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Seeme Productions opens doors to offices in The UK and UAE

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One of the largest independent production houses in Pakistan, Seeme Productions, has expanded its business and creative services to the international market, now operating in the UK and UAE.

This expansion comes intending to take this independent business venture to the next step portraying Pakistan on the production map worldwide and introduce Pakistani industry talent to the world. Seeme is now providing enhanced production facilities in the UK and UAE as part of its strategy to promote the production of global content, bringing work opportunities to Pakistan, and also providing the directors with the opportunity to deliver on the international market.

Speaking about this new step, the CEO, Mr. Naveed Arshad, said, “Seeme has always been aspirational, and going international is a part of that aspiration. The UK and UAE market is flourishing, and this provides the perfect opportunity for us to create a customer base abroad as well. At the start of this new decade, we hope that we can continue to deliver the same high standard of quality and reliability we are known for in Pakistan and take our vision abroad.”

Seeme’s step also opens doors for Pakistan to become a production hub, and to prove its mettle and potential in the international market. Seeme’s new premise will strengthen its operations and create an even more comprehensive business offering for the production specialists.

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Habib Paracha’s ‘The Last Full Measure’ All Set to Hit Cinemas in Pakistan on 31st January

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The most anticipated war drama film “The Last Full Measure” would be hitting cinemas across Pakistan on 31st January 2020, making this the first time that a Hollywood film by a Pakistani Executive Producer would be released in Pakistan.

Written and directed by Todd Robinson, the film stars Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt Ed Harris, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others. Habib Paracha is the executive producer behind the film, which narrates the true story of William Pitsenbarger, played by Jeremy Irvine, who is a war hero of the highest order, an Air Force medic who personally saved over sixty men.

Talking about the film release, the excited producer, Habib Paracha said, “I am so thrilled for this movie to be released in Pakistan! I hope to leverage my learning from this project to showcase the stories of the heroes of our armed forces and show the Pakistani audience and the World at large the great sacrifices that the soldiers of our country have made towards being a peaceful, progressive and positive country in the World.”

Talking about the film release, CEO HKC Entertainment, Hammad Chaudhry, said, “We are glad to be bringing this exciting new story to cinemas across Pakistan. It is a real honor to be able to bring a movie produced by a Pakistani producer to audiences over here.”

The Last Full Measure will be distributed locally by HKC Entertainment.

“The Last Full Measure” marks as Habib Paracha’s fourth venture in Hollywood after ‘The Trust,’ ‘Terminal,’ and ‘Strive.’ One of the few Pakistani producers representing the country in Hollywood, Habib Paracha, has made a name for himself with critically acclaimed productions starring popular American actors including Nicholas Cage, Elijah Wood, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and many others.

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Closing Ceremony of Tape Ball Cricket Tournament by Hamid Ismail Foundation

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The closing ceremony of the Tape Ball Cricket Tournament presented by Hamid Ismail Foundation (HIF) took place on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Annu Bhai Park in Nazimabad, Karachi. The ceremony included an award distribution to the winning teams and a musical performance by a renown music artist, AsimAzhar.

Many notable personalities attended the ceremony including Mr. Hamid M. Ismail, Founder of HIF,Dr. Farooq Sattar, Head of MQM Organization Restoration Committee, FirdousShameem Naqvi, Member National Assembly, and Rehan HashmiChairman District Central.

The Tape Ball Tournament had commenced on November 30, 2019 and welcomed 48 teams from all over the city. The winner and runners-up of the tournament were awarded prizes worth Rs. 100,000. The aim of this initiative was to engage the youth of Pakistan in healthy sports activities and to provide them with a platform to display their talent.

Hamid Ismail Foundation is a non-profit organization which was founded by Mr. Hamid Ismail. The aim of the foundation is to work towards quality education, environmental sustainability, healthy entertainment opportunities, and women empowerment. HIF has been actively involved in organizing activities and implementing projects that reflect their values.

