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Hania Aamir: She came, she saw, she conquered!

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by Kaukab Jahan

Though only a few years old in the Pakistan film industry, Hania Aamir, is a force to reckon with. The young actress started her career as a supporting actress with Janaan in 2016, alongside Armeena Khan, Bilal Ashraf and Ali Rehman Khan and since then has not turned back, getting into more and more powerful roles in dramas and films alike. Aamir is currently basking in the success of her latest film Parwaaz Hai Junoon, in which she played a fighter pilot, and in this short conversation talks about her trade and plans.

How exciting is the success of Parwaaz Hai Junooon?

I am ecstatic and humbled over the love people are giving to us. The film is being appreciated locally as well as internationally and I have met people who have seen the film two or three times. It’s unreal.

PHJ is your first film as lead. How was the experience?

I think all the work I had done in supporting roles in my earlier films worked as fuel for Parwaaz Hai Junoon; I learnt a lot from those films and dramas. The character of Sania is more mature than my previous roles, which were on the childish and bubblier side. People often question why I was going for a non-glamorous and serious role when I was doing so well in funny and lighter roles, but I kept telling them that I couldn’t get real fame unless I do a lead role. I am happy that I had a great margin to perform in PHJ and didn’t have to hide behind Armeena like in Janaan or the three boys of Na Maloom Afraad 2.

You are still very young. In this age most female actors want to do romantic and glamourous roles yet you chose to play the role of a fighter pilot role which is mature and serious. What made you take this decision?

I like doing the characters I can associate with. I always read the script first and if I connect to the character, I go ahead with it. I am not the person who gets pressurised by the big names on the cast or does a project just to get in the limelight with them without liking my character. I will go into depression for months if I do anything without my will and choice.

As far as the glamourous roles are concerned, I believe that we have more serious issues to discuss in our films and dramas but yes being a woman you sometimes just want to put your hair down and look glamorous. I think as an actor, you have to do all types of roles.

How do you think your character in Parwaaz Hai Junoon is connected to masses?

My character in the film is of a normal girl with normal dreams. She doesn’t have a heroic mission. That is why it is resonating with the younger audiences. We all have our dreams at this age and fight to achieve them and the fact is  that this fight is harder for the females in our society.

My character in the film has broken the stereotype that girls can’t opt for certain professions. Sania accepts the challenge to become a fighter pilot and rejects the claim of her fellow who taunts, “Yeh cockroach or chupkaloin se darne wali larkian kia jahaz urain gi?” (How will these girls, scared by cockroaches and lizards, fly a fighter jet?)

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

My inspiration was every woman who is going out and making her place in man’s world. The producer of my film is a woman. So I got my inspiration from all these women who I come across in my life everyday.

Would you do more films or go back to dramas?

I enjoy working in films more. It is good to see yourself on bigger screen but drama is for masses and you get your message through to more diverse audience. That is why I chose to do dramas which are more subject-based.

What are you future plans?

I don’t have any set future plans. I am going to take it as it is. I had never thought that I would become an actor nor I had a childhood wish to be so. Now that I have become one, I would go for good scripts whether it’s a film or drama. I just want to put my maximum efforts into whatever comes next.

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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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