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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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Zubab Rana- The fashionista with an unmatchable screen presence!

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Enviable fashion sense is something not many actresses in our industry have been blessed with, but one actress who has impressed us with her fashion sense is Zubab Rana. A budding actress and a beautiful model, Zubab Rana manages to light up the frame every time she appears on our screens. From ramps to dramas, there isn’t anything the actress can’t do.

Born on 3 June 1998, the young actress started her career with Naseebo Jali in 2017 and received a nomination for the Best Soap Actress at Hum Awards right with her debut role. This doesn’t only speak of the actress’s mettle as a performer, but it also helped her make her mark on the small screen in a short period of time. She then appeared in Mere Khudaya and Bandish, and again received a nomination for the former as the Best Emerging Talent at the Lux Style Awards.

That isn’t all. We haven’t just seen the actress making her mark on the screens, but she has also stolen the show every time she has appeared on the ramp. She has established herself as a successful model and is renowned for her effervescent charm as an actress and a model, both. Having started her career as a ramp model, there is no denying her talent on the ramp, but what took everyone by surprise was her talent on the screens as well.

After her powerful performance in Rishtay Biktay Hain in 2019, we can currently watch the actress starring in Mehboob Apke Qadmon Mein, a drama that revolves around the power of black magic, Zubab Rana has been weaving magic with her performance in the play. She is featured as Sunaina, a sweet and innocent girl who is in love with someone and wants to stay happily with her love. Zubab Rana’s acting makes you feel for Sunaina and all the problems in her way. In every scene, she stands out with her phenomenal acting, making us root for her.

So far, Zubab Rana has done wonderfully in every drama she appears in. It looks like the actress is on the rise, and we can’t wait to see where she would be heading next!

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Ali Zafar foundation to distribute amongst Christian and Transgender communities

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On a tweet posted by Ali Zafar, he showed the conditions on the ground as he went live on Instagram with his team who was seen distributing Rashan amongst a Christian community.

Many celebrities have raised their voice to raise awareness in the Corona battle, however, Shahid Afridi and Ali Zafar take the lead in going all out in their Rashan Distribution campaign.

Ali Zafar had also posted a video a few days ago of a transgender “Julie” highlighting the plight of their community. “We must make an inclusive society where everyone feels equally empowered and a part of the society, like a petal in a flower. Only then we can get rid of the thorns”. the Singer Actor quoted whose foundation has so far distributed Rashan amongst almost 3500 families so far.

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This Social Networking App is definitely the New Thing in Town

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When boredom hits us hard, we all cuddle up to our social media accounts rooting around for something new and exciting. Right now, when the world has come to a standstill and people are ready to do anything to spice up their lives and when cooking, baking, watching, or reading looks so monotonous, we all are on the hunt for activities that put a little jazz to our dull days.

There are no real-life meetings, a cup of coffee, or a smoke break. All we have is our phone with the same contacts, plenty of work emails to respond, and some messages in the “other” section of our messenger. Some of us are so bored that we have gone through all those messages and some are on the verge of responding to those messages.


But, there is one thing that is keeping us occupied all of a sudden? As controversial as Tinder sounds, the long-lived thunder has been stolen by this new app called Bumble. You can either date or find BFF on the app depending on your preference. The dynamics of this app are slightly different from Tinder as it gives women the first right to make a move. Is this actually a conscious effort to change the patriarchy considering the fact women are entirely in control of choosing whoever they want to talk to and on the other hand, men do not have the option to initiate the conversation at all. This is probably one of the reasons for the app to flourish in a country like Pakistan where there is a pipping hot debate on feminism every now and then.

The main difference between Tinder and Bumble is the reliability of having a verified account. You cannot have an account on bumble without your picture and since the whole idea behind this app is about being kind, if there is slight misconduct from any party, the account gets suspended immediately for good and all. Unlike Tinder, Bumble gives you more details about the person in contact so, the swiping is not just about the looks here.


If we peek into the real world, there are very few opportunities to find friends or even a potential match once you are done with your school or college. Which means, a very little chance of getting your dupatta stuck in the button of his waistcoat. Such an app will put you closer to the network of a person who otherwise does not have the slightest chance of meeting you in real life. If not a match, you may end up finding some incredible friends that many people actually claimed to have found so. Hence, the dating pool is marginally better on this app.

The cons of having this app are “anything can happen”. Stay alert and know your moves. Don’t get caught into the traps of instant meetings or any kind of thugs disguised as a chum. Take time to know the person and learn about the similarities you have with them if any. These are the very basic tips that we need for any online encounter.
Although a lot of success stories have been witnessed through the app from outside Pakistan, the app is still less productive and less popular among the masses. It is either the pressure of being on a dating app or stigma attached to being associated with these apps. However, this pandemic does seem to change the whole narrative of online amity.

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