The biggest animated movie of the year, The Donkey King has been ruling the box office since its release has now become the highest grossing animated movie of the year raked in 18 Crore in total by the end of its fifth week.
A film by Aziz Jindani, the architect of the success of Pakistan’s first and most popular animated super hero series for a leading antibacterial soap brand, The Donkey King has proven to be a worth watch for all ages.
The wave started with the movie’s release as it surpassed 4 Crore in week one and became unstoppable as it approximately collected 1.3 Crore in the movie’s fifth week, that makes a banging total of 18 Crore. The Donkey King is the only animated movie that surpassed the benchmark of 15 Crore and is now on its way to make more money than all previous Pakistani animated films combined.
The bi-annual Masala Family Festival, the biggest and much-awaited family festival of the year was held the Expo Centre, Lahore on 10th and 11th November 2018. MFF is a fuse of culinary arts, music, shopping and games, celebrating the best of our culture while providing a safe and fun day-out for families. Over the years the festival has provided a fun atmosphere for the entire family offering unique experiences for all ages and has attracted a huge number of visitors from every corner of the city.
Pakistan’s leading biscuit manufacturer, EBM, makers of Peek Freans- sponsored the third iteration of the EBM-Peek Freans Pakistan Open Tennis Championship this year. Organized by the Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA), the championship was run from the 21st – 27th October, 2018.
This first-of-its kind open tennis championship, included matches for all ages. The winner of Under-10 and Under-12 tournament was Hamza Roman. Boys U14 trophy was given to Sami Zeb for singles and doubles to Sami Zeb and Hamid Israr.
While M. Shoaib received the trophy in the Under 18 category. Muhammad Abid won the trophy for Men’s Singles ; whereas the winners for Men’s doubles were Aqeel Khan and Shahzad Khan. Ushna Sohail bagged the trophy for Women’s Singles and the trophy for Senior’s doubles 40 plus was presented to Maj Adnan and Talha Waheed. Senior Men Doubles 45 Plus winners were Rashid Malik and Fayyaz Khan.
Seniors 60 Plus trophies were presented to Zahid Zafar and Dr Naveed.
Speaking at championship, Shahzain Munir, Director EBM said, “EBM – As the makers of Peek Freans we are happy to be a part of an event of such importance, and are proud to be consistent supporters of sports since the dawn of this company. We hope this tournament gives tennis players a chance to showcase their skills, and also take their game to the next level. We are optimistic about this event and its contribution to the development of world class athletes to represent our country in future tennis tournaments worldwide.”
EBM pioneered the concept of sports sponsorships in Pakistan by being the first corporate entity to sponsor live satellite telecasts of international sporting events such as Mohammed Ali’s now iconic boxing matches with George Foreman and Joe Frazier in 1974. EBM was also a partner in The World Football Cup that took place in Munich in 1973, and the 1973 Wimbledon Finals. EBM’s continued patronage of sports demonstrates its unrelenting enthusiasm for the promotion of sports and sportsmanship in Pakistan.
A Trade delegation from Belgium led by Pascale Delcomminette, CEO, Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX) visited Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) to explore opportunities for promoting bilateral trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Belgium.
The delegation was representing promotion of foreign trade and foreign investments for Belgium in the foreign Fashion and Design market. The delegation held a meeting with Chairperson PFDC, Mrs. Sehyr Saigol, Mr. Saad Ali, CEO of PFDC, Mr. Kamiar Rokni, Spokesperson PFDC, and Mr. Azfar Hassan of Matrix Sourcing and Board member PFDC, along with a few curated Pakistani designers to explore various areas in the fashion market that offered good potential for business collaboration between the apparel sectors of Pakistan and Belgium.
The delegation were presented with the works of over 80 designers stocking at PFDC, followed by a presentation from Chapter 2 by Khaadi, The House of Kamiar Rokni, Lulusar of Matrix Sourcing, Jeem by Hamza Bukhari, Hussain Rehar, Republic by Omer Farooq, Saniya Maskatiya, Nida Azwer, Hira Ali, Saira*Shakira, and Aura Jewels by Mariya Suhail.
The presentations put forward by designers showed that Pakistan has extreme potential to boost exports with its value added goods. There is synergy between craft, design, and production quality, as designers have added that element of design into time-honored crafts to upgrade them into unique and globally competitive value added products. These products have enabled our local designers to not only generate business in the local market but also to expand rapidly into foreign markets.
After the presentation, the delegates assured that AWEX would work closely with PFDC to explore all untapped areas of bilateral collaboration between Pakistan and Belgium for achieving mutually beneficial outcomes for both countries.
Peek Freans Sooper is bringing the legendary Sufi Rock band Junoon back once again but this time in a live concert that is slated to be held this December to give an exciting new chapter to “Sooper Hai Pakistan Ka Junoon”.
