Reaction of Pakistani actors on acceptation of Turkish “Resurrection: Ertugrul” series

The coronavirus outbreak has put much of the world on lockdown, with many resorting to exploring new hobbies and activities, or rekindling familiar ones.

The beginning of the new decade has been marked with a sudden shock in the way media is being consumed among all demographics.

When binge watching your favorite show, your brain is continually producing dopamine, and your body experiences a drug-like high. Cut to midnight and you’ve crushed half a season – and find yourself tempted to stay up to watch just one more episode, even though you know you’ll be paying for it the next morning.

High quality production values, talented actors who take their roles very seriously and a director that knows how to keep the audience on the edge of their seats in each episode, you can see why it’s an addictive combination.

“Pakistan’s current lockdown obsession”

“Ertugrul” has broken all records in Pakistan and became country’s favorite series.What actually has appealed the audience is the chronicled & archival background and the spellbind portrayal of all the astonishing qualities of Ertugrul, along with his love story.

If you start looking deeper into the show you will see that each episode delivers both spiritual values and life lessons by allowing principle characters to talk directly about moral dilemmas and their resolution.

Though some Islamic organizations have issued religious order (Fatwas) against the series on the grounds of demeaning shari’ah & modesty.

In a parallel world,the popularity of the television series has been so gignatic that few Pakistani actors & entertainers are feeling threatened by the airing of “Ertugrul” in Pakistan.

There were great old times when Pakistani serials were very popular and people waited for the days to watch what’s next. The need is to understand that the absence of high-quality content in Pakistani TV series/dramas is another reason for the foreign drama’s massive popularity.

Watching “Ertugrul” is feast one’s eyes on ,so far better than watching a bunch of trending dramas that are mostly promoting extra marital affairs,envy & diplomacy,deception and erroneous depiction of our culture.

Morality and ethics are part of a way of life and cannot be separated from all other aspects of life and its high time Pakistan Entertainment Industry must realize that “content matters” since it has a great impact on an individual’s mind, moral development and character formation.

And above all, diversity should be appreciated as its the audience who decides, and an entertainer should not feel threaten or criticize by their competition.

Kainat Hussain

The Great Divide

After 200 years the British finally left the subcontinent, and it was partitioned into two independent nations. Partition meant that millions of people found themselves on the ‘wrong’ side of the borders. Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan and that’s when began one of the greatest migrations in human history.

“Many call it Independence and many remember as a Tragedy”

Muslims travelled to Pakistan while Sikhs and Hindus headed to India and many hundreds of thousands never made it. Up to a millions of refugees were killed in a series of horrific massacres in the border regions.

In the nineteenth century, Sub-continent was a place where traditions, languages, and cultures cut across religious groups, where people did not define themselves primarily through their religious faith.

Across the Indian subcontinent, communities that had coexisted for almost a century attacked each other in a terrifying outbreak of sectarian violence, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other – a mutual genocide as unexpected as it was unprecedented.The carnage was especially intense, with massacres, forced conversions, mass abductions, and sexual violence. Thousand of womens were raped, and many of them were then disfigured. The separated families across an arbitrarily drawn border, sometimes overnight, and made it practically impossible for people to know if their parents, sisters, brothers or children were alive or dead. A mother and daughter, separated in the violence of Partition, found each other fifty years later through one of the agency of a news magazine. A brother and a sister were brought together after fifty years at the border by the same news magazine. A father whose thirteen-year-old daughter was abducted from Pakistan by Hindu men made several trips to India to try to track her down. On one of these event, he was arrested on charges of being a spy and jailed. His daughter was never returned to him and many such untold sufferings.

I am from a family of Partition refugees. My (Late) grandmother migrated from India to Pakistan. She had immense love and attachment to her birth place, where she lived her childhood and grown up.I am the eldest in my siblings and had always been closed to my grandmother and still I am, even though she left the world in the year 2015, but still alive in my mind and heart. I still cherish the time when we use to listen her stories referring “Humaray Watan main aisa hota tha” with a smile on her face, eyes full of emotions and trembling lips – Memories of Partition, the fear and brutality of the time, the flash back to an often mythical past where Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs lived together in relative peace and harmony before the line was drawn.

