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MUMBAI: Indian composer Vipin Patwa, while condemning the ongoing controversy against banning Pakistani artists, held that music has become worldwide and talent has no nationality, reported sources.

A source qouted Patwa as saying: “We are living in 2018 and music has become global. Moreover, talent is beyond nationality. And let’s not forget that be it music, story or casting of a film, all decisions are taken collectively by a number of people and not a single person.”

According to the details, Patwa has been working with Pakistani vocalists such as Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for quite sometime.

A little birdie has further revealed that Patwa did many efforts to keep Rahat’s vocals from Rog Jaane in the film titled Laali Ki Shadi Mein Laddoo Deewana past annum too.

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have been informed that the composer has recorded some songs crooned by Atif and Javed Bashir and he finds himself in a pickle now due to the ongoing controversy here.

Readers may recall that a month back Indian politician Babul Supriyo asked to impose a ban on Pakistani artistes. Also, he demanded to cut the vocals of Rahat from the song Ishtehar.

Commented on this further, Patwa held, “Removing an artiste from a song merely on the basis of some controversy is the worst and most disrespectful thing as it takes a lot of effort and pain to create a song. I had specially flown to Dubai just to record the song.”

Newspakistan.tv has earlier reported its viewers that Atif turned down the request of Indian filmmaker Sudhir Mishra to promote his song Sehmi Hai Dhadkan from the movie Das Dev.

While supporting the singer, he noted, “Atif was taken on board because his voice was matching the character of the song. This decision was taken way before the controversy started.”

“It’s a coincidence that this controversy has started at the time of my music launch. Which artiste wouldn’t want to promote his work? If Atif has taken this decision, there must be some reason behind it.”

It has further been learnt that singer Javed Bashir too has recorded his song titled Tai toh utte  for the said movie, “It is a mere coincidence that I recorded with him and now his song is in the film (Daas Dev) and is surrounded by controversy.”

 “The way the song by Atif got affected, it (controversy) may affect the song by Javed Bashir too. I hope for the best and would like the audience to decide,” said he.

While giving a positive message to bring the rivals together, he further maintained, “If my small efforts can bring two nations together, I would love to be a part of such projects.”

“Moreover, I grew up listening to Nusrat sahab and Mehdi Hasan sahab. Can you ask people to stop listening to their songs? You can’t because music is beyond boundaries.”

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No biopic on BB sans heirs consent: Bakhtawar

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KARACHI: Sources privy to NPTV had earlier reported that biopic on Benazir Bhutto (late) is on the cards and Pakistani starlet Mehwish Hayat is expected to play Bhutto.

The starlet, while asserting her appearance as the late prime minister on Instagram, also deliberated apropos her feelings being honored to be given the opportunity to learn about the late Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader.

As soon as the news spreads like a wildfire, daughter of Benazir Bhutto namely Bakhtawar took to Twitter on Friday, lamenting that no consent has been taken from heirs of the late Pakistan premier apropos making a biopic on her life.

Moreover, Bakhtawar, while terming this measure illegitimate, also geared-up to take action against it.

The tweet reads, “Certainly no consent from her living heirs/children was sought. Absolutely unacceptable and we will be taking action against it.”

Responding to her tweet, Hayat replied: “There is a project at the very early stages of development about your amazing mother. This cannot and will not be done without the consent or blessing of the family. I am sure that the team involved will be in touch before they progress further.”

“Irrespective of any film, I would love to meet someday and learn more about her,” added she.

It is pertinent to mention here that a little birdie had previously reported that officials endeavored to approach B-town actress Vidya Balan for playing Bhutto. Nevertheless, they could not make it due to the ongoing tensions amid borders.

A relevant piece published earlier: The ongoing trend of making biopics is sweeping like wildfire in B-town. However, now it seems that Lollywood is going to adopt the hot trend too. Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have reported that Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat is all set to depict the role of Islamic World’s first PM Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated on the 27th day of December 2007 in a biopic. According to details, the actress took to Instagram and wrote: “Benazir is a true hero of mine, a real powerful woman and an inspiration for many millions around the world. Would be a privilege and honor to play her on screen and bring her wonderful journey, her inspirational story to the world!” Previously, it was reported that officials tried to approach Bollywood actress Vidya Balan for the same role. However, no official statement has been made so far. On the work front, the actress was last seen in Punjab Nahi Jaungi that managed to gross around Rs 50 crores. Well, it is yet to be ascertained whether the actress would manage to essay the fierce leader with the same grace she had?

