Weekly News Update (28 June-2 July’21)
Too busy to catch up on the week? Don’t worry, we’re here to give you a weekly round up of the hits, misses and news that made it to our social feeds. Read on to catch up! Here is a list of things that caught our attention this week:
Bilal Abbas Khan speaks up!
A few days ago Bilal Abbas Khan’s interview to One Take which he gave in 2017 resurfaced in which he called Hania Amir cute. This was in answer to his question when he was asked whom he considered ‘hot’ from the current lot of actresses. His words were altered and presented differently to the audience by many media outlets. This angered Bilal who spoke up in frustration on twitter:
Well, we can’t say that he is wrong can we? More star news on the block includes:
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy vs Sonya Hussain
Another video that resurfaced which took the Internet by storm was a clip from Sonya Hussain’s interview with ‘The After Moon Show’ in which she said she would not do the movie Raees when asked which of the three Mahira Khan movies she will not do; Raees, Ho Mann Jahan and Verna. When asked the reason for her choice she said she prefers not to be a side character to a hero. To this, Sharmeen attacked Sonya and said that “she can never be Mahira Khan”. Sonya clapped back in full force and later many people in the industry supported Sonya.
We do wish that we don’t see our stars airing their emotions in public, especially on social media where millions look up to them. Firstly, for this to not happen such controversial questions should not be asked and actors should also try to refrain from passing any negative comments about their colleagues.
On that note, we have something positive for you!
Women Uplifting each other – Ayeza Khan congratulates Mahira Khan on completing 10 years in the industry
What could be better than seeing the two Khan’s uplifting each other? Yes Ayeza Khan and Mahira Khan, both the super stars of our industry exchanged some pleasant words on Instagram. Ayeza Khan posted on Instagram to celebrate Mahira Khan’s 10 years in the Pakistani entertainment industry.
She went on and called her a living legend. Mahira replied to this with graciousness and said she was teary eyed. Seeing this exchange of complementary notes, Ayesha Omer and Nadia Hussain joined in the comment section praising both of them. This was just a breath of fresh air and we do need to see such pleasant exchange of notes from the actors in our industry.
Way to go girls!
The women of our nation have made us proud once again! This time it’s in sports as Pakistan women ‘A’ beat West Indies Women ‘A’ by seven wickets! We salute our women sports athletes who, with limited resources have proven their mantle and we wish them all the luck for the future ventures ahead!
Bilal Maqsood’s revival of old memories!
Bilal Maqsood touched base with his fans on Instagram and shared his first memory of meeting the Vital Signs. He shared that it was when they were recording their first album and he was star struck. The legend gave us a mash up-which we didn’t know we needed – of Strings hit song ‘Duur’ and and Vital Signs ‘Tere Liyay’ from the album ‘Hum Tum’. Fans went gaga over the mashup – what a treat! They expressed their love for both the bands. They also requested a full version and so do we!
And if that’s not all, we had more in the music department, this time a Sufi number drop by none other than Atif Aslam who makes it his business to trend every week on Twitter!
Dil Jalane Ki Baat (a Madam Noor Jehan classic) was rendered soulfully by Atif Aslam – this could very well make it to your weekend Playlist!
Another Emmy for Sharmeen Obaid and her production house SOC films?
Director Sharmeen Obaid once again has made the whole nation proud after she announced on her Instagram that her production house, SOC films has earned two nominations for the television academy for the International series, ‘Fundamental. Gender Justice. No Exceptions’.
The series has been nominated in the categories of Outstanding Short Form Daytime Non-Fiction Programme and Outstanding Directing Team for A Single-Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program. According to its website, In Fundamental you meet grassroots movements and community leaders who are standing up for our fundamental human rights. The series profiles a distinct set of remarkable grassroots leaders working on issues from ending early child marriages and forced marriage in Pakistan to pursuing LGBTQI+ liberation in Georgia.
We wish Chinoy all the luck and we hope that she sweeps an Emmy this year as well!
Here is what Fakhr-e-Alam has to say!
Fakhr-e-Alam went on to twitter to praise the efforts of the government to encourage competition and minimize monopolies.
Producer and Drama Writer Asma Nabeel passes away!
With a heavy heart we announce the demise of Asma Nabeel who has given us iconic dramas such as Baandi which highlighted the topic of ill treatment of maids in Pakistan, Surkh Chandni which was a story about acid attack survivors and others like Khani and Khuda Mera Bhi Hai.
Her presence will surely be felt! Our prayers and condolences to her family.
That’s it from us this week! Till next week, we’ll update you once more on the news that crossed our feeds & more!
Zainab Mossadiq is an A level student. She has a passion for writing. She believes that through writing we are often able to convey the message we might never say and unveil a hidden side of ourselves. “Writing helps me unwind. It allows me to explore a different side of my personality and to forget what’s happening around me. I hope that through my writing I am able to bring a positive influence.”