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Ek Thi Marium

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Ek Thi Marium

Pakistan’s drama industry has taken the world by storm and recently there have been teleplays that have managed to do well when aired. Ek Thi Marium is one biographical play that was well-received when it was aired on Defence Day 2016; had it been released in cinema on that day and later played on TV, it would have helped both the cinema and television industry. However, it was watched by many since it was released on a historically important day and slightly preceded the conflict at the border.
The flick is based on the life and martyrdom of Pakistan Air Force’s fighter pilot Marium Mukhtiar (Sanam Baloch in the title role) who convinces her parents to let her enroll in the Pakistan Air Force as GD Pilot and passes it with flying colours. How she handles the tough training to become an ace pilot and her family’s reaction is shown in the first half of the film; the latter half deals with her life in the Academy and as a Fighter Pilot. Shani Arshad’s background score and Zeb Bangash’s song makes you want to watch the film as they perfectly gel with the happenings on screen.
The script by veteran writer, Umera Ahmed was very well-researched and well-written but since the flick was made for the smaller screen, it seemed too TV-ish in the cinema. In films, things happen rather fast but here the pace was slow. The dialogues were natural and that’s what helped them land too close to the heart. Since the year shown wasn’t that old, it was quite relatable. However, the Air Force scenes at the Academy or in the Mess could have been added to give it a touch of realism, like they did in Sunehray Din and Alpha Bravo Charlie. Yes, the aerial sequences were well-shot and couldn’t have been executed better but the ending was a little too early and a wee bit abrupt. For a viewer who has grown on the climatic sequence of Nishan-e-Haider Rashid Minhas filmed 30 years ago, a little human touch would have helped here.
Sanam Baloch returns to acting with this telefilm and manages to impress all, making new fans as well as entertaining her faithful ones. She is undoubtedly the star here as she gets trained like female cadets, walk like them and by the time you are through with the film, you actually believe that she was a Flying Officer rather than an actress portraying one. Hina Bayat and Behroze Sabzwari as parents, Agha Mustafa Hassan as fiancé, Sajda Syed as Dadi and Sharmeen Kashif and Hadi bin Arshad as siblings, all do a commendable job, especially the seasoned veterans as parents. The final scene, where they accept the award on behalf of their martyred daughter will make you cry even if you didn’t want to shed a tear.
Last year, Bin Roye was released in cinemas and this year its drama version followed. Producers of this venture could have done the same thing, but they made a telefilm instead of a movie and showed it on the big screen. Better grading, extended climax and scenes like Aagaya Hai Kyun Kakul could have added flavour to this already treasured project. The return of Sanam Baloch is something of a present for her followers because she is one of the better actresses in the country and must follow her instincts like Ek Thi Marium. •

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SUMBUL IQBAL - AIMING FOR THE SKIES

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Pakistan’s drama industry is blessed with exceptional talent. Our dramas have always had a streak of finesse with respect to their story, script, direction and, obviously, the actors. In the past few years, Pakistani television has exuded a breath of fresh air after new faces with extraordinary talent entered the métier. Among this talented lot, a lady named Sumbul Iqbal stood out with clichéd, yet admirable characters to her credit and became a household name with hit drama serials like Roag, Meray Khawab Raiza Raiza, Dil-e-Abad, Morr Us Gali Ka, Hawa Rait Aur Angan, Raju Rocket, Neelum Kinaray to name a few. MAG chats with the young lass as she spills the beans about her career and aspiration on becoming the most sought after actress in Pakistan.

