An 18-year-old youth from Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar, Aatif Bin Altaf, is all set to make his debut in the Bollywood as he has secured a role in the upcoming movie of Kartik Aryan, “Chandu Champan”.
“Chandu Champian,” a Bollywood movie, is based on the life of Murlikant Petkar, a freestyle swimmer and India’s first Paralympic gold medallist, and is set to be released on July 14, 2024.
“I got a call recently and I was informed that I have been selected for the role of a soldier in Kartik Aryan’s upcoming Bollywood movie, Chandu Champian. I couldn’t believe it as it was a joyous moment for me,” said Aatif.
“I have had a passion for acting since childhood, and I am inspired by the King Khan of Bollywood (SRK). This is my first Bollywood role, and before this, I have done a Puma advertisement, Myntra advertisement, and other fashion shows as well.”
“I have also performed at SKICC Srinagar, and on the occasion of International Pheran Day I have performed at both Lal Chowk and Bakhshi Stadium as well,” said Atif while adding, “I have shot for the movie for 5 days in Pahalgam, and I am so happy to be a part of the movie, and besides I am also performing in the upcoming fashion show at Aurangabad.”
“The people should follow their dreams and never give up, that’s the most important thing,” Aatif said.
“This 8 minutes long single-shot war scene turned out to be the most challenging, spectacular and yes, difficult but also the most memorable shot of my acting career. Thank you @kabirkhankk sir for giving me a memory to cherish for a lifetime. #ChanduChampion,” wrote the actor,” Karthik Aryan wrote on social media platform. KNO
Pakistani woman Seema Haider to play a RAW agent in an Indian movie
A Pakistani woman named Seema Haider recently made headlines when she entered India illegally via Dubai and Nepal. Her audacity in pulling off this accomplishment caught people’s attention, but what’s even more amazing is that she was going to an audition for a part in “A Tailor Murder Story.” The movie, whose plot centers on the assassination of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal by extreme Islamists, is being made by Jani Firefox Production House, which also organized Seema’s audition in Greater Noida, Times of India reported.
Suspicions arose about Seema’s true intentions, as she was believed to be an ISI agent. Shockingly, she was set to play the role of a RAW officer in the movie, adding a layer of complexity to her story.
Seema had left her family in Pakistan to be with a man named ‘Sachin.’ After entering India, she arranged her audition with film directors Jayant Sinha and Bharat Singh.
A video recently emerged showing the difficulties faced by Seema Haider and Sachin Meena after they moved to their house in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida. They were struggling to make ends meet, facing shortages of food and other necessary items.
Their unusual love story began when they connected through the popular shooting game PUBG during the Covid pandemic. Sachin, a 22-year-old Indian man from Rabupura area in Greater Noida, fell in “love” with Seema through the game. Seema, who was already married to Ghulam Haider and had four children in Pakistan, decided to leave the country and cross the border to be with Sachin.
The two met in Nepal, where they reportedly got married following Hindu rituals after Seema converted to Hinduism. Together with her children, Seema and Sachin entered India on May 13.
On July 4, the police apprehended Seema and arrested Sachin, and his father for providing shelter to a foreigner. However, they were released on bail a few days later, and the couple has been continuously questioned by the probe agencies.
Seema’s estranged husband, Ghulam, who works in Saudi Arabia, expressed a desire to reunite with his wife and children. However, Seema firmly states that she does not want to return to Pakistan and wishes to live with Sachin.
The situation remains complex and continues to unfold as authorities investigate Seema’s case and her future in India.
Kashmiri female MCs breaking barriers through the power of Rap
The emergence of female MCs in Kashmir’s hip-hop scene is bringing about a transformative shift, as these artists challenge societal norms and push the boundaries of what is possible.
Through rap, these women are defying gender-based discrimination and using their music as a tool for empowerment.
By addressing social barriers head-on, they are shedding light on the challenges faced by women in Kashmir and inspiring change in their society.
Rap has long served as a platform for marginalized voices to express their struggles and advocate for social change.
For these female MCs, it provides a medium to communicate their experiences, frustrations, and aspirations.
Through their powerful lyrics and captivating performances, they highlight the gender disparities and stereotypes prevalent in Kashmiri society.
By stepping into the male-dominated arena of rap, these women are not only breaking barriers but also redefining societal expectations for women in Kashmir.
Their mere presence challenges traditional gender roles and norms, sending a strong message that women can excel in any field they choose.
One of the inspiring voices in this movement is Iqra Nisar, also known as Young Illa.
Iqra Nisar, also known by her stage name Illa Yung, is a ninth-grade student from Baramulla in North Kashmir who has found her passion for rap. Inspired by her first encounter with a rap song at the age of 8, Iqra realized that she too could pursue this art form. Although initially, she kept her journey a secret from her family, she began writing rap lyrics after learning more about rap from boys who helped her understand the genre.
When her family eventually discovered her involvement in the rap world, Iqra’s father strongly opposed her pursuing her passion. Despite the initial resistance, she persevered in following her dreams. It was when her father listened to her first recorded rap that his perspective changed, and he allowed her to continue her musical pursuits.
Iqra mentioned that she draws inspiration from the songs of Talha Anjum, finding them relatable and helpful in expressing her thoughts and emotions. Her lyrics often touch upon various subjects, including women-related issues, social crimes, and the pursuit of freedom, reflecting the happenings in Kashmir.
