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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۔

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Saudi Arabia’s attitude with Qatar and Iran – a question mark (in Urdu)

سعودی عرب کا ایران اور قطر سے رویہ اور ٹرمپ کی حمایت اسلامی ممالک کے لئے دکھ و تعجب کا باعث

دنیا بھر کے مسلمان ہمیشہ سے سعودی عرب کو ایک خاص عزت و احترام کی نگاہ سے دیکھتے آئے ہیں کیونکہ اس ملک میں اللہ کا گھر ہے اور محسن انسانیت نبی کریم حضرت محمد ﷺ کا روضہ مبارک بھی اسی ملک کے شہر مدینہ میں واقع ہے۔ ہر سال دنیا بھر سے لاکھوں کی تعداد میں مسلمان عمرہ اور حج کی ادائیگی کے لئے سعودی عرب کا رخ کرتے ہیں، جس سے سعودیہ کی حکومت کو معاشی فوائد بھی حاصل ہوتے ہیں۔

گذشتہ ماہ نئے امریکی صدر ڈونلڈ  ٹرمپ نے عرب امریکہ کانفرنس میں شرکت کی ۔ حیران کن طور پر شاہ سلمان نے خود ایرپورٹ جا کر ان کا استقبال کیا۔ جبکہ پاکستان سمیت دیگر اسلامی ممالک کے صدور اور وزرائے اعظم کا استقبال کرنے کے لئے دیگر حکومتی ارکان کو بھیجا گیا۔ سعودی حکمرانوں نے امریکہ کی غلامی کی انتہا کر دی۔۔۔۔ ٹرمپ جس نے سات ملکوں کے مسلمانوں کے امریکہ داخل ہونے پر پابندی لگا دی تھی، اسے پیر و مرشد کا درجہ دیا گیا اور اربوں ڈالر کا اسلحہ خریدنے کے معاہدے کئے گئے۔ اسی پر بس نہیں کی گئی، بلکہ ایران کے خلاف محاذ بنانے کا بھی فیصلہ کیا گیا۔

ٹرمپ کے رخصت ہونے کے کچھ ہی دن بعد سعودی حکومت نے اچانک قطر سے تمام تعلقات منقطع کرنے اعلان کر دیا۔ جبکہ اس کے ساتھ ساتھ چند اور عرب ممالک نے بھی یہی  کیا اور اس حد تک نفرت دکھائی گئی کہ قطر ایرویز کو سعودی عرب جانے والی پروازیں منسوخ کرنے کا کہہ دیا گیا، جس سے ہزاروں کی تعداد میں عمرہ کے لئے جانے والے مسافر دوحہ کے ائرپورٹ پر پھنس کر رہ گئے۔ ایران اور ترکی نے البتہ کھل کر قطر کی حمایت کی اور سعودیہ کو تنقید کا نشانہ بنایا۔ پاکستان نے غیر جانبدار رہنے کا عندیہ دیا  ہے اور خواہش ظاہر کی ہے کہ دونوں برادر ممالک کے تعلقات بحال ہونے چاہئیں۔

میری نظر میں یہ واقعات معمولی نہیں اور یوں لگتا ہے کہ اب نبی کریم  ﷺ کی پیشین گوئی پوری ہونے کا وقت قریب ہے کہ عرب ممالک کے درمیان ایک بڑی جنگ ہوگی۔ اسی طرح دنیا کے حالات جس طرح تبدیل ہو رہے ہیں مجھے نہیں لگتا کہ اب حضرت عیسٰی علیہ السلام اور امام مہدیؓ  کا آنا کوئی دور کی بات ہے۔ دجال کی آمد بھی قریب دکھائی دیتی ہے اوردنیا اپنے اختتام کی طرف تیزی سے بڑھ رہی ہے۔ وقت تیزی سے گزرنا، اچانک اموات ، بڑھتی ہوئی قتل و غارت اور بے حیائی، اور عورتوں کی تعداد میں  اضافہ سب قیامت کی وہ نشانیاں ہیں جو اب واضح ہو رہی ہیں۔

