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Film Preview: Betabiyan is a journey back to classical age of Pakistani Cinema



With the so-called revival of Pakistani cinema still going on, Pakistani Cinema’s latest upcoming film in Betabiyan which is due to release this Friday.

Betabiyan, the film is claimed to be “a musical love story that basically targets Pakistani families especially women.

Betabiyan’s writer Wasif Burney claims that this film is a classic romantic film which will take you back to the classic age of Pakistani Cinema when families use to come together and enjoy a romantic saga on a silver screen.

This film is about a couple who, despite trying their hardest, cannot be together and yet they cannot remain separated from each other.

The director and producer of Betabiyan Abdul Majid Khan reveals that “It’s a story of Niggi (Hiba) who loves Hassan (Babar), but before she can express her love for him, it’s too late. Hassan’s life revolves around his much-pampered daughter, Nida (Saima). He faces a huge setback in life when his beloved wife Rida passes away, leaving him shattered.”

For a movie buff like me, I am actually looking forward to watch Saima Baloch on a Silver Screen. Saima Baloch is starring in Betabiyan playing her lead role whereas, she played a second lead in upcoming and much awaited Pakistani film The Legend of Maula Jatt.

About Saima Baloch Ammara Hikmat, the producer of The Legend of Maula Jatt, had told me that she was selected among 80 girls because of her dancing skills.

Saima Balich and Syed Ariz in a scenic shot of Betabiyan


The interesting fact about Betabiyan is that the film has 8 songs, all of which are composed by Ashan Bari Khan, whereas, the lyrics are written by Sabir Zafar and Wasif Burney. Out of those 8 so far 4 videos of these songs have been released on digital platforms including YouTube. These songs include Ho Kay Befikar, Lamhay, Kiyun along with the Title Track. However, I am looking forward to Shafqat Amanat Ali’s vocals in ‘Meri Jaan’ which is yet to be released. Apart from Shafqat Amanat Ali, the other singers include Humaira Channa, Sarah Haider, Nirmal Roy, Javed Basheer and Shiraz Uppal.

Cast of Betabiyan in a fun mood

The title track is a traditional light melodious duet by Shiraz Uppal and Nirmal Roy, also released in video featuring the lead pair Syed Arez and Saima Baloch that tells a little about the theme and story of the film.

Betabiyan’s cast includes Baber Ali, Saima Baloch, Syed Arez, Hiba Ali, and veterans Javed Sheikh, Saba Pervez and Sangeeta among others.

The character roles are full of Pakistani Cinema greats like Javed Shiekh, Sangeeta and Saba Hameed which is certainly the icing on the cake.

Betabiyan is being released in Pakistan on 29th of November by Metro Live Movies, which has previously released films like Pari, Kataksha and Tevar recently.



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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.

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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!

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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:


  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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