India’s cine body, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) asked singer and actor, Diljit Dosanjh to cancel his appearance at an upcoming show being promoted by a Pakistani national. Diljit, who was supposed to perform at the US show on September 21 had been told to “cancel his commitment in the interest, sentiments and dignity of the nation”.
Pakistani short film ‘Darling’ won Best Short Film Award at the Venice Film Fest (VFF). Directed by Saim Sadiq, Darling premiered at ’VFF’s new Orrizzonti section. It qualifies as ’Pakistan’s first film to project in front of the oldest movie ’gala’s audience. Darling depicts the relationship between a trans girl and a young boy is a new concept altogether.
Veteran television actor Abid Ali has passed away at the age of 67 in Karachi. Ali was admitted in the intensive care unit at Karachi’s Liaquat National Hospital after being diagnosed with liver disease. Hospital administration confirmed that he breathed his last at 9pm. After news broke of his demise, tributes began pouring in from the acting fraternity.
Ex-Pakistani and now Indian citizen, Adnan Sami’s son has called Pakistan his home. Azaan Sami, in an interview with BBC Asian Network opened about his relationship with his father, stating that he loves him but wants to work and live in Pakistan. He added that despite spending his teenage years in India, the industry in Pakistan feels like family.
Pakistani filmmaker and director Khalil ur Rehman Qamar has announced to make a comedy movie on Indian Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman. In the movie titled “Abhinandan Come On”, Shamoon Abbasi will be seen playing role of the downed Indian pilot. The movie expected to release this September was planned after Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi announced last week to make a movie on Abhinandan.
Matthew McConaughey, the Oscar-winning actor and producer, has joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and will be teaching a class this fall. McConaughey, an alumnus of the university who has taught there as a visiting instructor, will teach filmmaking. Two of the movies Mr. McConaughey has starred in will be studied in the class of 40 students.
Actor Mohsin Abbas Haider, accused of domestic abuse against his wife, was found guilty by a lower court in Lahore of threatening his wife Fatema Sohail. However, the actor was found innocent of breach of trust and demanding money from his wife after a police investigation. The court instructed both defence and prosecution to present their respective final arguments during next hearing.
Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat has been chosen by international Magazine, “Muslim Vibe” as one of the top five Muslim women in the world who are breaking stereotypes. Mehwish made the list alongside other inspirational women like Manal Rostom, an Egyptian athlete, Ilhan Omar, member of the US House of Representatives, Linda Sarsour, an American political activist, and American sabre fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad.
The fourth film in Matrix series will be produced, with stars Keanu Reeves (‘Neo’) and Carrie-Anne Moss (‘Trinity’) reprising their roles and Lana Wachowski set to both write and direct the entry. The fourth film will be produced and directed by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film is set to begin production in early 2020.
The Federation Of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), the mother body of all the 24 crafts of filmmaking, has banned singer Mika Singh aka Amrik Singh from any performance, recording, playback singing and acting in India ‘irrevocably forever’. The step was taken after a 30-second video clip of Mika’s performance at a wedding in Pakistan was released on Twitter.