Ali Rehman Khan has become an A-list name when it comes to Pakistani television, film and theatre. Born to a Pashtun family in Islamabad, Ali is a post-graduate from University of London. But the passion of acting and performing arts inside him took Ali to the theatre scene from where he got into the field of film and in 2010 appeared in an independent film Slackistan, which was played at a number of festivals around the world. After two years, he did a comedy role in film ‘Goal Chakkar’, and after four years, played the role of Daniyal in a hit Janaan (2016). Ali also started working in dramas in between and got critical acclaim for his work in super hit drama serial ‘Diyare Dil’ (2015).
From last year, Ali has become a regular star of our industry by doing dramas and films simultaneously. His last year’s comedy film ‘Parchi’ and drama serial ‘Mein Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka’ both opposite to Harrem Farooq, were much appreciated. Always in search of new heights, Ali has become the talk of the town for his role of Ammar in drama serial ‘Khaas’. Along with this, Ali is much eager and optimistic about his upcoming feature film, ‘Heer Man Ja’ releasing on eid ul Azha.
Here is the chat with this guy about his present and future ventures.
From the trailer, Heer Maan Ja, give a glimpse of Parchi. So are they bit similar as the cast and director and producer of both are same?
No. Heer Maan Ja is totally different from Parchi. Parchi was a situational comedy while HMJ is a romantic comedy. This is first time that Hareem and I are coming in a romantic setting in a film. HMJ has got a lot of Pakistani masala and a perfect balance dish for audience on eid as it is an all-out family entertainer with romance, comedy, action and drama. I am sure people will come out from theatres with light heart and happy mood after watching it. I think it is a complete piasa wasool film which will get pace by its word of mouth.
You are working with the same team again for special reason?
I think there is no harm in working with a team in which you have developed a good chemistry and understanding. Moreover, I was offered this role just after Parchi. I liked the script and just signed it. As the film took a bit longer to get complete, and unfortunately I could not sign any other project in between because of my schedule (though I was offered many). So, it seems like that we always work together as a team.
So, what is after this film?
Now I have started taking jobs more seriously and efficiently. You can say that 2019 is my rebirth on the industry as this year I am consistently spending my time doing many projects. Current year is the heaviest of all in my entire career. I could not accept more work as I was more out of country. Now, I have settled here as a full time actor, so will be seemed in more projects with different people.
There are two other films coming on eid. So what do you think, will it be a close competition or will they benefit from each other’s footfall?
I think it is a good trend that three films are coming on eid. There was a time when not a single film got released on eid. Public go out to cinema on eid, so there should be more variety for them. Yes, footfall will benefit each film like if people don’t get the ticket of the movie they want to watch, they will go to see another film. So it is true that apart from credible word of mouth, each film will get the benefit of other’s footfall.
What do you think that why the producers wait for eid to release their films, why don’t they go for other days when there is a chance of less competition?
In Pakistan, we have only two proper holidays in a year that is eid. So, I think that eid is the season, when people have more time to go out with friends and family and spend money. Cinema is the one of those places, where they love to visit. So, producers want their product to be known by as many as possible.
How much you have danced in Heer Maan Ja?
I have danced in two songs; Addi Maar and the track. Both dance number have difficult steps but I hope people will like them. I must tell you that the music of the film is a big pull. Our tunes are very catchy and I think like Parchi, HMJ’s songs will also become popular choice on mehndi functions.
In last, it is about your drama Khaas in which you are doing a kind of negative role, a narcissist, which has a very strong impact on audience. Have you ever thought about doing these kinds of roles in films as well as obviously film is much bigger medium than television.
As an actor, I always believe in innovation. I don’t think that I should do typical hero roles in every film. I would love to act difficult roles and character if there is a potential of performance in them. I signed for the role of Ammar in Khaas because it has a great margin of acting in it. Ammar is an anti-hero but this character is very relatable, which we don’t want to talk about. I never want to be stereotyped as a comedy or romantic hero; instead, I love to explore different roles in different genres’ films. I think whenever we start making films on different subjects; actors will also be able to get onto find diversified work. Till then we keep our search on. Let’s see where it takes us.
Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability
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.
Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day
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!
5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq
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:
- 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”!
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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”.
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