Power shortage to be fixed by 20th May – K-Electric

K-Electric is committed to serve its customers during the holy month of Ramadan wherein peak demand is expected to reach around 3400 MW.

Residential customers will be given priority during Sehar and Iftaar whereas industrial areas will experience load shed of up to 6 hours during the night to ensure that maximum relief is provided to residential customers during Ramadan.

The power utility regrets the inconvenience caused to customers during this time and making all possible efforts to improve the power situation in the city. It is pertinent to note that industrial areas as well as all strategic installations are still exempted from load-shed whereas supply of electricity is normal at the intermediate examination centres as well while no unscheduled load shed is carried out in the city.

K-Electric is currently facing power-shortage caused by a fault at one unit of its Bin Qasim Power Plant. Due to additional power shortfall previously exempted residential areas are currently experiencing temporary load-management of up to 3 hours.

The required part to restore affected unit of KE’s Bin Qasim Power Station has reached Karachi from Holland. To speed the process, the rotor, weighing over 41 tonnes, was airlifted via the cargo aircraft Antonov and has been transferred to KE’s Bin Qasim facility on emergency basis.

Team of experts has initiated installation work of the equipment at plant premises. Installation and re-energization of the affected unit is expected to be completed by May 20th which will lead to an improvement in the city’s power situation.

K-Electric continues to urge consumers to conserve energy throughout the day and avoid the use of heavy machinery during peak hours. 

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Trailer launch of Jawed Sheikh’s ‘Wajood’

Jawed Sheikh’s directorial comeback ‘Wajood’ is not your usual bookish love story, it’s about  seeking revenge with love, it’s a film packed with excitement, top of the line performances by our very own Danish Taimoor, Saeeda Imtiaz with their remarkable acting skills which are sure to move you.

In addition, from our across the border we have Aditi Singh being featured aside from Nadeem, Shahid, Ali Saleem, Fariha Altaf, Shaheen Khan, Asad Mehmood, Faiza Khan and Jawed Sheikh himself.

‘Wajood’ is shot at different locations all across Turkey and Pakistan and is promised to be a blend of thrill, love and revenge all seen together on screen and is set to be released this Eid-ul-Fitr of 2018 in cinemas near you.

Speaking at the trailer launch the director of ‘Wajood’ Jawed Sheikh said; “we are doing our best for revival of Pakistani Cinema and we are up against Bollywood which has been in business for more than 100 years, secondly they have been upgrading their infrastructure and technical skills timely and Bollywood never had to face dark period like the one that we had to face. Why we lack behind? We at Lollywood didn’t upgrade our infrastructure and technical skills with time, but things are improving and we hope for betterment”.

During the trailer launch Fariha Altaf, Danish Taimoor, Saeeda Imtiaz, Faiza Khan, Asad Mehmood and Moomal Sheikh also shared their experiences during the making of ‘Wajood’.  This is first movie for Saeeda Imtiaz, Faiza Khan and Asad Mehmood as actors and Moomal Sheikh is debuting as a producer.

Not much was not information about music was given out, which give an impression of grand music launch anytime soon. Information about writer is also missing.

“Yunhi Rastay Mai” the first song from romantic comedy film ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’

City FM 89 revealed “Yunhi Rastay Mai” the first song from Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawar starrer romantic comedy film ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’ the movie at a star studded affair in Karachi. Ali Sethi mesmerized the audience with his beautiful compositions and covers and capped off the performance by performing “Yunhi Rastay Mai” live with Aima Baig.

Penned by Piyus Mishra of Husna fame, the love song has been beautifully sung by singer, composer and novelist Ali Sethi and Aima Baig. The song has been composed by Shuja Haider. It is a romantic duet that speaks of love and yearning. “Yunhi Rastay Mai” is the first song from the OST for “7 Din Mohabbat In” and speaks of the romance between the main protagonists, Neeli (played by Mahira Khan) and Tipu (played by Sheheryar Munawar).

