Humayun Saeed to write, produce, direct, edit, debut and star in new Netflix series ‘Super Humayun’

Veteran actor Humayun Saeed is set to write, produce, direct, edit, debut and star in Netflix’s first-ever Pakistani superhero show “Super Humayun.”

Sources close to both Saeed and Netflix are tight-lipped about the exciting venture but rumours are Saeed will not only play the heroic vigilante crime fighter Super Humayun, but will also have a double role as the show’s main villain, Humayun Dada.

Rumours are abuzz that Saeed will also do all his own stunts as well as choreographing the show’s two item numbers, also performed by Saeed.

The first season, set in Thatta, will depict Super Humayun’s fight to save the city from alien invaders led by his arch rival and estranged twin brother Humayun Dada. Rumours are abuzz that Saeed will also do all his own stunts as well as choreographing the show’s two item numbers, also performed by Saeed.

The small cast of the show, with most of the characters being played by Saeed himself—most notably the hero, his love interest, and the villain—is a testament to his broad skills and abilities, according to casting director Humayun Saeed.  

With shooting currently being held on-location in Thatta, the series is set to debut on Eid-ul-Fitr 2020.


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Rs. 5000 wedding: The ultimate budget shaadi experience is here

A shaadi for just Rs. 5000? It sounds impossible, it sounds absurd, but it’s here. A revolutionary new start-up claims to have solved the most out-of-control problem facing Pakistanis today: expensive weddings.

Since it was launched last month, Sastay Dil Studios has given new meaning to ‘budget weddings’. But how does it even work?

The magic happens in a small studio in Clifton, Karachi. The bride and groom start with renting wedding costumes from the Sastay Dil catalogue for a small fee. The groom’s sherwani is shalwar-optional since the camera is positioned above the torso.

Once ready, the bride and groom, their parents and siblings are all seated on a small stage in front of a video camera which is streaming live to Facebook and YouTube. All other relatives, friends and guests are asked to attend via tuning in to the live stream. The video stream is free but commercial breaks are taken every 10 minutes.

An in-house complementary maulvi sahab is available to perform the Nikkah. But what about the traditional choaray post-Nikkah? Sastay Dil provides a solution: the bride’s father can send a Rs. 15 easyload to all the guests watching live. At the same time, a Western Union wire number flashes on the screen so the guests can also send in their love to the new couple.

What’s a desi wedding without the food? Included in the Sastay Dil package are five studio extras who walk on- and off-screen eating from plates full of biryani, mutton qorma, seekh kabab, raita and naan. The actors will enjoy their meals so much that the guests watching will have no doubt that no expense has been spared on food.

The whole event takes just about an hour and the studio runs up to seven weddings a day. Founder Jibran Makhlooq told Daily Fikar that Sastay Dil is already a roaring success. The studio has managed 72 weddings so far and is booked straight for the next three months.

“We started off in Karachi, but at this rate we’ll be expanding to Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta very soon,” Makhlooq said. “We are getting so much love from the families that it’s just humbling.”

A final Sastay Dil invoice looks like this:

  • Guest Easyload: Rs. 3000 (Rs. 15 for 200 guests watching live)
  • Extras with food: Rs. 1000
  • Studio Rental: Rs. 500
  • Costume Rental: Rs. 500 (Rs. 450 without groom’s shalwar)

Total: Rs. 5000

So what are you still waiting for? Book your wedding with Sastay Dil today and save hundreds of thousands of rupees on all the things you can do without.

Sastay Dil for Sasti Shaadi.


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Defending the chappal: Controversial shoot part of Mother’s Day campaign

A recent chappal photo-shoot has come under fire for its misogynist overtones, but supporters now say it was part of a Mother’s Day ad campaign.

Fashion photographer Bae Zameer of Pakistan Fashion Tehreek said the shoot has been completely taken out of context.

“People are taking this completely the wrong way. The theme of the chappal shoot was ‘Maa Ki Khidmat’,” Zameer said. “If you look closely, the model on the floor is actually massaging a female leg. That’s supposed to represent her ammi’s foot in our new Maa Ki Khidmat chappal line.”

When asked why the woman was massaging a foot with the chappal still on, Zameer said that was to show the different ways the chappal could be used.

