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Zahid Qureshi; a villager from Kashmir wins Best actor award in Hollywood

There is another news making Jammu and Kashmir proud on international front, a middle class youth from Fazalabad area of district Poonch wins a top award at USA top film festival; MIFF 20- Montgomery International Film Festival-2020.

Zahid Qureshi first actor from Jammu and Kashmir who has made a history by wining best supporting at USA. 

For Hina Khan fans- Lines is the same film for which Hina Khan debuted Cannes for first look launch and made India proud at International platform. Now another feather on the cap is its four nominations including Best actress, best director Hussain Khan, best film and best supporting actor Zahid Qureshi. Finally the film won two top awards; best actress Hina Khan and best supporting actor Zahid Qureshi competing with international cinema at one of the largest platform. MIFF 20- Montgomery international film festival is one of the top festivals in United States of America.

The film has veteran actress Farida Jalal in a prominent role along-with Hina Khan in a very promising lead. Zahid Qureshi; an actor who belongs to Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir, comes out as a surprise as he wins this award. Zahid still lives in a village called Fazalabad in Poonch.  On asking Zahid says, “For me acting is like breathing, this is something in my soul and I am not in the race to get roles and struggle in Bollywood, for me my art is my being, I cannot just go out and sell it on a shop. If someone finds me worth and asks me to do a role then I am honoured and I do that.” 

Hina Khan also sends her best wishes and warm congratulations to Zahid Qureshi on winning, Hina says, “I can’t express my happiness on winning this award but for me I am more happy for Billa (Zahid Qureshi) because I used to love his character and they way he was doing it.” 

The film is written by Shakti Singh and Rahat Kazmi produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Tariq Khan Films and Zeba Sajid Films and Co produced by Hina Khan’s banner Hiro’s Faar Better Films, Alphaa Productions and Assad Motion Pictures in Association with Fankaarz.

“Main Aur Tu” is a song that motivates people to live life to the fullest: Director Rahat Kazmi

Hina Khan starrer and director Rahat Kazmi’s latest web film Wishlist has been shot in Europe and is all set for a release by next week. The makers released the first song of the film ‘Main Aur Tu’, which is picturised on lead actors Hina Khan and Jitendra Rai.

The song Main Aur Tu has singers Mohit MPathak and Rutikka Brahmbhatt, the music and lyrics are rendered by Mohit Pathak, while the rap lyrics are written by Rocky J, music production is done by Guru Dhanoa and the song is beautifully and romantically shot in the picturesque locales of Europe.

Rahat said, “It is important to be in love but when two individuals who madly love each other and then decide to stay with each other, things change. From romance and a rosy picture, the two individuals have to balance a life together. The transition from romance and being together to continue being in love and keeping it alive is the challenge. Main Aur Tu is all about that and how two individuals who love each other wish to live life to the fullest. It is important for everyone to understand that because life comes with surprises and people should live for the ‘now’.”

Hina Khan said, “I am very excited for Wishlist. We had shot this film in Europe post my first Cannes walk in 2019. We had made this film for festivals across the globe, but due to unforeseen conditions we best thought to release it on a digital platform first. Wishlist is a feel-good film, it’s all about fulfilling your wishes, dreams, aspirations, and importantly valuing the people around you. In times like these, this film is definitely going to be a happy and motivational watch and is going to win hearts like none other.”

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Rahat Kazmi’s films have won international awards at several film festivals around the world.

Hina Khan’s film WISHLIST directed by Rahat Kazmi comes on MX PLAYER

WISHLIST’s first trailer came out with a punch of entertainment with a message for life in these difficult times. The film will be streaming from 11 December on MX player all across the world.

Hina Khan shared with media that they shot WISHLIST a year back all over the Europe with this beautiful crew of Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Rahat Kazmi, whose many films have won international awards at several film festivals around the world.

Here is the trailer of Wishlist: https://youtu.be/xkZ90DSYj2Y

The film is all about living in the moment and about letting your worries go away, Hina Khan has some strong dialogues which can become strong message for today’s generation. Rahat kazmi’s story was so powerful that on a casual evening at Rocky Jaiswal’s house when Hina heard the story from Rahat, she just jumped to do this film, because its core message is so powerful and entertaining yet very international.

UK based Indian actor Jitendra Rai is the male lead opposite Hina Khan and he has given his best by playing a difficult character of Mohit. On asking Jitendra says that it’s my training and experience working with some of the great English /Hollywood actors in the past that helped me a lot to get in the skin of this character. Surely Hina was so supportive all throughout the process and Rahat is a friend so the entire environment was like a family trip in Europe.

