Honouring the legacy of Qandeel Baloch: 'Wakhri' to premiere at the Red Sea Film festival

04:15 PM | 7 Nov, 2023
Honouring the legacy of Qandeel Baloch: 'Wakhri' to premiere at the Red Sea Film festival
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Abid Aziz Merchant, the creative genius behind the captivating film "Wakhri," is overjoyed as his cinematic masterpiece joins the prestigious company of fellow artists and luminaries at the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation.

Taking to his social media platform, Merchant eagerly shared a captivating trailer and eloquently penned his thoughts, saying, "We are profoundly honoured to witness the remarkable launch of our film, 'Wakhri,' a creation tailored for our region, and proudly part of #YourStoryYourFestival. We stand in the esteemed company of fellow filmmakers and artists who, like us, are breaking free from stereotypes and conventional norms. Congratulations to all our fellow filmmakers!"

He further extended his gratitude, saying, "Allow me to introduce you to our exceptional team leads. If, by any chance, we've unintentionally omitted someone, please tag them in the comments. We are filled with gratitude and humility for the collective effort that brought 'Wakhri' to life. We can hardly contain our excitement to share 'Wakhri' with our cherished audience soon, God willing!"

Directed by Iram Parveen Bilal, "Wakhri" immerses the audience in the captivating story of a widowed school teacher in Pakistan who unwittingly rises to internet stardom due to her candid social media views. The narrative skillfully unravels the challenges she faces as an unexpected influencer, navigating the intricate tapestry of societal norms and undisclosed identities while raising her 10-year-old son.

The film sheds light on the persistent struggles faced by women as they endeavour to assert their rights and presence, both in physical and online spaces. Drawing inspiration from the poignant story of Pakistani social media sensation Qandeel Baloch, who tragically lost in 2016.

The stellar cast includes luminaries such as Faryal Mehmood, Gulshan Majeed, Saleem Mairaj, Sohail Sameer, and Shees Sajjad Gul. Moreover, it showcases the musical talents of celebrated artists like Ali Sethi, Meesha Shafi, Eva B, Natasha Noorani, and many more. Notably, the film features special appearances by notable figures such as Mathira, Khalid Malik, and Waseem Hassan Sheikh.

The writer is a staff member.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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