‘Pyaare Afzal’ takes Pakistan by storm

Updated 29 January 2014

‘Pyaare Afzal’ takes Pakistan by storm

KARACHI: New Pakistani television serial “Pyaare Afzal” is making huge waves these days across the country.
Hamza Ali Abbasi, the protagonist, is a “seedha saadha larka” (a straight forward lad) and is not the regular Pakistani drama mamas boy but a rather different character altogether.
“Pyaray Afzal”, which made up to the top drama ranking recently, offers a love story that takes us all away from the morbidly dark and depressing dramas that surround us.
Later, Afzal and his lover Farah fall head over heels in romance and enjoy their petty little quarrels to the core.
However, like every story has a villain, the Amreshpuri of this love story is Farah’s mother who is not too keen on marrying off her daughter with this “good for nothing lad”.
She offers him money instead but it seems like Afzal has quit gambling and has his heart set on Farah.
The drama raises various complex family issues which the Pakistani society often come across.
Abbasi said, “He is doing quite well with acting all dreamy one moment and snapping out of it the other.”
Drama guru’s say Abbasi may become the second Fawwad Afzal Khan, renowned Pakistani television star, with the women swooning after him and the Bollywood offers piling up!

Hugh Jackman reveals Global Teacher Prize finalists ahead of Dubai ceremony

Updated 21 February 2019

Hugh Jackman reveals Global Teacher Prize finalists ahead of Dubai ceremony

  • The awards ceremony will take place on March 24
  • Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen

DUBAI: Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman has lauded teachers as the “real superheroes” ahead of the  million-dollar Global Teacher Prize ceremony to be held in Dubai next month.

Speaking in a four-minute long video message, the actor revealed the 10 finalists who will be up for the prize on March 24.

Recalling his own experience, Wolverine star Jackman spoke of his “transformative” experience with his acting teacher.

Hugh Jackman and his acting teacher. (Supplied)

And he described the teaching profession as “the most important job in the world.”

“My favorite uncle was a teacher, my sister’s a teacher, my brother’s a teacher… My hope for every single person on the planet is that you have at least one,” he said.

“All of us go through insecurity and doubt, trepidation, along this journey of life, and those teachers that see the best in us and are patient enough to allow us to grow into that, they are like gold,” he added.

Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen, including teachers from the UK, India, Japan, and Kenya.

The Dubai-based Global Teacher Prize was set up by global education charity Varkey Foundation to recognize one teacher “who made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.”

“I hope their stories will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and also shine a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world every day,” said Sunny Varkey, the founder of the Varkey Foundation.

The winner will be announced at the “Global Education & Skills Forum” on March 24.

On the eve of the forum, chart toppers Little Mix, Liam Payne, and Rita Ora will perform at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater in a tribute concert organized by the foundation.

Here's the video announcement: