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This is just the start; I have to do a lot more: Kiran Malik

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There are very actors in our showbiz industry, who seem a promising addition to this world before their debut venture is out on screens. Kiran Malik is one of them, playing one of the lead roles in new film ‘Pinky Memsaab’, who shows much potential by her enthusiasm for joining this field. Working as a HR consultant in Dubai, Kiran has made her mark in the modelling nationally and internationally. She came into the field of acting accidentally when veteran Shan Shahid discovered her skills and gave her a role in his upcoming action thriller Zarrar. When doing Zarrar, she was offered another film by a Dubai based producer/director Shazia Khan for her first project Pinky Memsaab. The film completed on time and here is Kiran Malik in her debut feature film as Mehr.

You are playing a high class glamorous socialite in Pinky Memsaab. Did you get any inspiration from somewhere?

Pinky Memsaab is a Dubai based film. Dubai is full of socialites and I think I am one of them. I am used to of high end life of Dubai as I go out a lot for socialization because of the nature of my work. So when Shazia offered me this role I thought it resembled what my lifestyle is. It was quite easy for me to do that role. And I think in my character of Mehr, every woman will find herself somewhere.

You are having a very successful career as HR consultant in Dubai and besides carrying modelling as second profession. So why did you come so late in acting?

I had never thought about acting. Thanks to Shan Shahid who caught some spark in me and offered me a role in his film. I think there is no age limit for an actor. I can do a strong character role of a mother in my sixties even. Moreover, I feel that it is all about the right decision at the right time and I hope this is the right time and decision for me to start this career. I also wanted to explore this field and I loved it. If audience like my work I would do more in future.

There is a huge and flourishing drama industry in Pakistan as well. Have you thought about working there too or want to keep yourself restricted to films only?

It is too early to say something about this. I will wait and watch what will be the outcome of these two films and how the audience would react on them. There is no doubt that our dramas are excellent and reach to more audience as not anybody in Pakistan can afford cinema but honestly, my routine doesn’t allow me to peruse full time acting career as I have a 10 years old daughter to look after as well. But yes, if I get any really good script, I will definitely do it.

Would you like in work in Dubai based projects in future or will go wherever your work takes you?

My media related work is mostly in Pakistan. I belong to Lahore so I regularly visit there for modelling shoots. By the way coming to Lahore and Karachi will never be the problem as they are just a few hours away from Dubai. But, work is the priority and I can go anywhere if there is any good project calls me there.

Any particular director with whom you wish to work?

I think I would like to work with someone totally new with zero experience. Pinky Memsaab is Shazia Khan’s first venture as full length feature film. It was a big challenge for her also to explore big camera. She has done a great job.

Any specific character you wish to do in a film or drama.

I would love to do an action film. I don’t know who would make it as very few directors have touched this genre in Pakistan yet but it would be amazing if I would see myself in an action role in future.

Have you thought about directing any project?

Let’s see. You never know where your destiny takes you. But it is too early to say this. Right now I am getting to know all the techniques of film like where to put the lights and which angle of your face camera catches beautifully.

These days many female writers, producers and directors are coming to film industry and breaking the rules by making more women centric films. How much you support this trend

I support it strongly. Women are going in every field. I and my other female colleague are only two women in a department full of about 200 men. In Pinky Memsaab too, the leading characters are two females. Even many strong supporting roles in film are done by female actors. I think it’s not about male or female anymore. If you have talent, you can go anywhere. I have been working for last 14 years, not only because I want to make money but I love to work. I didn’t need to come into films but I wanted to. It was my fondness and passion and if I can make money out of this then why not. I think it necessary for women to come out and work instead of just sitting at home and these days you can even work from home. There is so much to be done in life. My mother used to tell me that marriage is not the end of life. It opens more avenues for you. So I think every girl should work and be focus and be positive.

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MTV Movie and TV Awards 2019 – The winners

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The MTV Movie & TV Awards celebrated the best on-screen work of the past year this past Monday night. Netflix had a whopping 14 nominations for its TV shows and films, including the award winning “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” – Noah Centineo & Lana Condor for “Best Kiss”

“It was a who’s who of Hollywood celebrities – stars like Daniel Levy, Dave Bautista, David Spade, Elisabeth Moss, Jameela Jamil, Kumail Nanjiani, Melissa McCarthy, and Tiffany Haddish were all there.

“Shazam” star Zachary Levi hosted the show. “The Rock” was awarded the Generation Award, and Jada Pinkett Smith was honored with the Trailblazer Award.