For the first time one of the top French producer François d Artemare Has also acted in the film opposite Namita Lal who will also be seen in much acclaimed Lihaaf. Another Singapore based actor Monica Aggarwal has an important character in the film. Apart from this child actor Dhruv Singhi, NSD veteran Neelu Dogra and many Europian and Indian actors are the part of this whole journey.

Wishlist is produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Tariq Khan Productions, Zeba Sajid Films, Co-produced by Hiro’s Faat Better Films, Riaan Rai Productions (Uk) and Piku Arts (Singapore) in association with Ahmed Abbas Films & Assad Motion Pictures.

VYRL Originals presents Naresh Sharma’s Hum Ko Tum Mil Gaye

The legendary music composer, Naresh Sharma, creates a love ballad ‘Hum Ko Tum Mil Gaye’ with VYRL Originals which is themed on one of the most powerful emotions that is seldom expressed, Gratitude. The supremely talented, Vishal Mishra has lent his voice to this beautiful melody with the lyrics penned by Sayeed Quadri. Featuring television’s most adored couple from the fame of Naagin 5, Hina Khan & Dheeraj Dhoopar, the song recounts a story of love, resilience and thankfulness.

Directed by Arif Khan, the video of ‘Hum Ko Tum Mil Gaye’ narrates a heart-warming story about the undying love. Hina and Dheeraj are seen portraying a story of a couple who hold on to one another through their tough times and by reliving memories of their past find the strength to fight through this situation. A song which will remind you that appreciation is an emotion which we hardly express to our loved ones and it is just this emotion that her husband – Dheeraj expresses to Hina as she displays unwavering support and dedication to work through their hardships.

Taking about his latest release, Naresh Sharma stated, “Hum Ko Tum Mil Gaye is very close to my heart as it brings out a very simple and a beautiful message about being thankful to our loved ones and family which is very much needed in the world that we are living in today. We often miss out on acknowledging love to our parents, kids, spouse whom we are the closest too, and I believe this song will enlighten this emotion within everyone to express and celebrate the special bond they share with them. I’m extremely happy that Mr. Vinit Thakkar from VYRL Originals connected with the song from the first hearing itself and it’s been a wonderful experience to work with talented artists like – Vishal Mishra, Hina & Dheeraj who have done a wonderful job in their respective domains.”

Commenting on the latest release, Vinit Thakkar, Chief Operating Officer, Universal Music India & South Asia, said, “In our busy lives, we often forget to express gratitude to our loved ones. Showing gratitude could be something as simple as saying ‘thank you’. Hum Ko Tum Mil Gaye is a song about gratitude to our loved ones, who are always with us, through the good times and the bad. I am excited that the finest artists from the media and entertainment world have collaborated on this release.”

Excited about the release of Hum Ko Tum Mil Gaye, Hina Khan stated, “Shooting for Hum Ko Tum Mil Gaye was a wonderful experience. The song is not only beautifully portrayed but the true meaning of the song along with the message about keeping your faith, trust, confidence and thankfulness during tough times has been put across in a lovely way. Working on the song with Dheeraj, Naresh Ji and VYRL Originals was a smooth and enjoyable process. The collaboration was great, and looking forward to more ones like these in future.”

Commenting on the song, Dheeraj Dhoopar said, “Hum Ko Tum Mil Gaye is a very emotional song composed by the veteran musician Naresh Sharma and I am happy to be a part of it. Vishal’s voice has done complete justice to the beautiful lyrics written by Sayeed Quadri. Working with Hina has been amazing and this is our first music video together which makes it special for our fans. VYRL Originals has done a great job with this song and it is for sure going to bring smiles to our audience and create an everlasting impression.”

Producer Kaushal Joshi brings SidNaaz together again for an ad campaign

Ever since they did Bigg Boss 13 last year, the chemistry between Sidharth Shukla and Shenaaz Gill has been a favourite with masses. They look like the perfect couple, and producer Kaushal Joshi, who brought them together for the first time after Bigg Boss, in the single Bhula Dunga, vouches for it.

Kaushal Joshi is an entrepreneur turned producer, who used to earlier handle some of the biggest names in showbiz like Bharti Singh, Hina Khan, Krushna Abhishek, Erica Fernandes and Shenaaz Gill. He is quick to spot good talent and has earned the goodwill in establishing an upcoming artist as a brand. After producing the single Bhula Dunga with SidNaaz, Kaushal brings the duo back again!

Sidharth Shukla and Shenaaz Gill will be seen in an ad campaign together. The ad campaign revolves around their crackling chemistry and funny banter (nokjhok) and will also see them dancing together. Bhula Dunga got around 80 million views and Kaushal is hoping the ad will establish these two as promising new faces in the ad world.

