Friday, 8 June 2018

Prepare To Embark On A Hilarious Journey This Eid With Na Band Na Baraati

Watch the trailer once and you'll be hooked. The title song that plays in the background will definitely grow on you while you watch the trailer filled with tongue in cheek humor and some really fine acting. "Na Band Na Baraati, lo kesi hai yeh shaadi," the lyrics just describe the gist of the film, which looks like a comic ride, full of laughter.

Two brothers, in love with two girls. There's confusion, there's romance, there's opposition from the family and of course there's Abdul Qadir, the machinist who wants Aisha, Na Band Na Baraati has just about so much to offer that it'll definitely be your pick this Eid when you hunt for something to give you belly ache with laughter in the cinemas.

The trailer has certainly gotten our attention and kept it there. What we like about this insight on the film is the fact that it makes you anticipate Na Band Na Baraati without actually opening up the whole story. Also the fact that each cast member is given equal screen time while not cashing on the star power of Mikaal Zulfiqar, is commendable.

Produced by Zashko Entertainment and directed by the veteran Mehmood Akhter, Na Band Na Baraati is a family comedy revolving around two brothers played by Mikaal Zulfiqar and Shayan Khan. In addition to these two, the cast includes new faces such as Nayab Khan and Anzhelika Tahir and many big names from the industry such as Qavi khan, Atiqa Odho, Mehmood Akhtar, and Azra Moheyuddin and also Ali Kazmi to name a few.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Fahad Mustafa's, Mehwish Hayat's first looks from Load Wedding will leave you intrigued!

After much wait and anticipation, we finally have the first looks of our favorites Mehwish Hayat and Fahad Mustafa from their upcoming film Load Wedding. And yes, the duo has left us wondering!

While we see Fahad Mustafa in an entirely different character, sporting a mustache for the very first time, Mehwish Hayat too has gone out of the way with her look, experimenting with a nose piercing, a first for the diva, as well.

A baggy yellow sweater, blue jeans, with a red muffler that has Sorry written on it, we're rather interested to find out the reason behind Fahad's look and are wondering what the actual story behind the muffler is.

On the other hand, we have Hayat in a perfect desi girl avatar with a kurta shalwar, a long braid and traditional jhumkas. She's lost in a deep thought and it seems there's more to her personality than she let shows. And yes, we're digging the gorgeous nose piercing Hayat has opted for her character in Load Wedding.

Load Wedding releases this Eid ul Azha. Directed by Nabeel Qureshi and produced by Fizza Ali Meerza, the film marks Fahad Mustafa's fourth with the hit duo.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Second teaser of Durj Pakistan's first thriller is intriguing!

It's good to see people working on different genres in film industry and trying to give us all sort of content. From romance to horror and comedy, Pakistani film industry has started to cater to a mass audience with varying tastes and it hasn't disappointed so far.

Durj by Shaam Films in association with Blue Moon Entertainment is another thriller to join the league of films releasing soon in Pakistan. Produced by Majid Khan and directed by Shamoon Abbasi, the just released teaser for the film has given us goose bumps for sure.

The trailer depicts a tale of revenge, hatred and is filled with suspense and mystery. The film is said to be based on true events and will leave the audience shocked while revealing the harsh reality of one of the horrifying crimes that ever happened in the history of Pakistan.

Also, Sherry Shah, the actress in Durj shaved her head and gained 40 pounds for the film, which makes her the first ever celebrity to do so in the Pakistani film industry. Directed by Shamoon Abbasi, Produced by Majid Khan Durj stars Sherry Shah, Shamoon Abbasi, Myra Khan, Nouman Javaid, Majid Khan - Dodi, Imran Rizvi, Kanwal Nazar, Hemana Hussain, Hafeez Ali all in prominent roles.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

'Na Band Na Baraati' to now hit screens on Eidul Fitr

KARACHI: Production house, Zashko Entertainment announced that its debut film Na Band Na Baraati which was slated to be released on July 6, 2018 will now hit cinemas nationwide on Eidul Fitr 2018, stated a press release.

This decision was made in an effort to support the initiative taken by the Federal Government of Pakistan to strengthen the local film industry by putting a limited restriction on the screening of all Indian films during the period of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha.

