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I WISH ACTORS FROM INDIA AND PAKISTAN WORK TOGETHER

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PinkyMemsaab is one of the critically acclaimed films of 2018. It claims to be an original story with a multi-national cast in it. One of its main casts was Sunny Hinduja, who played the character of Mukesh the driver. We interacted with talented and enthusiastic Sunny in a very candid conversation, in which he opened up about his personal and professional life. Born in Madhya Pradesh, India, Sunny had decided to become an actor, when he was in class 7th. He kept along with his dream besides being good in studies and athletics.He started modelling when studying engineeringin Dubai. Keen to get a formal training in acting Sunny went back to India and took admission in FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) in Pune that is supposed to be the top institute in terms of film in India. During his studies there, in 2011, he got his first break in SubashGai’s film, The Cycle Kick, in which he was one of the leads. Finally, he came to Bombay and did many good plays with Gulzar Sahib’s writings. To date, he has worked in almost 7 Bollywood films, several web shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime and a few telefilms with Yash Raj. His film Ballad of Rustom was shortlisted as a possible Best Picture for the 2014 Academy Awards.

How you were approached for PinkyMemsaab?

I had already done a little part of filmOwner with FahadShaikh, the co-producer of PinkyMemsaab. It was a knock and we were in touch since then, so when this film happened, he approached me and connected me with Shazia Khan, the director of PinkyMemsaab. She liked my work but she had objections on my appearance as she was concerned that how a driver could look so stylish. Then they changed my look and I put on beard and moustaches to look like a Punjabi driver. It worked and eventually I came on board.

What enticed you to accept the offer of PinkyMemsaab?

One of the reasons I said yes to do this film because it was an original and relatable story. The idea was not inspired or copy from any other film. Another reason of doing this film was the people with whom I had to work with. A good story doesn’t come out on screen properly when you are not in good terms t with the people on the set. Shahrukh Khan has once said that before listening to the story I listened to the heartbeat of the people, who have come to me with the story.  I feel the same. 

How was the experience with a Pakistani team?

The whole journey of doing this film was really very smooth and cordial. It was my first full length film with a Pakistani production team. I was so excited because I know that Pakistan is so famous in terms of art and music. I was eager to collaborate and learn from them and the outcome was much better than my expectations. 

Who was the most difficult and most cooperative co-star in PinkyMemsaab?

We all were at ease with each other. But I was most comfortable with HajraYameen from the beginning as we did many workshops together before the film. That bond made us to support and complement each other during the shoot. There was so much of innocence and eagerness in Hajra that also reflected in her work.

You have worked with big names in India, so did you find any difference when working with a fresh Pakistani team?

I didn’t find any big difference.  The reason was Shazia Khan, who also wrote the story of the film and was very clear in her mind about what she needed. She knew there were many others for the technical work. She was too much into the story that it took over everything and during the shoot, I didn’t feel that they were first timer. It was like a regular seasoned people doing a film.

We missed you in Pakistan during promotions of the film. Why didn’t you make it to here?

I really wanted to come. You should also ask this question from producers of the film. I think even they didn’t know that the film would be released too early. I too became busy to complete my web series in India and could not leave that in middle. So, because of everything happened so sudden I didn’t left with much time for visa. Moreover, the team was already very busy in many things so I didn’t want to put more pressure on them by insisting on to arrange my trip.

Would you like to work in Pakistan?

I would love to. Believe me I would be approached just as an actor irrespective where do I belong to. Our actors like Neseeruddin Shah and Om Puri have worked in Pakistani films. They are an inspiration. I always go for quality work anywhere in the world. And Pakistan is just like India to us. 

Many Indian actors are coming for work In Pakistan but unfortunately, actors from Pakistan cannot work in India. So being a community are you doing any effort at your level to lift this ban? Many people are raising their voices against this ban. I think it is just a small section of society who propagates this negativity and that section seems very powerful and influences the decisions of others. Our big production houses were very willing to cast Pakistani actors I like Fawad Khan. He was supposed to do many films but unfortunately it could not happen for those reasons. But I hope one day travelling between India and Pakistan would be like travelling from Lahore and Karachi or from Delhi to Bombay. We can hope for the best.

