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Pictures from the sets of ‘Selahaddin Eyyubi’ unveiled

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The grand set of Selahaddin Eyyubi, the highly anticipated Pakistani-Turkish drama series, was unveiled on Saturday in a virtual set launch. Glimpses of the magnificent Damascus city were shared by Ayesha Omar on her Instagram.

The joint venture, in which 25 percent of the cast is Pakistani, is going to go on floors in October. The first out of 30 episodes are scheduled to be released in December, as per Arab News. Produced by Pakistan’s Ansari & Shah Films and Turkey’s Akli Films, the show will see a Turkish actor essay the titular role of Salahuddin Ayyubi. The series, that is also being helmed by Adnan Siddiqui and Humayun Saeed, will feature Omar and Ushna Shah, among others.

Built on 200 acres, 50 acres of the land dedicated to the production is reserved for Salahuddin’s historic palace in Damascus. The set also features shops, quarters of Muslim and Christian communities of the time, and a mosque is also being constructed in its vicinity.

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Designers detailed how they have been working on the project paperwork for the past four months. They also reportedly stated that the Mosque built for the series will remain operational after filming is completed. The massive production drama has a similarly huge cast and crew, much of which was present at the set launch.

Pictures show our near and dear celebrities posing ahead of the landmarks mentioned, however, details of the structures were left out. Siddiqui, albeit, spoke to Arab News during the virtual launch from Istanbul. “It’s happening for the first time that Pakistani producers are investing in a Turkish production,” he told the outlet. “Salahuddin Ayyubi was a figure who is liked in Europe as well. He was a leader for the world,” he said. “As far as Muslims are concerned, audiences will get to see Muslims’ contribution to Islamic history.”

The Pakistani producer, Kashif Ansari from Ansari and Shah Films, told Arab News that 16 Muslim and non-Muslim historians have worked on the script for 10 months to ensure the story depicts the truth. “Islam’s true image, that the West is not ready to depict, will be presented in the series,” he assured. “There is no counter-narrative to how Muslims are otherwise represented in foreign productions.”

For Ansari, the series will aim to unite people “under the banner of humanity.” He added, “The production will show that there are good and bad people in every religion. Key themes tackled in the series include justice, respect, humanity and equality, irrespective of one’s religion.” Presenting the example of Ertugrul, the Turkish series that broke viewership records and enjoyed immense popularity in Pakistan a couple of years ago, Ansari continued, “The secret to Dirilis: Ertugrul’s success is that it talked about humanity, it talked about justice, love, and unity that made people realise this is also a way to live.”

Earlier, while inviting fans to join the virtual set launch, Siddiqui had called Selahaddin Eyyubi an “epic” based on the life of the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. “It is a joint venture between the four of us and Akli Films. Be there to be a part of history,” he had urged in a short clip. The Dum Mastam producer further explained how the series came together and of course, how Ertugrul inspired its making.

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“Today I have a very important news to deliver — let me delve into the past for you to understand better. Around three, three and a half years ago, Kashif Ansari called me from the US and extended an offer, asking me to join him in visiting Ertugrul’s set and shrine. Without a moment’s hesitation, I accepted. There began talks that led to us considering a production together. That wasn’t possible due to a teething problem but as a result, we are on our way to do a very big project together.”

Siddiqui concluded with a prayer for the series to make a significant impact.

Selahaddin Eyyubi will revolve around the life of the famed 12th-century Muslim commander Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi, the first sultan of Egypt and Syria and founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, Salahuddin (1138-1193), who led the Muslim military campaign against the Crusader states in the Levant. After the battle of Hattin in 1187, he retook Jerusalem from the Crusaders who had conquered Palestine 88 years earlier.

Last year in October, show producers from both countries had met the then PM Imran Khan to announce the joint production. Imran stressed the need to familiarise the younger generation with Muslim history and expressed the hope that the use of multimedia could prove helpful in this regard. “The series on the life of Salahuddin Ayyubi will make the youth aware of his historic role,” he said. “It is high time to make dramas and films based on historical narrative rather than opting for routine topics.”