Talking about this decision, the producer of the film, Zain Farooqi said, “In view of the recent order of the Federal Government, Zashko Entertainment has decided to release Na Band Na Baraati on Eidul Fitr 2018.”

He added that since Indian films will now be releasing around the date of the earlier release plan, it makes more sense to take advantage of the government’s decision. “Keeping in mind the genre of Na Band Na Baraati and making the most of the government’s decision, it’s best to release the film on Eid.”

Na Band Na Baraati is a family comedy film directed by Mahmood Akhtar and produced by Farooqi under the banner of Zaskhko Entertainment. The story is penned by Harish Kumar Patel and consists of a promising cast including some of the bigwigs of Pakistan’s entertainment industry Mikaal Zulfiqar, Qavi Khan, Atiqa Odho, Azra Mohyeddin, Shayan Khan, Nayab Khan, Mahmood Akhtar, Komal Farooqi, Ali Kazmi and many others.

The film will now clash with other Pakistani releases at the box office such as Javed Sheikh and Danish Taimoor’s Wajood, Mahira Khan and Shehryar Munawar’s 7 Din Mohabbat In and Moammar Rana and Sonya Hussyn’s Azaadi.

Earlier, Parwaaz Hai Junoon starring Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahad Raza Mir and Hania Aamir was scheduled to be released on Eidul Fitr as well. However, the producers postponed it till Eidul Azha stating that there was enough competition on Eidul Fitr already.

Friday, 25 May 2018

'Parwaaz Hai Junoon' release postponed to Eidul Azha

KARACHI: The release of Momina and Duraid Films’ much awaited and multi-starrer film Parwaaz Hai Junoon (PHJ) has been postponed, keeping in view the broader interest of the industry and plethora of films releasing this Eidul Fitr, stated a press release.

Explaining the move regarding the postponement of the movie, producer of PHJ Momina Duraid said, “There are six films releasing this Eid and currently our industry is not strong enough to support the release of so many films together. It is indeed a reason of concern for all the producers as it will be difficult for the films to break even if released together, considering the number of screens and shows available.”

She further added that in the broader interest of the industry her firm has decided to pull out from the Eid race. “We strongly feel that this is the right thing to do in the current scenario and as members of the fraternity, we need to put aside personal agendas and support each other in order to achieve the greater goal,” stated Momina.

Based on Pakistan Air Force, the Hamza Ali Abbasi, Hania Aamir, Kubra Khan and Ahad Raza Mir-starrer will now be released on Eidul Azha 2018 worldwide.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Pakistani film 'Chalay Thay Saath' releases on Netflix

Worldwide streaming giant Netflix has added yet another Pakistani film to its collection: The Syra Shahroz-starrer Chalay Thay Saath.

The actor took to Instagram and shared that Chalay Thay Saath is now up on Netflix.

The film was released in April 2017. Apart from Syra, it starred Mansha Pansha, Faris Khalid, Zhalay Sarhadi and Chinese actor Kent S Leung as well.

While speaking to The Express Tribune earlier, Syra revealed, “The film is about the different kind of relationships you deal with in life, whether they are with family or friends.”

Directed by Umer Adil, Chalay Thay Saath also had a massive opening in Hong Kong.

It tells the coming-of-age story of six young friends who embark on what ends up becoming a journey of self-discovery, liberation, growing up, intellectual awareness and spiritual awakening. The film features a romance between a young, adventurous Pakistani doctor Resham (played by Syra) and Adam (played by Kent).

Other Pakistani films that are available on Netflix include Moor, Ho Mann Jahaan, Janaan, O21, Waar, Wrong No. and Dukhtar.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Punjab Nahi Jaungi completes a successful 250 days run at local cinemas

If there is one movie which changed the way people perceived Pakistani films the world over, it is Punjab Nahi Jaungi which despite having been released on Eid ul Azha last year is still going strong in different cinemas across the country.

An unbelievable fact for a Pakistani film, but with Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat as the lead pair of a film that just mesmerized the audience, amazing music and dialogues that made the meme of the year, Punjab Nahi Jaungi deserves the status it has earned in Pakistan and abroad.

