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Tribute to two great writers: Ishtiaq Ahmed and Mazhar Kaleem M.A. (in Urdu)

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Mehndi Ki Raat – a dancing song for the weddings!

Music is my most favourite hobby. I have been playing keyboards since 1989. 2016 was an important year in my life. I recorded my own composition Jaan-e-Jaan in my voice. My beloved friend, who is a music genius, Mr. Hasan Turk arranged the music for this sweet ballad. I recorded the vocals in Sydney and Hasan mixed and mastered the song in Lahore. I released it on the Valentine’s Day. It got great popularity and demands were high for the video.

In 2017, I managed to shoot the video of Jaan-e-Jaan. Highly talented Mr. Khalid Alvi took his video camera and we both achieved what we could have never imagined. The video was released on 25th of March and once again got everyone’s attention. It was also my first direction venture. Song was played also on TV channels ATV (Pakistan) and TV Arcana (Australian Internet TV). On pubic demand I sent my song to the Music Database Patari management team. They uploaded the audio on their app. It was a great honour for me as they only upload quality songs by Pakistani based artists.

In September 2017 I decided to work on a fast dancing song which could be played in the wedding function Mehndi where cousins and friends of the groom and bride could dance on it. I had a melody in my mind and I discussed the idea with Hasan. He appreciated the idea but offered me to compose the song for me as he had something better in his mind.

However the challenge was not that easy. Songs like ‘Mehndi Ki Ye Raat’ by Jawad and ‘Mehndi Ki Khushbu Se’ by Haroon were already very much popular in Pakistanis. It took us almost six months in getting a final shape of the song. Hasan sent me the amazing composition in March 2018. One of his nice friends, Mr. Irfan Saleem wrote the lyrics on melody. I also had written my own lyrics for the same song.

I matched both sets of lyrics and decided to experience something new. I picked up lines from both sets and made a nice mix. At some points I put completely new words and expressions. When I got satisfied with the words, I recorded the vocals at my own home based music studio (DJazz). My family friend Ghazala added her voice for the chorus. On 29th of March Hasan sent me the final mix. We arranged a small gathering of friends at my place on 30th of March and released the song on social media. At the same time we released the MP3 audio on SoundCloud app. Song has been warmly welcomed by my friends and critics and has got great response.

Video of the launching ceremony

 

On this platform I would like to thank all my beloved fans for their continuous support. I will try my best to always create great music for all music lovers.

Rafi Night 2017 – a beautiful musical evening!

Mohammad Rafi is regarded as one of the most popular playback singers from India. His songs are listened even today, after so many years he passed away.

Riaz Shah is a highly talented Sydney based Pakistani singer who is known as ‘Mohammad Rafi of Australia’. He loves to sing Rafi’s evergreen songs. For last so many years, Shah has been organising a tributary concert every year for Mohammad Rafi sahib. In these concerts, many other singers join always felt that the karaoke music ruined the events. Unbalanced music and vocals never impressed me in spite of the very good voices.

This year Riaz Shah decided to bring real musicians on stage and he and other singers did lot of rehearsals with the band His Master Orchestra. Event was organised in Chester Hill RSL Club. It was attended by a reasonable number of people from Pakistani, Indian, Bangali and Fijian communities. Riaz Shah, Waseem Shah, Tariq Mahmood, Manzar Mirza, Shahid Malik, Priya Das, Razia Sulatana and others sang songs of Mohammad Rafi live with the orchestra on their back.

Event can be simply be regarded as the best musical event of the year. Lot of people danced on the songs and highly appreciated the singers and musicians. Everyone left with a pleasant feeling. We congratulate Riaz Shah and his team for entertaining us in such a wonderful way and we look forward to attend more such evening in the future organised by them.

Top 10 Best Male TV Drama Roles performed by Pakistani Actors

Friends this is just my opinion and choice. You may differ with the list and their rankings, but all of these are the legendary actors.