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‘Saadhay 14 August’ promo is a reminder of Partition

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The decade-long wait for the conclusion of Anwar Maqsood’s Independence trilogy is nearly over! In just four days, on the eve of Independence, Saadhay 14 August, a social commentary on life on both sides of the border, will be open to the public.

In a recent promo, we hear the loud demanding voices of former prime minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill, founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and India’s Mahatma Gandhi – the trio behind the tragedy.

Kopykats production, the banner the show is produced under, uploaded a brief promo on Monday that reminded people of the tragic consequences of the 1947 Partition of India. “Those who were left behind are in misery. Those who were uprooted are in misery,” read the caption. 

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The clip begins with Churchill’s echoing voice, “Members of the constituent assembly, I’ve a message, in accordance to the king, to deliver to you today.” As soon as each dialogue is over, a huge drop of blood drops on the screen.

“We want the division of Hindustan into India and Pakistan because that is the only practical solution,” says Jinnah. Featuring a smiling Gandhi’s landmark statue, a voice imitating him says, “I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace. It is complete independence that we want.”

As we see the long, now amalgamated, stream of blood going through mountains and fields, we hear loud screams of people in pain, bits of speeches by political heroes motivating their lot, and a gibberish chaos that took over the social state of the country.

“Hindu India and Muslim India must be separated,” says a voice as the divided map is shown on screen— glowing with the imminent light of fire and smoke from the bomb blasts and animalistic nature of the partition war.

Saadhay 14 August, written by Maqsood, and directed by Dawar Mehmood, will premiere on 14 August 2022, at Arts Council, Karachi. Get ready for a stroll through disputed Kashmir, Pakistan’s Lahore, India’s Delhi and London with the two founders who vouched for peace and freedom—all in a musical format.

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Critics say ‘HotD’ is better than ‘GoT’ and ‘Breaking Bad’

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Game of Thrones is back in the form of prequel House of the Dragon with an all-new cast who turned out last week to launch the show at a premiere in Los Angeles. The new showrunners, who took over from David Benioff and D B Weiss, are Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.

The show, which is all set to premiere on HBO Max on August 21, the Game of Thrones prequel recently hosted a preview screening of its pilot episode for members of the media and the initial reviews are looking great.

Many of the original show’s fans have their doubts about the new prequel following the anticlimactic ending to Game of Thrones, but it now seems like HBO and George R R Martin have managed to move past that hiccup and create a series that’s even better than its predecessor.

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Collider‘s editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub said “I did not like the last season of Game of Thrones. At all. But I’ll admit the series premiere of House of the Dragon is really well done and I’ll continue watching.”

Another Collider critic, Christina Radish penned, “Sometimes you’ve just gotta spend the night hanging out with a dragon!”

She added, “For those curious about the series, without spoilers, I can say that the thing I really dig is the fact that it still feels epic in scale and scope while telling a personal and intimate story about one family, showcasing both their love and dysfunction.”

The Wrap‘s Brandon Katz wrote, “The House of the Dragon pilot very efficiently explains its context in relation to GoT, introduces its core characters, and lays out the central conflict of the series. It’s an easy-to-follow premiere with vibrant colors and detailed texture. Absolutely a worthy successor so far.” 

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The Indie Wire journalist shared, “Review: Fire will reign! Wow. Violent! Shocking! Epic. Better than GoT and Breaking Bad. HBO does it again. This isn’t just another fantasy show, it’s the BEST series ever made! Great action and music too. A fitting end setting up what’s next.”

One critic shared, “I didn’t know how much I missed the Game of Thrones theme song until I heard it tonight at the House of the Dragon premiere! That first episode is fantastic! Can’t wait to see what’s next. Fingers crossed it’s no repeat of the final season of GoT.”

Another critic shared, “I think the first episode of HOTD will easily rope curious fans back in after the rocky finish of GOT. I think they’ve earned a season of fans’ continued loyalty, if they deliver on the promise of the 1st episode I saw for the whole of this season, watch out, cause ASOIAF’s back!”

