistan's fashion industry. Having tasted filmdom with "Zinda Bhaag", she is now hopeful of clinching more movie offers. From India? Why not?

"I am thinking of quitting modelling and focussing on acting," Amna told IANS in an interview during the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

"A lot of films are being made in Pakistan right now and we are very happy about that. They are not big budget films, but small ones, which are nice. I currently have two scripts," said the actress, who plays the female lead in "Zinda Bhaag", the first movie that her nation has sent for Oscar consideration in the last 50 years.

"Zinda Bhaag", which is turning out to be a commercially profitable venture for producer Mazhar Zaidi and co-directors Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, is currently doing the rounds at film festivals.

After being showcased at the seventh Abu Dhabi Film Festival last month, it was screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival Saturday - and it is coming out to be a beacon of hope for Pakistan's film industry, which had collapsed around the 1990s.

Is she looking at offers from Bollywood?

"See... hopes are there from Hollywood as well, it will be great, but yes, India is close by and we look it as a big industry," said Amna.

Amna, who is yet to visit India, hopes to travel to the country's entertainment hub Mumbai to scout for work. She also wants to flaunt creations by Bollywood's beloved designer Manish Malhotra.

Karachi-based Amna walks and talks with the panache and boldness of a seasoned talent.

Well, seasoned she is! She has been at the top of Pakistan's fashion scene after she started her stint in modelling five years ago. She has worked with some of the top-rated designers of her country - couturiers like Umar Sayeed, Rizwan Beyg and Fahad Hussayn, to name a few.

Her family has been unusually supportive and "chilled out" in a community which is generally conservative - and Amna can't be more thankful about that. Things are changing now for many, says the beauty, whose elder sisters are former models.

"Being a model in Pakistan is great. Fashion is on a boom right now. We had our first fashion week in 2007 and since then, a series of fashion events are happening. A lot of new designers and models are coming up.

"Because of the fact that we have a bit of a conservative environment, a lot of girls were not able to do what they wanted to. But now things are changing in Pakistan and people are becoming more modern and upfront.

"They want to change - and by that I mean, they want to move with the world. So, there are now a lot of people like me who are getting a chance to work abroad and travel," said Amna.

(Radhika Bhirani can be contacted at radhika.b@ians.in)

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
12

Tweets

 
 
Update
11

2 days ago

India, China Sign Co-Production Agreement

Sep 18 2014 9:18am CDT | Source: variety

The world’s two most populous nations, India and China signed a long-awaited film co-production agreement on Thursday. The agreement was signed by India’s minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and Cai Fuchao, Minister, State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television for China.   “Th ...
Source: variety   Full article at: variety
 

 
Update
10

3 days ago

Disease takes root amid fetid India floodwaters

Sep 17 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: cbs news

Doctors in flood-ravaged Kashmir warn "cholera and other plagues knocking at ...
Source: cbs news   Full article at: cbs news
 

 
Update
9

5 days ago

TrustedCompany.com, an E-Commerce Review Site for Emerging Markets Raises $1 Million

Sep 15 2014 1:23pm CDT | Source: digital media wire

TechCrunch reports “TrustedCompany.com, a review platform for e-commerce businesses in emerging markets like Southeast Asia and India, announced today that it has raised a Series A round of $1 million led by Tengelmann Ventures, with participation from 500 Startups and returning investor Asia Venture Group ...
Source: digital media wire   Full article at: digital media wire
 

 
Update
8

1 week ago

Anurag Kashyap (42)

Sep 10 2014 9:03am CDT | Source: imdb

In 1972, Anurag Kashyap was born on this date in Gorakhpur, Utta ...
Source: imdb   Full article at: imdb
 

 
Update
6

1 week ago

Scientists Successfully Link Two Human Brains

Sep 9 2014 3:35pm CDT | Source: ign

An international team of researchers have successfully sent messages from the brain of one test subject to another without the use of invasive devices or surgery. "We wanted to find out if one could communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from one person and injecting brain activity into the second person, and do so across great physical distances by leveraging existing communication pathways," said researcher Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone. " ...
Source: ign   Full article at: ign
 

 
Update
5

1 week ago

Akshay Kumar (47)

Sep 9 2014 1:33pm CDT | Source: imdb

In 1967, Akshay Kumar was born on this date in Amritsar, Punjab, India ...
Source: imdb   Full article at: imdb
 

 
Update
4

1 week ago

Is Telepathy Possible? This Amazing New Experiment Says Yes!

