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Exclusive Interview of Simone Conti

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Times of Youth: For those who don’t know about you and your work, can you tell us a little about yourself? 

I am a 22 year old guy and I’ve always lived in Padua, an Italian city near Venice. I never undertook art studies, I’ve studied in Scientific high school and after I had to choose who I wanted to be, so I tried the test of entry to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, after being admitted, I decided to take the road of design, without leaving my passion for drawing that I had since I was a child. In June 2014, however, I could not wait any longer and decided to paint and since then I have not stopped. In my work, I try to improve the quality of life around me, making the other person happier with my paintings. In fact, before I finish the paintings I ask the subject to finish the work with one final brush stroke made by her/him. In my work I use mainly primary colors, for everyone, because we are all equal, then I wonder what color is the soul of who I paint, and there the people are extremely precise (for example, they not just say green, but say green forest, green leaf etc.), so in the final brush stroke they use them, because if the portrait is beautiful, its thankfully due to the subject, to the person him/herself. In fact, if the people wouldn’t exist all this beauty wouldn’t be around us.

Times of Youth: What led you to choosing Art faculty as career?

Art is not a career choice, you do not choose to be artist, you are an artist, as doctors, engineers, lawyers etc. It’s stronger than you, it’s like breathing, if you do not, you are in apnea, and you can’t breath in apnea.

Times of Youth: What style of artistry do you rather prefer? 

The style that most fascinates me is painting, I find it the most expressive and immediate for my soul to find voice. But there is no denying that in the future I can dedicate myself also to sculpture, photography, performance etc.

Times of Youth: Which was your first most praised piece of art that you still cherish?

Certainly the picture of Charlie Chaplin, that is one of the first I made. I remember the excitement I had while I was doing it, when you want exactly that shade of color for that perimeter in that position on the canvas. I wanted it in that way and so it came, although I must say that “Jimi” is another of my favorite paintings I made, lots of people said to me that the portrait looks like me especially the hair, eyes, lips. I do not know if it’s true, but it is certain that every time I paint, I leave a part of my heart in them, inevitably.

Times of Youth: What has been your biggest moment of pride?

My greatest moment of pride? Well I’ve had many, since I had the first exhibition to CSO Pedro, when I was called to the Sherwood Festival, and at my last shows I’ve done in the gallery in London. I could say that more than a moment is a time of pride.

Times of Youth: Has your family been supportive of your choice of career path? 

Yes, without any doubt.

Times of Youth: Do tell us one incident which totally changed your life/perspective.

There haven’t been incidents fortunately yet.

Times of Youth: How would you describe your art style in one sentence?

The Art is you.

Times of Youth: What makes your day? What spoils it?

During my day I spend a lot of time observing people and places, I feel them. I do not seek inspiration, I be totally immersed in it, because it comes from the common things the truly great beauty, until I am full and then bursting out of my hands to pour onto a canvas.

Times of Youth: Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre of art? How did it turn out?

I love art and I watch a lot both past and contemporary artists and their works, on what they do but also on what they want to express that it is much more important.

Times of Youth: What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio or while working?

The most important tool is certainly the emotion, the heart, that you can never miss. I saw photos of artists who paint even without hands or arms, using their mouth, because when you have the feeling that you want to express it already has everything. But if you remove that feeling, you’ll be surrounded by dozens of pencils, crayons, colors and empty canvases that you’ll never be able to fill out your imagination.

Times of Youth: Do you have a favorite artist? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work? 

My favorite artist is Amedeo Modigliani, a painter from Livorno who lived in Paris. His paintings and style that are unique and extraordinary, but I’m more fascinated by the poetry behind them, the romance in his paintings.

Times of Youth: If you were given one wish, what would it be?

That everyone can feel beautiful and unique, as they really are, and may have the opportunity to make their dreams come true without fear because the only obstacle they may encounter are themselves. In doing so, I believe, everyone would be happy because they can do what they want and at the same time they can do it better, it would become a vicious circle.

Times of Youth: Considering your potential, we believe that you have the power to bring a rational change in the world using your skills. If given a chance, what would you like to do to make this world place a better place?

Certainly my greatest wish and my purpose in life are improving the quality of life around me, taking care of the happiness of others, valuing others, making them understand that they are as unique as the stars, as it is this moment and this interview.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how your admirers/fans can reach you to share their appreciation or feedback.

People who like my pictures usually text me on Facebook, or they talk to me when they meet me around the city.

Times of Youth: Any advice you’d give to aspiring youngsters who want to be artists now or in the future? 