10. Shakeel for An-Kahi

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9. Kashif Mehmood for Bulandi

Kashif Mehmood

8. Abid Ali for Samundar

Abid Ali

7. Sajid Hassan for Thorri Si Wafa Chahiye

Sajid Hassan

6. Fawad Khan for Humsafar

Fawad Khan

5. Shafi Muhammad for Aanch

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4. Nauman Ejaz for Man-O-Salwa

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3. Asif Raza Mir for Tanhaiyan

Asif Raza Mir

2. Nauman Ejaz for Jackson Heights

Nauman Ejaz JH

and top of the list is……….

One and only;

1. RAHAT KAZMI (Dr. Ahmar of Dhoop Kinaray)

Rahat Kazmi

Punjab Nahi Jaoongi (Film review in Urdu)

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پنجاب نہیں جاؤں گی ۔ اداکار و پروڈیوسر ہمایوں سعید کی اچھی کاوش

 پاکستانی فلم انڈسٹری کے لئے ۲۰۱۷ ایک بہتر سال ثابت ہو رہا ہے۔ اب تک تین اردو فلمیں یلغار، پنجاب نہیں جاؤں گی اور نا معلوم افراد 2 کامیابی سے ہمکنار ہوئی ہیں۔ خوش قسمتی سے آسٹریلیا میں رہنے والے پاکستانیوں کے لئے یہ فلمیں یہاں کے سینما گھروں میں بھی نمائش پذیر ہیں اور پاکستانی  فیملیز بڑے شوق سے انہیں دیکھنے پہنچیں۔

جب سے فلم انڈسٹری کراچی منتقل ہوئی ہے تکنیکی طور پر بہتر فلم سازی ہو رہی ہے۔ پرنٹ اور آواز کی کوالٹی بہت  بہتر ہو گئی ہے اور نئے اور جدید سینما گھر  بھی تعمیر کئے جا رہے ہیں۔ تاہم دوسری طرف ایک کمی جو نظر آرہی ہے وہ یہ کہ یہ فلمیں ڈراموں کے انداز میں ہی بنائی جا رہی ہیں اور یہی وجہ ہے کہ کافی فلمیں فلاپ بھی ہوئی ہیں۔

خیر، اب آتے ہیں ؛پنجاب نہیں جاؤں گی ؛ کی طرف جو حال ہی میں ریلیز ہوئی ہے اور میں نے خود سڈنی میں ایک سینما میں جا کر یہ فلم دیکھی۔ فلم پنجاب کے پس منظر میں بنائی گئی ہے اور لاہور کے بہترین ٹی وی  اداکاروں سہیل احمد، وسیم عباس،صبا حمید، نوید شہزاد اور ابھرتے ہوئے احمد علی بٹ نے اپنے کرداروں سے فلم میں جان ڈال دی۔

ہمایوں نے ایک پنجابی جوان کا کردار بڑی خوبصورتی سے ادا کیا ہے اور پنجابی تلفظ میں اردو اور انگریزی بولی ہے جو کافی مزیدار لگی۔ مہوش حیات نے کراچی کی ایک ماڈرن لڑکی کا کردار بہت خوبی سے نبھایا ہے، جبکہ عروہ حسین نے پنجابی جٹی کا کردار احسن طریقے سے نبھایا ہے۔ فلم کی خوبیوں میں اچھا مزاح، بہت اچھی موسیقی، عمدہ اداکاری اور اداکاروں کا بہتر انتخاب نمایاں ہیں۔ بہت خوبصورت سیٹ استعمال کئے گئے ہیں اور رائٹر خلیل الرحمان قمر کے ڈائیلاگ بھی بہت متاثر کن ہیں۔ سہیل احمد نے ایک دفعہ پھر ثابت کر دیا ہے کہ وہ ایک زبردست اداکار ہیں، جبکہ نوید شہزاد نے بھی کمال کے ڈائیلاگ بولے ہیں۔ اس فلم میں ایک گانا؛ اے دل ؛ موجود ہے جو آپ کے دل کو چھو جاتا ہے۔ اسے پاکستانی فلم انڈسٹری کے چند بے حد خوبصورت گانوں میں شمار کیا جا سکتا ہے۔ ڈانس بھی کافی بہتر ہیں اور آپ کو بالی وڈ فلموں کے سٹینڈرڈ کے محسوس ہوتے ہیں۔

