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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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Movie: Blonde

The much-anticipated Blonde has finally been released on Netflix this week. The movie stars Cuban beauty Ana De Armas who, thanks to the blonde hair and make up, bears an uncanny to the legend Marylin Monroe herself in the movie. The movie tells the story of the tragic starlet that was severely misunderstood. According to Armas, it took her a year of lessons to get the classic blonde starlet’s accent right. However, her look and accent aside, whether the actress truly does justice to this icon, remains to be seen.

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TV show: Love is Blind: After the Altar

If you’ve been a fan of the reality series Love is Blind, then this is your time to rejoice. Unlike other reality series that focus on helping contestants find love, this show isn’t focused on just outer beauty alone. However, both the couples who got married in season two have recently announced that they have split. Therefore, this post-season episode should hopefully answer questions of fans clamouring to know why the couples whose love stories they saw unfold onscreen couldn’t make it work in the real world.

Song: Only Fan by Bazzi feat. Cordae

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Bazzi’s latest song titled, ‘Only fan’ just dropped this week. The American singer, songwriter and record producer Andrew Bazzi, better known as Bazzi, just released his third album Infinite Dream this Friday and while most fans will say there’s something on this album for everyone, we can’t help but be completely partial to ‘Only Fan’. With an upbeat sound and catchy lyrics such as, ‘How I don’t know you, But I’m missin’ you? Yeah, I can’t break through, And it’s drivin’ me crazy,’ what’s not to love about this song?

Book: Grounds keeping by Lee Cole

This debut novel by Lee Cole is by turns smart, funny and thought provoking. The story’s main character, Owen  Callahan, an aspiring writer, moves to Kentucky to live with his Trump-supporting uncle and grandfather in the run-up to the 2016 election. While there, he takes a job as a groundskeeper in exchange for a writing course at a local college, where he meets Ama Hazdic. Hazdic has everything Owen doesn’t: an ivy league education, a prestigious job and success as a writer. As these two begin a secret relationship, the novel explores themes of political polarization and class differences.



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Famous Indian comedian Raju Shrivastav passes away at 58

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Famous Indian comedian Raju Shrivastav has died aged 58 in Delhi after health complications, reported Indian news agency ANI. The news was confirmed by his family. Shrivastav passed away two months after he was admitted to the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and had been on and off of the ventilator. 

After two rounds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) failed to resuscitate the comic, he had to be shifted to the ICU. His wife, Shikha Srivastava, had also reached Delhi following the hospitalisation.

Last month, it was reported that his condition is stable and he continues to recover slowly in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. In a statement, the comedian’s daughter Antra Srivastava had said, “My dad’s condition is stable and continues to improve slowly. He is on the ventilator at the moment.”

She further appealed to people to trust the news from his official account on social media and the statement from AIIMS. “Only statements from AIIMS, Delhi and Raju Ji’s official social media accounts are trustworthy and genuine. Any other news or statements from anyone else is unreliable. The doctors and their entire team at AIIMS Delhi are working hard and diligently. We’re thankful to them and all his well-wishers”, Shrivastav’s daughter confirmed.

Srivastava is most notable for his comedic chops, having been active in the realm of stand-up comedy since the 1990s. He has also appeared in films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Srivastava currently serves as the chairman of the Film Development Council in Uttar Pradesh.

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Shrivastav did small roles in films like Tezaab (1988), Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) and Baazigar (1993) to survive in the city until he bagged a show on Doordarshan.

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Golden Globes broadcast to return to NBC in 2023

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LOS ANGELES:

NBC will resume its live broadcast of the Golden Globe awards for film and television in January 2023, the network said on Tuesday, citing organisers’ steps to address ethics and a lack of diversity among voters.

The Comcast-owned (CMCSA.O) network said it had committed to airing the show for one year as part of an agreement with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the group that hands out the awards. The Jan. 10 show also will stream on Peacock.

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NBC had cancelled its January 2022 airing of the annual ceremony, and major Hollywood studios and actors boycotted the event, following a backlash over ethical lapses among the organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

A Los Angeles Times investigation published in February 2021 found the HFPA had no Blacks among its 89 members and raised long-standing questions about the behaviour of its journalist members, who were accused of soliciting favours from celebrities and movie studios.

The HFPA responded with a broad range of measures, including new ethics guidelines and the addition of new members and non-member voters. The organisation admitted 103 new voters from 62 countries outside of the United States, bringing the total voters to 200.

According to NBC, the total Golden Globe Awards voting body is now 52% female and 51.5% racially and ethnically diverse, with members who are 19.5% Latino, 12% Asian, 10% Black and 10% Middle Eastern.

“We recognise the HFPA’s commitment to ongoing change and look forward to welcoming back the Golden Globes to NBC,” Frances Berwick, chairman of NBCUniversal Entertainment Networks, said in a statement.

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Nominations for the 2023 awards will be announced on Dec. 12.

After 2023, Globes organizers can pursue other distribution opportunities, NBC said.



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