Vidya or Mehwish, who will play Benazir?

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Actress Armeena Khan calls out Sheikh for derogatory comments!

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KARACHI: Pakistani starlet Armeena Khan is known for being an outspoken lady. Lately, the actress took to Twitter to pan chief of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed for using inappropriate language for the people belonging to the entertainment fraternity on live television.

The actor posted, “Who is this man? Why is he using such abusive language against the film industry? Why is such obscene language allowed on mainstream television?”

Criticizing the politician, Armeena further went on to say, “I am embarrassed for this man. I mean, how do you just sit there and make such statements without realizing the wider ramifications? Is he educated? What background does he come from?  In the UK, he wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near public office. “

Armeena strongly backed up and appreciated the artists, who are professional and do a lot of hardworking, “What do you call selling the soil of your motherland to corrupt politicians? In the wider world, only the BEST, the most educated, the most talented can dream of doing what WE do i.e. being artists. Real K’s can only dream of this so what do you do? Dream or sell?”

Claiming that there are innumerable concerns for politicians to talk about on TV instead of giving derogatory comments against anyone, she held, “As a creative professional, I am left wondering if the politicians historically tasked with developing and supporting our creative industries, harbored such derogatory sentiments about these very industries, then is it any wonder our nation has had to endure a cultural depression for so long. This is the very hypocrisy that destroyed our film industry. As a result, we have lost out economically and artistically. It is unforgivable.”

 “If the people in charge had been sincere, where would our industry be today? What kind of employment opportunities and resources would our youth have? Would we still be reliant on foreign industries to fulfill our cultural needs?” said she.

Slamming the electronic media, which is just occupied in earning ratings, the actress maintained, “The episode shows the embarrassing direction of our news outlets and the people involved with them. Why did the host not challenge the inflammatory position by his guest? We need younger, educated faces to deliver a better and a more professional level of a product instead of chasing ratings driven by rubbish that is served every night.”

Armeena deliated by stating, “If we are fighting for a new Pakistan then these attitudes belong in the past. Otherwise, there will be no change.”

Upon her post, twitterati also went ahead to give their comments. Some agree with Armeena whereas, others support Sheikh. Responding to the twitterati, Armeena wrote, “So do shaadis don’t have naach gaanay? Does that mean that everyone partaking in wedding songs and dances are K*****?”

The actress also went ahead for supporting and helping Syrian refugees while deliberating about the hypocrisy persists in this world. Moreover, she also raised her voice against cyberbullying and racial discrimination.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistani electronic media particularly entertainment side lacks maturity and professionalism and is running after ratings.

As a matter of fact, female anchors and hosts just endorse expensive attires and makeovers. They have nothing to do with producing fruitful content for public and hence, they are just disseminating vulgarity, which needs to be halted forthwith!

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Beijing Film Academy offers scholarships to filmmakers 

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BEIJING: The Beijing Film Academy, one of China’s top film schools, has launched a training program offering scholarships to young filmmakers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries to study cinema in China.

Operating under a quota system, the scholarships will be offered annually over the next three years, it was stated at the recently concluded SCO Film Festival held In Qingdao, Shandong province. Nearly 60 movies including five from Pakistan were screened more than 260 times in 10 cinemas around Qingdao for nearly 50,000 people during the five-day festival.”It was the first time that most of the movies had been screened in China.

It gives Chinese audiences a chance to see films with unique characteristics that represent the respective countries’ cinematic culture,” says Sun Xianghui, director of the China Film Archive. Other than the awards, plans for a series of projects aimed at developing cinematic exchanges among the eight SCO member states and four observer nations were unveiled.

The China Film Co Ltd, the country’s largest State-owned studio, launched a project to invite movie regulators and industry insiders from the SCO states to attend seminars aimed at introducing the Chinese movie industry and showcasing its latest filmmaking technology.

The latest SCO project was also unveiled at the film festival. A co-production between teams from China and Pakistan, The Journey is a film inspired by a true story that took place on the Karakoram Highway, one of the world’s highest paved roads, constructed by the two countries. Penned by award-winning scriptwriter Wang Haiping, the film will be shot in Qingdao, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and Pakistan, and is scheduled to open by the end of 2019.

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