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In Conversation with the Heartthrob; Usman Mukhtar.

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We all have been drooling over this IT couple of Altamash and Izzah. Now that Anaa has come to an end, we got a chance to talk to Usman about his character, his upcoming projects, his take on harassment and women empowerment and that’s what we found out.

How is Usman in real life? Is he just like Altamash or totally opposite to him? 

I’m not like Altamash in real life, but I’m not totally opposite to him. Altamash is always dressed up, I’m not. I’m very comfortable wearing my shorts and my T-shirt, I love dressing up casually. Altamash is a big businessman, I’m not. I’m a struggling actor. He’s very serious; I’m not that serious in real life. There are not a lot of similarities between me and Altamash.

According to you, what is wrong with directions and directors these days? 

I feel like directors here don’t direct the actor, that’s one thing that they need to do. They need to work with the actors. Directors here think they can just sit on a chair, speak on the big microphone the word “ACTION!” and everything is going to take care of itself, that’s not how it works. Especially in advertisements, I think the director of photography is considered the director. Having said that, there are also some good directors in Pakistan as well but yes the director is basically the captain of the ship, he needs to be involved in everything from the sound design to costume design to the set design and also he needs to work with the actors and help the actors which unfortunately most directors here don’t do.

Name one movie that you think would have been better had it been directed by you.

I don’t think I would have done a better job at directing it but I would have really liked to direct Laal Kabootar, that’s the kind of genre I would like to direct but again I’m in no way saying that I would have directed it better. Kamal has done an amazing job and I really respect him as a director.

If it wasn’t acting or directing, what would have been your choice? 

Well, my grandfather wanted me to become a lawyer and I wanted to become a cricketer. So either or.

we saw someone calling you “JOEY”, how true is that statement?

Yes, my friends call me JOEY, which is based on Joey Tribbiani from the television series “Friends”, because I have eating habits like Joey. I love food and I don’t share my food, I get really possessive about my food and I get really pissed off if somebody takes food from my plate.

Movies or Dramas, what would you prefer? 

In an ideal world, I would love to do movies but right now the movies that the Pakistani film industry is producing does not have that standard and the audience has not been developed. There’s a lot that needs to happen in the film industry. Stories and script writers are very amateur, and sound is not up to par. So right now, I’d like to do dramas. If a good script comes my way I’d love to do it.

Cheesiest fan moment? 

It’s not a cheesiest moment but a bit scary and creepy. Somebody dropped off a letter at my house and that letter started off with “Usman, I have been stalking you” so I don’t know if it’s cheesiest but I’m sure it’s very creepy.

One male and female actor that you really look forward to work with? 

I think Bilal Abbas and Imran Ashraf are great actors and I would love to work with them because you feed off each other’s energy and if you have a great performer in front of you, you can also give a decent performance so I’d love to work with them. In females, I think Sajal Ali is a great actor and so is Sanam Saeed, they both are amazing actors and I would love to work with either one of them.

 

Any drama from the past that you would have loved working in? 

Yes. Yes. Yes. There are two dramas that I would have loved working in. One of them is Dhoop Kinaray and the other one is Alpha Bravo Charlie.

After researching a lot, we still couldn’t find your relationship status. Would you like to comment on it? 

It’s complicated, that’s all I can say.

Define feminism from your perspective. 

 

From my perspective, I think anything that a man does; a woman should be allowed to do as well and anything that a man is not allowed to do, a woman shouldn’t be allowed to do it either. We need to be equals and we are equals as human beings and I’m a strict believer of equality and that is feminism to me.

What’s your take on sexual harassment in media/entertainment industry. 

 

I think sexual harassment is a very serious issue and I think a lot of women go through that and it is the most horrible thing to go through. But, I also feel that we very blindly believe anybody and everybody and that shouldn’t happen. I think there needs to be a strict check and balance that if somebody is saying something it needs to be credible. I know it’s a little difficult but there are a lot of spiteful people out there and also there are a lot of sleazeballs and creepy people out there who harass women but I do feel there needs to be a strict check and balance.

What’s the reason/idea behind your witty captions? (Even if it doesn’t make sense to you, say something about that) 

I don’t like putting quotes under my pictures, I like to believe I’m a funny person so I tend to write a caption that is funny and bring a smile to my followers, that’s why.

Tell us about your future projects? 

I cannot tell you about my future projects right now but some interesting stuff is coming up so please hold your horses and be patient with me.

One person you secretly stalk on Insta but don’t follow?

If I like somebody I follow them, I don’t stalk people. I mean yes I do, I stalk the people I follow and it’s not stalking you just go through their profile but I don’t really stalk people I don’t follow.

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Ramsha Khan Brilliantly Tackles Hamna’s Situation as ‘Ishqiya’ Comes to a Standtill

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Ishqiya has finally come to a standstill after a long silence on the part of the main lead Hamna, played by Ramsha Khan. Let’s take a quick look back on the story so far.

