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Journey From A Cameo To Superstar

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Bilal Ashraf has got his dream place in the industry after the release of his recent flick Superstar opposite to real life super star Mahira Khan. Getting both critical and box office claims, Superstar has become a milestone in Bilal Ashraf’s career and the dimpled boy of Pakistan film Industry is adamant to stay here with more confidence and vigour. And yes, he is in the news for his nerve wracking job on his body to be in the league of six-packed stars of region.

Born in a Karachi, Ashraf received his early education at his base city, and then studied visual effects direction from United States. He claims to have ten years of experience behind the camera.

Bilal Ashraf came into the field of acting by doing a cameo in 2014 thriller O21. In 2016, Ashraf played an angry young man in Janaan, which was appreciated by both critics and the audiences. Next year he appeared in an army office role in a war film Yalghaar, and later as a musician in Rangreza.

Here, Bilal openly shares about his journey to Superstar that how did he worked hard on his new looks and acting skills.

What is Superstar for you?

I have put my heart and soul in this project, which gives me a sense of satisfaction. Working with this team was a total excitement which led to happiness and the desired result. Superstar is the best journey of my career so far and we have shared this wonderful experience with everyone in cinemas on this eid. 

We see you in Superstar as a typical sub-continental hero, who do romance, flirts and dances as well. How did you turn yourself into this role?  

I have worked really hard for this role. I was put into theatre and dance classes for training. After training, we did a lot of rehearsals before getting on to the floor. I actually shut down my personal life for this film and there were so many days when I could not meet my parents because of the constricted schedule of my film. I believe to achieve whatever you want to do in your life, you have to sacrifice something and give its due time to it. 

When you were asked to romance with Mahira Khan in the film, did you get excited or nervous?

At first, I thought how Mahira’s fans would curse me when I romance with her (laughing). Honestly speaking, it was a great excitement that I was going to work with such a big star and it was more relaxing for me when we quickly developed a bond at work.

We see a strong chemistry between you and Mahira on screen. How you build that chemistry?

I think this is something which Monina Duraid had foreseen. Then Ehtishamuddin put me in theatrical environment with Mahira for good 20 to 25 days as he thought it was necessary for our roles in the film. Then there were a lot of rehearsals. That whole process definitely helped us not only in learning things but to develop a trust and comfort level. That comfort level and trust has come out as a strong chemistry on screen. 

How is Mahira Khan as a co-star?

She is perfectionist but a very commendable person at the same time. She used to come before call time and leave in the end. I must say that she is one of my best co-stars. She is literally a very lively person. We sometimes felt down due to the hectic schedule of shoot but she was always there to cheer us up with her energetic attitude like playing music and fun dancing.

You are getting mixed comments on your dance on dharak bharak. But tell us how much you worked hard to put this together?  

We wanted dharak bharak to be viral like this and to get these types of comments on it. This typical chichora song is an inspiration from all the chichora songs that have been made till today. Why we have included this song in Superstar because that was required at a particular situation. It meant to be like this and is perfectly gelled in the film. I am so happy that people are calling it the way it looks like because it serves the purpose.

How the idea to include a shirtless dance in the film came?  

Actually, to include this song in the film was a collective decision of three of us. It was initially my idea but Muhammad Ehteshamuddin and Momina Duraid encouraged me to it like this. If we had recorded this song in normal clothing, believe me that impact would have never been come.

Was that transformation for the film particularly?  

I myself recommended it to make that particular body for that particular song but the belief of my director and producer in me made it possible.

How it took to transform your body into this physique?

It took almost a year because I did it in complete natural way. I didn’t take any injections or protein shake. It was very tough task but I must thank to my trainer Faisal Shafi, without whom it was not possible. He remained with me on shoots even.

How was the process of all this transformation?

I did it specifically for superstar but much else was transformed as well in the whole process. I think my mental approach is changed. Believe me to resist the food you like is not an easy task. It sometimes makes you cranky, but mentally this practice makes you stronger. It is all the game of belief in yourself and in that game; don’t let anyone put you down. Set a goal, and belief in yourself to achieve it. 

What did you eat?

I had to eat clean food. It means lots of vegetables, boiled food and proteins and sometimes a little carbohydrate like roti. There was a complete ban on soft drinks and extra sugar. But yes, there were occasionally some cheat days.

What about workout.

Six days a week. It was twice or sometimes thrice a day. The routine was to run early in the morning, then a heavy weight session and in the evening, the light cross fix session.

After Superstar, would we watch Bilal Ashraf in a new avatar as an actor (in your next film)?

I like challenges. Let’s see what is next. It can be an action comedy film, which is still in pipeline. But before doing anything, I would give some time to myself.

How many your female fans have contacted you for personal numbers after this dashing looks of you in Superstar?

Actually, messages are flooded from both female and male fans. Appreciation is fantastic wherever it comes from.

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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LAHORE, December 8, 2019: TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan. The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

 

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan.

The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

 

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These Four Women are Making some Finger-licking Delicious Desserts

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The trends are changing and we are moving back to our roots, that is, homemade desserts. There was a time when we would dine out to soothe our sweet tooth but now, we simply go to a food forum, type dessert and find the best in town. Although food is never associated with any gender who cooks the best, we found some incredible women bakers that have been in the dessert making for a while now and you have to agree with our choice while the bring something delicious every time they put their oven mitts on. 

Here are the 4 power-packed women that are bringing the best sweets to complement your sham ki chai and coffee.

Devine Appetite

This lady Anam Malik knows how to attract customers with her yummy chocolate bars, appetizing caramel crunch cake, moist chocolate fudge cake and many more. You name it and she will make them for you. It was a treat to try her divine desserts just like the name of her bakery. Not only this, she will treat you with customized chocolates wrapped in your pictures printed on it.

Jaweria Usman

Jaweria Usman’s lotus cheesecakes are pure heaven. We don’t remember any restaurant in Lahore that served as good stuff as she makes. Even after being pogged, you will still not feel enough. Made with love and rich in cheese, she has a solution to your bad mood. Ranging from dipped in chocolate to covered with raspberry buttercream; she has got you covered.

The Meetha Cravings Co.

Bushra knows her way quite well. Her chocolate and the cream-filled jar is a great way to brighten your day. Book her for any event and she will not disappoint you. We ordered her chocolate jar which had a moist cake topped with melted caramel. The texture and taste were totally on point. Do not forget to try her yummy chocolate chip cookies whenever you order her chocolate jar.

Moreish by HT

People meet by fate, we met by Besan ka halwa. We saw this girl making Besan halwa dipped in desi ghee and garnished with cashew nuts and instantly ordered a box. To our surprise, it was the same as our Nanis used to make. It had the same taste and love spewing from each bite. This one is especially for the desi buds. If you are too occupied at your house and want to fulfill your tummy with the conventional meetha i.e kheer, halwa, etc. Henna Tassawur is your go-to person

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