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.
International Luxury Brand Spa Ceylon Opens its 98th store in Karachi
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.
This Fun-packed Actor’s YouTube Channel will Give you Endless laughs!
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:
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!
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:
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.
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!
TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!
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.