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August 2020

25 Under 25 Award

The Little Art unveiled a list of 25 young women with stories of resilience, fearlessness and passion for its much-awaited 25 under 25 Award, a platform that recognizes young women creating a huge impact on their lives and giving back to society with their exceptional work.

Young women from all over Pakistan were asked to submit their stories and profiles on the TLA official website. The shortlisting of the final 25 was done based on their work, the drive and passion they possessed to continue doing it and giving back to the society, their struggle and support of family and community.

The 25 under 25 Award is a vision to recognize those young women, projecting extraordinary stories of determination and passion. These 25 young women represent the geographic and cultural diversity of Pakistan and bring assorted experiences and determination to contribute to positive social, environmental and cultural impact in Pakistan.

The women will get their stories published in the official 25 under 25 books which will later be exhibited all over Pakistan. The 25 women will be presented the award at high profile public events scheduled to take place in September 2020. An additional 5 short films will be made on the best 5 stories from the 25, as selected by the jury.

‘Zindagi Tamasha’ Screening

The Senate Human Rights Committee has allowed the release of Sarmad Khoosat’s film ‘Zindagi Tamasha’, saying there is nothing wrong with the film.

Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, who headed the committee, in a tweet, said, “Senate HR committee has unanimously agreed with the Censor Board’s decision to allow screening of movie Zindagi Tamasha. We’ve found nothing wrong with it. The Censor Board has our go-ahead to release post-COVID. Detailed reasoning to follow later”.

The federal government had stopped the release of ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ across the country. The film was earlier to be released in January 2020. Now it will be released after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sadaf and Shahroz in telefilm

Sadaf Kanwal and Shahroz Sabzwari will be seen together in a telefilm titled ‘Ghar Kay Na Ghaat Kay’. This would be the first time the newlywed couple will be seen together after marriage. Their first time was in Oslo, Norway.

A TNI production for ARY Digital, the story revolves around two sisters, Sadaf and Uroosa Siddiqui, who are married to Shahroz and Ahmed Hassan, respectively. The boys are financially taken care of by their father-in-law, played by Javed Sheikh who has bought a shop for them to operate. The cast also includes Zhalay Sarhadi who will be doing the role of a nurse.

The duo believes their working together would bring a good flavour to the audience since both will be playing unconventional roles.

Dewan Motors Launches BMW

Dewan Motors recently launched the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe in Pakistan. This alternative to the classical sedan celebrates its arrival with a fresh dose of individuality, aesthetic appeal and emotional engagement backed up by innovative control/operation and connectivity tech, excellent everyday usability and the dynamic capability for which BMW is renowned.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe reveals a strong focus on design with bold, sporty, and emotionally rich lines, frameless side doors, and a highly expressive, flamboyant appearance. It offers state-of-the-art infotainment, sound systems and a mood dependent ambient lighting system.

There is perfectly orchestrated interaction between cutting-edge chassis engineering, innovative technologies and the integrated components and control systems which elevate the driving experience to enviable heights. BMW Performance Control increases handling with remarkable agility. The innovative reversing assistant steers the vehicle in reverse along the same line it took when moving forward.

It is the perfect choice for young, urban customers for whom sportiness, connectivity, and driver assistance systems play an important part in their daily mobility.

Netflix’s ‘Ju-On: Origins’

The Netflix ‘Ju-On: Origins’ is a terrifying prequel of the horror flick ‘The Grudge’ and a must-watch. The Japanese series is available with English subtitles and dubbing.

Directed by Sho Miyake and written by Hiroshi Takahashi and Takashige Ichise, ‘Ju-On: Origins’ focuses on the events that inspired Takashi Shimizu’s original story. The series is set several years before the events of the first ‘Grudge’ film. It seeks to explain more about the now-legendary characters of the franchise, including the terrifying ghost Kayako.

Ju-On, ‘Curse Grudge’, also known as The Grudge, means when a person dies with a deep and powerful rage, a curse is born and this is what this latest series comprising 6 episodes tries to unfold.

First Online Art

Moderated by KBT Trustee and Chair Outreach Atteqa Malik, the Karachi Biennale KB19 e-catalogue was launched at a webinar to reach a wider audience during the Coronavirus pandemic. The panelists included Jehan Ara, Amin Gulgee and Rashid Rana among others.

In keeping with its focus on ecology and emphasis on sustainable practices, the Karachi Biennale has replaced paper and ink with digital technology to lower the carbon footprint. The 350-page e-publication is reader-friendly with interactive digital features and embedded videos to enhance viewer experience. It is packed with vibrant images of the art of almost a hundred artists and discussions that include essays by leading voices in the fields of ecology, sustainable design and community partnerships, to highlight the link between the environment, art and the city.

The e-catalogue presents the spectacular vitality of the exhibitions and extensive public programming with tours and workshops for students, teachers, and visitors. Also documented in the catalogue are roundtables and talks on art and concerns of the times we live in. A special section has been devoted to the exceptionally talented winners of the five prestigious art prizes offered by Karachi Biennale. This includes the Performance Art Prize which is the first such prize in the field anywhere in the world.

Madame Tussauds in Singapore

Madame Tussauds Singapore rolled out the red carpet on July 1, 2020, but this time it was for the local people to shine alongside more than 80 celebrities from Singapore and Asia, Hollywood to the Indian film industry - and beyond.