عرب ممالک، بالخصوص سعودی عرب اور متحدہ عرب امارات کو امریکہ کی غلامی سے نکلنا ہوگا  اور امت مسلمہ کو متحد کرنا ہوگا ورنہ ایک ایک کر کے امریکہ تمام اسلامی ممالک کو تباہ کر دے گا، جیسا کہ اس نے عراق، افغانستان، مصر اور شام کے ساتھ کیا ہے۔ سعودی عرب کی مثال اس شتر مرغ کی ہے جو مصیبت آتی دیکھ کر ریت میں سر ڈال لیتا ہے اور سمجھتا ہے کہ مصیبت ٹل گئی۔ انہیں سمجھنا چاہیئے کہ ان کا نمبر بھی قریب ہے۔ پاکستان کو اس موقع پر اپنا بھرپور ادا کرنا چاہئے اور عرب ممالک کو یقین دلانا چاہئیے کہ وہ کسی مشکل صورتحال میں ان کا ساتھ دے گا۔ اسی طرح ایران اور افغانستان کو بھی پاکستان کے خلاف بھارت کا ساتھ دینے سے گریز کرنا چاہیئے کیونکہ اس سے خطے میں کشیدگی بڑھ رہی ہے۔پاکستان کو اپنی خارجہ پالیسی پر کام کرنے کی اشد ضرورت ہے ورنہ ہمارے دوست ہمیں چھوڑ کر بھارت کے کیمپ میں شامل ہو جائیں گے اور ہمارے ملک کو غیر مستحکم کرنے میں دشمن کا ہاتھ بٹائیں گے۔

 

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.

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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!!!

Pakistan needs a vocal and efficient Foreign Minister

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Pakistan is going through the most critical and challenging phase of its history these days. India is playing its cards very sharply and has been successful in aligning USA, Iran and Afghanistan with them against Pakistan. Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi recently has raised his voice for the people of Baluchistan which is a very alarming thing. On the other side India has started torturing and killing Kashmiri freedom fighters once again. They have convinced USA successfully that terrorists have their roots in Pakistan.

Our Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not keeping good health and also he is very much worried due to the strong opposition and demand for his stepping down by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after his family’s involvement in the Panama Leaks scandal. Mr. Sharif has not appointed any Foreign Minister since his government was formed. He looks after foreign issues himself. However it is realised by all political figures and analysts that Pakistan is suffering a lot because of not having a full time Foreign Minister.

Mr. Nawaz Sharif is a silent person by his personality and speaks very less, which is useless in current scenario. He hardly issues any statement against India. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan gave a good lesson to India during the SAARC conference in Islamabad but he can’t do more because his role is not to look after the foreign affairs. In my opinion at this stage Pakistan has to respond Indian actions with strong strategic and diplomatic actions. We therefore need someone like Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto who was a an efficient and vocal Foreign Minister. Otherwise Pakistan will lose all its allies one by one and India will get a very strong position in the region, which will be a big danger for our motherland.

Visit to Pakistan – 2016

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I have recently returned from Pakistan after spending three weeks with my family members and friends. During my visit well renowned philanthropist Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away which made everyone grieved. He was a true legend and a wonderful example of true Muslim. He will be remembered forever.

I mostly stayed in Lahore and spent some time in Multan and Islamabad as well. As far as development is concerned, no doubt that now streets and roads in all these cities are much improved. Islamabad Metro stations are designed so beautifully that you feel like you are in Dubai. Centaurus Mall is also an amazing shopping mall which must be visited. Lahore has got Pakistan’s biggest mall Emporium which is still not opened fully, however it will be a wonderful shopping and entertainment complex once opened completely. In Multan the Metro Bus track is under construction and after its completion the city will have good transportation as well.

In spite of the above mentioned developments I feel sorry to mention that there is no change in the attitude of our people. Except in Islamabad, riders and drivers have no patience at all. No one gives way to others and many people help blocking the traffic at the junctions. Even Police is helpless in controlling the traffic. It gave me lot of stress. On the other hand life has become very difficult there due to the uncontrolled inflation. There is no guarantee of the products that they are genuine in spite of the high prices. Only few stores now give you five rupee coin in change, otherwise 10 rupees are the minimum currency denomination now, which is very alarming. Government claims that it has improved the financial situation of country which is a big lie. In Multan people realise that there was no need of Metro bus at all but it was better to spend the same money on the condition of existing roads and bringing more buses for helping people to commute to different routes in the city.

As far as political scene is concerned, most of the educated people want Nawaz Sharif to resign after the Panama Leaks. However most of the uneducated or underprivileged people still support PMLN. They voted for them in the recent Azad Kashmir elections and proved that the nation does not deserve Imran Khan at all. Many friends of mine have lost their hope in PTI as well and they expect action from Pakistan Army to get them rid of the existing PMLN governments in federal and Punjab.

I wish that our leaders could spend on the awareness of people of Pakistan. They should spend more on hospitals and schools rather than just decorating the country. We need real price control implemented by the government in Pakistan. During Ramadan and Eid, grocers and shopkeepers charged highly unreasonable amounts on everyday grocery items and no one took any notice at all. Government is least bothered about the inflation and the ministers and parliament members are just concerned of just their own positions and assets. Pakistan needs a real change now otherwise we will reach to the point of no return.

Evening with Zia Mohyeddin – an unforgettable event!

