My Top 5 favorite videos on the net right now

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Clinton again reiterated that Bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan during her two day recent trip to Pakistan, even though Prime Minister Gilani was quick to refute this publicly...The western media has also joined the propaganda bandwagon and keeps such ideas alive, check out the video produced by Adam E Ellick of New York Times, "Tuning out the Talibans" By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

Here’s my list of  Top 5 videos on the net right now! Enjoy…

Map of PakistanTuning out the Talibans

Produced by Adam E. Ellick

Clinton again reiterated that Bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan during her two day recent trip to Pakistan, (July 2010), even though Prime Minister Gilani was quick to refute this publicly.  Well, what do you think? Is Al-Qaeda and Talibans Pakistan’s biggest problem? The western media has also joined the propaganda bandwagon and keeps such ideas alive.

In November last year, New York Times released this video produced by Adam E. Ellick “Tuning out the Talibans” –

According to New York Times, “Pakistani pop musicians are propelling anti-American messages. The lyrics reflect widespread views among their young educated fans who say Pakistan’s problem is the West, not the Taliban.”

Do you agree with NY Times and Clinton or do you agree with our pop stars?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK8CqZQ8XHY

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbexxeiNNEI

Tere Bin Laden

People are talking about Tere Bin Laden. A controversial film made in Bollywood, starring Ali Zafar, our very own pop singer turned actor and now a Bollywood star.

The movie has been banned in Pakistan. Why do think? According to press reports, the Walkwater Media Productions’ film is about a Pakistani journalist who, desperate to get a visa to the US, pretends to have secured an interview with the elusive al-Qaeda chief after finding a look-alike. Though an Indian film, it is unusual because it stars a Pakistani pop singer and actor, Ali Zafar.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk1RsdfDzZk

Slackistan

Pakistan is located in one tough neighborhood and is “one of the most dangerous countries of the world” according to Newsweek (article 2007).

But isn’t that western media’s view? Is this a true picture? Slackistan, a movie slashed for release this year, produced by Hammad Khan, about a group of hip young things chilling out in the federal capital of Pakistan – Islamabad sheds some light on the other side of the coin. It chronicles the hidden lives of upper middle class, some would say the really rich folk, amid chaos of media frenzy and wars being fought in neighboring Afghanistan, its fall-out in Pakistan, and the escalating and volatile situation in the middle east, NATO and India – the lead character “Hasan flirts with both filmmaking dreams, as well as secret crush Aisha. But a daily routine of cruising around town with his cocky, status-obsessed buddy Sherry could keep Hasan from escaping the existential bubble he is trapped in,” according to the official website. Language: English

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL9VSHXuOeo

Meray Log

A heart-felt prayer of hope for a better tomorrow for the people of Pakistan – The featured music video is by Noori, a popular music band in Pakistan, depicting “ordinary citizens” going about their lives (or in other words, the famous “common man” the darling of politicians and media nobody actually cares about, conveniently forgotten at crucial bits of history and only remembered during elections!). Language: Urdu

Election 2008 Pakistan

An excellent video and a personal favorite; from narration to script to graphics –– a master stroke of humor and satire describing Pakistan’s recent pre-election history; a must watch. Language – primarily Urdu

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjMY5cgNdqE

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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  1. Nation divided over bin Laden comedy
    By Rahul Bedi
    12:45 PM Saturday Jul 24, 2010

    PAKISTAN – A Bollywood comedy featuring a look-alike Osama bin Laden that is generating a lot of interest among cinema-goers in India after its release at the weekend has been banned in neighbouring Pakistan.

    Pakistani censors said the film ridiculed their society, was offensive to Muslims, portrayed bin Laden as a “coward and ridiculous”, contained vulgar language and could fan hostility among “fanatic and fundamentalist elements” in Pakistan.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10660931

    Film with Bin Laden lookalike banned

    By Kamran Haider

    ISLAMABAD | Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:03pm EDT

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani censors have banned an Indian comedy film featuring a lookalike of al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden, the film’s distributor said on Wednesday.

    The ban had been anticipated on grounds that Islamist extremists could use it as a pretext for attacks.