“The Maa Ki Khidmat chappal is good for walking, massaging and light beating. An ideal gift for Pakistani mothers and the shoot shows all these features in just a few pictures,” he said.

Other varieties in the Maa Ki Khidmat Chappal line.

Asked if the images could be taken the wrong such as a symbol of violence against women, Zameer got visibly upset.

“That is the close-minded nature of our society. Demeaning a mother-daughter relationship for a few likes and shares. Shame on you.”

The Maa Ki Khidmat chappal is now available across Pakistan with a 50% discount for those who recreate the infamous pose and post it online with #MaaKiKhidmat and #PariChappal.


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Fighting injustice: Pakistani donkeys come together to form union

A historic vote by donkeys nationwide on Friday has led to the formation of the Dhobi ka Gadha Union Pakistan (DGU-P).

Dhobis took to the streets in protest as the vote passed and the police had to set up a barricade at Teen Talwar, Karachi. On one side, an emergency all-party dhobi conference was being held and on the other a huge mob of celebrating donkeys jammed the streets.

“It was pretty tense there for a while but our officers have been specially trained for these situations,” said sub-inspector Rao Khusdaar.

Asif Masroor, vice-president Sindh Dhobi Association called the donkeys’ union absurd, saying dhobis will not give in to threats and warned the government against intervening.

“This is a domestic issue and we will solve it there,” he said.

The donkeys, however, remain defiant. In a written statement to the media, DGU-P president Chupa Rustom presented the demands of the unionized donkeys.

DGU-P president Chupa Rustom has confirmed the donkeys will not back down unless all their demands are accepted. 

“Despite being one of the founding members of this country, donkeys have yet to receive the respect they deserve. Our demands are simple: a reserve seat for donkeys on every city council; a government-mandated two-day weekend for all donkeys; and the right to file an FIR against abusive owners. If these demands are not met in three days, we will call for a paiya-jaam hartaal and march on Islamabad,” the statement read.

The government has so far refused to comment but as the donkeys’ deadline approaches, tensions simmer on Pakistan’s roads.


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Expo set to host first-ever Maa Da Ladla Conference

The first-ever Maa Da Ladla Conference is set to run from Feb. 7 to Feb 14 at the Karachi Expo centre in the new year.

The conference is being put together mostly by mothers who feel short changed when out rishta shopping for their sweet boys, according to Nasreen Jameela Begum, mother of three sweet boys between 29 and 37, and one of the event’s organizers.

Begum is particularly upset by several girls who’ve said no to her eldest son Yasir.

“So what if he has been divorced twice before? Yasu is a heera. I’d know, he’s my son. He only wants a 21 year-old with a mole on her right cheek.”

A number of mothers have also come together after recently being arrested and banned from campuses of various medical, dental and business colleges for rishta soliciting.

Zareena Bano was arrested from DOW Medical College earlier this year after over 45 female students complained against her for leering and repeatedly asking for their parents’ contact information.

“Is it not the duty of a mother to find the best possible bride for her son? Have I committed a sin? I know what I want and I’m not afraid to ask for it,” Bano said.

When asked about her son Dilbar, Bano said he is 29 years old and tries his best at whatever he does. Currently in the seventh year of his undergrad in England, he refuses to marry anyone but a doctor.

The event will also see a tech startup present its first live demonstration of their app ‘Bahu Swipe’ to the attending mothers. Bahu Swipe is being touted as Tinder for rishta searching and several mothers we interviewed were very excited about the concept. For girls they potentially like, the mothers can swipe right to set up a formal interview or simply swipe left on the others they’re not interested in.

Meena Chungi, another organizer, said the app will bring down the number of visits larka moms like her have to make by 60 per cent.

“Dekhiye ji, I’m a straight-forward woman. All I need is are a few details of the girl and a few good pictures from all the right angles,” Chungi said. “With Bahu Swipe I can cut down on the 342 home visits I’ve made just in the last two months, where honestly I’ve gained four kg eating all those shami kababs.”

Anticipation continues to grow for the 2019 Maa Da Ladla Conference and tickets have almost sold out. Over 2,300 mothers are expected to attend the first-ever edition of the event. Stay tuned as the Daily Fikar continues to bring you more coverage of the conference.


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