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Manjhi – A Real Life Hero

By Sonya Rehman A gripping story of a man and a mountain, of resilience and passion, Ketan Mehta’s Manjhi – The Mountain Man is one of the most riveting, moving, must-see films of 2015. An Ordinary Hero In the small village of Gehlaur (Bihar, India), there lived a man, a poor peasant who spent over…

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Ms. Marvel – The Teenage Superhero

By Sonya Rehman Remember Kamala Khan, aka, Ms. Marvel, the Muslim teen superheroine launched last year by Marvel Comics? For comic book enthusiasts in the UAE, get this; the popular series is currently available in both Arabic and English across eleven countries in the MENA region thanks to Al Ahli Publishing and Distribution, which became…

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The Woman Behind TheJamJar

By Sonya Rehman Dubai-based Hetal Pawani is the Director of the well-known art space, thejamjar, established in 2005, that offers artist residencies, art workshops, performances, screenings, art sessions for children and more. This week, Hetal speaks with Masala! Magazine about thejamjar, Artinthecity – a fantastic art project she spearheaded a few years ago and the…

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Review: Dekh Magar Pyaar Say

By Sonya Rehman Released this month, the Pakistani film, Dekh Magar Pyaar Say (DMPS), has to be one of the most ridiculous films I’ve ever seen. Heck, even Punjabi gandasa flicks have better storylines, and that’s where DMPS truly fell short. Starring the gorgeous Sikander Rizvi (what genes) – better known as ‘Sonya Jehan’s brother,’…

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The Maestro of Fashion

By Sonya Rehman Kicking off this month, the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) ’15 featured a bevy of Bollywood celebrities blazing the ramp in breath-taking ensembles. Drama, luxury and art – from the ramp’s transformation into a luxury yacht for Monisha Jaising’s The Sailing Bride collection, to Anju Modi’s stunning line inspired by Rumi and…

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The Evolution of Fawad Khan

By Sonya Rehman In the news recently for walking out of Battle for Bittora and then bagging Vogue’s Most Beautiful Male award in Mumbai, the charming, debonair actor, with his self-assured smile that makes many a heart flutter, has come a long way. In 2007, after interviewing him immediately after his debut in the Pakistani…

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Step Up and…Dance!

By Sonya Rehman Launched by Mahima Mehta in 2014, MAD (Mad About Dance), is a dance academy in Dubai that focuses on various dance forms, such as; Bollywood, Jazz & Contemporary, Freestyle, Lyrical Hip Hop, and more. Part of the corporate world for many years, Mahima eventually decided to quit Marketing in desperate need for…