Palestinian Fashion Week struts into Ramallah

Also, the actor Aseem Merchant, the former boyfriend of Bollywood A-lister Priyanka Chopra, will make his debut as a producer with a film on the actress
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. Frederic J Brown / AFP
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. Frederic J Brown / AFP
Fashion show sweeps into West Bank

The West Bank city of Ramallah is not internationally known for fashion, but organisers hope that its Palestinian Fashion Week will draw more attention to local designers. The three-day show, which ended Saturday, saw models prowl the catwalk in the only major fashion show in the Palestinian territories. The collections showed a blend of traditional Palestinian embroidery and modern designs. Tamer Halabi, an organiser of the event, said the event shows that “we Palestinians exist.” “We are surviving, we have talents, we have designers, and we can compete with world fashion houses,” Halabi said. – AP

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Ex-boyfriend wants to make film on Priyanka

The actor Aseem Merchant, who broke up with the Bollywood A-lister Priyanka Chopra two years after she was crowned Miss World in 2000, will make his debut as a producer with a film on the actress. India Today reported that the drama will revolve around Chopra’s early days as a model and will include her much-publicised feud with her then manager, Prakash Jaju. – The National staff

Sahal Khan in film about Malala

The Jaipur actor Sahal Khan is the newest addition to the cast of Amjad Khan’s forthcoming drama Gul Makai, based on the life of Malala Yousafzai. Khan plays an Afghan extremist in the film. The Times of India reported that shooting has begun in the Indian state of Gujarat. The Bangladeshi actress Fatima Sheikh portrays the role of Yousafzai. – The National staff

Published: May 4, 2014 04:00 AM