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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given a royal reception on Tuesday and it was a star-studded affair.

Prince William and Kate Middleton were greeted by numerous celebs from the industry during the reception hosted by the British High Commission, such as Mahira Khan, Atif Aslam and even designers like HSY and Maheen Khan. Among them was Mehwish Hayat, who managed to grab a picture talking to Prince William and shared a sweet note for the royal couple and their trip to Pakistan.

 

Writes Hayat, "Was a real pleasure to meet with the royal visitors last night. William is a real life Prince Charming and was genuinely excited about being here."

She added, "Hope that this visit helps show the world the real side of Pakistan and not what media has been showing."

Well said, Mehwish. Well said.

If you thought the mini feud between Mansha Pasha and Sadaf Kanwal had ended, you were wrong.

Sadaf came on Ahsan Khan's talk show where he asked her who doesn't belong in the industry and she said - you guessed it - Mansha Pasha.

When asked why she went on to say, "Waise hi [just because]... She’s so beautiful she should… house…” implying that the Laal Kabootar actor should stay at home, never clarifying how come.

When confronted by Ahsan Khan who said, "But she’s a good actor," Sadaf responded by saying, "I'm also [a] very good actor, so? It’s my opinion."

Mansha Pasha, who is known for holding her own in such conflicts, did not shy away from sharing her thoughts on the matter and she did a good job at it.

Said Pasha in her post, "Fortunately for all of us, it is Allah who decides who should be where. He takes you to where you have to be. For the rest, thank you next!"

The best part about Mansha's response is how she didn't resort to any hateful retorts or turn to any personal remarks regarding looks or behaviour. She just made her place known and that's how it should be.

This isn't the first time the two have been in a conflict. Last year, Sadaf gave a savage comeback to Mansha after the actor indirectly called her out an a tweet saying "Women need to step up and speak better.

All we wanna say is that women are continuously pitted against each other and there is already enough misogyny and internalised misogyny in the world. Such banter shouldn't really be occurring in this day and age and it certainly shouldn't be going on for over a year.

Ali Rehman Khan and Navin Waqar are playing a married couple in upcoming drama, Bewafa.

Speaking to Images, the two actors opened up about their characters and what to expect.

“I play a guy called Ahaan, who’s a computer programmer and he’s working for a big company. He’s doing very well and he’s married to his college sweetheart, which is Navin’s character. He’s a very nice, decent guy who’s a self-made man,” said Ali.

Navin shated, “I play Kinza, who’s a housewife and very much in love with her husband and her life revolves around her home. She is very strong, sensible but naive at the same time."

About the drama itself she said, "The themes of the play range from the different shades of women and the desires that drive them, to what makes a relationship strong and how suspicions and lies can destroy a normal relationship."

The drama also has Ushna Shah as part of the main cast and is being directed by Abis Raza under Big Bang Productions. We hope this isn't yet another drama just about a cheating spouse...

Bewafa will go on air on ARY Digital this month, on 16 September.

Audiences absolutely loved Yasir Nawaz and Neelam Muneer in Dil Mom Ka Diya and Wrong No 2 so it was inevitable that the duo would be paired up again soon.

Their next is a serial called Bikhre Moti, which will highlight child abuse in our society.

Talking to Images, Nawaz revealed, "It shows how my kids are mistreated and abused. I play their father and the character is negative in the first 15 episodes before he changes for good. The drama is going to be on air in a month or two and might replace Surkh Chandni. I have done Dil Mom ka Diya with the same team before, same director, same production house and It was a splendid experience; this is my second project with them."

Elaborating a little about how it's a different role for him, the actor shared, "I've always played a good guy. In fact, I run away from negative roles. That's because my father had played a lot of negative roles so I was initially a little sceptical but then I found out the character transitions in a positive way after 15 episodes. He is loud which is a challenge for me because that's not me at all. I have only done soft-spoken roles before."

Bikhre Moti has been written by Edison, directed by Shahid Shafat and produced by Next Level Entertainment (helmed by Sana Shanawaz and Samina Humayun Saeed); the cast also includes Nausheen Shah, Rashid Farooqui, Samina Ahmed and Waseem Abbas among others.

Here's hoping the team deals with the topic sensitively.

Humayun Saeed, Mawra Hocane and Osman Khalid Butt are just some of her peers defending the superstar

Veteran actor, Firdous Jamal's ageist comments about Mahira Khan did not go down well with the entertainment industry.

