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Dhaka: Great MusicianRobin Ghosh passed away at Age 76
Robin Ghosh passed away on Saturday in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the age of 76 according to HipinPakistan. Robin Ghosh is one of the biggest names of the music industry, especially that of Pakistan’s film industry to a great deal. Ghosh was famous Pakistani actress Shabnam’s husband, and together they made one of the greatest and most successful couples.

Arshad Sharif said Goodbye to Dunya News, Joined ARY

Host of program Kyun on Dunya Television Arshad Sharif, has said goodbye  to the channel and joined ARY News.
In a status on facebook he announced, has become the third prominent journalist in just over two months to quit after Sami Ibrahim and Zamir Haider.

ArshadSharif was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He began his journalistic career as a freelancer in 1993, while he was still a student. He received his Master of Science in Public Administration from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and he has also Masters degree in Media Studies from UK with a distinction as a Chevening scholar.

Arshad Sharif, is host of programme Kyun and leading Dunya TV’s news team in Islamabad.

arshad-sharifEarlier he has headed AAJ News and Dunya TV as Director News. It was under his command that Dunya TV regained its position as the second most watched channel in Pakistan. Before taking over the ratings of the channel were fluctuating rapidly and the management had decided to remove the incumbent Director News and replace him with Arshad.He has worked as a Bureau Chief of Dawn NewsTV before joining Dunya TV where he also used to host one of the most popular programs in current affairs, Reporter.

His first media job was with a weekly publication, Pulse, where he served as a columnist, reporter and finally as managing editor in 1999.Sharif joined The News in 1999 and Daily Dawn in 2001.

 

 

Operation 021, Zeba Bakhtiar’s spy-action thriller Movie is releasing on 6th October
O21 is a forthcoming Pakistani spy Action thriller film directed by Jami, co-directed by Summer Nicks and produced by Zeba Bakhtiar & her son Azaan Sami Khan. It is Pakistan’s first Spy Action Thriller movie. Wikipedia
Directors: Summer Nicks, Jamshed Mahmood Raza, Jamshed Mahmood
Music composed by: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Cinematography: Mo Azmi
Screenplay: Zeba Bakhtiar, Summer Nicks
Producers: Zeba Bakhtiar, Azaan Sami Khan
operation021Operation 021 is produced by One Motion Pictures, A Company run by Zeba Bakhtiar.
President, Zeba Bakhtiar is one of the biggest stars on the Pakistan film industry, having achieved commercial and critical success in both Lollywood and Bollywood. She is also an extremely popular and accomplished producer and director. Her first role in a feature film was in the cinematic classic Henna in which a camera-shy Zeba played the title character, Zeba attained critical as well as commercial success with her film Sargam (1995), winning the Nigar Award prize for her role. Zeba’s acting career allowed her to work with and learn form some of the best directors and producers in both Lollywood and Bollywood.

Meera signed agreement to host Hum Sab Umeed Say Hain on Geo
Lahore: Lollywood actress and Filmstar Meera is going to host Hum Sab Umeed Say Hain as she has signed an agreement to work in top rated show of Geo TV “Hum Sab Umeed Say Hain” for 1 year. Actress Meera will host the show and present comedy in the same manner like Saba Qamar and Noor Chaudhry who are currently hosting the show. Meera has told that she has accepted the proposal immediately as she was offered for this show.
Hum Sab Umeed Say Hain is a Political Comedy show which features funny segments on current Pakistani political issues.

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 Afia Nathaniel’s Pakistani Film Dukhtar Released

Afia Nathaniel, Director of Dukhtar, fia Nathaniel who focused human rights issue child marriages
Afia Nathaniel, Director of Dukhtar, fia Nathaniel who focused human rights issue child marriages

Dukhtar film is released today in Pakistani n Atrium, Nueplex, Cinepax, Cinegold and other cinemas. The film Dukhtar which has already make success buzzes in the industry based on a story of mother who tries to save her daughter from an arranged marriage to a tribal leader.

Dukhtar has directed and written by Afia Nathaniel who focused human rights issue child marriages. Afia Nathaniel has come up with a sensitive issue as she was motivated by a true story about a mother who fled with her two daughters by leaving her husband from the tribal areas of Pakistan in order to save her daughters from this child marriage issue. Dukhtar is a first road-trip thriller film of Pakistan which is shot in the strange landscapes of the northern areas.

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The cast of Dukhtar includes top-notch actors of Pakistan such as Mohib Mirza, Samina Ahmad, Samiya Mumtaz, Saleha Aref, Ajab Gul, Asif Khan, Adnan Shah Tipu, Abdullah Jaan and Omair Rana.

Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan met Amitabh Bachan on set of KBC Season 8

Actor Sonam Kapoor and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan recently visited the sets of Sony TV’s popular show Kaun Banega Crorepati to promote their upcoming movie ‘Khoobsurat’.

The legendary host Amitabh Bachchan who had earlier worked with Sonam behind the camera when she was the assistant director for his movie ‘Black’, was seen totally awestruck by Sonam’s new and fit avatar.

He appreciated her for the hard work and also shared some fun moments with the audiences about Sonam’s old days. A fun and frolic moment continued as Sonam challenged Fawad by giving him some Mumbaiya tapoori words which he had to translate in Urdu.
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Sharing some photos of Sonam and Fawad, superstar Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “The company of stars on set … the lovely Sonam Kapoor along with the handsome Fawd Khan from Pakistan, who promote their film ‘Khoobsurat’ on KBC ..”.
The actress was looking beautiful in Surendri by Yogesh Chaudhary’s latest Winter Festive collection while Pakistani actor Fawad looked handsome in black suit.
Khoobsurat is the remake of Hrishikesh Mukerjee‘s 1980 hit film of similar name starring Rekha, Ashok Kumar and Rakesh Roshan in key roles. Khoobsurat will see Sonam in the lead role of Mili. She plays a role of a vivacious girl who turns the lives of a royal family upside down. The film, helmed by Shashanka Ghosh, also stars Kirron Kher, Ratna Pathak and Aamir Husain in key roles. The film is releasing on September 19.

Ameesha Patel in Pakistani Commercial of Soya Supreme Cooking Oil

Amisha_PatelMany companies in Pakistan are seeking Bollywood Stars for their Commercials, Thats the reason , Ameesha Patel bollywood actress is going to cast in commercial of Pakistan’s biggest cooking oil Soya Supreme Oil. Ameesha Patel has returned from Bangkok where she did ad shoot last week for the upcoming brand’s promotion as add is directed by film director Soham Shah.

Sources revealed that actress Ameesha Patel was recently seen at the Mumbai International Airport as she has returned from Bangkok after shooting of an ad of Soya Supreme cooking oil. As we have also seen that some of the Pakistani brands named as Lux, Pepsi, Coke, Firdous Lawn, Faraz Manan’s Crescent Lawn and many others have endorsed by Bollywood celebrities as well as Q-Mobile have also endorsed by different Indian celebrities including Kareena Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and currently Arjun Kapoor.

Ameesha Patel is an Indian actress who appears in mainly Bollywood movies and also in Telugu films. Making her acting debut in the blockbuster Kaho Naa Pyar Hai.

Born:         June 9, 1976 (age 38), Mumbai, India
Height:     1.59 m
Siblings:   Ashmit Patel
Parents:   Asha Patel, Amit Patel

 

Living On The Edge Season 4

Living on the Edge is was a Pakistani reality TV show. Sponsored by Mountain Dew, the series was seen Thursdays from 14 January 2010 on ARY Musik. The format of the show is based on MTV Roadies, a popular youth-based reality television show on MTV India. Like Roadies, the contestants of the show are given daring tasks which they have to complete. The show sparked very mixed reactions from viewers and critics alike.

Living on the Edge has successfully completed 3 seasons, and now entered in Season 4

According to News, Waqar Zaka reached Islamabad for his reality show in Azadi March of PTI

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Zaka, host of reality show Living on the Edge, announced on Thursday that he would be hosting his show at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) sit-ins in Islamabad.

Zaka had earlier discontinued the show in support of the protests.

Endorsing the next season of the show, PTI chief Imran Khan appeared in a video with Waqar Zaka and invited “all daring people who have any talent, skill or strength” to be part of the show at the PTI sin-ins.

Zaka also announced launching a ‘PTI Book of Records’, something similar to the Guinness World Records book, adding that the most daring person will also receive an award from the PTI chief himself.

Moeed Pirzada Left Express News, Joins ARY News

moeed-pirzadaJournalist and Anchor Moeed Pirzada has left Express News and joined  ARY News few weeks ago. According to the sources, Moeed Pirzada will host his own show on ARY News. After resignation of Moeed Pirzada from Express News, Rumors were come into view that Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz is forcing media group to remove Moeed Pirzada from discussion panel.

TV Host Moeed Pirzada was hosting programs named as “Siyasat aur Qanoon” and “Face to Face” on Express News. He has worked with several channels like Waqt News, PTV News, Dunya News and Geo Television.

