Sunday, January 13, 2019

Should We Consider Thugs Of Hindustan A Critical Success For Amir Khan ?


Bollywood heart-throb Aamir Khan's latest ritzy venture, Thugs of Hindostan sank wretchedly at the box office! The film became the subject of criticism for critics and viewers alike. With the cast including Khan himself, mega star Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheik, the flick considered to be a blockbuster.

With the super-star cast and the earlier released thrilling trailers, the film managed to create hype among the audience and people began questioning if the Thugs of Hindostan is going to be a critical success for Amir Khan? Soon after its release, the film simply didn’t match the spectator’s expectations. Why? Let’s explore some reasons.


The Not-So-Good track record of the director:

What might have served as one of the core reasons for the movie’s failure was the not-so-promising track record of the director, Vijay Krishna Achary
His directorial background shines light on how he has gotten golden opportunities for creating big banner and high budget like Tashan (2008) and Dhoom 3 (2013). Despite the fact that both these movies starred the finest star cast and had a very hard working crew, they both were a ‘nay’ for the audience.

Of course criticising Vijay Krishna Acharya solely on basis of two movies aforementioned is definitely not right, as he has given pretty exceptional screenplays in successful films like Dhoom & Dhoom2. But he definitely overdoes things, when it comes to direction. Amir Khan might have made a mistake here while expanding a colossal budget of 250 Crores with a director with this background.

Similarity with Pirates Of the Caribbean:

You simply cannot help but compare Thugs Of Hindustan to the Pirates of the Caribbean as it’s a picture perfect match from the action set pieces and production design to the characters! Aamir Khan's character Firangi Mallah is an Indian version of Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp in POC. Khan, knowingly or unknowingly has even depicted the distinct accent of Mr. Sparrow, chugs a bottle of whiskey like our beloved drunkard Sparrow, in fact walks and dances unusually like Sparrow! Amitabh Bachhan’s character is Captain Hector Barbossa.

Amitabh Bachchan

Disappointing Music:

The movie disappointed the song-lovers big time. Honestly speaking, Thugs Of Hindustan did not offer any impressive song. Two item numbers by Katrina Kaif were also considered disappointing and unnecessary.

Poor Graphics and Plot:

With almost a 300 Crore budget, this film is, generally, splashed in CGI, like its partner 'Baahubali'. Setting pardons like time, spending plan and accessibility aside, the visual effects looked below par. The VFX used in certain shots and scenes looked like as if they're plucked straight out of an expensive video game.

The film pretty much begins with muskets, substantial rain and filling explosive in overwhelming rain. In the event that you think that it’s strange, this is pretty much tone for rest of the picture. The songs were choreographed like they were being done for some film fare award functions.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Can #metoo Have Lasting Influence To Stop Sexual Harassment?


The day of 5th October 2017 served as a red-letter day in the decades-long rumpus against sexual harassment when the New York Times reported numerous allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, of serious sexual harassment, including rape marking the inception of global momentum for the hashtag MeToo. #metoo was initiated by social activist Tarana Burke back in 2006 and stimulated by the actor Alyssa Milano to motivate and encourage people to share their stories of sexual assault and harassment, long untold or unheard.

Can #metoo Have Lasting Influence To Stop Sexual Harassment ?

It was this blend of outrage including a powerful, wealthy prominent man combined with the tsunami of everyday encounters shared through social media that has made an urge for change on sexual harassment. What began in the United States swung rapidly to a worldwide development that has taken firm hold in Pakistan as well.

Over the previous months, Pakistan has been encountering a drawn out #MeToo moment. The nation did not encounter a similar surge of stories and a noteworthy crest as the West did in the fall of 2017. Rather, gradually, women, and a few men, have been gathering the courage to stand up about the trauma of sexual harassment. Given the troublesome and in some cases risky conditions in which individuals who have endured the sexual assault turned out to recount their stories  in Pakistan, this sustained trend has made a remarkable impact.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Social inclusion of persons with disabilities


Social inclusion is all about creating equal opportunities for the people in a society irrespective of their color, caste and creed. It is an act to improve the dignity and ability of those disadvantaged for their identity. Social inclusion is extremely necessary for the prosperity of a society. It plays a key role in maintaining equality.