The show begins with King Viserys Targaryen played by Paddy Considine deliberating who should be his next heir – his brother Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) or his daughter Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy). However, a third challenger for the throne arises. Olivia Cooke plays Alicent Hightower, Princess Rhaenyra’s lifelong friend, who marries the king after his wife dies in childbirth.

Cooke said she enjoyed the strained scenes between her and D’Arcy featured in the trailer. “It’s so fun for me because acting opposite Emma is like going toe-to-toe with (boxer) Mike Tyson. I love them so dearly and … on screen, it looks like we hate each other but I absolutely adore them.”

For D’Arcy, this is her biggest role to date and she is bracing herself for sudden fame. “I’m really excited for the show to have an audience. What that does for me in my day-to-day, I can’t speak for but I’m really excited to see what people make of it,” D’Arcy said.

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KJo says Kareena’s rapid fire was ‘one of the worst’

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Koffee with Karan Season Seven’s latest episode has everyone talking, especially since it marked the attendance of everyone’s favourite talker, Bebo (Kareena Kapoor Khan), alongside the ever-chirpy Aamir Khan, who out-sassed his Laal Singh Chaddha co-star in the show – bet no one saw that coming?

Fans claim KwK has finally “redeemed” itself with the latest episode, given it was “meandering” after a blazing start with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, as per The Indian Express. Though the episode began with a lot of talk about Laal Singh Chaddha, which everyone knew was bound to happen with, it became more interesting as the stars’, especially Aamir’s coffee kicked in.

The real Aamir is savage

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One of the most interesting takeaways from the episode was Aamir’s unfiltered presence. The celebrity, who’s known to keep his guard up, did not miss a single chance to pick on KJo, so much so, that Johar was forced to say, “You have not spoken so much in your entire life before.” From telling Johar the only good thing about Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was Kareena’s character Poo to calling out the deafening music at Bollywood parties, Aamir was more savage than he has probably ever been in his three decades in the film industry.

Kareena isn’t always sassy

While the Dangal actor was a revelation, Kareena too, displayed a change in behaviour. But fans felt she wasn’t entirely being herself. The Kareena who’d often speak without thinking while on the KwK couch was out of action. Perhaps she matured or perhaps, Johar was right when he said she’s “too full of herself” or being “way too diplomatic.” The filmmaker was so unimpressed he said the rapid fire round with Kareena this time around may go down in history as the worst of the show. She had no answers to questions like, “Who will not be invited to Ranbir Kapoor or Shahid Kapoor’s party?” or “Who is the best actor and actress today according to you?”

Aamir isn’t afraid of being a “sissy”

Meanwhile, Mr Perfectionist, who has always kept his personal affairs to himself, spoke candidly about missing the special moments with his family and not nurturing his relationships because of his passion for work. He shared how he regrets not spending more time with his children. And while confronting his emotions without fear onscreen, the actor also mentioned he’s worn his former wife Kiran Rao’s clothes at home because they were comfortable.

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Kareena is a family woman

While refraining from being hurtfully honest about fraternity members, Kareena was quite confident while responding to familial questions. She confessed she shares an amicable relationship with Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan. The 3 Idiots actor also said she understands that Saif needs to divide his time equally between her and all four of his children.

The rumours are true

The rumours are true, not everyone is required to audition or screen test for roles in Bollywood. And Kareena’s confession is testament to the same. The actor also took a moment to admit Laal Singh Chaddha marked the first time she’s ever had to screen test in her 22 years of acting career.

Ranveer 1, Aamir 0

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But while Kareena refrained from being mean to or about those outside of the KwK sets, she did not hold back when commenting on Ranveer’s appeal and Aamir’s lack thereof. When asked about Aamir’s fashion sense, she said “minus” in a Poo-esque fashion. But admitted she would totally stalk Ranveer Singh’s Instagram for “thirsty photos”.



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