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Zubab Rana’s New Project “Mehboob Apke Qadmo May” to Kick Off on Hum TV

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Rising star, model turned actress Zubab Rana will be gracing our screens once again, in a lead role in “Mehboob Apke Qadmo May”, scheduled to go on air this October.

Starring as Sunaina; Zubab Rana plays an innocent girl who would be stuck in a love triangle with some major twists and turns. The story centers on the evils of black magic, and the consequences it can lead to, turning your world upside down. Written by Imran Nazir and directed by Furqan Adam, the drama is produced under the banner of Moomal Entertainment and MD Productions.

“After the blockbuster success of Bandish, I am excited to be working on another supernatural themed project, and this time for Hum TV where I made my acting debut from,” said the lovely Zubab Rana.

Zubab Rana is currently winning hearts with her performance in the hit drama “Rishtay Biktay Hain” that airs every Monday-Wednesday at 9 pm on ARY Digital.

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Coke Studio announces the launch of Season 12!

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Coca-Cola Pakistan proudly announces the return of Coke Studio for its twelfth consecutive season, with the reveal of an exclusive virtual all access tour of the Coke Studio Season 12 set for the first time ever.

Often credited as the most influential musical fusion project from Pakistan by the audiences and critics alike, Coke Studio Season 12 is all set to launch this October 2019.

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Wahaj Ali starrer short film “Doodh Patti” out now

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Rising star of the Pakistan television industry Wahaj Ali presents another powerful act in a made-for-web short film titled “Doodh Patti” opposite Minal Khan released on the YouTube channel Dramas Central.

An adorable love saga between a newly married couple, “Doodh Patti” features Wahaj Ali as a soft-spoken but quirky guy, as he explores the new relationship he is building.

A part of the Aey Zindagi shorts that has been produced by Creators One & Dot Media Republic, in association with Next Level Entertainment, Doodh Patti has been directed by Syed Jari Khushnood Naqvi.

Wahaj Ali is the rising star of the Pakistani drama industry and has been getting tremendous critical acclaim for this performance from the first episode of Hum TV & ISPR’s mega project Ehd-e-Wafa which goes on air every Sunday at 8:00pm PST.

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SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY reveals her latest animation film “SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM”

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Two-time Academy and three-time Emmy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s proudly reveals her latest animation film, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM which opened in theaters in New York on September 23rd, 2019. The fifteen-minute animated short film chronicles the life of a young girl whose dream of being a pilot is crushed when she is forced into child marriage.

Written and directed by Sharmeen, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM takes the audience on a journey through the old city of Lahore where a fourteen-year old girl, Pari, dreams of becoming a pilot. Her story is told through the perspective of her six-year-old sister Mehr, who is unaware of the traditions and barriers that lay in the path of women from her family. It is a story about the burdens of a family and the impact of a culture where girls are still struggling to fully realize their dreams. SITARA is a silent film [no dialogues] which embodies this struggle.

“Young girls everywhere still face considerable hurdles in achieving their dreams. SITARA embodies that struggle, it is a story of Pari, a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot and is robbed of it. For me, SITARA is more than a film, it is a movement that we want to start across the world, that encourages parents to invest in their girls’ dreams, encouraging them to free their girls from the burdens of early marriage”. said Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

The music for SITARA has been composed by Emmy Award-Winning composer Laura Karpman. Recorded and mixed at the world’s most famous and iconic studio, Abbey Road studios, Karpman’s score has been paramount in bringing the film’s story and characters to life.

The film’s Executive Producers include Gloria Steinem, the iconic women’s rights activist, and Darla Anderson, the Academy Award Winning producer of Coco and Toy Story 3.

SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM, is produced under the banner of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s animation company, Waadi Animations entirely in Pakistan, from its concept to execution in association with Vice Studios and Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE.

In Pakistan, the Waadi Animations Tea is spearheaded by Art Director Salman Nasir, Animation Director Kamran Khan, CG Lighting Supervisor Adnan Saeed, Director of Photography Faizan Ali, Editor Husain Qaizer, Sound Effects Editor Sameer Khan, co-producer Eleyna Sara Haroun and Associate Producer Syed Ayub with Salman Iqbal, Jerjees Seja and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as the producers.

Every year, 12 million girls around the world are married off as child brides denying them the right to education and an opportunity to fulfil their dreams. With SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM, Sharmeen hopes to start a global conversation, encouraging parents and families to invest in their girls’ dreams.

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Pakistan Excellence Awards

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To celebrate 72 years of Independence of Pakistan, the organizing committee of Pakistan Excellence Awards held an awards ceremony here earlier today at Marriott Hotel to pay tribute to the officers of Pakistan as well as veteran showbiz personalities for their invaluable contribution to the industry.

