Friday, 29 July 2022

Noor Bukhari thinks Humayun Saeed should leave romantic hero roles, do ‘mature’ roles now

The Nadeem Baig directorial London Nahi Jaunga has been touted as a huge success given the response it's getting at the cinemas not just in Pakistan but also worldwide. However, former actor Noor Bukhari, wasn’t too fond of the romantic comedy’s weak” storyline when she saw the film in the UK recently. She was particularly unhappy with Humayun Saeed’s character, Jameel, as a romantic hero. 

Posting short clips from her time in the cinema, Bukhari praised Kubra Khan’s acting and Baig’s direction and cinematography in the film. However, she also added that she felt that the love story did not feel right with Saeed essaying a hero at his age.

Very well shot Nadeem Baig. The cinematography is excellent, the actors are brilliant but sorry, a love story?” wrote the Ishq Positive actor. “It is not going with the age of Humayun Saeed as no love happens in this age. The story is too weak.” Bukhari further suggested Saeed to now take up some “mature” and age-appropriate roles. “Now do mature roles. These are just difficult to digest”

When her statement got viral online, she posted a screenshot of a publication, and clarified her stance stating that Saeed is her favourite actor. “Humayun Saeed is my favourite and he looked superb but I feel he can do much more than just being a romantic hero,” she wrote.

London Nahi Jaunga, which also stars Mehwish Hayat and Vasay Chaudhry in pivotal roles, is currently playing in cinemas across the world.

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Box Office Numbers of Movies Released on Eid Ul Fitr 2022


As we all know that the Film industries, across the world, remained halted due to the severe outbreak of Covid 19 pandemic. The businesses were pretty much bearing huge losses because of pending and unreleased films, likewise, in Pa

kistan, no movies saw release from 2019 to 2021, Now, life is back to the normal routine and film makers, across the globe, have successfully released movies in cinemas. A lot of international and Pakistani movies also got released on Eid ul fitr 2022.

On Eid day, five Pakistani movies Ghabrana Nahi Ha, Chakkar, Parde Main Rehne Do, Dum Mastam and Tere Bajre Di Raakhi were released. Here are their earnings.

Ghabrana Nahi Hai

Well according to the numbers, Saba Qamar’s Ghabrana Nahi Hai is topping the charts with around 3 crore plus PKR, the first day collection was 95.5 lacs, taking the two days total to approximately 2.5 crores which has now crossed approximated 3 crores, and more until now,however, the exact current numbers haven’t been shared. The earning of the film were less than one crore on day 1 but on day 2 it surpassed one crore with a decline on the third working day.

Dum Mastam

According to the box office details, Dum Mastam’s two days earning is 1.76 crore. It also saw more audience on day two and also surpassed the figure of one crore. On the first day the movie made less than a crore. The current numbers haven’t been shared.

Parde Mein Rehne Do

“Parde Mein Rehne Do”s two-day collections are 1.2 crore PKR, on the first day the movie earned 44 lacs while on the second day it earned 76 lacs PKR.


Chakkar collected 28 lacs Pkr on day one and 54 lacs on day two. It showed a good growth on second day despite having lesser shows.

A part from that public also ranked Ghabrana Nahi Hai as a good movie. Dum Mastam as a better movie. A few fans praised Chakkar and Parde Main Rehne do too. Bajre Di Rakhi remained unnoticed. According to public, an international movie Dr Strange, which has just been released, is expected to destroy many of running Pakistani movies.

In past, day first of the Eid release movies saw great response and they always surpassed one crore pkr or even 2 crores, with the daily revenue of approximately one crore pkr in starting days of release, great example of movies are Na Maloom Afrad, Punjab Nahi Jaungi, Wrong No, Lahore Say Agay Karachi say Lahore. Actor in Law and Na Maloom Afraad earned around 20 crore in total. Punjab Nahi Jaungi made 50 crore. Jawani Phir Nahi ani 2 earned 75 crore. They all were Eid releases.

Sunday, 23 January 2022

From 'Superstar' to 'Parchi': Here are 11 Pakistani films you can watch at Dubai Expo 2020

From Bin Roye to Parwaaz Hai Junoon, eleven Pakistani films will be screened at Dubai Expo 2020. The list also includes hits such as Superstar, Teefa in Trouble, Saawan, Actor in Law, Parey Hut Love, Heer Maan Ja, Parchi, Chhalawa, Load Wedding and Heer Maan Ja.

The Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, while at the Pakistan Pavilion recently shared, "The Pakistan Film Week will kick off at the Dubai Expo. Eleven Pakistani films will be screened at the Pakistan enclosure from January 21 to March 26.”

“UAE is home to 1.6 million Pakistanis. TV and film is important medium that connects [the] expat community to their culture. For [the] expat community and all other communities residing in UAE, Pakistan Pavilion will screen 11 blockbuster films,” said Chaudhry.

The politician further added, “In the 1960s, Pakistan was the 3rd largest filmmaker of the world with largest cinema houses in the country. Now again the film industry is booming and films produced in Pakistan have been blockbusters in many parts of the world.”

He added that the government fully supports its film industry and has given special tax incentives. “We invite filmmakers of the world for joint productions in Pakistan. Pakistan is bestowed with natural beauty,” Chaudhry asserted.

The Federal Minister had also sung praises of overseas Pakistanis residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for sending remittances. “This year, overseas Pakistanis have sent remittances amounting to $31 billion to Pakistan,” he said.

“Pakistanis in the UAE were the largest contributors to this $31 billion," Arab News quoted as Chaudhry saying. "You have contributed the most for Pakistan,” Chaudhry told a charged crowd at the venue. “I also want to tell you that Prime Minister Imran Khan stands with you the way you stand with him.”

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Friday, 31 December 2021

5 local films we can't wait to watch in cinemas in 2022

Reopening of theatres is probably the best thing that happened for artists and filmmakers across the board this year. Filmgoers rushed to cinema houses to watch Khel Khel Mein, the first Pakistani film that made it to the big screen after the halt. But trust us, things are only going to get better. While Bollywood films are no longer welcomed in Pakistan, there are a slew of Pakistani films in the backlog, waiting to be released. Thus, as 2022 approaches us, we’ve compiled five of the most anticipated local productions you need to mark your calendars for.

‘Javed Iqbal: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’

Based on the life of serial killer Javed Iqbal, Javed Iqbal: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer stars Yasir Hussain and Ayesha Omar in the lead roles. The Abu Aleeha film has been the talk of the town when its first look came out. Its trailer is filled with intense chase scenes and emotions running high, as well as a chilling voiceover by Hussain as Iqbal. Promising a seemingly thrilling offering with a fresh storyline in a local market inundated with too much of the same boring romantic comedies and domestic rivalries, the film is based on a book penned by the director.

‘Zindagi Tamasha’

Sarmad Khoosat's Zindagi Tamasha will also be released in theatres across Pakistan in March 2022. Having received the green signal after facing much backlash over its sensitive subject matter, the film, that was also Pakistan’s entry to the Oscars in November 2020, will see Arif Hasan in the lead role as a naat khwaan, Rahat, who enjoys a celebrity status amongst his community. He is a devout Muslim; someone who, hence, when he does wrong, there is no forgiveness for him. Rahat and his family get sidelined by society after a video of him goes viral on social media.

‘Legend of Maula Jatt’

Another film that many of us have long been waiting for is the Legend of Maula Jatt, which was supposed to release in May this year. Now we’re hoping the film, that stars Fawad Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi as Maula Jatt and Noori Nath, will release in 2022. Directed by Bilal Lashari and produced by Ammara Hikmat, It also boasts a star roster featuring Mahira Khan, Humaima Malick, Ali Azmat, Shafqat Cheema and Nayyer Ejaz. The remake is not a family entertainer and makers have advised for parents to not bring children to watch it, provided its depiction of blood and gore.

‘Ghabrana Nahi Hai’

The first teaser for Saba Qamar’s latest cinematic offering Ghabrana Nahi Hai dropped recently and hinted at a promising action-packed ride for lovers of desi crime thrillers. Without revealing much about the plot, the teaser is complete with gold chain-sporting gangsters, gun-wielding police officers, sherwani-clad politicians, and a bride marching into a wedding venue filled with shocked guests, seemingly ready for a confrontation. Also starring Zahid Ahmed, Syed Jibran and Nayyer Ijaz, with director Saqib Khan at the helm of the project, the film is slated for an Eid ul Fitr release in 2022.