Listen to yourself, always trust your instincts, because your mind is wise and knows what it wants. The real tool for creating something is your heart.

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Exclusive Interview of Rohayl Varind, Founder of Wall of Humanity

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In brief kindly tell our readers about your initiative “Wall of Humanity”?

The concept of ‘Wall of Humanity’ is to make a simple public wall transform into a social welfare center. It was launched in February 2016 with a sole purpose to win war against poverty & hunger. Through this wall every week hundreds of people get free food, free ration, free medical checkup, free medicines, free clothes, free shoes etc. It is an endeavor par excellence towards alleviating our species and taking humanity one step further to being called ‘Best of Creations’.

We want to know more about “Wall of Humanity”. Can you please explain in detail?

Wall of Humanity is not just any other wall; it’s a solemn dream. A dream which was perceived by me as I wanted to feed and help poor of my species. I visioned a welfare center but due to lack of support and funds it remained unachieved for several years.

I wanted to start something different yet hassle free, and much less complicated in order to be easily replicated. An idea that would never require spending millions over cliché welfare center contructions or any other pompous affairs for that matter. So he created a simple yet effective welfare wall instead, which would be open to all, day or night. A place where the weaker sections of the city would get free clothes, free shoes, free cooked food, household items, books, free medical checkup, free education and many more daily amenities without having to beg or plead for any of it to anyone ever.

It was only a crude idea for which at first I sought the help of The Almighty, but never did I expect it to be so successful that it would not just remain functional for so long, but also thrive and flourish at the hands of so many now permanent team members & volunteers who dedicate their precious time & energy in this mission for upbringing of humanity without desiring or expecting any worldly gains.

Since February 2016 since the ‘Wall of Humanity’ team has been actively providing cooked food, clothes, books, household items like wheat, rice, oil etc. and medical checkup to people of Faisalabad, all for free. Moreover it is open for the donors 24×7 to donate their clothes, shoes, books, toys, household items or anything useful for that matter that the poor and underprivileged ones can take from the wall. We also organise a proper donation activity once a week in which we donate things in large bulks. We have started this war against poverty and we’ll fight this war till our last breath. Alhamdullilah, Faisalabad has supported this well and given an amazing response by volunteering and donating. Our team is working day in and day out to make this ‘Wall of Humanity’ a successful and optimistic model which every country, every city, every NGO, can follow someday in ordee to eliminate the crises that major portion of mankind suffers from today. Let’s hope that soon we can proudly say that we contributed enough to make our future generations see a much better world than today.

Despite of being the brainchild of just one person, this wall is now owned by several thousands of countrymen living in Pakistan & worldwide. This has only been possible because of Almighty Allah’s incessant help and constant perseverance of our team, volunteers & donors. We are grateful for all those who supported us so far and hope for more graciousness in future from more of our privileged kind.



How sustainable is your project over the long term? Outline potential challenges, strategies and development.

Our project ‘Wall of Humanity’ has the advantage of being novel as well as sustainable, since we chalked it out to be the most important factor to be upheld before its launch. The concept is very simple; we made “Wall of Humanity” a common center or you can say a welfare center which is always open for humanity. Generous donors as well as underprivileged people of Faisalabad, Pakistan could visit the wall as per their wishes in the daytime and share and gain happiness without any barriers or formalities. We have built four such ‘walls’ so far at prime locations of Faisalabad which are easily accessible to all.

Donors can leave viable food items, ration, clothes, shoes, books etc. at our ‘Wall of Humanity’ and underprivileged ones can choose the items of necessity as available according to their need within minutes of donation. Owing to its simplicity, ‘Wall of Humanity’ has now become the hope of thousands of needy city mates living in Faisalabad.

Currently by the grace of Almighty, we have not yet faced any challenge, hurdles or obstacles of any kind owing to  its simple concept and impeccable implementation by generous volunteers. So far we have humbly served around 28,000 people since its launch in February 2016 and we are planning to serve and help more than 250,000 Pakistanis by the end of 2017. For this purpose we have planned to partner with several NGOs & welfare organizations so that they can build more of such walls uniformly in their own city or area. We plan to rescue from poverty and hunger every third world country by the means of ‘Wall of Humaity’ which shall then be managed by locals of that city or area.
Moreover, we plan to erect more such ‘Walls’ at different cities in our country soon in order to provide everyone a fair chance to serve and receive benefits from our project. We are also planning to make ‘mobile version’ of our ‘Wall of Humanity’ in different slums & underprivileged areas which are usually  hard to access for our government, NGOs or welfare organisations..

