Singer Atif Aslam's debut drama Sang-e-Mah came to an end on Sunday with his character Hilmand and Sheherzad (Kubra Khan) reaching their final resolution. While the finale focused on the jirga (council of men) criminalising ghag — a practice where a man shoots in the air three times to claim a woman's hand in marriage not all netizens were happy with the ending, mainly because of the deaths of Zarsanga (Samiya Mumtaz) and Haji Marjaan (Naumaan Ijaz).
The episode started off with the council sitting together to come to a decision about Zarsanga, who murdered her husband for performing ghag without her consent. Keeping that a secret, Haji Marjaan, the tribe leader marries her and adopts her son Hilmand (Aslam). Together, they have a son named Hikmat (Zaviyar Ejaz).
Now as the jirga sits together on the request of Hilmand's grandfather, MashaAllah Khan (Asif Khan) to punish Zarsanga for the crime, the women of Laspiran village come together to confront the men by opposing the tradition of ghag. While the new law finalises and Zarsanga doesn't get penalised, both she and Haji Marjaan commit suicide a night prior to the council's meeting.
For this user the love story between the two is "immortalised" even if they died in the end. Another user lauded Aslam and Ijaz on their performance and loved how the drama was "raw". For this user, Sang-e-Mah was a "a next level production, a different topic". They said our industry needs such "creative work and colourful direction" and complimented Aslam on doing well in the show.
Another user believed that the show had been rushed and praised Ijaz, Mumtaz and Sania Saeed for their performances. Many netizens called out the show for the suicide of Zarsanga and Marjaan. This user questioned why such a "dark end" was part of the show, especially without a trigger warning. Another wrote that suicide is not a solution and should not be promoted. One user praised how ghag had been addressed in the show but was critical of the depiction of suicide. For this user, Zarsanga and Marjaan were "cowards" who didn't seek justice in the past and opted for an easy way out. It's unfortunate that the creator's of Sang-e-Mah's chose to end Zarsanga and Marjaan's story with suicide, especially given their careful handling of the topic of ghag. Deaths by suicide are something we've seen in many TV shows in the past and, as many netizens have said, seems like an abrupt ending to the show. We would've instead loved to see whether the characters of Sang-e-Mah valued forgiveness and believed in moving on.
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If there is one thing people are excited about in Ms. Marvel it has to be the music. People are impressed with episode four already especially since a Coke Studo hit that's very special to our hearts made its way into the episode. Ali Sethi and Shae Gill's 'Pasoori' is the second song from the recent season of Coke Studio to make it to the Disney+ series and the musicians as well as music producers are "honoured" to have their work featured.
Abdullah Siddiqui, the associate producer of Coke Studio's latest season, wrote on Instagram, "Unbelievably honoured to have my work featured in the MCU." He said it's been a year for Pakistani representation. He called it "overwhelming and so beautiful" and said he is thrilled to be a part of it.
The producer of the latest season, Xulfi, also shared the same photo as Siddiqui on his Instagram and congratulated the team while also thanking the "universe" for infinite blessings.
Sethi also shared the news with a clip from the fourth episode from Ms. Marvel. He called it "'Pasoori' pow". Singers Faisal Kapadia, Rup Magon of Josh the band, music producer Talal Qureshi, actor Adnan Malik, artist Misha Japanwala and Gangs of Wasseypur actor Richa Chadha also dropped by to comment on the achievement.
The recent episode also featured Pakistani songs such as SomeWhatSuper and Abid Brohi's 'The Sibbi Song', 'Aag' by Talal Qureshi and Naseebo Lal, 'Doobne De' (Reprise) by Hassan and Roshaan, 'Disco Deewane' by Nazia Hassan, 'Babia' by Sajjad Ali' and 'Mera Laung Gawacha' by Musarrat Nazir.
'Pasoori' is the second Coke Studio song to be featured in the series. It is the first, however, to make it to the actual episode. Hasan Raheem, Talal Qureshi and Justin Bibis' 'Peechay Hutt' made it to Ms. Marvel's second episode's credit scene. It was also used in a short promotional clip shared by Marvel on Instagram for the second episode.
Episodes of Ms. Marvel drop every Wednesday on Disney+ and are also being screened in theatres across Pakistan. Episode 3 and 4 will be screened on July 1, while 5 and 6 will be screened on July 15.
A single photo of two exceptional musicians in one frame has us wondering what's the next project Bilal Maqsood is hinting at with 'Pasoori' star Shae Gill? Gill rose to fame with her hit single from Coke Studio's latest season that also featured Ali Sethi. Ever since, we've heard her croon the famous song on various social media platforms. Her newest collaboration seems to be with Strings legend Maqsood.
Taking to Instagram, Maqsood shared a photo with Gill and wrote, "It was wonderful working with Shae Gill on my latest project (2.0) Can’t wait to share it with you all."
The singers can be seen in a traditional Hunzai house with a man seated behind them. Traditional musical instruments may be part of their upcoming project, as we spotted a Surnai next to Gill in the photo.