Though my grandmother never regretted to be a migrant infact she had always been proud to be called as “Muhajir” – term use to refer those who migrate from one place to another. She had great love and passion for Pakistan. Every year on 14th August, she use to decorate our house with flag, buntings and lightening with patriotic zest.

It can therefore be said that it was not a easy journey for my grandmother like many others who moved from India to Pakistan or vice versa because of the memories they left behind. Her father died before migration and due to this reason she got married at the age of 15. She then migrated to Pakistan with my grandfather and very few other relatives. Few years later her mother also passed away. She lost her parents at a very young age. I can imagine how difficult it would be to get settle to a new place without your blood relations, how it feels knowing you wont be able to visits your parent’s grave ever again.How difficult it would be to live with the pain that has no end.

Apart from emotional distress she had a stable life in Pakistan, as they were allotted a huge house in Hyderabad, Sindh in few months of their migration and also my grandfather got appointed in one of the leading News paper of that time “Daily Jang”

Many of her relatives are still settled in India and they visited Pakistan couple of times but since she is gone we have no such contact with them. She always wanted to visit India once again with me as I developed great association with India through her stories & memories and was always curious to see where she lived and grew up but due to political instability and ongoing tensions between India & Pakistan she was reluctant to travel with any of us. l am still remembering her and all the struggles she had to do throughout her childhood to the end of her life. Other moments are unforgettable for different reasons . She was a mentally strong women, see the glass as half full and not half empty. In spite of many ups and downs she faced, lost her daughter and sons at their young age,inlcuding my father who passed away 17 years ago. I never saw my grandmother crying in front of us but I could feel the hollowness that remained within her soul.

Migration was never a choice for all, it was the need of time with its own problems. Nobody wants to leave their home willingly .There are lot of questions that literature, history books or political representation can never answer. How families were divided, how friendships endured across borders, how they rebuilt their lives without resources since people both the sides left their property & belongings and headed towards an unknown path. Its hard to imagine the physical and mental trauma they faced while leaving the place where they were born, grew up, studied, got married, where their parents and other family members are buried, how their experience of dislocation and trauma shaped their lives, and indeed the cities or towns and villages they settled in, find little reflection in written history.

Seventy years and four generations later, it is unclear what Partition still holds. While Pakistan & India have evolved along very different paths, the outcomes don’t look particularly different. Unfortunately, the intolerance that fueled the bloodshed in 1947 is still there, clearly in the DNA of both the sides.

I pray for a cordial and peaceful relations between both the countries. I wish both governments come to the table and work towards peace, instead of following the British trend of “Divide and Rule”.

Remember ” Hate begets hate, violence begets violence, toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love “

Let’s stop responding to the calls of legitimizing all sort of hateful rhetoric and policies based on people’s identity; misogyny, racism and nationalism.

Once our ancestors belonged to the same land and now that we are already divided by border lets not be divided by hearts. I am from Pakistan 🇵🇰 and I feel proud to say that I love India 🇮🇳

In memory of my (late) grandmother… Anwari Khanum 💞

In memoriam – Sushant Singh Rajput

You inspired us with your dreams and hope, vision and mission, attitude and aptitude

~~ Special Thanks to Newsband for making preference in publishing my article in their newspaper on 24th July 2020 ~~

(21st Jan 1986 – 14th June 2020)

You are still here like morphine in all the air

You will live on in the hearts of the people. Physically, you are no longer a part of the world but your principles, philosophies and achievements will become immortal, spreading from generation to generation.

As we fondly remember the young and talented actor, here are 10 quotes by Sushant Singh Rajput about life and living.

“The closest synonym of happiness is excitement, and you can generate it by doing something that you can’t completely comprehend. This understanding makes the process rich and exciting.”

“Everybody is in a hurry to decode you in a certain way, and then they expect you to adhere to their definition. How can they possibly do that when you yourself are finding it hard to discover yourself?”

“To be able to make statements, you need to be confident about what you think. You need to have a sense of right and wrong.”