On Saturday, a clip from Faysal Qureshi's show started doing the rounds on social media in which guest Jamal had an opinion about Khan that he just had to share: "I'm sorry to say if someone likes it or not, but Mahira is not heroine stuff. She's a mediocre sort of a model, she's not a good actress and is not a heroine."

Read: Firdous Jamal’s ageist comments about Mahira Khan reveal our double standards

She's quite aged as well and we don't have heroines at this age, they only play the characters of mothers", added the 65-year-old actor."

The fact that are our male actors not viewed with the same scrutiny is an argument we should not have to make in 2019 yet here we are. Thankfully, peers from within the fraternity stood up for Mahira:

Mawra Hocane says disrespectful remarks cannot be disguised as an opinion

 

Her Bin Roye co-star Humayun Saeed also spoke out defending her

 

Faysal Qureshi himself tweeted saying he was shocked (but then he should've defended her on air, just sayin')

 

Nadia Hussain is sick of the double standards

 

Asma Abbas says she thinks he owes Mahira an apology

 

Gohar Rasheed said he expected better from Jamal

 

Osman Khalid Butt feels like the public can't take the industry seriously until we keep our own chauvinism in check

 

Adnan Malik reminds us, when you point at someone, you've got three fingers pointing back at you

 

Meanwhile, Mahira Khan is unbothered. To quote the superstar herself: "Desi me rollin’, they hatin’"

 

The actress has responded to Jamal's ageist comments about how she's too old to be a heroine.

After penning a heartfelt note on Instagram to thank fans for all their support, Mahira Khan has broken her silence over Firdous Jamal's sexist comments about her.

On Saturday, a clip from Faysal Qureshi's show started doing the rounds on social media in which guest Jamal shared: "I'm sorry to say if someone likes it or not, but Mahira is not heroine stuff. She's a mediocre sort of a model, she's not a good actress and is not a heroine."

Thankfully, peers from within the fraternity stood up for Mahira.

The Raees actor addressed the debacle in a recent Independent Urdu interview.

When asked what she thinks of the controversy, Khan replied, "I have said what I wanted to say. I usually don't say anything because people always have something to say about public figures. We are actors, of course people would say something about us, be they senior actors or fellow actors or public in general."

"I think this case has blown up because of social media and also because the entire industry jumped to my defense," she added.

"I am extremely thankful to them because in times like these, you find out how the industry feels about you. I didn't know it before since I'm not close to most people in the industry like that so this really meant a lot to me."

"As far as my reaction to his comment is concerned, I see that it's an opinion and one thing which really needs to be done is we control ourselves and respect each other as artists. If we don't respect each other then we really shouldn't be pointing out how other people are trolling celebrities. I think we should set an example by respecting each other first."

The actor also reiterated that she has already played the character of a mother in Humsafar and would be more than happy to play it again. "I plan on staying in the industry till I'm playing a grandmother and even a great grandmother and I actually look forward to that," she threw in with a sassy smile.

ماہرہ خان کی عمر زیادہ ہو چکی ہے، فردوس جمال—اسکرین شاٹ

 

سینیئر اداکار فردوس جمال نے لولی وڈ سپراسٹار ماہرہ خان کو عمر رسیدہ قرار دیتے ہوئے انہیں تجویز دی ہے کہ اب انہیں فلموں میں ہیروئن نہیں بلکہ ماں کا کردار ادا کرنا چاہیے۔

فردوس جمال کے خیال میں ماہرہ خان نہ تو اچھی اداکارہ ہیں اور نہ ہی وہ ہیروئن بن سکتی ہیں، اس لیے انہیں اب فلموں میں والدہ کا کردار ادا کرنا چاہیے۔

یہ پہلا موقع ہے کہ ماہرہ خان کی عمر اور اداکاری پر کسی معتبر شوبز شخصیت نے اس طرح کی بات کرتے ہوئے انہیں کوئی تجویز دی ہے۔

جمال فردوس نجی ٹی وی چینل ’اے آر وائی‘ پر نشر ہونے والے اداکار فیصل قریشی کے پروگرام میں دوسرے افراد سمیت شریک ہوئے، جہاں دیگر شوبز معاملات سمیت ماہرہ خان کے حوالے سے بھی گفتگو کی گئی۔

 

ماہرہ خان پر پروگرام میں اس وقت گفتگو کی گئی جب پروگرام کے ایک سیگمنٹ میں ماہرہ خان کی تصویر دکھا کر ان پر مہمانوں کی رائے لی گئی۔