With, Punjab Nahi Jaungi, Humayun Saeed proved that he has been made for the silver screen. The actor looked absolutely dazzling on the big cinema screen and combining that with Punjab Nahi Jaungi's plot, humorous moments and drama, the film emerged as a total paisa vasul entertainer for all.

According to reports Punjab Nahi Joangi is still running in selected cinemas in Rawalpindi, Lahore , Faislabad, Gujrat, Gujranwala as well as Sahiwal making it successfully enter its 37th week.

Directed by Nadeem Baig and also staring Ahmad Ali Butt and Urwa Hocane, Punjab Nahi Jaongi shows no sign of slowing down.Perhaps the film's spell will be broken once Jaawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 but until then, PNJ reigns supreme at box office.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Rabi Peerzada starrer Shor Sharaba joins the run for Eid ul Fitr 2018 releases!

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Seems like we're in for a major clustered Eid in terms of local cinema this year. We already have confirmation for 4 films, including Parwaaz Hai Junoon, 7 Din Mohabbat In, Wajood and Azaadi and now, joining the list is the Rabi Peerzada starrer Shor Sharaba.

The film released its trailer recently confirming the release date and from the looks of it, this particular film, starring Rabi Peerzada, Adnan Khan, Meera and Mustafa Qureshi to name a few, will hit upon multiple genres including romance, emotions, drama and comedy.

Indian director Hasnain Hyderabadwala, the guy behind The Killer's is responsible for the direction of Shor Sharaba, and from the looks of it, he hasn't really done a particular job with the direction because the trailer has emotions spread haywire.

Releasing this Eid, lets see what addition to box office numbers does Shor Sharaba brings around.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

'Parwaaz Hai Junoon' teaser gives major 'Top Gun' vibes

KARACHI: Amid a plethora of film teasers releasing lately such as Azaadi, 7 Din Mohabbat In and many others, another one makes an entry. The teaser of the much-awaited, multi-starrer film Parwaaz Hai Junoon was just launched and it’s bound to make you feel patriotic. And who needs Top Gun’s Tom Cruise when you’ve got Hamza Ali Abbasi in the lead mixed with Shah Rukh Khan’s Major Ram Main Hoon Na-esque entrance.

Paying tribute to the Pakistan Air Force, the clip begins with pilots preparing themselves to take on an incoming mission. Control rooms and fighter jets flying fiercely in the sky prove that the film will have a lot of action in it – albeit airborne.

The casually-controversial Hamza appears on screen, looking like the boss he is, as he strikes another fighter jet. Addressing his co-star from the film, Shaz Khan, Hamza says, “Aik fighter pilot ki zindagi mein speed hi sab se important cheez hai (The most important thing in a fighter pilot’s life is speed).” Further making a powerful statement that there is no thrill without speed.

Landing back on the ground, the duo celebrate their victory in true military fashion while the Pakistan flag soars high – giving goosebumps of patriotism to the viewers.

The rest of the cast which includes names such as Hania Aamir, Kubra Khan and Ahad Raza Mir didn’t make it to this teaser, but we’re hoping that the best has been saved for the last and will only be released in the trailer.

The film is penned by ace-writer Farhat Ishtiaq and directed by Haseeb Hassan under the banner of Momina Duraid productions. Parwaaz Hai Junoon is expected to hit theatres on Eidul Fitr along with Mahira Khan’s 7 Din Mohabbat In. Are we also sensing a bit of a competition here?

Watch the teaser here:

Friday, 20 April 2018

Motorcycle Girl: Buy the ticket, take the ride!

KARACHI: Adnan Sarwar’s Motorcycle Girl reminds me of a line from the book On the Road by Jack Kerouac: “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”

The film is based on the life of Zenith Irfan (played by Sohai Ali Abro in the film), who became the first Pakistani female motorcyclist to embark upon a solo journey from Lahore to Khunjerab Pass in the northern areas of Pakistan. At the heart of Motorcycle Girl lies a similar idea of a girl who, in order to fulfill her father’s dream, defies norms and sets out on the road to bike through.

