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Aiza Naeem is the New Favourite Photographer in Town

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If you are getting married anytime soon, you love photography or you are part of the young lot, Aiza Naeem is the name that would sound familiar to you. Aiza is a 25-year-old talented girl, graduated two years ago from the University of South Asia in Mass Communication.

In no time, Aiza has become a favorite of so many. You will always see her covering some popular weddings, models, and shoots. We at Daily Paperazzi had an exclusive conversation with the young photographer and definitely there is a lot to learn from her if you are on your way to choosing a career path. 

What makes you stand out from the rest of the photographers?

Umm, I don’t feel like that. All of my fellow photographers have been doing amazing work. Sometimes I just look at them and tell myself that Oh’ I need to work on myself a lot. I love how this space is filling up with new young talent.

Every other person with a DSLR is a photographer. What are your thoughts on this?

We are in the era of digital media. It’s all about photos now. We take pictures of everything so access to the camera is way easier than before. People love taking photos but it doesn’t mean they want to do it for their whole lives or can handle it professionally. You can only do it if you are extremely passionate about it. It’s just a hobby for many people and that’s okay! I mean people and their likes/dislikes keep changing. I always wanted to be a teacher when I was a child and used to have a whiteboard in my home where I would teach my imaginary students every day.

You are the celebrities’ favorite photographer nowadays. What’s the reason?

Haha No, It’s not like that. I just got to work with a few of them which was a great experience tho.

Now that many weddings have been postponed, and there is a trend of quarantine weddings, how is it affecting your work if at all?

It hasn’t affected my work much because I am mostly doing fashion, and I have always loved to be a part of small intimate weddings. So right now it is exactly how I wanted it to be.

If there is a situation like right now for a year, what will be your everyday routine and how will you keep going with your passion for photography?

Ah, like the Situation right now it’s much better and it’s the new normal now. Even in the lockdown, I used to photograph things and kept planning for post lockdown shoots.

Whose work has influenced you the most?

I can’t name only one person as there’s always something in someone’s work that I see and admire a lot. I believe that Everyone has some unique element in their work that distinguishes them and can’t be ignored. In my opinion, every artist is constantly observing and looking for something new to learn. So all these little inspirations when combined influence one’s work and helped one improve at the same time. So yes, in this way my all senior photographers like Natasha Zubair, Seemab Saqib, Arsalan Manzoor, Naveed Amjad, Maham Iqbal, Stopstyle have influenced me. We have such young talented people here that I feel wrong for not taking the names of all of them. I mean I remember when I was not a photographer and I used to spend 1-2 hours daily on Instagram stalking their profiles and observing how they work.

What is that one thing you learnt over time but you wish you knew it when you started this profession?

I learnt with time that “things you really want will surely happen one day”.

You just have to be very patient and consistent.

 

We have spotted celebrities and bloggers/influencers in your work, are you planning to be affiliated with the media industry in the future?

Ah, Not at the moment but in the future Yes, I surely want to make films. Because I love telling stories so I want myself to be able to express it the way I feel it in my heart which is not possible now as I’m a little introverted But I’m working on it. Maybe one day 🙂

 

One thing that you still haven’t achieved but you aim to do so?

I haven’t achieved anything at all. I’m still struggling with it and it’s still a long long way to go. So yeah! a long ‘to do’ list

What advice would you give to an amateur photographer wanting to change their passion into a full-time profession? Do they need fancy equipment?

I would advise them to be very consistent and keep looking for ways but don’t stop. I started photography with my phone so you can start with whatever you have. It is about developing a habit, understanding the process, and learning how it’s gonna work.

Day Events or Night events?

Day events. I love daylight. It’s so vibrant and colorful.

Tell us the story behind your favorite picture

I think it has to be this photo. I wanted to do this shoot and convinced my friend who’s very camera shy. we went to Anarkali bazaar and he wore this paper mask. So when we started, everyone around us started looking at him and made fun of him which made him very nervous and he felt bad. Before starting this I also wanted to see how people would react to this. Sadly, we are those who are the first ones to point a finger but cant offer a hand. It’s the same for someone who’s going through a hard time and depression. You always feel that everyone’s looking at you, making fun of your situation, questioning your existence and you try to hide from them wearing a different identity, letting nobody see how you feel inside and end up not being cured. It stays with you, keeps haunting you for the rest of your life.

If you had to be a celebrity’s personal photographer, who would you choose?

Haha, Eman suleman, Deepika padukone, Dua Lipa!

Regular weddings or quarantine weddings?

Quarantine weddings; so small so intimate.