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HUM NETWORK LTD CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS PREMIER ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL, HUM TV

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Pakistan’s numero uno entertainment network HUM Network Limited, celebrated the 15th anniversary of its premier entertainment channel HUM TV, on January 17, 2017 in Karachi in a special transmission of Subh Se Agay. The anniversary transmission was attended by prominent faces of the country’s entertainment landscape including Imran Ashraf, Mawra Hocane, Sami Khan, Danish Nawaz, Khushbakht Shujaat, Mohammad Ehteshamuddin, Usman Mukhtar, Ali Safina, Senator Faisal Javed Khan, Sultana Siddiqui President HUM Network Limited and CEO HUM Network Duraid Qureshi. The veteran Bushra Ansari and Hamza Ali Abbasi participated in the transmission via teleconference.

 

Congratulating HUM on its 15th anniversary, President Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi said “HUM has always been unique in presenting topics that highlight social issues to bring awareness amongst people. Its approach in presenting such topics while maintaining the entertainment factor makes it popular not only in Pakistan but throughout the world. HUM Network deserves congratulations for maintaining its high standards.”

 

The start of 2020 will witness mega projects by HUM Network that will touch the audiences’ hearts including HUM Style Awards, HUM Showcase, Pyar Ke Sadqey – a play that brings sensitive issue of mental harassment by family members onto mainstream television, Zebaish, Kashaf and Dilruba to name a few. After the successful shows in Dubai, Canada and U.S.A, this year will also witness Pakistan’s biggest television awards, HUM Awards which will be staged in one of the most iconic destinations – London, England.

 

Through all of its growing years, Hum TV has played a major role in empowering women, showcasing stigmas and issues that people shy away from, presenting them with sensitivity and gaining acceptability with the masses. This year HUM Network will celebrate success stories of our women and women leaders around the world in a one-of-a-kind awards show, HUM Women Leaders Award, 2020.

Most of HUM TV’s content is made to impact the society in a powerful way! The success of its content comes from the subtle ways it approaches taboo topics, creating relatable characters that leave an unforgettable impression, delivering the message and all the while maintaining their entertainment factor. It is the uniqueness of the content or the truth in the characters, who are loved and followed by a large number of fans, not just in Pakistan but all around the world.

Hum TV has the credit for being a pioneer in many aspects, be it the first food channel, the first awards show for an entertainment channel, showcasing new talent, creating fashion events on a high scale to taking our industry to the world by organizing awards in different parts of the world, or breaking rating records.

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Kashan Hasan takes over as CEO of Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan Limited

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Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a global leader in consumer health and hygiene, has appointed Kashan Hasan as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its Pakistan business. Kashan will be spearheading the health business with immediate effect. Kashan has been associated with RB for the last 12 years, serving in various successful leadership roles across the globe in Pakistan, UK, South Africa, Egypt and the Middle East. In his most recent role, he was serving as the Regional Sales Director for the Hygiene Home business for the MENA region.

This announcement comes as RB Pakistan Limited evolves into the next stage of strategic development and accelerated growth. In this new role, Kashan will be leading the Company towards expansion within the country and strengthening its position in the market, while driving the business through its purpose-led brands. He will also be the key leading force behind RB Pakistan’s social vision and commitment of “Hoga Saaf Pakistan” (powered by the Company’s leading brand, Dettol) for a cleaner and healthier Pakistan.

Talking about his new role, Kashan stated, “RB Pakistan is committed to contribute to Pakistan through our leading health and hygiene brands for our consumers and the social impact we have achieved by reaching millions across the country. Pakistan is a very important market for RB with big potential for growth, I will be ensuring that we stay ahead of the game and focus on providing innovative solutions for our consumers to put health in their own hands, in true RB spirit.”

Kashan Hasan brings in over 18 years of leadership and management experience across various industries including consumer goods, consumer durables, consumer health, hygiene, home, food and confectionary. As a Sales and Marketing professional he brings in diverse experience in Sales, Trade Marketing, Key Account Management, and Customer and Consumer Marketing.

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Business Incubation Programme launched for youth of Newly Merged Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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A Business Incubation Programme for the youth of the Newly Merged Districts was launched in Islamabad today. Various Government officials, representatives of USAID, UNDP,The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and young entrepreneurs from the newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attended the ceremony where Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Member National Assembly of Pakistan, Chairperson Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians was the chief guest.

