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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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Bonhams offering largest garnet and diamond egg by Manfred Wild

Nov 4 2014 9:48pm CST | Source: Art Daily

This festive season at Bonhams is sure to attract those looking for that unique holiday gift. The top highlight of the upcoming Gems, Minerals & Lapidary Works of Art and Natural History Auction on November 23 is “The World’s Largest Polished Garnet” and Diamond Egg Creation. The luxurious gemstone carving by Manfred Wild, has an estimate of $300,000-400,000. Possibly considered the finest and most striking of Wild’s egg creations, the exotic-looking ...
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Photographic exhibition by Victoria Goldman opens at Robin Rice Gallery

Nov 4 2014 9:48pm CST | Source: Art Daily

The Robin Rice Gallery presents a photographic exhibition by Victoria Goldman. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, November 5th, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The show will run through December 14th, 2014. Victoria Goldman’s twenty-year-long fascination with Tarot has created a series of photographs based on the imagery and the mythology behind the ancient Tarot cards. Each image in the collection is inspired b ...
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Kissing protest raises reaction

Nov 4 2014 9:08pm CST | Source: CNN World Music

CNN's Azadeh Ansari reports on an unorthodox kissing protest in India that is getting a big ...
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Police Say Man Invited His Daughter's Rapist to Dinner and Tortured Him

Nov 3 2014 9:02pm CST | Source: Gawker

Police say a man in India took the law into his own hands when he used a fake dinner invitation to lure his daughter's alleged rapist over for a night of torture, and, eventu ...
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Burger King Is Heading to India with Beef-Free Whoppers

Nov 3 2014 6:10pm CST | Source: WSB Radio

Burger King will open its first restaurant in India, with a bit of a new menu. The chain will not offer any beef or pork items out of respect for the religious practices of Hindus and Muslims, who mak ...
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A small Mumbai boy has a gash cut into his head as part of Muslim Ashura ceremony

Nov 3 2014 2:26pm CST | Source: Daily Mail

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. The child screamed as he was held in place so a Shi'ite Muslim could cut a gash in the boy's head during an Ashura ...
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Fair Or Too Foul?? Father Invites Daughter’s Rapist Over For Dinner Then Sets His Peen On Fire And Murders Him!

Nov 3 2014 8:02am CST | Source: Bossip.com

Is this dad wrong? Father Invites Daughter’s Rapist Over For Dinner Then Kills Him Via My Fox 8 reports: A father invited his 14-year-old daughter’s alleged rapist over for dinner and then burned his genitals with heated tongs before strangling him to death. The Indian Express reported that the 36-year-old father in India was getting revenge on his underage daughter’s 45-year-old rapist. “He served him dinner,” an offic ...
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Dozens killed in suicide blast at India-Pakistan border crossing as they watched daily flag-lowering ceremony

Nov 2 2014 12:55pm CST | Source: Daily Mail

A suicide bomber has killed at least 55 people and wounded more than 120 during a 'flag-lowering' ceremony at the main Pakistan-India border crossing, near the Pakistani city of Lahore. ...
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Dozens die in Pakistan blast

Nov 2 2014 9:33am CST | Source: CNN World Music

Dozens of people were killed at a parade near the Pakistan-India border, officials ...
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Would you feed your baby a strict alkaline diet? Growing numbers of parents are feeding their children a diet of nuts, seeds and vegetables

Nov 1 2014 5:10pm CDT | Source: Daily Mail

As she does every morning, India is tucking into a green smoothie, made by blitzing ingredients including apple, kale, watercress and broccoli with coconut water ...
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