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Zubab Rana Steals the show in a fun new short film – ‘Twisted Sapnay’

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When the 16-minute short comedy film Twisted Sapnay was released on digital earlier this week, there had been more than one reason we were looking forward to it. Though, the main reason that took us by surprise was when Zubab Rana (who has been stealing our hearts for quite some time with her gorgeous looks) also stole the entire show!

‘Twisted Sapnay’ as the name suggests, is a short comedy film about dreams within dreams – within dreams. Yep, that’s right. We won’t lie – how we actually ended up watching this film was also because of Zubab Rana – when a hilarious clip of hers started circulating on social media – where she is seen in an entirely new avatar and fluently speaking Punjabi. The whole scene turned into a meme, and it was downright hilarious.

 

Zubab Rana, in the film, plays the role of the housemaid – who walks in on the house owner and his girlfriend (who are clearly having an affair) – and well, that is when her hilarious monologue that has taken over the internet starts. Twisted Sapnay is, without a doubt, another great film that has come out of the digital sphere – with some great actors starring in the film including Faizan Khawaja, Sonia Nazir, and Maryam Fatima. The star of the film though – has to be Zubab Rana, an actress we have seen is on a roll lately. After some killer performances in Fitrat and Bharaas, her singing debut on Kashmir Beats, it looks like Zubab Rana is going to have the best year of her career yet! We look forward to what else the starlet would be doing next.

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Fruit Chaat Reinforces The Notion Of Women Empowerment

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ZEE5 Global, the largest OTT platform for South Asian Content, recently announced the winners of its 2021 Global Content Festival. The contest announced 15 winners and among them a Pakistani short film ‘Fruit Chaat’ secured the third place.

Singapore-based independent filmmaker Shilpa K Shukla has emerged as the Global Content Festival Winner with 3 entries in the Drama films category ([email protected], Tashi and Dots) while Love Beyond Boundaries, a collection of incredible love stories by Filmmakers Ruchi Undevia and Aarti Trikannad (Dubai) got runner up position.

Fruit Chaat t is written and produced by Tanzila Khan, who has also played the lead role of Shabana while Moiz Abbas has directed it. The film highlights the hopes of Shabana, a newly-minted yet disabled graduate girl in Pakistan looking for opportunities, and all the limitations that society imposes on her encapsulated in a funny, heart-warming story.

The Daily Paperazzi reached to this young and talented duo and asked them about their project and winning it contest.

Q Why did you name it Fruit Chaat?

Tanzila- Fruit Chaat happens to be a very cultural thing in Pakistan. It has a typical flavour and colour. That is exactly what the character of Shabana is implying, ‘I am much more than what the world perceives me as. As a disabled person or a woman, I can create something so beautiful like Fruit Chaat and can take care of every relationship.” 

Moiz – Just like a plate of Fruit Chaat, this film has many underlying flavours. When we make this into a series or a sequel, the audience will see the relevance of the name.

Q What was the inspiration behind the character of Shabana?

Tanzila – Shabana represents a very important segment of the society that is women, and a woman born with disabilities. It was very important to highlight what a woman with such disabilities can go through the life in Pakistan and in South Asian countries to be precise. She has the same desires and wishes as any normal girl and her disabilities amplify her experience but do not make her an odd one out.

Moiz – The Inspiration behind the character of Shabana is Tanzila Khan herself because Shabana is Tanzila Khan and Tanzila Khan is Shabana in Fruit Chaat. It’s a story of Tanzila Khan in reality, just like the character she managed to complete her graduation sitting in a wheelchair and was treated the same way as the HR treated Shabana, when she was looking out for a job. Ultimately, Tanzila opened her start-up named Girly Things which is operated throughout the country.

Q Do you think that your short film encompasses the message of women empowerment?

Tanzila –I think the first thing that we need to do, is to humanize women, give them the due credit for the contributions they have made and then the empowerment will sprout out in its own way. A woman has same ambitions, dreams that a man would have, and she should seek the same respect for whatever work she does. It could be housework, or being a great mother at home or a good boss in the office. Just allow women to be themselves and that what I think is empowerment.

Moiz – Yes, definitely. Our movie gives out a very clear message of women empowerment and states that no matter whatever the situation is, you can always conquer, and it has nothing to do with your gender. It is about women empowerment, her education, entrepreneurship and other choices in life. What you see Shabana, a hijabi girl completing her graduation on a wheelchair and also appearing for an interview where the panel tries to dominate and neglect her, simply because of her disabilities and gender but she paves her way to victory in the university and the interview as well. This is where she gets the Idea of entrepreneurship and decides to open her fruit stall where she sells fruit Chaat. It is all about how we want to see our women progress in society.

