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Pakistani actor Ahad to play Hamlet in Canada!



Pakistani actor Ahad to play Hamlet in Canada

KARACHI: The budding Pakistani actor Ahad Raza Mir is successfully acknowledging his talent in the entertainment fraternity. As a matter of fact, he is at cloud 9 with a number of big projects ahead.

Deliberating about his future endeavors, the actor reveals that he is going to feature in Humsafar writer Farhat Ishtiaq’s yet to be titled venture. Moreover, he will be seen playing Hamlet in a Shakespeare play next year in Canada.

“I’ve already started memorizing it because it’s going to be a three-hour show. It’s terrifying!” said he.

Ahad went on to say, “I think we live in a time where sometimes, people say Shakespeare is now irrelevant. But I think we can learn a lot from Shakespeare. We can learn a lot about story-telling, how stories are composed, how characters are.”

“Shakespeare himself was so intelligent that he put clues in the write-up itself for the actors to tell them how to perform. Taking on the role of Hamlet is going to be big for me. It’ll be my return to the stage after almost a three-year gap.”

The Shakespeare Company based in Canada approached him some three years ago as to have him as a lead.

Asserting about his exposures, the actor further added, “I’ve always respected Canada for diversity. I’ve played roles of a white man in plays. I played Tony, a brown man playing a white man, which is unheard of.”

Not only this, for the first time, Ahad is all set to try his luck in the star-studded Parwaaz Hai Junoon, which is slated to hit the silver screen in Eid-ul-Azha. Well, it really seems as if the actor has got all the luck!

Besides, the multi-talented Ahad is all geared-up to croon in Coke Studio this season too.

A relevant piece published earlier:

Showbiz Pakistan: What’s cooking amid Sajal and Ahad?


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Entertainment City, 17 parks planned for Peshawar



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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.

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Turkish tourism attracts great attention on fair



VIENNA: Nearly 850 firms from 80 countries attended the 2019 International Tourism Fair in the capital of Austria.

Vienna Culture and Publicity Consultancy opened a 150-square-meter wide stand on behalf of Turkey.

Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkish Airlines, as well as various hotels, tourism agencies and tour operators from Turkey attended the fair.

Asip Kaya, the Turkish Consul General in Vienna, told Anadolu Agency that the Vienna Tourism Fair is among the most important fairs in the world and almost 500,000 visitors attended the fair.

Kaya said: “300 thousand tourists from Austria visited our country last year. Actually this number was close to 500 thousand in 2015, however, due to political problems there was a decrease. Last year, there was a 23 percent increase. Hopefully this year the increase rate will rise even more.”

He called on the Turkish community living in Austria to visit the Turkish stand and added that the fair started very vividly, and he got the impression that far more people will attend the fair compared to last year.

Kaya stated that the attention to the Turkish stand can have a positive influence on the political relations between the two countries.

The fair would remain open for four days.

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Live music concerts in domestic flights of Indonesia



JAKARTA: Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda is bringing music to the skies with a series of live acoustic concerts on domestic flights, the airline said.

Passengers will be serenaded at 35,000 feet in a scheme aimed at wooing millennials “who want a different flight experience”, airline spokesman M. Ikhsan Rosan told media.

The carrier held its first in-flight concert on Wednesday, when two musicians performed for a captive audience aboard a flight between the capital, Jakarta, and the holiday island of Bali.

Garuda said sets would last 10 to 15 minutes on select flights, and there would be a focus on promoting upcoming talent.

While it may prove an unforgettable flying experience for some, it may not be everyone’s idea of a good time.

In 2017, US airline Southwest introduced live shows on some flights to a mixed reaction from passengers.


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