Pakistani action, drama film Sherdil is ready to be released in USA, Canada and United Kingdom by Zashko Films this week after its successful run at Pakistani cinemas.
Sherdil was released in Pakistan on 22nd March 2019 and will be distributed in above three countries by Zashko Films, an international film distribution company owned by Actor/Producer Shayan Khan. The film is written and produced by Noman Ali Khan and directed by the Janaan and Parchi famed Azfar Jafri.
Sherdil revolves around its lead character Haris Mustafa (Mikaal Zulfiqar) who is adamant to join Pakistan Air Force and chasing his goals enters into PAF academy against the will of his father, who wants Haris to join his gigantic business. Mikaal Zulfiqar portrays his character very intelligently from 18 year old cadet to a flight lieutenant and at the same time a romantic and affectionate boy and then a husband. The plot of the story is actually the journey of Haris covered with his personal and professional encounters. Another major character of the film is of Flight lieutenant Arun Veerani played by Hasan Niazi. Niazi is an extremely talented actor, who didn’t compromise on anything from dialogue delivery to facial expression and voice control, though his character could only get its place in the second half of the film. The credit must also be given to the cinematography, editing, production design, art direction, makeup department, visual effects, animation, sound, and camera work of the film. Other cast includes Armeena Rana Khan as Sabrina, wife of Haris and Sabika Imam as Sarah Francis, the love interest of Arun.
Armeena Rana Khan has a much extended role in female leads being opposite to the male lead of the film. Sherdil is Khan’s fourth feature film. She first appeared in Bin Roye opposite to Humayun Saeed in 2015, and Jannan and Yaghaar opposite to Bilal Ashraf in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Sabrina of Sherdil is an archaeologist, who, though loves Haris a lot but afraid of the danger, the life of a fighter pilot may face at any time. Armeena is taking her character accordingly throughout the film keeping her expressions natural and looks dramatic wherever they are needed. Moreover, in Sherdil Armeena has proved that her acting skill and her beauty have been enhanced by the time. A Pakistani-Canadian by birth Armeena was raised in Manchester UK and started her acting career in 2013 with the British short film Writhe, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Sherdil is expected to be released in North America and UK on 12th April 2019 by Zashko Films and expected to bring more business to the box office and Pakistani cinema worldwide.
Transforming Mind and Body
Losing weight can seem like an enormous task, so how does on begin this journey to transform their mind and body? We sat face to face with blogger Hadiyya Aazer and asked her what motivated to take on the task to transform her lifestyle.
Whats inspired you to begin this transformation journey?
I have been overweight my entire life. When I turned 30 last year, it hit me that if I dont control it now, my health issues could become a serious problem. What can I say, I decided to change my habits and put my hundred percent into evolving my lifestyle.
Where have you been training?
My personal trainer is Haseeb Mirza at Evolution fitness. He is amazing and has a certain rhythm in the gym. He has been a great supporter and motivator through all of this.
What does your usual workout routine look like?
It is a mix of weight training, cardio and Abs, which is necessary for me. It is essential to work according to your bodies needs and stamina and create a tailor made workout to assure its effectiveness.
What kind of a diet do you follow?
My diet is eating in small portions after every 2 hours. All in all 5 controlled meals over the day.
What is your goal ?
I am aiming to reach 65kgs soon!
What advice would you give to someone struggling with weight issues?
Don’t give up! Will power is key and once you’ve decided to take the necessary steps, nothing can stop you. Take it step by step, but eat healthy and work out. Ive lost almost 40 kg in a years time, slow and steady wins the race!
How does it feel losing so many dress sizes?
One can only imagine fantastic! I have never imagined myself wearing jeans and dresses. It feels so good to wear clothes that I’d never imagined I could.
SHE CAME, SHE SAW, SHE CONQUERED
Pakistani entertainment industry has a special league of actors, who are not only got fame because of their beauty but also with their brain. Hareem Farooq is one of them, who besides having a flourishing acting career is also a producer of box office success Janaan and Parchi. A bachelors in Sociology and journalism from Quid-e-Azan University, Hareem started her acting career in 2012 from a theatre play of veteran Anwar Maqsood Pawnay 14 August by playing the role of Fatima Jinnah. The following year, she made her big screen debut with a leading role in a horror thriller film Siyaah and came to television in Hum TV serial Mausam in 2014. Then there was no stopping. Now at this young age, Hareem has many popular dramas as Diyar-e-Dil and films like Parchi at her credit. She went on to become a first female actor-producer of Pakistan, by producing Janaan and Parchi under the banner of IRK Films. Last year, Hreem formed a global entertainment company, IHA, which soon entered into an agreement with top entertainment in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), as the first distribution firm.
