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Heroes of Pakistan position holders announced

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 KARACHI: In the hunt of talented Pakistani youth and providing a professional platform to unprivileged youngsters in terms of resources, Green Card Capital has announced the top four winners from the total 150 participants of ‘Heroes of Pakistan,’ in a press conference held here at Karachi Press Club on Tuesday.Heroes of Pakistan competition is first ever international platform provided by Green Card Capital and Sound View Broadcasting launched in last year September in which hundreds of participants had applied from across the country.Participants applied with their 2 minutes documentary films on people, whom participants consider ‘heroes’ of them, who might be anyone such as parents, teachers, friends and others excluding celebrities of any sector.All top four two-minute documenters also screened on the occasion.In the first ever competition of this platform, the first position secured by Danish Ali and his team on the documentary ‘Baadbaan’ covering life of a sightless professor Dr Sabir Michel, who is professor at Bahria University, Sociology Department. In the film, Danish and his team termed Dr Michel as a hero of their lives. They showed that despite lack of eyes power, Dr Michel through his determination has earned a very reputable level in his life and never allowed his blindness to become his weakness. Although he his blind and unable to see but he is one of the most favourite teachers of the university due to his friendly teaching style. The two-minute documentary followed with the praising comments of students, who are getting education by Dr Michel. Danish Ali and his team granted with $1000 and opportunities to work at Sound View Broadcasting in USA.Second position in the competition has been secured by Muhammad Ali Hakeem and his team on ‘Guddu,’ a documentary of a movie freak. Guddu is a man, who from his very young age is keen to stock movies posters, pictures, tapes and CDs. According to the market people, no one else has such a huge stock of old as well as news era movies. The documentary further showed he has a room in his house, where he stocks these all things and no one is allowed to enter in this room except him or any other move freak just like him.  Hakeem and his team on securing second position granted with $500 and will be bestowed with internship offers at USA.Sana Nasir with her team has managed to secure 3rd position on the documentary ‘Life in the Dark’ featured life of Dr Michel, which was also captured by the first position holders. The difference between Sana’s documentary from the first position holders was less information about character comparatively to the one of Danish Ali. However, Sana Nasir has been bestowed by $250 for securing position among top three.The fourth position has been secured by Umer bin Tariq on the documentary ‘The Philanthropist’ featured life of renowned social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi. The documentary covered how Edhi has started his career of serving humanity and at what age. Umer bin Tariq, who was not present at the press conference has been awarded with $100.Addressing the media, Green Card Capital CEO Abbas Hashmi said, “Through this competition me and others who are engaged with this activity have to acknowledge the utmost talent in Pakistani youth.”He said that around they had received 150 documentaries and it was quite difficult for judges to decide top four positions as all participants have showed enthusiasm through their creativity work, adding that this is the programme, which is launched to provide a platform to people of Pakistan, who have lack of resources.“Although this programme will give boom to the future of winners but it will also help to recognise our real life heroes,” Hashmi said, adding that these are the heroes who are not renowned but playing vital roles in performing their duties.He further said that they would announce next programme in August and due to fabulous feedback on first competition many more things would be included in next one.Talking to Daily Times, Abbas Hashmi said, “The dilemma in Pakistan is that people do not have platforms to express their creativity and inner skills. Need of the hour is to provide mentorship to such people.” Lack of information, proper structural platforms is discouraging our youth, he said.About next project, he said, “Many writers, drama writer and others notables our on loop to shape next project, in which we are also thinking to bring something for journalists.  It is necessary to mention here that judges of the competitions were Mehreen Jabbar, Bilal Lashari and Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.

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