As pioneers of Sufi Rock in Pakistan, Junoon in its 14-years of existence recorded more than half a dozen albums together. After their album “Talaash”, their popularity sky rocketed, until the band came to a complete halt in 2009.
Peek Freans Sooper ignited the spirits of Junoon fans and initiated “Sooper Hai Pakistan Ka Junoon” campaign on Independence Day 2018. The band reunited after 13 long years and took the digital world by storm with the reprised version of their song “Khudi”. Peek Freans Sooper is now planning the biggest musical event of the decade for all the fans of Junoon with Junoon’s power-packed performance and spellbinding music.
Javeria Khan of Khatepoesh launched Ghaznavid Colelction for Winter over a Tea at her studio in Gulberg.
7th Sky Entertainment is known for productions that are engaging and completely out of the box and their latest venture Aye Dil Tu Bata is releasing on the 19th of November and will be playing from Monday to Friday at 7:30 pm.
Produced by none other than the remarkable duo of ace producers Abdullah Kadwani and Asad Qureshi, the creators of 7th Sky Entertainment, written by Huma Hina Nafees and directed by Ali Akber, Aye Dil Tu Bata is a story of love, emotions and misunderstandings between a trio that has trouble coping up when life presents them with one curve ball after another.
The drama stars Fatima Effendi, Bilal Qureshi, Arooba Mirza and Ali Ansari in lead roles along with Sabiha Hashmi, Humera Bano, Beena Chaudry, Tanveer Jamal, Shazia Qaiser, Tipu Shareef and Maria Khan.
Allure by MHT showased its jewels at a trunk show at Nishat Hotel along with a pret & formals pop up by Aleena & Fareena, The event was well attended.
Singer and songwriter Jibran Raheel is set to present his work to Pakistani audiences with the release of his debut single Jhoota Pyar.
A story about friendship, love and betrayal, Jhoota Pyar is about two lovers at different states in their relationship. The lyrics are a classic dramatization of betrayal, desire and anguish faced by two people in love.
The cast includes renowned model Sadaf Kanwal, opposite the young musician Jibran Raheel himself alongside, Oun Sarwar, Ofaq Sufyan and Danish Imtiaz. The music is produced by Ali Mustafa; the video has been directed by Shiraz Malik, DOP is by Moeez Khan, editing and post production is by Aks –e – Khaam and Abz, lyrics and composition are by Jibran Raheel, guitars are by Loyson. The set is designed by Hashim Ali and make up is by Toni & Guy and Sonia Nasir.
Raheel started exploring his talent at the tender age of 10 and participated in a diversity of music shows in Pakistan and in UAE. In 2012 he won the best singer award in UAE from the music maestro A.R. Rehman himself at the ‘Sing like a Star’ contest and performed with him live at Dubai International Stadium. Since then Jibran Raheel has also performed with renowned music directors Shankar Ehsan Loy at another concert in Abu Dhabi National Auditorium organized by City FM 101.6 and received a trophy from Rajesh Roshan for the Andaz-e-Rafi competition.
Pakistan’s leading female rock-pop vocalist, in keeping with her desire to give back to her country and continue her social services behind the screen, took a day tour of the diabetes ward in National Institute of Child Health (NICH) recently.
Moved by what she saw and learnt, Rizvi vowed to help the children suffering from diabetes, in every way she can. She has announced on social media, “There are about 300-400 children that come to NICH every month with undiagnosed diabetes. Some have lost an eye already (as personally witnessed) and some have severe liver issues. Each one of them goes home with a glucometer in order to be able to monitor their sugar levels themselves — which is being subsidized by the government. But, these families can’t even afford the testing strips that are needed to check their sugar levels at least once daily, for each strip costs between Rs 20-30. Since they are unable to buy the strips, they are unable to monitor their sugar and land up suffering from a plethora of other diseases too. One 50 strip bottle costs Rs 1150 (subsidized rates) and I would like to raise rupees 10 lacs worth of bottles which I will personally give to Dr Mohsina who heads the Children’s Diabetes ward at NICH to make sure it goes to the most deserving families. I will only give in kind to the hospital, and not be handing over any money to them. Also, I will personally be in constant contact with the doctors that head and/or run this ward. Please help me raise these funds”.
It may be noted, NICH is a 500-bed hospital which is currently under the administrative control of Health Department Government of Sindh. It is the first children’s hospital of the country and presently one of the largest and the only children’s hospital of the province of Sindh. It provides tertiary care services for almost all types of pediatric diseases and is equipped with latest diagnostic gadgetries. Its highly qualified faculty provides teaching and training facilities both at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. It is a prime institution of the country recognized nationally and internationally.