جہاں فلم میں بہت سی خوبیاں ہیں، وہیں چند معمولی نوعیت کی خامیاں بھی ہیں جن پر توجہ دے کر آنے والے دنوں میں بہتر فلمیں بنائی جا سکتی ہیں۔ پہلی خامی بعض سنجیدہ نوعیت کے سینز میں بلاوجہ مذاق کو گھسیٹنا ہے جو اچھا نہیں لگا۔ دوسرے اس فلم کی کہانی بہت سادہ ہے اور ٹی وی ڈرامہ ؛دل لگی؛ سے متاثر دکھائی دیتی ہے جہاں ہمایوں سعید، مہوش حیات اور صبا حمید انہی کرداروں میں تھےاور میاں، بیوی کی لڑائی ہی موضوع تھا۔ اسی طرح مہوش حیات کو ایک حد تک لالچی دکھایا گیا ہے جو بہت عجیب لگا کہ جائیداد کے لالچ میں آ کر وہ اپنی محبت کو ٹھکرا دیتی ہے اور ایک دیہاتی فواد کگھا (ہمایوں سعید) سے شادی کا فیصلہ کر لیتی ہے۔  آخری خامی بینک الفلاح اور مکڈونلڈز کی بھونڈے طریقے سے تشہیر ہے، جنہوں نے غالباً اس فلم کو سپانسر کیا ہے۔ بہتر ہوتا اگر فلم کے آغاز میں ٹائٹلز میں ان کا بڑے حروف میں نام لکھ کر شکریہ ادا کر دیا جاتا۔

مجموعی طور پر یہ ایک فیملی فلم ہے جسے آپ جا کر اپنے گھر والوں کے ساتھ دیکھ سکتے ہیں اور سینما سے ہنستے ہوئے نکلیں گے۔ ہم اس فلم کی کامیابی پر ہمایوں سعید اور ان کی ٹیم کو مبارک باد پیش کرتے ہیں۔

Our attitude as Pakistani and Indian expatriates in Australia

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When I migrated to Australia permanently in 2010 I decided to make this beautiful country my home. I taught my daughters that Australia is our home and we should feel proud on being residents of such a beautiful and developed country. However later I realised that unfortunately many Australian citizens who were born in India still show their hatred towards Pakistani born Australians. Few good people fighting against this negative attitude are Ejaz Khan, Zahid Minhas(serving the community through Radio Dosti program for last 20 years), Balbir Singh, Maqsood Nagi, Shagufta Zia, Rekha Maharaj Vikas Paul and Lucky Singh. I also try to promote friendship between Pakistani and Indian born Australians wherever possible.

Recently Sydney saw a sad incident that affected these efforts badly. Indian film awards show IFFAA was being organised here in which renowned Pakistani artists were also invited by the organisers. Tickets were selling very fast and Subcontinent community was eagerly waiting for the date of event. All of a sudden the event got cancelled. Initially the organisers informed that due to tensions between India and Pakistan, the Pakistani artists would not be participating in the event, and later they cancelled the whole event. Vikas Paul was one of the main organisers. He told later that he and other organisers received threats from RSS (Indian extremist religious group) members in Australia that they would not let it happen and would attack Indian celebrities in their own country who were participating in the event. On their pressure management decided to drop Pakistani artists initially and later cancelled the whole event.

It’s not something new. India has got more extremists than Pakistan has. In Pakistan religious vote makes 2.5% of the total votes cast, whereas in India RSS supported BJP got 60% of the total cast votes in their last polls.

I would like to request my Australian friends from India and Pakistan to take each other as Australians, not Indian or Pakistani. We much promote love and respect for each other so that we could create a better environment here. Anyone who promotes hatred must be left alone.

