Using the healing power of music

ZAHEER ABBAS KHAN ON CREATING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS THROUGH HIS SONG FEARLESS independent artists such as Zaheer Abbas Khan are delivering the most inventive songs in British Asian music. With his new release Allah Jalashan, he has tackled the subject of mental health on a commercial song that fuses rock with classic music. It is […]

Making the right creative moves

WHY POPULAR MUSIC AND MOVIE STAR ALI ZAFAR THINKS THE BEST IS YET TO COME by ASJAD NAZIR IT IS a cold afternoon in London and Ali Zafar is sitting in a secluded corner of a five-star Mayfair hotel planning his next creative moves. With his first studio album in nine years, multiple film projects […]

Agatha Christie’s art of deception continues to stun audiences

AUTHOR REWROTE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION TO GIVE IT A SECOND TWIST by AMIT ROY ONE of Agatha Christie’s best loved classics, Witness for the Prosecution, is currently playing at the London County Hall on the South Bank. The venue used to be the headquarters of the Greater London Council until Margaret Thatcher became so […]

Powering her way to worldwide success

SINGER NEHA KAKKAR ON HER SOARING CAREER AND CONNECTION WITH MUSIC by ASJAD NAZIR HAVING grown up in a family filled with musical talents, it was always going to be inevitable that Neha Kakkar would pursue a career in singing and that is exactly what she did in a superbly successful way. An inspiring journey […]

Writer Sundeep Morrison tackles immigrant hopes, hate and identity

by ASJAD NAZIR CANADA-BORN Sundeep Morrison was brought up in a Punjabi Sikh family and formed a connection to stories through her maternal grandmother. This not only instilled a love for Indian heritage and Punjabi culture, but also led to her becoming a storyteller in own right. She was inspired to write her one-woman show […]

Picasso’s passion for all things paper revealed

LONDON EXHIBITION FEATURES ARTIST’S VARIED EXPERIMENTS WITH THE MEDIUM AMIT ROY THERE are some 340 works of art at the Royal Academy London’s “ground-breaking” new exhibition, Picasso and Paper, one of the most comprehensive of its kind. It is worth noting that the artist was influenced by African culture. In fact, there is a photograph […]

‘I work hard to find joy in every role I play

MAANVI GAGROO ON HER ACTING JOURNEY AND LATEST MOVIE by ASJAD NAZIR VERSATILE actress Maanvi Gagroo has shown off her impressive range in a wide array of projects, including a stunning turn in smash hit 2019 web serial Four More Shots Please. Her beautiful balancing act of cinema, web and TV projects continues with a […]

An explosive fusion of Sufi and rock music

DANISH-PAKISTANI BAND ON THEIR MUSICAL JOURNEY AND LATEST ALBUM by ASJAD NAZIR GREAT song releases find the hallowed middle ground between artistic, commercial and meaningful music. Acclaimed Danish-Pakistani rock band Rocqawali have done that with their newly released third album Kalam, which has taken sounds rooted in over 800 years of Sufi tradition and combined […]

Surgical cinema strike

HOW OUTSIDER YAMI GAUTAM MADE A MARK IN THE HEART OF COMMERCIAL HINDI FILMS by ASJAD NAZIR MORE than being a major movie star, Yami Gautam is a talented actress able to take on any role and she showed that versatility in 2019 with contrasting roles in two Bollywood blockbusters. Her winning turns in Uri: […]

Back with renewed intensity

POPULAR ACTOR NAKUUL MEHTA GETS ROMANTIC ON HIS RETURN by ASJAD NAZIR FANS have been waiting for small screen superstar Nakuul Mehta to return to television ever since his smash-hit drama Ishqbaaaz ended and he obliged them with newly released web series Never Kiss Your Best Friend. The award-winning actor plays the lead role in […]