Addressing the audience, the chief guest on the occasion, Minister of Culture, Sardar Ali Shah said, “I salute Pakistan Excellence Awards for honouring people, especially public officers, in their lifetime – something I have never seen before. I hope this will set a trend and will mark the beginning of many such awards in the future.”

The awards were well-attended by media representatives, public officers from various departments, socialites and award recipients. Eminent media personalities like Qavi Khan, Haseena Moin, Zeba Bakhtiar, Behroz Sabzwari, Hina Dilpazeer, Laila Zuberi, Shaman Ali Mirali, Mustafa Qureshi, Sahir Ali Bagga and many more were seen at the ceremony who received Pakistan Excellence awards. Qavi Khan and Haseena Moin received lifetime achievement awards.

Among the numerous recipients of the officers awards in different categories were Secretary School Education and Literacy, Government of Sindh, Qazi Shahid Pervaiz; senior member Revenue Board, Government of Sindh, Shams-ud-din Soomro; secretary transport and mass transit department, Government of Sindh, Ghulam Abbas Detho; additional chief secretary, provincial ombudsmen, Government of Sindh, Mohammed Osman Chachar; secretary livestock and fisheries department, Government of Sindh, Ejaz Ahmed Mahesar, secretary department of empowerment of persons with disabilities, Government of Sindh, Khalid Chachar; deputy commissioner Hyderabad, Sayyed Ejaz Shah, DIG Sindh Police, Nisar Aftab, SSP (AIG Admin, CPO), Sayyed Pir Mohammed Shah; PSP SSP district Thatta, Shabir Sethar; SSP East, Karachi Azfer Mahesar; SSP Sukkar, Irfan Ali Summo; former IG Sindh, Muzaafer Alam Siddiqui; Superintendent Jail, Mirpurkhas, Sayyed Munawer Ali Shah; superintendent Jail, Sayyed Shakir Ali Shah; Additional director FIA, Abdul Hameed Bhutto; Additional director FIA,  Safihullah Jhokio ; Accountant general Sindh, Ghufran Memon; additional IG and executive director State Life Insurance, Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar; programme director US AID, basic education programme partnership with government of Sindh, Agha Faqhar Hussain; Deputy director general IB, Sindh, Shahid Hussain Mahesar; SSP Deputy director (HQ), Nadir Ali Abro; director general Sindh Institute of Animal Health in Sindh Livestock Department, Nazir Hussain Khaloro; (AIGP) DGG ANF, Ghulam Qadir Thebo; additional secretary, Government of Sindh, Abdul Aleem Lashari; and chief administrator Auqaaf, Government of Sindh, Munawar Ali Mahesar.

The evening began with guests assembling at the Red Carpet and having their pictures taken. Once everyone was seated, the show began with the recitation of the Holy Quran and Naat by Qari Mumtaz, followed by National Anthem and a national song by Sabri Brothers.

Chairman Pakistan excellence Awards, Hameed Bhutto said, “While Pakistan Excellence Awards is honouring showbiz personalities for the third consecutive year, this year we have changed the format somewhat to honour seasoned celebrities that have given so much to Pakistan with their talent, and have also introduced Officers’ Public Service Awards in order to recognise the efforts of a sector that normally gets ignored. Pakistan Excellence Awards is presenting a token of appreciation to those who have served Pakistan with their extraordinary contribution. We are looking forward to awarding more and more deserving officers based on merit, so as to improve the bureaucracy of Pakistan hoping that others will also fulfill their duties with responsibility.”

Speaking on the occasion, one of the patrons of Pakistan Excellence Award, Muhammad Iqbal Qureshi said, “Pakistan Excellence Award believes in encouraging good work no matter what field a person belongs to which is why we keep broadening our scope of award winners”.

Chief Patron Anwar Ali Sangi said, “The true expression of our love for our country and its people is to appreciate those who serve our great country well. This award ceremony serves this very purpose.“

Hanif Gohar, patron of PEA said, “It is important that we, being a part of this fantastic country should play a pivotal role in its development. By conducting Pakistan Excellence Awards every year, out team aims to identify individual efforts and services and encourage and motivate them to continue being an active member of the society”.

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MAK by AlKaram hosted a Game Night in Karachi

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MAK by Alkaram hosted a fabulous game night at Mews Café last Saturday which turned out to be a massive success!

The event was arranged to mark the launch of MAK’s latest Mid Summer’19 collection. The Game night was attended by numerous social media female influencers and bloggers like Sabina Ahmed, Mehak Shoakat, Marium Saqib, Fahya from Dr. Madeup blog, It’s Khadeja, Hadia from Blog This Out, Aqsa from Gottablogger, Bakhtawar from The Glam World and many others.

The MAK Game Night was an exciting evening full of fun, games, activities and delicious food with some fantastic prizes arranged as well by MAK.

