Dot Republic Media, one of the biggest YouTube MCN (Multi-Channel Network) in the region, in collaboration with their talent partner Alchemists, has announced the launch of ‘CreatorsOne Fitness’, a first of its kind fitness platform in Pakistan.
As the current situation continues to cause hindrance in the health and fitness regimes for people across Pakistan, the popularity of the digital fitness space has grown considerably over the past few months. According to Google’s What is Pakistan Searching For? report, the search interest for “health clubs” has increased by 1.5x and “fitness classes” by 189%. It has also seen a jump in “gym at home” searches by 125%, and “home workouts” by 80%. C1 Fitness is an all-in-one digital platform shaping the future of fitness, nutrition, and wellness of the Pakistani Audience lead by Pakistan’s finest fitness influencers and enthusiasts.
Keeping the trends in mind, this platform is an intimate digital space that empowers and enables Pakistan’s top fitness creators and experts to follow their passion and inspire their audience to achieve their health and fitness goals. It will be providing access to unique and purposeful fitness and nutrition-related content to the viewers.
The first set of teasers have already been released on the YouTube channel, and it would be marking its official launch with the first video slated for release on the 1st of July.
For more information and updates, find the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c1fitnessofficial
Fadia Shaboroz, U.K. based Pakistani, is singing her way to fame and is surely here to stay! A cursory glance at the work of the rising star reveals that the songstress is brimming with immense talent, which has taken her places over the years. From Punjabi to Sufi, Urdu to Hindi, Classical to Pop; there is no musical genre she has not dabbled in!
If you are an ardent fan of watching the golden musical evenings of PTV Virsa: Heritage Revived, you might have spotted the versatile voice of Fadia Shaboroz, turning the atmosphere melodious with her earthy vocals.
From a very young age, she has harbored a love for singing. After kick-starting her professional music career in 2012, she made a splashing feat as she performed at the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, the Queen. She represented herself as the first-ever British Artist at the Palace of Westminster in the presence of Lords, MPs and Ministers of Her Majesty’s Government.
However, while living in Manchester, she has been passionately expressing her love for Pakistan. She has made us proud by being a cultural ambassador and reciting the national anthem on Pakistan’s Independence Day at various celebrations and flag-bearing ceremonial events hosted by Pakistan High Officials.
Her musical covers for Sang e Mar Mar’s OST, Teri Galiyaan, and Raksh e Qamar have gained immense popularity on YouTube and even made waves in India.
She has even penned her own tracks ‘Aatish Dil Di’ and ‘Megha Barse’.
She is beyond a cover singer. Fadia is a champion of human rights and has been volunteering actively with different communities and charities in the U.K to work for humanity.
A statue of “Ertugrul Ghazi” has been removed in the Turkish province of Ordu for resembling Turkish actor Engin Altan Düzyatan.
According to international media reports, statues of other Turkish historical figures, including Ertugrul Ghazi, were erected in the Turkish province of Ordu as part of a project, but when a picture of Ertugrul Ghazi’s statue went viral on social media, users identified that the statue resembles actor Engin Altan.
Engin Altan is a Turkish actor who has played the role of Ertugrul Ghazi in the Turkish series “Dirilis: Ertugrul”.At the request of social media users, the administration of the Turkish province of Ordo has removed the statue of Ertugrul Ghazi.
It should be noted that on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Turkish series ‘Ertugrul Ghazi’ is being aired on state TV channel.
“We were disturbed by the fact that the bust of Ertugrul Gazi resembles Engin Altan Düzyatan, the lead actor in the Resurrection Ertugrul series and the same day the bust in question was removed,” said the municipality in a written statement.
Hadiqa Kiani remade a Turkish song ‘Sen Aglama’ to pay tribute to Drilis: Ertugrul, currently one of the popular drama series in Pakistan.
The remastered version of the song was released on Kiani’s official Youtube channel. Taking to Twitter, the singer shared her feelings after honoring the Turkish drama serial.
“In 2005, I had the honor of singing the Turkish song Sen Algama at the AKM Opera House. Today, I have remastered that song as a tribute to the Ertugrul Ghazi Tv series, Sezen Aksu & to the people of Turkey. May our love and bond be forever strong,” she wrote.
It must be noted here that Drilis: Ertugrul, dubbed in Urdu, aired on Pakistan Television (PTV)’s official Youtube Channel following the special directives from Prime Minister Imran Khan. The drama serial gained immense popularity among the people due to its story revolving around Islamic history.
‘Bench’, the dialogue centric short film directed by Usman Mukhtar, has released its trailer on Youtube on Wednesday.
A 1:46 minutes trailer features Rubya Chaudhry who is one of the lead roles in the film. In the trailer, Rubya can be seen walking towards a bench after purchasing two packets of cigarettes. Her character is giving a monologue to the audience about decisions she regrets one of which she aims to rectify.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Rubya termed her role in the film as “An intimate dialogue between two conflicted hearts, looking to find their own truth in life.”
The actress related her role with real life and explained how difficult it is to take tough decisions. “It takes courage to make tough decisions, to force yourself out of your comfort zone in order to take charge of your destiny,” she said.
“Bench sets out to explore one such relationship; that turning point where you could either settle with the cards you’ve been dealt or break the mold to find your own truth,” she added.
On the other hand, Mukhtar revealed that the short film will be released sometime after the Covid-19 situation settles down.
“So we are somewhat in a state of confusion. So we are trying to figure that out. But yes the film will definitely be screened locally in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad once the Covid-19 situation settles down,” he said.
It must be noted here that Bench has been submitted to multiple international film festivals including Independent Short Awards Los Angeles, 3rd South Asian Film Festival Kolkata, Prisma Awards in Rome and South Asian Film Festival Toronto.
Watch Trailer here:
Shaan-e-Pakistan announces the second edition of the Shaan-e-Pakistan Music Achievements Awards (SEPMA) to go online due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The digital event, led by Huma Nassr will be both national and international by bringing together musicians of all genres, providing them with opportunities to be heard on a global scale.
SEPMA 2020 is a culmination of various performances that will portray the essence of the Pakistani music scene from July to September 2020.
SEPMA 2020 aims to do the same as its previous year, bringing together the Pakistan music fraternity, while celebrating singers and musicians from part of the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will continue as planned but will be hosted digitally for the foreseeable future. On-ground events are put on hold, and the SEPMA team has re-strategized the award show to be an immersive, entertaining, accessible digital event. SEPMA’s aim and purpose is to highlight South Asian ensembles as well as to bring together musicians, illustrators, and singers to bring to light the plethora of talent that Pakistan hosts; nationally and internationally.
Huma Nassr, the brainchild of SEPMA voiced her concerns with the current world situation in mind. She stated, “A major concern for my team and I was the safety and responsibility that comes with initiating the process of the show in these COVID times; hence our decision to take it all online.”
According to the leading news source, actress Sonya Hussyn has replaced Faryal Mahmood in the film Lockdown. The director and co-writer of the film, Abu Aleeha, confirmed the news.
Another source reported that the Enaaya actress says that she left the project because she wasn’t feeling her best and wasn’t up for a hectic shoot as yet. Also, the filming dates were not flexible for her.
Sonya will now play the role of the lead character alongside actor Gohar Rasheed. The reason behind Faryal’s abrupt withdrawal from the film is not apparent as yet. However, Abu Aleeha said she left for some ‘personal reasons’.
Lockdown will be produced under the banner of Mont Blanc. Reportedly, Asad Malik will be the DoP of the film. Abida Ahmed has written the script.
“It’s a love story with the backdrop of lockdown and the horrors of Covid-19. The whole world is experiencing it right now… how a common man gets affected by [the coronavirus], how a simple couple gets affected by the horror of Covid-19 and the repercussions of lockdown.” Said by Abu Aleeha
Reckitt Benckiser Group, makers of leading health and hygiene brands such as Dettol and Harpic, collaborate with WaterAid Pakistan to further their relief mission to fight COVID-19 in the country. This collaboration includes donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and hygiene kits for the protection of healthcare professionals across the country. This further includes creating awareness to educate masses, especially in the rural areas, on preventative measures to protect themselves from contracting COVID-19 as well as viruses and illnesses. This educational effort will be supported by distribution of soap and creation of hand washing facilities in various parts of the country.
As the country moves into the fourth month since the outbreak, the curve continues to rise steeply. This is an extremely alarming situation and the need to do aggressive efforts both on an individual as well as organizational level to stop the spread. The two key priorities right now are to protect Pakistan’s healthcare community, our frontline workers, who are facing the brunt of this virus, and to educate the masses in order to prevent the situation from worsening. This is a national responsibility and an utmost priority to protect the people of Pakistan by equipping them with the right tools that will help them win this battle.