The film’s star cast includes Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar, Javed Sheikh, Amna Ilyas, Mira Sethi, Hina Dilpazeer, Adnan Shah Tipu, Aamir Qureshi, Beo Zafar, Rimmel and Danish Maqsood. ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’ is written by Fasih Bari Khan and directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi. Music for the film is composed by Arshad Mahmud, Shani Arshad, Waqar Ali, Shuja Haider and Shiraz Uppal.

The song reveal event was party of City FM 89’s famed City Sessions, and was attended by the movie’s cast along with some of the leading names from the industry including Bilal Ashraf, Adeel Hussein, designers Sania Maskatiya and Nida Azwar, model Areeba Habib amongst others. Directed by the acclaimed duo Meenu and arjad, this genre-defying, heart-warming urban fairy tale will captivate audiences everywhere with its release on Eid Ul Fitr.

Dracula comes to Karachi and won’t leave soon.

Its seems as theatre scene in Karachi (or read Pakistan) is evolving very positively with the passage of time and with this musical theatrical play ‘Dracula‘, Happy Owl Productions has made it to my list of top three theatre players, each from three major cities of Pakistan. KopyKats from Islamabad remains on top, followed by Made4Stage from Karachi and then Happy Owl Productions from Lahore. All three of these are doing an excellent job by raising the bar higher and higher and resulting in quality theatre.

After a huge success in Lahore, Dracula – a classic musical theatrical play put together by Happy Owl Productions Lahore and projected as a “theatrical extravaganza” was hosted at the Arts Council Theatre Academy in Karachi.

The team intends to bring back theatre across the country, introducing state of the art graphics on stage. Directed by Saihaam Gulzar Khan and Mahnoor Zaidi and produced by Maaz Khan Alvi and Ridda Ali, this drama thriller promises romance, music, dance, action and much more.  Dracula is a tale of love, loss and redemption.

The play was adapted from a novel, Dracula by Bram Stoker. The plot revolves around the protagonist, Dracula, played by Daniyal Ayat, and the countess, Mina, played by Jahan Ara Chughtai, in a turn of events divided between classical era’s setting in Transylvania, Eastern Europe to the modern period between the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century England.

The audience was in awe of the performance of the play with artful music and dance performances by the cast and termed it a unique experience, which had excellent and splendid acting, dance and music. Jahan Ara Chughtai was the standout performer of the evening with her excellent acting skills, facial expression and original English accent that matched well with the theme of Dracula. Daniyal Ayat, Shah Fahad and Natalia Rashid Malik also handled their roles perfectly. To sum-up it all actors were spot-on. Live music by pianist John Ferguson along with two female singers Risham Fiaz Bhutta and her other partner created an ambiance of the show. Risham has a very crispy voice but she missed at times. Other backing vocalist handled her part well. Dances by the Sway Dance Project (SDP) were choreographed well and it seemed as dancers had rehearsed well too. SDP has collaborated with Happy Owl Productions for Dracula.

Director of theatre play, Saihaam Gulzar Khan said, “I started Happy Owl Productions because I am passionate about theatre and film and I plan to revamp it across the nation. This project “Dracula” is something really close to my heart. After a year of hard work, I can say my dream did come true and we got a great response in both cities. I am really happy to have worked with such an amazing team. We have a lot more planned for the future.”

Dracula comes to Karachi on 10th May 2018 and will stay till 13th May 2018 at the Arts Council, Karachi. Although its intended to leave on 13th May but I assume that with all the excellent stuff, Dracula might not leave any sooner (from your memories). Public relations (PR) for the theatre play was managed by Catalyst PR and Marketing. Tickets are available at Mocca, Agha’s, Evergreen and online at easytickets.pk

Mahira Khan to represent Pakistan and L’Oréal at Cannes Film Festival.

L’Oréal Paris, the world leading beauty company, enters into 21st year as the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, which happens to be cinema’s grandest international film festival for over 71 years now and is set to take place this year at Cannes, France from 08th May till 19th May 2018. Cannes Film Festival brings together the most celebrated artists in films from all around the world and this year L’Oréal Paris Pakistan’s hair care spokesperson Mahira Khan is set to represent the brand at Cannes Film Festival on 15th May 2018.

At the official press conference, Mushraraf Hai, the Managing Director of L’Oréal Pakistan said; “The L’Oréal Group celebrates and welcomes diversity and empowerment with its 21 year of partnership with Cannes Film Festival. The year 2018 marks L’Oréal Pakistan’s first entry into Cannes Film Festival and future looks bright in terms of expanding our representation.  L’Oréal Paris pays homage to cinema and beauty by democratizing the festival expericene and Mahira Khan’s selection as our local spokeperson for the L’Oréal Paris Hair Care brand is a tesimoney to the values of meritocracy at L’Oréal.  Mahira Khan is a role model for young women in Pakistan and Mahira’a appearance at Cannes Film Festivavl is just the beginning of a superb opportunities for L’Oréal Pakistan to showcase Pakistani talent on the global stage. Cannes is an open opportunity and I am sure that Mahira Khan will handle it with brilliantly”. Musharaf further said; “Cannes is place where everyone is equal on red carpet and on red carpet it’s all about you, the way you carry yourself and the statements that you leave behind”.

Every year, L’Oréal Paris choses its spokeswomen from all over the world to attend the festival and this year, Mahira will join the leading ladies of L’Oréal Paris to grace the illustrious red carpet at the festival, which is a first for Pakistan and a moment of immense joy and price for L’Oréal Pakistan.

For the first time ever, L’Oréal Paris will broadcast seven shows live from the legendary Martinez Beach at Cannes, titled The “Worth it Show” and Mahira Khan is all set to feature in it alongside other global L’Oréal Paris spokeswomen. The “Worth it Show” marks a powerful moment during the festival to bring women’s voices to all and unveil the ordinary women behind the actors, with their stories, their triumph and the obstacles on the way to feeling worth it.

Mahira Khan will be attending the event for 3 days, during which she will also be meeting with L’Oréal Paris global makeup and hair Styling team of Stephane Lancien, besides her engagement with noteworthy fashion designers.

To officially announce this historic moment at the press conference, Mahira Khan said; “I am deeply humbled and full of gratitude towards L’Oréal Pakistan for this amazing opportunity to represent the brand and projecting Pakistan’s blossoming industry on such a privileged international platform”.

Replying to a question Mahira Khan said; “I feel very afraid and confused because of the big red carpet and I am still undecided about what to wear and whom to wear? For footwear I am thinking about wearing flats or khussa or maybe barefoot to leave a statement, but on the other side I am also very honoured to be the first to represent Pakistan at Cannes”.    

Mahira Khan is also hopeful of meeting her idol Hollywood actress Jane Fonda with whom she shares same birthday i.e. 21st December.

Trailer launch of ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’ by Dawn Films & IMGC Global.

Dawn Films, in partnership with IMGC Global Entertainment (Pvt.) Limited and B4u proudly revealed the official trailer for Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawar starrer romantic comedy movie ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’ (7DMI) at a star studded affair in Nueplex Cinema, Karachi. ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’ is written by Fasih Bari Khan and directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi.

This star studded affair of trailer launch of ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’ was hosted by Wes Malik who was kind enough to inform us that this movie ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’ will be first movie from Dawn Films and was hopeful that this is going to be a block buster.

On this occasion CEO of Dawn Films Mrs. Naz-Afreen Saigol Lakhani said; “Dawn Films was launched a year ago with an aim to give quality stuff to audiences”. Quality stuff is where Dawn Media Group sets the benchmark and with the passage of time only raises for others to follows.

Chairman of IMGC Global Sheikh Amjad Rashid also spoke on this occasion and informed that venture between Dawn Media Group and IMGC Global was initiated during an informal chat with Amber Saigol and he further said that till now IMGC Global has distributed 290 movies and will continue doing so in future also.