But Motorcycle Girl is not an adventure film. It’s a human story at its core, a classic underdog tale. It’s about the spirituality of a motorcycle ride, like a unique and personal prayer where the motorcycle and open road are the mediums of communication with the universe. It’s about fulfillment of lost dreams and keeping alive the memory of a deceased loved one.

Hence, it is a bit underwhelming to see that the film lacks a dedicated and complete exploration of precisely that idea. But it’s a surprise, at the same time, that it works quite well despite its faults.

Sarwar spends the first half of the film mostly showing Irfan’s struggles at work with her credit-hogging, mean-spirited, dead-eyed, corporate-puppeteer of a boss (brilliantly played by Sarmad Khoosat). While the writer-director carves out a pretty neat, fictional ‘how’ behind Irfan’s journey, he doesn’t fully explore her intense feeling of missing out on the father-daughter relation and the burning desire to fulfill his dream. His misplaced prioritisation of shaping the circumstances around Irfan’s journey, rather than keeping a balance between that and the journey itself, affects the film and its pacing.

Further, what should have been ‘dialogue’ turns into monologues that go on for a tad too long. Scenes stretch and characters linger on for more time than they should, and an odd brand integration dilutes an impactful scene.

Yet, Sarwar surprisingly manages to keep the film engaging enough so you won’t get bored until the action escalates. From then, you are taken for the ride of a lifetime that will not only make you teary-eyed but also you proud of the real Irfan. And the finale, no matter how formulaic it might be, works on a level that conveys the soul of the film. When you walk out of the cinema, you will remember it and cherish it for a long time.

As an audience, you take home the feeling of the climax of Motorcycle Girl. So while the ride may started out bumpy, it ends on a powerful note. And that’s important for any film, no matter what the genre or story.

Motorcycle Girl gives you an emotional experience worthy of your time and money, with decent production value, sound design that won’t divert your attention from the action and convincing performances.

Shamim Hilaly (as Irfan’s grandmother), Samina Peerzada (the mother) and Ali Kazmi (as her fiancĂ©) do a wonderful job at evoking the required emotions out of the viewer. But, in all honesty, Motorcycle Girl is a one-woman-show. Abro exceeds expectations and carries the entire film on her shoulders without bulging. Her performance as Irfan encapsulates the vulnerability and insecurity of a young girl with too many responsibilities, with a natural gentleness in the face of social entrapments, and the eventual defiance in the name of dreams and breaking shackles. Abro embodies the timidity that comes with constant suppression of one’s identity and how upon breaking out of it, they feel liberated and free.

Here is an actor who is not conscious of looking ‘good’ and ‘pretty’ on screen, but concerns herself with her job: making you believe in her character. And that’s essentially why Motorcycle Girl succeeds as a film. It’s a win for Abro as much as it is for Sarwar because their hearts, and Irfan’s heart, are in the right place.

Verdict: As the late American journalist and author Hunter S Thompson once said, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” You’ll enjoy it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Friday, 6 April 2018

'Cake' takes a big bite of box office share

KARACHI: Not even a week into the release of Cake and the film is making waves already, running successfully to packed cinemas in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore, stated a press release. On the first weekend, multiplexes such as Nueplex, Cinepax and Atrium Cinemas in Karachi and Cineplex Centaurus in Islamabad had sold out shows for three consecutive days

Cake opened to a weekend business of Rs30 million from Pakistan and selected international territories too. Given the word-of-mouth nature of the film, coupled with unanimously positive reviews from The Guardian and multiple local publications, the film is expected to hold strong in the coming days. The biggest win of all for director Asim Abbasi and the star cast of Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik, is having audiences coming out of cinemas with raving reviews.

Some are calling Cake “authentic, impressive and worth watching.” Others confidently state, “This is just what Pakistani cinema needs,” adding Cake is “an emotional rollercoaster.” With much appreciation for the art direction, cinematography, script and direction, the film has just the right ingredients to make it a success. It also helps to firmly position Pakistani cinema on a global platform. The Cake cast has been going around Karachi cinemas and making surprise visits at different theatres to hear the audience reactions’ first hand.

