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Raqs-e-Bismil: Shot In Following Strict SOPs



After a long lockdown due to CoVid 19 pandemic, entertainment industry resumed its operation in the last quarter of the year and completed their shootings in fast mode as the second wave of corona was expected at the end of the year.

Daily Paperazzi went to the sets of one the most anticipated drama serial Raqs-e-Bismil, which has announced its presence from its first episode aired last week that it would going to be the talk of the town every week with each new episode.  The serial seems a promising entertainment opportunity for viewers which offers a scintillating background score, impeccable direction, brilliant acting and storyline which seems to be a perfect blend of thrill, romance and drama, ticked all the boxes of a mega serial.

Written by Hashim Nadeem, Raqs-e-Bismil marks the television return of ace director Wajahat Rauf and features the versatile Imran Ashraf in yet another distinct avatar opposite the talented Sarah Khan. Produced jointly by Shazia Wajahat and MD Productions, Raqs-e-Bismil is an unconventional take on love and passion.

On the sets, besides shooting late nights in order to complete the last spell as soon as possible, everyone from the producer to director and other crews was concerned about the SOPs to work in CoVid 19.

Talking to Daily Paerazzi, the producer of the project Shazia Wajahat said she started the shoot in the beginning of August when the numbers of CoVid cases were shrinking in Pakistan but at the same time, was very much aware of the fact that lingering the threat of pandemic so they had to follow SOPs to carry on with their work.

“Sometimes crew complaint me for suffocation in masks on sets especially in the heat of lights but I asked them to keep them on if they want to carry on their work otherwise in the appearance of any symptom, they will have to quarantine at home.

Shazia added that she was taking care to keep many washrooms working as much as she could.

Do you think that these restriction on washing hands, sanitize everything and keeping distance is a hindrance in your , Shazia replied I think by following these SOPs, we are accustomed to some good habits and are more careful about our hygiene at least.

During the whole shoot, Shazia keeps a vigilant eye on any suspected on the set, “Luckily, we did not find any case on our set but whenever I heard someone coughing or sneezing or having a fever I sent him or her home and ask them to come after completing their quarantine.”

“There is a daily spray of sanitizers and bleach on sets. After every hour, I make sure that they have sprayed washrooms with sanitizers properly specially taps and handles.”

As far as the scenes are concerned, do they keep any desired distance among actors, she said surprisingly their most of the actors have had corona so for a time being they are corona free. “Yes, I   ask other crew around actors but not on the scene to wear mask properly.”

The most senior actor in their cast is Mahmood Aslam and he has come out of corona as well.

Has this pandemic put any delay on the shoot or making the spell longer because of keeping some restricted timings.

“We are already doing it on very slow pace and shot only five to six scenes maximum daily. We already starts our shoot very late after bakra eid in first week of August and now it is about to en so we took almost four months to complete the serial which I think is not a hectic plan.”

Director of the play Wajahat Rauf said that they started their shoot when corona cases were at their minimal counts daily but they follow strict protocol like washing hands, wearing masks and sanitization.

“We were clear in our minds that if government decides to lock down everything again, we would follow the protocols strictly, even pack up our shoot.”

Did he feel any hassle in washing hands, use sanitizer, wear masks and avoiding our common custom to hug and shake hands while working as a director.

“I think now we are used to of it. It is a good practice and it should be followed in future as well.”

Whether in scenes, has he ever tried to maintain any distance between actors, to which Wajahat said that there is generally a distance among actors in scenes our dramas but if there is a scene where writer has written it like that needs characters to get closer, then we take this calculated risk.

If someone get suspected and go into quarantine, would they go for an alternate “Luckily this has not has happened but it is so we might delay our shoot with that cast and n meantime would do some other work in advance.

Imran Ashraf the lead actor of the serial said that yes actor is at maximum risk but we take it if we want to work

“I keep with a bottle of sanitizer which I spray on me and on others as well.

During   scenes was he ever concerned about keeping distance with co-stars, to which Imran replied Pakistani dramas don’t have intimate shots, so he was comfortable with his colleagues while shooting.   

Imran admitted that he knew that everyone who was coming out to work on this pandemic period as taking a risk but how long one can sit at home without doing any work. He added that he had decided to shoot one drama at a time as he is bit cautious about the pandemic.

“After Raqse Bismil I would think about doing any other project. It might be next year.”  

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Meesha Shafi releases HOT MANGO CHUTNEY SAUCE



A Canadian Pakistani Artist, a cultural and feminist icon and a multidisciplinary artist, has released her latest single, Hot Mango Chutney Sauce. Written and performed by Shafi herself, Hot Mango Chutney Sauce is an electro pop dance composition with an unabashedly original desi sound.


While the mood of the song is joyful, it cleverly employs irony and sarcasm to question an unfortunate yet comic facet of urban Pakistani society: the rampant obsession with consumerism and the inability to understand ourselves beyond the facade of “wealth” or “success” we put up in social settings. The South Asian artist celebrates her roots and explores why we express our identities by acquiring and flaunting material possessions, instead of nurturing our values and vocalizing principles we believe in.


“The idea of writing this song came out of a period of reflection on the rat race we often find ourselves in, where much of the focus is on what people own instead of who they are. It’s a pitfall that is particularly hard to avoid in an industry literally called showbiz, so coming to this realization has been fascinating” said Meesha Shafi.


Blending English, Urdu and Punjabi, Meesha speaks colloquially and playfully integrates quintessentially Pakistani idioms and tongue-twisters in her lyrics. “Ultimately, the song pokes fun at our collective identity crisis, which is only worsened by our colonial hangover as many of us have begun to realize. Even within the race, we’ve come to attach a higher value to aspects of pop culture that have no roots in Pakistan or the wider South Asian community. So whether it was cultural references in the lyrics or the visual translation of the track into a music video, I aspired to create something uniquely us – desi and proud”, said Meesha Shafi.