In response to Maqsood's announcement, Gill re-shared his story and wrote, "It was an honour". Before working with Maqsood, Gill collaborated with Atif Aslam for a song called 'Manzil'. The song was on Covid awareness in collaboration with the US Embassy in Pakistan. The music video starring Sarwat Gilani released on May 14. Her latest endeavour has us wondering if they're collaborating for Velo Sound Station 2.0, a television programme that features pre-recorded music performances by local artists. We'll have to wait for their project to release but we have our hopes up for a spectacular blend of Maqsood's soft vocals with Gill's strong high notes. hoto: Bilal Maqsood /Instagram
KARACHI: With Eid just around the corner, there is quite a bit of excitement in the entertainment industry. The holidays will mark the premieres of several movies that were delayed due to COVID and included in that list is the new Humayun Saeed movie London Nahi Jaunga. However, one glance at the trailer and we find ourselves using the word ‘new’ loosely. No, this new Humayun Saeed movie is not a sequel to his previous flick Punjab Nahi Jaungi. Though we do not blame you for the assumption. With the same director, same writer and same lead actors, it is easy to come to that conclusion. Director Nadeem Baig even admitted at the trailer launch that the genre for both movies is the same. They both have the romance, the comedy and the drama. However, he insisted that the new movie is different because of the message that is being conveyed to the audiences and that this one is a family movie in particular. Producer Jerjees Seja went as far as to call London Nahi Jaunga a “game changer”. Is it really?
The trailer for London Nahi Jaunga starts in a very typical setting of a shaadi ka ghar with Humayun Saeed making his dramatic entrance on a horse. He pleads with his father to not get him engaged and jokes ensue. It turns out Saeed does not want to get into an arranged marriage with Kubra Khan. In fact, just like the typical Pakistani man, he does not want to get married to a Pakistani girl, period.
In comes Mehwish Hayat. Unlike the very desi Kubra Khan, she adorns dresses, jeans, crop tops and tracksuits. She is brazen, flirty and from London and so obviously, she is exactly what our desi man wants. So much so he is willing to break his fiancé’s heart and go against the promise he makes to the village elders about not going to London to pursue her.
And so our very desi mundas, Humayun Saeed and Gohar Rasheed, make their way to London and revel in the fact there is a big wide world beyond their Bhawalpur. They go clubbing, get into fist fights and face rejection. They come back and face family drama, more fist fights and a slap made especially for Humayun Saeed (after a lot of backlash for Mehwish Hayat’s slap in Punjab Nahi Jaungi).
Just as the trailer leaves very little to imagination as to the plot of the movie, it also all but reveals the ending of the movie. In one instance, we see Kubra Khan dressed as a bride with her unwilling fiancé waiting for her at the alter. We see him repeat the same words and declarations of love Mehwish Hayat made to him and him walk off. The only thing left to determine is: will Humayun Saeed ever be able to make it up to the elders who he disobeyed?
While it seems as though the new Humayun Saeed movie is all but similar to his previous ones, we cannot help but be drawn in by certain aspects of the trailer. As much as we are tired of the same slapstick comedy, there is no denying that some of the jokes in the trailer definitely made us laugh. Audiences are automatically drawn in to the setting of the movie and the grand wardrobe and styling choices. And to add to the feel of the movie is the soundtrack which wants to make us dance and makes us feel sad, all at the right moments.
While Humayun Saeed is convinced that both he and Fahad Mustafa can easily compete with Chris Hemsworth and Thor, the jury is still out. Only time will tell!
KARACHI: With Eid approaching, there is a buzz in the entertainment industry. Several movies are to premiere on Eid and one of them is the Mahira Khan and Fahad Mustafa starrer Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad. Fans have been anxiously waiting to see the two actors share the big screen but the cast and crew had been pretty tight lipped about the new movie. Now that the trailer is finally here, we know what to expect from Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad!
Produced by Fizza Ali Meerza and directed by Nabeel Qureshi, the movie is an action-comedy that follows the misadventures of a police officer. The trailer begins with Mustafa’s voiceover as he credits Quaid-e-Azam for being the reason why people stay in line. However, Mustafa isn’t a clean cut cop and by the looks of it, his partner (Javed Sheikh) and him have gotten their hands on counterfeit bills. They decide to test the money out to see if it is believable only to have Mahira Khan pop their bubble by pointing out a major blunder: the notes do not have Quaid-e-Azam’s picture on them!
Of course, no movie on corruption is complete without a corrupt politician played by Nayyar Ijaz to make things things difficult for the pair. Nor is it complete with an emotional set back in the hero’s life that will turn things around.
While the trailer tries to not give a lot away, it still manages to give away most of the plot and by the looks of it, Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad is your typical Pakistani drama action movie. All the elements are there: a bad cop turned good, people questioning why his intentions changed, a politician dead set on making things difficult and a beautiful heroin to guide our misguided hero to the straight path.