'Art has no boundaries,' Ali Xeeshan on designing wedding dress for Indian actress Swara Bhasker

Maheen Khawaja 01:54 PM | 24 Mar, 2023
'Art has no boundaries,' Ali Xeeshan on designing wedding dress for Indian actress Swara Bhasker
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Renowned Pakistani designer Ali Xeeshan recently collaborated with Indian actress Swara Bhasker to design the outfit for her wedding reception in Bareilly. The actress took to Twitter to express her gratitude, revealing that the designer had sent the dress all the way from Lahore to Bareilly via Dubai, Bombay, and New Delhi.

Xeeshan spoke about the collaboration, emphasizing that art has no boundaries and that people from both India and Pakistan share the same DNA. Bhasker, who has acted in several Bollywood hits such as Raanjhanaa, Tanu Weds Manu, and Veere Di Wedding, tied the knot with Indian politician Fahad Ahmad last month. The cross-border collaboration highlights the power of art to bring people together and bridge divides.

Ali Xeeshan recently spoke about their collaboration, saying that art has no boundaries and the people of India and Pakistan "share the same DNA". Bhasker tied the knot with Indian politician Fahad Ahmad last month, and Xeeshan designed her dress for the Valima reception in the Indian city of Bareilly. Bhasker praised Xeeshan's talent and generosity, adding that they "connected" easily.

Xeeshan said that he has many Sikh, Muslim, and Hindu clients based in Canada and other parts of the world. He believes that cultural exchanges between Pakistan and India have been cut off due to political reasons, but he hopes that this will change soon. He thinks art has no boundaries and that the world has become smaller because of the internet and social media.

Bhasker's ivory gold outfit was named Rajkumari, which Xeeshan said has old-school charm and grandeur. The dress was hand-made, and Xeeshan's team had to bring their most senior artisans on board to make it. The dress was 70% ready when Bhasker placed her order, and it took about a month to finalize. Xeeshan said that the dress was designed and curated to reflect Bhasker's personality, and he hoped it would become an heirloom piece.

Maheen Khawaja
Maheen Khawaja

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on May 29, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 29, 2023 (Monday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 307.9 311.15
Euro EUR 330 333
UK Pound Sterling GBP 381 384.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 84.6 85.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 82.6 83.4
Australian Dollar AUD 201 203
Bahrain Dinar BHD 762.21 770.21
Canadian Dollar CAD 225.5 227.5
China Yuan CNY 40.6 41
Danish Krone DKK 41.39 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.6 36.95
Indian Rupee INR 3.47 3.58
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.20
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 932.2 941.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.42 63.02
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.98 178.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.14 26.44
Omani Riyal OMR 744.58 752.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.73 79.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 215 217
Swedish Korona SEK 26.73 27.03
Swiss Franc CHF 316.34 318.84
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 29 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 235,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs202,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Karachi PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Islamabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Peshawar PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Quetta PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sialkot PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Attock PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujranwala PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Jehlum PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Multan PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Bahawalpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujrat PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nawabshah PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Chakwal PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Hyderabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nowshehra PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sargodha PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Faisalabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Mirpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505


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