Advance Australia Fair

Pakistan Zindabad – Jay Hind

Malaysia – A peaceful and model Islamic state

After spending almost one week in Kuala Lumpur I can say without any doubt that Malaysia presents a wonderful image of Islam to its visitors from world over. I visited my Pakistani friend Khurram in a town Tronoh where you get amazed to see a newly established beautiful university UTP (University of Technology Petronas). Khurram and his loving wife both are doing there PhDs from the same university and have been living in Malaysia for more than five years.

Khurram told me that there are three main races living in Malaysia; Malay who are Muslims make 55% of the total population, Chinese (mostly Budhists) and Tamil Indians (Hindus). He added that Malaysian Muslims feel proud of their religion and their girls always wear Hijab to show their identity. Malaysian government is liberal and provides religious freedom to everyone living here. There is no street mosque in the Malaysia like Pakistan and other subcontinent countries, but you will find only large Mosques located on different parts of cities. Call for the Islamic prayer, i.e. Azaan is not read loud using the loudspeakers from these mosques, but only the prominent mosques are allowed to use the loudspeakers for this purpose.

Khurram also told me that also liquor is sold at the bars and hotels openly but Malaysian Muslims are not allowed to drink and Police take strict action if a local Muslim is found drinking or doing any major religiously prohibited act. Both Muslims and non-Muslims staff are found at the airports, railway stations, hotels and shopping centres. Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful and very developed city. It has modern transport system. Trains, monorail, busses, taxis and Uber are cheaper and easily accessible. There is a state owned free bus service GoKL that runs four routs which take you to important attractions of the city. People are very friendly and polite and most of them understand English. I loved visiting Malaysia and found it cheaper and better than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I recommend all my Pakistani and Australian friends to visit Malaysia if they want to enjoy an affordable holiday excursion.

Absence of strict laws helping pornography spread in Pakistan

When I was a college student in 90s, a video scandal got viral. That time famous Pakistani actress Shahida Mini’s sex video with some unknown male was easily available on the video rental shops. To my surprise no notice was taken at all. However Shahida Mini was strongly condemned over this vulgar act.

Last year Lollywood actress Meera got involved in a similar scandal when her private bedroom video got viral in which she is doing shameful activities with her friend Naveed. Both later denied the video by claiming that someone made it using computer technology. However again no one took any action at all. Later two TV actresses Sophia and Rida Isfahani also released extremely vulgar videos of themselves. These videos are uploaded on porn websites and can be watched easily.

PEMRA and other government agencies and authorities are silent on this sensitive issue which is simply affecting our youth. These actresses are using such videos for their sex marketing so that the upper class could pay them high for their time. We demand that PEMRA should immediately take up the matter and these culprits must be given strict punishments by the courts so that no one could ever do to do such ugly activities again. Also these artists should be banned by the media.

Response to the hateful sentiments of Adnan Sami Khan and Abhijeet Bhatacharia

In the recent weeks Indian forces have crossed every limit of violence in the occupied Kashmir. They killed independence movement leader Burhan Vani which ignited the Muslim community of Kashmir and as a result clashes started between the Kashmiris and the Indian Army deployed there.

Indian government allowed soldiers to use pallet bullets against the protesters. This is the worst example of inhuman torture. Pallet bullets made many people blind, including women and children. When Kashmiris saw that no one in the Indian government was worried about this violation of human rights, they attacked Indian Army base camp in Kashmir and killed some soldiers. India once again, without any proof, blamed Pakistan on this. Indian Army later claimed false fully that they conducted surgical strike in Pakistan, which they failed to prove. Pakistani Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif addressed to the UN General Assembly where he supported Kashmiris and their cause. He condemned Indian forces on using pallet bullets in Kashmir.

