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Nandita Das, Nawazuddin Siddiqui receive awards for ‘Manto’

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Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and filmmaker Nandita Das have been awarded at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

According to Gulf News, Siddiqui was bestowed the award for the Best Performance By An Actor for his film Manto. The actor said he is honoured.

“Honoured to have received Best Performance By An Actor Award by ASPA 2018 for my favourite film Manto. This one is special; winning for the second time. Thank you Asia Pacific Screen Award and thank you Nandita Das for believing in me APSA 2018,” he said.

Das received the FIAPF award for achievement in films in the Asia Pacific region.

“Honoured to get the FIAPF APSA Award for the life and work choices I have made. Feeling encouraged to continue to tell the stories that needed to be told,” Das tweeted.

The filmmaker is known for her acting in the controversial film Fire (1996) and Earth(1998) and later in Between the Lines, about gender inequality in middle class India.

Manto, Das’ second feature film, premiered in UnCertain Regard in Cannes this year and has been picked up by festivals including Sydney, Toronto and Busan.

Manto traces the life of controversial subcontinet writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Siddiqui has brought the character to life. It also stars actress Rasika Dugal.

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Bilal Ashraf named most sexiest Pakistani man

The sizzling topless number dharak bharak in Superstar hands Bilal the title of sexiest Pakistani man of 2019

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The British Asian publication Eastern Eye names Bilal Ashraf sexiest Pakistani man of 2019. Bilal Ashraf is the only Pakistani actor who makes it into the top 10 of this list based on votes from fans around the world, buzz generated on social networking sites, positive impact, and media attention.

Bilal Ashraf worked hard for Superstar

Speaking exclusively to Daily Paperrazzi Bilal Ashraf was overwhlemed. In his choked up voice  he tried to remain humbled, “I am beyond humbled to be featured as part of a list among such legendary gentlemen.”

Bilal Ashraf expressed his surprised and said he wasn’t expecting this at all. “This has come to me as a surprise and such moments make the struggle and commitment we all put into our work all worth the while. This encourages me to try my best to further myself in my field. I’m extremely grateful.” he added.

This rounds off a great year for the actor, which included a lead role opposite great Mahira Khan in blockbuster film Superstar. Ashraf’s films released so far include Operation 021, Janaan, Yalghar, Rangreza and Superstar.

Bilal Ashraf and Mahira Khan the Superstar onscreen couple of Pakistan

British Pakistani showbiz reporter Asjad Nazir, who founded the list and compiles it annually, praised Bilal and described him as the future of Pakistani cinema. “Pakistani cinema is on the rise globally and that is thanks to a new generation of world-class actors like Bilal. He will lead a future generation of cinema stars that will ultimately help empower his country and inspire others living there,” said Asjad Nazir speaking to the local publication.

Tiger Shroff entered the top 10 for the first time and came in fourth. Pop superstar Zayn Malik came in fifth and TV star Harshad Chopda was ranked sixth. The rest of the top 10 for 2019 were actor Mohsin Khan (8), cricketer Virat Kohli (9), and South Indian superstar Prabhas (10).

 

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Rapid Fire Challenge with Azfar Rehman

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We got up close and personal with one of Lahore’s top actors Azfar Rehman to see what tickles his fancy!

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SRK to play Mufasa in Disney’s dubbed Lion King remake

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Indian actor Shahrukh Khan is known as the “King of Bollywood”, but soon the superstar will be playing the king of the jungle, as he has landed the role of a lifetime. He will lend his voice for Disney’s #TheLionKing remake, dubbed in Hindi.

Khan will be playing the role of Mufasa in the film, leaving us with the question: Who will be playing the role of Simba?

Social media users were pleased to know that the iconic father-son duo, would be played by an “equally iconic” real-life father and son duo. Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan’s eldest son, will be filling in Simba’s shoes, or should we say, paws!

The 53-year-old actor shared posters of the movie on Twitter (@iamsrk) and Facebook with a sweet message: “Glad to be a part of this journey… a timeless film. Voicing it in Hindi with my own Simba. The last time we did a film was around 15 years ago and it was ‘Incredible’ and this time around it’s even more fun. Hope everyone enjoys it July 19 onwards. #TheLionKing.”

Aryan Khan has not made his Bollywood debut yet, he has previously voiced the character Dash, in the Hindi version of Disney’s The Incredibles with his father.

On Twitter, Khan’s post was retweeted nearly 4,000 times and had 20,000 likes in just four hours.

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