  1. Best Movie – “Avengers: Endgame”

2. Best TV Show – “Game of Thrones”

3. Best performance in a movie – Lady Gaga (Ally) – “A Star is Born”

4. Best performance in a show – Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne/Offred) – “The Handmaid’s Tale”

5. Best Hero – Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) – “Avengers: Endgame”

6. Best Villain – Josh Brolin (Thanos) – “Avengers: Endgame”

7. Best Kiss – Noah Centineo & Lana Condor (Peter Kavinsky & Lara Jean) – “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

8. Reality Royalty – “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”

9. Best Performance – Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky) – “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

10. Best Fight – “Captain Marvel” – Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva

11. Best real life Hero – Ruth Bader Ginsburg – “RBG” 

12. Most frightened performance – Sandra Bullock (Malorie) – “Bird Box”

13. Best Documentary – “Surviving R. Kelly” 

14. Best Host – Nick Cannon – “Wild ‘n Out”

15. Best Meme-able moment – “The Bachelor” – Colton Underwood jumps the fence 

16. Best Musical – A Star is Born – “Shallow”

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NOS4A2 – Bringing the Nosferatu back

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Vampires have long been depicted in media, from Max Shrek as Count Orlok in “Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens” to Luke Evans as Dracula in “Dracula Untold

Over the years it can be seen that vampires are no longer feared as the creatures of the night by moviegoers or people in general, the image associated with them via adaptations such as “Twilight” and “The Vampire Diaries” have made the vampire more of a creature that is to be envied and coveted after rather than dreaded. However NOS4A2 seeks to change that, this show takes us back to the old days when vampires were old, destitute and creepy, without touching much of their supernatural aspects and the show goes about their story in a different way; while we’re accustomed to view vampires as blood sucking creatures, NOS4A2 gives them a welcomed change.

Featuring the talented Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx; a hundred year old vampire that feeds on the souls of children, and collects them at a place he calls Christmasland. He cruises around in his Rolls Royce Wraith on the hunt for pre-adolescents, on the opposite side of the spectrum is Victoria McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) a working class aspiring art student who has the supernatural ability to find lost things, in a strange twist of fate Victoria’s path crosses with Manx’s and she becomes determined to put a stop to his reign of terror. The plot of this show is gripping, it keeps you on the edge of your seats, and concludes on a cliffhanger that’ll leave you wanting more.

So if you’re looking for a show that’s bloodcurdling, interesting, ominous and engaging, NOS4A2 is perfect for you; a wholesome plot complemented by an excellent cast, what more could one wish for.

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Music, Dance and Mehwish are Chhalawa only saving grace

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Rating: 2.5/5

Chhalawa is a story of a very traditional family. Chaudhary Rafaqat (Mehmood Aslam) has two daughters and a son. The elder one is Zoya (Mehwish Hayat) who went to city for higher studies and now wants to marry the love of her life Sameer (Azfar Rehman) whom she met during her studies. His second daughter Haya (Zara Noor Abbas) is a fired up girl, who usually lives in her own fantasy world of films, desperate to fall in love and loves to dance in her room on Lollywood songs. His son Haroon (Ashir Wajahat) is another character, blunt slightly manner less but loves his sisters.

From here, the age-old story begins that Chaudhary wants his daughter Zoya to marry his nephew, as it is a tradition to marry girls in the family, Zoya resists and conflict begins.

The first half of the movie is still bearable where at least some kind of story is developing, after interval; it nosedives and leaves the audience wondering what is happening. For example, first song makes sense but second was there because someone wants it to be. No effort was made to put some sense in it.

The story is simple, it is told several hundred times before, both in Bollywood and in Pakistani Cinema, and then extra level of creativity is required to make it interesting. Unfortunately, that is the biggest issue with Chhalawa. Scenes lasting for several minutes, borderline jokes and most of all, Zoya’s letters to her mother were a big question mark.

With a star like Mehwish Hayat, if the movie is still not able to pull the audience in, then to an extent it is a crime.

Wajahat Rauf’s Chhalawa is particularly disappointing for many, because people considered it a third time charm. Surprisingly, all the actors in the film performed very well despite having a weak script and practically limited room to perform.

The biggest surprise is by far the Zara Noor Abbas who played Haya, Mehwish’s younger sister. Zara turns out to be someone who handles her comic timings well, she is sharp and witty, and yet cute enough to keep the audience engaged. She danced quite well in couples of scenes. Ashir Wajahat also performed better than expected, although his character did not have much to do except for a scene or two.

Although, Azfar Rehman looks good on screen, however I am unable to understand his character, at one time he wants to commit suicide, then he plans to win Zoya’s father heart, then he just runs away when she asked him and without making a scene leaves her when she asked him to do so.

Mehmood Aslam in his role is picture perfect until the climax where he insisted on carrying out his daughter’s Nikah after he was shot.

Mehwish Hayat as usual shines bright even in this very limited role. She did well when she was playing a lover, arguing with her father, running away from home and coming back and again succumbing to her father pressure, but her biggest wins are two songs i.e. ‘Chhalawa’ and ‘Chiriya’ where she danced her heart out. Wahab Shah’s Choreography was engaging and full of fun, that is the only positive that you can come out with in the entire saga of over 2 hours.

Only thing that can save this film is music; Shiraz Uppal did very well giving not one but two already hit songs to Pakistani Cinema.

This is the weakest ever Mehwish Hayatfilm by any standard, with films like Na Maloom Afraad, Actor in Law, Punjab Nahi Jaungi the superstar stumbles at the last ball of the over.

You can opt to watch Chhalawa if you like song and dance numbers and that too from Mehwish Hayat and if you are ready to leave your brain outside the cinema hall.

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