In this scenario Indian film industry Bollywood had to announce that no Pakistani artist would be cast in their new projects. Pakistani actors were told to leave India immediately by the terrorist Indian political parties. In the last week we listened to the ugly and hate provoking statements from ex-Pakistani national Adnan Sami Khan, and Indian singer Abhijeet Bhatacharia. Adnan supported Indian army on attacking Pakistan. Abhijeet Bhatacharia also used foul language against the Pakistani artists and said they should have been kicked out of India immediately.

I have been a big fan of many Bollywood artists like Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Hima Malini, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit. I believe that artists have nothing to do with the politics.

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Adnan Sami Khan; I would like to say “Shame on you”. You were introduced to the world through Pakistan Television, where you gave piano performances. Veteran Pakistani film director Syed Noor gave you chance to act as a hero in his classic film Sargam, which got flopped because of your fat body, but he never blamed you for his loss. You moved to India few years back and later got Indian nationality which India offered to you just because they knew that it would hurt Pakistanis. You must remember that Indian armed forces are torturing inhumanly in Kashmir. Did you have courage to speak against the use of pallet bullets in Kashmir??? No! So please just shut up!!!!

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Abhijeet Bhatacharia; you are a loser who nobody wants to listen to after listening to the melodious voices of Pakistani artists Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Atif Aslam and Shafqat Amanat Ali. You are jealous with Pakistani talented singers and actors because they are much more popular than you. Shame on you and your ugly thoughts!!!

Kumar Sanu Concert – A night to remember!

It was in 1990 when I first time heard the voice of Kumar Sanu after release of Bollywood super hit film Ashiqui (عاشقی). He was introduced as playback singer by the music producer duo Nadeem-Shravan. Kumar’s beautiful voice made everyone his fan. After this initial success he didn’t stop and gave wonderful songs to the Indian film industry.

On 30th of July 2016 one of my biggest wishes got fulfilled when I got a chance of listening to this great singer live in Sydney. Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool was jam packed with 2500 people who had gathered to experience one of the best Bollywood performances. Sadhna Sargam was there with Kumar Sanu to make the evening a memorable one. Concert started around 7:30 pm with the performance of a young Indian female singer Rachna Chopra. She sang four beautiful Bollywood songs which included Chura Liya (چرا لیا ہے تم نے) and Raat Baaqi (رات باقی، بات باقی). She impressed with her melodious voice.

Now it was the time for which everyone had been waiting…… Host announced the name of Kumar Sanu. A short video documentary was played for displaying Kumar’s musical journey. Sanu gave his entry with his evergreen song Dou Dil Mil Rahay Hayn (دو دل مل رہے ہیں). Then he sang a large number of his super hit numbers. Some of them are:

Saansoun Ki Zaroorat Hay Jaisay

Ek Larki Ko Dekha

Tu Milay Dil Khilay

Sanbhala Hay May Nay

Dil Hay Ke Maanta Naheen

Mera Chand Mujhay Aaya Hay Nazar

Tu Meri Zindagi Hay

Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhayn

After this session he left the stage for Sadhna Sargam, who maintained tempo of the concert with her superb performance. She sang her popular songs. Some of them are:

Saat Sumandar Paar

Pehla Nasha, Pehla Khumaar

Chak De Saaray Gham

Chanda Re

Hanstay Hanstay Kut Jayain Rastay

Mujh Ko Hui Na Khabar

Meray Khwaaboun Mein Jo Aaye

Gajar Nay Kia Hay Ishara (with Rachna Chopra)

Then Kumar Sanu came back and both he and Sadhna sang some beautiful duets, which included:

Tujhay Dekha Tou Yeh

Jab Koi Baat Bigar Jaye

Chura Ke Dil Mera

Baazigar O Baazigar

Larki Barri Anjani Hay

Mayn Tujhay Chorr Ke Kahaan (last song)

It was the best ever concert that I have ever attended. Not only the performance but sound system, stage setup (done by Taj Mahal Events) and lighting all were just perfect. Audience enjoyed every moment of the concert. Sada-e-Shahid congratulate the organisers for arranging such a memorable event.