Apart from all this, we are creating awareness through national news channels, social media pages etc. The project and idea is overall a very sustainable one & easy to replicate anywhere and everywhere across the globe if we could spread awareness righteously.

What is the youth component in your project (project management, target group, partners, etc)?

According to several researches and stats its proven that youth consist of around 65% of Pakistan’s total population which means without support of our youngsters it would be difficult or to be more specific it would be rather impossible for any initiative, attempt, movement or project to succeed or reach its desired results.

Wall of Humanity has itself been founded & head by a 21 year old which is me. Apart from that our majority supporters comprise of the youth of Faisalabad and Pakistan for all of our work i.e. from being a donor or taking part in volunteer work or even for the promotion of our cause. Without their humble help, we could not have achieved our best!

What are the unique value & local impact of your project?

The unique way by which ‘Wall of Humanity’ is serving people has hardly been witnessed in the history of any part of the World. We are working on streets for the poor people living on those same streets. We provide food, ration, clothes, shoes, medical checkup, and medicines at a simple wall which are built on different streets of Faisalabad and accessible to every person.

Since the launch of Wall of Humanity we have served around 25,000 underprivileged people of our city who would otherwise commit suicide due to lack of basic necessities or gets involved in immoral and illegal activities. But with the implementation of this project, by the grace of Almighty Allah we have achieved hundreds of success stories. Many people have recovered from gruesome diseases by receiving free medical checkup & free medicines from our acclaimed & renowned doctors at our ‘Wall of Humanity’. Widows & orphans have received several employment opportunities so that they can be independent and feed their family and themselves on their own. No words can describe the elation we conquered. It is an unbelievable feeling! With ‘Wall of Humaity’ at their disposal, people do not need to beg on streets or be commercial sex workers or even resort to crimes to attain daily needs. We are providing all basic and necessary goods that someone needs to live. Even the elderly who have been estranged by their own children do not need to beg or commit suicide just because they are too old to earn or to be employed. We have vowed to provide them food for at least a week.

For our humble work, we have been featured and interviewed by several leading news channels of Pakistan as well as have featured in their headlines of newspapers too. Many local NGO’s, youth and welfare organisations are taking inspiration from our work & have started something on similar grounds for the community & society thereby playing a vital role in uplifting humanity. We aim with sincere hearts to reach out to everyone in need across the globe in near future and play our modest role as humans for the destitute ones of our kind.

What are your project goals in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Which local problem is your project solving?

The prime focus of Wall of Humanity is on first 3 goals of UN Sustainable Development

Our first goal is to End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition so that we could provide free food, free ration bags, free milk and other healthy nutritional foods to underprivileged people of Faisalabad every week through our Wall of Humanity.

Secondly end poverty in all its forms everywhere is one of our main goal and prime objective as well as an inspiration for our organization name, “War Against Poverty”. Clearing poverty from the face of the world is the primary motive of starting Wall of Humanity. To achieve this, we are creating employment opportunities for the widows and orphans of our city Faisalabad. We collect data at our Wall of Humanity of these orphans and widows which are poverty stricken and can not earn their living. After due verification, we provide them with free sewing machines or anything of which they know the skill of, to make them self-employed and assist thereby to earn their living themselves without having to beg.

Moreover, we are also trying to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages as our charitable doctors at Wall of Humanity try their best to provide quality treatment as well as free medicines to the underprivileged people of Faisalabad. We have so far achieved 100% cure rates of several diseases such as Dengue, Malaria, Hepatitis etc. of which we had undertaken treatment. We are also planning to organize different seminars at Wall of Humanity for educating the masses regarding HIV/AIDS, malaria and other common regional diseases to create awareness amongst our community.

The ‘Wall of Humanity’ is thus extremely in sync with the latest SDGs and would honestly serve a higher purpose in near future for the impoverished and needy fellows of our species, thereby creating equal opportunities and better lifestyles for thousands of people across the globe. We hope to thereby achieve a much better world then!

Your initiative is going Viral in India as well. What you have to say about it?

From the start of February 2016, Our team is working day in and day out to make this ‘Wall of Humanity’ a successful and optimistic model which every country, every city, every NGO, can follow someday in order to eliminate the crises that major portion of mankind suffers from today. Let’s hope that soon we can proudly say that we contributed enough to make our future generations see a much better world than today. I am not disappointed that Indians are using our model and our initiative name but not giving us credits or mentioning about us. We wanted this model to spread and this is spreading all over the world and we are really happy that after many months our model & idea is being replicated and thousands of people are getting benefits from it.

