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Zindagi Tamasha Secures Asia’s most Prestigious, Kim Jiseok Award.

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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.

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Ramsha Khan Brilliantly Tackles Hamna’s Situation as ‘Ishqiya’ Comes to a Standtill

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Ishqiya has finally come to a standstill after a long silence on the part of the main lead Hamna, played by Ramsha Khan. Let’s take a quick look back on the story so far.

Hamna’s (Ramsha Khan) marriage to Azeem (Gohar Rasheed) was her father’s choice, but she accepted this new relationship with all her heart. She had left her past behind and moved forward with Azeem, which provoked Hamza (Feroze Khan) to think that Hamna has betrayed him, so to take revenge for this betrayal, he got married to Hamna’s sister, Roomi (Hania Amir). Hamza had been taking advantage of his relationship with Roomi to emotionally blackmail Hamna into meeting him at hotels and calling her at random hours at night, making sure to disrupt her peace at all costs.

Hamna’s has not been an easy character to deal with, though Ramsha Khan’s powerful dialogue delivery and the way she uses her facial expressions to convey her state of mind clearly showed her powerful acting skills. As Hamna finally broke her silence and confessed to her husband Azeem regarding her relationship with Hamza, everyone is on their toes to see what will happen next.

Ramsha’s facial expressions are simply spot on. Whether it’s the scene when she is confessing the truth in front of her husband regarding her past or hears about her father’s death, we can clearly feel the pain she is going through.

She has been the center of everyone’s comments lately and is receiving a lot of appreciation for her role as Hamna. There is a fan base that loves Ramsha Khan’s chemistry with Feroze Khan, and then there is another fan base that is shipping the romantic scenes between Ramsha Khan and Gohar Rasheed. To have such an impact with one single character is not easy, but Ramsha Khan is winning here with her splendid performance.

The drama shows Hamna with a different vibe when she is with Hamza and a different vibe when she is with Azeem. Hamna’s relationship with Feroze khan was fun and innocent while her relationship with Azeem is more serious, trustworthy, and mature. Ramsha Khan deserves a huge appreciation for producing such a remarkable difference in a character through her performance caliber.

In the last few episodes, Hamna has emerged as a very strong person who knows what she wants from life and how she plans to attain it. This comeback in her character was long due and was executed with perfection. Ishqiya fans have since then gone crazy for Hamna as her character has become more influential now.

The emotional mix up between Hamza, Hamna, Roomi, and Azeem is on an explosive stage. One mistake can destroy four lives, and Hamna is trying her best to save them all. Let’s see what will happen next.

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Lock-down is temporary but Father’s day is permanent

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He is the person who started working hard even before your birth to give you a safe space full of warmth and comfort. It is rightfully said that no person in this world would be happy to see you more successful than him except for your father.
A father is the first superhero in a child’s life, the one he\she would always look up to, for love guidance, goals and unlimited demands.

Since most of the major events are being celebrated in a situation of complete lockdown in the country, we have got some sweet and doable ideas to surprise your dads on this Father’s Day.

Throw A Lunch Party


Isn’t it true that most of the dads are foodies and they can never say no to a dish made by their kids? On this special day, make his favorite dishes. Pamper him the whole day and do not forget to prepare something sweet for the evening tea.

Origami Nuts In Collaboration With OvenCraft


Yummy in his tummy!!! Origami Nuts has designed this cute basket of sweet banana crumble bread in collaboration with Oven craft. The appearance is cute and is definitely a perfect pick to show love and dedication on this special day to your fathers.

Kitchen Kahani’s Breakfast

Almost every dad is a nihari lover and especially in this lockdown when we cannot go and dine out, Kitchen Kahani is offering  “Nashta with Abbu”. We are already melting at the name. You can order home-cooked beef Nihari to surprise your Abbus with a scrumptious desi nashta.

Customized Basket By Happy String

If your abba loves to eat junk, this can be an economical and a fancy present for him. Get his favorite chocolates and other edibles packed in a beautifully wrapped basket and brighten up your father’s mood with something sweet and salty.
Father’s Day DIY Cookie Kit


For young fathers, to have an interactive activity with small kids, Delish is offering customized DIY Cookie kits where you can make your own cookies with your kids while sitting at your home. Isn’t it a great yet adorably creative idea?

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“Beyond Wonder Women”- A Facebook Initiative to Promote Body Positivity

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Beyond Wonder Women is the brainchild of Minahil Kashif, a Law graduate from the University of London. She struggled with all the things that a normal Pakistani girl has to go through when it comes to the concept of a “perfect body”. Minahil used body-shaming as fuel and a reason to start Pakistan’s first fitness and motivational group that promotes the idea of women of all ages, race and ethnicity to come together and live a positive and healthy life.
The initiative “Beyond Wonder Women” aims to help our nation unlearn the concept of “perfect body” by promoting self-love, along with encouraging to be healthy and discouraging them to come down to society’s unnecessary expectations.
Beyond Wonder Women strives to provide women a safe space. Their Instagram promotes fitness and health while they work on the community’s mental health and well-being through their Facebook group in order to maintain privacy.
Amongst other wonder women is  Maryam Feroz (@25vectors) who has produced content that has helped them achieve many milestones in a short span of time which include crossing 1000+ members on their Facebook group and getting shoutouts from international trainers such as @chontelduncan and @stephaniesanzo.

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