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Always In Search Of Something Different



Mehwish Hayat needs no introduction when it comes to Pakistani entertainment and showbiz industry. She started her career almost 10 years back from television and then there was no stopping. Since then she has done many challenging roles in dramas in films and has earned her name as the most grossing star at the box office of Pakistani Cinema. International entertainment magazine Eastern Eye voted her the 9th sexiest Asian woman in 2009 and wrote about her: “If there was a contest to find the most beautiful woman in Pakistan, this model-turned-actress would be a front-runner. She has announced her arrival with a number of challenging roles, and if she doesn’t become Pakistan’s first international film star, we will eat our hats.”

She had her major role in revival of Pakistani cinema by doing the famous dance number ‘Billi’ in 2014’s hit flick Namaloom Afrad and has now become a full time film star after doing five successful films. Her upcoming venture Chhalawa is releasing on eid-ul-fitr and this beautiful actress is very excited about her role and co-stars in the film. She shared some excitement with Pakistan Today in an interview.  

You did a role of a Punjabi girl in your last film (Load Wedding) and in your upcoming film (Chhalawa) also, you are a Punjabi kuri. How they are different from each other?

The Meerub of Load Wedding had a different story and a different life altogether from the Zoya of Chhalawa. Meerub was a woman who was fighting and struggling with misadventures of her life while Zoya is very bebaak (daring) girl who only listens to her heart. Zoya is very spunky and happy- go-lucky type of girl. I have never done a character like this before. It is a very different take on for the girls who really like to follow their dreams and I am excited that people and my fans will see me in a very different role. So yes, it is different from my previous film.

Are we going to see you in dancing in a full swing in Chirya after Billi?

Chirya is an amazing song, composed by Shiraz Uppal. I really enjoyed dancing on it that has been choreographed by none other than Wahab Shah. I admit that I have got a chance to dance in my full vigour after five years. I actually had a great fun in doing this song. It is also my favourite song from the film. To be honest, I can’t wait for people to watch it on a big screen.

There was Billi then and now it is Chirya. Is there any kind of love for animals or wild life?

Yes. It is a big thing for me as I am an animal lover. I love the names Billi and Chirya. There are many more to come, which I can’t reveal right now. So just wait and watch.

How was the experience of working with Asfar Rehman? Asfar and I know each other for a long time. We are friends for last ten years. We are so close that when we had to do romantic scenes, we used to laugh most of the times. But this long time relationship has helped us a lot in building chemistry on screen and people will also observe it as there is an ease and comfort which really helps on the big screen. I must say here that Azfar has done an exceptional job. He acted danced well. He is looking great. I am sure he is a good addition to the heroes’ lot of Pakistani film industry.


Ramsha Khan Brilliantly Tackles Hamna’s Situation as ‘Ishqiya’ Comes to a Standtill



Ishqiya has finally come to a standstill after a long silence on the part of the main lead Hamna, played by Ramsha Khan. Let’s take a quick look back on the story so far.

Hamna’s (Ramsha Khan) marriage to Azeem (Gohar Rasheed) was her father’s choice, but she accepted this new relationship with all her heart. She had left her past behind and moved forward with Azeem, which provoked Hamza (Feroze Khan) to think that Hamna has betrayed him, so to take revenge for this betrayal, he got married to Hamna’s sister, Roomi (Hania Amir). Hamza had been taking advantage of his relationship with Roomi to emotionally blackmail Hamna into meeting him at hotels and calling her at random hours at night, making sure to disrupt her peace at all costs.

Hamna’s has not been an easy character to deal with, though Ramsha Khan’s powerful dialogue delivery and the way she uses her facial expressions to convey her state of mind clearly showed her powerful acting skills. As Hamna finally broke her silence and confessed to her husband Azeem regarding her relationship with Hamza, everyone is on their toes to see what will happen next.

Ramsha’s facial expressions are simply spot on. Whether it’s the scene when she is confessing the truth in front of her husband regarding her past or hears about her father’s death, we can clearly feel the pain she is going through.