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*These answers were specially written for World Summit Youth Award 2016/2017

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Exclusive Interview of Bhuvan Bam (BB Ki Vines)

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Times of Youth: We’re delighted to know you finally. Do tell our readers about your work in brief.


Bhuvan Bam: I am Bhuvan Bam from New Delhi, India and the owner/performer at BB Ki Vines. I make funny videos on the internet and aim to spread smiles all over the world.


Times of Youth: Since BB is a short form of your own name, is there any other special reason why you prefer to call your vines by that? Why didn’t you choose some funky name?

Bhuvan Bam: No special reason as such. All my friends call me either ‘Bam’ or ‘BB’. People easily connect to that name and personally I think it sounds cute. Haha!


Times of Youth: When did you decide that comedy and vine making was your calling?

Bhuvan Bam: I’ve been quite an entertainer since my school days. I thought of Vine making a year ago when I randomly created a video and it was appreciated by people.


Times of Youth: What was the first reaction of your family members when they heard your decision about being comedian?

Bhuvan Bam: Interestingly, I am not a comedian. Music is my profession and passion. All my earnings are through my live performances and original songs. Yes my parents were a bit skeptical about me creating comical videos but as long as they see me happy doing that, they’re okay with it.


Times of Youth: Which was your first funny video? How was the response to it?

Bhuvan Bam:
My first video was ‘The Chakhna Issue’ which I uploaded in 2014. Not many people have seen it as I did not upload it on my page. It had got 10-15 views back then.



Times of Youth: We noticed that you have several of your videos which in a way make fun of parents. How do your parents react to that?

Bhuvan Bam:
My parents are quite cool with it though they don’t relate themselves with any character.


Times of Youth: You prefer to feature your ownself in various characters for your videos unless really needed, why is that so?

Bhuvan Bam: I have always felt comfortable working on my own. Frankly, I don’t like when someone tries to change my ideas/concepts. It changes and hinders my style of working. In future, I’d surely love to collab with other artists.


Times of Youth: Did any person ever take grave offense to any of your video, and for what? Conversely, what has been the most genuine compliment you ever received?

Bhuvan Bam: Not really. Some people do tell me that my content is 18+ but that doesn’t stop me from doing what I do. Everyone has their own perception. The people who love my work in a massive majority so I don’t mind a bit of negativity.


Times of Youth: Your most watched video being of the “Doctor Sehgal” series, has there ever been any real Dr. Sehgal in your life to make fun of? Did you personally come across any doctor by that name who expressed his displeasure?

Bhuvan Bam: Dr. Sehgal is actually a real doctor whose clinic is right next to my house. I’ve had many funny experiences with him but he is nowhere similar to the on screen Dr. Sehgal. I have just used his name and I feel guilty. Haha!


Times of Youth: Your independence day special vine, “A Lost Neighbour”, made in collaboration with a group of cross country viners was very well received. How was your experience while shooting it and the consequent reviews?

Bhuvan Bam: I was approached by Karachi Vynz just a week before. We talked over the Indo-Pak concept and finally decided to release it on the Independence Day. It was a bit tough shooting the video as everything was done through Whatsapp or Skype. But in the end, it came out well and was accepted very positively by viewers across the globe.


Rapid Fire Round:

Winter or Summer? Winters always!

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Money or fame? Money
Adventurous or cautious? Cautious
Meat or veggies? Meat
Classic or modern? Classic
Cars or bikes? Bikes
Night or Morning? Depends on what’s need to be done. But night.

Times of Youth: Comedians, we hear, especially internet and social media sensation like you are, have a bumpy ride in terms of making a living. How has your journey been so far?


Bhuvan Bam: As I mentioned above, all my earnings come through my Live Musical Performances and Original Songs. I haven’t yet earned anything through Comedy.


Times of Youth: Any particular work of yours which is the most close to your heart?


Bhuvan Bam: This year, Our government has imposed many illogical bans in the country. In March 2015, I released my original song ‘Ban-Chod’ which was a reply to such bans. This song reached a lakh views in just a day and was amongst the ‘Most Popular Video on Youtube’ for a week.


Times of Youth:  So which are your new projects that we should watch out for?

Bhuvan Bam: This year I’ll be releasing another original song. Also, on the comical front, there are many collaborations in process.


Times of Youth: What makes you come up with so many ideas with such enormous potential to crack up the audiences?

Bhuvan Bam: I observe the people around me . Their actions and reactions help a lot in creating ideas for my videos.


Times of Youth: Tell us something funny.

