MAG’S favourite picks of the week


Nelson Mandela DAY .. 100th birth anniversary .. !! Had my greatest honour to meet him in SoAfrica on two momentous occasions ! A humble caring down to earth personality .. visited his cell in Robben Island prison .. historic visit !


The cast of movie Teefa In Trouble, Ali Zafar, Maya Ali and Seemi Raheel, meet reporters in Lahore in a meet and greet session.

Behka Re

There is no reason to miss Behka Re… the latest song featuring Fahad Mustafa, Mawra Hocane, Humayun Saeed and Kubra Khan dancing to the upbeat tunes of the peppy number.

Sung by Shiraz Uppal, the melodious track begins with a pleasant strumming mixed with simple beats. Also penned by Uppal, the flirty yet romantic lyrics will make you go gaga like no other current song coming from a Pakistani flick.

The video of the love number revolves around the two couples as they twirl and swirl in Turkey. Fahad’s chocolate boy moves are nonetheless appealing while Mawra carries the innocent charm as her petite self. Humayun and Kubra look good together and chemistry blends well with the song’s lovey-dovey tune.

Uppal’s voice is certainly the star in this summery, buoyant number that sits well with the video. Despite its Bollywood-ish vibes, the song has what it takes to become the country’s love anthem and builds up the much-needed excitement for movie-goers when it releases at Eidul Azha.

A child gives birth to a mother: Mahira Khan on balancing motherhood and work

While attending the Pakistan Film Festival in New York, Mahira talked about being a new mom when she shot Bol, her first movie back in 2009. The actress revealed her son Azlan was too young to leave behind at home when she joined the sets of Shoaib Mansoor's movie. Said the actor, "Everybody there [on the sets] was surprised [at me working while taking care of Azlan] and even I was at times, because this was nine years ago. Just imagine," she told a reporter. Times were different a decade ago and it was definitely not easier to be a working mother back then, especially to an infant. Added the Raees star, "The thing is, and I think this is the best quote ever invented as far as babies and moms are concerned, a child gives birth to a mother. You just have to adapt. Yes, you have a child but the child has given birth to [a new] you and you know exactly what you're supposed to do."

With her busy schedule, Mahira has made a new resolution to make more time for herself and her son. "It's difficult to let go of some great things but I have a personal life. I have Azlan and he's growing up real fast. He'll be in the fourth grade soon and he has test weeks and what not coming up, and I have to keep all of that in mind when working."

Google marks Mehdi Hassan's 91st birthday with doodle

Google honours many prominent personalities with specially designed logos called ‘doodles’. This time, legendary Pakistani ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan was honoured with the doodle feature on what would have been his 91st birthday on July 18. Many other well-known Pakistani personalities have been honoured previously, namely Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan and Nazia Hassan. Famously referred to as Sultan or the Shahenshah of Ghazal, Mehdi was born in 1927 in a village called Luna in Rajasthan, India. During the Indo-Pak partition of 1947, the family migrated to Pakistan. The artiste landed his first musical performance on Radio Pakistan in 1957. Mehdi’s first song Jab Koi Pyaar Se Bulaye Ga and the popular ghazal Ik Husn Ki Devi Se Mujhe Pyar Hua Tha further elevated his status. He is most remembered for his rendition of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Gullon Mein Rang Bhare. Mehdi was also honoured with numerous awards, including Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan. He died in Karachi on June 13, 2012 after a prolonged illness.

Ali Zafar breaks silence on harassment allegations

For the first time since sexual harassment claims against him were alleged by Meesha Shafi in April, Ali Zafar opened up for the first time on the matter in an interview with the BBC Asian Network.

The singer-turned actor commented in the interview that “people will find out in time” what the truth is and that he is hopeful “the due course of law shall give justice in time”. The host also asked Ali if it is possible that the Teefa unintentionally might have caused her some distress. To this, Ali retorted, “No. Never could that have happened. The jam that she’s talking about, has a video and there were 10 witnesses and two witnesses out of that jam were women. They came out in the open and said, ‘we were there, how could she even think and say this?’ I was hurt, since I’ve been working towards women empowerment.”

After Meesha’s allegations, many have come forward to boycott Teefa In Trouble but it doesn’t worry him. “I don’t worry because when you are on the right side [of things] and know the truth, you don’t worry because falsehood is bound to perish,” Ali said.