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Journey From A Cameo To Superstar



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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Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability



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



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



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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