Bhuvan Bam: My mom right now thinks that I’m talking to my girlfriend.



Times of Youth: Has your work ever been criticized? How did you handle it?

Bhuvan Bam: Criticism is very important. Of-course I have been criticised and I have learnt to take it positively.


Times of Youth: Plagiarism, nowadays, is commonplace. Have you ever been its victim? What do you want to say to those who steal ideas to be famous?

Bhuvan Bam: Stealing ideas is very easy. People should realise that a lot of hard work is put in the making of a video. To all those reading this, Stay Original.


Times of Youth: What has been your most unforgettable experience in your journey of spreading smiles?


Bhuvan Bam: Every day is a special one. A lot of people message me saying that after a long day at work/college they watch my videos. Feels great to be a reason behind so many smiles.


Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the young upcoming comedians who still have a long way to go?

Bhuvan Bam: Make sure your content is good. Quantity doesn’t matter, Quality does! and of course, Stay Original.


Times of Youth: Do tell us how your fans can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

Bhuvan Bam: My fans can contact me directly through my facebook page. Or they can mail me at [email protected]

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Exclusive Interview of Shahlyla Baloch

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“Have been criticized many times but that never stopped me from playing. I respect everyone’s way of thinking and I think they have the right to say anything they want to.”
Shahlyla Baloch

Times of Youth: For those who don’t know about you, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Shahlyla Baloch: My name is Shahlyla Baloch. I’m from Balochistan, Pakistan. I play for Balochistan United WF which is the current champion women football team of Pakistan. I started playing football when I was 7 years old and I received the FIFA’s youngest players award at the age of 7. I have been awarded as the best player of Pakistan thrice i.e. 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Times of Youth: Women in your country are mostly kitchen- and home-bound. What made you take up football as a profession instead?

Shahlyla Baloch: The concept of women being in the kitchen is a bit to old. The image of women in Pakistan is totally different now, they are deriving education and developing in every sector of life.
Times of Youth: Did you face any obstacles in your journey to becoming a professional footballer? If yes, what were they?
Shahlyla Baloch: I had, I am and I think I will be facing a lot of obstacles, but my aim is very articulate and I’m focused about what I have to do and how I am going to cross all barriers.
Times of Youth: Which player has been your inspiration all along?
Shahlyla Baloch: Maradona and Messi.
Times of Youth: In the International female football circuit, is there any specific female footballer you like and why?
Shahlyla Baloch: Abby Wemback, because she’s a scorer and the way she scores goals with headers and everything is just amazing!

Times of Youth: What makes you motivated every morning to train so hard?
Shahlyla Baloch: Every day I wake up and commit myself to become a better player because football is something I love and I want to be best at it.
LIFESTYLE-

You’re addicted to: Football and makeup
Fragrance you wear often: Chanel
Favorite dressing style: Shorts and shirt.
Times of Youth: Defence or Attack? What’s your inherent style and why?
Shahlyla Baloch: Attack, because I love scoring goals!
Times of Youth: Since your mother is already in the Federation and your sister in the manager of the team, has it affected your game at all? Was it good or bad? And why?
Shahlyla Baloch: No, that has nothing to do with my game. When I’m inside the field nothing else matters to me except performing good and winning!
Times of Youth: You recently joined the Sun Club in Maldives where you received professional training. Tell us more about it.
Shahlyla Baloch: I was offered to play with the Sun team for a league. Its a great experience. I will be here for a month, we will have 6 matches in total. Lets hope for the best!
Times of Youth: Did you ever expect, when you started out at first, that you’d get this far?
Shahlyla Baloch: I always wanted to play for the national team of Pakistan and I must say I’m very lucky that I’ve been a part of it since the team came into existence. I always dreamed to play for an international club and I would like to say that dreams do come true!
Times of Youth: Being a National Champion in Pakistan, what is your biggest dream as a professional footballer?
Shahlyla Baloch: My dream is to play internationally for the women’s club of Barcelona.
FETISHES-

Oldest item in your closet?: Cleats
A thing of extravagance: cleats, jerseys and makeup!
Homeground or elsewhere: Homeground
Game or money: Game
Times of Youth: What do you believe are your key strengths as an international level footballer?
Shahlyla Baloch: Dribbling and heading.
Times of Youth: On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself as an sportsperson?
Shahlyla Baloch: I’m not sure. How about you rate me?
Times of Youth: Can you describe a time when your game was criticized? What was your first reaction and how did you cope?
Shahlyla Baloch: Have been criticized many times but that never stopped me from playing. I respect everyone’s way of thinking and I think they have the right to say anything they want to. I train hard to overcome my weak points and that’s how I overcome criticism.
What is the first word that comes to your mind when you read the following-