The 26-year-old star is currently enjoying all the attention she is getting for her new avatar. According to her, a lot has changed ever since she joined the industry. “Things have changed immensely. There is a lot of competition among co-stars and things (style of work) have developed gradually. Actors have started concentrating on themselves. There is a lot of modernity; everyone has something new to offer. Everybody has groomed (themselves) and so have I,” she says candidly. Sumbul believes that actors are now more connected to their audiences, sharing each and every second of their lives with their fans and things have changed on the whole with time and social media, especially has a huge role to play in this.
Her drama serial Ghayal, wherein she appears opposite singer-turned-actor Goher Mumtaz, is currently on-air and she deems it to be a rather different story. “The drama is doing well so far, as it is based on an unusual subject that caters to the society. It has a message for its audience and does not revolve around the typical rona dhona or saas-bahu story; instead it is a thriller, filled with suspense,” she asserts, while she gushes about receiving good response from her viewers.
Like any other male or female actor, Sumbul too, aims for the big screen and has also been one of the lucky few to have received offers from across the border after her play Meray Khwab Raiza Raiza was aired on an Indian channel. Considering the uncertainty of relations between India and Pakistan, with celebrities as popular as Fawad and Mahira being asked to leave India, I ask the young actress about her expected entrance into Bollywood, to which she responds cautiously. “I cannot disclose anything unless things get finalised because I have only received the script up till now. I don’t know what exactly I will be doing in it and I don’t want to end up doing something where I don’t represent Pakistan properly,” she reveals and explains further, “Keeping in mind the situation between the two countries at the moment, I am going to take a very well-thought-out decision. If I think the character is very good, conveys a message and allows me to represent Pakistan in a good light, only then will I agree on doing it.”
One does not need to rethink about the skills Sumbul possesses when it comes to acting, but one may feel that the actress has been stereotyped with the usual damsel-in-distress roles. The actress, however, has contrary views about the supposition. “Women shown in our dramas are usually there to gain sympathies from the audience, which is mostly because females who are watching them want to see themselves in those characters. Also, people in our industry are not ready to experiment at the moment. We usually portray (the life of) our viewers which appeals to those watching it.” Even though she has done two projects where her characters have had a witty side (one of her serial’s Raju Rocket also won her an award for her role), but these characters, according to her, are only appreciated occasionally.
“As far as comedy roles are concerned, I would love to do them because I can relate to such characters. However, they are not done a lot here and people do not make comedy dramas as such, but if they do I would definitely want to experiment with my characters,” she says, opening up about her will to experiment with her roles.

"I am never satisfied with my character or myself. I feel like there is always something better that I can do."
Sumbul says she has received film offers in Pakistan too, but was unsure about the ventures. “I did receive one or two offers, but I did not accept them because I could not decide. Nevertheless, I wish to work in a Pakistani movie before being cast in an Indian film,” she wishfully states.
Sumbul will soon be disclosing about her upcoming film and says she has a lot in store for her fans. “I am working on my first film at the moment during which there will be a short break from TV, though Ghayal will be on-air in the meanwhile,” she says, while not revealing much about the project.
The actress is not one to fall for glitzy awards, instead, she is satisfied when she receives love and positive feedback from her viewers alone. “One does feel happy on receiving a reward for something worthwhile. I was nominated for Roag, but I did not win the award. However, that does not mean that the audience didn’t like me. For me, getting feedback from the audience is more than an award. If you do get one, it motivates you, it strengthens your personality,” Sumbul shares. She is quite certain that awards in our country are not credible enough for a person to know their worth. “Until and unless you do not step out of your circle, and do not reward a deserving person, then it cannot be called an award. There is a lot of lobbying and that is (probably) the reason I didn’t get the award when I was nominated. But I also think that the person who won back then was more deserving and better in the jury’s eye. For me, being appreciated by my audience is more important,” she retorts bluntly.
When asked about ways to sustain in this industry, Sumbul sounds determined as she responds with an astute answer, “To be successful in life, and especially in showbiz, you need to be very patient. So, I do what I like and avoid limiting myself. For the last three years, I was not much into fashion and was so busy with my projects that I could not do anything else. Now that I have done all the conventional characters, I feel like I can work on roles that give me pleasure. But patience is the key to success at the end of the day.” Talking about her growth during all these years, she adds, “I have definitely seen myself grow as an actor in all these years. It is disastrous for you to put a full-stop; one should never stop growing with respect to life and the work they do,” Sumbul proudly utters as she signs out.


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Q: I am 36 years old. My height is 5ft and weight is 65kg. I want to gain weight and build muscles, but I don’t feel hungry. Please suggest what I should do.