Q Why did you prefer the genre of comedy and satire for your film?

Tanzila- As a woman with a disability, I have been through a lot of ups and downs but keep myself sane because of my sense of humour with myself. I think comedy is a tool for improvement and getting through the challenges in life. Comedy is my way of life; it is my choice. I like people to understand the humor that I have and also simultaneously understand my experiences through that.

Moiz- Whenever we have talked about disabled people, we have portrayed them in the way that their lives are miserable and they are depressed all the time, which is not right. We have an example of Tanzila Khan, and Ms Mizaari, though are on a wheelchair, they seem happy. However, ups and downs are an inevitable part of everybody’s life regardless of the fact if they are physically disabled or not. We have drawn the character of Shabana from the life of Tanzila, and you will witness how happy and empowered that character is. We wanted to give out the message that Shabana can not only sell fruits but can also make good Fruit Chaat and do several other tasks just like a normal person. She made sure that her disability does not come in between her dreams.

Q How long did it take to shoot your short film and where was it shot?

Tanzila- It took us a day to shoot the entire film. We did the auditions a day before and had some training sessions the same day. The shoot was divided in three locations; one was in office, other was Al-Humara Community Center for Arts in Lahore, and the third location was just a roadside Fruit Chaat stall.

Moiz- Being an independent filmmaker in Pakistan, it was really very difficult. When we approached big production houses for help, they all neglected us by saying there is no point in this script or the film to be made. We had a firm belief in the story since the beginning so decided to make it ourselves. Tanzila started to collect funds for the movie and after a yearlong planning we were in a situation, where we could take it to the floors. We shot this 11 minutes long film in just 15 hours at different locations of Lahore.

Q Tell us about sending and winning this film to the Zee5 Global Content Contest Festival?

Tanzila- Initially, we had shared this film with ZEE5 Global to be aired on 3rd December which is the international day of disabled people. They saw some spark in the film and pushed it into their Global Content Festival which was happening around the same time. We provided them with all the necessary details and were not expecting further contact from them at all, but very soon received words of being shortlisted. The final excitement came when we were told about our inclusion in winner’s list. It became so much valuable for all of a sudden. The entire idea of being an international contest winner, and India recognizing talent from Pakistan was a great feeling. Last but not the least, the disability got the space that it deserved. One billion people in the world are having disabilities and it’s a huge number. So, having that artistic expression, presenting disability and winning, it’s a huge win for all those one billion people. We have also paved the way for independent filmmakers to work on more varied concepts.

Moiz- One of my friends tagged me in a post and on opening I realized it was about ZEE5 Global Content Festival. I then decided to send our film in this without any second thought. I had a belief that we will win as our dedication in the project was at 100%. Winning it was such a nice feeling. I feel that more such Global Content Festivals like the one with ZEE5 should be conducted, as they give a big platform to independent film makers like me to show case their work. I am grateful to the whole team of ZEE5. 

All the winning films are being streamed on ZEE5 and free to watch for viewers across the globe at http://bit.ly/ZEE5GCFWinners.

To watch these films, the ZEE5 app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store. The app is also available on Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. ZEE5 is also available on www.ZEE5.com.

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Yashma Gill’s Latest Shoot Has People Calling her Janhvi Kapoor

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Everyone’s favorite Yashma Gill who has been making headlines since last year for her role as the (not no favorite) Shanzay in Pyar Ke Sadqay, is this time on our radar for a surprisingly different reason. The actress, who recently took social media by storm with her gorgeous shoot for fashion brand Elan – had people comparing her to the Bollywood diva Jahnvi Kapoor. 

 

The model and actress has some beautiful shots up on her Instagram from the shoot – and every picture has us swooning over the gorgeous outfit. But, what has definitely caught everyone’s attention is the uncanny resemblance that the actress seems to hold with her acting counterpart on the other side of the border, the actress and model Jahnvi Kapoor. From makeup guru Babar Zaheer to the multiple fans and followers of Yashma Gill, everyone had only one thing to say – that the actress looks exactly like Jahnvi Kapoor.

 

Yashma Gill, who has currently been garnering fame for her role in the ongoing drama Phaans with the star cast including Zara Noor Abbas, Shehzad Sheikh, and Sami Khan – is once again having quite the year. With her social media filled with collaboration with great brands, and her acting projects getting bigger and better, we say the time isn’t far when Yashma Gill would be as big a name as Jahnvi Kapoor.

What do you think? Check out these latest images from her shoot and let us know if you also think she resembles the Indian actress!

 

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