Love: Football
Parents: Role models
Football: Life
Youth: Future
Nation: Pride
Marriage: Waste of time
Times of Youth: In Pakistan, what’s the status of women football as compared to abroad?
Shahlyla Baloch: It’s very low as compared with the international standards.
Times of Youth: Do you think that there should be any motivational women’s sports based movie made in Pakistan (similar to Bollywood counterparts) to further motivate the women of the country and open more avenues for women sports’ development?
Shahlyla Baloch: Yes I definitely think there should be!
JUST YOU-
What makes you extremely happy?: Playing football
The most motivating thing about you: I never give up
Best de-stressor: Watching the sunset on the beach.
If you could change one thing about yourself, it would be: My temper
Times of Youth: According to you, is PFF is paying adequate attention towards women football and what has it done for its upliftment in recent years?
Shahlyla Baloch: Yes it is! We have been participating in all the SAFF championships and we played our first Friendlies last year.

Times of Youth: Considering you have a background of football-loving family already, if any other aspiring female in Pakistan wants to play professional football, what would you advise her?
Shahlyla Baloch: I would tell her to work hard and never give up always think that the mission is supreme!
Times of Youth: Any message to your followers and admirers via Times of Youth?
Shahlyla Baloch: I’m humbled and filled with gratitude for my fans and loved ones for their tremendous support and for keeping my moral high. Never lose hope, today’s youth is tomorrow’s future. Keep dreaming and you’ll always keep achieving.


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“Unlike other comedians, we are not trying to make a living of our comic skills, we would love to have our career in film making. And journey so far is very smooth, thanks to our parents. Shukar Alhamdulillah.”
-DhoomBros

Times of Youth: How would tell our readers about yourself and your work in brief for those who may not be aware?

DhoomBros: We are the Dhoombros, a group of 4 boys- Atif, Hussain, Sheharyar, Waqas. We are basically entertainers who make YouTube videos and funny skits along with the interest in film making.

Times of Youth: When did you decide that being an entertainer was your calling?

DhoomBros: There was no planning or sudden realization on when we decided, it just happened after our first videos and we enjoyed it so much that we wanted to continue it not for any other reason, just because it was so much fun just doing it.

Times of Youth: What was the first reaction of your family members when they heard your decision about choosing this as a career?

DhoomBros: Our parents have always supported us, Alhamdulillah, they were ok with whatever we do as long as we are giving it our best and also stick to our basic culture, religion and roots.

Times of Youth: Why ‘DhoomBros’? Who came up with it and what made you zero in on it as a name of your group?

DhoomBros: The word ‘Dhoom’ came along when Sheharyar and Hussain danced on the song ‘Dhoom Machale’ from ‘Dhoom 2’ movie in a school talent show and since they were brothers the whole school started calling them ‘Dhoom brothers’ and that’s how we came up with this name.

Times of Youth: We hear that your first funny video was shot in 30 sec parts from a phone camera in 2006 with manual background music and paper-written credits. Despite of working so crudely, how was the response to it?

DhoomBros: Yes, unfortunately that video never got posted on any social media because it got deleted. But we loved the experience so much that we wanted to do more. But yes, that was our very first video that we made.

FETISHES-
Dressing style in a word: Improved
Oldest item in your closet?: Wigs
A thing of extravagance: Skydiving
Must have for any social media sensation: Passion, honesty and consistency

Times of Youth: What makes you come up with so many ideas with such enormous potential to crack up anyone? Who designs the final concepts?

DhoomBros: Most of the times, we observe people and things happening around us and convert that into comedy. We all come up with the concepts, equally contributed.

Times of Youth: Considering you’re into several interests in entertaining audiences, which do you prefer the most- dancing, acting, direction or any other preference?

DhoomBros: Hussain loves to act and will continue his career in that. Sheharyar, Atif and Waqas enjoy the experience on behind the camera and would love to direct film in future.

Times of Youth: Your group recently wrapped up the webseries ‘iDeewane’. Unlike your other videos, it had a lot of emotional scenes. Was it sentimentally taxing for you guys?

DhoomBros: ‘IDeewane’ was a different experience, and since we found that little actor within us, and as an actor we should be capable and be prepared for doing all kind of different emotions and situations. We enjoyed the experience thoroughly.

Times of Youth: Comedians, we hear, especially internet and social media sensations like you are, have a bumpy ride in terms of making a living. How has the journey been so far?