Hamna’s (Ramsha Khan) marriage to Azeem (Gohar Rasheed) was her father’s choice, but she accepted this new relationship with all her heart. She had left her past behind and moved forward with Azeem, which provoked Hamza (Feroze Khan) to think that Hamna has betrayed him, so to take revenge for this betrayal, he got married to Hamna’s sister, Roomi (Hania Amir). Hamza had been taking advantage of his relationship with Roomi to emotionally blackmail Hamna into meeting him at hotels and calling her at random hours at night, making sure to disrupt her peace at all costs.

Hamna’s has not been an easy character to deal with, though Ramsha Khan’s powerful dialogue delivery and the way she uses her facial expressions to convey her state of mind clearly showed her powerful acting skills. As Hamna finally broke her silence and confessed to her husband Azeem regarding her relationship with Hamza, everyone is on their toes to see what will happen next.

Ramsha’s facial expressions are simply spot on. Whether it’s the scene when she is confessing the truth in front of her husband regarding her past or hears about her father’s death, we can clearly feel the pain she is going through.

She has been the center of everyone’s comments lately and is receiving a lot of appreciation for her role as Hamna. There is a fan base that loves Ramsha Khan’s chemistry with Feroze Khan, and then there is another fan base that is shipping the romantic scenes between Ramsha Khan and Gohar Rasheed. To have such an impact with one single character is not easy, but Ramsha Khan is winning here with her splendid performance.

The drama shows Hamna with a different vibe when she is with Hamza and a different vibe when she is with Azeem. Hamna’s relationship with Feroze khan was fun and innocent while her relationship with Azeem is more serious, trustworthy, and mature. Ramsha Khan deserves a huge appreciation for producing such a remarkable difference in a character through her performance caliber.

In the last few episodes, Hamna has emerged as a very strong person who knows what she wants from life and how she plans to attain it. This comeback in her character was long due and was executed with perfection. Ishqiya fans have since then gone crazy for Hamna as her character has become more influential now.

The emotional mix up between Hamza, Hamna, Roomi, and Azeem is on an explosive stage. One mistake can destroy four lives, and Hamna is trying her best to save them all. Let’s see what will happen next.

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Lock-down is temporary but Father’s day is permanent

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He is the person who started working hard even before your birth to give you a safe space full of warmth and comfort. It is rightfully said that no person in this world would be happy to see you more successful than him except for your father.
A father is the first superhero in a child’s life, the one he\she would always look up to, for love guidance, goals and unlimited demands.

Since most of the major events are being celebrated in a situation of complete lockdown in the country, we have got some sweet and doable ideas to surprise your dads on this Father’s Day.

Throw A Lunch Party


Isn’t it true that most of the dads are foodies and they can never say no to a dish made by their kids? On this special day, make his favorite dishes. Pamper him the whole day and do not forget to prepare something sweet for the evening tea.

Origami Nuts In Collaboration With OvenCraft


Yummy in his tummy!!! Origami Nuts has designed this cute basket of sweet banana crumble bread in collaboration with Oven craft. The appearance is cute and is definitely a perfect pick to show love and dedication on this special day to your fathers.

Kitchen Kahani’s Breakfast

Almost every dad is a nihari lover and especially in this lockdown when we cannot go and dine out, Kitchen Kahani is offering  “Nashta with Abbu”. We are already melting at the name. You can order home-cooked beef Nihari to surprise your Abbus with a scrumptious desi nashta.

Customized Basket By Happy String

If your abba loves to eat junk, this can be an economical and a fancy present for him. Get his favorite chocolates and other edibles packed in a beautifully wrapped basket and brighten up your father’s mood with something sweet and salty.
Father’s Day DIY Cookie Kit


For young fathers, to have an interactive activity with small kids, Delish is offering customized DIY Cookie kits where you can make your own cookies with your kids while sitting at your home. Isn’t it a great yet adorably creative idea?

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“Beyond Wonder Women”- A Facebook Initiative to Promote Body Positivity

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Beyond Wonder Women is the brainchild of Minahil Kashif, a Law graduate from the University of London. She struggled with all the things that a normal Pakistani girl has to go through when it comes to the concept of a “perfect body”. Minahil used body-shaming as fuel and a reason to start Pakistan’s first fitness and motivational group that promotes the idea of women of all ages, race and ethnicity to come together and live a positive and healthy life.
The initiative “Beyond Wonder Women” aims to help our nation unlearn the concept of “perfect body” by promoting self-love, along with encouraging to be healthy and discouraging them to come down to society’s unnecessary expectations.
Beyond Wonder Women strives to provide women a safe space. Their Instagram promotes fitness and health while they work on the community’s mental health and well-being through their Facebook group in order to maintain privacy.
Amongst other wonder women is  Maryam Feroz (@25vectors) who has produced content that has helped them achieve many milestones in a short span of time which include crossing 1000+ members on their Facebook group and getting shoutouts from international trainers such as @chontelduncan and @stephaniesanzo.

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