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Laal Kabootar for the international feature film



By Aliza Aftab Khan

The Academy Selection Committee of Pakistan has nominated the film, “Laal Kabootar” for the International Feature Film category in the 92nd Academy Awards, being held in 2020.

The Oscar Awards committee will scrutinize the films submitted by all the countries, in December of the ongoing year, and the final nominations will be announced on the 13th January of the following year. The award ceremony will be held on the 9th of February, 2020.

The head of the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee, is Sharmeen Ubaid Chinoy, a Director who has won the Oscar Award twice. Others in the committee include the country’s most illustrious actors, directors, and writers, as well as individuals belonging from various other fields, namely, Zaiba Bakhtiar, Zarar Khoro, Zaib un Nisa Hamid, Sarmad Khoosat, Asim Abbasi, Rizawan Beyg, Jameel Beyg, Sanam Saeed and Hamna Zubair.

For a film to be accepted and shortlisted for the final Oscar nominations, it is essential for the respective film to have been screened in a commercial Cinema of its own country for at least a week, between the 1st of October 2018 till 30th September 2019. Since after eid, no other Pakistani film is being presented before the 30th September deadline, the committee has arrived at this decision, taking place through a secretly held consensus.

Retrospectively, “Laal Kabootar” was released across Cinemas in Pakistan on 22nd March of the present year, and was screened for a total of 11 weeks, consecutively. According to the film’s Producer, Kamil Chima, the film’s budget was 3 crore and its total Box Office revenue amounted to 3.5 crore.

The film was highly praised by the audiences; however, it didn’t turn out to be as successful at the Box Office. It is important to note here that the Oscar Nominations Committee reviews a film based on its technical aspects, and not the Box Office revenue.

The film’s Director, Kamal Khan, expressed his feelings regarding the selection of “Laal Kabootar”, “Humbled by the news! This is an extremely proud moment for the entire team, we are all very excited. Want to thank the Pakistan selection committee and audiences for giving Laal Kabootar so much love.”

The Producers of the film, Kamil Chima and Hania Chima, also evinced the pride and excitement they felt regarding the news.

Isolated from the upscale Karachi life, “Laal Kabootar” is a story, set in the streets of the commoners, its lead characters a cab driver, Ahmed Ali Butt and the widow of an assassinated journalist, Mansha Pasha. Kashif Farooqui and Saleem Mairaj also played significant roles in the film. The film is based on an incident of traget killing, apparently a common street crime.

Ever since the revival of Pakistani Cinema, Pakistan has submitted a film every year for the Academy Award Nominations; however, none of the films have made it to the final nominations yet.

“Laal Kabootar is an authentic representation of the new wave cinema in Pakistan. Karachi’s raw and fierce beauty has never been shown like this on screen before,” said Sarmad Khoosat. The revival of Pakistani Cinema began with the film “Zinda Bhaag” (2013), after which “Dukhtar” (2014), “Moor” (2015), “Maah e Mir” (2016), “Saawan” (2017), and “Cake” in the preceding year, 2018, have been selected for Oscar considerations.

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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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