A:
Dear Kumail, the most common reason for someone to not feel hungry is that they have either just eaten, or they have not burnt enough calories since they last ate. However, not feeling hungry or not wanting to eat when your body needs the calories is called anorexia and has many causes, including psychological (anorexia nervosa); chronic illness (especially kidney disease); and cancer. If you have anorexia combined with weight loss, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Always keep this in mind that approximately three hours after eating a complete meal, you should feel hungry. It may occur even sooner if you are eating five to six smaller meals a day. If you do not, it may be for one of the reasons below:
• Low blood sugar from not eating properly. You might feel tired, irritable, lightheaded or jittery, and you don't recognize these feelings as hunger. Always think back to when you last ate. This will be your cue.
• You forget to eat because you are too busy. Be sure to set a regular eating routine especially if you have busy work schedules. Long periods of not eating can lead to overeating.
• You have always had a weight issue and never felt hunger? It is time to experience hunger. It can only happen if you eat at regular intervals.
If you are trying to gain muscle at the moment, unfortunately there is no magic bullet. You just have to eat. Resistance training and balanced eating are a great idea. You should also try just having more meals each day. You must start taking a balanced diet with added calories. Remember, you don't have to be hungry to eat, but you do need to eat to get healthier. You just need to figure out whether you desire it enough or not.

Q: I am 27 years old with weight 66kg and height 5ft 2 inches. My cholesterol levels are very high. Please suggest a diet plan to keep it at moderate level.

A:
Dear, high cholesterol increases your risk of heart diseases and heart attacks. You can improve cholesterol with medications, but it is better if you first make certain lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol. Remember, diet alone won't be much beneficial. Exercise can improve cholesterol as well. Moderate physical activity can help raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol. With your doctor's recommendation, work out for at least 30 minutes in a day.
Physical activity, even with 10-minute intervals, several times a day, can help you begin to lose weight. Just be sure that you can keep up the changes you decide to make. Consider the following:
• Taking a brisk walk daily during your lunch hour
• Riding your bike to work
• Swimming laps
• Playing a sport
To stay motivated, find an exercise buddy or join an exercise group. Do remember that activity of any kind is helpful at this stage. Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator or doing a few sit-ups while watching television can make a difference.
Diet Plan
• 200ml skimmed milk + 1 cup whole-grain cereals + 1 apple
• 2 slices of bran bread + 2 egg whites
• 1 large bowl of fresh salad + 125g lean meat + 45g homemade chapatti
• 1 cup mixed fruits
• 1/2 cup fresh salad + 1 cup mixed pulses + 1-2 slices of bran bread
• 100ml low-fat milk
• Drink plenty of water each day. Eliminate trans-fats from your diet. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Increase soluble fibre in your diet and add whey protein as well.

Q: I am 15 years old. My height is 5ft 4 inches and weight is 42kg. I want to increase my height to at least 6ft 2 inches. Please suggest some exercises and a diet plan for me. Also, I want to increase my weight.

A:
Dear Faris, usually a child's height is determined by internal and external factors like genetics, daily nutritional intake, rest and sleep cycles, lifestyle, posture and environment. A person’s growth slows down after the first year of life, breaking down into mini growth spurts. By the time a child reaches adolescence, growth rates increase once again with girls hitting a major spurt between the ages of 8 and 13. Boys reach this growth spurt between the ages of 10 to 15. In order to ensure that you reach a healthy height and weight, you must learn certain lifestyle habits while practicing patience. Every child grows at a different rate, which stops after puberty.
These lifestyle changes include:
You must go to bed early in the evening. Sleeping about 10 to 12 hours every night is mandatory for you. You cannot grow properly without adequate rest. Boosting bedtime to even an hour earlier every night will help ensure rest for your growth cycle. Always take a balanced diet. Never be deficient in any of the vitamins and minerals. Exercise regularly. Keep yourself active all day long. These activities will encourage you to active, instead of sitting in front of the television or playing video games. A healthy routine will definitely help you in gaining height and weight. Here is an exercise and diet plan for you.
Exercise Plan
Mon/ Wed/ Fri:
Warm up : 5-10 mins; spot jogging; moderate pace.
Resistance + Cardio:
Perform each step for 60 secs followed by rest for 10 secs; repeat the whole cycle twice.
Modified push-ups + farmers walk + assisted dips + jumping jacks + squats + aerobic tread + mountain climbing + toe touch walk + lift up on T-bar + 90 degree crunches + floor swimming + cross crunches + bridging
Cool down: Walk slowly for 5 mins.
Stretching: Stretch all major parts of your body and hold each for 15 secs.
Diet Plan
• 200ml fresh juice
• 1 whole egg + 1 egg white + 2 slices of bran bread + 1 apple + 200ml milk
• 1 cup pasta
• 1 cup fresh salad + 150g meat + 50g homemade chapatti
• 1 cup mixed fruits or baked potato
• 1/2 cup salad + 1 cup plain yogurt + 100g beans/ legumes + 1/2 cup rice
• 200ml milk