‘Quaid e Azam Zindabad’

The first poster for Nabeel Qureshi’s Quaid e Azam Zindabad, an action-comedy that follows the story of a notorious cop, played by Fahad Mustafa opposite Mahira Khan, promised that it is ‘coming soon’. With previous offerings like Na Maloom Afraad, Actor In Law as well as Load Wedding, which were not only packed with entertainment but also carried important social messages, critics and fans are hoping Quaid e Azam Zindabad will be no different, and we can’t wait!

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Friday, 12 November 2021

'Khel Khel Mein' highlights human cost of 1971 war

The trailer for Sajal Aly and Bilal Abbas Khan-starrer Khel Khel Mein is finally here, delving into the heart of the 1971 war and the subsequent birth of Bangladesh following the split between East and West Pakistan. The trailer opens with a flashback to the moment of the split, with a turban-clad man announcing, “Your country has been broken apart. You are no longer in Pakistan, but in Bangladesh.” The announcement is met with a sob from a young man, who then falls to his knees in despair.

According to the trailer, the film follows a group of students, led by Sajal’s character, who wish to put on a theatrical performance on the fall of Dhaka at a competition being held in the same city. The decision is met with backlash from faculty who do not wish to provoke unnecessary “controversy”. The trailer then follows the trials and tribulations the students, particularly Sajal’s character, undergo in order to put on the play in Bangladesh, which includes hostile attitudes from those on the other side on the border as well as friction from those at home. The trailer ends with a voiceover from Sajal and Bilal, “Aik jaisa hi pyaar nikle ga, dil ki lelein talaashiyan donoun. Aik ghalti hui, kisi se bhi, maang lete hain, maafiyaan donoun. [The love you find will be the same in both of our hearts. A mistake was made, by one or the other, let us both ask for forgiveness].”

The story appears to centre the people at the heart of the conflict, placing the responsibility of the split between East and West Pakistan on external factors. Judging from the trailer, Khel Khel Mein appears to employ a non-linear narrative, with flashbacks from the past constituting a large part of the film.

The teaser for the film, which releases earlier this month, starts off with the narration, “Hum men se kisi ne bhi ye nahi socha tha ke aik chingari puray jangal ko jaladegi, humen laga tha ke ye aik waqti azmaaish hai [None of us could’ve even imagined that a single spark will set fire to an entire forest, we thought that this was only a temporary test].”

According to the filmmakers, Khel Khel Mein will lift the curtain on the creative genius of youngsters that holds the power to spark change in the mindset of an entire society. Its star-studded cast also includes Marina Khan, Javed Sheikh, Samina Ahmed and Manzar Sehbai. The Nabeel Qureshi directorial will release under the banner of Filmwala Pictures.

The film was cleared by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) for release in cinemas, with the Punjab Film and Censor Board (PFCB) also issuing a No Objection Certificate (NOC). Khel Khel Mein is all set for release on November 19 and will be the first local film screened in cinemas as they resume business after a pandemic-related break of around 20 months. A senior official of the CBFC told The Express Tribune, "CBFC and PFCB collectively held a screening of the upcoming film Khel Khel Mein. Both bodies have issued a NOC to the film, as well as a universal rating as the boards found no objectionable content. Khel Khel Mein will be released on November 19, and all the board members were pleased with the film during the censor meeting, believing that it will be a good start to the resumption of local cinema.”

Cinemas were allowed to begin regular operation on October 15 owing to the drop in Covid-19 cases in the country. Last month, after cinema houses were given the go-ahead to resume business, most local distributors and producers were unwilling to release films due to the uncertainty involved and fear of incurring financial losses if cinemas were to shut shortly after opening.

Appreciating director Nabeel Qureshi and producer Fizza Ali Meerza for coming forward with Khel Khel Mein despite the risks involved, chairman of the Film Distributors Association Ch Ejaz Kamran said, “Film producers and stakeholders continuously demanded a reopening of cinemas from the federal government during the days of closure. Now, when cinema houses are operational and business has resumed, it is the responsibility of every stakeholder to come forward and start releasing films to get the industry back on track. The fact that Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza have come forward with Khel Khel Mein is highly appreicated.”

He added further, “Their example should be followed as they are willing to release films at a crucial time for cinemas. We all expect Khel Khel Mein to usher in a new beginning of the post-Covid era, and will hopefully attract viewers back to cinema houses.”