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Amar Khan to play leading role in Hum TV Mini Series on Women Empowerment

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Pakistan entertainment industry’s rising star, multitalented Amar Khan is all set to star in a mini-series by Hum TV, titled ‘Choti Choti Baatein’ are short episodic stories depicting the issues women in our society face every day and how they overcome them.

The mini series is being directed by Angeline Malik, while Amar Khan will be playing the lead role of Zeena in episode titled ‘Roop’ opposite Muneeb Butt. They will be joined by Mehmood Aslam, Rubina Ashraf, Lubna Aslam, Ghana Ali, and Sara Raza in supporting roles.

‘Roop’ is a story of a simplistic, studious girl named Zeena (played by Khan) who is consistently criticised at her home and workplace for her looks. It is a short love story revolving around the chemistry that fires up between her and Muneeb Butt’s character as he develops an interest in her despite of her unpopular physical appearance.

“Its refreshing to play engaging and different roles which are relatable with audience and talks about girls and their relevant problems in today’s time. Zeena’s character uplifts the thought of proving your mettle based on her intellect and not makeup & physical appearance.” stated Amar Khan.

Choti Choti Baatein will be aired this Sunday at 8 pm on Hum TV and will continue to air a weekly episode for the next 4 weeks.

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Kamzarf Star Rabab Hashim, Set To Play a Dynamic Role In Meray Mohsin

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With the blockbuster Kamzarf just ending to raving reviews and ratings, leading lady Rabab Hashim, is all set to be back on our screens with a 7th Sky Entertainment’s production ‘Mere Mohsin’, going on air on Geo Entertainment.

‘Meray Mohsin’ is the third time Hashim is working with the director Ali Faizan, with whom she has previously worked on, ‘Ishqa Waay’ and ‘Piya Mann Bhae’ and the ensemble cast for the serial includes Syed Jibran, Saba Hameed, Jinaan Hussain & Mariyam Nafees.

“2019 has been a great year with Kamzarf receiving so much love from everyone and now I am so excited to be coming back on the screen playing a completely different role in Meray Mohsin,” Rabab Hashim said. “The best thing about this role is the transformation it goes through as the story progresses and how she deals with conflict in her life.” she further added.

Mere Mohsin is a 7th Sky Entertainment production, by Asad Qureshi and Abdullah Kadwani, and scheduled to go on air from June 19th, 2019 every Wednesday at 8pm on Geo Entertainment.

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Junaid Khan and Hira Mani Reunite in Upcoming Project

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Multi-talented actor and singer, Junaid Khan, who has been ruling our television screens giving us back to back blockbuster projects including Kamzarf, Silsilay and Ishq Tamasha to name a few, has just signed a project with Hira Mani – his hit costar from the 2017 blockbuster serial Sun Yaara.

 

Titled “Makafaat”, the serial will see Junaid in a lead role alongside Hira Mani, and is being produced under the banner of Mastermind Productions. Directed by Ahmed Kamran, the serial boasts a stellar cast, including Atiqa Odho, Ali Ansari, and Marium Nafees along with Junaid Khan.

 

“I am extremely excited about this project, because not only does the character I am playing has various dimensions, but I am also going to be back on screen with Hira (Mani) who is not only great fun to work with, but someone my fans enjoy seeing me on screen with,” Junaid Khan remarked when talking about his new project.

 

Shoot for Makafaat will begin after Eid ul Azha in Karachi, but there is a major part of the serial that will be shot in Europe as well.

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SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY releases the second part from “Shattering the Silence”

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SOC Films, helmed by the two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, releases the second part from the animated series “Shattering the Silence”, a project aimed at creating meaningful dialogue around issues of child abuse.

The second animated short-film from Shattering the Silence is titled “Iqbal Ka Bachpan” which explores the story of Reebok Human Rights Award recipient Iqbal Masih; a young Pakistani boy who was forced to work as a carpet weaver in the 90s. Working through arduous conditions from the age of 4 onwards, Iqbal grew stunted and hopeless. However, when bonded labour was declared illegal by the Supreme Court, Iqbal was able to struggle and pursue his dream of attending school. Today, millions of children are still employed in Pakistan, from the ages of 4 to 14 years old and work in many sectors of the labour force from brick kilns to manufacturing. This second part raises light on the importance of creating awareness among children and their families about the laws which safeguard them and the quality of life they are expected to lead as their basic human right.

An SOC Films initiative, Shattering the Silence is a 4-part animated series, in Urdu, which aims to critically engage audiences, and children specifically, with real-life stories of child abuse and to educate them with the corresponding laws, the resources which can be accessed and the steps which can be taken if they, or any other children they know of, are forced into situations of marriage, labour, trafficking or physical abuse.