Oslo(Cliff News)IPPA (International Pakistan Prestige Awards) one of the biggest star-studded Pakistani events taking place internationally for the third time was held here at Oslo, Norway, X-Meeting Point.The award ceremony was well-attended by stars, government officials, media representatives and socialites. The star-studded affair not only brought the giants of the Pakistani entertainment industry under one roof but also served as a great platform to present a soft image of our country.The evening began by welcoming special guests at the star-studded Red Carpet hosted by Zara Fatima and Saim Ali followed by dinner for them. The show opened with the national anthems of both countries – Pakistan and Norway – followed by an AV presentation of the past two IPPA’s. Azfar Rehman and Sarwat Gilani called upon the founders of IPPA Ali Malik and Mukhtar Ahmed to give a speech, during which Aamir J Shiekh, chairman 14th August committee, and partner Hammad were also invited to speak, as was the minister of education.Shehroze Sabzwari and Sadaf Kanwal then took the stage for a powerful dance performance. Yasir Hussain and Moomal Sheikh were the next hosts. The first award they announced was for Best TV Presenter of the Year Viewer’s Choice, which was presented by Mr Zaaem (CEO Opras) & Hania Aamir and went to Yasir Hussain. Next award was for Best Debut female presented by Aima Baig and Mr Arfan CEO Desi Kitchen, which went to Amar Khan and was received by Adnan Siddiqui. Best Debut male presented by Sonia Mishal and Mr Kaiser Ali, CEO Proof Security went to Shayan Khan, while Best Designer of the Year Viewer’s choice, presented by Amy Bernard went to Nomi Ansari. Best Emerging Talent of the Year Viewer’s Choice presented by Sarah Shah of Xpressions & Asad Siddiqui went to Bisha Abbas while Best Model of the Year Viewer’s Choice was presented by Ali Malik and Sonia Mishal and went to Sadaf Kanwal.Next up was a hilarious comedy segment by Yasir Hussain and Adnan Siddiqui that had the audience in stitches.Hira and Mani then came in to host the next set of awards. The first of these was for Ippa Style Icon of the Year Viewer’s Choice which were presented by Nomi Ansari and Maya Ali and went out to Ayesha Omer and Azfer Rehman. IPPA Singer of the Year Viewers’ Choice was presented by Ms. Afshan Oslo parliamentarian Rafiq and Ahmed Ali Butt and went out to Aima Baig. IPPA Star of the Year female and male were presented by Maya Ali and were won by Hania Aamir and Ahsan Khan respectively.Next came a scintillating performance by Zara Noor Abbas brought by Bio Amla, whose amazing moves set the stage on fire.Sarwat Gilani then came to honour Zeba Bakhtiar, the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award, and introduce the video presentation on her achievements.
The award was presented by Mr Sabir Godil (GM Marketing Bisconni Chocolatto) and Adnan Siddiqui.The next pair of hosts of the evening were Soniya Mishal and Saim. They announced the award for Best Supporting Actor TV Serial Viewers’ Choice and Best Director TV Serial Viewers’ Choice both of which were presented by Humayun Saeed and went out to Hira Mani and Ahson Talish respectively.Next up was an entertaining performance by Aima Baig, during whose performance stars like Maya Ali also joined in to shake a leg.To host the next segment Shehroze and Sonia Mishal took the stage. Best TV Serial Jury and Viewers’ Choice were presented by Shehzad Sheikh and Kubra Khan and went to Samina Humayun for Dil Maum Ka Diya, received by Humayun received on her behalf, and Suno Chanda, respectively. Best Actor Female TV Serial Jury and Best Actor Male TV Serial Jury were