Talking about the film’s response, Asim said, “We are overwhelmed by all the love and praises. This is exactly where we wanted to be. We have audience members who are deeply touched by our narrative and we have given Pakistani Cinema what we set out to give it – diversity.” Echoing Asim’s sentiments, producer Zulfiqar Bukhari said, “The response to Cake proves that Pakistan is ready for intelligent narratives executed to international standards. We wanted to showcase the power of authentic storytelling and bring fresh, new voices in cinema to the forefront.”

The success of the opening week has led to a clamour for the film across the world wherever there is a Pakistani diaspora. Having left its mark on the audiences in the UK, Australia and the Middle East, Cake is set to be screened across North America from April 13, 2018.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Cake becomes first Pakistani film to have a world premiere in London's Leicester Square

Tuesday night witnessed the premiere of upcoming Pakistani film Cake held in London, reported Metro. Actors Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed, Adnan Malik, Beo Raana Zafar, along with the director Asim Abbasi and producer Syed Zulfikar Bukhari were in attendance.

Amongst the cast and crew of Cake, Leicester Square’s Vue Cinema also played host to many other attendees including activist Malala Yousafzai, actors Ainy Jaffri and Mahira Khan, and DJ Naughty Boy (Shahid Khan).

Cake is the first ever Pakistani film to premiere at Leicester Square and that too, with such wide media coverage. The film is all set to release in Pakistan on March 30.aa

Other than an interesting title which surely piques our interests, the film boasts of a fresh and realistic portrayal of family dynamics and relationships.

Speaking with The Express Tribune, the film’s director Asim Abbasi said the dominant theme in the film is time. “Time is the connecting thread… Absolutely. It’s time in terms of how people grow old, in terms of how we deal with the past and the regrets people have,” he shared.

Speaking of the unconventional title, actor Adnan Malik said, “The title is a metaphor for all the layers that come together and how these layers define a family. It’s about the different ingredients that come together and make something that is often quite delicious, that is, a cake and in this case, a family.” He continued, “Also, cake is something very universal. In any part of the world, a cake is something that unites people – whether it’s a birthday or any other grand event – and signifies celebration.”

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Syra, Shahroz Sabzwari pair up for a coming-of-age love story

ISLAMABAD: One of Pakistan’s most cherished couples, Syra Shahroz and Shahroz Sabzwari undoubtedly feed off of each other’s energies – and having known the two for a while, they’re both diametrically the opposite, which probably makes them nothing but complement one another. Talk about the perfect match! In a compelling Valentine’s Day post on Instagram, the two very peculiarly posted a BTS from their untitled film together.

While Shahroz wrote “Sai” as his caption, Syra completed the couple’s name with “Roz”, announcing their first ever cinematic outing together. However, the film does, in fact, give re-birth to a project the two had signed onto nearly half a decade ago that had seemingly been shelved.

“I read the script five years ago and I thought it was a very interesting take on a love story. When I read it now, just recently, a lot had changed in it and for the better only,” Syra told The Express Tribune in an exclusive proclamation of sorts. “When I was reading it, I really got into it. The way it spoke to me was really appealing.”

“Also, I heard a song from the movie and I just knew I had to do it,” she bursts out into laughter, all praises for the film’s soundtrack composed by newcomer, Adrian David, who has worked with the likes of veteran Indian musicians A R Rahman and Salim-Suleman, and tracks comprising fresh vocals from Maria Unera, Sherry Khattak and Kashan Admani of former pop-rock band ‘Mizmaar’.

Syra continued with what truly made her pursue the feature, “Ultimately, the entire thing put together, with Shahroz in it with me, I thought it would be a good product for us to do together. I’d waited for a good script to come along for him and I – and I just knew deep down that this was it.”

Though Shahroz chose to remain tight-lipped about what the film revolved around, she spoke of having a natural camaraderie with her leading man-cum-husband, which would translate onto celluloid much more organically in a coming-of-age, love saga.

“We really enjoy being on-set together. Shahroz is really busy with his other projects every day and I don’t get to spend too much time with him, but working on this project together allows me to do that,” an ecstatic-Syra shares.

“Of course, there’s an extra level of comfort when you’re sharing the screen with your husband. I think he’s really evolved as an actor also, and it’s really great how spontaneously he channels every emotion the director asks him to. I think it’s all the more fun.”

