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Laal Kabootar: From the streets of Karachi to the cinema screens



Laal Kabootar, an upcoming Pakistani crime-thriller inspired from the streets of electrifying Karachi released its teaser trailer earlier this week, unveiling its cast.

The unveiling, which took place at the FiLUMS Festival held at Al-Hamra Arts Council in Lahore, was a first for Pakistan’s film industry as the sneak peek of the teaser and its cast was done before a captivated audience in a Comic-Con style, exclusive for the festival goers.

The film stars Mansha Pasha, Ahmed Ali Akbar in the lead, along with Ali Kazmi and Saleem Mairaj. As the anticipation for the film’s release builds up, Pakistan Today spoke to the star cast and the off-screen team who are all set to bring their feature film to life.

Mansha while talking about the movie said that “the movie is very different and realistic and straight from the streets of Karachi”.

She further said that as “the city of Karachi hosts all sorts of people and this movie is about all the different people coming together and interacting.”

While talking about her character, Mansha said, “my character Aliyah is a strong-headed, independent protagonist. At the same time, she is going through struggles which have an emotional impact on her and overcoming those is a challenge for her.”

Ahmed, on the other hand, shared: “Laal Kabootar had a very preparation based process and Kamal is a fantastic director.”

He continued, “When your director pushes you, himself and the team to an extent, you start to learn new things about yourself and your limitations. And that is when you know that the movie is directed well.”

Sharing details about his character, Adeel, Ahmed said that he belongs to a humble background from Karachi and during the course of the movie faces certain circumstances due to which he ends up meeting another character and is “forced to take certain decisions which further the focus of the movie.”

Akbar said that his “character is completely different from who I actually am and thus, I had to be someone completely different and I hope the audience like the performance.”

Meanwhile, Ahmed and Mansha while talking about their experience shared that they had a fantastic time shooting for the movie.

“All of us came together for the movie and by the end of it, we left with great memories and friends,” Mansha commented.

Similarly, while talking to Hania and Kamil about producing the movie, they said that “it was a collaborative effort and all of us put in equal efforts in making this a success”.

The director, Kamal, on the other hand, said that “it was an inclusive process, considering that Hania and Kamil did things for me, which I couldn’t and vice versa”.

In addition to that, Kamil said, “As first timers, we faced a plethora of difficulties and challenges, but it was Kamal who made it easy for us. He went all out in making sure all of us were comfortable and had our thinking hats on all the time.”

According to the team behind the camera, they said that “the main challenges were before the camera started rolling,” adding that it was all about getting a good story across to the audience.

Mansha further said that “Laal Kabootar is something like Sacred Games, so if people enjoyed Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s performance in that, there is no reason that they shouldn’t come to watch this movie,” adding that “this is new genre that the Pakistani cinema is set to explore and we hope that it makes an impact”.

Kamal and Kamil while talking about why people should watch the movie said that “if they want to see something new and for a new experience, it’d be nice to see the audience come to support us”.

Whereas, Hania concluded the discussion saying, “People should just come to enjoy the movie, not to support us or anything but just to enjoy it.”

With lots of rom-coms being released as of lately, it is pleasant to observe there are still filmmakers and producers who are willing to go an extra mile and experiment with different genres and give the audiences a new cinematic experience. Laal Kabootar, produced by Nehr Ghar Films and directed by Kamal Khan plans to bring that change in the Pakistani film landscape.

Nehr Ghar is co-founded by Hania and Kamil Chima and Laal Kabootar is their first film. The movie is set to hit cinemas early in 2019.


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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