The full of famous fun at Sentosa implemented a vast range of stringent health and safety measures to achieve SG clean accreditation and ensured the health and well-being of staff and visitors. After extensive consultation with local authorities, Madame Tussauds re-opened with such safety measures as capacity limit, social distancing provisions, temperature checking, enhanced cleaning protocols and even the figures themselves being subjected to an increased sanitization regime.

With all these measures in place, people have the opportunity to travel the world and meet stars like Dwayne Johnson, Jay Chou and Priyanka Chopra, all in the comfort of Singapore.

New Dawlance Fridge

The leading manufacturer of home appliances Dawlance has enriched its range of refrigerators by introducing its latest series. Previously Dawlance introduced the revolutionary nature lock technology in its series of refrigerators and now this latest series will also have Vitamin Fresh Technology that is capable of preserving vitamin A and C in fruits and vegetables for longer durations.

Dawlance is a pioneer Pakistani brand that has created products with Advanced Inverter Technology that claims to conserve up to 55% energy annually. Saving significant amounts of electricity to ensure a safe, sustainable environment, these new products have been rewarded with an A++ energy rating. All Dawlance refrigerators are backed by the longest 12 years compressor warranty while the need for a voltage-stabilizer in these products has also been eliminated.

Developed with state-of-the-art features for extended preservation of food, the new series reflects innovation inspired by nature. Extending the promise and legacy of European quality, Dawlance is the first brand in Pakistan to introduce disruptive technology that promises ground-breaking features for extended preservation of food, along with numerous other sophisticated functions.

‘The Umbrella Academy’

Netflix has returned with the upcoming ‘The Umbrella Academy – Season 2’ which has the same weird family but with new weird problems. The series is about a dysfunctional family of superhero siblings, based on the Dark Horse Comics series by Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Ba.

Season 2 will pick up directly at the end of season 1 when Vanya destroyed a piece of the Moon, recklessly destroying the Earth. The teleporting Aidan (having no name in the series as well as the comic) saved the Hargreeves siblings by transporting them to 1960s Dallas where these scattered siblings will be building new lives for themselves until a new doomsday threat pulls them back together.

Ali Ansari in Kaasa-e-Dil

Ali Ansari is all set to showcase his talent in the drama serial ‘Kaasa-e-Dil’ that will be on Geo Entertainment. Written by Jehanzib Qamar and directed by Zeeshan Ahmed, the story revolves around relationships and misunderstandings that lead to different events. It is based on love, sacrifices and hardships. The serial also has Hina Altaf, Affan Waheed, Haris Waheed, Sukaina Khan and Rabia Abid Ali.

Momina Duraid’s ‘Zebaish’

Momina Duraid Productions drama serial ‘Zebaish’ has taken social media by storm since the release of its first teaser and audiences have been waiting eagerly for the serial to go on air.

‘Zebaish’ is a dark thriller that depicts the complexities of human nature and sheds light on their insecurities and selfishness. The drama highlights the challenges and costs of being successful and how one’s success threatens the egos of people close to that person.

Written by Bushra Ansari and directed by Iqbal Hussain, ‘Zebaish’ promises a unique and intriguing storyline that will keep the audience hooked to it. The serial has Qavi Khan, Shabbir Jan, Bushra Ansari, Babar Ali, Asma Abbas, Zara Noor Abbas, Asad Siddiqui, Adnan Shah Tipu, Sajid Shah, Zoya Nasir, Iqbal Hussain, Fatima Zehra Malik, Shaheen Khan, Sadaf Nasir, Khalid Bin Shaheen, Salma Zafar, Akbar Khan and others.

ViroMasks Protection

To address the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, the UAE company ViroMasks has brought together a team of leading experts around the world to research, design and manufacture a higher quality product that provides a safer alternative to disposable and fabric masks. With anti-viral protection built-in, the competitively priced ViroMasks offer superior infection prevention for everyday use and can be reused for up to 1 year, maintaining anti-bacterial effectiveness for up to 40 washes and anti-viral effectiveness for up to 20 washes.

The ViroMasks is the first in the world to be proven effective against SARS-CoV-2 virus in the laboratory. It is a breakthrough in the quest to control the spread of the virus with particulate penetration tests showing that the masks have a filter efficiency of 98.5%.

Designed for daily use, ViroMasks ensures minimal heat and CO2 build up and comes equipped with two exhale valves to provide maximum user comfort.

Jude Law in New Peter Pan Film

Actor Jude Law will be playing the iconic character of Captain Hook in Disney’s upcoming live-action Peter Pan film ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’.

The Disney live-action update of the 1953 toon classic is being directed by David Lowery from a screenplay he wrote with Toby Halbrooks, based on the J.M. Barrie novel. The film will feature Ever Anderson as Wendy and Alexander Molony as Peter Pan.

Jude was recently seen in Paramount’s ‘The Rhythm Section’. He is also set to play his role as Dumbledore in the next ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ instalment.

Rabab Hashim in ‘Qarrar’

Rabab Hashim has started shooting for her next project ‘Qarrar’ where she will be seen with Mikaal Zulfiqar, Muneeb Butt and Sanam Jung.

The versatile star was last seen in the blockbuster ‘Kam Zarf’ in 2019 which was followed by another hit ‘Meray Mohsin’ the same year. ‘Qarrar’ would be marking her return to the small screen where she will be playing a pivotal role.

Produced and directed by Barkat Sidiki, ‘Qarrar’ is a project of MD productions.