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Biopic ‘Kaptaan’ to be released this year!

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KARACHI:  Sources privy to NPTV have been intimated that biopic on the life of Naya Pakistan leader Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan is slated to hit the silver screen this year.

It is to be noted that the venture entitled Kaptaan has been in the works for the period of more than six years whereas, the foremost flicker of the film was released back in 2013.

Deliberating about the endeavor, the leading lady of the flick, Saeeda Imtiaz, who will be seen essaying the role of Khan’s first wife Jemima Goldsmith, muses, “The idea of Kaptaan came around in 2011. We conducted a workshop that year to translate the vision into a film. Filming commenced a year later.”

Talking about what holds the movie from releasing, the protagonist Abdul Mannan, who will portray Khan, beams, “The film was originally slated for a 2013 release, right before general elections. The release got stalled after Khan met an accident before the polls.”

Imtiaz, while thinking back on, went on to articulate about her exposure of meeting the cricket legend. Also, the film is being made when the politician gave his go-ahead nod. Nevertheless, due to the 2013 incident, the film’s producers could not make it to the cinemas.

Asserting that Goldsmith is also excited to see her being portrayed by Imtiaz, the starlet added, “I had an email conversation with her in 2013.  She said she had loved the way we’ve portrayed her in the film. Goldsmith was ecstatic on learning that I was playing her onscreen.”

It has further been learned that back then Imtiaz was expected to meet Goldsmith in London however; their meeting got canceled because of the protests.

Illustrating about his role, Mannan sounds confused yet enthusiastic as he did not know much about the PTI chairman’s life. “There was an uncanny physical resemblance but I knew I still had a long way to go. I had to emulate his mannerisms, gait, speech. I spent a day with him just to observe.”

Maintaining that the venture harbors hitherto intact features of Khan’s life. The actor further held, “Around 60% (of the film) is premised on his personal relationships. Kaptaan will also shed light on his relationship with Goldsmith.”

The scope of the movie revolves around the past years of Khan’s political innings, the tough time he went through and his marriage to Goldsmith. “The film is complete. All we need to do is hire a director to re-shoot and edit some sequences.”  As a matter of fact, both actors are confident that the film will see the light of the day this year!

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Animated ‘The Donkey King’ to be released on 19th Oct

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ISLAMABAD: Animated movie “The Donkey King” will be released on the October 19 and the film follows the adventures of Mangu Mangu Jan Mangu, a daydreaming donkey who has aspirations to be more successful in life. Aziz Jindani is the director of the Donkey King.
Earlier, Talisman Studios has released a teaser trailer for its family-friendly CG animated feature The Donkey King.

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Baig rubbishes rumors of making a bio-pic on Nazia!

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KARACHI: Rumors making round here in the entertainment fraternity are that pop singer Nazia Hassan’s ex-husband Mirza Ishtiaq Baig is all geared up to make a film on her life.

According to the details, Nazia’s brother singer Zoheb Hassan had threatened to sue Ishtiaq upon doing so. Deliberating about the matter, Zoheb took to Twitter and posted, “Our family has come to know that Nazia’s ex-husband is trying to make a film on her life so he can feature himself and profit from her name and fame.”

The couple tied the knot in 1995 and had a son namely Arez Hassan.  It has been considered that the pop star parted ways from her husband before her tragic demise. However, talking about their marriage, Ishtiaq asserted, “Nazia Hassan was my wife until her sad demise in London. Her death certificate confirms our marital status.”

Negating his claim Zoheb Hassan, while posting Nazia-Ishtiaq  (April 2000) divorce certificate,  stated on behalf of the family: “His (Ishtiaq’s) statements are as false and divisive as himself always trying to create a delusion in public that he is still married to our beloved Nazia so he can keep on gaining from her name and somehow eradicate how he mistreated her to her very last days”:

“Anyone entertaining this individual shall be duly and legally sued by our family as he has no legal right or basis to do so,” warned he.

On the other hand, rubbishing all such rumors pertaining to the movie, Baig stated, “I am too busy at the moment in my business and other engagements.”

“However, if ever plan to make one, I would announce it myself proudly and being her husband nobody can stop me from doing so.”

Nazia gained fame via a program titled Sung Sung aired on Pakistan Television’s (PTV) and became one of Pakistan’s most celebrated stars in the 70s and 80s.

Her award-winning and chartbuster track Aap Jaisa Koi, which she has sung at the age of 13 for an Indian flick entitled Qurbaani, made her a shining celebrity both at home and in South Asia.

She claimed a Filmfare Award and turned out to be the foremost Pakistani lady to win the prestigious accolade. Nazia along with her brother successfully managed to sell more than 60 million records worldwide. The duo released Disco Deewane in 1981, which went to the top of the chart.

Unfortunately, the Pakistani pop icon lost the battle of her life on 13th August, 2000, due to the lethal lung cancer at the age of only 35 in London.

 

 

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Actor ‘Lehri’ remembered on his 6th death anniversary

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ISLAMABAD: The sixth death anniversary of legendary Pakistani comedian Safirullah Siddiqui, also known as ‘Lehri’, was observed today. 
Lehri was one of greatest comedians who made his name through his film career starting from the 1950s and lasted until the 1980s. He won the Nigar Award for around a dozen films.
Lehri’s first film “Anokhi” was released in 1956, and his last production was “Dhanak” in 1986. The vast majority of his films have been in Urdu, though he did perform in a few Punjabi productions.
Lehri retired in late 1986; after his retirement, his health started deteriorating. He died on 13 September 2012 in Karachi, aged 83, from lung, kidney diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart issues.
He had been under treatment and was on a ventilator due to prolonged illness in a private hospital at the time of his death.

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