Why 2022 has won this decade, so far
Granted, the decade is only two years old, but so far this year has proven to be more exciting, groundbreaking and, to be perfectly honest, just less depressing than the dreary, subdued 2021, and the absolute blaze of the dumpster that was 2020.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve acclimated to a largely digital life, consuming everything from new music to new fashion online. It felt like we were never going to walk in a mall again, or see a live show, or eat some of that really sweet caramel popcorn in a movie theater. We couldn’t dine out like we used to, and at the risk of sounding like a problem first world, the good bread served before a good dinner, at your favorite restaurant, didn’t you all lack ?
With the arrival of 2022, we have seen good things happen in the entertainment, lifestyle and cooking industries.
First, there were movie releases, preceded by incredibly interactive promotional tours featuring major cast and crew, really generating excitement for the movies that were set to hit Eid ul Fitr. From Ghabrana Nahi Hai to the Chakkar murder mystery, we were thrilled to once again have access to a range of genres and actors at local theaters. Of course, then there was Kamli, a work of cinema of the critics’ choice, and Joyland, which conquered Cannes. Kudos and congratulations to everyone involved in the Pakistani film industry.
Then we had a lot of new music, mostly digital, and because the world can’t afford to choose right now, we actually gave new artists a chance and found out that we really liked them. We know these names aren’t entirely new, but Maanu, Hassan Raheem and Abdullah Siddiqui won hearts and women in music showcased their strongest voices and musical talents. We are grateful to have Shae Gill, Natasha Noorani, Justin Bibis and Meesha Shafi, Arooj Aftab and Naseebo Lal with us.
The theater again triggered scenes. The National Academy of Performing Arts showcased the work of new directors at the Young Directors Festival. The NAPA Repertory Theater then presented sold-out shows of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Zia Mohyeddin.
While we enjoyed all the new things that came our way, for example Islamabad’s new Italian restaurant, Fuoco, and the ambience – if not the food – at the now defunct Joy’s and Mario’s Pizzeria in Karachi, there were stars. clear. Here’s who we think is winning in 2022 right now: