The current COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy for anyone, in particular for the kids. Apart from symptoms and disease, this pandemic has had different effects on kids, including stress, fear, anxiety, and frustration and all the more so for children who need special attention.
An actor, a philanthropist and Government of Punjab’s Child Protection and Welfare Bureau’s Ambassador Ahsan Khan has always had a soft spot for children and he always appears to be the main face for children rights!
Recently a mom tweeted a video about her kid Raiyan, where he gushes about how much he likes Ahsan Khan and his show “Bol Nights with Ahsan Khan” and that due to coronavirus he can’t meet his favorite superstar.
Ahsan Khan reached out to the kid and had a Zoom meeting with him and his mother, they had a very happy talk, Raiyan told Ahsan about his love for games, current load shedding situation and much more.
Watch the whole video here:
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.
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:
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
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.
Currently garnering critical acclaim for her performance in the popular drama ‘Gul-o-Gulzar’, Kinza Hashmi is once again ready to take over our screens in a new avatar in ‘Uraan’.
The rising young startlet has been giving back to back blockbuster performances, keeping the audience hooked to the screens in every role she appears in. With her knack of playing versatile characters and chosing unique story lines, the expectations from ‘Uraan’ are also very high.
“Working on this project was an amazing experience for me, I had a great time. We have put a lot of effort into this story and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we have enjoyed working on it,” said the actress talking about the new project.
Produced by 7th Sky Entertainment and directed by Shakeel Shaiq, the drama also stars Adeel Chaudhry, Aijaz Aslam, Rubina Ashraf, Farhan A Malhi and Zainab Qayyom and Nida Mumtaz in pivotal roles.
‘Uraan’ is expected to go on-air on Geo Entertainment soon.
The dandy and dapper, Ali Ansari is on a roll and is receiving immense praise from all nooks and corners. Already ruling the screen with his top-notch performances in Muqaddar and earlier in Mohobbat Na Kariyo and Naqabzan; the actor is all set to shine in yet another upcoming drama, ‘Kaasa e Dil’.
A project of 7th Sky Entertainment, the drama will be aired on Geo Entertainment, is produced by Abdullah Kadwani and Asad Qureshi, written by Jehanzib Qamar and directed by Zeeshan Ahmed of Deewangi fame.
Ali Ansari has worked his magic across all talented actresses in the glitzy world of showbiz. From Madiha Imam to Kinza Hashmi, Sana Javed to Saboor Aly, Nimra khan to Hira Mani, Neelum Munir to Sarah Khan, Maryam Nafees to Noor Khan; the actor is always at the top of his game when it comes to developing chemistry with his co-stars. This time around he will be seen next to the bubbly beauty, Hina Altaf. Joining the pair in the classy cast are Affan Waheed, Haris Waheed, Sukaina Khan and Rabia Abid Ali.
The details for the drama are still a top-secret but Ali took to his Instagram and shared a sneak peek of his look from the upcoming drama. We are loving the snazzy guise and wondering what his avatar will be all about in the story.
Speaking to media, here’s what a tight-lipped Ali revealed about the story:
It is an exciting tale that revolves around romance and relationships along with misunderstandings that lead to different events. It is based on love, sacrifices, and giving up. I am playing a parallel role with Affan Waheed as there are two main heroes in the story across Hina Altaf.
If truth be told, there is no character Ali Ansari has not played yet and that too, immaculately. Be it a doting brother in Khaani to an angry young man in Seerat, a family guy in Kamzarf to a heartbroken, loyal lover in Muqaddar, the hero has aced every character with great ease.
After all, he is a man of many talents. We grew up listening to his voice on FM 96 with his show ‘Dude Where is My Song?’. The radio show was amongst the most hip and happening of its time, proving that Ali rocks at whatever he sets his mind too.
As many as three upcoming dramas have been signed up by the star. What’s more, he is planning something super exciting in the world of web-series that his fans will love even more.
Acting is his passion and consequently, he is fearless while experimenting avatars. Fingers crossed to what he has next in store for us with his character in Kaasa e Dil!
Hareem Farooqhas clearly been staying productive during quarantine, as the star recently revealed some exciting news about two new film projects underway from her end. The gorgeous award-winning actress and Pakistan’s youngest female producer revealed this news in a casual chit chat session on an Instagram live. According to Farooq, she is already working on these projects with her team and is planning to begin filmingafter quarantine comes to an end.
As Hareem shared with a live audience about her journey in the entertainment industry, she talked about how she has come a long way from a theater actress to now, as we call her, the leading face of the entertainment industry.We can see all the hard work that went into this journey from her body of work, and given the actress and producer is investing time and resources says a lot about her potential. We have seen her magic on-screen and in the producer’s chair with some of her previous blockbusters including Janaan, Parchi, and HeerMaan Ja.
In the live session, she also urged her fans to never give up on dreams. She quoted, “Ultimate failure is when you decide to give up.”
As the session ended with her motivating others to be kind and empathetic, Hareem Farooq’s live session brought us the great news of more exciting content from the young producer. We are still completely in the dark about any detailson these new projects, and we are wondering what the star would be bringing to the big-screen next!