DhoomBros: Unlike other comedians, we are not trying to make a living of our comic skills, we would love to have our career in film making. And journey so far is very smooth, thanks to our parents. Shukar Alhamdulillah.

LIFESTYLE-
You’re addicted to: Movies
Favorite hangout place: Halal cafe & desserts
Mindless Comedy or Rom-Com: Mindless Comedy

Times of Youth: Any particular work of yours which you cherish the most?

DhoomBros: Our personal favorites are ‘Blessing of Ramadan’, ‘My mom’ and ‘The Perfect Memory’.

Times of Youth: So which are your new projects that we should watch out for?

DhoomBros: We have a lot of new projects coming out this year. I’m excited for all of them.

Times of Youth: Has your work ever been criticized? How did you handle it?

DhoomBros: We make our work for ourselves and as long as we enjoy it and love it, that’s good enough. But yes, with all that love people give your work, people will criticize your work and we are totally open to any suggestions and criticizers.

Times of Youth: Plagiarism, nowadays, is commonplace. Have you guys ever been its victim? What do you want to say to those who steal ideas to be famous?

DhoomBros: Yes, we have, but we don’t mind, because only the original stays.

Times of Youth: What has been your most memorable experience in your journey of spreading smiles?

DhoomBros: When we perform like dances or on tours, those are the most memorable moments.

JUST YOU-
Most native thing about you: The accent
A thing of joy to you: Performing
The most funny thing about you: You should tell us
Best de-stressor: Gyming
If you could change one thing about yourself, it would be: We love us, so nothing.

Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the young aspiring video makers via TIMES OF YOUTH?

DhoomBros: Please continue on what you are doing and represent the international youth.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how fans can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

DhoomBros: You can message us on [email protected]

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Always believe in you. People will try to stop you and discourage you, but you have to believe in yourself. Just focus on what you’re doing, ignore the haters and never envy other people’s success.
-Umair Khaliq


Times of Youth: We’re delighted to know you finally. Do tell our readers about your work in brief.

Umair Khaliq: I’m Umair Khaliq and I do a lot of things like web development, blogging, short videos making and currently I’m working on a song as well. My dream is to do every possible thing I can, I don’t want any limits in my life. I just want to explore my life, in short, I want to live. However, most of my fame comes from my videos.

Times of Youth: As you describe yourself as a ‘funky bipolar’ person, what exactly does that mean?

Umair Khaliq: That’s because my mood changes from happy to sad, pretty fast. I have an extremely depressed side. Well, I just love being sad sometimes. I think too much about the sadness around the world, even sometimes if I see any crying baby on the road, I get depressed. However, no one can even tell when I’m depressed, I have that art to hide my emotions and entertain people in every kind of mood. That’s why I describe myself as a ‘funky bipolar’ person; add some ‘ninja’ kind of word to that as well.

Times of Youth: Considering your varied interests, what do you consider your ultimate calling?

Umair Khaliq: I think being an entertainer is what I like the most. I just love it when I’m the reason behind someone’s happiness.

Times of Youth: Which was your first video? How was the response to it?

Umair Khaliq: I used to make videos back in time when YouTube wasn’t banned in Pakistan. Though, at that time the only audience I had was my family and friends. I know those videos weren’t good, but everyone appreciated me. Later on, when I started getting a bit of an audience, YouTube got banned in Pakistan and I lost motivation. If I wouldn’t have stopped, then I might have been at some other level at this moment, but that’s life, you always face ups and downs.

Times of Youth: Tell us more about the styles of blogs that you would write.

Umair Khaliq: Well, it’s been a while I didn’t write any blogs, but I used to write about inspirational stuff, life issues and sometimes about technology as well.

Times of Youth: Video makers, we hear, especially  internet and social media sensations like you are, have a rough ride in terms of making a living. So, how has your journey been so far?

Umair Khaliq: Well, I make videos because I like doing it and I want to see people smiling. I never care about money, I work part-time and make enough money to support myself.

Times of Youth: Considering you have developed many websites over the years, what would you call your best work?

Umair Khaliq: The best one was aboutwebmaster.com, that was a webmaster discussion forum along with a basic website, which I sold to the guys at webmaster.net. Later, they disposed the website and just kept the forum.

Times of Youth: Any other specific work of yours which you cherish the most?

Umair Khaliq: I never look back, what’s done is gone. I just look forward.

Times of Youth: Has your work ever been criticized? How did you handle it?