On the importance of the Christman season for new releases, Kamran shared, “At the moment, we are struggling to convince people to release their films, but we are hopeful that the new films will make it to cinemas in the upcoming Christmas season and business will get back on track. There are a number of films that have been completed, with producers on the lookout for the right opportunity to release them.”

Friday, 1 October 2021

Cinemas reopened in eight cities of Pakistan

After a long hiatus, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has announced that cinemas will reopen in eight cities of Pakistan, starting October 1.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special initiatives Asad Umar. It was decided that restrictions due to Covid-19 would be eased in cities that have achieved the targeted vaccination rate.

These cities include, Gilgit, Skardu, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Quetta, and Peshawar. Chaudhry tweeted to confirm the same, “Eight cities including Rawalpindi and Islamabad will be allowed to reopen cinemas starting October 1. We are hoping health authorities in Karachi and Lahore will increase vaccination drives so cinemas can reopen in their regions too.

Taking to the micro-blogging site, Umar went on to reinstate that the “only way out of the Covid-19 pandemic [was] to get high percentage of citizens vaccinated.” So he also announced that as part of a strategy to reward vaccinated cities, there will be “higher restrictions on cities with low level of vaccination and on citizens who are not vaccinated,” also effective from October 1.

Just yesterday, as the world welcomed another James Bond film, Pakistanis started asking whether they’ll ever get to visit their local cinemas again. And while established actors like Fahad Mustafa, who aren’t entirely dependent on their films’ getting a live release to maintain their lifestyles, seemed hopeful, filmmakers like Nabeel Qureshi appeared to be becoming restless.

“James Bond premiere today at London. Hoping to see our cinemas back in action soon [as well]. The world is getting back to normal it’s a good sign!” tweeted Fahad, while Nabeel asked, “Cinemas kab khulengay (When will cinemas re-open)?”

But even when cinemas were looking to re-open in Pakistan earlier this year, everyone seemed to be turning a blind eye to the elephant in the room: Could a box office increasingly dependent on Bollywood get a new life through Hollywood and Pakistani films only?

On that note, it was also announced in India that cinemas in Maharashtra would reopen from October 22. The reopening across comes after 18 months of the box offices remaining shut in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, followed by the series of lockdowns since March 2020.

Friday, 17 September 2021

Ayesha Omar unveils her first look from 'Javed Iqbal: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer'

After Yasir Hussain, actor Ayesha Omar has taken to social media to reveal her first look from their upcoming film based on serial killer Javed Iqbal.

Omar’s poster sees her as the cop she’s gearing up to essay, who will head the investigation against Iqbal in the Abu Aleeha film. The film titled, Javed Iqbal: The Untold Story of A Serial Killer, will revolve around the man who sexually abused and killed more than 100 children in Lahore between 1998 and 1999.

Omar, who has previously starred in films like Karachi Se Lahore and 7 Din Mohabbat In, shared the poster of her character's look on Instagram. She wrote in the caption, "The Untold Story of a Serial Killer, coming soon. InshAllah."

The film is written and directed by Aleeha and is being produced under the banner of KKFilms by Javed Ahmed.

Iqbal’s case was a particularly macabre one as he strangled his victims, dismembered their corpses and dissolved them in acid to conceal the evidence. He was found guilty and sentenced to death in the same manner that he killed the boys. Moinuddin Haider, the Interior Minister of the time had stated that such a punishment would not be allowed.

Omar, who is known for playing a diverse range of roles throughout her career, had earlier commented that this role is bound to be a challenge but one that she’s certainly looking forward to.

Saturday, 28 August 2021

Mahira Khan posts love note for rumoured beau

One of Pakistan's biggest superstars, Mahira Khan, has always kept one thing crystal clear - she would not take invading her privacy easily. The actor, who usually refrains from commenting on her personal life, has refused to speak about the 'controversies' she has been made a part of since the inception of her career

Mahira, unfortunately like many of her peers, had been linked to several men in the industry. Be it a few viral photos, some gossip, the Raees star has always kept it eerily quiet when it comes to discussing her romantic relationships. Until last year, Mahira in a tete-a-tete with veteran star Samina Peerzada shared that she is indeed in love but didn't reveal the person she was in love with.

Now, we finally have an answer. The actor recently took to Instagram and shared a beautiful excerpt on love on what seemed like her beau's birthday. She then went on to tag Salim Karim. Many, among Frieha Altaf, Aiman Khan, Areeba Habib, left heartfelt remarks on the same post.

