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Mar 27 2010


Category: Tinkeymansoor @ 12:45 pm

Drama Serial Tinkey on Ptv
Singer: Bano
Composer: Sahir Ali Bagga
Lyrics: Asim Raza
Written by : Iqbal Hasan Khan
Directed by : Tariq Mairaj
Cast: Bindiya, Saba Qamar, Syed Jibran, Sadia Hyatt, Saeed Anwar, Reeha Yousaf, Iqbal Hussain, Nadia, Sajjad Kishwar, Safdar Butt , Aurangzaib

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Feb 15 2010

PTV Drama Serial Tinkey

Category: Ptv,Tinkeymansoor @ 11:22 pm


Singer: Bano
Composer: Sahir Ali Bagga
Lyrics: Asim Raza
Written by : Iqbal Hasan Khan
Directed by : Tariq Mairaj
Cast: Bindiya, Saba Qamar, Syed Jibran, Sadia Hyatt, Saeed Anwar, Reeha Yousaf, Iqbal Hussain, Nadia, Sajjad Kishwar, Safdar Butt , Aurangzaib

Click here to watch Episode 1
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Nov 15 2009

Theatrics: Dar-ling liar

Category: Articlesmansoor @ 11:09 am

Set designer and theatrist Tanveer Abbas is all geared up to revive the theatre group he owes his career to —Creative Workshop (CW) — the brainchild of playwright and sculptor Anjum Ayaz who brought us many memorable plays of Manto back in the 1980s.

With many other interesting plays to be presented with a blend of old and new actors in 2010, Tanveer seems pretty focused on encouraging gate money this time. And he also seems quite confident that his plays will help revive the culture of buying tickets to see theatre.

Marc Camoletti’s Boeing Boeing’s adaptation is a reasonable choice for a start, though die-hard Napa Repertory theatre fans may not be able to take the shift easily. But then diversity is healthier than receding into redundancy.

Acted for the first time in 1960, the French classic, Boeing Boeing, was revived in London at the Comedy Theatre in 2007, also winning the best revival of a play award. The famous French playwright was undeniably known for writing some of the most hilarious farcical plays. Boeing Boeing went on to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for being performed the most around the world. The localised version, Meri Jaan, adapted into Urdu by Dr. Enver Sajjad who is the pioneer of modern Urdu fiction, comes to Pakistan a second time after being performed in Lahore back in 1986.

Though the current ensemble acting at the Karachi Arts Council theatre from Nov 6-20 seems fresh and vivacious, I can’t help imagine the beautiful Bindiya, the handsome Khayyam Sarhadi and the unforgivably comedic Khalid Abbas Dar sending the audience into ripples of laughter.
Funny indeed is the take off of Meri Jaan too, as Jamil (Faisal Qureshi) hovers around the bingeing Zarina (Mahvish Siddiq), waiting impatiently for her to leave for her next scheduled flight. Though Jamil’s patience is tested to the hilt until she leaves, his old friend, Rashid Dar from ‘Raawalpendi’ (Saquib Khan) lands in Jamil’s seaside apartment to meet his childhood (langotia yaar) friend. The story unfolds.

Jamil fills him in with details on his three-dimensional love life — three air hostesses working on three different international airlines; all three of them touching base with him at various time schedules and staying at his apartment. Professing his love to all three of them separately, Jamil’s key to success in steering clear of trouble are the timetable book that he keeps on the scheduled routes and his efficient maid, Buua (Afshan Qureshi) who quite amicably manages to keep the skeletons in the closet — that is until chaos ensues due to bad weather and reschedules.

The fact that all the actors seem quite niched in their roles —especially seasoned actor Faisal Qureshi who has the flirtatious looks to match Jamil’s lust for life (and a wife) — keeps Meri Jaan amusingly sustained. He has returned to stage after a lapse of almost 25 years. Though he seemed a little loud, perhaps he was trying to find the right voice pitch for stage which seems to have gone softer after years of doing television. “He’ll be fine,” said Dr Enver Sajjad at my observation. Did he also notice that as director?