After completing the writing process, Iqra records her raps and uploads them on social media platforms. The response she has received has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly from girls who also aspire to showcase their talents. Iqra’s raps have become a source of inspiration for many, encouraging them to break down barriers and pursue their own passions. Despite the challenges some face due to family constraints, her music has played a role in motivating others to embrace their creativity and make a difference.
Iqra Nisar’s journey as Illa Young showcases the power of rap in empowering individuals and creating change. Through her music, she addresses pressing social issues, amplifies the voices of women, and inspires others to overcome obstacles in their own lives.
Another prominent figure in the Kashmiri rap scene is Mehak Ashraf.
Mehak Ashraf, a 22-year-old from the old city of Hazratbal area in Srinagar, has been involved in the rap world since she was 12 years old, performing under the stage name Enimi. Her journey into rap began when she stumbled upon a song by Eminem, which piqued her curiosity. As she delved deeper into the genre, she explored the works of artists like Nicki Minaj, Drake, and 50 Cent. However, it was Eminem’s music and his stance against white supremacy and injustice that resonated with her the most.
For Mehak, rap is a means of contributing to society, especially in a conservative environment where women are often constrained. She takes pride in her ability to challenge stereotypes and empower other girls who may feel limited in a male-dominated society. Mehak believes that her rap music provides inspiration and a sense of confidence to those who face challenges due to societal expectations.
While Mehak has received positive responses from girls who have been inspired by her rap journey, she acknowledges the challenges they face due to the prevailing mindset of people. However, she finds solace in knowing that her music boosts the confidence of others and motivates them to work towards changing stereotypes.
Mehak recognizes that breaking barriers requires going beyond the norm and doing something extraordinary. She encourages others to embrace their talent, have faith in themselves, and never stop pursuing their dreams, regardless of the obstacles they may face. Her message to others is to believe in their abilities, showcase their talents, and demonstrate to the world that they are remarkable.
Mehak Ashraf’s story exemplifies the transformative power of rap in a conservative society. Through her music, she challenges societal norms, inspires others to break free from constraints, and encourages them to embrace their talents. Her journey serves as a reminder to individuals that they have the power to make a difference and contribute to positive change, even in the face of adversity.
The journeys of Iqra Nisar and Mehak Ashraf exemplify the transformative power of rap in Kashmir.
Through their music, these female MCs defy societal norms, inspire others to break free from constraints, and encourage the embrace of individual talents.
Their determination and resilience serve as beacons of hope for others, proving that they have the ability to make a difference and contribute to positive change, even in the face of adversity.
In nutshell, the rise of female MCs in Kashmir’s rap scene signifies an empowering phenomenon. Through their music, these women are changing perceptions, advocating for gender equality, and contributing to broader social change. Their determination, resilience, and transformative lyrics serve as an inspiration for individuals to overcome barriers and fight for their rights. (Siasat.com)
Jammu woman Sargam Koushal is Mrs World 2022
Jammu woman Sargam Koushal, representing India, was on Sunday crowned the Mrs World at a gala event in Las Vegas, USA.
Mrs Koushal trumped contestants from 63 countries to bring the title back to India after 21 years.
As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), sharing the news on Instagram, the managing organisation of the Mrs India pageant said, “The long wait is over, it’s after 21 years we have the CROWN back!”
Sargam Koushal, who hails from Bahu Fort area of Jammu city, Jammu and Kashmir also shared a video describing how elated she was to win the title.
“We’ve got the crown back after 21-22 years. I’m so excited. Love you India, love you world,” the newly-crowned Mrs World said.
Daughter of a retired Chief Manager, Bank of India, Sargam Koushal did her schooling from Presentation Convent Senior Secondary School, Gandhi Nagar Jammu and graduated from Women College, Gandhi Nagar Jammu.
Thereafter, she did her Masters in English Literature from Jammu University and B Ed from Government B Ed College Jammu.
She has previously worked as a teacher in Vizag. A teacher by profession, content writer, model and painter, the 31-year old Sargam is married to Jammu guy Aditya Manohar Sharma, a Lieutenant Commander in Indian Navy, presently posted in Mumbai.
Speaking to KNO, father of Mrs World, G S Koushal that it’s a proud moment for entire country as Sargam won the title for nation. He said that from childhood Sargam is an outstanding child and always excelled in whatever she has done so far. The proud father said that daughters are blessing and he and entire family feel has shot of word to express the feelings on the achievement of Sargam.
Mrs World is the first beauty pageant for married women.
The pageant was conceived in 1984 and traces its roots to the Mrs America pageant. Initially, the pageant was named Miss Woman of the World. It came to be known as Mrs World only in 1988. Over the years, Miss World has seen entrants from over 80 countries with America having the most number of winners.
India has only won the Mrs World title once, in 2001 with Dr Aditi Govitrikar bagging the coveted crown. Dr Govitrikar has now served as a judge for Miss India Inc 2022-23.
Meanwhile, People throng to congratulate the parents of Mrs Kaushal, after her international recognition.
President Bahu Fort Development Authority (BFDA) Rajeev Charak along with other local residents congratulated the proud parents of Mrs Koushal.
Charak said that daughter Sargam not only won the crown but make Jammu and the entire country proud as she has established the country’s name on the world stage with hard work and dedication.
He said that the hard work that Sargam Kaushal has done to reach this place and his parents have done more hard work, so such parents should be respected.
He said that it is a matter of pride for us that the daughter of Bahu Fort Jammu has brought laurels to her region as well as the country due to her talent in world class message world.
He said she brought laurels for the entire country. He wishes her luck for the future.
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