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Still have to wait for a break: Hajra Khan

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Recently released dubai-based Pakistan film Pinky Memsaab has got its critical acclaim because of its story and good work by actors. One of its characters was Kulsoom, which though remained onscreen for very short time but left a strong impact on audience. The talented actress who played Kulsoom is Hajra Khan, who has proved in her debut film that what the character adoption is. Hajra started her acting career in 2009 with Go TV paly Buri Aurat. Keen to carry on with her education, she took a break of two years to complete her studies in Business Management from Dublin Business School.  Born in Quetta to a Pashtun family, Hajra moved to Karachi at very early age. The family went back to Quetta, where she completed her secondary school before coming back to Karachi and since then the city is her base, from where she is giving full focus to her acting career.

How you were approached for the role of Kulsoom in Pinky Memesaab?

I was approached by Shazia Khan, the director and producer of the film. She had taken many auditions before but many perspective choices were very apprehensive as firstly, the character had very minimal screen time and secondly, they were concerned about how they would be portrayed as bar dancer when the film is directed by a first timer. Then Shazia called me in desperation and asked me to do the role of Kulsoom.

Why did you accept the role despite the reservations by their earlier options?

I also showed my reservation about the length of character but Shazia assured me that despite having a shorter screen time, it has a strong impact on the whole story. I also liked it, so even with my reservation, I accepted it. I even visited some bars in Bur Dubai and met with a few bar dancers there to get the feel of the character. I also insisted on adding a dance number as it was supporting the character and whole story of the film.

So, do you think that you did justice to your role?

I did, but at the premier, when I watched the film, my role was badly chopped off. It had lost its strength and soul at the editing table. I recorded the whole song, but in film it was less than a minute. I was really disappointed to see my role ruin like that.  

But it is also a truth that many of our new directors shoot almost double of the actual length and then edit it hastily. Don’t you think that was the case with this film too?

I agree. People find an only two-hour long film a drag because it had many unnecessary and irrelevant scenes but was short of many important ones. The camera work was not even satisfactory, as there were very long scenes in extreme close ups. Lighting was poor that it showed all the actors in bad shape. It was not fair with the actors. An art film doesn’t mean that you figure people badly.

So, you will be more careful in choosing your next project?

Of course! But despite all my reservations, I am grateful to people, who are praising my acting in Pinky Memsaab. I also loved the story and my character, I had a great experience of shooting in Dubai but what I have seen on screen has really shocked me.

Do you wish to do any particular role to play in a drama or film?

I think an action role is the most challenging role for a female actor. I wish to do one.  

Who is your inspiration?

I am a big fan of Sri Devi. She is my ideal. Her Chaalbaaz is my all-time favourite. I have watched this movie more than 100 times and still love it. Sri Devi gave two block buster films when she was over 50. The woman has made the history in changing the status of women in subcontinent cinema.

What else you want to pursue in this field besides acting?

I am also writing a story of a film and have been in touch with Sabiha Soomar to direct it. I will also act in it. It is a women centric film as I think we have to come out from the stereotype and regressive representation of women on screen. Even our female writers are compelled to write these types of roles for women. We have to change this perception and this change can only be initiated by writers. The film will be available on digital platforms like Netflix or Amazon.

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In conversation with Sadaf M Khan

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We spoke to the super talented Sadaf M Khan of Boulevard One about her amazing events, client stories and the key to hosting the perfect event:

When and why did you decide to start Boulevard One?

Boulevard One startrd in 2012 and introduced the latest fashion trends from South Asia to an international platform like dubai.

What is Boulevard One’s mantra?

To conceptualize and execute a fabulous shopping experience under one roof

What makes Boulevard One standout amongst others?

Our selection of designers and our personalized presence at our events to assist all shoppers and exhibitors. 

Describe yourself in three words.

SMK. Helpful, honest and caring. At least I like to think so.

How do you deal with competition?

Keep our focus on maintaining highest standards of our brand Boulevard One instead of fearing competition.

Any horror client stories?

There all kinds of people we deal with, phew! It takes a lot to handle so many attitudes!
 It truly is shocking to see how some clients can be!! haha

Something different you are planning to do this year? 

Yes we have many projects in hand…stay tuned! 

When hosting events or setting up for an event, what’s the key to a perfect event? 

Concept, coordination and cooperation.

One film role you think you could have played better or you think you can relate to.

Autumn in New York

What are the Hashtags that describe you.? 

#SmarterThanMost

Which is your Favourite Website? 

Boulevard one

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WATCH: The most anticipated games of 2019

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THE LAST OF US II – The second installment of the critically acclaimed game will be released in summers of 2019.

The second part sees Ellie and Joel continue their journey. Be prepared for the emotional roller-coaster!

METRO EXODUS:

The third installment of the post-apocalyptic Metro series sees the central character Artyom back in action.

Release date: February, 2019.

Be sure to watch the trailer to get a sense of graphics and re-live the adrenaline rush if you are familiar with the series. Plug in your headphones for the full experience.

“To live without hope is to cease to live”

TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION II:  The online action role-playing game will be released in March, 2019.

CONTROL: The supernatural action-adventure third-person game will be released in 2019 as well.

WOLFENSTEIN YOUNG BLOOD: The follow-up to Wolfenstein II is set in an alternate history where the Nazis win the second world war.

FAR CRY: NEW DAWN

Release date: February 2019

GEARS OF WAR 5:

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Kareena Kapoor Khan denies ‘eyeing political future’

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Kareena Kapoor Khan recently dismissed rumours that she is eyeing a future in politics after it was speculated that Congress leaders are trying to woo her to contest in Lok Sabha polls.

Kareena was quoted in Hindustan Times saying, “There is no truth to these reports. I have not been approached for this whatsoever. My focus is and only will be movies.”

Earlier, Indian media house NDTV had reported that Bhopal Congress Corporator Yogendra Singh Chauhan wrote a letter to party president Rahul Gandhi claiming that the Veere Di Wedding star could be the perfect candidate.

“If Kareena Kapoor fights from Bhopal, we can hope to snatch the seat long held by the BJP,” the report quoted Chauhan as saying.

On the movie front, Kareena’s upcoming film, Good News will be released on September 6. The movie is directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Karan Johar. Kareena will also reportedly play Shah Jehan’s daughter Jahanara Begum in Karan’s period epic, Takht.

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