ISLAMABAD: Bollywood movie Pad Man starring actor Akshay Kumar would not be released here in Pakistan, reported sources.
According to the details, Pakistan’s Federal Censor Board did not give a go-ahead nod to the film, which highlights the issue of menstrual awareness that is considered a taboo in this country.
Pundits at the helm of affair are of the view that the movie is against the Islamic traditions, history, values and culture and therefore, it should not be screened in the theatres.
The narrative of the flick is about Arunachalam Muruganantham’s voyage to make sanitary napkins economical. Helmed by R. Balki, Pad Man is based on a short story from Akshay’s spouse namely Twinkle Khanna’s book titled The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad.
The movie went on the floors in India, Russia, Ivory Coast and Iraq on Friday (9th February, 2018).
Vocalist Mehnaz remembered
ISLAMABAD: Sixth death anniversary of the renowned and legendary singer was observed today.
Mehnaz Begum, the distinguished singer of Pakistan, had died on 19th January 2013 at the age of 55. She was on way to the United States when her condition deteriorated in Bahrain where she breathed her last at a hospital.
The master of classical genres like ‘ghazal’, ‘thumri’ and ‘dadra’ was born in 1958. Mehnaz began her career as a playback singer in the early ’70s. Her mellifluous voice and control over the sur instantly made her popular among music composers and film audiences. She sang for a number of films a majority of which became popular.
The talented singer sang many hit and evergreen chartbusters like Mujhe Dil Se Na Bhulana from film ‘Aina’, Kyun Roi Shehnai from ‘Haider Ali’ and Do Piyase Dil Ek Huay from ‘Bandish’.
Surrayya Bhopali was among the first films that Mehnaz sang for and Zeba Bakhtiar’s Babu was her last film as a playback singer.
Netflix shares slip as spending weighs on profits
SAN FRANCISCO: Netflix shares swung lower Thursday as spending on original shows at the leading streaming television service weighed on quarterly revenue and competition heated up.
Shares sank nearly four percent to $339.70 in after-market trades that followed release of earnings figures that showed the Silicon Valley company logged profit of $134 million on revenue of $4.2 billion in the final three months of last year.
That compared with a profit of $186 million on revenue of $3.3 billion in the same period the prior year.
Netflix ended the year with 139 million paying members worldwide, up 29 million from the start of the year.
“The fact that investors reacted negatively to what amounted to a strong performance indicates the extent to which Netflix has set a high bar,” said eMarketer media analyst Paul Verna.
“The bottom line is that Netflix remains the uncontested leader in the subscription video space.”
Netflix beat analyst expectations on subscriber growth and per-share earnings, but missed slightly on revenue, Verna noted.
The company’s projected growth in subscribers in the current quarter is higher than previously anticipated, “which bodes well for the company as it prepares to face mounting competition from the likes of Disney, AT&T, and NBC Universal,” according to Verna.
Operating margin — the money a company keeps after expenses — shrank to 5.2 percent from 7.5 percent in a year-over-year comparison of quarters.
The company said it had expected its margin to dip because of the number of shows that launched in the quarter.
“Our multiyear plan is to keep significantly growing our content while increasing our revenue faster to expand our operating margins,” Netflix said in a letter to shareholders released along with the earnings report.
Entertainment City, 17 parks planned for Peshawar
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will establish a state-of the art ‘Entertainment City’ and 17 parks in Peshawar to provide better recreational and sports facilities to the residents of walled city.
‘Entertainment’ city will be established at Nisatta near Peshawar Toll Plaza on Motorway where all types of entertainment facilities including water sports, restaurants, fun land, playing lands for kids, parks and commercial activities would be provided.
Officials in Local Government and Rural Department told media on Friday that an inclusive plan has been chalked out for establishment of an ‘Entertainment City’ in the first 100 days plan of PTI government and practical work on this project will start soon.
Peshawar is lacking recreational facilities since long and this city would help provide the much need entertainment facilities to people within a three kilometer distance to enjoy water boating, meat and fish dish parties in open. The residents of Charsadda and Nowshera districts will also benefit from this facility.
In addition to it, KP government will establish 17 parks in different sectors of Hayatabad and one at Regi Model Town Peshawar.
These parks are part of a bigger plan of Peshawar Development Authority to enhance beauty of Peshawar. Under this project, roadside plantation will be carried out inside Hayatabad.
A major inclusion in healthy’s profile of Hayatabad is construction of ‘Jogging Track’ from Phase-III entry up to Phase-VII along Gandao Khawar besides soft landscaping of existing central parks at Regi Model Town.
The official said beautification and uplift projects are also underway in Charsadda district aimed at to promote large-scale urbanization and reduce population pressure for housing in Peshawar.