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Revisting ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ on its 20th anniversary

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One of the most iconic films of the 90s, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, completes 20 years Tuesday and we are getting all sorts of feels. While there is no denying the fact that film is flawed in countless ways and comes across as misogynist, it is also no secret that it is a Bollywood lover’s guilty pleasure and we can’t help but drop its dialogues every now and then, especially, “Kuch kuch hota hai, tum nai samjho gay.”

It is also important to note that Karan Johar’s directorial debut starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherji, set a new precedent for a way films were done in Bollywood.

On the film’s 20th anniversary, revisiting the film with some lesser known facts:

– Rani Mukerji wasn’t Karan Johar’s first choice to play Tina. The character was originally written with Twinkle Khanna in mind, who is also Johar’s childhood friend, and was even named after her (Twinkle’s nickname is Tina). However, after the actress rejected the role, it went to Rani.

– Karan Johar in this memoir, An Unsuitable Boy revealed that he was unable to find someone to play the role of Aman Mehra in the film because it was a supporting part and the character makes an entry only in the second half of the film. Karan initially met Saif Ali Khan for the role but he refused, saying that he wants to do Indian, commercial parts and Aman seems too western and hip. Then, KJo approached Chandrachur Singh, who also turned down the role. Karan shared that he became extremely depressed at this point.

However, a few days later, at a party hosted by Chunky Pandey, Karan shared his woes about being unable to find an actor. Salman’s sister, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, also present at the party told Salman about this who immediately went to Karan to ask him the details. After Karan gave him a brief overview, Salman said, “No hero will want to do this role. There’s only one idiot in the industry who’ll do it, and that’s me. You know, my sister says you’re a nice guy. Come and narrate it to me tomorrow.”

Karan narrated the story to Salman who agreed to do the film for him and more so for his father, whom he called “the nicest guy in the industry.”

Salman eventually went on to win a Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actor and also garnered a lot of praise for his role and performance.

– The film was based on the Archie Comics. Shah Rukh was Archie, Kajol Betty and Rani Mukherjee Veronica. Anupam Kher’s character was based on Mr Weatherbee, the principal of Riverdale High School.

– SRK and Kajol were Karan’s first choices to play Rahul and Anjali, respectively. They had promised to be a part of Karan’s first film back when he was the assistant director on Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

– Salman Khan and Kajol were reportedly not on talking terms while shooting for the song Saajanji Ghar Aaye

The cast and director of the film also fondly recalled the film on its anniversary. Karan Johar took to social media to express his feelings writing, “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! A film that gave me love, acceptance and a career…will always be eternally grateful to Kajol, SRK, Rani and Salman Khan for indulging a 25 years old boy with stars in his eyes! Thank you for all the love.”

Meanwhile, Kajol shared her favourite memory from the shoot in an interview with Hindustan Times.

“We went to Ooty (Tamil Nadu) to shoot the film,” she said, “We stayed in a hotel that had just come up. We were the first people to stay in that hotel. We were there for 40 days. I can’t imagine how they put up the set in Ooty, in the middle of a valley! They had created this set of houses, summer camp. It was an amazing feat. I remember Yash [Karan’s father] uncle clearly; he’s one of my fondest memories of the film. He was this huge driving force behind the way everything was done.”

On whether Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Janhvi Kapoor, who are Karan’s dream cast for KKHH’s sequel, would be able to do justice, Kajol said, “I hope they can. I know they won’t be able to recreate our magic, that’s not possible!”

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International Luxury Brand Spa Ceylon Opens its 98th store in Karachi

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The world’s largest Ayurveda Wellness chain opened its 98th international store with the opening of an exclusive Wellness Boutique at Defense Housing Society’s Bukhari Commercial Area located in the heart of the city of Karachi.

Speaking at the sumptuous launch, master franchisee and Spa Ceylon Pakistan’s CEO Saeeda Mandviwalla, said, It gives me great pleasure to be able to bring Spa Ceylon to Pakistan because for me it is more than just a brand; it is a brand affiliated with my heritage & identity. Being from Sri Lanka originally, it is with pride that I bring a piece from my birthplace to my current home; and the benefits of this brand will be felt by all age groups of the population.”

Spa Ceylon now produces over 500 all-natural Ayurveda inspired personal care, wellness, make-up and home aroma products. The complete range comprises prestige skin, body, bath, scalp and hair care preparations, oils, balms and potions, colour cosmetics, home aroma blends, candles, diffusers, incense, herbal infusions and gourmet teas, handmade stoneware, bath accessories and a range of tropical resort wear.

