Bilal Abbas Khan, Durefishan Saleem starrer Ishq Murshid hypes up election season

03:23 PM | 6 Feb, 2024
Bilal Abbas Khan Durefishan Saleem
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Following Farooq Rind's direction, Ishq Murshid introduces Shibra essayed by the versatile Pakistani actress Dur-e-Fishan Saleem, Salman played by Noor ul Hassan, and Shahmeer Sikandar played by Bilal Abbas Khan. The visual treat by Pakistani director, Rind, who previously graced the television industry with Pyar Ke Sadqay and Ishq Zahe Naseeb, brought together Saleem and Khan for a small-screen experience divorced of oft-used tropes. 

A multilayered television serial, Ishq Murshid offers more than what meets the eye, and it's latest episode may serve as a “coded message” for every Pakistani hyped up for the upcoming elections.

With Rind's par excellence direction, Abdul Khaliq Khan's compelling storyline, and Saleem-Khan's impeccable acting prowess, Ishq Murshid's fame is burgeoning among the audience who is glued to their screen, to say the least. In the same fashion of presenting stunning visuals, Ishq Murshid's latest episode brings forth a seamless blend of romance, fantasy, and political intrigue. 

While the 2024 elections in Pakistan are a hot topic, Ishq Murshid gave a spin on political satire through its character in the 18th episode where Fazal Bakhsh (played by Ali Gul Mallah) comically raises election awareness. Mallah's distinct dialogue delivery and his comical catchphrase “Bhalay, Bhalay” has drawn much attention.

In one of the scenes, Mallah is shaving a customer's beard when he intriguingly asks him which political party who he be voting. The customer casually replies that his vote would be for the ones running the country for the past four decades, which infuriates Mallah and he asks the customer to leave. In another scene, the pretend Fazal Bakhsh (essayed by Khan) asks Mallah about his catchphrase which he reveals is a symbol of bat.

Social media users fixated on the scene, read between the lines, and took to platform X (formerly known as Twitter) to share their reactions to the “coded messages.” 

“This scene is literally representing PTI Supporters,” added one user.

“Another Coded Message,” wrote another.

Another user opined that they didn't particularly liked the lead actors and didn't watch any episodes, however, they would be watching the television series out of love for “Murshad.”

On the work front, Saleem was recently seen in Pardes, Hangor S-131, Jurm, Juda Huay Kuch Is Tarha, Bharaas, Khaie and Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi. She also appeared in a music video with singer Asim Azhar. 

Khan, on the other hand, has been particularly well-received by fans and critics alike, with viewers admiring his on-screen chemistry with the talented actress, Sajal Aly, in Kuch Ankahi. He was also seen in Dobaara, Dunk, Qurban, Saanp Seerhi, Laal, and Weham.

The writer is a staff member.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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