CEO of Dawn Media Group Hameed Haroon also thanked especially Sheharyar Munnawar and Mahira Khan for being a part of this venture and hoped that this partnership between Dawn Films and IMGC Global will prosper with the passage of item.

Parsad followed by a whirlwind ride of Tipu’s world played by the heart throb Sheheryar Munawar. Tipu is an introvert by nature, an inexperienced young man who is very hesitant when it comes to approaching women. He is always struggling to find love, but has big dreams of finding the one true love of his life and turning into the star he has always wanted to be. Hence begins his pursuit for love and his voyage in 7DMI complete with hilarious situations and lots of music and dance. Its seems as usual Mahira Khan who is ‘Neeli’ will be dominating the screen and her pretty face and acting will be the deciding factor for ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’.

After watching the trailer Farjad Nabi, Javed Sheikh, Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar, Amna Ilyas, Aamir Qureshi, Adnan Shah Tipu, Rimmel and Danish Maqsood shared their views about the challenges and exciting moments they had to face during the shooting phase of this movie ‘7 Din Mohabbat In’.

The trailer features the film’s mega star cast including Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar, Javed Sheikh, Amna Ilyas, Mira Sethi, Hina Dilpazeer, Adnan Shah Tipu, Aamir Qureshi, Rimmel and Danish Maqsood.

The trailer launch event for 7DMI was attended by the movie’s cast along with some of the leading names from the industry including Asim Raza, Sohail Javed, Urwa Hocane, Komal Rizvi, Yasir Nawaz, Ali Kazmi and comedian Faiza Samee amongst others. Directed by the acclaimed duo Meenu and Farjad, this genre-defying, heart-warming urban fairy tale will captivate audiences everywhere with its release on Eid Ul Fitr.

 

Third edition of Shaan-e-Pakistan launched with ‘ek shaam Pakistan ke naam’.

Huma Nassr along with her power packed team revealed the details of the upcoming production of Shaan-e-Pakistan, while addressing the media and guests on its opening night “ek shaam Pakistan ke naam” held on 2nd May in Karachi. With the success of its past editions in New Delhi and Lahore; this year Shaan-e-Pakistan is set to take place in Karachi and will conclude the campaign on 4th May Shaan-e-Pakistan SEPHUBxSOPRITTI.

Huma Nassr addressed the guest as the founder and creator of this prestigious platform alongside her was the renowned fashion influencer Huma Adnan who is making her association as the Mentor for the fashion side of this campaign/platform; Frieha Altaf; CEO of Catwalk is the event supporter and collaborator, Rimple & Harpreet Narula; the celebrity designers of Indian block buster movie Padmaavat fame this year from India  and Ahsan Bari as the music producer for ‘ek shaam Pakistan ke naam’ opened the night with his sufistic collaboration with electronica.

Irfan Pardesi leading entrepreneur and member of prominent business family who also is brother of Huma Nassr also spoke to audience present and said; “Shaan-e-Pakistan is not an event it’s not show, it’s a movement and movements take decades to gradually get the results, but Huma’s consistency and her determination is an inspiration within the family”.

Irfan Pardesi further said; “I stayed in South Africa for some while and during that period I was fortunate enough to stay next to legendary Nelson Mandela. He always use to say that “people have different beliefs, different opinions and there are always differences between them, we must learn to appreciate the differences between people and that’s what diversity is all about”.

In order to weave societies we have to look at common aspects, historically sports, arts and culture are few subject that unite us. Huma has been pushing for promoting arts and culture between our countries, she is doing fine till now and I wish her success in future also. I would also take this opportunity to welcome friends from India and I hope that you enjoy your trip. Irfan said.

Frieha Altaf was also present to support this movement and said; “these type of movements are showcasing Pakistan in positive light and I fully support the vision of Huma Nassar and gave her full support and assurance for the betterment of this campaign”.