“If you are seeing something for the first time, one of your first reactions should be fascination.”

“No matter what you achieve, what you want to aspire to be, or how famous and powerful you become, the most important thing is whether you are excited about each and every moment of your life because of your work and people around you.”

“If you spend time with your loved ones, you get the energy to do your job better.”

“Whatever dream you have, be sure that it is going to happen, and then forget about it. Then you have to come back to the present and be there 100 per cent.”

“We should never forget the inevitable, as we will lose everything eventually. So why fret over any kind of security? The idea is to just fly and experience it all while it lasts.”

“The best thing is to accept the circumstances, not take them personally, deal with them, stop complaining, and give everything your best.”

“I think we are all insecure, and there is nothing wrong in accepting that.”

-Sushant Singh Rajput

Until we meet again, in another life…..

Live To Be Awesome !

In the last 10 years, I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of life experiences, including: Traveling to different cities, writing articles, starting work with a new company all over in a different country with Zero experience, delivering over 500 presentations. Being lucky enough to fall in love
Here’s the thing: most of these experiences are only valuable when shared. It’s time for me to pay it forward. I want to help you all live the most fulfilling, epic life possible. So today, I’ll be sharing with you my top “few” life experiences that you should try:

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads ~ Henry David Thoreau~
Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
  1. Celebrate a huge win – Every single time. People love to feel appreciated.
  2. Chase your passion wholeheartedly –Take your brain along with you
  3. Smile at someone and compliment them – Try it. Be a smiling hero for someone today. It’s free of cost
  4. Be fearless – Being fearless doesn’t mean not feeling fear. We all feel fear. It means having control over that fear versus letting that fear control you. Fear can be constructive. It forces you to be thoughtful around many aspects of your process and to be ready for obstacles that lie ahead. If your dreams don’t scare you, it’s possible that you’re not dreaming big enough. Don’t let fears be the gatekeeper to your dreams. Be fearless like Hansen.
  5. Be vulnerable – “Life is so perfect!” That’s not real life. No one’s life is perfect. And that’s okay!
  6. Never eat alone – This gives you a chance to bond with someone. I did this at Box all the time and it helped me make a ton of friends over a period of two years. Want to know why? It’s because during lunchtime, we usually stopped talking about work and finally started talking about our personal lives. Some people call this small talk. I call this friendship.
  7. Share an Uber ride with someone – To have a new friend.
  8. Conquer a fear – You will live longer & healthy
  9. Learn to share your story – Everyone has a unique story. Learn to tell your story. You never know whose life you could change.
  10. Make a trip to the snowy mountains – It’s peaceful. It’s refreshing. In a world where almost everything is on demand and moves incredibly fast, it’s good to pause for a moment. To reflect.
  11. Learn to cook one dish really well – It doesn’t matter what the dish is. Just learn to cook at least one dish really well. Need help? YouTube it. For me, it’s an omelet.
  12. Try new food – Don’t limit yourself to a world view that’s constrained. There’s so much out there to explore and experience. It’s what life is about. Expand your horizons.
  13. Dance like no one’s watching – Get jaggy with it. Do the Nae-Nae.
  14. fall deeply in love – I’ve been in love only once in my life. It happened in a way I never expected. One of the most fulfilling things in life you can ever experience is to fall deeply in love. Take the leap. You’ll be glad you did.
  15. Learn a different language- It’s entertaining!
  16. Mentor someone – You’ve got some great life experiences. Whether it’s love, friendships, career, entrepreneurship, traveling, or any other subject, you’ve learned something profound. Why keep it all to yourself? Pay it forward. Share those experiences with others. Be a mentor.
  17. Find your own mentor – Surround yourself with the type of person you want to become. Awesomeness is contagious.
  18. Build something from scratch – In business, it’s incredibly fulfilling to build something from ground up. You and your colleagues are in control of your destiny. You can shape the vision, strategy and direction. It’s infinitely harder to do this than to incrementally improve an existing business that has already achieved success. You’ll also learn a lot more. Try building something.
  19. Write anywhere – On a blog, FACEBOOK or any other medium of the hardest parts of writing is simply starting. Just go!
  20. Genuinely accept a compliment – A lot of times people get a compliment and I see them brush it off. Instead of just saying “thank you,” tell the person how much their compliment means to you. I bet you’ll have a better connection after that.
  21. Surprise your parents with a visit – I know as I’ve gotten older, it’s become harder to spend more time with my parents. For many of us, our parents worked incredibly hard to provide a better life for us. One of the best things we can do is show them how grateful we are for their love by paying them a surprise visit. I know every time I’ve come home I can always count on seeing a huge smile on my mom’s face.
  22. Praise others for their success – When your coworker or friends crushes it, praise them for their success. It’ll make them feel like they’re on top of the world.
  23. Get rejected – Experiencing rejection is a good thing. It will make you a strong person
  24. Give to charity – Did you know studies show that giving to charity makes us happier and can lower blood pressure? Try giving back to the community.
  25. Spend a day with your grandparents and parents and hear their stories – How can you understand and connect with your family if you’ve never heard their life stories? Take the time to really get to know what they’ve been through.
  26. Meditate – Ever have a cup of coffee and feel like a million thoughts are going through your head? Try closing your eyes, taking a deep breath and meditating for a few minutes. If you need an app to help you, check out Headspace.
  27. Tell your parents you love and appreciate them – That’s it. Simple as that.
  28. Saying no without having to explain yourself – It’s okay to say no to things. You can’t make time for everything. Try saying no without explaining the reason why. Sometimes it’s just unnecessary.
  29. Move to a new city – Moving to a new city will help you learn how to be independent and get you out of your comfort zone. This will stretch you socially in an awesome way.
  30. Go to the spa – Because everybody needs some time off.
  31. Help someone out without asking for anything in return – If everyone was just a little bit more helpful to each other, how much better would the world be? A lot better.Dont misses the chance
  32. Listen completely without judging – Sometimes people don’t want your opinion at all. Sometimes they just want you to listen. To feel heard. Try it.
  33. Forgive someone completely – Chances are that we’ve all been wronged by someone in the past. It’s time to let it go. Forgive them completely. You only hurt yourself by holding onto the anger.
  34. Stop blaming others – It takes an incredible amount of energy to blame others. You get upset. Angry. Resentful. So here’s an idea: take that energy and focus on improving yourself.
  35. Act exactly as you feel – Not happy about something? Don’t fake a smile. Just be completely authentic to how you feel. Live in the moment honestly.
  36. Go to a wedding (or have your own) – Celebrating love is one of the most beautiful things in the world.
  37. Be single for a period of time – Being single allows you to find who you really are. Your strengths, weaknesses, and insecurities. It gives you a chance to explore what you really want out of your life.
  38. Love yourself first – Before you fall in love.

