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Daal Chawal, The Film: By the Police, For The Police

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The recently released film ‘Daal Chaawal’ is based on paying homage to Pakistani police, especially to the Punjab Police and their use of advance technology to detect and identify criminals and terrorists and taking action against them. The film features the details of the Safe City Project introduced in Lahore, under which CCTV cameras are installed across the city so that criminal elements can be investigated and apprehended.

The story of Daal Chawal stems from real events, which tries to convey the message that the police of Pakistan, accused only for corruption and incompetence, play significant role in protecting citizens by risking their own lives. The film also pays tribute to the martyrs of the police department.

The film is directed by Awais Khalid, while its producer, writer, songwriter and music composer is Nasir Khan, who also holds the office of DIG in Lahore. The cast of the film consists mostly of new actors, comprising Ahmed Sufyan and Momina Iqbal in lead characters, while seniors Salman Shahid and Shafqat Cheema are also cast in prominent roles.

Daal Chawal revolves around young Ahmad (Ahmad Sufyan) who comes to Lahore with a Bachelor’s degree from a small town in Punjab to look for a decent job but gets disappointed by the undue nepotism in the city. Later, Ahmed decides to assists his uncle Khalil Khayali (Salman Shahid) in running a roadside stall of Daal Chawal (a common man food in Pkaistan, made out of lentils and rice). Meanwhile, Ahmed meets with his landlord (Momina Iqbal), the daughter of a martyred police officer. She now works in the same department. The film also depicts various characters as the victims of the criminals of the city and their perpetrator (Shafqat Cheema), but everyone is silently submitting to them in order to protect themselves and their families.

The plot of Daal Chawal seems reasonable but the screenplay lacks the finish of a gripping storyline. Throughout the film, the pace is mostly encumbering. The first half of the film seems static as in a typical Pakistani film, while in second half, the story moves a bit further that also includes some action scenes which are filmed quite sensibly. The film also highlights many other social issues like unemployment and exploitation with a tinge of humour and romance, but the suspense is presented in a very awkward way.

Speaking on the technical point of the film, sound effects are good, while fighting sequences are placed in the film justifiably. The camera initially looks shaky but gets stable in the rest of the film.

Despite all its weaknesses, the music of Daal Chaawal is melodious. The film includes a total of four songs sung by Jabir Abbas, Maria Mir and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The title song in the voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan ‘Hum Zinda Hain’ leaves its impact when played during the film and in end credits. .

The lead characters of film Ahmed Sufyan and Momina Iqbal look promising and if get the chance to work on a better script, could be a good addition to the industry. Salman Shahid always gives the character its soul while Shafqat Cheema plays the role of a traditional villain fairly enough.

According to the film’s director, Daal Chaawal is the story of all common people of Pakistan who leave their homes daily in the shadow of fear and uncertainty due to the volatile law and order situation in the country and an attempt to make them believe that their police is doing their best to protect its citizens.  

The purpose of film, in the vision of producer, is to pay tribute to the performances and sacrifices of the police, as well as to raise its status and dignity in the hearts and minds of our new generations.

In the absence of Bollywood films in Pakistan at the moment, our filmmakers need to make films, might be with low budget, but with subjects and stories (both in scripting and direction) strong enough to get the attention of the cine-goers, that they prefer to go to the cinemas for watching Pakistani movies.

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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LAHORE, December 8, 2019: TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan. The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

 

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan.

The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

 

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These Four Women are Making some Finger-licking Delicious Desserts

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The trends are changing and we are moving back to our roots, that is, homemade desserts. There was a time when we would dine out to soothe our sweet tooth but now, we simply go to a food forum, type dessert and find the best in town. Although food is never associated with any gender who cooks the best, we found some incredible women bakers that have been in the dessert making for a while now and you have to agree with our choice while the bring something delicious every time they put their oven mitts on. 

Here are the 4 power-packed women that are bringing the best sweets to complement your sham ki chai and coffee.

Devine Appetite

This lady Anam Malik knows how to attract customers with her yummy chocolate bars, appetizing caramel crunch cake, moist chocolate fudge cake and many more. You name it and she will make them for you. It was a treat to try her divine desserts just like the name of her bakery. Not only this, she will treat you with customized chocolates wrapped in your pictures printed on it.

Jaweria Usman

Jaweria Usman’s lotus cheesecakes are pure heaven. We don’t remember any restaurant in Lahore that served as good stuff as she makes. Even after being pogged, you will still not feel enough. Made with love and rich in cheese, she has a solution to your bad mood. Ranging from dipped in chocolate to covered with raspberry buttercream; she has got you covered.

The Meetha Cravings Co.

Bushra knows her way quite well. Her chocolate and the cream-filled jar is a great way to brighten your day. Book her for any event and she will not disappoint you. We ordered her chocolate jar which had a moist cake topped with melted caramel. The texture and taste were totally on point. Do not forget to try her yummy chocolate chip cookies whenever you order her chocolate jar.

Moreish by HT

People meet by fate, we met by Besan ka halwa. We saw this girl making Besan halwa dipped in desi ghee and garnished with cashew nuts and instantly ordered a box. To our surprise, it was the same as our Nanis used to make. It had the same taste and love spewing from each bite. This one is especially for the desi buds. If you are too occupied at your house and want to fulfill your tummy with the conventional meetha i.e kheer, halwa, etc. Henna Tassawur is your go-to person

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