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I Am Here to Act Not To Be A Star: Bilal Ashraf

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Bilal Ashraf is one of a few actors of Pakistan who claimed their fame from films. Unlike his fellow artists, who first established them from television and then came into films when film industry started to revive again after a long hiatus, Ashraf is the only one who enjoys the status of a film star at the moment.

Apart from his acting skills, he also possesses a distinct style whether they are his dimples appears with his full smile or his physique for which he is always very concerned about. Recently he got the Hum Style award for ‘Most Stylish Actor film –Male’ award.

Before coming into acting, Bilal Ashraf worked as visual effects director. He pursued his career in acting with a brief appearance in the 2014 thriller O21. He then starred in the commercially successful romantic drama Janaan (2016), the acclaimed war eulogy Yalghaar (2017) and the blockbuster musical romance Superstar (2019).

This star with pleasant personality and amicable gestures talked to Daily Paperazzi and opened his heart out about many things which are dear to him professionally and personally.  

What do you think you get this style award for; the charming dimples or your proper physique?

I think dimples are natural. My parents should be credited for them more. As far as my physique is concerned, I was a fitness freak from my childhood which I always try to maintain.

Did you have any idea of getting this award?

No. I didn’t have any idea of this. In fact I was curious and doubtful about what if I don’t get the award. I am truly thankful and humbled for all those who voted for me and made it possible. 

What is style for you?

To me style is one’s personal statement. It is whatever one is comfortable with or in. Some people like dressing up a lot while some wants to look very casual to seem natural. I think whatever you have and carry it off makes your complete style statement.

A lot of controversy has been created after the event of Hum Style Awards 2021. What do you say?

I think the social media has created a lot of controversy around the event. Before this people didn’t have any platform to give their opinion (good or bad) on certain things. I believe that everyone keeps a right to comment (like or dislike) on anything but it should always be thoughtful enough that a comment (positive or negative) have an impact on others. Some people are very strong mentally while others we don’t know are going through a lot of problems. They get adverse effects from these comments which can lead to the mental disorders. Everyone has a journey and struggle with them and have a family and loved ones behind. So please next time criticize constructively like on their work and professional being, and do positive comments as well not always negative.

The clothing of female actors and models participated in the show were also criticized negatively. How would you defy it?

They were style awards where everyone had their own style statements. The same people who are criticizing our celebrities’ clothing, when watch a Hollywood or Bollywood stars as same, in a movie or show, appreciate them. They accept their own stars in desi attires but if any of star has worn something with her will and any designer has given his/her style statement, out-rightly reject them. Don’t take anything personally and if someone is wearing something by his/her will, then please have some courage to accept it. We shouldn’t have double standards and need to be a little careful about that.

Your couple with Maya Ali has become very popular among fans though you both have done a very little work together. Is this a teaser for any big thing happening in future?

Oh. The reality is that Maya and I are very good friends. I have a great respect for her. We discuss a lot about work together. It is true that we have done a very little work together like just a music video and fashion shoot but I wish to do a big project with Maya and learn from her. She is a very hardworking individual and a powerful performer. Whatever project she comes in, it shines.

You have come a bit late in films. Why?

I never wanted to be an actor. I have said it before that I have not come in this field to become a typical hero and to compete with others. Actually film making was a dream of my late sister Sadia but film industry was very limited at that time in Pakistan. Unfortunately she lost her life battling with cancer. So I am here to fulfil the dream of my sister; the film making. Whenever I am acting, I feel her around me.

So now you have joined the field of acting; where do you find yourself standing?

I think we have already very fantastic actors as heroes in our industry. If I have been successful to make some name and fame among them, I feel humble. Now, I will constantly remain standing here till the end to accomplish the dream of my sister.

Cinemas are closed because of Covid and film making is also at standard still. So what alternates you find for acting?

I think it’s time to move towards television dramas. Finally! I think I am the only actor in Pakistan who has just worked in films. When I go abroad, people came for selfies not with Bilal Ashraf but Pakistani cinema. That was a great feeling. But I believe that television is a great platform to learn. You continue to learn in acting as it is a very vast field. So I would love to work in dramas and television and improve my skills by learning more about the trait from the bests in the business. So yes television is next.

How is the journey from Janaan to Superstar, after which when you are literally called the super star of Pakistan?

Honestly speaking, I still don’t consider myself a star. I am an actor who is doing his job and stardom is part of that job. I believe one should accept this fame gracefully as it is a whole baggage where positive and negative comments from people come at the same time.

As far as my journey is concerned, I did Janaan as a fun experience. I had never thought it would be a hit.  The second one Rangreza though was a flop but it actually was an eye opener, as you learn more from a failure than success in life. I think a good film is team work which comprised of its producers, director, and actors.  