Saquib Khan belongs to the Napa progeny that doesn’t fail audience expectations, and looked as paindu as was expected of him. The female characters of Zarina (Mahvish Siddiq), Najma (Zhalay Sarhadi) and Nargis (Aimen Tariq) generate no clear chemistry across, but they seemed to act the ‘dumb-blonde’ facet of their characters pretty well. Though smitten by Jamil’s charms, one of them eventually serves Jamil right back by dumping him for a millionaire cousin in London, while the other falls for the country cousin.

The backdrop with soft, peach-coloured walls brightened up the modern interiors though the seating arrangement left little space for the actors to move freely during acts. But Afshan Qureshi seemed to move around comfortably in her long white gharara.
Supporting the collective effort on clearing the ‘imposed depression’ we all live in today, three nights of the showing were reportedly bought by actor Sajid Hasan to urge more people to watch the play free of charge. That may not come across as a sure-fire way of sustaining theatre on gate money without any sponsors, an effort that the CW claims to be keen on imposing.

My two cents: why not subsidise the theatre ticket with sponsor or investor money to draw more crowds? That will increase the number of theatre goers and boost theatre culture in the city as well. A subsidised ticket will not be hard on their pockets.

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Nov 02 2009


Category: Actresses,Bindiyamansoor @ 5:06 am

Catchingup: Back to Bindiya
by Uzma Mazhar

She pursued her dream in television and films despite her conservative family that had a hostile attitude towards her showbiz aspirations from day one. Bindya, the bold and beautiful artiste ruled the roost throughout the 1980s and well into the ’90s. Today, she is back in Pakistan with a bang after a long hiatus of some 14 years.

She left showbiz at the height of her career, disappearing mysteriously and not being initially missed. But as time wore on, questions were raised of her whereabouts and as all things come to pass, her memory too got lost in the annals of time. “As they say ‘I have been to London to see the queen and frightened a little mouse under the chair’! I had gone for a music show to the US, and since my son Jahanzeb was already studying there, I felt that he needed me so I stayed on. It doesn’t seem like 14 years have passed, rather it seems like I had been there just for just 14 days. Now I am back in Pakistan and ready for action,” said Bindiya when approached by Images on Sunday.
Q. So what made you make a comeback?

A. To tell you the truth, I had erased that part of my life from memory and broken off all contacts with the showbiz folk simply because I felt if I stayed in touch I would miss the limelight, my fans and the adulation. I was busy taking care of my son and working for US immigration as a translator in four languages — Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi and English. Then my son convinced me to pursue my real passion and sent me packing back to Pakistan. Eights months before coming here I decided to check out the media scene in Pakistan. I randomly called up TV stations as I wanted to make a comeback through PTV. The Lahore station got me in touch with Tariq Mairaj who came highly recommended. I called him up and he offered me his serial Sitarey and the role of a lifetime. Before saying yes, I requested him to send me the script. While going through the script I suddenly realised that I was going to Pakistan to do the play.

What is your role in Sitarey?

Sitarey is a 13-episode serial which will run on PTV towards the end of October. Mine is the lead role of an authoritative woman who runs a business empire. There are shades of grey in my character. The role is so good that I promise all my pervious work in TV, films and theatre will surpass it. The rest obviously lies with the viewers and the media feedback.

During your recent interview in the Nadia Khan Show some felt that the questions about your personal life put forth by the host were in somewhat bad taste. What do you think?

People have the right to say whatever they deem right, but I think Nadia has her own style and it takes a lot of guts and confidence to host a live show. Before the show, I had told her to go ahead and ask anything she wanted to. People assume that she is arrogant but I would say she is bold enough to ask personal or controversial questions, and I am bold enough to answer them.

My first husband was a pilot and no, he was not from Iran but from Jordan. For a while we stayed in touch through a common acquaintance then we simply lost touch. I kept getting news about him. One day I heard that he was killed in a plane crash and I bid goodbye to his memory. Suddenly, after 16 years I started getting letters from him and then one day he arrived at my doorstep with his new wife and kids whereas I had waited for him and never remarried. Seeing him with his new family left me totally speechless.