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In Conversation with SOCH the band

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SOCH the band, comprises of two immensely talented musicians, Adnan Dhool and Rabi Ahmed. The duo offers a unique, fresh and soulful approach to their earthy music.

Adnan Dhool at the helm, with his gritty vocals, complemented by Rabi Ahmed’s guitar rhythms. With their thought provoking lyrics, Soch takes us on a journey, hitting on to the harsh realities to the raw emotions of life. Within months of the songs release, Soch’s first ever single “Bandeya” – it received major mainstream radio airplay of which the World-wide release was done in collaboration with Indya Record and was first exclusively aired on 9x Network in INDIA and bagged #2 on ARY Musik and Oxygene and remained in the charts for over 8 weeks.

So we decided to dig deeper and ask the talent behind the band a few questions about how they got together, where they see themselves going in the future and also their experience singing for Bollywood.

1.Tell us a little about how this band was created? 

This band was created by me (Adnan Dhool) back in 2005 when I wasn’t even sure about it . A few years later in 2007, my partner Rabi Ahmed joined in and since then it’s been going wild and strong 

2. The song Avari in Ek Villain was sung by you guys, how was your experience singing for Bollywood?

 It was definitely a great experience working across the border with some of the well known names. Not only did it bring pride to us but an award too.
Being nominated for IIFA in itself is a huge privilege.

3. How did that make you feel? 

A privilege if course, see it’s the biggest award show in Asia and the world knows about it, fans all across wait for it so it was a major break and an honor for us as well.


4. How many times have you been featured in Nescafe basement? 

Twice, season 1 and season 5, and it has been a splendid experience. We feel so much pride to be part of the Pakistani Music scene especially when we are on the brink of a musical revolution.

5. What was the story behind your sensational hit Bol Hu? 

There’s isn’t any story but the thought is to connect with your Rab while going through the toughest phases of your life when you aren’t sure about things and experience a constant defeat, then you need to create your own world and see what that brings to you.

6.If you could jam with one musician, dead or alive, who would it be? 

The one and only Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab

7. Any advice for the rising stars of Pakistan?

Just stick with your own original sound instead of copying others. Originality and candid, raw emotions will be your road to success.

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#BossLady: SHE MAKES IT HAPPEN!

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CO-FOUNDER OF SOUCHAJ, A PASSIONATE DESIGNER, DOTING MOTHER AND DEDICATED WIFE, MEHR KHAN IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF TODAY’S MODERN AND ALL-ROUNDER WOMAN.

Did you stumble upon your career or was it something that you always wanted?

I used to work in the fashion industry for different high street brands. My husband, Shoaib Khan and my brother-in-law, Junaid Malik, encouraged me to let go of the employee tag and become my own boss. I have always dreamt big and that is how SOUCHAJ was created.

What was your “aha!” moment?

When I finally left my job and decided to work under my own banner.

Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life?

My greatest inspiration has been my better half- Shoaib Khan. He’s been the most supportive person whilst going forward with the venture. He has pushed me to keep going when I thought I had already reached my limits and has constantly helped and supported me throughout this journey. SOUCHAJ wouldn’t be what it is today, without the support and motivation of myhusband as well as Mehak (my sister) and her husband, Junaid Malik.

When was the time you felt completely discouraged and how did you push through it?

I have never felt discouraged but sometimes you do feel low. Nonetheless, we all have moments of inspiration and ways to fuel our creative vibes.

What was the best advice that your mentor gave you?

Don’t listen to what others have to say.

What are the top 3 things you cherish in your life?

1- My parents for being the constant support

2- My son, the shining light of my life

3. Last but not the least, I greatly cherish seeing SOUCHAJ grow every day.

What is the #1 thing that is yet to be ticked off your bucket list?

Scuba diving is definitely on the list!

What does nobody tell you about being the boss?