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Zhalay Sarhadi

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Your favourite getaway destination?
Anywhere with my husband, daughter and friends.

Somewhere you’d never refuse to eat?
Dandee ki chaat :)

Someone you’re always ready to hang out with?
My friends. Noor, Mansha, Ayesha , Sarvat Yasir and my husband Amir Anees :)

Best place for some retail therapy?
Out of Pakistan many, and Dolmen mall in Karachi.

Your favourite chill out activity?
Reading a good book, or watching a film

Your best and worst vacation memory?
The best was just recently we all went to universal studios California, for an entire day. Worst was when I went to New York and the snow was so heavy that it barely let me step out.

Best and worst part about travelling?
Best are the destinations. Worst are airport waits.

If you were to stay in any location forever which one would it be?
Anywhere with my family; home is where the heart is.

Travel bag essentials?
Toiletries, make up and dietary supplements. Clothes I can buy where ever I go.

A place you would like to visit next?
Spain is next on my agenda.


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Mishi Khan is a Film Actress and a current Television Actress and TV Host. She is famous for starring as 'Uroosa' in PTV's Drama titled 'Uroosa' which was her debut serial.


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Mishi Khan | Pakistani Celebrity Plastic Surgery Transformations

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Mishi Khan is a Film Actress and a current Television Actress and TV Host. She is famous for starring as 'Uroosa' in PTV's Drama titled 'Uroosa' which was her debut serial.


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Model Sana Sarfaraz

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Sana Sarfaraz is a Pakistani model.


Sana Sarfaraz a struggling to make a distinctive identity in Pakistani modeling industry and she is also an amateur actress and often appears in dramas for strong roles

Sana Sarfraz Schooling and Education

Sana started earlier education in Karachi and has been a very good student throughout her student life.  She always gained good grades. After that, she joined Karachi University for Masters in Business Administration and mastered as a Human Resource Manager.

Personal Life/ Family/ Siblings and Parents of Sana Sarfaraz

Sana Sarfaraz’s family is living in Karachi, Pakistan. She has a twin sister named Sarah Sarfaraz who is also a struggling model and actress of Pakistani showbiz industry. Moreover, in real life Sana is not only a model but a very good makeup artist. She loves to eat and a foodie in real sense all with this, music is something without which she can’t survive.

Showbiz Career

Sana started in showbiz as a model. As model, Sana gained much success and attained praises from her co-models and seniors. She is very hardworking girl and a true professional, this is the reason which made her to walk to the ramp and did modeling for many designers and brands of Pakistan including

  • Khawar Riaz
  • Munna Mushtaq
  • Keyseria
  • Bonanza
  • Gul Ahmad
  • HSY
  • Ittehad Textiles
  • Rizwan ul Haq
  • Shehla Chatoor
  • Wardah
  • Sapphire
  • Mirza Khursheed Baig

Moreover, Sana also worked in commercials for famous international brands including

  • Coke
  • Zong (4G Pakistan)
  • Metro Shoes
  • L’Oreal
  • Chaika

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Model Sana Sarfaraz Before And After Surgery – What A Transformation!

Sana Sarfaraz is one of those Pakistani models who also went through plastic surgery to get a more slimmer and defined nose as well as fuller lips. There is no doubt that she looks more beautiful now compared to her look before the surgery.

Have a look at her photos below.

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