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

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.

The writer is a staff member.

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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