He said, “I have handled so many artists and worked in the industry for many years. The last few years have given me the courage to move ahead and get involved with production – singles and ad campaigns. I plan to also produce shows and films in the future. Sidharth Shukla and Shenaaz Gill are wonderful onscreen and people love to watch them together. So, I felt bringing them back together for this ad campaign will only further enhance the brand and establish them as fresh new faces in the ad world. I am sure that this ad campaign will find a connect with masses.”

He also added, “I feel ideas rule the world. Slowly and steadily, one can be part of many creative things in showbiz. I really enjoy working with actors and with production; I hope to make it even bigger.”

Azmat Khwaja: Hina Khan brings a lot to the table, along with being a talented actress

Actor Azmat Khwaja, who has played important roles in films like Oxygen, Side A Side B, My Angel My Teacher, was involved creatively in the production team of Hina Khan’s upcoming film Country of Blind. Country of Blind is produced by Rahat Kazmi and Azmat has also acted in many films produced by Kazmi.

Azmat, who has always acted in realistic cinema has done films that revolved around environmental issues, bisexuality and current education system in the country. He also enjoys doing web series.

After working with actress Hina Khan, who plays the lead in Country of Blind, Azmat feels that he wants to continue being creatively involved in upcoming films. He said, “While working with Hina, I learnt a lot. She brings a lot to the table along with being a good actress. She has been in showbiz for the last decade and it was excellent understanding the nuances of acting and production from her. After working with her, I felt that every actor should understand production and direction and that’s how they add to their performance. I felt that if I am involved in production, it will further upgrade my skills and contribute a lot to my career.”

Next, Azmat will be seen in Antena, a film shot in Ladakh. The film is directed by Shoaib Nikash Shah. “Hopefully, in future, I will get an opportunity to be part of production assignments for films and also continue to act.”

An affair of love, obsession and fear. This trailer will UNLOCK your deepest desires

After all of the romance of ‘Never Kiss Your Best Friend’, all the comedy of ‘Ghoomketu’ and thrill of ‘Lalbazaar’, ZEE5 is now gearing up for its next Original film ‘Unlock’. The platform launched the Trailer exclusively during a virtual meet with the lead cast Hina Khan, Kushal Tandon and Aditi Arya yesterday.

Watch the trailer now: https://bit.ly/Unlock_Trailer_YT

 The trailer will hook the audience to their devices and unlock the deepest desires of Suhani, played by Hina Khan. She is on a mission to win Amar (Kushal Tandon) back and in the process, she ends up installing a diabolical app. Will her compulsive addiction with the app’s virtual assistant voice fulfil her darkest wishes? This is the first time a suspense tech film based on the dark web is premiering in the Indian OTT space. The movie has a lot of layers and will give the viewers an edge of the seat entertainment experience.

“This is my second feature film narrative around the dark web, Hacked was loved by all and now UNLOCK will take the thriller quotient a notch higher. The subject of dark web has not been explored much in India and the teaser does complete justice to the plot of the movie. We want to reach out to the young audience to give them a reality check on the dark web. UNLOCK is full of suspense, thrill and perfect for a weekend binge with your friends,” shares Hina Khan essaying the role of Suhani in UNLOCK.

The film stars Hina Khan, Kushal Tandon and Aditi Arya in lead roles. Directed by Debatma Mandal and produced by Wind Horse Films and KARTINA Entertainment.

UNLOCK will premiere on Saturday, 27th June, exclusively on ZEE5.

Would love to produce a non-fiction TV show: Kaushal Joshi

Kaushal Joshi is a well-known name in the TV industry. He manages the work of popular television faces namely Hina Khan, Bharti Singh and Shehnaaz Gill. Recently, Kaushal added another feather to his cap when he turned producer for music video ‘Bhula Dunga’ featuring Siddharth Shukla and Shehnaaz Gill.

How has been your journey so far?

I feel extremely blessed. The people who been around me have played a significant role in my journey. It’s always teamwork. I could explore more because my team has always supported me. In a short span, with our honesty and dedication, we have become a reputed name in the industry.

You have also turned a producer recently, so how is that experience?

It was an extremely overwhelming experience. I am so glad that my first project as a producer received so much love and appreciation.

What challenges did you face during your journey?

In the industry that we belong, everything is constantly changing and moving very fast. We need to cope up with it or you lose the race. As managing brands (artists) I wouldn’t deny if I’d be saying that I have given my blood, sweat and time.

Who has been your biggest support?

My family. They have always understood me. My profession is extremely demanding and they have always supported me in building my company.

Which celeb has been the best during your course of manager?

All of them. I always say that I am very lucky with my talents. We are like family, in good and bad times, we stick together.

What type of content you would like to produce in the near future?

I am really looking forward to producing a TV show. Non-fiction content for TV has always been my liking. Hopefully, if everything goes well, you will find me doing that very soon.

Which celeb do you wish to manage?

I am already doing that. All the talents that I wanted to manage are with me.