Sep 8 2014 11:45am CDT | Source: movie pilot

Telepathy is an idea that's become iconic in pop culture, from X-Men, to True Blood and new amped-up sci-fi Lucy.But despite featuring in endless movies, books and games, telepathy has always been just an idea. Until now.A new report published by academic journal PLOS ONE details a new experiment undertaken in March this year by two scientists thousands of miles apart. And what it suggests is that we might be one step closer to harnessing real-life telepathy.Matilda: not just a fantasy?The ...
Source: movie pilot   Full article at: movie pilot
 

 
Update
3

1 week ago

Ronnie Screwvala (52)

Sep 8 2014 8:53am CDT | Source: imdb

In 1962, Ronnie Screwvala was born on this date in Bombay ...
Source: imdb   Full article at: imdb
 

 
Update
2

1 week ago

Floods kill hundreds in India, Pakistan

Sep 7 2014 9:22pm CDT | Source: usa today

Landslides and floods from monsoon rains have killed nearly 300 people in India and Pakistan.         ...
Source: usa today   Full article at: usa today
 

 
Update
1

1 week ago

Mammootty (61)

Sep 7 2014 9:06am CDT | Source: imdb

In 1953, Mammootty was born on this date in Chempu, Vaikom, Ke ...
Source: imdb   Full article at: imdb
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Kim, Vanessa targeted in new nude photo leak?
Los Angeles, Sep 21 (IANS) It seems that celebrity nude photo leak now targets stars like Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Avril Lavigne, Leelee Sobieski and Lake Bellmay.
 
 
Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Martin living under the same roof?
Los Angeles, Sep 21 (IANS) Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has fallen head over heels for actress Jennifer Lawrence and, according to sources, they are planning to live under the same roof.
 
 
Clooney to kiss Maggie Smith in 'Downton Abbey'
Los Angeles, Sep 21 (IANS) The new season of "Downton Abbey", which is set to go live, will see Hollywood star George Clooney kissing Dame Maggie Smith.
 
 
I'm a great diaper changer: Pete Wentz
Los Angeles, Sep 21 (IANS) Rocker Pete Wentz, who welcomed his second son Saint Lazslo last month, feels that he is an expert at changing nappies.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

British couple's murder suspects 'Asian men'
Bangkok, Sep 21 (IANS) The DNA found in the female victim's body in the Thailand double murder belonged to two Asian men. David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were beaten to death and their bodies found semi-...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
G20 deal on sharing bank data to help India battle black money
Cairns (Australia) Sep 21 (IANS) In a major step that will aid India track and recover black money stashed abroad, G20 finance ministers Sunday agreed on allowing automatic sharing of all bank information with tax...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
India eves thrashed 0-10 by Thailand in Asian Games football
Incheon, Sep 21 (IANS) Indian women rounded off their league encounters receiving a 0-10 thrashing from Thailand here Sunday in their third Group A match of the football competition in the Asian Games. Thailand...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Police colonel killed in Egypt blast
Cairo, Sep 21 (IANS) A police colonel was killed and seven others were injured Sunday in a blast near the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo, the interior and health ministries said, revising an earlier toll of four....
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Shun sedentary lifestyle to stay sharp
New York, Sep 21 (IANS) Engaging in physical activity and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle are both important for maintaining an adequate brain health in older age, says a study. Like everything else in the body, the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Iran to block social apps
Tehran, Sep 21 (IANS) The Iranian judiciary has ordered the ministry of communications to block social networking apps such as Viber, Tango and WhatsApp over dissemination of derogatory content, media reported Sunday...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Infant tests negative for Ebola in Australia
Canberra, Sep 21 (IANS) A one-year-old infant who sparked an Ebola virus disease scare in the Australian state of Victoria, has been tested negative, a health official said Sunday. Victoria's Health Minister David...
Read more on Business Balla
 
'A tiny implant with the power of self healing'
Washington, Sep 21 (IANS) Fancy the self-healing power of the Hulk or Wolverine? This superhuman power may no longer be confined to the realm of fiction if researchers have their way to implant a tiny pacemaker-like...
Read more on Business Balla
 
UNHQ becomes canvas inspiring action on climate change
New York, Sep 21 (IANS/WAM) In the lead-up to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit, the UN lit up its iconic headquarters complex here with a spectacular 30-storey architectural projection show aimed to...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
'Second skin' spacesuits to ease astronauts' life
Washington, Sep 21 (IANS) Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing an active "second-skin" spacesuit for future astronauts that incorporates small, spring-like coils that contract...
Read more on Business Balla