دلچسپ بات یہ ہے کہ ماہرہ خان کی تصویر دکھائے جانے کے بعد سب سے پہلے میزبان فیصل قریشی نے ان پر بات کی اور کہا کہ وہ ماہرہ خان کی آنے والی فلم کے لیے نیک خواہشات رکھتے ہیں اور چاہتے ہیں کہ ان کی کم سے کم ایک فلم تو کامیاب جائے۔

 

فیصل قریشی کا کہنا تھا کہ حیران کن طور پر ماہرہ خان کی اب تک کوئی ایک بھی فلم کامیاب نہیں گئی۔

فیصل قریشی کی گفتگو کے دوران فردوس جمال نے مداخلت کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ’ان سے تو ماہرہ خان سے متعلق رائے لی ہی نہیں گئی؟

جس پر فیصل قریشی نے انہیں جواب دیا کہ وہ ان کی جانب آنے والے ہیں لیکن اپنی باری سے قبل ہی سینیئر اداکار فردوس جمال نے ماہرہ خان سے متعلق گفتگو کرنا شروع کردی۔

 

فردوس جمال نے اداکارہ اور مداحوں سے معذرت کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ان کی نظر میں ماہرہ خان نہ تو اچھی اداکارہ ہیں اور نہ ہی وہ کبھی اچھی ہیروئن بن سکتی ہیں۔

65 سالہ اداکار کے مطابق ان کے خیال میں ماہرہ خان ایک ماڈل ہو سکتی ہیں، تاہم وہ کسی فلم کی ہیروئن جیسی نہیں لگتیں۔

 

فردوس جمال نے ماہرہ خان سے متعلق گفتگو جاری رکھتے ہوئے کہا کہ شاید ماہرہ خان کی عمر زیادہ ہوگئی ہے، اس لیے اب انہیں فلموں میں ہیروئن کے بجائے ماں کا کردار ادا کرنا چاہیے۔

فردوس جمال کی گفتگو کے دوران فیصل قریشی نے ماہرہ خان کا دفاع کرنے کے بجائے اپنی بات دہرائی کی خدا کرے کہ اداکارہ کی کوئی ایک فلم تو کامیاب جائے۔

 

پروگرام میں موجود ایک اور مہمان نے بھی ماہرہ خان کے حوالے سے بات کی اور انکشاف کیا کہ فیصلہ قریشی اداکارہ کو بہت پسند کرتے ہیں اور ساتھ ہی وہ چاہتے ہیں کہ ماہرہ خان بھی انہیں اسی طرح پسند کرے۔

پروگرام میں شامل مہمانوں کی باتوں پر فیصل قریشی نہ کوئی واضح رد عمل نہیں دیا۔

فردوس جمال کی جانب سے ماہرہ خان کے حوالے سے اس طرح کی گفتگو کیے جانے کے بعد سوشل میڈیا پر شوبز شخصیات نے انہیں تنقید کا نشانہ بھی بنایا۔

 

فیصل کپاڈیا نے اپنی ٹوئیٹ میں فردوس جمال کو معتبر اور احترام کے لائق لکھتے ہوئے لکھا کہ وہ حیران ہیں کہ فردوس جمال جیسے شخص کی نظر میں بھی خاتون کے ہیروئن بننے کا تعلق عمر سے ہوتا ہے۔

اداکار خالد عثمان بٹ نے بھی فردوس جمال کے بیان پر حیرانگی کا اظہار کیا اور کہا کہ اگر شوبز انڈسٹری کی شخصیات ہی ہم ایک دوسرے اور خاص طور پر خواتین کی عزت نہیں کریں گے تو دوسرے لوگ کیسے کریں گے؟

 

ان کے علاوہ دیگر عینی نے بھی فردوس جمال کے بیان پر تعجب کا اظہار کیا اور کہا کہ اس طرح کسی مرد کے حوالے سے بات نہیں کرسکتے۔

دیگر سوشل میڈیا صارفین نے بھی فردوس جمال کے خیالات سے اتفاق نہیں کیا اور کہا کہ 65 سالہ سینیئر اداکار کہہ رہے ہیں کہ ماہرہ خان عمر رسیدہ ہو چکی ہیں۔

خیال رہے کہ ماہرہ خان ان دنوں اپنی آنے والی فلم ’سپر اسٹار‘ کی تشہیر میں مصروف ہیں، ان کی یہ فلم آئندہ ماہ عیدالاضحیٰ پر ریلیز ہوگی۔

سپر اسٹار میں ماہرہ خان کے ساتھ بلال اشرف رومانس کرتے دکھائی دیں گے۔

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