Clueless of what took so long for the film to go on-floors, Syra did commend debutant director Omar Essa Khan, who has worked on television sitcoms previously, for truly giving the script his all. She speaks of how the screenplay and dialogues have blossomed since she went over its earliest version.

“The first time I heard about the film was when I read it back in the day,” she maintained, all praises for Khan. “I think the director probably needed more time, since he’s definitely somebody who knows what he wants now; he knows his movie shot-by-shot. To see somebody with that kind of confidence is phenomenal.”

As happening as last year was was in the ‘movie department’ for Syra, it was perhaps more harrowing. She received a lukewarm response from Chalay Thay Saath, whilst Project Ghazi was surprisingly pulled back at the night of its premiere. Just recently, she turned down a part in Jawani Phir Nahi Ani’s sequel for the lack of substance, which ultimately landed with Mawra Hocane, but seems content with being her instinctive self.

“If something doesn’t make sense to me, I can’t jump into it. If I’m not excited, I can’t bring myself to do anything at all for the heck of it. I only take up something if my gut tells me I’ve got to do it,” she clarifies of trusting her intuition blindly. “I look into the details later. I’m probably not going to do a film that gives me an iffy feeling. For me, it’s important to feel the character.

” The yet-to-be-named, ‘Sairoz’ film has flown in a French cinematographer who has studied under veteran Academy Award-winning DOP, Russell Carpenter of Titanic and The Terminator. Currently under production, the film went on-floors just last month and is aiming at wrapping up shooting by March.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Reasons to watch (and eat) 'Cake' this March

KARACHI : With an interesting film title as it is, the Sanam Saeed, Aamina Sheikh and Adnan Malik-starrer Cake sure has garnered all the puns one can make. The trailer of the film was released last night, and it has melted in everyone’s mouth like a Nutella chocolate cake.

The warm colours and the simple, mellow and romantic tone of the well-crafted trailer has gripped everyone, and the change of pace from Pakistani films’ usual too-loud-too-bright-too-colourful routine is noticeable (and welcome).

The visuals may possibly remind you of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood or Bollywood film Kapoor and Sons (Kapoor and Sisters?), but in a positive manner. It’s far from a rip-off and seems to have a unique touch to it. Here we list five reasons based on the trailer, why you should go watch Cake on March 30:

No item song

Item numbers are the biggest marketing tool local film-makers know, and they oftentimes exploit it to the fullest. As if the song in question is the only reason one should go watch the film. Director Asim Abbasi does not turn to it (of course, the film’s genre doesn’t require it, but then, when has that stopped our film-makers from putting in unnecessary songs) and the trailer turns out to be all the more better for it. This serving of Cake seems to be a different flavour from the usual.

Relatable issues

The trailer reveals the conflict between a family in which Saeed and Sheikh are sisters. While Saeed had left and moved away because of a reason unknown, her father’s deteriorating health brings her back. And a family member leaving and returning after some time always causes conflicts. Saeed is said to have left due to a ‘family emergency’ and soon, Sheikh is seen yelling about dreams and how it’s always her who is crushed between them. The unveiling of the hidden past, that dark secret is something to look forward to.

Beo Raana Zafar

Zafar plays Sheikh and Saeed’s mother in the film and it’s thanks to her that we get a bunch of laughs. Her antics are crazy and one-liners absolutely hilarious and memorable. She picks at her husband like that distant aunt in your family who you probably once met at a family wedding and she pinched your cheeks so hard they left a mark. Zafar’s character is that kind.

Sanam Saeed

Saeed’s character is evidently going to be the source of all drama in the film. While she has always delivered on-point performances, Cake seems to one more in the line. In the trailer, she is seen showing restricted emotions and a lot of pent up frustration over misunderstands (she is seen dragging Sheikh from her hair at one point). There is love. There is anger. There is drama. There is occasional laughter. What more could we need?

The surprise

According to the director, Adnan Malik’s character is supposed to be a surprise. While his relationship with the family might be unclear, he still poses a strong presence in the trailer. Even if we don’t know about the character, that mustache steals the show for now. And I believe, until March 30, we must revel in the mystery of the mustache (perhaps the next Sherlock episode title?) and the multi-flavoured Cake.