Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


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Issue Date 09 - 15 Sept, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Kids have a new animated movie to look forward to

Zeb opens up on being left out of Coke Studio this season
Zeb Bangash was expected to be part of Coke Studio season 10, and as a music producer no less, yet she has been missing action so far and has, instead been featured on Pepsi Battle of the Bands. In a recent interview, the singer and music composer opened up about the controversy surrounding her switch. “I’m not too sure myself. There was talk of my participation as a composer for the ninth season too, since I’ve been a music director for films in India and Pakistan for a few years now,” she shared and added that she “had a few informal meetings” with the CS team and was told that “they’d love to have me on board”, even though there was no contract signed, “but by January it emerged that it wasn’t going to work out”. The singer, who has given hits on the musical show, like Paimona Bitte, Chup and Rona Chor Diya, went on to say that “what happened this year made me upset” and that “there was an emotional connection that seemed to be severed”.








Ayaz Samoo to pen the sequel of hit sitcom Main Aur Tum
Hira Mani plays a woman suffering from a memory disorder
Hira Mani, Asim Azhar, Hina Altaf, Noor Hassan and Mahmood Aslam have collaborated to bring you a show that revolves around a girl who suffers from a mild mental disorder. "Her disorder is such that she loses her memory all of a sudden and she leaves her house, something she does 2-3 times in the show. She's very intelligent, with a quick wit. Woh pooray ghar ko le kar chalti hai. The house she goes to after leaving her own belongs to a psychiatrist, Dr. Khalid (Noor). Even when she's there, she lives there like she owns it; she's that confident," revealed Hira about her role in Pagli.
Expanding more on the plot, she shared, "Dr. Khalid has a fiancé, Zubi (Hina) – she breaks them [their relationship] apart and gets the doctor to fall for her." And then there's a twist. "Asim will be playing my fiancé, who I end up kicking to the curb and try to pair him up with Zubi instead. So whatever she [Hira's character] wants, she gets. It's a very different project. All the characters are really spontaneous, there's good humour. Rona dhona bhi hai but there's [also] comic relief," she added excitedly.
Saat Din Mohabbat In ropes in one more debutante


 

Jami bags award at Locarno Festival
The filmmaker bagged the Open Doors – TFL (TorinoFilmLab) award at one of the longest-running international film festivals, recently. "Well that's very interesting because I was making the video for someone else," Jami laughed, as he received the award wearing black and white shalwar kameez. "Again, thank you so much, and this is very surprising, because I really wanted to be part of the next session somehow, somewhere with these people, so this is very interesting. Thank you so much."
The Open Doors – TFL is a special award in collaboration with TorinoFilmLab which aims to develop the winner's contacts at an international level and help initiate commercial negotiations on the projects currently being developed. Jami was one of the two Pakistani producers selected to be part of Open Doors Lab, the other one being Mehnaz Alavi Diwan. This award will help Jami seek support for his upcoming projects under the banner of Azad Films – Hit and Run, Jugnu and 92 Cricket World Cup (all slated for a release in 2019).

 

 




Hot Pursuit
MAG’s favourite picks of the week

Gustakh Ishq

Glued to the Screen
Yaqeen Ka Safar is an adaptation of the novel written by Farhat Ishtiaq. The plot revolves around three storylines; one of Zubia, a strong and high-spirited girl whose mother dies at the hands of physical abuse from her own husband, second of Noori, a naive girl living in rural Sindh who is assaulted by an influential man and struggles to get justice. The third story is of Asfandyar, an aspiring doctor whose brother, a lawyer, is killed in pursuit of justice for a young girl. The serial features Sajal Ali, Ahad Raza Mir, Shaz Khan, Suhaee Abro, Farhan Ali Agha and Hira Salman in pivotal roles.


Karachi celebrates International Youth Day


Around Town
Pakistan Excellence Award pays tribute to the people of Pakistan

The organising committee of Pakistan Excellence Award held a ceremony in Karachi to pay tribute to the movers and shakers of Pakistan. People hailing from diverse fields who have done significant work for the country were bestowed the awards.
Addressing the audience, Chairman of Pakistan Excellence Award said, “Some of our friends decided to lay the foundation of Pakistan Excellence Awards through which we would honour people who have done tremendous work for Pakistan. We would like to congratulate all the recipients of the award.” One of the patrons of the awards, Muhammad Iqbal Qureshi, said on the occasion, “We wanted to salute the amazing personalities of Pakistan through these awards so as to encourage them, as well as other citizens to do similar work for our great country.”


Independence Day Celebrations in the air!

Treasure Trove
Model Saheefa Jabbar Khattak’s images from a recent brand shoot became a much discussed thing on the internet. But it was because she received a lot of hate on the pictures for her short, spunky haircut. The online bullies commented on her looks, saying the haircut looks bad, and went as far as to point fingers at
her character and claim she's a bad influence on the society.
Saheefa decided to go live on her Facebook to call out the hate and point out how such bullying reflects more on the haters and less on herself. "Cutting my hair doesn’t make me a bad person, a bad Muslim, or make me unsuitable for marriage," she said. Check out her entire video.


The Right Note

The Right Note
Have you checked out the recently viral video of a young man by the name of Sajid Ali, singing in 50 different voices? If not then you are definitely missing out! Sajid is an amateur mimicry artist who is known for his expert imitation of Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, especially. But in this video you can hear him copy the singing mannerisms and voice of 50 Indian and Pakistani singers.


Where, what, when

Midyear information hour-Canada Session

Midyear information hour-Canada Session
Come along to our midyear information session at Zest Consultancy, 9-C, 24th Commercial Street, Phase 2 Ext. DHA, Karachi on 12th Sept for an opportunity to speak directly with Mr. Anthony Culver to plan your future university and career options in Canada. For queries, feel free to dial: 03007873333 | 02135391985


F&B Expo by Kohala

F&B Expo by Kohala
The food and beverage exhibition will be demonstrating live for the attendees the perfect combo of ingredients and equipments needed for chefs and baristas to make authentic Italian pizza, artisanal gelato and craft coffee on 12-13th Sept at X2 café, 102-C2, Gulberg 3, near Hussain Chowk, Lahore.


3-day tour to Neelum Valley, Kashmir

3-day tour to Neelum Valley, Kashmir
Join Ultra Adventure Club, Islamabad for a 3-day tour to explore the beautiful Neelum Valley in Kashmir, starting 15th Sept. Last date for registration is 12th Sept. For more details, call 03158000506 | 03445279209



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