Disability can not limit a person's skills

There is no doubt that people can be present in a community without being socially included. What it takes for being socially included means that a number of things should be present in people’s lives. Social inclusion means that people:
  • Experience a sense of belonging
  • Have social relationship with 
  • Experience acceptance - for who they are - within their communities
  •  Have friends 
  • Are actively participating in the community and playing their parts for its betterment
  • Are participating in activities based on their personal preferences
  • Have valued roles in the community
At the point when individuals encounter all or even some of these conditions throughout their life they will probably be more joyful and more beneficial. Truth be told, social incorporation is a critical "determinant of well being" – without consideration, individuals will probably encounter weakness (counting poor psychological well-being), dejection, segregation, and poor confidence.

A man with inabilities implies a person who, by virtue of damage, sickness, or intrinsic distortion, is incapacitated in undertaking any productive calling or work, and incorporates people who are visually impaired, hearing hindered, and physically and rationally disabled. Numerous individuals with incapacities superfluously encounter life in an unexpected way. They might not have a "feeling of equality" in the network and might not approach exercises they lean toward or want. Disable people need chances to work, play, learn and create social associations with others (especially with individuals who don't have an incapacity). Individuals with disabilities are frequently not recognized in the society, or on the off chance that they are, it might be adversely.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

17th Young Leaders Conference Pakistan - 2018!


The Young Leaders Conference is a six-day, five-night residential conference hosted by School of Leadership where 300 rural and urban promising young leaders stay and learn together from the wisdom of 50 top social, political, business, and art leaders as well as from the engagement of the country’s foremost facilitators. YLC is an experiential journey geared towards positively engaging the youth over a period of 6 days in a rigorous training program comprising of panel dialogues, thematic exploration sessions, powerful leadership simulations, personal story-telling, capacity building pieces of training and empowering team support.

This year I had the pleasure of attending the 17th Young Leaders’ Conference held in Lahore from 1st to 6th July. The theme of this year was #ITSTIME!

Credits: Carving Memories

I applied for Asia Foundation’s NEXUS programme, according to which the applicant had to submit an idea that could help in solving the prevailing water-food and energy crises in the country. Luckily my application got accepted and I was sponsored by the Asia Foundation for the conference which covered my entire conference expenses!

Excited, I packed my luggage and headed towards the School of Leadership (SOL) office on 30th June’s morning as I was leaving for Lahore by road with a chunk of SOL team. It was a perfect road-trip from Karachi to Lahore. We left at 8 am in the morning and reached by around 10 am, the other day. It was a mesmerizing experience.  It was 26 hours tiring yet an unforgettable journey.

The guys were to stay in Hospitality Inn hotel and girls were to stay in Faletti’s hotel, while all the events were held in Faletti’s Hotels halls. Upon entering the Faletti’s hotel I was welcomed by the polite volunteers who not only guided us to the registration desk but were kind enough to help us carry our luggage too. All the participants were allotted teams and given YLC id card, 2 t-shirts, a bag and a diary.

Participants were divided into groups and each group was allotted a room or suite and after all this process we literally rushed to our rooms and got ready.

Day 01 (officially begins): Wearing my tees and ready to start the day, I entered the hall where there were games laid out for the participants. It was a networking session where everyone played different games and made some new friends.
Soon the inauguration ceremony started, and Shireen Naqvi with Kamran Rizvi, the founders of SOL welcomed us with great zeal.

Kamran Rizvi and Shireen Naqvi – Inauguration ceremony.

Kamran Rizvi
Credits: Carving Memories
Shireen Naqvi
Credits: Carving Memories

We had lunch and then back to back sessions with evening tea and dinner in between. The day finally ended at 12 at night.

