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Mahira Khan is among those luminous stars, who hold a very loyal fan base that never let them lose from their highest place at galaxy. Despite getting too much criticism before the release of her recent films, Mahira is now winning critical acclaims for her acting and dance skills in Superstar and the short but strong presence in Parey Hut Love. After completing her hectic promotional tour for Superstar around the world, she is back in the town and enjoying the result of her hard work and time she put in those projects. We reached to Mahira during her busy schedule, in which she candidly shared her most tough and pleasant moments about her journey through these projects.    

You star in two super hit films this eid. How do you own them? 

I love and own both. Though, I have a cameo in Parey Hut Love but as it is Asim Raza’s film, its mine as well. Superstar is very close to my heart. I am really attached to the story of superstar.

We are watching you in a bit different role in Superstar? Do you also feel the same?

It is true that this role has something different from what I have done before but seriously, I wanted to do this romantic role very much. The script was with me for so many years and I was eagerly waiting for it to be filmed. I feel that I have lived this role. It is a fact that I tightly get into the shoes of my roles and often take them home with me too, but this one was like my baby that I nurtured with all my love and support.

Bilal Ashraf has worked a lot for this movie like his body transformation and acting training. What did you do something special for this role?

Yes. I did a lot of theatre and worked on voice expressions for this role. Before going to the floor, Bilal and I were put into special setting of theatre to know about the psyche and attitude of a theatre artist, as our characters demand that. Actually, I was preparing myself for this role almost two years before the actual shoot of Superstar. I went to NAPA and spent some time with director Sunil and theatre kids,. That was a really a learning experience for me as I haven’t done theatre in my career.

How was the experience of doing a film with Muhammad Ehteshamuddin after working in a drama ‘Sadqay Tumhare’ five years back?

He is always the same whether it is television or film. I know most people liked my role in Hamsafar and Sheher-e-Zaat but my diehard fans love Shanno of Sadqay Tumhare. And I give its full credit to Ehteshamuddin. Why I admire him most as he always lets me free, whether it is Sadqe or Superstar. He never tied my wings and allows me to fly at my own strength. Here I tell you about the climax scene of Superstar, of which I was very particular, so I asked him to direct me if I was taking it alright, but he was adamant that I had to do it on my own first. So, I went back to the scene and then he came around and said, “Consider it as your last chance and put in all the agony and pain that you can”. That was it. After that I knew clearly what I had to do. He is a true collaborator. I am very grateful that Ehtesham Bhai has directed Superstar.

We have seen your two dance numbers on this eid; More Sayyan and Noori. In which you had to work harder and give more time?

I worked hard for both. Both dances are very different from each other. More Sayyan is pure kathak while Noori is typical thumka style. The only connection between them was their choreographer Nigah Jee, who is a teacher in its true sense. He makes you to work. We had only two days for More Sayyan and I was not feeling well then, but I could make it just because of the determination of Nigah Jee and Asim Raza. I enjoyed both of my dance shoot a lot. It was lot of fun. Actually, I love dancing and pick it very quickly.  

So, after these two films, can we say that Mahira Khan also dance at her best besides acting?

I don’t know. People will tell. Moreover, I will not just dance for the sake of dance. It should be fit into film as well. But honestly, I love dancing. I look forward anxiously when it is a dance shoot planned in a film. I really waited impatiently for Noori and More Sayyan.

How Noor is closed to Mahira?

Honestly, in beginning, I didn’t find any connection with Noor but when Azaan and Bilal said that I was lot like her, then I also realized that yes at some points I was. For instance, I too have a very strong faith like Noor of Superstar. I am also a dreamer like her.

Do you believe that Superstar was written for you?

Of course! I feel once an actor has signed a film and starts shooting, it actually becomes his or her film, whether it was written for any other actor in the first place. Jo actor jo film karta hai wo usi ke liyeh likhi hoti hai.

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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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