presented by Ayesha Omer and went to Iqra Aziz and Farhan Saeed respectively. Best Actor Female TV serial Viewers’ Choice presented by Mr Muhamad Ali (Head of Media The Brand Partnership) and Hania Aamir was received by Neelum Muneer while Best Actor Male TV serial Viewers’ Choice presented by Mr Mazar Jafre (Snr Media Manager The Brand Partnership) and Hania Aamir went to Adnan Siddiqui.After a laughter-filled comedy session by Ahmed Ali Butt in which he interacted with all the stars seated in the front row, the next host to take the stage was Sarwat Gilani. Best Director Film Viewers’ Choice award was presented by Moomal Sheikh and Yasir Husain and went out to Nadeem Baig, while Best Supporting Actor Film Viewers’ Choice was presented by Sadaf Kanwal and Shehroze to Ahmed Ali Butt, Best Film Jury went to Parwaaz Hai Junoon presented by Zara Noor Abbas. Best Film Viewers’ Choice was presented by Ms Shehla Asghar (brand Manager Bisconni Chocolatto) and Ahmed Ali Butt and went to Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2, received by Humayun Saeed.Ayesha Omer and Azfer Rehman stole the show with their amazing and charismatic performance which was followed by the last hosts of the evening, Ahmed Ali Butt and Yasir Husain announcing the final set of awards. Best Actor Female Film Jury and Best Actor Male Film Jury were presented by Fahim Burney and Sarwat Gilani and went to Kubra Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi respectively. Best Actor Female Film Viewers’ Choice and Best Actor Male Film Viewers’ choice awards were presented by Zeba Bakhtiar and Adnan Siddiqui and went to Maya Ali and Humayun Saeed respectively.All in all it was a successful event that concluded on a jubilant note with the audience glued to their seats right till the end, looking forward to more such international awards recognizing Pakistani talent.Like last year, the PR of IPPA Awards 2019 was handled by Starlinks PR & Events and the official media partner was HUM TV while Hello magazine was the magazine partner.IPPA is acclaimed to be the biggest independent international Pakistani Awards to be attended by top celebrities of Pakistan. The first two IPPA Awards events were organised in London, while this third edition took place in Norway.
Oslo(Cliff News)IPPA (International Pakistan Prestige Awards), the biggest independent, star-studded Pakistani event taking place internationally, is all set for its third outing, this time in Norway, after two successful stints in the UK. The awards ceremony will be held at X Meeting Point, Oslo, Norway on December 7 and it is expected that the Pakistani diaspora will be in attendance as never before.The first IPPA happened in 2017, celebrating 70 years of Pakistan, and since then there has been no looking back. With our media and showbiz industry supporting the Awards in great numbers in the past, this year too it is expected that many celebrities will be representing Pakistan and presenting a soft image of our country to the rest of the world by promoting Pakistani cinema, television, fashion and music.Celebrities expected to grace the Red Carpet at IPPA this year are Humayun Saeed, Hania Amir, Sohail Ali Abro, Ayesha Omar, Sadaf Kanwal, , Mani, Hira Mani, Mansha Pasha, Wahab Shah, Adnan Siddiqui, Aima Baig, Nomi Ansari, Neelam Munir , Sheheryar Munawar, Kubra Khan and many more.The event, organised by Vision Events International and Lollywood Entertainment is presented by Bisconni Chocolatto, powered by Bio amla, and brought to you by Olivia. Like every year, the PR of IPPA Awards 2019 is being handled by Starlinks PR & Events and the official media partner is HUM TV.