The biggest misconception everyone has about being your own boss is that you can take as many days off as you want. It’s actually quite the contrary, you can’t take any time off or your brand will suffer! We ourselves are responsible for any success or setback that the brand faces,

*Name one boss lady that you admire and how she still inspires you? *

There are many wonderful women who fall into that category but Victoria Beckham definitely has to be right there. She was named Female Entrepreneur of the Year at this year’s Glamour. There is this thing she said that speaks volumes of her humility, “Many women look up to me as an achiever, but I’m someone who is still learning something new each and every minute.” This really teaches us how to deal with the rapidly rising success of SOUCHAJ, and how to keep pushing forward without getting too ahead of ourselves.

Describe a day in your life

Well it’s usually the same activities everyday. Wake up early in the morning to send my son to school. Take some time out for myself to get ready for work. Reach SOUCHAJ studio with an everlasting sense of passion, enthusiasm, and a new set of goals and aspirations each day. Mehak and I try to achieve the very best we can, for ourselves and for the business, each and every single day. This includes putting in the hard yards with co-workers, maintaining a certain standard of work and assuring quality, giving some helpful suggestions to our precious clients, and what not. The day must end with spending some quality time with the family.

Complete this sentence: To me, a #BossLady is…”

Someone who is bold, beautiful, and stays true to what she truly believes in and aspires to be..

What did you learn from your biggest failure?

Thankfully, I haven’t ever faced a “failure” as such. setbacks, sure, but nothing too serious. However, every minor setback just serves as a reality check for us and urges us to improve and get better than before.

Which world leader would you most like to have dinner with?

The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. I really admire him for how understanding and inclusive he is towards all kinds of people, irrespective of their cast, colour, creed or religion. He is the kind of leader every nation needs in this modern world.

What advice would you give to young girls out there who have dreams and goals like yours?

Keep striving. Follow your dreams. Enhance your passions. Dream big and work hard. There’s no substitute for hard work and effort. Just keep striving and don’t look back, you’ll reach there eventually.

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Ramsha Khan Steals the show in Kaisa Hai Naseeban

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Ramsha Khan has recently become one of the most seen faces on the television screens and it is mainly because she plays different roles effortlessly and with true commitment. One such spectacular performance delivery can be seen in her current drama serial Kaisa Hai Naseeban that airs on ARY Digital.

The drama is centered around a very common yet very ignored social issue of domestic violence and abuse that young girls face at the hands of their in laws.

Ramsha Khan plays the role of domestic violence victim in the drama and definitely nails it.

She plays the character of Mariam, a young girl who is raised with love in her family and suffers mental, physical and emotional abuse after she gets married.

Her role in the drama is extremely difficult but being known for her effortless performance, Ramsha Khan simply nails her performance and that leads us all to completely feel her character. Her acting skills and the way she displays her pain, her tears and her agony leaves a dramatic effect on the audience leading the drama to a greater success.

She speaks about why Kaisa Hai Naseeban is a project she personally felt compelled to do.

Talking about Kaisa Hai Naseeban, Ramsha Khan said that the first time she read the script of the drama, she instantly felt connected to the character and there was no second thought in accepting the role.
There were two main reasons she chose to do the role of Mariam.
First, she wanted to spread the message of women empowerment through her role. Ramsha Khan’s character as Mariam does begin with suffering in silence but when she loses her child because of domestic abuse, it makes her realize that suffering in silence is not the answer and that she must fight back for her rights and her dignity.

That’s when we see Ramsha Khan turn from a brutally suffered victim to a strong woman who is now ready to fight, to speak and to seek justice. And that is the message she wants to spread through her role.

Another reason of choosing the role was the challenge it brought.

The character of Mariam in Kaisa Hai Naseeban is very challenging to begin with. There is a character development within the drama as it proceeds and Ramsha Khan has to first portray a young girl in suffering and later as a strong-willed girl who wants to fight back.

The challenge in the role has definitely brought out the best of Ramsha Khan as she does an outstanding job in carrying both the characters. Her journey within the drama shows epic acting skills and a powerful display of role portrayal which makes watching the drama all the more worthwhile.

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