Asim Abbasi's 'Barzakh' premieres at Series Mania Festival 2023

Maheen Khawaja 11:33 PM | 20 Mar, 2023
Asim Abbasi's 'Barzakh' premieres at Series Mania Festival 2023
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A new series, jointly produced by Indian and Pakistani producers, was unveiled at the renowned Series Mania Festival 2023 in France yesterday.

It features top Pakistani actors including Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed.

The festival, which has been celebrating international TV series since 2010, provided the perfect platform for the world premiere of this eagerly anticipated show called "Barzakh".

The show has been created for Zindagi, a subcontinent-focused programming block on the OTT platform ZEE5, and is the brainchild of Pakistani producer Waqas Hassan and his Indian counterpart, Shailja Kejriwal. The critically acclaimed director Asim Abbasi, who previously directed Zindagi's first Pakistani original "Churails" and the feature film "Cake", has written and directed the series.

The highly anticipated series, "Barzakh", had its world premiere at the Series Mania Festival 2023 in France under the International Panorama section. The first two episodes of the show were screened on Saturday evening at the UGC Cine-City in Lille, France, with Sanam Saeed, Asim Abbasi, and Shailja Kejriwal in attendance. The event was followed by a question-and-answer session that allowed the audience to engage with the creators.

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Out of all the works of art submitted from South Asia this year, "Barzakh" was the only one to be selected for screening at the prestigious festival. The show is now competing with 12 other titles for the best series, director, actress, actor, student jury, and audience awards.

According to the official website of the Series Mania Festival, "Barzakh" is a project that unites India and Pakistan, filmed in the bustling city of Karachi and the breathtaking landscapes of the Hunza Valley. The show combines elements of realism and fantasy to tell a heartwarming family story that resembles a fairy tale. The story depicts spirits interacting with the living and a patriarch's unusual decision that brings the family back together.

The festival started on March 17th and will run through March 23rd, offering multiple screenings of "Barzakh" on different days. Saeed expressed her excitement on Instagram, saying that it was a privilege and an honour to represent South Asia at the prestigious festival, which she described as a melting pot of talent, creativity, and inclusion.

Since 2010, the Series Mania festival has been held annually in Lille, with the aim of identifying and showcasing the best series from around the world. The festival provides a platform for the finest screenwriters, directors, and artists to come together under one roof and share their creative vision.

On the work front, Saeed will next be seen in films Aan and Umro Ayyar - A New Beginning. Meanwhile, Khan was lauded for his performance in The Legend of Maula Jutt.

Maheen Khawaja
Maheen Khawaja

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 8, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 08, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 300 303
Euro EUR 319 322
UK Pound Sterling GBP 371 375
U.A.E Dirham AED 82.6 83.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 79 79.5
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.46 767.46
Canadian Dollar CAD 227 230
China Yuan CNY 40.28 40.68
Danish Krone DKK 41.09 41.49
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.4 36.75
Indian Rupee INR 3.46 3.57
Japanese Yen JPY 1.98 2.06
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 928.09 937.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.88 26.18
Omani Riyal OMR 742.38 750.38
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.38 79.08
Singapore Dollar SGD 222.5 225
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.65
Swiss Franc CHF 313.87 316.35
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 8, 2023

Gold Rate Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 226,500 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs194,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs178,006 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 207,623.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 226,500 PKR 2125

Daily Pakistan diligently monitors and updates the current gold rates in Pakistan on a daily basis


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