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Cheekh – Episode 1 Review: What A Beginning Of A Star Studded Drama By Big Bang Entertainment!

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Cheekh has been the most hyped drama of recent times mainly because of the wonderful cast and crew. A drama by Big Bang Entertainment which is  produced by Fahad Mustafa and Dr. Ali Kazmi and directed by Badar Mehmood. The serial is written by the accomplished writer Zanjabeel Asim Shah.

The talk-of-the-town lead of the drama is immensely talented Saba Qamar (as Mannat) and extremely handsome Bilal Abbas Khan (as Wajih); other prominent cast of this star studded drama serial includes the versatile Aijaz Aslam (as Yawar), the stunning Ushna Shah (as Nayab), the handsome Emmad Irfani (as Shayan), the beautiful Azekah Daniel (as Haya), the vetran actor Noor-ul-Hassan (as Ramzan / Nayab’s Father) and Saima Qureshi (as Shamsa/Nayab’s step mother).

The initial scenes of the drama portray three best friends Mannat, Nayab and Haya.  Mannat is an outspoken and strong headed girl and very close to her two best friends Haya and Nayab.

Haya belongs to an affluent family and is the youngest sibling of Yawar, Shayan and Wajih, whereas Mannat is married to her brother. Mannat wants Nayab to get married to Wajih so that she can get rid of her step mother, and also because Wajih seems to like her.

The story starts with Haya’s engagement preparations for which Mannat and Haya bring along Nayab with them everywhere. The three best friends share an emotional bonding with each other. A friend of Wajih comes drunk in the engagement, Wajih asks him to go inside to avoid his interaction with Yawar as Yawar is strict about his family values. While Mannat was  busy talking to someone else, Nayab goes inside the house thinking about the old man’s proposal that her parents are considering for her, and after a while an incident takes place and everyone witnesses Nayab falling on ground from top floor with a soul-stirring scream. Apparently, Cheekh is not going to be a typical love story but rather something out-of-the-box but you have to wait till next episode to watch what would have actually happened to poor Nayab. So how many of you watched the very first episode of Cheekh and how did you like it? Please do share your thoughts!

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13 Reasons to be proud of Pakistan and its people

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On this day in 1940, the Lahore Resolution was passed and then on 23rd March 1956, Pakistan was declared the first Islamic Republic in the world. So this Pakistan Day we rounded up 13 reasons why we are extremely proud of our country and our people

  1. Nine Pakistanis Made It To The Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia List. 

Pakistan often gets the raw end of the deal when it comes to international media coverage, but these men and women made us super proud when they were featured in Forbes Magazine. Among the 9 was also Momina Mustehsan. The others include Muhammad Asad Raza, Abrahim Shaha, Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, Adnan Shaffi, Adeel Shaffi, Sadia Bashir, Hamza Farrukh, Syed Faizan Hussain.

2. The first mechanical heart transplant took place in Karachi

Dr. Pervez Chaudhry led the first successful mechanical heart transplant in Pakistan making it a huge step forward for medicine in the country. Now people won’t have to fly abroad making it accessible to so many people.

3. Billion Tree Tsunami

Our Prime Minister Imran Khan spare-headed the project and we have successfully planted 1 Billion trees in Pakistan, making it a huge step towards saving the environment.

4. Launching of two indigenously manufactured satellites

Two indigenously-built satellites PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A were launched from Jiuquan Satellite Centre in China. They will help Pakistan in mapping the land and making planning concerning natural disasters.

5. The Armed Forces.

Let us take a moment to appreciate our army. Especially since tensions have risen between Pakistan and India, our armed forces have fought valiantly and they are the reason we sleep peacefully in our homes at night. Salute!

6. Send Abhinandan home

The Pakistani people including public figures spoke up for the fair treatment of Indian Air Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman after his capture by the Pakistan army. It was made obvious that we wanted to treat him with dignity and PM Imran Khan took the right decision when he sent him back home.

7. Mahirah Khan was welcomed at the Google and Facebook headquarters.

This superstar went to raise funds for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, as a part of her campaign for the awareness of Breast Cancer in Pakistan.

8. Fakhr-E-Alam’s Tour Around The World In 28 Days.

Fakhr-e-Alam became the first Pakistani to circumnavigate the globe in his solo flight around the world in 28 days. He did this to raise funds for his charity organization I Care Foundation, which also helps other NGOs in the country.

9. Country’s first visually impaired judge 

Yousaf Saleem became the first visually impaired judge in Pakistan on June 26 this 2018. While he was dropped earlier for his disability, he was reconsidered and recommended for the position of the civil judge after intervention by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar.

10. We made it to the Filmfare Awards Middle East

The two superstars of our entertainment industry made us all proud when they represented Pakistan in the Filmfare Middle East awards.

11. We also made it to Hollywood

Laraib Atta, daughter of Attaullah Khan Essa Khelvi, began her career in Hollywood as Pakistan’s youngest and exceptional VFX artist at the age of 19. Her work featured in popular movies such as 10,000 BC, The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince of Persia, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past. She has been a part of commercials and TV series, along with feature films.

12. Cricket is back in Karachi

PSL took place in Karachi over a span of 8 days and the people welcomed it. There was a time that Karachi had become so dangerous that having a cricket team play there could have jeopardized their safety. It is safe to say that the revival of cricket in Karachi has begun.

13. We have the 7th largest collection of scientists in the world.

Nergis Mavalvala, a Pakistani-American astrophysicist from Karachi working at the MIT, the US as Associate Head, Physics proving with fellow scientists in 2016 the existence of gravitational waves for the first time in history. 

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These films will make you regain your faith in Pakistani Cinema – Must watch in March

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Laal Kabootar


Starring in the lead roles Mansha Pasha and Ahmed Ali Akbar, Laal Kabootar is a Kamal Khan directorial venture that has made waves ever since it rolled.

In the movie, actress Mansha Pasha plays the role of Aliya Malik who is a strong-headed to the point of being stubborn. Her world turns upside down, she chooses to put up a fight even though her life is on the line.
The movie isn’t only an impressive visual experience but iyts sound and production design is superb.

Sherdil

There has to be at least one patriotic film in the list of Pakistani movies, 2019. Sherdil is a tribute to Pakistan Air Force (PAF). The focus has shifted from the Army to PAF after Parwaaz Hai Junoon (2018).

Sherdil is written to appeal to a wide audience with a mix of patriotism, action, romance, humour and music. The movie is set during the 1965 war. Sherdil cast includes Mikaal Zulifkar who plays a pilot and Armeena Rana Khan as the female lead. Other actors Sabeeka Imam, Laila Zuberi, Belal Shahid and Hassan Niaz are also part of this film.

Project Ghazi

One film that we are really looking forward to is, Project Ghazi, as it is Pakistan’s first ever superhero film and would prove to be another upcoming big project for Pakistani cinema. 

This star-studded film will be featuring Humayun Saeed, Sheharyar Munawar and Syra Shehroze are in lead roles. It had a premiere two years back but since it wasn’t complete, it’s release was postponed and now it is all set to blow you away.

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Summer hair trends that you NEED to try!

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We rounded up some of our favourite looks for summer 2019! Whether you prefer short or long, we got you covered. Let’s take a look at some of our top fashionistas rocking these trends like a boss.

By Iman Hashmi

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