Siddiq Khan, Country Director, WaterAid Pakistan said, “WaterAid Pakistan is already working extensively with RBPL to educate masses in the rural areas on hand hygiene and proper sanitation practices. It is our responsibility as a nation to provide for the frontline workers and for all those vulnerable members of the society that are affected by CoVid-19. This effort is aimed at reaching out to people across Pakistan in the most adversely affected districts of the country.”
RB Group recently announced a commitment of Rs. 500million for relief efforts to help the country fight the CoVid-19 pandemic. RB stands true to its purpose of Protect, Heal and Nurture by taking vital steps to fight this pandemic since its outbreak in February. The Company has already announced a partnership with the Ministry of Health to serve the country to spread public service messages to help the people of Pakistan. The Company also has donated its products to several NGOs for their ration drives across the country.
Yet another on-screen unconventional celebrity couple is all set to hit our screens this month and this time it is the power-packed pair of Ushna Shah and Ahsan Khan, all set to breeze their way in Geo Entertainment’s new drama ‘Bandhay Ek Dour Se’.
The story is penned by Faiza Ifthikar of Ranjha Ranjha Kardi fame and is helmed by the star director Ali Faizan. The drama is produced by Abdullah Kadwani and Asad Qureshi’s 7th Sky Entertainment.
Joining Ahsan Khan and Ushna Shah in the cast are Hina Altaf in a supporting role, Saba Faisal, Saba Hameed, Samina Ahmed, Noor Hassan, Madiha Rizvi, Ali Rizvi, Qavi Khan and many more.
The promos of the drama are grabbing eyeballs on social media and the duo has dazzled the viewers with their palpable chemistry in the teaser.
Speaking to media about his role in the drama, Ahsan revealed,” My character is of a young, guy-next-door, happy-go-lucky person and he tries to always keep his family united. There is also a love story revolving around him and he tries his best to take it to marriage while connecting two families to it. The character has satire in it which later turns serious and also has an innocence to it.”
Ushna Shah also revealed major details about her avatar and we can’t wait to see her in the exciting role.
“I play the role of Maheen- the protagonist in the story. She is Umar’s cousin, played by Ahsan Khan. She is a very nice, bubbly, well-mannered girl who is very mature for her age. She lands herself in a situation that is very painful but she has to handle it and maintain her dignity throughout. At the same time, there is a beautiful love and romance she gets involved in.”
The leading pair also divulged that the drama will be devoid of clichéd saas-bahu dilemmas and will highlight the sweet and sour life of middle-class households.
“If the audience wants to watch a story of a household and families, something very light while also very deep and which we all can connect to, then this drama is for them. It is very casual, light-hearted, and emotional. It is very well-shot and well-written describing issues that happen in common households. If the viewers are looking for entertainment and love old PTV, family-oriented dramas, then this project will take them back in time as it has enjoyable elements that fans will get riveted to,” stated Ahsan.
Ushna added the plot will also depict strong unity amongst women that is surely much needed on our television screens.
“It will be a whole-hearted Pakistani family drama which will be very entertaining. It is not a typical saas-bahu drama but about love, loyalty, and also about unity amongst women in a household,” revealed Ushna.
Produced under the banner of Momina Duraid Productions, drama serial Zebaish has taken the social media by storm since the release of its first teaser and audiences have been waiting eagerly for the serial to go on air. Zebaish is a dark thriller which depicts the complexities of human nature and sheds light on their insecurities and selfishness. The drama also highlights the challenges and costs of being successful and how one’s success threatens the egos of people close to that person. Written by veteran actor/writer Bushra Ansari and directed by Iqbal Hussain, Zebaish promises a unique and intriguing storyline that will keep the audience hooked to it throughout. The serial boasts a stellar cast such as Qavi Khan, Shabbir Jan, Bushra Ansari, Babar Ali, Asma Abbas, Zara Noor Abbas, Asad Siddiqui, Adnan Shah Tipu, Sajid Shah, Zoya Nasir, Iqbal Hussain, Fatima Zehra Malik, Shaheen Khan, Sadaf Nasir, Khalid Bin Shaheen, Salma Zafar, Akbar Khan and others. This highly anticipated drama is set to go on air on HUM TV from Friday, June 12, 2020.