 

Business incubation services will be provided to 180 aspiring entrepreneurs including 54 women from Khyber, North and South Waziristan districts. The programme will provide technical assistance in the form of mentoring, coaching and training. The young entrepreneurs will go through one-month incubation training, followed by a grant provision/distribution after approval of their business ideas.The programme is implemented by TiE Islamabad in partnership with United Nations Development Programme -UNDP under the USAID funded FATA Economic Revitalisation Programme (FERP).

 

Speaking at the ceremony Mr. Wasim Bari, Activity Manager, USAID said, “FERP will provide sustainable income generation and livelihood opportunities to the returnees of the region who were displaced due to the former security situation. All the components of the business incubation programme including business development grants, investment capital, and skills training provided to the potential beneficiaries from the newly merged districts of KP are equally important. To increase the size of the economy, we should always support and invest in such incubation ventures and training programs that unlock the prospects for self-employment and economic growth.”

 

Mr.Mustafa Mehmood, Program Officer UNDPstated, “From working in FATA with the government of Pakistan since 2005, UNDP’s efforts have always successfully supported the sustainable returns and rehabilitation strategy. This incubation programme will help unleash the potential of youth and entrepreneurship opportunities in the newly merged districts of KP. We, along with our partners, believe that the collaboration of both government and private sectors in such ventures will lead to more prosperous and significant prospects.”

 

 

Chief guest of the ceremony, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Member National Assembly of Pakistan, Chairperson CommonwealthWomen Parliamentarians said, “The true essence of economic and social development lies in the empowerment of all communities in a region, in particular those that have been “left behind”- the exact opposite of SDG 2030 agenda which is to “leave no one behind”.”

 

She added, “FERP is one of the thousand footsteps that are headed towards the realization of such development. I believe that the UNDP’s and TiE’s efforts to help empower young and aspiring entrepreneurs in addressing and solving the challenges that have hurdled the economic development in KPK, will nurture a cycle of inclusive economic growth and prosperity, leading to a self-reliant and successful socio-economic paradigm for Pakistan.“

 

“TiE, with its extensive experience of contributing to the entrepreneurial landscape of Pakistan, is very proud to have partnered in enabling the youth of the newly merged districts of KP to form successful business models that will lead to sustainable economic growth in these areas.” Said, Zeeshan Bin Shahid, Executive Director, TiE Islamabad.

 

The Business Incubation Programme is part of the USAID funded FATA Economic Revitalisation Programme, implemented by UNDP, that aims to provide sustainable livelihood and income generating opportunities to returnees, leading to long-term economic growth and contributing to resilience and economic revitalisation of Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

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Ramsha Khan shines bright in Badar Mehmood’s Ishqiya

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After hits like Khudparast, Kaisa Hai Naseeban& Shahrukh Ki Saaliyan in 2019, Ramsha Khan starts 2020 with a bang, playing the leading lady in Ishqiya – the upcoming project of director Badar Mehmood – of Balaa&Cheekh fame.

 

Teasers for the drama came out this weekend, and have since been the talk of the town. Produced by Big Bang Entertainment, of Fahad Mustafa & Dr. Ali Kazmi, Ishqiya has been penned by Mohsin Ali, it also features Feroze Khan, Gohar Rasheed and Hania Amir in pivotal roles along with Khan.

 

“I had started by television career with Feroze (Khan) in Who Ik Pal, so it was great to be coming full circle sharing screen with him again, but this time we stand on opposing ends instead of romancing each other,” stated Ramsha Khan said about the leading man. “But what made this project special for me was getting Badar Mehmood to direct me.” Khan further added.

 

“Ishqiya” is slated to go on air from January 2020 on ARY Digital.

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Taha Hussain releases his second song, BEWAFA

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After the critical success of the release of his debut song Jee Lunga in December 2019, one of Pakistan’s most exciting young musician Taha Hussain has released his second song, ‘BEWAFA’ from the album, Ibtida.

 

The melodious BEWAFA is the first song which Taha wrote, composed and recorded in a studio. “I write a lot about my fears and I have written a lot of words that turned into songs in times I was down, BEWAFA is an interpretation of my feelings at a point in my life.” said Taha Hussain on the release of BEWAFA.

