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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...

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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)

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India Art Fair 2015: Curated focus brings increased diversity and enhanced quality under one roof

Oct 20 2014 8:44pm CDT | Source: Art Daily

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Oct 14 2014 7:20pm CDT | Source: Oh No They Didn't!

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Koller Zurich to offer impressive figures from Tibet, fine artworks from China and India

Oct 13 2014 9:52pm CDT | Source: Art Daily

On 29 and 30 October, Koller Zurich will be hosting special auctions dedicated to Asian art. The main focus of the well-diversified, ca. 800 lots on offer lies on Chinese art and on collectable art from Japan and India. The core of the auctions is formed by objects from Tibet, with an emphasis on Buddhist deities. For more than forty years, Koller Zurich has been paying special attention to Tibetan art. Their continuous supplying of high-quality objects has contrib ...
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Toledo Museum of Art to return 1,000-year- old bronze Ganesha sculpture to India

Oct 13 2014 9:52pm CDT | Source: Art Daily

The Toledo Museum of Art announced that it will return a nearly 1,000-year- old bronze sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesha to the Government of India. The Ganesha was purchased in 2006 from art dealer Subhash Kapoor, who is currently awaiting trial in India on charges of illegal exportation, criminal conspiracy and forgery. Research conducted by the Museum, with the assistance and cooperation of the Indian Consulate General, Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, an ...
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Cyclone Hudhud slams into India killing 24 and causing flooding

Oct 13 2014 11:50am CDT | Source: Daily Mail

Packing wind speeds of over 120 mph, Cyclone Hudhud hammered the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on Sunday, forcing tens of thousands to seek safety in storm s ...
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Early storm warnings saved lives

Oct 13 2014 11:32am CDT | Source: CNN World Music

Mass evacuations before Cyclone Hudhud minimizes death toll in India. CNN's Sumn ...
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Cyclone Hudhud Lashes India's Eastern Coast

Oct 12 2014 7:04pm CDT | Source: WSB Radio

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Cyclone relentless on India’s east coast; typhoon lashes Japan

Oct 12 2014 5:23pm CDT | Source: Pittsburgh Entertainment

HYDERABAD, India — A powerful cyclone was pounding a large swath of India’s eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday, killing at ... ...
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