Then in the US, my son got me married to someone as he felt that that person would make me happy. But we parted ways after one-and-half years. If we cannot get along with each other doesn’t mean that we are bad people. He did not like me taking care of my son even though he has a daughter from his first marriage. It is not that we do not respect each other. As of now who knows, I may get married again if I find Mr Right.

Are you surprised that people still remember you after so many years?

I always thought ‘out of sight, out of mind’ as I left the field on my own terms and came back on my own. By God’s grace, I consider myself very lucky. I can see that people still love me. I guess as an actor I did do some good work.
Is Bindiya the person really that controversial, bold and bindaas and does this image effect her as a person?

I am honest, open-minded and I do not pigeon hole myself in my gender. I see myself as a person who is a multi-tasker and has many facets to her personality. Yes, I am bold but not in the way that I don’t care what people say. I don’t know when the image of being bindaas stuck to me.

My family was very conservative but my parents were open-minded to a certain extent. But not enough to allow me to be in showbiz. I was alone and rumours constantly kept popping up… it was very painful. Whatever I am today is because of my mother who supported me and my hard work. I have lived my life as a caring mother. I don’t care about gossip anymore. It’s like running water that just keeps on flowing.

After so many years what has changed in media in Pakistan?

I see an obvious change in the scenario but the fact is that I was called to work, I just did not land up like that. I am thankful to the whole team of Sitarey as it was a pleasure working with them. As for changes, there is no rehearsal or footwork. I call the productions of today bhagum daur productions as they are quick and fast. I have tried to gel in and just go with the flow.

What does the future hold for the long-missed and talented Bindiya?

I am waiting to see the feedback once the serial goes on air. Also after a good role, I am looking for more good stuff to come my way. As of now, I would love to work in television or films, even if the industry has gone to the dogs and there is one film made in 10 years. I also want to do my own productions and direct, but that will take time. I am on the road to launching myself again, but working as an actor for the time being. I am here to stay as long as people give me work and their love.

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Oct 13 2009

Manic mornings

Category: Articlesmansoor @ 7:41 am

It’s time all morning talk show hosts were taught how to behave while facing television cameras! Ever since the advent of cable TV in Pakistan, chat show presenters have eclipsed all other celebrities, including actors, in terms of fame and recognition. Perhaps that’s what’s now gotten to their heads.

One particular morning show host, a woman whose claim to fame before landing this job was aping the likes of Hasina Moin heroines as an actress, seems to have a self-obtained licence of treating showbiz people in a condescending way — as if they were nothing more than cattle! You’ve guessed it: Nadia Khan.

The other day the heartthrob of/from yesteryear Bindiya was on her show. It was lovely to see the great actress/singer looking as graceful as she ever used to. One would have ideally liked to give her the respect and love she so richly deserves, but the anchor treated her so like an ordinary creature, trying to dig out the ghosts from her past (her relationship with her former husband, etc) which visibly made Bindiya uncomfortable to say the least.

But for regular viewers of the morning show it was nothing out of the blue as Nadia is in the habit of interviewing people as if she’s doing them a huge favour by having them on the show.

Bearing this in mind, allegedly, Resham has declined to make an appearance on her show despite repeated invitations because the smart gal has the better sense to know that the host doesn’t know when to stop once she starts yapping.

Tell you what: dread the moment when this morning mezban meets her match in an equally mindless, inconsiderate chatterbox of an anchor of another TV channel. There are plenty of those around these days, you know!

Courtesy: Dawn Images

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Oct 06 2009

Drama Dus Din Saas In – Long Play on Geo Tv

Category: Geo Family Festival,Geo Tvmansoor @ 10:58 am

Dus Din Saas In (Long Play)

From the makers of “Yeh Zindagi Hai” comes another fun filled production. The eternal battle between Saas and Bahu is presented with a twist. If you want to win your mother-in-law in 10 days, watch this rib tickling romantic comedy.

Cast: Azfar Rehman, Ishita Mehboob, Bindiya, Ismail Tara, Qazi Wajid, Javeria and Saud

Writer: Javeria Saud

Director: Kamran A. Khan

Click here to watch Part A
Click here to watch Part B

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