Huma Nassr while speaking to press at the launch said; “with every season; we put new formats and associate with people to ensure quality and consistency of this campaign. This year with my association with Pritti Nanda; is to ensure we give a quality collaborative experience of fashion, art & music. This is also the first time Shaan-e-Pakistan will be going digital first and is being self-produced as content”.

Huma Nassr welcomed and announced the musicians performing on Day 1 and the Fashion Designers showcasing on Day 2; famous designers from India Rimple & Harpreet Narula will be showing casing their creations in their segment “The Padmavat Experience” and power-couple Huma Adnan and Amir Adnan “Yeh Hai Shaan-e-Pakistan” along with Komal Chawla who is an emerging designer debuting this year and Reema Ahsan from Lahore.

This will be the first time a collaborative experience of Fashion, Music and Art will be showcased with Ahsan Bari as the musician and he will be collaborating with the designers for their exclusive music and art which will be curated by Maryam and Safwan Sabzwari of Six Eyes Collective. The grand Fashion Soiree will be hosted by Hira Hussain.

On Day 3 there will be a full day exhibition of the participating fashion designers which is open to public in Pearl Continental Hotel, on 4th May. The Indian designers will also be taking orders as well as showcase a luxury collection of 150 Garments.

On the concluding note Huma Nassr said; “I am very thankful to all the guest, media and publications to support me in my movement and this campaign of collaboration and showcasing Pakistan in a positive manner. I am very thankful to all my partners like RoohAfza, Nueplex Cinemas,  Rose, Pith and all other association this year who ensured the campaign keep moving; with ARY as official media partner and City FM 89 as official radio partner”.

‘Zindabad’ by Call and Drummers of Pakistan.

CALL and the DRUMMERS OF PAKISTAN from all ages come together to chant the prayer “Pakistan Zindabad” and celebrate the freedom, hope and identity that binds us as one. Here they are presenting drum anthem ‘Zindabad’, an ode to our homeland and a symbol of our unity.

 

Song: Zindabad

By: Call & The Drummers of Pakistan

Vocals: Junaid Khan
Guitars: Xulfi & Sultan Raja
Bass: Farhan Ali
Lyrics: Xulfi & Sami Khan
Associate Music Producer: Sherry Khattak
Audio Tech On Set: Umer Lahooti
Music Produced by Xulfi

Mixed at Xth Harmonic
Mastered at Waltz mastering by Tom Waltz, Massachusetts (USA)

Directed by Murtaza Niaz
DOP: Aamir Mughal
2nd Unit Camera: Adnan Aslam, Zaid Safdar, Danyal Shafeeq
Assistant Director: Bilal Haider
Line Producer: Ahmed Waqas
Edit: Murtaza Niaz & Bilal Haider
Post: PMR Studio Works

Creative: Giraffe Pakistan
Project Head: Saad Mahboob (PMR Studio Works)
Production Manager: Faraz Hassan
Production Team: Sherry Shehbaz, Muhammad Naqi
A Giraffe & PMR Studios Works Production

 

‘Motorcycle Girl’ – feels like a breath of fresh air for Pakistani cinema

Finally got a chance to see the most anticipated movie of the year 2018 and by far ‘Motorcycle Girl’ is the best pakistani movie to come out in last many many years. After ‘Bol’ this movie ‘Motorcycle Girl’ has the power to impact lives as it’s based on real life story of young Pakistani girl named Zenith Irfan and this movie will inspire many girls to start commuting motorcycles rather than depending pathetic transport system that we have.

‘Motorcycle Girl’ which is written and directed by Adnan Sarwar is a movie that is inspired by a true event of young Pakistani girl named Zenith Irfan who loses her father at an early age. Zenith Irfan’s father had a dream of going till Khunjerab Pass on motorcycle and his dream was brought to life by his daughter. In June 2015, Zenith Irfan motor-cycled 3200 kilometres from Lahore, through northern Pakistan and up-to the Khunjerab Pass which borders China, this three week journey made her the first female Pakistani motorcyclist to ride through the northern terrains of Pakistan.

