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Celebrities talk about Independence Day

“If you really want to demonstrate your love for the country then show it by giving something of yourself to your countrymen, by changing yourselves and your environment just a little, by creating something wonderful that will help Pakistan grow.”


Pakistan has been suffering for quite a while and whenever we seem to have lost all hope for the nation we are reminded on the 14th of August of the purpose and dream on which this nation was built.

This year DNA talked to some of your favourite celebrities and found out what they love about this nation.

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Munib Nawaz, Fashion Designer

“The people of Pakistan have to make it what we intended it to be.”

14 August 2016 plans: Thinking of taking my family out for a little museum visit.

Childhood memories associated with the Independence Day:  typically decorating the flag around our house and car also proudly wearing the badges to school.

Hopes and dreams for the country: There are 200 million stories each day that make up Pakistan. Let’s make them happy stories. Let’s make Pakistan a place that unites us under more reasons than those that divide us.  My dream for Pakistan is a place where Islam is used for peace instead of terrorism, where politicians are used for public service instead of the public serving them, where our national resources are used for the improvement of the public instead of public representatives, where other people’s moralities are not discussed on nationwide television but their good deeds. I dream of a Pakistan where Pakistan is the priority and responsibility of its people.

   sara khanSamra Khan, Coke Studio Singer

Be grateful for our homeland and try to make it a better place every day, in whatever big or small way possible.”

Plans: I will be dressing up in white and green. Since we live in Dubai we will be decorating our place with green buntings and lights because I want my daughter to feel the independence spirit as much as possible.

Childhood Memories: Whenever I listen to songs like ‘Sohni Dharti’ or ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’, it takes me back to my childhood. Our excitement to go buy decorations for the house, setting up our terrace, showing off how tall our flag was mounted on the roof, wearing that special green flag badge throughout the week at school, collecting stamps and stickers, Ah! Simpler days!

Hopes and Dreams: I hope and dream of a peaceful Pakistan and that the world sees our country as more of its goodness than the negative side.

“I used to dream for Pakistan but I no longer do so. Instead I am too busy staying awake and making those dreams a reality.”

Ali RehmanAli Rehman, Actor

“A place is only as good as the people that live in it.”

Plans: I will be promoting Janaan in Dubai celebrating Pakistan and Pakistani Cinema.

Childhood Memories: The Independence Day march and the jets flying over the city leaving behind loud sonic booms.

Hopes and Dreams: Pakistan is one of the greatest countries in the world and I wish to see it prosper. I wish to see tourism grow and for the world to come and experience the beauty of our country.

Armeena KhanArmeena Khan, Actress

If you really want to demonstrate your love for the country then show it by giving something of yourself to your countrymen, by changing yourselves and your environment just a little, by creating something wonderful that will help Pakistan grow. Above all else I want you to promise me that you will stay safe and the morning of the 15th is happy for your families.”

Plans: I will be promoting my film Janaan.

Childhood Memories: I distinctly remember the Aeroplanes and Air Shows, uniforms and parades and of course crowds and flags. I remember a lot of energy and people being happy, celebrating, car horns and lots of colours.

Hopes and Dreams: I used to dream for Pakistan but I no longer do so. Instead, I am too busy staying awake and making those dreams a reality. In my own little way, I am helping contribute to the economy, helping to create a better quality of the cultural product for export and I’m actively helping to change the image and brand for Pakistan on the International stage. Along with my fellow actors and actresses, we are making these come true. Dreamtime is over its work time, folks.

Through the course of my work the people of Pakistan have exasperated me, frustrated me, laughed and cried with me but above all, they have never failed to surprise me. There is a power that sleeps here in the hearts of these people. It is immensely creative, romantic, resilient, expedient, and restless and it will shake the world when it awakes. I have seen the People at their best with my own eyes. They overcome obstacles, they get up after being knocked down, and they keep going and invent beautiful solutions all the time. If we could get the obstacles out of their way then just watch this country grow. The people are unstoppable.


Bilal Khan, Singer

Let us all become concerned citizens and question everything around us with an open mind. The only way forward is through being smarter and evolving as individuals.”

Plans:  I’ll be performing a concert in Seoul, South Korea on 14 August.

Childhood Memories:  Putting a really big flag up a few days before and watching TV early morning with all those Jashan e Azadi adverts were some of my favourite things on the Independence Day.

Hopes and Dreams: To see a country where children feel safe and hopeful about their future.

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Mohsin Naveed Ranjah, Fashion Designer

It saddens me to see our flags being crushed on the roads beneath us after the Independence Day”

Plans: Will wake up early on 14 August to watch the Independence Day parade. It gives me goosebumps every time.

Childhood Memories:  The small flag badges, flag strips and flags all over my house and city typically remind me of my childhood.

Hopes and Dreams: I believe we have a very bright future ahead of us; I have to wear sunshades.

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Faran Tahir, Actor

Let’s all genuinely work for peace and mutual respect. Let’s stand up against injustice against anyone and everyone. Let’s show kindness, understanding and respect for every soul on earth.”
Plans: No specific plans for the 14th. That’s one drawback of living abroad. If I was in Pakistan would have spent it with family.

Childhood Memories: Noor Jehan’s Qaumi songs.

Hopes and Dreams: That we can get over divisiveness and truly appreciate each other beyond sectarian, provisional and class lines.

Originally published in Pakistan Today 

Armaan continues to thrill audiences almost 50 years after its release at the Ali Auditorium on Saturday where over 200 senior citizens sang along to the tunes of its soundtrack.

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) held a screening of the Lollywood classic under its “CAP Lollywood Night: Old is Gold” project.

Armaan, which was released in 1966, ran for 75 weeks straight earning it a platinum jubilee. The current screening was attended by many who wanted to reminisce about Pakistan’s golden era in cinema.

“This was the first movie I went to see after my wedding. It brings back all those memories,” Mrs Omar, who was with her daughter, told Pakistan Today.

“It was one of the films that my friends and I snuck out for in the middle of the night during the weekdays,” laughed Mr Jawed, a grandfather.

Raju Jamil, veteran actor and chief guest at the screening, said that he was present at nine locations during the making of the movie in Karachi and Murree. He recalled Waheed Murad’s status as a style icon and Zeba’s ability to charm everyone.

He was of the opinion that while the revival of Lollywood is welcome, it cannot compare to the standards of the ‘60s.

“Can you recall a single movie from the last three to five years where people cried and wrote letters for it to be brought back to the cinemas? Neither can I! For Armaan such a response existed because of movies like it, along with the music, left a lasting mark,” he said.

The audience sang along to all the songs in the movie. Everyone clapped along to Koko Korina – when Waheed clapped onscreen, the audience mimicked him. Everyone laughed during the lighter scenes, cried when Zeba cried, and whistled as the movie ended.

While talking to Pakistan Today after the movie, Oral History Project Director Muhammad Owais Rana, emphasised the importance of Lollywood “CAP works towards preserving the chronicles of Pakistan’s rich history and heritage, and Lollywood is a big part of it. We hope to show the new generation what a treasure we had and make them appreciate it,” he said.

Although many flocked to see the movie, the younger generation was notably lacking in attendance. The ones that did show up were pleasantly surprised by the movie. “This is the first time I have watched a full-fledged black and white Lollywood movie, and I must say I am pleased,” Mehwish, an MBA student, said after the movie.

CAP will be holding the next screening in Islamabad and ultimately hopes to open a museum and heritage centre, which will focus on Pakistani history, photography, culture, literature, and historical documentation. The aim is to demonstrate the strength and spirit of Pakistan from the perspective of a citizen.

Originally Published in Pakistan Today