Take a risk – This is your chance. This is your opportunity. This is your life.
Start. Now.
Because it’s never too late to be awesome.

Lots of Love

Kainat Hussain ❣

Being in the world as a Celebrity

King Rajput

The name Sushant Singh Rajput rings many bells; a God-given talent that won many hearts from Television to Bollywood.

Some people become famous simply because they happen to be in the right place at the right time, but he is one of those who reached the right place at the right time with his endless struggle, self- motivation & determination. A pure talent – versatile actor & a great human being.

Bollywood, the world Sushant tried to make his own. A small town guy who started his career with scraps and pieces. From securing seventh rank in the DCE Entrance Exam and admission in the Bachelor of Engineering to participating in theatre, dance and finally to pursue an acting career. He made a RIGHT choice since he was born to be a star.

Deep down he was living in his own world which was pure, clean and thought provoking. He never had a fear of loosing, seemed to have a good control on his life and things around him. He had money, luxuries & Fame. Everything an actor desires for.

Being a star, stable & focused mind and having an alternative approach to coping with fame is hard to find. Sushant Singh Rajput was a keen observer and had a courage to find the answer and truth behind the unknown- The key to staying healthy psychologically, from the pursuit of fame to its aftermath,was his life outside of the spotlight with people and purposes he really care about.