    “They have banned it in Pakistan,” Nadeem Mandviwall told Reuters. “We have moved an appeal against the board decision but there’s little chance we will get relief.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66D3NB20100715?feedType=nl&feedName=usoddlyenough

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  2. Actor Ali Zafar appeals Zardari, Gilani for lifting ban on Tere Bin Laden
    ANI
    Karachi, July 23, 2010First Published: 12:41 IST(23/7/2010)
    Last Updated: 19:57 IST(23/7/2010)

    Pakistani singer turned Bollywood actor Ali Zafar has appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to lift the ban imposed on his debut movie- Tere Bin Laden.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Actor-Ali-Zafar-appeals-Zardari-Gilani-for-lifting-ban-on-Tere-Bin-Laden/Article1-576491.aspx

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  3. Give ‘Tere Bin Laden’ a chance, says Ali Zafar

    By Sohail Raza Khattak

    KARACHI: Renowned Pakistani singer, model and now a Bollywood hero, Ali Zafar on Thursday appealed to the president and the prime minister to consider lifting the ban imposed on his Indian movie titled ‘Tere Bin Laden’ and give it a chance in the cinemas of Pakistan.

    Speaking at a press conference about his movie, which has been banned in Pakistani cinemas, Zafar said, “The movie does not contain any controversial material, vulgarity or derogatory remarks against the Pakistani law enforcement agencies or Osama Bin Laden as it is being blamed, and rather it is a pro-Pakistan movie.”

    “I don’t want to hurt anyone’s idea or philosophy… two years back when I was offered this movie, I went through its script and found that it was a comedy film without any controversy so I decided to do it.”

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\23\story_23-7-2010_pg12_3

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  4. Tere Bin contains ‘vulgar, questionable remarks’
    ISLAMABAD: Popular Pakistani Model and Singer, Ali Zafar has appealed to the secretary of the Ministry of Culture for reviewing his Indian movie `Tere Bin Laden’ and allowing the movie to be screened in Pakistani cinemas.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/30357/tere-bin-contains-vulgar-questionable-remarks/

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  5. Ellick discussed Roy’s political satire inspired song “Laga Reh” in his video report – “Tuning out the Talibans,” …little did he know (at the time, back in November 2009) that Roy struck a chord in India as well!

    A Bollywood version of ‘Laga Reh’
    The upcoming Akshay Kumar film Khatta Meetha features a song by the Pakistani singer Shehzad Roy on its soundtrack. The song, titled “Bull****” is a mash-up of two of Roy’s most popular songs from his 2008 album Qismat Apney Haat Mein – “Laga Reh” and “Qismat Apney Haat Mein”.

    The song, which was composed by Shani, has a far more Bollywood feel to it than “Laga Reh”, and features a catchy bhangra beat. The original song was a huge hit in Pakistan, more so because of its Ahsan Rahim-directed video that showcased a satirical depiction of Pakistani society, from protesting lawyers to politicians making speeches. The lyrics of the song, including the spoken lines, “naik woh hai jisse mauqa nahi mila” and “(awaam) ko mat jagao, yeh kissi zaroori kaam se sorahe hain” have become part of urban Pakistanis’ lexicon.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/27570/a-bollywood-version-of-%E2%80%98laga-reh%E2%80%99/

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  6. Across the border: India’s ‘no’ to Laden
    Sunday, 25 Jul, 2010 | 03:31 AM PST |

    The success of a Bollywood film is assured if you have the Indian media on your side, which obviously translates into favourable reviews. The other half is taken care of by the first three days or weekend audiences who make a beeline to the Indian cinema halls after reading the newspapers reviews.

    It’s they who give a thumbs-up/down to a film. However, the real litmus test begins from Monday onwards when word-of-mouth and text messages spread news about the new releases.

    This is what happened in the case of the film Tere Bin Laden (TBL). It received good reviews in all the Indian newspapers when it premiered throughout India on Friday (July 16), but by Monday (July 19) more than 60 per cent of the seats were going a begging in Mumbai cinema halls. In fact in one of the swanky multiplexes where I watched the film, even after paying Rs190 per ticket, midway through, people preferred to walk out of the hall.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/in-paper-magazine/images/indias-no-to-laden-570

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  7. YouTube and Ridley Scott gear up for ‘Life in a Day’ film
    The global YouTube experiment ‘Life in a Day’ will see filmmakers Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald edit footage from the 24 hours of YouTube uploads that take place on 24 July

    By Hunter Skipworth
    Published: 12:35PM BST 23 Jul 2010

    Filmmakers Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald are to edit and produce a film from footage uploaded to YouTube on July 24th.
    The film, entitled ‘Life in a Day’, aims to document one entire day on Earth by combining video ranging from people’s commutes to sunsets across the world.

    Director Kevin Macdonald said: ““I want to get people to give me a little insight into their lives. I think that the internet is a great metaphor and a creator of connectedness – the idea that you can ask hundreds of thousands of people all to contribute to a project, to communicate, and to learn. ”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7906471/YouTube-and-Ridley-Scott-gear-up-for-Life-in-a-Day-film.html

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