Cannes 2019 Day 1 Best Dressed
Once a year, the stars of world cinema descend on the South of France to toast artistic achievement and nothing compares to the glamour of Cannes. . Even if your film isn’t competing for the Palme d’Or, the festival offers countless opportunities to shine, thanks to 11 days worth of screenings, premieres, and photo calls where fashion takes center stage. As stars climb the steps of the Palais des Festivals, they do so knowing the world is watching, pulling out all the style moments unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere. Bolder is always better at Cannes!
Here, see the best of the festival’s fashion as it happens
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Tête-à-tête with Nadia Jamil for Damsa
“I think, not investing in your children is not investing in your future” – Nadia Jamil
Through dramas like Udaari, Haiwan and Aisi hai Tanhai, Pakistan has started a tremendous way of educating people about the deep rooted societal issues. Using these dramas as a medium in order to eradicate the social problems and making people aware of the importance of taking stand for such issues, entertainment industry has come a long way in producing exceptionally excellent storylines to promote the sense of right and wrong among the masses.
With yet another wonderful plot, Nadia Jamil is back on TV screen to mesmerise us with her terrific acting skills and to work for the cause that she loves. Her praiseworthy work for humanity is not new to any one of us. She has been into social work since the early age of her life, probably, when she was only 13.
So, we had a chance to ask a few questions about the project “Damsa” that is very close to her heart and this is what she had to say.
1.So, Nadia , considering you have been working as a social activist for such a long time with full passion, did you ask the producer or the writer to create a story around the topic of child trafficking?
No, I didn’t ask the writer or the producer to make a drama on this. But, when it came to me, after reading the first episode, I didn’t need to go beyond because I just knew that I had to say yes.
2. Tell us a little more about the drama other than what you have already tweeted?
I can’t say a lot because obviously I can’t give any spoilers but I think what’s remarkable about this is not only that it is dealing with the whole issue of child protection and child abuse in our society in a really raw and honest way but it is also giving solution showing that how effective it would be if the state, civilians and the media would work together. For me, that is the most important metaphor that comes out of Damsa. This display has changed me as a human being, as a mother and as a woman because Areeja (my character) is such a remarkable woman and I think such characters are not written anymore. I have learnt so much from her resilience. It was a privilege to do the story.
3. Is this going to highlight the real life stories?
Yes, I think you can say this will highlight the real life situations. It can be recognisable when you see the drama, you will realise those issues are already deep rooted somewhere in our society.
4. Is it exposing any influential people? Was it difficult for you or can it be difficult in any way in the future?
It exposes, how, if there is corruption in the state, what the consequences can be for people and for children. No, it was not difficult in any way, I think it was narrated very honestly. “Bohat aam kahani he, afsos ki baat hai keh yeh aam kahani hogai he”. Researching Areeja, learning about her and talking to the mothers who have experienced this, was chilling and unexplainable.
5. Do you really think that entertainment industry is a great medium to tackle sensitive social issues?
Yes, I think entertainment industry is a great medium to tackle these social issues. But, does it do that? No. Are the scripts coming in strong and hard? No. It is just an ugly race of rating. Kudos to Wajahat Rauf, his team and Najaf Bilgrami for breaking the stereotypes. Also, thanks to Asma Nabeel for writing such an incredible story. If there is a good story, good cast and good production, dramas can make a really good impact.
6. What message exactly do you want to convey?
The message that I want to convey and have been trying to convey for last 20 years is the emergency in child protection. According to article 25A of Constitution of Pakistan, every child above the age of 5 needs to be in school. The children have been neglected to the point beyond repair. Sexual abuse is normalised. We have messed up at the very foundation of citizens of Pakistan for tomorrow. I think, not investing in your children is not investing in your future and it shows the lack of our vision and lack of forward thinking.
7. What do you have to say about people not talking about such issues and not taking any stand against such heinous acts?
People who do not take a stand for any heinous act towards a child, is complicit. You are part of the problem and not the solution. Mute people anger me as much as those people who are messing up the society. You don’t even have to do anything about it. At least, say. Talk about it. Have an opinion. Seeing all the ugly acts being done to the children, how can you not express discomfort?
8. Anything else, you want people to know about the drama?
I want every person to know that Damsa is a prime example of how things can work out. It’s scary, it’s brave and it’s frightening. But, more importantly, I feel that people should take the courage to speak up on crimes against children. Stop being useless when it comes to children. You don’t have to be a parent, a journalist or a prominent person to see that there are terrible things happening to children. You just need to have a voice. As Faiz sb said “Bol keh lab aazaad hain tere”.
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