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CHURAILS: A Breakthrough In Pakistani Entertainment Sphere

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Pakistani film and television production usually work under some codes and revolved around same old issues and subjects again and again. They are reluctant to touch radical and bold topics.

But the recently released web venture Churails by writer and director Asim Abbasi negates all these conventions and though picks the long debated issue of women’s plight and their rights but touches the facets of Pakistani society which the world has not ever seen on screen by the Pakistani makers. The series also highlights the LGBT rights and shows lesbian and gay relationships as sexual identity and projects the issues of transgender in Pakistan, which are not commonly presented before to the rest of the world.

A 10 episode series each 55 minutes long, primarily Urdu/Hindi, Churails is the first original content produced for Zindagi tab at OTT app Zee5.

“Churails is an exciting and thrilling story with a theme which is poignant to rise against time for every man and woman globally. It would be a good watch and an exciting entertainment experience,” says Asim.”

Premiered on August 11, Churails revolved around the stories of four women from different backgrounds but going through the same feeling of pain and humiliation because of oppression inflicted by the men in their lives. They all meet in certain circumstances and form a squad to unveil the masked face of this patriarchal society by keeping themselves behind veils, disguising their office as clothing shop named Halal Designs.

Calling themselves churails, all of them come on this way leaving behind infidel husband, a psychotic uncle, a tyrant father and a forced marriage, where more women joined them in their secret mission.    

As the activities of Churails soared, the witch-hunt stars but crossing all those perils, they kept  going, and while revealing the lies and in search of ultimate truth these women go back to their own houses and to their closest men.

The storyline of Churails is interesting and engaging with all the characters fit into their places, each having its own sphere around.

The leading characters of Sarah, Jugnu, Batool and Zuabiad have been played beautifully by Sarwat Gialni, Yasra Rizvi, Nimra Bucha and Meher Bano respectively.

Sarah (Sarwat Gilani) is a lawyer and ‘perfect wife’, who loves her husband madly but at a certain point because of his infidelity, she feels broken and during the process of recollecting herself she meets these four women, and forms the squad.

“Her love has changed into vengeance and that fire prompted her to fight for every woman who is betrayed by her husbands,” Sarwat elaborates her character in the series.

Jugnu (Yasra Rizvi) is an event planner by profession, joins Sarah (also her best friend) after facing losses in her business, with primary reason to compensate her damages. 

Telling more about her character, the actress said, “Jugnu is a funny, fashionable and a forward looking woman, who are generally categorized in a certain type by our society.”

Batool (Nimra Bucha) on the other hand is a self-determined woman with middle class background, who has become obstinate and ferocious many a time because of the adversities she has went through.

“Batool has had enough to bear from men and a society and now lead her life on her own terms and conditions’ Nimra added. 

Mehar Bano plays Zubaida, a young girl from a poor family, who wants a become boxer but having strict restrictions on her form her parents.

“She wants to become a boxer and assaulted by her father because if her desire. At that point, she leaves home and also became a churailt,” Bano explains candidly.

One has to admit that the role of Sarah is the most arresting role of Gilani’s career till now. The persona and demeanour of the character she carried throughout the series is remarkable. Yasra Rzvi has never been seen like this before on screen. Moulding herself completely into Jugnu with even little details was amazing. Nimra Bucha is no doubt a power house of acing. Having a vast experience of theatre has helped her lot to step into the shoes of a complicated and mysterious Batool is unmatchable. Meher Bano, had a golden chance to hone her skills and learn from those giants of acting and definitely she took all advantage of that opportunity and presented her character with interesting expressions and natural talent.   

Other cast include the veteran Khalid Ahmed, played a psychotic historian, Omair Rana, a sophisticated infidel husband and Adnan Malik; a liberated talent manger proved themselves a strong support to the series. Sania Saeed and Sarmad Khosat though played short roles in two to three episodes but left a very deep impact on the audience by their flawless acting. The ace star of Mahira Khan has also a cameo appearance in the last episode of the series.   

According to Asim Abbasi, Churails has been made to keep in mind the appeal, which is very authentic to Pakistani, Sub continental and global audience of digital app that is why its issues and characters are universal in nature to relate to larger audience.  

My Churail is a woman who is against every kind of oppression and stand up for her own and others rights; who is liberated emotionally, physically and sexually, and accepting g all this qualities and taking it as a stride and wearing it as badge of honour.

Yes, Churail is the project which our director and producers can never think of making it for television but the penetration of web series in Pakistani entertainment industry has made it possible to put these untouched and unseen issues of or society on television screens through digital apps.

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Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability

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An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.

The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.

According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease.  If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.

 

The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.

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Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day

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This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.

 

 

Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.

These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.

 

After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.

Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!

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5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq

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Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.

Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:

 

  1. Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life

 

Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!

 

  1. Don’t wait, just take the first step

 

The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.

 

  1. Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely

 

The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”

 

  1. Respect the competition

 

Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.

 

  1. Change is important

Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.

Follow Muneeb Mushtaq on Instagram @MuneebMushtaq for regular motivational posts.

 

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