Abdullah Siddiqui, who produced the song said: “The themes Meesha was working with on this song really resonated with me because I’ve personally begun to feel like culturally there’s an obsession with keeping up appearances, and sacrificing authenticity in the process. The lyrics really excited me and amused me, especially because they are in such stark contrast to the kind of introspective and sombre work Meesha has been known for, but I’m so excited that people finally get to see this side of her. I had the time of my life producing this track to reflect the spirit in which Meesha wrote it; brash, maximalist, super-charged and unapologetically fun. We tried to create a representation of South Asian motifs that felt completely fresh yet authentic, and I really hope that comes across.”


The much-awaited music video has been co-directed by Meesha Shafi and Awais Gohar. The art direction was led by Meesha Shafi and Hashim Ali. The music video stars both Meesha Shafi and Abdullah Siddiqui along with Eman Suleman, Zara Peerzada, Baemisaal and Rubab Ali. To make things even more exciting, the anonymous Instagram sensation known only by her handle ‘Swineryy’ also features on the music video as one of her most popular avatars.


The music video for Hot Mango Chutney Sauce can be viewed at:
The song is now available on all major streaming platforms.

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Filmwala Pictures Is Back With a Historic Drama Masterpiece Khel Khel Mein



The dynamic duo of Pakistani film industry, Nabeel Qureshi & Fizza Ali Meerza, is all set to hit Pakistani Cinemas, yet again with their upcoming film ‘Khel Khel Mein’.

The multi starrer Feature Film will have Sajal Ali and Bilal Abbas in lead roles, along with veterans Javed Sheikh, Samina Ahmed, Marina Khan & Manzar Sehbai. The music of the film is composed by the maestros including Shani Arshad, Shuja Haider & Asrar Shah. This heart-warming drama depicting a youthful take on historic events, will be releasing in cinemas very soon.

The motion poster of the KKM looks promising and fans are eagerly waiting to witness another brilliant piece from the enthusiastic and talented pair, who always tries to give something new in their projects.  The lead cast, Sajal Ali and Bilal Abbas Khan has worked together before in television drama serial ‘O Rangreza’. This is their first feature film together.  

Fizza Ali Meerza, CEO Filmwala Pictures says about her new venture, “Khel Khel Mein is our take on telling history in a fresh and engaging way to the youth so that it can be learned from and remembered. We hope the viewers will resonate with the story and come out of the theaters feeling more entertained & informed.”

The director of Khel Khel Mein Nabeel Qureshi expressed his delight as, “We are very excited to bring Khel Khel Mein to the screens; the entire team has worked immensely hard to create the film and, we hope that people will love it and learn from it.”

About Filmwala Pictures

Filmwala Pictures is a Pakistani Film Production Company based in Karachi founded by Fizza Ali Meerza. The production house has some of the biggest Pakistani hits under its banner including; Na Maloom Afraad, Actor in Law, Na Maloom Afraad 2 & Load Wedding along with the upcoming film Quaid e Azam Zindabad.

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Junaid Khan Highlights A Grave Issue Of Society In His Latest Video



When it comes to Pakistani performers, who can both act and sing, Junaid Khan comes into mind so quickly. We have witnessed his acting skills recently in dramas like Kashf, Muhabbatein Chahtien and Khuda Aur Muhabbat but his first love music, with which he stared his career as Call band, recurs so often. 

Junaid Khan has released a single Taqdeer this eid, which unlike a usual happy song comes out on eids, highlights the grave issue of violence, especially domestic violence which is taking place in almost every household, every class in one way or another. According to singer this video is dedicated to all the victims that have gone through and keep going through all forms of abuse.

About the song and video, Khan pours his heart out, “What I am presenting to the world is not just a song but an ocean of immense emotions. A very grave issue that I lose sleep over.”

The Nishaan singer further says, “When I see and hear abuse, suffering and pain; it takes me into a very dark space. The evil that is spreading so fast in our own society and all over the world, has suffered humanity in the hands of murderers, rapists, abusers and the list just goes on.”

How someone has to suffer in the hands of an oppressor who only knows how to control and torture another human being, he adds.

The Taqdeer is written and composed by Junaid Khan while the video is directed by As-haar Azmat featuring Talat Mahfooz Butt, Shahreen Iftikhar, As-haar Azmat along with Junaid Khan as lead. The track has a grunge-rock feel in it as the video is shot in a dark background to depict the gloom and pain of the theme. Junaid has proved both his singing and acting skills in this five and half minute’s video which carries a powerful message through a conceptual art. 

According to the singer, the video emphasizes how the Power, control, money and greed can destroy generations but the message that he wants to send across to the world through this song is with bad comes good and with suffering comes ease and that karma will come around.

Elaborating more about the video, Khan says, “The oppressors are so strong and blinded by their own motives that are larger than other human lives. And there comes a point when the oppressed knows nothing better than accepting this painful life as fate. Taqdeer! And on this very notion my song, my voice and my emotions came to life in the form of this song.”

It is true that cases of domestic violence take place every day. Some get swept under the carpet while some come out in the open. The authorities must need to give importance to every violent act taking place anywhere in the country.  

According to a report published by Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) in March 20201, The cases of violence against women and rape in Pakistan were doubled in the last six months of 2020 as compared to the first six months of the year. According to official data analysis, domestic violence (1,422 cases) and violence against women (9,401 cases), had high occurrence throughout country.

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