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In conversation with Armeena Rana Khan



I am coming back with a strong and an impressive script: Armeena Rana Khan

Armeena Rana Khan needs no introduction when it comes to Pakistani and British entertainment industry. A Pakistani-Canadian by birth Armeena was raised in Manchester UK and from there she earned a master’s degree in Business Administration.

Khan started her acting career in 2013 with the British short film Writhe, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. She rose to prominence with the role of an antagonist in the romantic television series Muhabbat Ab Nahi Hugi (2014), garnering her Best Villain nomination at Hum Awards. Armeena debuted in Pakistani cinema with ‘Bin Roye’ in 2015. Since then, though she has appeared in only four Pakistani movies; all of them are among highest-grossing Pakistani films all time. While Janaan (2016) awarded Armeena critical acclaim and international recognition, her recent flick Sherdil is also doing well at box office, in which she is playing a fighter pilot’s love interest. We got a chance to talk this talented and beautiful lady about her recent success and future plans in showbiz. Here we go…

We will see you on big screen in Pakistan (after Yalghaar) almost after 2 years. Why this gap?
Well, straight after Yalghaar, I signed Sherdil. It took a while for it to make it to the cinema screens. I took a break from television because I wanted to sign the right script and my personal life needed some attention. It was all planned and I am making a come back with a kick ass script, which is based on female protagonists, twists and turns.

We have seen some posters of Sherdil in which you are donning fighter pilot uniform but in movie, you are in that role Was that a promotional tactic?
To be honest, I was a little confused myself when we were told we would be photo shooting in uniforms as my character was definitely not that of a fighter pilot. This was the producers call and to create a ‘buzz’ for the movie in its initial stages. I went along with it because it was my dream once to be in a uniform flying these beasts. I guess, I lived it my dream in PART even if it was for a day.

We missed you in promotions of the film. Is there any big (or good) reason that you have distanced yourself from the project at that stage?
No comment on this at this stage. I will address this at a later stage though I maybe joining the international promotions of the film if it gets an international release especially in the U.K, U.S.A and Canada. We are optimistic that on this.

What are your expectations from the film and your role in it?
I have no expectations from the film or my role. I worked hard on it (to the best of my ability) and I now leave it up to Allah. I have stopped associating feelings with projects because why worry over something that you have no control over? Having said that, I wish the entire team of Sherdil well and hope that it further propels all that are involved. It is up to the audience and whatever the verdict, I will accept it and work with it.

How choosy you are while accepting role for a film?
EXTREMELY choosy. Infact, I have rejected over 5 films in the last two years. I was attracted to Sherdil because of the PAF and the prospect of being in a film involving lots of fighter jets and action. However, I did sign the film on just a presentation, I do not know why I did that as normally I am very diligent when it comes to my research around a prospective project.

What are your future plans in Pakistan? Are your fans going to see you on big screen in full length lead roles like Bin Roye and Janaan?
I have a leading role in Sherdil but I have not seen the film so I have no idea what it looks like post edit. However, out of all my films, ‘Janaan’ is one film that is super close to my heart, I hope I can bring more roles like that to the big screen. I am best when I am carrying the weight of the film on my shoulders. In terms of television, I am coming back with a drama series ‘Jaan e Man’ (working title) the filming for that starts soon. The script is awesome that is one thing that I can absolutely guarantee for this particular project.

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MTV Movie and TV Awards 2019 – The winners



The MTV Movie & TV Awards celebrated the best on-screen work of the past year this past Monday night. Netflix had a whopping 14 nominations for its TV shows and films, including the award winning “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” – Noah Centineo & Lana Condor for “Best Kiss”

“It was a who’s who of Hollywood celebrities – stars like Daniel Levy, Dave Bautista, David Spade, Elisabeth Moss, Jameela Jamil, Kumail Nanjiani, Melissa McCarthy, and Tiffany Haddish were all there.

“Shazam” star Zachary Levi hosted the show. “The Rock” was awarded the Generation Award, and Jada Pinkett Smith was honored with the Trailblazer Award.

  1. Best Movie – “Avengers: Endgame”

2. Best TV Show – “Game of Thrones”

3. Best performance in a movie – Lady Gaga (Ally) – “A Star is Born”

4. Best performance in a show – Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne/Offred) – “The Handmaid’s Tale”

5. Best Hero – Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) – “Avengers: Endgame”

6. Best Villain – Josh Brolin (Thanos) – “Avengers: Endgame”

7. Best Kiss – Noah Centineo & Lana Condor (Peter Kavinsky & Lara Jean) – “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

8. Reality Royalty – “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”

9. Best Performance – Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky) – “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