"My love," the Verna actor captioned the post.

Last year, when asked by the veteran actor whether Mahira was in love with someone special, the Raees star smiled sheepishly and nodded her head. "Yeah, I think I am in love," Mahira smiled. When Samina went on to congratulate her, the Sadqay Tumhare actor added, "I don't know, I am so shy about it."

Samina then inquired if she would know the person Mahira has fallen for, to which the former VJ had asserted, "You might but he's not from the industry."

Samina then asked Mahira if she would want to name the person, she shared that she wouldn't. "This is one thing I would want to protect with my life. I want to protect my child," the Bol actor said, adding, "At first, I wanted to show everyone what an adorable baby Azlan is, but now I've become more cautious. If you notice, you really wouldn't see Azlan's face full front, it'd either be a side pose or a back pose."

Samina ensured her that she had all the right in the world to do that. "I know we shouldn't be so superstitious and I wasn't someone who you would call a vehmi, but now I'm just like I don't want any Nazar (evil eye)," Mahira shared.

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Saturday, 21 August 2021

PISA 2021 to take place in Dubai in November

The 2nd annual Pakistan International Screen Awards (PISA) is all set to take place at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on November 5, 2021. The awards will honour the nation's most celebrated artists from the entertainment, music and fashion industries. 

According to a press release, the event will take place under the strict adherence of Covid SOPs. The nominations and jury are yet to be announced. 

The 1st PISA took place in February 2020 at the grand Coca Cola Arena in Dubai which earlier had hosted AR Rahman and Pakistan's own Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The award show caused quite a stir when the ‘invited’ artists failed to make an appearance. The celebrities later shared that the organisers informed of not flying them out at the last moment.

The likes of Osman Khalid Butt, Ahmed Ali, Nadia Afghan, Nabeel Zafar among others took to social media and called out the mismanaged event. The actors shared how they were promised a fully accommodated trip but they were informed that the organisers had failed to make travel arrangements. 

In response to the outrage, Body Beat PR (BBPR) CEO Hasan Rizvi apologised for the whole ordeal certain nominees had to face. "There was a complete miscommitment on tickets to our respected guests and celebrities. We did not receive the tickets from the management for multiple reasons, including flights being completely full. However, as BBPR was responsible for contacting the guests please treat this as a formal apology for the mismanagement of this. Our intention was never to disrespect any of our guests. We hold each and every one of our guests with the highest regard" Rizvi told The Express Tribune.

He went on to add that PISA was a new platform with teething issues."We hope with time PISA will get bigger and bigger only to shine our country’s name," concluded Rizvi.

However, stars who attended the event included Jawed Sheikh, who had publicly praised the event and Mahira Khan and Humayun Saeed who appeared onstage together and had created a palpable buzz. Other celebrities included Asad Siddiqui, Zara Noor Abbas, Adnan Siddiqui, Ushna Shah, Umair Jaswal, Aima Baig, Sana Javed, 
and several Vloggers. 

Here's hoping under new management, PISA 2021 will be conducted smoothly. 

Friday, 20 August 2021

People criticise me day and night not knowing anything about me: Armeena Khan

Armeena Khan is known to be fairly vocal on her social media. The actor has always called spade a spade on Twitter and Instagram. When asked by a fan how the Bin Roye actor deals with negative criticism, Armeena responded with a detailed note posted on her Instagram story.

The actor explained that it is important to understand people’s intentions. She wrote, “People disguise their motivations. Look at the person criticising you. Are they coming at you from a place of helpfulness, kindness or hate/jealousy/envy?”

She went on to detail the difference between hate and constructive criticism, with the latter coming from a place of good intentions. “There is a big difference between criticism and hate. Constructive criticism is beneficial because you can work on yourself provided that they give you solutions as well.”

“Hate you do not have to deal with because people project their own insecurities onto you. So middle-finger them. If it’s strangers, ignore it. They don’t know anything about you,” she added.

Speaking about the hate she receives, Armeena shared, “If it’s someone you know then ask them for solutions too. For example, I have people criticising me day and night not knowing anything about me. They [trolls] are just envious and want what I have without putting the hard work in.”

She concluded her note with, “So, identify your well-wishers from haters, that is your first job. Good luck.”