Day 02 – Officially the first morning of YLC in Faletti’s. We were woken up at 7 by sharp knocks on doors by the YFs and were told to reach the breakfast hall by 8 am. The day started at 8:30 am and the theme of the day was: Context Setting –Pakistan: Philosophy, Psychology, Possibilities. We had some creative challenges that day. The first one was Sooper Hai Pakistan in which every team had to prepare and present a unique video highlighting the positive image of Pakistan.

Credits: Carving Memories

Later in the evening there was a puzzle challenge where every team were given two verses of Allama Iqbal all jumbled up, and we had to put them together correctly in shortest possible time.

The thrill of the day reached its peak when Shuja Haider arrived to rock the show! He shared his life story with the audience also rocked the stage with his magical voice.

The prominent speakers for the day were: Justice Nasira Iqbal, Faisal Sherjan (Director NIC Lahore), Yusuf Hussain (CEO IGNITE), Junaid Iqbal (CEO Careem Pakistan), Dr. Umer Saif (Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board).

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Water crises in Cape town is the wake-up call for the whole world!


Cape town has currently experienced a severe drought! But fierce restrictions on the usage of water have pushed back Day Zero until twenty nineteen. Day Zero will occur when the combined level of Cape Town’s dams will reach the level of 13.5 percent. In order for the dams to reach sufficient levels again, officials in the city will take full control over water supplies on this day by switching off all the taps in the city – and when they say all taps they literally every single tap! The residents will then have to queue at a water collection point for their reduced quota of 25 litres a day to obtain water! The current dam level is 21.9%. Day Zero was expected this April, but now according to officials the day is likely to occur in 2019.  

Water crises in Cape town is the wake-up call for the whole world!

The important question is what caused the water crisis?

One of the major reason is a drought caused by insufficient rainfall over the last three years, and low water level in dam. Another prime reason is the rapidly growing population and heavy agricultural usage.

Cape Town has its history of droughts, yet what appears to have played a role in making this one much longer this time is the climate change! And this factor is likely to play a part in future droughts too, both in South Africa as well as around the world.

Future isn’t just Cape Town’s!

The point to ponder is that future isn't just Cape Town's.  Water crises in Cape Town is a wakeup call for the whole world. It’s a scenario that isn’t just limited to Cape town, yet cities around the globe may face the same and should prepare for running out of water according to the experts.

It might be difficult to comprehend exactly how cities around the globe could be in danger of a water shortage when nearly 70 percent of the world is comprised of the resource. The obvious reality, notwithstanding, is that the percentage of fresh water most likely just adds up to around 2.5 percent. And even then, a critical amount is locked up in the form of ice and snow, which implies that only 1 percent of all freshwater is effectively accessible to the worldwide populace.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Hashem Al-Ghaili - A man from Yemen, studied in Pakistan and Germany and became science super star Now!


It takes courage and confidence for an eighteen-year-old to resist his parents’ requests to not to apply for scholarship abroad and work on the family farm instead, but the teenager had other plans for his life. He, despite all the resistance, went abroad to get a degree and forged a new path. Today, that teenager is a well-known science communicator and has a Facebook page running with a fan base of 22 Million! If you still haven’t guessed it yet, then here you go; we are talking about none but, the great Science Super star of Facebook Hashem Al-Ghaili.

Hashem Al-Ghaili

Hashem Al-Ghaili hails from Yemen. He is a video producer and science communicator. Back from childhood he had immense love for science but sadly for him in Yemen, a child’s fate is decided by his/her parents. It wasn’t easy for Hashim to convince his father that he wasn’t interested in farming, yet his passion lied in Science and h wanted to pursue a career in it.

He chose the hard way and decided to apply for scholarship. He traveled to the capital, Sana to fill out the paperwork to apply for a scholarship from the Ministry of Education. He didn’t let this father become aware of this act as he recalls,

“If I’d told my father about it he wouldn’t have approved, so I just went.”

The endeavour proved worth the risk. He earned a scholarship for bachelors of biotechnology at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan from government. Though it was a move which wasn’t supported at all by his parents!