He was chosen to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) and involved in various programmes like Sushant4Education.He was known for always smiling, being shy and sweet, and someone who holds his faith close to his heart. What an ideal personality he was.

Such a person can not be depressed, Depression which is characterized by a loss of interest in daily activities and an impaired ability to focus; Well, Sushant was always focused and determined towards the projects he was doing and expecting to be done. He was Nature & Science lover with a Bucket list of 50 harmless dreams which he was eager to achieve one by one.

Besides his good looks, acting and dancing skills,his sculpted physic had put Sushant in the league of ace actors of Bollywood in today’s time. The level of hard work, energy and time he put into his body fitness regime made him look fit and fabulous, better than any Big Bollywood Actor.

He has done justice to variety of roles and impressed the audience with his spectacular performances, be it Romance, Action or Real life story.

Sushant had come to film industry with no Bollywood connections still,he managed to make a place for himself, like Shah Rukh Khan who became Industry’s high paid outsider and mega star, came from TV to Bollywood like Sushant. He was suppose to be another King of Bollywood – King Rajput or King Sushant Rajput (KSR)

No one from inside or outside Bollywood can deny his undoubted talent and his easy likeability on screen.

Sushant Singh Rajput was a genius, a lot of his friends including Shraddha Kapoor have already said, He was incredibly intelligent, the man who would celebrate the success of his movies by spending some alone time with his books usually the ones about Quantum Physics or Astrophysics. Did you know he was an “all-rounder” since school? His school friend Arti Batra says he was a “complete package” in real life.

Like I said, he was capable of doing anything, then why the actor is to be seen repeatedly asking for acceptance in the industry?

The unfortunate truth, however, is that Bollywood treats each and every celebrity differently. The word “Nepotism” rules Hindi cinema and sustains itself via a network of second, or third-generation family ties.

It isn’t surprising that the words like ‘nepotism’ and ‘discrimination’ are so much in the air. Outsiders and newcomers have always struggled to find a way into this grid where all the electricity flows. Sushant was never given his due and was treated with the disdain, its a fact that can’t be denied.

The relevant question becomes how can a celebrity survive ill treatment, sadness & despair? How can someone take a God-given talent rise to mega-stardom, and ride the merry-go-round of fame with health, grace, and perspective until it is time to finally get off?

He was an ultimate talented “Outsider” the generations would have cherish, that Bollywood took away.
Today, we see him as a role model, he motivated many of us to follow our passion and believing in own self and never get tired of trials.

A young, talented academically acclaimed life has ended and it is so painful to accept it, after knowing so much about his likes and interests, the way he was leading his life and more importantly he was a learner whose journey of learning to implementing ended untimely. He could have done wonders. His appearance, thoughts and ideas were so positive, having the ability of acceptance, accepting anything that life or destiny throws at you, take it, live it, grow with it and change it.

I wish the fragments and videos which are getting viral on different social media sites, pages and channels would have come out a bit earlier so that the world would have understand Sushant, the way exactly he was.

The media should build credibility through transparency and must do more to cover the positive impact rather than writing blind items and make money out of it.

Its time to stand together against the nepotism driven industry and remind all of them that “The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.

We urge people who were close to Sushant to come up and help the authorities to unveil the truth to get him justice. Remember hiding the truth is the same as telling a lie. The least you all can do for the departed soul??? If you don’t speak today, tomorrow you will regret another Sushant.

Listen !!
Dearest Sushant,

We know that you are at much peaceful place, away from the extensive pressures and stressors of the Bollywood insiders.

In Next world or next life, we will meet again. Until then. We will miss you and will keep you alive in our memories. We promise, the memories you have given us would never fade away.

We will keep celebrating you and your life. We promise you to adopt your 50 dreams and remains hopeful to achieve those one by one. We will try to be a better person every passing day. This is what we learnt from the life you lived.

Last but not the least … this is not the end. We will see you soon on the other side Kiuk “Picture Abhi Baqi Mere Dost”

Your’s Loving Fan Across The Border – Pakistan

Kainat Hussain

Shining Star 💫