Urdu International Australia is a Sydney based cultural organisation which tried to promote Urdu literature through its programmes and events. On 7 May 2016 they organised a beautiful evening in Husrstville, a Sydney suburban area, where we got opportunity to meet and listen one of the most dynamic literary person, the living legend, Mr. Zia Mohyeddin who was joined by the visiting Urdu poets Mr. Musaddaq Lakhani, Dr. Baqar Raza and Khushbeer Singh Shaad. In addition there was a breathtaking classical dance performance by Sydney’s local artist Jyoti Duxit, termed as ‘Poetry in Motion’.

Beautiful hall of Civic Theatre was jam packed with the audience and many of them could not get seated. President of Urdu International Mr. Ashraf Shad, a renowned Urdu poet, inaugurated the event with his opening speech in which he welcomed the distinguished guests. He presented a brief introduction of Zia Mohyeddin. Dr. Shabbir Haider was then invited onto the stage for welcoming the legend formally.

Zia Mohyeddin as usual was dressed gracefully. He thanked the organisers and audience for their love and respect. Zia sahib then read a number of poems and proses which were selected from the best Urdu and English literature collections of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pitras Bukhari, Dr. Younis Butt, Ayub Khawar and Shaukat Thanvi. They included humorous as well as serious and thought provoking subjects. But the best thing was the presentation. Zia has got a God gifted skill and voice quality that is unmatchable. He gave life to the written words. We smiled and laughed with him, and at some sentences we got our eyes filled with tears. 83 year old gentleman made a non-stop performance for almost 90 minutes. After he finished crowed gave his standing ovation.

During the interval Zia sahib came to meet his fans in another hall where the organisers had placed his two books for sale. Zia sahib gave autograph on the first page to every purchaser. It also provided a lifetime opportunity to his fans of getting their photographs with the legend. I didn’t miss the opportunity and purchased his autography titled as “The God of my Idolatry”. I not only expressed my best wishes for him but also told her a little about my blog writing, which he appreciated.

After the interval Jyoti Duuxit was called onto the stage who gave a spectacular dancing performance on Urdu Ghazal ‘Haal-e-Dil Hum Ko’ (حال دل ہم کو یاد آنے لگے). I was getting late so left after her performance and missed the Mushaira (poetic session).

I greet Urdu International Australia for arranging such a marvellous programme and providing us the opportunity to watch and listen to a living legend.

Corrupt leadership exposed after Panama Papers leak

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Panama Papers have not only exposed our Prime Minister and his family members but also put a question mark on our national accountability system. Punjab Chief Minister already has become controversial by not allowing National Accountability Bureau to conduct any investigation in Punjab to find the irregularities and corruption in mega government projects like Nandipur Power Plant and Metro bus and train projects

Recently after the Gulshan Iqbal Park bomb blast in Lahore there is a big demand from the public and lawmakers to allow Pak Army to expand their counter-terrorism operation. However Punjab government didn’t like the idea and opposed it.

This difference of treatment between Punjab and other provinces is increasing hatred between the residents of other provinces and of Punjab.

Nawaz Sharif and his party PMLN is already under fire after hanging Mumtaz Qadri and giving safe way to General Retd. Pervez Musharaf, who was facing serious judicial inquiries. It seems that there is no rule of law in Pakistan. Today I interacted with some of very high calibre Pakistanis in Sydney. We discussed on Qadri issue and agreed that it was not a good move to hang him. Instead he could have been given life imprisonment. If government believes that he was treated according to the law then why Raymond Davis was released and Musharraf was given free path.

In the coming days there will be more evidences coming against Sharif family and their political career will seize just like Chaudhries and Bhuttos.

Shahid Afridi to be kicked out of Pakistani Cricket immediately

Pakistan lost to India in Asia Cup T-20 match in Bangladesh last night (27 Feb 2016). Definitely India proved themselves as a better side and won the game. Afridi once again proved himself as a failure. Our ‘Chinese mobile’ once again ditched us at the time of need.

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For last five years I have been unable to digest that why Shahid Afridi is still part of Pakistani Cricket Team. This man has given some good performances definitely in the past but it doesn’t mean that he has got the rights of playing forever in spite of his worst performance.

If he has got right to play for the country despite his continuous failures then why were many capable players removed from the squad on just one or two bad performances? Then Salim Yousaf, Muhamamd Yousaf, Ejaz Ahmed, Aqib Javed, Shoaib Akhtar, Imran Nazeer, Yasir Arfat and many others deserved playing more for the Pakistani side.

In fact Mr. Afridi has got some links with the culprit officials in Pakistan Cricket Board who always keep him in the team. These culprits have nothing to do with our country’s respect and pride. They damn care about people’s feelings and keep Afridi in the squad without any justification. We demand that this person must be kicked out from the team immediately without any second thought. He always brings disappointment, embarrassment and humiliation for the nation.