Desi Paparazzi.

As we are well aware of the fact that the entertainment industry has flourished in Pakistan over the recent years. Call it enlightened moderation or general acceptance or even the ignorant mullah regime but we have seen tonnes of talent come up and do wonders for the country (Of course in ways both good and bad). But what I’ve noticed and observed is that there are city biases when it comes to entertainment. The Lahore and the Karachi “party” takes the cake home and the Islamabad people are left to scratch on the leftovers. I still haven’t come to grips with the fact that a so called “Izloo-ite” has to fly all the way to Karachi to make it big when talent-wise the “izloo-ites” can kick the “karachi-ites” or the “lahoris” in their bum.

What is it then? Politics DOES play a very major and massive role in the entertainment industry. Contacts, money flowing right left and forward, other acts of kindness (all pun intended) are just a few of the keys that the a person can get hold of to make it big.

The reason for this series of articles is to showcase what Islamabad has to offer when it comes to entertainment. Whether it is models, photographers, musicians, artists, writers etc.


(A scene from a short film called ” My November in Chains” )

One such person that I would like to introduce is Fatima Salim. Fatima is in her last year of a bachelors degree in marketing from the American University in Dubai and is a true “Islamabadi”. (Whatever that word means to all of you). A 22 year old who believes that every individual should work towards their goals. Something she realized when she was away from home in Dubai trying to study and work at the same time. Fatima is an aspiring model/actress who has had a fair bit of experience when it comes to both modeling and acting. She has acted in numerous plays in her school life and has done a few shoots here and there.

She recently got approached by the Makeup mogul Tariq Amin to do a show with him but due to some unforeseen circumstances she had to turn it down. She has had to face the big fist of the “big fish” in the industry because for her it seems impossible to make it through the swampy modeling business in Islamabad. And to be honest, according to me all it takes is “one” break. But that one “break” comes at a point when either the person in question has given up. Fatima has a very solid career waiting for her in the field of Marketing but it is the dream that keeps her wanting to do something.

I think being from Islamabad, Fatima deserves the chance to showcase her talent and be appreciated in this field which is Governed by the heiresses of the Karachi/Lahore union.

Viva la revolucion :)

7 Comments so far

  1. mochi (unregistered) on September 21st, 2009 @ 12:43 am

    hash you rock!

  2. emran on September 21st, 2009 @ 4:25 am

    Yeah I agree about the politics in this field. Although Islamabad is a small city but it has so much talent in its youth. About Fatima , yes she has to come up and show her talent.

  3. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on September 24th, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    You are absolutely right Hashim, about the Karachi and Lahore artists stealing all the lime light from the Islamabad artists. I myself am also guilty of appreciating those artists more than the Islamabad ones. But that was a few years ago. That time i guess Islamabad showbiz scene was still budding and it was a fact that Karachi and Lahore were producing far better artists in all fields as compared to our very own Islamabad.

    Now i think the scene has changed. Artists of Islamabad have emerged with a unique identity of their own and are no less than any other. The shift of the media towards them might take a while. But at least (we are sure) they would be prepared for it.

    Al best to Fatima Salim. Looking forward to seeing her afloat amongst the big fish of the industry. :-)


  4. crazymonkey on September 25th, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

    Islamabad is a wonderful place to try different and exciting new things like street theater/performances where these people can show their talents to everyone (without getting paid ofcourse). If they are really passionate about it, they should go extreme.

  5. Rehmat Yazdani (d1a3n0i4) on September 27th, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    Hashim, nice post here.. However, don’t you think it is a little bit biased and way too emotional …. I wonder how a person like you could confine art or an artist or so to speak talent within the limits of cities or countries….. If your friend has got real talent then nobody can stop her from becoming a great artist….. what she has to do is to keep striving .. I am sure you would know the life history of few great artists .. most of them started from very low but since they had the talent so there was no stopping to them…

    BTW, how could you compare Islamabad where we still have to figure out in which direction it is gonna evolve with Lahore/ Karachi where art and culture scene is damn strong from the very beginning… unfortunately, only front which is hit in Islamabad is ‘ Politics’.. Isn’t your post more like justifying Islamabad’s existence with Lahore and Karachi….I really can’t get the point here …

  6. hashriani on September 27th, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

    The point was basically to promote Islamabad talent. It is NOT showcased unless you have a lot of contacts within the realm of the Karachi industry or the Lahore industry. They will NOT play your videos no matter HOW good they are. They will NOT recommend you, no matter HOW good you are :).. City bias always reigns supreme when it comes to art…

    I’ve been there. I know what I had to go through. Just my side of the story.

  7. saqib (unregistered) on October 28th, 2010 @ 12:37 am

    hi fatima saqib here.where have u been long time…listen i was just wondering if theres any male models required because then ill send my resume for the lead role for the movie.congratulations on getting engaged zeeshan gave me the good news.

    By the way I added you on BB, did you get it? your BB pin is 25851432 right?

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