Aug 162016

Veteran Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi has been roped in to play the mother of a homosexual daughter, in an upcoming feature film written by Pakistani actor-comedian Fawzia Mirza. Shabana’s role in the American production Signature Move primarily watches television soaps all day long and is seemingly oblivious to her daughter’s life, reported DNA. Signature Move follows the story of Zaynab, a 30-something Pakistani living in Chicago with her mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma – a bold and bright Mexican woman – she explores her identity, life, love and wrestling. Following the announcement, Pakistani film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy took to Twitter to congratulate Mirza. “Looking forward to your new film! Best of luck,” she wrote. The Indian star left for Chicago last week to commence shooting. In a selfie with Azmi posted on Instagram, Mirza confirmed that work on the project is already under way. “Day eight Signature Move and day one for Shabana Azmi,” she captioned the image. Azmi herself is no stranger to taboo subjects. Her critically acclaimed role in Deepa Mehta’s Fire (1996) touched upon similar issues. Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2016. Like Life & Style on Facebook, follow @ETLifeandStyle on Twitter for the latest in fashion, gossip and entertainment. The post Breaking barriers: Shabana Azmi signs Pakistani writer’s film appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jun 272016

JUBAIL, SAUDI ARABIA: It appears that Nawaz Sharif learns his lessons fast; now, he must be looking for those advisers who arranged the premiere of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary against honour killing, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, at the prime minister house in February. When Mufti Naeem openly abused the filmmaker on electronic media and criticised the prime minister for honouring Sharmeen, things started taking the natural route. Though the Senate has already passed the anti-rape and anti-honour killing bills, these have repeatedly failed to get an approval by the National Assembly. A lot of expectations were attached with parliament’s joint session this April to get these bills passed with the help of the Senate. But apparently religious parties’ threat to launch a PNA-style movement against the government has put the prime minster on the back foot and the two bills were deferred for further discussions with religious parties — meaning that the chapter is closed. Perhaps, the screening of Sharmeen’s documentary was the prime minister’s only mistake; his government seems to have vowed to shoot down anything not favoured by the religious parties. The prime minister and his allies need to realise that the world has moved forward; by banning realities from being screened, whether it’s Maalik or another depiction of reality, everyone knows who is the puppeteer playing with 200 million-odd puppets. Masood Khan Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2016. Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates [Read More…]

Mar 062016

The manifestation of an ailing society is not just the presence of the disease itself, it is also to malign those who, against significant odds, try to cure it. Cures of complex diseases are messy, at times painful, often inconvenient but always needed. We can choose to ignore the problems, vilify those who want to do something about it, call them our national disgrace and continue on our own disastrous path. Or, we can change course. There is no doubt, based on data over decades and countless personal stories of victims, that there are deep issues associated with education, safety and security of girls and women in the country. It is not hard to understand why being a woman in Pakistan is not easy. Women are always on the shorter end of the stick whether it is domestic violence, access to education, right to fair trails and, in general, having a decent path to an honourable life. Denying this would not do us any good, except to add to our long list of absurd views. So when Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won a richly deserved Oscar, not only for making an outstanding movie, but also raising awareness about women’s plight in the country, the negative reaction was deeply troubling and yet another sign of our diseased mindset. To me, this notion that she and others championing the cause of women are airing our dirty laundry is deeply hypocritical and fundamentally flawed. Those who cry foul and wear the cloak of deep national [Read More…]

Feb 212016

ISLAMABAD: A special screening of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ will be held at the Prime Minister’s Office today.The documentary nominated for the 88th Academy Awards in the Documentary (Short Subject) category.‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ is Chinoy’s second documentary to be nominated for an Academy Award presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Her documentary ‘Saving Face’ had won Pakistan its first Oscar in 2011.Acknowledging Chinoy’s extraordinary achievements, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had announced that a screening of her documentary would be held at the PM’s Office.PM Sharif will grace the event with foreign dignitaries, leading opinion makers and prominent personalities from different walks of life attending the screening.Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd,  2016.The post PM house full: Screening of Sharmeen Chinoy’s documentary today appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Feb 092016

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is living the Hollywood dream we all wish for!The Pakistani Oscar-winning filmmaker made waves by bagging another nomination for her documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness in this year’s Academy Awards.Congrats to our Documentary Short Subject nominees #Oscars #OscarNoms— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 14, 2016Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary bags Oscar nominationAs if it wasn’t exciting enough already, Sharmeen took social media by storm as she mingled with Hollywood bigwigs at the nominees luncheon. Good morning LA! #oscars2016 #nomineesluncheonA photo posted by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (@sharmeenobaid) on Feb 8, 2016 at 6:33am PST The class of 2016! #oscars2016 #nomineesluncheon ❤️A photo posted by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (@sharmeenobaid) on Feb 8, 2016 at 6:09pm PST At the #oscars2016 #nomineesluncheon with my certificate!A photo posted by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (@sharmeenobaid) on Feb 9, 2016 at 1:46am PSTSharmeen Obaid hopes Oscar-nominated film will help end honour killings in PakistanSharmeen got an opportunity to strike a pose with some of the biggest names, including Steven Spielberg, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Sam Smith and Lady Gaga, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA yesterday. Guess who I was sitting next to at the #oscars2016 #nomineesluncheon ❤️A photo posted by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (@sharmeenobaid) on Feb 8, 2016 at 3:12pm PSTPM Nawaz vows to eradicate honour killings after Oscar nodHere’s why we are drooling over her Instagram account: With @markruffalo who is so warm and gracious! #oscars2016 #nomineesluncheonA photo posted by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (@sharmeenobaid) on Feb 9, 2016 at 1:47am PST With #mattdamon at the [Read More…]

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