She has been the center of everyone’s comments lately and is receiving a lot of appreciation for her role as Hamna. There is a fan base that loves Ramsha Khan’s chemistry with Feroze Khan, and then there is another fan base that is shipping the romantic scenes between Ramsha Khan and Gohar Rasheed. To have such an impact with one single character is not easy, but Ramsha Khan is winning here with her splendid performance.

The drama shows Hamna with a different vibe when she is with Hamza and a different vibe when she is with Azeem. Hamna’s relationship with Feroze khan was fun and innocent while her relationship with Azeem is more serious, trustworthy, and mature. Ramsha Khan deserves a huge appreciation for producing such a remarkable difference in a character through her performance caliber.

In the last few episodes, Hamna has emerged as a very strong person who knows what she wants from life and how she plans to attain it. This comeback in her character was long due and was executed with perfection. Ishqiya fans have since then gone crazy for Hamna as her character has become more influential now.

The emotional mix up between Hamza, Hamna, Roomi, and Azeem is on an explosive stage. One mistake can destroy four lives, and Hamna is trying her best to save them all. Let’s see what will happen next.

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Lock-down is temporary but Father’s day is permanent



He is the person who started working hard even before your birth to give you a safe space full of warmth and comfort. It is rightfully said that no person in this world would be happy to see you more successful than him except for your father.
A father is the first superhero in a child’s life, the one he\she would always look up to, for love guidance, goals and unlimited demands.

Since most of the major events are being celebrated in a situation of complete lockdown in the country, we have got some sweet and doable ideas to surprise your dads on this Father’s Day.

Throw A Lunch Party

Isn’t it true that most of the dads are foodies and they can never say no to a dish made by their kids? On this special day, make his favorite dishes. Pamper him the whole day and do not forget to prepare something sweet for the evening tea.

Origami Nuts In Collaboration With OvenCraft

Yummy in his tummy!!! Origami Nuts has designed this cute basket of sweet banana crumble bread in collaboration with Oven craft. The appearance is cute and is definitely a perfect pick to show love and dedication on this special day to your fathers.

Kitchen Kahani’s Breakfast

Almost every dad is a nihari lover and especially in this lockdown when we cannot go and dine out, Kitchen Kahani is offering  “Nashta with Abbu”. We are already melting at the name. You can order home-cooked beef Nihari to surprise your Abbus with a scrumptious desi nashta.

Customized Basket By Happy String

If your abba loves to eat junk, this can be an economical and a fancy present for him. Get his favorite chocolates and other edibles packed in a beautifully wrapped basket and brighten up your father’s mood with something sweet and salty.
Father’s Day DIY Cookie Kit

For young fathers, to have an interactive activity with small kids, Delish is offering customized DIY Cookie kits where you can make your own cookies with your kids while sitting at your home. Isn’t it a great yet adorably creative idea?

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“Beyond Wonder Women”- A Facebook Initiative to Promote Body Positivity



Beyond Wonder Women is the brainchild of Minahil Kashif, a Law graduate from the University of London. She struggled with all the things that a normal Pakistani girl has to go through when it comes to the concept of a “perfect body”. Minahil used body-shaming as fuel and a reason to start Pakistan’s first fitness and motivational group that promotes the idea of women of all ages, race and ethnicity to come together and live a positive and healthy life.
The initiative “Beyond Wonder Women” aims to help our nation unlearn the concept of “perfect body” by promoting self-love, along with encouraging to be healthy and discouraging them to come down to society’s unnecessary expectations.
Beyond Wonder Women strives to provide women a safe space. Their Instagram promotes fitness and health while they work on the community’s mental health and well-being through their Facebook group in order to maintain privacy.
Amongst other wonder women is  Maryam Feroz (@25vectors) who has produced content that has helped them achieve many milestones in a short span of time which include crossing 1000+ members on their Facebook group and getting shoutouts from international trainers such as @chontelduncan and @stephaniesanzo.

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