Previously, Moeed Pizada has worked with Waqt News and hosted Tonight With Moeed Pirzada Program,he has also been a Director World Affairs and Content Head of PTV News and hosted the famous talk show Sochta Pakistan,a program that discussed national, regional, strategic, social and educational issues with politicians, analysts and policy makers. He has also worked with Dunya News-TV channel as a Director World Affairs and hosted the current affairs talk show Dunya Today.He also written for Dubai-based regional paper Khaleej Times.His columns have also appeared in major Pakistani papers such as Dawn,The News International, Daily Times,Friday Timesand blogs.
He has attended national and international conferences, seminars and policy workshops and had been a member of the Prime Minister’s Education Task Force,that collaborated with the British Council to produce the Next Generation Report.He has also contributed policy papers to Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and also written several policy pieces for Pique Magazine.
He is also an Executive Director of Governance & Policy Advisors (GAPA),that provides consultancy services to the government institutions, development organizations and corporate bodies on issues related to media, governance, health policy and regional peace

Gender politics of British television: British Women Dominating on TV

Radio Times has claimed that a “revolution” has taken place in the gender politics of British television with “more and more British women dominating the screens and airwaves both on and off screen”.

 

The magazine published a “powerlist” of the 30 most influential females in broadcasting, citing presenters Kirsty Wark and Kirstie Allsopp alongside the BBC controllers Charlotte Moore (BBC1) and Kim Shillinglaw (BBC2).

Contrary to previous reports that television is a medium which discriminates against older women, the powerlist was comprised of women aged between 39 and 79, with the exception of actor Sheridan Smith, 33. Among the septuagenarians on the list were Mary Berry, star of The Great British Bake Off, and the actress Anne Reid, who are both 79.

Radio Times said it had decided to draw up the list after interest in the BBC’s choice of female duo Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman as hosts of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

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Alison Graham, television editor of Radio Times, said that the controversy surrounding this casting – without a male presenter – showed “just how pitifully slowly television has reacted to the seismic changes in wider society”.

“For more years than I care to remember a woman’s place on television has routinely been on a slab, the decorously eviscerated victim of some serial killer or other,” she said. “But luckily a revolution has been rumbling quietly in the background and it’s now reached the foreground as clever, talented and formidable women prove that our gender provides much more than disposable props.”

The list was chosen by a panel headed by Jenni Murray, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Also on the panel was Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta, Emma Freud, a founder of Comic Relief, and the quizmaster Richard Osman, co-presenter of BBC1 show Pointless.

The chief executive of Women in Film & Television, Kate Kinninmont, welcomed the list but said it also suggested a lack of women in the production side of the business.

“These names provide a role model for young women who are thinking of coming into the television business and can see that it’s not just female actors who have the chance of careers but also other people behind the scenes,” she said. “But where we don’t have so many women is in writing, directing and the crew. There are no cinematographers, there are no sound people, no editors and no composers.”

Ms Kinninmont, who is a former BBC producer, said that almost all of the women on the list were well known and she would like to see greater analysis of the production credits.

Daisy Goodwin, founder of Silver River Productions, said: “Because there are so many women working in television we think we have sorted it – but I’m still amazed by how few women there are right at the very top.”

The Government’s naming of Rona Fairhead as the potential first female chair of the BBC Trust was “quite revolutionary”, she said. “That has been a job for the boys so I’m delighted it has gone to a woman.” Ms Fairhead’s nomination came too late for the powerlist.

The list in full

  1. Olivia Colman, actor
  2. Mary Berry, presenter
  3. Clare Balding, presenter
  4. Julie Walters, actor
  5. Victoria Wood, comedian
  6. Dawn French, comedian/actor
  7. Sheridan Smith, actor
  8. Mary Beard, presenter
  9. Sarah Lancashire, actor
  10. Joanna Lumley, actor
  11. Claudia Winkleman, presenter
  12. Sarah Millican, comedian
  13. Kirstie Allsopp, presenter
  14. Miranda Hart, comedian
  15. Anne Reid, actor
  16. Kirsty Wark, presenter
  17. Heidi Thomas, writer
  18. Abi Morgan, writer
  19. Beryl Vertue, producer
  20. Sue Vertue, producer
  21. Jay Hunt, chief creative officer, Channel 4
  22. Sally Wainwright, writer
  23. Nicola Shindler, founder, Red production company
  24. Elisabeth Murdoch, founder, Shine production company
  25. Pippa Harris, co-founder Neal Street Productions
  26. Charlotte Moore, controller, BBC1
  27. Helen Boaden, director, BBC Radio
  28. Anne Mensah, head of drama, Sky
  29. Hilary Bevan Jones, producer
  30. Kim Shillinglaw, controller, BBC2