After Rangreza, I revisited the acting. I went to UK and inducted myself in some acting courses there. I became more careful in choosing scripts then. Finally I was lucky to have found the ideal producer Momina Duraid, best director Muhammad Ehteshamuddin and wonderful co-star Mahira Khan for Superstar. Moreover, Momina Bhabi and Ehtesham Bhai also asked me to have some acting courses in NAPA where I really learned a lot. I was the same Bilal but the difference was that I had a very professional team with me. I actually enjoyed this journey.

You have worked with almost all female film actors of Pakistan. Who you wish to work with in Hollywood or Bollywood?

I really admire Sophia Lauren, though she is much senior and not working in films anymore. I also have a dream to work with Maryl Streep.

What are your plans now exactly?

I think films, television and Web series all are in pipeline. Moreover, I am producing many things as well. I would like to mention here that I have launched a production company/production house ‘Beehive Transmedia’ with my mentor (and captain as I call him) Muhammad Ehteshamuddin, for which I am really thankful to him. We work on commercials and feature films, concepts and scripts. It is a one stop creative shop.

Do you believe in dreams?

One thing I would must mention here that believe in your dreams because if you hold it in your head, you can hold it in your hands. Don’t lose believing in you even if something seems impossible because nothing is impossible. Keep on striving for the best.

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The Launch of Burger Lab’s latest invention – Burger Lab Innovation Kitchen

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Every time we head out of the house for dinner – there is one dreaded question that we ask each other, where are we going to eat today? Well, living in Karachi, we are always overwhelmed by so many options that it is hard to choose where to dine out, so we’re here to give you some suggestions as to where your next dinner or lunch should be. It should definitely be at the new Burger Lab Innovation Kitchen!

All of us have been eating from Burger Lab’s scrumptious burgers for as long as we can remember – so what’s so different in this new innovation kitchen, you might ask? Well, as the name suggests, this new outlet by one of the most famous burger franchises in Pakistan is all about innovation! Located at Khayaban-e-Seher, with a chill, cozy, yet fancy vibe, Burger Lab has introduced an Innovative Menu, and it is oh so good. Believe us when we say, there hasn’t been any place in Pakistan that makes you want to keep going back for that Honey Glazed Burger (our favorite from the menu). The other items in the innovative menu also include Honey Glazed Chicken, The 3 Musketeers (sliders), and Bounty Shake.

 

 

As you can tell, the Burger Lab Innovation Kitchen will be our weekly meal stop for a while. The idea behind the new place by Burger Lab is so amazing, as they will only be offering the products in the innovative menu for a few weeks after which, they will introduce a new set of products – how tempting is that? And oh, don’t worry if you fall in love with an innovative menu item that might be leaving soon, they will be launching the innovative menu items that people love nationwide across 29 other outlets!

 

So, what are you waiting for? Head to the Burger Lab Innovation Kitchen and tell us what you think!

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KASHMIR Are All Ready to Release a New Single ‘Ayi Bahaar’

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One of the greatest discoveries of Pepsi Battle of the Bands has to be the 2017 Winners of the competition KASHMIR, an alternative rock band from Karachi that really came and conquered. The group which consists of 6 members has been making headlines with their music ever since. They finally satisfied their fans with their debut studio album ‘Khwaab’ last year. The album was critically acclaimed and reminded us of all of the reasons as to why we fell in love with this band in the first place.

Well, after much anticipation, it looks like KASHMIR is finally putting out new music once again and we are genuinely thrilled. The band teased the arrival of a new single ‘Ayi Bahaar’ on their Social Media, and fans have been patiently waiting for the single to drop on the first of October.

 

The name of the song is enough to tell us that the song might somehow be related to everyone’s favorite season (Spring aka Bahaar!) and so we have reason to believe this is going to be a fun and funky song. The cover art for the single looks amazing too and we can’t wait till we can listen to the song.

 

KASHMIR has managed to rise to fame in this very competitive music industry with their original sound and beautiful lyrics. Since Pakistan has started to see some growth in the music industry – it is extremely rewarding to see how this new band is taking center stage and bringing us some brilliant music while they do that!

 

 

Watch Taser here:

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Kinza Razzak to Star in Sports Drama ‘22 Qadam directed by Anjum Shehzad’

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The rising young actress Kinza Razzak who has made her mark on the small screen in a short period of time is coming back on our screens in an exciting sports drama ‘22 Qadam’ soon.

Kinza Razzak has proved her mettle with distinct roles in several television serials, telefilms, and advertisements. This time, the young actress will be seen in a completely different avatar in the sports drama. Details for the serial have not yet been revealed, though the drama is on the floor and is expected to release soon.

 

The young actress was last seen on the screens in the hit drama serial Log Kya Kahain Ge alongside Faisal Qureshi and the critically acclaimed web series Ek Jhooti Love Story with Bilal Abbas Khan. She has been gracing our screens in challenging roles since 2017 and has a knack for choosing her projects wisely. This time, the actress is once again ready to star in a project that sounds like a completely unique story.

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