The actor was recently honoured with a certificate of outstanding public service in the UK. While she should have been lauded for the outstanding achievement, many commented on how she wore a dress and sheer stockings. Talking about the same, the Janaan starlet shared, "I don’t understand why these nationalists, right-wingers and religious fanatics lecture me. For the last time, I do not represent you and my journey is personal.

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Yasir Hussain, Ayesha Omar to star in film on serial killer, rapist Javed Iqbal

A film on serial killer and rapist Javed Iqbal is in the works. According to a press release, the film will star Yasir Hussain as the notorious murderer while actor Ayesha Omar will essay the role of a police officer, who will head the investigation on Iqbal.

The film, apparently titled The Untold Story of a Serial Killer: Javed Iqbal, is written and directed by Abu Aleeha and is being produced under the banner of KKFilms by Javed Ahmed. The film will trace the story of the man who sexually abused and killed more than 100 children in Lahore, Pakistan between 1998 and 1999.
The case was a particularly macabre one as the killer not only tortured and murdered the children but also butchered and dissolved their bodies in acid to get rid of the evidence. He was sentenced to death in the same way.

Omar, who is known for playing a diverse range of roles throughout her career, commented that this was bound to be a challenge but one that she’s certainly looking forward to.

In 2019, actor and filmmaker Shamoon Abbasi announced a web series based on the life and consequential death of Iqbal. He was set to essay Iqbal in the series. The title of The Legend of Javed Iqbal and the Hundred Smiles revolves around his life and his victims.

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Friday, 16 July 2021

I can’t limit myself to just one genre when it comes to acting: Amna Ilyas


Amna Ilyas has worked hard to stand out of the crowd and carve a space for herself in the world of showbiz. Whether on the ramp or behind the screen, the Baaji actor has managed to make a name for herself despite the colourism she claims to have faced in doing so. But the dusky beauty is not one to shy away from social issues. Recently, while speaking to Urdu News, the Zinda Bhaag starlet spoke about how she didn’t believe she could make it as an actor at first. "I never thought I would become an actress. I did TV commercials and fashion videos in which I would simply do as I was directed. After I was offered a film, I felt as though I may be able to act, so I tried my luck.”

She explained how the success of her first film helped give her the confidence she needed. "I gained a lot more satisfaction after witnessing people’s response to my films Good Morning Karachi and Zinda Bhaag." Ilyas added, “I figured if people were praising my performance, then there must be something of value in it; that I must have done a good job.”

On her transition from model to actor, Ilyas explained that dialogues did not come naturally to her and she struggled quite a bit when it came to getting them right in the beginning. “When it came to acting, the situation was such that I could not get my dialogues right. They just wouldn’t come out of my mouth. I didn't know where to stop, when to start speaking, or even where to look while delivering the dialogues. I had to work very hard to get the hang of it.”

When it comes to films, the starlet makes sure to do her homework before saying yes to any offers. Ilyas explained that when she is given a script, she goes over it again and again to truly get the gist of it. “I read the script about four to five times before agreeing to play a role,” she confessed. “Reading the script thoroughly helps to understand exactly what the writer is trying to get at and what the story is truly about, as well as how you can do justice to the character.” And Ilyas doesn’t want to limit herself. She believes that a true actor is one who can play every role well, regardless of genre. "I can't convince myself to limit my options to only serious roles or just comedy characters. If I get the chance to play a character in an action film, I'll do it."

Although it has been many years since, Ilyas still gets the jitters when in front of the camera. "It feels like there is an exam that I have to give and I don't know what the result will be." When asked how she came up with the idea of ​​making videos on social issues, she said, “I used to make funny videos and upload them but when I got a good response from people, I felt that there should be regular work put into these videos and so, started working on ideas together with my team.” Ilyas went on, “Every time I make a video, the goal is to get people to learn from it. Meaningful content certainly attracts people's attention. I try to help them understand complex issues through humour.”

The multitalented star has worked very hard to get to where she is today. “I’ve always maintained a professional attitude and haven’t shied from calling out what’s wrong or standing by what’s right,” she shared.