Story by: The Independent

The truth behind the Pakistani infiltration

By Soumyadipta Banerjee, bollywoodjournalist.com

Suddenly Pakistani actors are turning out to be hot property in Bollywood… and a hot topic at filmi parties as well. Reason: So many A-list Pakistani actors making their debut in Bollywood all of a sudden.
According to the trade, it’s the best phase that Pakistani actors have ever enjoyed in Bollywood.

Imran Abbas Naqvi is making his debut soon opposite Bipasha Basu

Imran Abbas Naqvi is making his debut soon opposite Bipasha Basu

So much so that leading Pakistani newspapers are now publishing  articles, suggesting more names of Pakistani actors who deserve a chance in Bollywood.

Some film experts-cum-journalists-cum-PR professionals are even suggesting that Pakistani actors are replacing prominent Bollywood actors in top-of-the-line Bollywood projects.

In short, Pakistani actors are rocking and rolling in Bollywood more than ever before, and they are here to stay. And if things go this way, they will start replacing accomplished Bollywood actors.
They are good looking, they are sexy, they are experienced and they are adding so much value to Bollywood films.
Really? Let’s find out.
We all know that Bollywood doesn’t do anything without a strong enough reason and more often than not, these reasons are directly proportional to the money they intend to make from their films. Not one actor, PR or director does a favour to anyone unless it spells good business for them.
So, what can be the reason behind this recent fad of hiring Pakistani star actors and offering them ‘pivotal’ roles left, right and centre?
The reality is: Pakistani actors are being hired for only those roles that no established Bollywood actor would ever do and where newcomers cannot fill in.
In short, with Bollywood making more money than ever before, Pakistani actors are filling up a void that Bollywood actors cannot fill themselves.
Let me explain this with two examples.


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Fawad Khan:  He is one of the most popular stars in Lollywood (Pakistanis call their film industry in Lahore, Lollywood).

Fawad gained considerable Indian fans (mostly women) after the hit Pakistani serial Zindagi Gulzar Hai aired in India.

The same serial made him a superstar in Pakistan, a few years back.

Fawad is now making his Bollywood debut in a role opposite Sonam Kapoor where he is playing the scion of a royal family.

If you look at the character sketches, you will understand that the film revolves around Sonam Kapoor who comes to the royal palace and makes a mess of the royal traditions that ruled the life of people in the palace.
Sonam in her own sweet way, charms everybody there — they dance with her, cheer her and ultimately fall in love with her. Sonam, in turn, falls in love with the dashing ‘Rajkumar’ of the palace, played by Fawad Khan.
Who among the Bollywood heroes will do this role? Not any of the Khans, Roshans, Kapoors for sure. Neither will the Bollywood heroes who are placed immediately below the top rung (for example Shahid Kapoor or Saif Ali Khan).
The reason is very simple. It is the hero who is the eye candy here. He is just supporting the main protagonist, played by Sonam Kapoor.
Okay, so will any C-list actor be able to fill up this space? No again, because it’s opposite Sonam Kapoor and you need a well-known actor for the role. The actors in the C-list, won’t do this role for sure because it won’t help their dream to become a Bollywood hero.
What about bringing in a newcomer? Well that is not financially viable. A newcomer would need promotions to such extent that he can match Sonam Kapoor’s stature and justify being her hero. So not happening.
Is there a solution? Yes. The solution is to bring in an actor who has experience, some brand-value and won’t mind supporting the protagonist in the film as well as during promotions.
The best solution, therefore, is hiring a known name from Pakistan.
The best solution is Fawad Khan!


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Humaima Malik: The case of Humaima Malik is not much different from Fawad Khan.

Emraan Hasmi has recently done two films with Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture and Ghanchakkar).

In both the cases, Vidya Balan had a more prominent role than Emraan. In other films, where Emraan was pitched opposite a newcomer, considerable money was spent to launch her and promote her.