10. Best Fight – “Captain Marvel” – Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva

11. Best real life Hero – Ruth Bader Ginsburg – “RBG” 

12. Most frightened performance – Sandra Bullock (Malorie) – “Bird Box”

13. Best Documentary – “Surviving R. Kelly” 

14. Best Host – Nick Cannon – “Wild ‘n Out”

15. Best Meme-able moment – “The Bachelor” – Colton Underwood jumps the fence 

16. Best Musical – A Star is Born – “Shallow”

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NOS4A2 – Bringing the Nosferatu back



Vampires have long been depicted in media, from Max Shrek as Count Orlok in “Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens” to Luke Evans as Dracula in “Dracula Untold

Over the years it can be seen that vampires are no longer feared as the creatures of the night by moviegoers or people in general, the image associated with them via adaptations such as “Twilight” and “The Vampire Diaries” have made the vampire more of a creature that is to be envied and coveted after rather than dreaded. However NOS4A2 seeks to change that, this show takes us back to the old days when vampires were old, destitute and creepy, without touching much of their supernatural aspects and the show goes about their story in a different way; while we’re accustomed to view vampires as blood sucking creatures, NOS4A2 gives them a welcomed change.

Featuring the talented Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx; a hundred year old vampire that feeds on the souls of children, and collects them at a place he calls Christmasland. He cruises around in his Rolls Royce Wraith on the hunt for pre-adolescents, on the opposite side of the spectrum is Victoria McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) a working class aspiring art student who has the supernatural ability to find lost things, in a strange twist of fate Victoria’s path crosses with Manx’s and she becomes determined to put a stop to his reign of terror. The plot of this show is gripping, it keeps you on the edge of your seats, and concludes on a cliffhanger that’ll leave you wanting more.

So if you’re looking for a show that’s bloodcurdling, interesting, ominous and engaging, NOS4A2 is perfect for you; a wholesome plot complemented by an excellent cast, what more could one wish for.

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Music, Dance and Mehwish are Chhalawa only saving grace



Rating: 2.5/5

Chhalawa is a story of a very traditional family. Chaudhary Rafaqat (Mehmood Aslam) has two daughters and a son. The elder one is Zoya (Mehwish Hayat) who went to city for higher studies and now wants to marry the love of her life Sameer (Azfar Rehman) whom she met during her studies. His second daughter Haya (Zara Noor Abbas) is a fired up girl, who usually lives in her own fantasy world of films, desperate to fall in love and loves to dance in her room on Lollywood songs. His son Haroon (Ashir Wajahat) is another character, blunt slightly manner less but loves his sisters.

From here, the age-old story begins that Chaudhary wants his daughter Zoya to marry his nephew, as it is a tradition to marry girls in the family, Zoya resists and conflict begins.

The first half of the movie is still bearable where at least some kind of story is developing, after interval; it nosedives and leaves the audience wondering what is happening. For example, first song makes sense but second was there because someone wants it to be. No effort was made to put some sense in it.

The story is simple, it is told several hundred times before, both in Bollywood and in Pakistani Cinema, and then extra level of creativity is required to make it interesting. Unfortunately, that is the biggest issue with Chhalawa. Scenes lasting for several minutes, borderline jokes and most of all, Zoya’s letters to her mother were a big question mark.

With a star like Mehwish Hayat, if the movie is still not able to pull the audience in, then to an extent it is a crime.

Wajahat Rauf’s Chhalawa is particularly disappointing for many, because people considered it a third time charm. Surprisingly, all the actors in the film performed very well despite having a weak script and practically limited room to perform.

The biggest surprise is by far the Zara Noor Abbas who played Haya, Mehwish’s younger sister. Zara turns out to be someone who handles her comic timings well, she is sharp and witty, and yet cute enough to keep the audience engaged. She danced quite well in couples of scenes. Ashir Wajahat also performed better than expected, although his character did not have much to do except for a scene or two.

Although, Azfar Rehman looks good on screen, however I am unable to understand his character, at one time he wants to commit suicide, then he plans to win Zoya’s father heart, then he just runs away when she asked him and without making a scene leaves her when she asked him to do so.

Mehmood Aslam in his role is picture perfect until the climax where he insisted on carrying out his daughter’s Nikah after he was shot.

Mehwish Hayat as usual shines bright even in this very limited role. She did well when she was playing a lover, arguing with her father, running away from home and coming back and again succumbing to her father pressure, but her biggest wins are two songs i.e. ‘Chhalawa’ and ‘Chiriya’ where she danced her heart out. Wahab Shah’s Choreography was engaging and full of fun, that is the only positive that you can come out with in the entire saga of over 2 hours.

Only thing that can save this film is music; Shiraz Uppal did very well giving not one but two already hit songs to Pakistani Cinema.

This is the weakest ever Mehwish Hayatfilm by any standard, with films like Na Maloom Afraad, Actor in Law, Punjab Nahi Jaungi the superstar stumbles at the last ball of the over.

You can opt to watch Chhalawa if you like song and dance numbers and that too from Mehwish Hayat and if you are ready to leave your brain outside the cinema hall.

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