Weekly News Update (3 July-9 July’21)
This week we saw our celebrities on the red carpet at The Hum Style Awards. On the other hand the poster of Dam Mastam was revealed and we heard the news of two new dramas that’ll be hitting our TV screens soon; Hum Kahan ke Sachey Thay and Ishq e laa. And that’s not all! So let’s not wait any further and get directly to this week’s news round-up.
Ishq e Laa – New Drama Under The HUM TV Banner To Hit Our Screens
Another of HUM TV’s dramas is going to hit our screen soon under the banner of MD productions by the name Ishq e Laa. It will star the supremely talented Sajal Aly, who we are currently seeing in the across the border web series Dhoop Ki Dewaar, Yumna Zaidi, who is ruling our screen as Rakhi in Dil Na Umeed Tu Nehi and also Azaan Sami Khan who will be making his debut in acting with this project. The drama is directed by Amin Iqbal and written by Qaisera Hayat who also penned Alif Allah Aur Insaan. The release date of the drama is still unknown. Amin Iqbal talked about the production process:
Sajal Aly recently shared a post about Ishq e Laa on Instagram:
Dum Mustam Poster Reveal
Dum Mastam is a rom-com movie that will be the big-screen debut of two popular actors: Imran Ashraf and Amar Khan who has (incidentally), also penned the story. We are thrilled to see Amar Khan sharing her vision with us through her scriptwriting! She has already written many scripts previously, one of them being Black Wednesday which was premiered at American Film Showcase. Dum Mastam’s ensemble cast has a lot going for it – watch it for Sohail Ahmed, Saleem Mairaj, Adnan Shah Tipu, Momin Saqib and others in significant roles. The film is directed by Mohammed Ehteshammuddin who also directed Superstar starring Mahira Khan and Bilal Ashraf. In addition, this will also Adnan Siddiqui’s debut as a producer. He will be producing the movie alongside Akhtar Hasnain under the banner of Cereal Entertainment. We are super excited about this one!
Amar Khan & Imran Ashraf in character entertain a live audience – give it a watch!
Dilip Kumar Passes Away At The Age Of 98
Dilip Kumar aka Muhammad Yusuf Khan was known as the “Tragedy King” or the “First Khan of Bollywood”. He passed away on 7 July in P. D. Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Mumbai, India. The news was confirmed by his friend, Faisal Farooqui via Kumar’s Twitter account. Dilip Kumar held the record for most wins for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor (which was later equalled by Shah Rukh Khan) and was also the inaugural recipient of the award. He has worked in over 65 films in a span of 5 decades. His films include Andaz (1949), Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984) and Qila (1998) which was his last film. He has left behind him a legacy and will surely be missed.
Nadia Jamil’s Experience At London’s Heathrow Airport
Nadia Jamil recently took to Twitter and shared her experience with British airways.
She shared that she was left alone in Terminal 5 with her luggage and there was no one to help her. She was in an immovable wheelchair with three suitcases. She explained that it was impossible for her to go back to Cambridge herself. After hours of waiting her aunt came to her rescue but she was appalled by the crew members behaviour. Furthermore, when her aunt tried to film the staff they took her phone away and asked her to delete the videos.
Nadia Jamil on Twitter:
Many people including celebrities showed solidarity on Twitter. We hope that the issue is resolved and British Airways is held accountable for its actions.
The First Transgender School In Pakistan Will Be Opening In Multan
On 6 July Murad Raas went onto Twitter and announced the opening of the first transgender school in Pakistan. He promises to open up schools for the transgender community in all districts of Punjab.
The minister said that the government decided to open separate schools for transgenders to avoid any kind of mistreatment from other students. The registration of such schools is in progress and will be completed by July 15. We are grateful to the government for taking this huge step!
HUM Style Awards’21
HUM Style Awards took place in Lahore. It was refreshing to see our celebrities back on the red carpet after the pandemic and we finally got to see them perform on stage after so long! There were in total of four performances and the announcement of the twenty categories was made. Many celebrities graced the event with their presence including Maya Ali, Ali Zafar, HSY, Reema, Hasnain Lehri, Aima Baig, Urwa Hussain and others. We saw many of our favourite stars perform on stage including an opening act by Abdullah Siddiqui and Risham Faiz Bhutta and also other performances such as by Ali Zafar and Alizah Shah. In addition to this, the poster of Dum Mastam was also unveiled at the award ceremony. Since the awards have taken place they have trended on Twitter and people had a lot to say about it. For more detail on the Hum Style Awards check out our article here.
Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay – Mahira Khan’s Upcoming TV Drama After 6 Years
Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is the new upcoming HUM TV drama on the block which is adapted from Umera Ahmed‘s novel. Umera Ahmed has given us classics such as Zindagi Gulzar Hai and currently Dhoop Ki Deewar. It is directed by Farooq Rind who has also directed Ishq Zahe Naseeb and Pyar Ke Sadqay. It is a very tragic tale of trust, love & repentance. We will be seeing the superstar of our nation, Mahira Khan make a comeback on television after 6 years along with Kubra Khan, Zainab Qayyum and Usman Mukhtar. Will the drama have a sad ending or will the narrative be tweaked for viewers and young audiences? Will the stellar cast of celebrities keep the audience’s interest alive? We hope that it does!
We are eagerly waiting for this drama to start airing. As you wait check out the Twitter reaction on the announcement of the drama
School in Karachi Renamed After Outrage On Twitter
The government of Sindh has decided to rename a school in Karachi’s Mission Road which became known as Malala Yousafzai Government Girls Secondary School on February 6, 2012. The school was originally named Seth Kooverji Khimji Lohana Gujarati School after a Gujrati social worker. SAMAA TV’s Sanjay Sadhwani tweeted on Twitter and demanded that the school’s name should be changed back to its original name as it holds historical significance.
After a series of tweets, Saeed Ghani accepted the demands of the public and said: “The name will be restored officially after the due process but surely any other school will be named after Malala.”
SRK New Song Release ‘Raho Streaxy’ As Part Of Streax Campaign
Streax which is a hair colour brand by the Hygienic Research Institute, announced its partnership with Shah Rukh Khan in April. They launched a new music video “Raho Streaxy” in which he encouraged the audience to be ‘Streaxy’.
SRK commented about being ‘Streaxy’:
Check out his music video:
King Khan has once again proven that if there is someone who can make a statement in under two minutes. it most certainly is him!
Domestic Violence Bill Faces Opposition From The Public
A new domestic violence bill was passed by the senate to protect the elderly, women and children who are subject to domestic violence.
However, the bill was opposed widely. It caused many to raise their concerns including actor Osman Khalid Butt who said: “Why is there an extremely disturbing hashtag calling to reject the domestic violence bill – one that’s already passed by the senate? What is so controversial about this bill?
This step was very regressive as a nation and in all honesty why do we feel the need to oppose a bill that has been passed for the protection of the citizens?
Well, with this we come to the end of this week’s news. What surprised you the most? Do let us know!
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