Attending the opening, the co-founder director Shalin Balasuriya explained, “The continued growth of the international wellness market to over US$ 4.2 trillion signals a strong shift in consumer preferences towards wellness. Spa Ceylon occupies a unique lifestyle space where personal care meets wellness. Given its brand attributes of high-performance authentic formulations, Ayurveda origins, environmental activism and ethical sourcing, it will continue to resonate with the modern consumer to drive further growth. I have spent the past few days in Karachi meeting industry professionals, media & consumers that reviewed the range & am delighted by their overall response to Spa Ceylon, from packaging to product quality & functionality, giving us confidence that the store roll-out in Pakistan will be a great success.”

 

Also attending the glamorous event was H.E. Mr. Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Pakistan. “There is a great sense of pride in seeing this esteemed Sri Lankan brand bring its presence to Pakistan, and through its success, we can only see strengthened trade relations between the two nations.”

 

Noor Mandviwalla, the young Executive Director of Spa Ceylon, Pakistan, said, “Spa Ceylon’s brand philosophy greatly resonates with me because of its unique emphasis on natural beauty & wellness. Beauty is no longer focused on making people meet a particular standard of the way one should look; rather, it now looks towards highlighting one’s natural beauty, on the outside as well as within. This is why I feel that this brand is truly revolutionary in its take on beauty care and wellness; using the principles of Ayurveda to live a fuller & healthier life.”

Spa Ceylon captures the romance of old Ceylon combined with ancient Ayurveda wisdom to create their range of majestic spa rituals and Royal spa formulae designed to soothe, calm and relax the body, mind and soul. The Spa Ceylon Flagship Store in Karachi opened its doors with a wide selection of the master wellness and beauty ranges to cater to all moods, seasons and needs. Whether you want to Detox, De-stress, find Peace, Comfort, Sun Care or Sleep, Spa Ceylon has a range of enticing ingredients like Pink Lotus Almond, White Jasmine, Aloe Mint, White Tuberose, Water Lily, Cardomon Rose, Neem and Tea Tree, Virgin Coconut, Neroli Jasmine, Margosa Lime, Sandalwood Vetiver and Sandalwood Spice, Lemongrass and Lavender Neroli that will cater to every mood and occasion.

 

 

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This Fun-packed Actor’s YouTube Channel will Give you Endless laughs!

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Gone are the days when celebrities were hard to reach out to, with their personal lives being a mystery for their fans. With the onset of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, audiences can now feel more connected to their favorite stars.

Recently, Pakistani celebs are turning to YouTube, branching out beyond their traditional jobs and exploring their craft in a new space. So if you want to get a closer look at their lives, find out about their hobbies, or hear them talk about their favorite things; you can catch them on their YouTube channels. Interesting, isn’t it?

Currently featured in the fan-favorite “Alif”, the rising young star Yashma Gill is a powerhouse of talent. The very bubbly and cute actress has also recently launched her own YouTube channel. Her channel showcases videos – from personal adventures and experiences to experiments, fan moments, and her everyday anecdotes.

Her journey of vlogging is exciting enough to hook you up on her YouTube channel for hours. Her captivating personality and her natural flair for casual talk instantly grabs the audience’s attention.

Here are all the funniest moments from Yashma Gill Vlog to get your inner kid some carefree laughs!

When Yashma Gill becomes Friends with 75 Snakes:

The Vlog where she can be seen holding snakes in Biryani boxes, half puzzled and half appalled when Azlan Shah puts that snake on her palm. We couldn’t stop laughing at her cute expressions. The content of vlog is so different from the usual content on other celebrities’ Vlog.

When Yashma accepted the Challenge of “Do What They Can’t Do”

Her entertaining Vlog where she roamed around the streets of Lahore sipping local lemonade from street stalls and visited Lahore Zoological garden to take pictures with the elephant.  The climax of the vlog was when she came to know that Suzzi Elephant has died. Did she fulfill the challenge or not? Watch out her vlog to find out more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGZCHEeFqFo

When Yashma Gill tried making Gol Roti

So this Vlog is all about her gol roti struggles when her domestic help was on leave. Was she able to make Gol roti for herself or she had to order food in the end? Watch out her gol roti struggles!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGWdXzV04yk

When Yashma Gill visited Bakra Mandi

This vlog was all about her visit to Bakra Mandi in a black abaya and veil and asking random questions to the vendors. Her energy is unmatchable when it comes to this vlog, from buying cotton candies to bargaining, the Vlog will get you hooked to her channel. Don’t believe? Here is the link to full-time entertainment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dMxeUmiheQ

When Yashma Gill tried stitching her Eid Dress

So by now, you must have realized that this girl is unpredictable and you can expect anything from her. In her quest to do things in an unusual way, she learned from her tailor how to stitch a dress! Do watch to see her on-spot comments and real efforts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXDtoJJA6NQ

So the list doesn’t end here, and I bet that once you start following her YouTube channel, you will not want to do anything else but watch her vlogs. If you haven’t subscribed to her channel, go and subscribe to find out what next challenge she is going to accept next!

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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LAHORE, December 8, 2019: TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan. The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

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