Apart from acting and production, Hareem has been proudly become the official Spokesperson for Loreal Professional, Pakistan since 2017.
Last month she was in Paris to represent Pakistan at L’Oreal on its 110th anniversary. She was extremely excited and responsible at the same time to be a part of those celebrations. We talked to this young, beautiful and talented lady about her visit to the Paris and of course her upcoming feature film Heer Maan Ja supposed to be released on Eid Ul Aza.
How was the excitement to be in Paris for L’Oreal?
It was a great opportunity for me to represent Pakistan among lot of people, coming from different countries at L’Oreal 110th anniversary in Paris. I was the only Pakistani who represented my country there and felt very proud and honoured for this. I hope I lived up to the expectations.
What were your activities there?
It was a multiple-event celebrations spreading on almost a week. It was their 110th anniversary so they made it huge. In these types of events, you get to mingle with lot of people from different countries, where you show them the positive and lighter side of your country. I did the same.
What and who did wear in those eventful celebrations?
I wore Pakistani designers in all events, including Sania Maskatiya, Munib Nawaz, Rici Melion, Mahgul, Zuria Dor. As far as what I wore, I must tell you that we have to follow a certain dress codes when on these type of international events. We need to show the world that we can compete on international level when we have to, but we made sure that our Pakistani designers should also be promoted there. Again it was a matter for me to represent Pakistan there. If I had to decide, I would wear shalwar kameez, as I love my national dress.
How did you find Paris?
It was so exciting to be there. They are very rich in art, architecture, and weather. People all are also very nice and welcoming. I am glad that finally L’Oreal is tapping into the Pakistan market. There are very few people from Pakistan who are invited by L’Oreal from Pakistan and it’s a pride for me that I am one of them. They were very surprised to see Pakistan there.
Have you ever been to Paris before?
It was my first visit to Paris. But I am sure it will not be the last.
Did you learn any French there?
Very little. Only few words like bonjour, mercy, beaucoup. I am trying to learn the language.
What did you observe in Paris while with L’Oreal?
It was a great exposure. They are very skilled people. I came to know that where and how L’Oreal actually works. How they cope up with new techniques and innovations all over the world. There was somewhere around five to six thousand people from various countries of the world.
Are you eying to participate in Cannes as well?
Why not? It is just a start. I believe when you are sincere with your work, anything is achievable.
You met with Pakistani ambassador (Moin Ul Haq) in Paris? What was discussed in the meeting regarding Pakistani entertainment industry?
It was a great surprise. I was very glad and honoured that they had me come there and invited me to the embassy. The ambassador is very progressive He wants to promote a softer image if Pakistan in world. And Pakistan really needs this at the moment. His ideas and vision, which we are aiming to implement, I am sure will be productive for Pakistan. Whatever we have discussed, it will be executed soon and people will know about it.
This year is also important for you as your film Heer Maan Ja is coming on Eid-Ul- Azha. Shed some light on your role in the film?
I like experimenting with my characters as I believe that audience should get something new every time. It is a little journey from Iman of Parchi to Heer of Heer Maan Ja. They are poles apart. Iman is a very strong woman who stands up for everything while on the other hand Heer is a very next door desi girl. She is sweet pretty and innocent, for which most Pakistani girls are known for. It was a lot fun playing that character.
By Kaukab Jahan from Pakistan and Ashfaque Chaudhry from Paris
Discovering Africa with Hajra Tariq
Hajra Tariq is a full time Graphic Designer and Photographer (IG: pinkrikshaw.studio ). She is also an aspiring traveler. Having lived in different countries around the world, she realized how important art and design was and how different cultures have helped evolve her.
“My goal in life isn’t to travel the world, to not regret not doing something my heart has longed to do. My latest travel expedition took me to the heart of East Africa, Kenya. I’ve always imagined myself on an African safari and my dream finally came true! We’ve all seen things that take our breath away. For me, it was a perfectly clear night at the Mara Ashnil in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve where you were literally inches away from the “BIG 5”, and facing the sunset on a yatch in the middle of the Kilifi Creek . Two extremely different things, in one country, and yet they both didn’t fail to amaze me.”
Accompanied by her favourite travel buddy, her sister, here are a few of her best memories…
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