Originally composed and written in Urdu by Taha Hussain, BEWAFA features some of the industry’s leading musicians such as Saad Hayat on keyboard, Ajay Harri on drums, Yasir Ejaz and Mohsin Raza Shah on guitars and Shane Kerr on bass. BEWAFA has been mixed, mastered and produced at Saad Hayat Music in Karachi. The lyrical video for BEWAFA has been edited and produced by Kashif Ahmed Khan with support from Shahrukh Hayat and Talal H Shah.

 

Indeed, born and bred in Dubai, Taha is heavily inspired by his dad, who is also a musician. Growing up around music and guitars, Taha has been an amateur performer since the tender age of 15 and in 2017, he moved to Karachi to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. A fitness trainer and a keen musician whose instrument of choice is an acoustic guitar, Taha Hussain spent over 5 years refining his talent which led him to record his debut album Ibtida.

 

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Yashma Gill Set To Play a Pivotal Role in Bilal Abbas Khan’s Upcoming Drama “Pyar Ke Sadqay”

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The talented actress and YouTube sensation, Yashma Gill is confirmed to play a pivotal role in Bilal Abbas Khan’s next project “Pyar Ke Sadqay” – that is set to go on Hum TV in early 2020.

Produced under the banner of Moomal Productions, the serial is directed by Baaghi famed director Farooq Rind and stars Yumna Zaidi as the lead with Bilal & Yashma along with Umair Rana & Atiqa Odho.

Yashma Gill stars as an innocent girl who will set on a journey of realization, regrets, and self-discovery. As she tries to get out of the shackles of her past mistakes and lapse of judgments, she faces the harsh realities of life.

alking about this new role, the excited star said, “When I first read the script, I instantly knew I wanted to take up this role. The character was surely a challenge because she has a lot of dimensions to her personality. I can’t wait for everyone to watch it!”

Due to her remarkable acting prowess, the young and talented actor has taken over our tv screens in a very short period of time. Having garnered acclaim for her roles in Qurban, Ghar Titli Ka Par, Ki Jaana Main Kaun, Piya Naam Ka Diya, and the currently on air “Alif”, Yashma Gill has proven her versatility.

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The 27th Dolmen Shopping Festival concludes amidst magnificent celebrations

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Dolmen Mall, Pakistan’s favourite chain of shopping malls marked the closing ceremony of Dolmen Shopping Festival (DSF) with a grand event with the gifting ceremony of the 27th shopping festival across its three malls in Clifton, Tariq Road and Hyderi. The festivities came to an end with a glimpse of the celebrations that will continue this year.

Hosted by Anoushay Ashraf, the ceremony was held to conclude the annual DSF celebrations and honour the grand prize winners, the winners of the festival who won gifts and vouchers over the span of 17 days and to celebrate the festivities with all who visited. Gifts and grand shopping sprees included high worth watches, electronics, sound systems and airline tickets among many others.

The grand prize worth Rs. 2 million in shopping sprees was announced consecutively across the three malls at a closing ceremony that attracted mall visitors, influencers, media and patrons.

This winter season, Dolmen Mall stood apart yet again by bringing together a complete family festival with activities and fun engagements for customers through a specially created fairytale theme with games, kingdom under the sea, enchanted forest, instant prizes, drum circle performances, mascot performances, exciting and engaging activities, magic show, circus performance along with enticing Dolmen Draws. Visitors witnessed various weekend attractions, quaid day tributes, mascot parades, mesmerizing performances and acts.

Danish Ali, Anoushay Ashraf, Ali Gul Pir and Mehak Raheel Khan were actively endorsing the DSF festivities on social media, while promoting a pledge to undertake plastic free shopping.

Throughout DSF, brands offered discounts, sales, DSF deals, latest winter collections and wedding bundles.  Much awaited brands like Nando’s, Bonanza Satrangi, launched their stores at Dolmen Mall Clifton.

Director Marketing Dolmen Group, Ms. Anum Nadeem, shared her thoughts on the festival, “At this momentous occasion, we wish all our customers a very happy new year. We are extremely proud and happy to have had such a tremendous turnout at the Dolmen Shopping Festival. We will continue to make this tradition of Dolmen Shopping Festival better every year!’