Zindagi Tamasha, Sarmad Khoosat’s film secured Asia’s most prestigious, Kim Jiseok Award. The Pakistani film by Sarmad Khoosat won the award in the esteemed Busan Film Festival and is to be released in January 2020.
Even before its release in cinemas across Pakistan, in January of the following year, the new Pakistani film Zindagi Tamasha has earned the Kim Jiseok Award at the Busan Film Festival. South Korea’s port city Busan hosted the 24th Busan Film Festival, in which Sarmad Khoosat’s film Zindagi Tamasha, and Indian film Market by Pradip Kurbah won the same award.
This is the first time any Pakistani film has been presented with this award. Pakistani Counsellor, Shafiq Haider, accepted the award on behalf of Khoosat Films. The Kim Jiseok Award was first introduced in the year 2017 in the distinguished Busan Film Festival and is named after the festival’s Co-founder. Kim Jiseok is said to have played a significant role in supporting talent in Asia. According to the organizers, 299 films were screened in the festival from 85 different parts of the world, among which 118 were world premieres. The films were watched by more than eight million people.
The film, Zindagi Tamasha, revolves around the story of a “Naat Khuan” from interior Lahore. The character is played by Arif Hasan from Karachi. Arif Hasan said that the film is about the heightening intolerance in our society. His character, Rahat Khuaja, runs an estate agency with his brother, and occasionally recites “Naat”. Rahat is a simple, jolly man; Samiya Mumtaz, a TV and Theatre actress plays the role of his wife. The wife is physically disabled, causing Rahat to do all the work outside and at home.
Arif Hasan made his debut with Hasan Zaidi’s film Raat Chali Hai Jhoom Ke, in 1999. He has also worked in Mazhar Zaidi’s Gardaab and several theatre plays; however, Zindagi Tamasha is his first film playing a lead role. Arif Hasan said about the film receiving the award, “The film was presented in Asia’s most reputed Busan Film Festival in South Korea. 93 other films were presented in the Feature Film Category, out of which, eight films were selected for the Award nominations. The Pakistani film Zindagi Tamasha did not only make it to the nominations but won the Kim Jiseok Award as well.” According to him, this is a first Pakistani film to have received the award, the film has had its world premiere at the Busan Film Festival and three screenings, followed by a question-and-answer session by the Koreans in their regional language, which was an interesting experiencing. Arif said, “Earning this award is a moment of pride for our country, as our art has been praised on such a great platform.” He spoke about living in Karachi and being an Urdu-speaking, due to which it was particularly challenging for him to play the role of a Lahori Punjabi. He believes that he understood Punjabi, but was unable to speak Lahore’s traditional Punjabi, which Sarmad Khoosat and the film’s Writer, Nirmal Bano helped him learn.
Arif Hasan recounted that the film was not a high-budget production. Fashion model, Eman Suleman, played the daughter of Rahat Khuaja in the film; while Ali Kureshi is also a part of the film.
The Launch of Burger Lab’s latest invention – Burger Lab Innovation Kitchen
Every time we head out of the house for dinner – there is one dreaded question that we ask each other, where are we going to eat today? Well, living in Karachi, we are always overwhelmed by so many options that it is hard to choose where to dine out, so we’re here to give you some suggestions as to where your next dinner or lunch should be. It should definitely be at the new Burger Lab Innovation Kitchen!
All of us have been eating from Burger Lab’s scrumptious burgers for as long as we can remember – so what’s so different in this new innovation kitchen, you might ask? Well, as the name suggests, this new outlet by one of the most famous burger franchises in Pakistan is all about innovation! Located at Khayaban-e-Seher, with a chill, cozy, yet fancy vibe, Burger Lab has introduced an Innovative Menu, and it is oh so good. Believe us when we say, there hasn’t been any place in Pakistan that makes you want to keep going back for that Honey Glazed Burger (our favorite from the menu). The other items in the innovative menu also include Honey Glazed Chicken, The 3 Musketeers (sliders), and Bounty Shake.
As you can tell, the Burger Lab Innovation Kitchen will be our weekly meal stop for a while. The idea behind the new place by Burger Lab is so amazing, as they will only be offering the products in the innovative menu for a few weeks after which, they will introduce a new set of products – how tempting is that? And oh, don’t worry if you fall in love with an innovative menu item that might be leaving soon, they will be launching the innovative menu items that people love nationwide across 29 other outlets!
So, what are you waiting for? Head to the Burger Lab Innovation Kitchen and tell us what you think!
KASHMIR Are All Ready to Release a New Single ‘Ayi Bahaar’
One of the greatest discoveries of Pepsi Battle of the Bands has to be the 2017 Winners of the competition KASHMIR, an alternative rock band from Karachi that really came and conquered. The group which consists of 6 members has been making headlines with their music ever since. They finally satisfied their fans with their debut studio album ‘Khwaab’ last year. The album was critically acclaimed and reminded us of all of the reasons as to why we fell in love with this band in the first place.
Well, after much anticipation, it looks like KASHMIR is finally putting out new music once again and we are genuinely thrilled. The band teased the arrival of a new single ‘Ayi Bahaar’ on their Social Media, and fans have been patiently waiting for the single to drop on the first of October.
The name of the song is enough to tell us that the song might somehow be related to everyone’s favorite season (Spring aka Bahaar!) and so we have reason to believe this is going to be a fun and funky song. The cover art for the single looks amazing too and we can’t wait till we can listen to the song.
KASHMIR has managed to rise to fame in this very competitive music industry with their original sound and beautiful lyrics. Since Pakistan has started to see some growth in the music industry – it is extremely rewarding to see how this new band is taking center stage and bringing us some brilliant music while they do that!
Watch Taser here:
Kinza Razzak to Star in Sports Drama ‘22 Qadam directed by Anjum Shehzad’
The rising young actress Kinza Razzak who has made her mark on the small screen in a short period of time is coming back on our screens in an exciting sports drama ‘22 Qadam’ soon.
Kinza Razzak has proved her mettle with distinct roles in several television serials, telefilms, and advertisements. This time, the young actress will be seen in a completely different avatar in the sports drama. Details for the serial have not yet been revealed, though the drama is on the floor and is expected to release soon.
The young actress was last seen on the screens in the hit drama serial Log Kya Kahain Ge alongside Faisal Qureshi and the critically acclaimed web series Ek Jhooti Love Story with Bilal Abbas Khan. She has been gracing our screens in challenging roles since 2017 and has a knack for choosing her projects wisely. This time, the actress is once again ready to star in a project that sounds like a completely unique story.
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