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Pakistani, Indian artists team up to celebrate South Asia heritage

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Born in Saudi Arabia and based in Pakistan, singer-songwriter Rutaba Yakub is among the most promising artists of this decade. She went national with her selection in Nescafe Basement followed by Pepsi Battle of the Bands. Rutaba and her music group, Roots, didn’t win the top prize in the competitive PBOTB but did find a loyal audience.

2022 seems to be the year where Rutaba will go all-out. A sign of this can be seen in the number of songs she has dropped. Among them is a collaboration with Indian artist Abhilasha Sinha for a song called “Nazar/Surma”. 

The song was deliberately released last month as part of celebrating South Asian Heritage month. The two artists never met but knew full well that music transcends borders and employed technology. The music video is surprisingly strong with a clear idea driving it. The sonic side fits well into Rutaba’s growing discography and is full of synth, electro, and dancehall vibes.

She seems open to trying new things as has become apparent with releases such as “Anay Wala Kal/Ghubaray”, “Dair-e-ufuq”, and “Nazar/Surma”.

Talking to Instep Today, Rutaba explained her Indo-Pak collaborative song ‘Nazar/Surma’ and how it came about.

“The story behind ‘Nazar/Surma’ is a discussion on what we would be like or how we would behave and live our lives if we knew no one was watching us, no one was judging us or have expectations.” 

Social media’s many, many platforms, biometrics, metadata, drones watching/attacking from the sky above, the militarization of space and CCTV cameras define the very basics of modern times. 

Big Brother is always watching. 

Rutaba isn’t just talking about Big Brother, though. As she explains, our behaviour, our surroundings and the people around us affect us in unfathomable and overt ways. 

“Everything we do is kind of reactionary and sometimes it’s very hard to lose yourself in it and realize that you’re not really this person. If there were no external factors, you’d be someone completely different.” 

The narrative Rutaba is talking about can be found within the lyricism of the song.

The Urdu lines that start off the song may sound overwhelming to those who suffer from a case of weak Urdu. But its meaning, according to Rutaba, is based on a similar thought process. 

“For no reason, without us asking, it’s so regular for people to give us either their opinion or their critique.” She’s right there. As for the collaboration with Indian artist Abhilasha Sinha for ‘Nazar/Surma’, Rutaba expressed how both artists are fond of each other’s music. 

“She really understood the narrative of the song (‘Nazar/Surma’) and she wrote her verse for it, reiterating the same question(s) but in a different way. But she’s also building up the story to say that we will break free and find the freedom to be our own selves. We’re sharper and we will thrive.” 

The music video’s narrative is a split screen as it begins with childhood videos of both the artists respectively. “We were sharing our home videos with each other and realized the similarity in each other’s childhood. Even though we are borders apart, there are so many similarities. 

We are South Asians so the birthdays and vacations were similar. And, because of South Asian Heritage Month, in August, we feel we should try to share those similarities instead of focusing on the differences.” Rutaba, through her music, is challenging the typical side of music and deliberately taking risks. But in her own fashion. 

“To be honest, I’m completely alright with being an artist who has one specific sound and who’s not experimenting all the time and doing different things with every song.”

Rutaba Yakub describes herself as a collaborative artist and ‘Nazar/Surma’ is simply the latest example. The music video reflects the ideology of the song and though experimental and risky, it is introspective and therefore sounds very cool. With a debut music album called nostalgia @ the keryana store in the pipeline, Rutaba has the confidence and the talent to reach greater heights. This is her third release from said album. She previously released an EP called S**t I’ll Never Finish (2020).

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Resham replies to criticism about her charitable activity, saying, “Let Allah decide.”

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Resham addressed her haters in an interview, refuting their claims that she uses money obtained illegally to support charitable causes.

Apart from her exceptional acting abilities, Resham is also renowned for her empathy.

Her significant charitable activities are well known.

Online criticism has been directed at Resham, despite her commendable attempts to promote poor areas.

Nevertheless, she decides to keep an optimistic outlook and is unmoved by the disparaging remarks.

“People on social media say all kinds of things, like she’s making food for charity out of ill-gotten money,” the woman said in response to the criticism. “But I say, let Allah decide.”

Regardless of the doubts she faces, her steadfast faith and fortitude enable her to carry on her charitable activities.

Resham has been cooking and giving food to the underprivileged for the past 20 years on her own.

In order to underscore the duration of her dedication, she said, “This has been going on continuously for the past six years, all 12 months.”

Her declaration demonstrates her steadfast support for the less fortunate and emphasises her continuous commitment to charitable activity.

Her supporters encouraged Resham to keep doing her good deeds and expressed gratitude for her charity endeavours.

That’s the cruellest remark, someone said. Do not let such hurtful remarks get to Resham’s feelings.

You are an amazing person, and Allah will bless you for all of your good deeds.

“Your work is much appreciated. It is the people of this globe that you are considering.

Another said, “No matter what one does, people will always criticise.” Other than that, they are unemployed. Resham, you’re doing amazing. Allah is indeed more knowledgeable.

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Fawad Khan on his relationship with Ranbir Kapoor: “In touch on and off.”

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He talked candidly about maintaining friendly relationships with his Indian co-stars in an interview with an Indian media site.

In 2014, Fawad Khan debuted in Bollywood alongside Sonam Kapoor in the film “Khoobsurat.” His final Bollywood production was the romance drama “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,” which he costarred in with Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Ranbir Kapoor in 2016.

He added that he is still in contact with the “Animal” actor and his family in response to a question about his relationships with his co-stars.

“I communicate with you occasionally. He said in the interview, “I’ve remained in touch, and I have enjoyed a really nice relationship with the Kapoor family. There is still a lot of love and respect for Karan Johar and Shakun Batra. We speak on the phone or Skype sometimes.

Fawad Khan claims that he has a few pals who are Indian producers with whom he occasionally speaks.

“We chat, and then we head somewhere to meet. There is no love lost because we stay in touch and remain pleasant and cordial,” he continued.

It’s important to note that Khan is getting ready to make his big Bollywood comeback after eight long years in a romantic comedy alongside Bollywood icon Vaani Kapoor.

Fawad Khan and Kapoor are slated to star together in an untitled romantic comedy film that would be shot entirely in the United Kingdom, according to an exclusive report by an Indian entertainment magazine.

anotherThe facts reveal that the title will tell the tale of two shattered people who, through a series of fortunate events, find one other, support one another, and eventually fall in love.

The title’s pre-production has been set, and the project is expected to begin this coming fall. There are still unknowns when it comes to the shooting venues.

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In Pakistan, getting married has become a challenging endeavor: Tanveer Anam

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Entertainer Anam Tanveer recently discussed the problematic mindset of Pakistanis in a podcast interview, stating that marriage has turned into a “complicated task” in Pakistan.

“This is not the case in any other part of the world,” she said. “It’s completely different in Pakistan than it is in the rest of the world, where a guy and a girl get married if they like each other, regardless of their background, status, or religion.”

“This is because, in this case, a guy from DHA who has feelings for a girl from Malir cannot marry her; this shouldn’t be the standard,” she continued.

He would allegedly say, “It’s a cheap, backward neighborhood, and I can’t marry a girl from there,” if I lived in North Nazimabad. People now focus more on a person’s neighborhood than on their compatibility, education, character, or history. “The actor of “Tere Bina Mein Nahi” clarified that a guy from DHA would marry a female from the same area.

In her words, Tanveer described her ideal life partner as someone who respects women in general and who believes in and encourages his wife to pursue her professional ambitions.

She came to the conclusion, “To date, I have not met a single Pakistani man who respects women well.”

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