Rahat Kazmi’s Country Of Blind set in Indian Himaliyas

The one of its kind Ind0-Hollywood film is being directed by the Indian international filmmaker, Rahat Kazmi, who earned fame worldwide by launching his upcoming film ‘Lihaaf’ in Cannes 2018 in collaboration with Cory Tucek of Turn Key Films (USA).

The film stars lead pair television actress Hina Khan and actor director Shoib Nikash Shah along with Airlift and Filmistaan fame Inaamul Haq as main antagonist and Tere Bin Laden fame Pradhuman Singh in important role. Jhansi Ki Rani fame Indian Television actress Anushka Sen is in one of the lead characters. Singapore based actor producer Namita Lal, who won best actress award at Indian film festival of Boston last week, plays a very strong woman in the film along with a British-Indian actor Jitendra Rai who plays an important role. Zahid Qureshi and Rahat Himself are in guest appearances.

Let’s call it International Indo-Hollywood film which would re-create history and who knows, as Slumdog Millionaire did.  Bollywood will open its doors for international audience before hitting Indian theatres as the film shall be theatrically released in America first.

Based on a book by H. G. Wells, the film is named Country of Blind! The filmmaker has definitely taken an inspiration from the book but let me add, many unique elements have been added to take the audience back to that era.

As goes the name, it is about a country of people who are blind but better than normal people,  so be ready to come across unique costumes, which would surprise you even more to realize they are hand-made and that too, by a bunch of young aspiring fashion designers.

Not only this, since the film is releasing in United States, the director is shooting the film in both the languages, taking Hindi and English shots side by side, instead of dubbing. You will find ancient Hindi and English words which will give music to ears and with that, you would magically travel to the era in which the film has been written.

The plot is interesting with a dramatic twist. The film has a blend of comedy, action, drama, romance along with beautiful songs. It also portrays a powerful message which would leave the audience in a frenzy.

After their presence at Cannes film festival Rahat Kazmi, Hina Khan and their group achieved a big milestone by getting a Hollywood deal done during the festival. American Production and Distribution company Turn Key Films joined Rahat Kazmi Films, Tariq Khan productions and their group for feature film co-production based on father of Science fiction H. G. Wells famous story Country of Blind.

Shot in the beautiful Himalayas, the movie would release in USA initially,and then be surfaced worldwide, including India. The film would also be screened in a number of International Film Festivals before releasing elsewhere.

The film is produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Tariq Khan Productions, Zeba Sajid Films, Nutzaboutme Cinema (Singapore), Co-Production of Hiro’s Faar Better Films & Turn Key Films (USA) in association with Riaan Rai Motion Pictures (UK), Assad Motion Pictures and Seven Two Creation. The film is expected to release worldwide next year.

Indo-British actor Jitendra Rai to Pair with Hina Khan

Jitendra Rai came into limelight with Dragonflies Only Live for 24 Hours, which was showcased in British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2018.

This India-born actor has worked in innumerable Hollywood projects under his screen name Jitendra Kumar. He has appeared in TV series for BBC2, ITV and also, in a crime series of US channel. He worked with Idris Elba in a commercial of US based company. Adding to his credits, he was also featured in a commercial for Stella Artois. Along with his innumerable appearances in films and on TV, he has featured in an international music video. Jitendra has also worked with Harry Potter actor Adrein Rawlins,s recently in a film where there are only two main characters played by Rawlins and Jitendra.

He marked his Bollywood debut also with Rahat Kazmi, same as Hina Khan. We can say that Indian International Filmmaker, Rahat Kazmi has left no stone unturned in gifting some of the best actors and actresses to Bollywood.

Meanwhile, after so much appreciation his films have garnered, Rahat Kazmi poured his heart out on his social media handle. Expressing his feelings, he wrote, “A close to heart, slice of life, inspiring story about celebration of life, my directorial feature “WishList” starts rolling in Europe having talented lead pair-Indian Diva Hina Khan and Indo-British actor Jitendra Rai, also starring for the first time multiple award winner French producer Francois d’Artemare and my favorite Sinagpore based actor Namita Lal along with many other German, Swiss and Indian actors.”

Co-written by Vimlesh Godeshwar and Rahat Kazmi is director of the film and is being produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Tariq Khan Productions and Zeba Sajid Films, Co-producer Rocky Jaiswal of Hiro’s Faar Better Films in association with Ahmed abbas Films, Assad Motion Pictures and Seven 2 Creations.

Directed by Rahat Kazmi, Wish List deals with regular issues and choices one takes in life but in inspirational ways and also, offers a new perspective. The shooting has already begun in Europe but the release date is yet to be announced. No denying the fact, the team will surprise us soon with the scenic beauty of Europe on big screen.