Almost every aspect of ‘Motorcycle Girl’ seemed spot on, even though Adan Sarwar had assistance of a very senior director Jami at his disposal but we can’t take much away from Adnan Sarwar. ‘Motorcycle Girl’ had very few technical issues which can be ignored when you witness first class direction, cinematography, acting, story, content and music.

Last month during PIFF Adnan Sarwar said; “it all comes down to how passionate you are about the story you telling and audience will forgive your technical mistakes if you tell a (good) story honestly”, and that’s exactly what I experienced while watching ‘Motorcycle Girl’. Before proceeding any further I would like appreciate for what Adnan Sarwar is doing to Pakistani film industry by creating a class of his own.

“I have always tried to make films that are relatable to the audiences and give a lesson at the end. ‘Motorcycle Girl’ is made to break the barriers prevailing in our society and to develop a norm that a girl can achieve whatever she wants on her own.” stated by Adnan Sarwar writer and director of the ‘Motorcycle Girl’.

Sohai Ali Abro literally carry’s the entire movie on her shoulders with her beautiful innocent face, excellent acting skills, dialogue delivery, facial expressions and body language. all throughout the movie it was impossible to find a flaw in Sohai Ali Abro’s performance which I would rate as 10/10.

Apart from Ali Kazmi who looked very ordinary with his acting skills, all other actors did well according to their roles. Adnan Sarwar (as Father) was brilliant, Samina Peerzada (as mother) acted to perfection, Hadi Arshad (as brother) was brilliant, Sarmad Khoosat (as boss) could have done better, Shahmim Hilali (as grandmother) was good, Mandana Zaidi (as aunty) seemed decent enough, Daniyal Raheel (as male colleague) has potential to be a future hero, Hani Taha (as a teacher) fared well enough and Meher Bano (as female colleague).

Music by Xulfi is also suits the mood of the movie well, both songs ‘pahiya’ sung by Faiza Mujahid and ‘urr challay’ by Ali Noor are melodious, mesmerizing, soul touching.

Story seems good throughout and content selection is also good, but during a certain period when our Motorcycle Girl is journeying through Northern mountainous areas of Pakistan, one specific community which has a strong presence in Gilgit-Baltistan area is highlighted much more than that is needed, giving the impression that that community is doing much for women empowerment and others aren’t doing much in that area. Even the name of this community’s spiritual leader is highlighted number of times.

Bottom line for ‘Motorcycle Girl’ is that is has excellent direction, awesome cinematography, brilliant acting, nice story which is weaved excellently, content is good and cherry on the cake is its soothing music.  It also has sentimental/emotional values to it and focuses on women empowerment and independent women for Pakistan. ‘Motorcycle Girl’ will be an important milestone for Pakistani cinema but I am not very hopeful for its commercial success.  I would highly recommend this movie.

 

 

‘pahiya chala’ from MotorCycle Girl

“pahiya chala’ another awesome song from Adnan Sarwar’s upcoming movie ‘Motorcycle Girl’ starring Sohai Ali Abro is also released now. Video of the song has excellent acting by very pretty looking Sohai Ali Abro, breath taking cinematography and equally awesome music. Fazia Mujahid’s crispy vocals fit well the mood of the theme.  

 

Song: ‘pahiya chala’

Movie: Motorcycle Girl

Song Credits

Written by Adnan Sarwar

Composed by Adnan Sarwar

Produced by Sherry Khattak @ Xth Harmonic

Lyrics: Adnan Sarwar & Mubashar Hassan

Vocals: Faiza Mujahid

Guitars: Sherry Khattak

Bass: Omair Farooq

Drums: Bilawal Lahooti

Mixed by Xulfi

Mastered by Tom Waltz @Waltz Mastering

Special Thanks: Farhan Albert