This, of course, ate into Hashmi’s promotion budget because. Given the story-lines of these films, the heroine had not much to do in the film and yet they had to be promoted along with film. Lakhs of rupees were spent on these heroines even though she’s just Emraan’s arm candy.
So, what’s the solution? Again, bring in an experienced hand who has some brand value. The heroine’s brand value will help in the film’s promotion while the focus remains firmly on the hero.
Of course, the top glam dolls or actresses in the industry like Katrina Kaif, Deepika or Priyanka won’t take a second look at the role. Neither will any of the younger heroines like Parineeti, Shraddha or Aalia — because all of them do only those roles where they get enough screen space to show their acting skills.
Newcomers aren’t welcome because promoting them would mean allocating a huge budget for it.
So, what’s the solution? Yes! Hire a trained Pakistani gun and fire from all cylinders at promotional gigs.
Now apply the same logic to all the films that have hired Pakistani actors opposite the male or female leads.
There, you get the whole picture.
The established Pakistani actors are filing up a void in Bollywood which no established Indian actor would aspire for.
At best, they are blocking the prospects of newcomers who could have gotten a chance to star for a big banner.
By hiring Pakistani actors, Bollywood is saving money. Pakistani actors have reduced the promotional budgets of a film which would have shot up, had a newcomer been hired for those roles.
All this just makes better business sense.
It’s the bitter truth, dear Pakistani readers, but it had to be told.

But on behalf of Bollywood, let me take this opportunity and say, ‘thank you’.

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Uth Pack TVC – Behind The Scenes
A new mobile connection in the market which does not only offer best telecom rates but also gives great discounts on youth products. This way Uth Pack saves your pocket money and makes your lifestyle better. The Uth Pack SIM can be obtained from Ufone service center and franchise. With this SIM you can save hundreds of rupees every month.

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Attendees of the exclusive screening give a rousing standing ovation to the documentary subjects and producers of I Heart Karachi

I Heart Karachi, A Project by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, after having announced the  upcoming release of Pakistan’s first HD Urdu language animated feature film titled ‘3 Bahadur’. This time around the Karachi based production house SOC Films has launched a series of short documentaries titled ‘I Heart Karachi’, which chronicles the individuals who put their lives at risk in the line of duty for others.

The ‘I Heart Karachi’ documentary series consists of 5 short films highlighting the struggles of Karachiites who risk their lives every day to make the city a better place to live. The unique series celebrates the efforts of these individuals who work in some of the most violence-prone areas of Karachi yet actively respond to violent extremism through positive action. These individuals include Dr. Seemin Jamali, head of emergency at JPMC; Zafar Ahmed, firefighter; Shahid Anjum, crime reporter for Abb Takk News; Naseem Muneer (late), polio worker; and Abid Farooq, bomb disposal squad in-charge of the West zone.

Attendees of the exclusive screening give a rousing standing ovation to the documentary subjects and producers of I Heart Karachi
Attendees of the exclusive screening give a rousing standing ovation to the documentary subjects and producers of I Heart Karachi

Speaking about the new series, Film and TV Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy said, “’I Heart Karachi’ has been a very special project for me. Karachi is my hometown and I have witnessed firsthand the increase in violence over the years. But this is a city that defies all odds and the collective resilience of its people is further highlighted through the extraordinary efforts of these five individuals who put their lives on the line everyday as they step out of the comfort of their homes into a world of chaos.”

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Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

“It’s amazing how much these unsung heroes have sacrificed for us and how little we know about them. It is important for us to celebrate their efforts because they are the people who make Karachi livable.” said Asad Faruqi, Director of Photography for I Heart Karachi.

“They say the pace of Karachi is faster than the rest of Pakistan. We talk fast, we walk fast, and we get things done fast. We get angry quickly, but we also forgive and move on easily. While a part of us takes pride in being this way, we sometimes need to pause. We need to pause and acknowledge the efforts of the people who always manage to maintain relative peace in the chaos of Karachi. I Heart Karachi is our way of saying “thank you” to all such people.” said Haya Fatima Iqbal, the producer for I Heart Karachi.

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Sami Ibrahim, host of program Top Story on Dunya News has resigned

ISLAMABAD: Sami Ibrahim, host of program Top Story on Dunya News Television has resigned.
He told Journalism Pakistan online magazine that it was time to move on. “I submitted my resignation on July 12 giving a 30-day notice which has now expired.”

Sami joined Dunya in 2011 after a long stint in the US with Geo Television. Asked where he was headed next, Sami said he had job offers from two channels that he requested not be named.

A senior journalist, Sami has worked for several newspapers and appeared as an analyst in numerous television talk shows.

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He joined Dunya as the head of political and international affairs. He also co-hosted the morning show Khabar Yay Hai for almost one year and then anchored Top Story for more than a year.

In place of Top Story a new program named Follow-up will be hosted by Dunya newscaster Rehman Azhar.