In a previous interview with Voice of America, Ilyas had detailed her struggle with colourism, highlighting the discrimination we see in everyday dramas, where women of fair complexion are given priority over the dark ones. "This happens. Our people also want to see only those girls on the screen who are fair," she explained, revealing that her own battles with discrimination began from her very home. “As a child, I was told a few things about my deep complexion, such as by my mother and aunt, who made me realise very early on that it 'would not suit me well when I grow up’," she had said. "As a child, you may not understand the meaning of these words but when you are conscious, you understand the psychology behind these thoughts. When I realised this, I stood up against it."

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy gives Sonya Hussyn a dressing down for 'dissing' Mahira Khan


A three-year-old clip of the actor's from The After Moon Show resurfaced recently, seeing her respond to a question posed by Yasir Hussain. The host inquires what film Hussyn would have turned down had she been Mahira Khan, to which the actor says she would have refused to be SRK's sidekick in Raees.

Now, the Oscar-winning director has called out the starlet over her choice of words and asserted that such remarks only reflect poorly on one’s upbringing.

In the comments section of a post made by a digital publication, Chinoy wrote, “Don’t think you’ll ever be Mahira Khan so you won’t ever get to say no. Don’t diss other women in the industry; it reflects poorly on you and your upbringing.”


Hussyn had shared her views during the rapid fire segment of the show. She had been given three options “Verna, Raees or Ho Mann Jahan,” to which she had stated, “I wouldn’t have done Raees since I have no interest in playing Shah Rukh Khan’s sidekick.”

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Thursday, 8 July 2021

Why Shahroz Sabzwari decided to marry Sadaf Kanwal

It hasn't been an easy road for lovebirds Sadaf Kanwal and Shahroz Sabzwari ever since the couple made headlines for their courtship and later, marriage, last year. The couple, whose romance made the rounds on social media back in 2019, tied the knot one year later in an intimate affair. While many accused Shahroz of cheating on his former wife, Syra Yousuf, the Chain Aye Na star had maintained he got romantically involved with Sadaf once he and Syra had filed for divorce.

Recently, in a tete-a-tete with Nida Yasir, the couple opened up about their relationship and how they met for the first time. Speaking about how Shahroz came to know about Sadaf, the actor shared he knew about his now-wife when she was at the prime of her modelling career.

"Her Instagram feed has always been gorgeous. We met once or twice at an event or an opening," he shared. The duo then met for rehearsals of an award show. They then flew to Norway for the event. "That's where our love story began," the supermodel shared. "Is that where the cupid struck?" Nida chimed in. To which Sadaf laughed, "Sherry [Shahroz] absolutely felt it."

Talking about what attracted him towards Sadaf, Shahroz remarked, "I was going through a very difficult time in my life and then meeting someone like Sadaf, who is so pure that you can't help but get attracted to her. We don't have to exaggerate about this."

He added, "I had honest intentions of marrying Sadaf." The actor added that the phase he was going through at that time, he "didn't want to stay a bachelor." Shahroz continued, "I am a religious person. Our religion asks us to refrain from a lot of things and I try to stay away from it. There is so much we aren't permitted to do [in Islam], but if we get married, they become beautiful."

Shahroz then remarked that he shared his feelings with Sadaf. "I told her that there would be no drama, this [marriage] is what I want to do." The actor clarified that he communicated his thoughts when the two returned from Norway. "We had this conversation when we had come back from Norway. We were only friends back then but we had clicked," he said.

When Nida inquired what qualities Shahroz saw in Sadaf as his wife, the former replied, "Purity. Even when we were in Norway, for everyone she was Sadaf Kanwal, the supermodel, who was always glammed up but I could see it. I think when there's a higher power at play, things work out. It was put in my heart by the Almighty, and I always saw a life partner in her."

He mentioned, "You can ask her about this, I told her how I wanted to marry her. I told her I work in the industry and being a bachelor, it's not easy to stay on the right path. We are answerable to our God in the afterlife. You earn Halal, you keep a Halal relationship."

The couple tied the knot in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown in a very private gathering. Sadaf had always wanted a small wedding. Meanwhile, Shahroz asked for people’s prayers. He added, "We tied the knot in a minimal setting, as have other several renowned personalities, with a presence of 70 to 80 people only."

Previously, while talking about the trolling, Shahroz had stated, "We never really cared."

Sadaf echoed her husband’s sentiments saying, "We laugh at all the enmity; it had no impact on us. Do you think, now that you are looking at me, that I have been affected? I have a loving husband so these things do not affect me. I really don't care about the backlash that we received on our wedding since such incidents have also happened in the past."

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