Karachi (Cliff News)New World Concepts organized Pakistan’s premier annual conference for women professional development, the International Women Leaders’Summit, on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 at Movenpick Hotel Karachi.“The International Women Leaders’Summit is a unique chance for women professionals in the corporate and business sectors of Pakistan to learn from global success stories and business leaders” said Yasmin Hyder, CEO, New World Concepts and Founder President Pakistan Women Entrepreneurs Network for Trade (WE-NET). The insights shared are a source of inspiration for learning and corporate career growth.This year’s conference theme ‘‘Invest in Yourself’’ focused on women leadershipincluding women from diverse fields such as international diplomacy, multilateral organizations, private enterprise and the armed forces. The summit explored ways for breaking gender stereotypes, investing for higher returns, giving back to society, branding yourself, personal financial management, and investing in yourself for global engagements. The conference also held round table mentoring sessions for the audience.Major General Nigar Johar, Vice Principal Army Medical College, delivered the keynote address. She serves as the first female Deputy Commandant of an institute and the first female officer to command one the biggest Pakistan Army unit. Major General Nigar Johar is the highest ranking lady officer in Pakistan Army.Mr. Shamsuddin Shaikh, CEO, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company delivered a special presentation to the audience about the gender initiatives led by SECMC including their Female Dump Truck Driver Programme. An interesting panel discussion took place featuring Her Excellency Ingrid Johansson, Ambassador of Sweden, Mr. Khalid Mansoor, President, OICCI, and Raza Pirbhai, CEO, KFC Pakistan focused on Perceptions vs. Reality: Gender Inclusiveness in Organizations.Hilde Heye, President of les Femmes Chefs D’Enterprises de Monaco (Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Monaco) addressed the audience, detailing her inspiring story to success in the corporate world.Becky Lin, CEO, Hangzhou Jinjiang Group, Pakistan, gave a presentation on Rules of Success and the innovative techniques of waste management her company has adopted.Sqn. Ldr. Bisma Nasim, Pakistan Air Force addressed the conference regarding her experience in creating history by being the first ever femaleparatrooper in Asia in 2006.Her Excellency Ardi Stoios-Braken, Ambassador of Netherlands and Her Excellency, Dr. Brigitta Blaha, Ambassador of Austria participated in panel discussions relating to Working Across Borders and Thriving in the Asian Workplace, respectively.
Karachi (Cliff News)Despite the heavy competition during the year-end period, RailroadTigers – directed by #DingSheng and starring JackieChan, #HuangZitao and WangKai – has made more than #USD43million within only six days in Chinesecinemas. In addition to leading the box office charts, the film has led a wave of excellent reviews. The upcoming New Year holiday will certainly lead to another wave of success for the film. “It’s from the director of Saving Mr. Wu.” “Who knew that DingSheng could be so funny.” This family-friendly comedy has given the director a chance to widen his range FromTheUnderdogKnight to SavingMrWu, Ding Sheng has been known for his “tough guy” movies. Railroad Tigers sees Ding’s toughest star of all: A roaring locomotive. The train takes up much of the film, including scenes like horse chase, boarded by people with eloquently choreographed moves or a major crash that causes a chain reaction.Railroad Tigers marks the third collaboration between Jackie Chan and Ding Sheng, so the two naturally share a rapport already. “A lot of the action scenes are designed by Jackie and his stunt team on the set,” Ding says. He raises the classic set piece in which the Tigers use a rope to steal the explosives as one example. “That was supposed to be a dialogue scene. Jackie, the action choreographer and I discussed it again and again on set. We had to consider the laws of physics and make sure that it looks good. Then I went back and story boarded it. The process took a half month.”Ding Sheng has become quite the expert at the action comedy genre. In one hilarious scene, three Tigers use parkour to climb up a wall only to discover a ladder on the side. “That was thought up by Jackie and I on the set, and it created a really great scene,” Ding says. Another surprise for the audience was Chan’s self-deprecating humor in the film. Chan revealed that on his first film with Ding, he told the director to pack up and go home if the results turned out to be bad. Now, Chan has complete trust in Ding. Ding Sheng has always been a director who does his research. For Saving Mr. Wu, he embedded himself with the police for three months, earning praise from the audience for the film’s accuracy in depicting police procedures. The same went for Railroad Tigers. Ding faced a mountain of research material when he decided to touch on the topic. “I made sure that I had my research accessible so that I can grab it whenever I needed it,” Ding says. In the end, he chose a story that has “no bureaucrats, completely untraditional and shined the spotlight on supporting characters.”
“He really knows his actors. He even gave a close-up to Wang Kai’s hands flipping up and down.” It’s not easy for a film to create a connection to audiences, but Railroad Tigers has definitely succeeded. However, Ding Sheng admits that since he didn’t know the younger actors very well, he had to do research on their physical demeanor when they were locked to be in the cast. “I made sure to incorporate Zitao’s off-key singing, Wang Kai’s hands and Jackie’s preachy nature into the story. I wanted each character to stand on its own,” Ding says. Jackie Chan reveals that Railroad Tigers is a film that he has always wanted to do, and Ding Sheng came recommended by director Feng Xiaogang. It’s obvious that his chemistry with Chan, his dedication to detail and his handling of characters make Ding the perfect candidate for the film.
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