March 2020

What’s In a Name?

TV actress Ayeza Khan says she had reservations about the name ‘Danish’, the name of Humayun Saeed’s character, in Mere Paas Tum Ho. Her husband’s name in real life is Danish Taimoor.

Ayeza says that in the beginning she had questions about the name of Danish in the drama serial because it is the name of her husband in real life. She even asked, why “Danish?” She had a particular difficulty over the name because she always addresses her husband Danish Taimoor as ‘Aap’, while in the drama she had to call Humayun Saeed as ‘Tum’ - in a husband-wife relationship going sour.

Pretty Face

After Hina Rabbani Khar and Tasneem Aslam, another pretty face that now represents the Pakistan Foreign Office is that of Aisha Farooqui. She has been in the Foreign Service since 1994, and succeeds Dr. Mohammad Faisal, who has been named as Pakistan ambassador to Germany.

Aisha has served in several important places in her career like Houston, Ankara and London. She is an experienced diplomat and knows what to say where. If her glamour adds to her credibility, along with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s charisma, then Pakistan has a lot of good going for it – at least on the foreign office front.

The Big Story

For actor Fawad Khan, it’s never been a better time for talented wordsmiths to become screen writers. His production house, Alteridom Films, has come up with the opportunity for story writers to produce a winning script for his next film. This way he aims to groom new writing talent as, in his view, this may be the answer to the problems film industry professionals in Pakistan face in finding the right stories and scriptwriters who are adept in their work. The writers would also know where to go and whom to contact.

Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad!

Mahira Khan is to appear in the Nabeel Qureshi film, ‘Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad’ with Fahad Mustafa. She has previously worked in a cameo role with Nabeel and Mustafa in ‘Actor-in-Law’. This time she will be the main lead.

Mahira has developed into the sort of personality which only evokes softness and warmth but seeing her with Fahad Mustafa, who plays a policeman fighting corruption, would be quite a change. As for the Quaid-e-Azam part, the director is probably only using it in the film’s title as it is now common to say ‘A few Quaid-e-Azam will do the trick – meaning that money makes the mare go.