Umair Khaliq: Criticism is a part of anything you do. I got a lot of criticism when I started making videos, I picked the positive criticism and I really thank those people, they helped me improve. However, sometimes all you can see is hate erupting out of people, then the best thing I believe and what I’ve been doing is ignoring those haters. However, now I am trying to love them, because spreading love is my life goal.

Times of Youth: What is the first word that comes to your mind when you read the following-

Computer: Java
Love: Maa
Parents: Love
Youth: Judgmental
Humor:  Umair
Life: Adventure

Times of Youth: So which are your new projects/blogs/videos that we should watch out for?

Umair Khaliq: Currently, I’m working on a hip-hop rap song along with a short movie called, ‘The Dream’ that is the story of a guy who fights for his dream.

Times of Youth: What has been your most unforgettable experience in your journey of versatility?

Umair Khaliq: My first payment when I sold my first website back in 2008 for 120 euros. I gave it all to my mother, but she didn’t accept as she wanted me to have it for my hardwork!

Times of Youth: Tell us something that describes your state of mind at this point.

Umair Khaliq: I am in a hurry, I am already 20 and have made no positive difference in this world. I want to make sure I do something good to this world before I die.

Times of Youth: You claim to want to be someone who makes a positive difference in this world. Do tell us what ideas/plans you have in mind in this regard.

Umair Khaliq: Currently, I am making videos to make people smile. I am planning to do a series of videos debating on hate and helping people of different cultures, race and countries to understand we are all humans in the first place. I just want to beat hate, I believe in myself. I hope one day I will beat hate.

Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the young upcoming software developers and short video makers who still have a long way to go?

Umair Khaliq: Always believe in you. People will try to stop you and discourage you, but you have to believe in yourself. Just focus on what you’re doing, ignore the haters and never envy other people’s success.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how fans can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

Umair Khaliq: They can email me at [email protected] or send me a message on my official facebook page.

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 If I would have a chance, I would try a policy that every mind must get education and every stomach should be given food. I hope It will bring peace in and peace out to everybody.
-Zidane Hamid


Times of Youth: In brief, enlighten our readers about yourself for those who may be unaware.

Zidane Hamid: I am Zidane Hamid,’The Youngest Speaker’, I feel a thirsty eager soul within me, the quest to quench the thirst of knowledge is bringing me more to know about the nature in the way I feel myself more closer to it by every passing moment.

Times of Youth: What is the role of your family with regards to your success? 

Zidane Hamid: Like everybody, I too owe a lot to my family. As I am doing home education , My all treasure hunt is facilitated by my family and my home is everything for me- a laboratory, library, school, university and a play land.

Times of Youth: At the age of 4, you’ve already visit different schools, universities and events to speak about varied subjects and topics. How can you be so awesome at such a teeny-weeny age?

Zidane Hamid: Its just Allah Almighty’s mercy. I feel myself lucky to be chosen for the mission to convey and encourage people that knowing and education is very easy and it opens many doors of wisdom to human and makes us human beings in real means.

Times of Youth: Your achievements have made you a prodigy that thousands of children and parents look up to. Do tell us about the source of your ingenuity and the World Record you set thereby.

Zidane Hamid: My curiosity is my ingenuity and I am the youngest one ever to deliver lectures on different topics with adequate knowledge.

Times of Youth: So, what are your current endeavors in academics?

Zidane Hamid: I am studying and equally focused on my academics. I hope I will do something new . I study at home and in evenings I find proper exposure to execute what I study.

 Times of Youth: Super genius, Miracle baby, Source of inspiration, Future scientist, The Little professor, The Chemistry Cockroach are the diverse names people call you by. How does that make you feel? Which one do you like the best?

Zidane Hamid: I feel every title given to me is the love of my well wishers and appreciation of the intelligence I am blessed with. I really respect every word dedicated to me. I feel a positive boost up. Among all I like “ The Little Professor”

Times of Youth: You deliver speeches on Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Geography, Geology, Astronomy, IT, History, Poetry, Religion, and different Social topics. How in the world you manage to remember so much, given the diversity in concepts of each? 

Zidane Hamid: All subjects you mentioned carry knowledge and logic. I always try to discover what I see and once I go through a certain topic I begin by trying to unwrap it and see what’s really at the core of things. That’s not possible without Lord’s special blessings.

Times of Youth: We hear that Video games, Poetry, Cricket, Football, Boxing, Volleyball, Qur’an, Traveling, Photography are your other passions. Considering your knowledge and mental capacity, how do you manage to have so many other extracurricular interests as well? 

Zidane Hamid: Time management is a great art and I manage and enjoy myself every moment of life, even when I sleep. So 24 hours is a much enough time if we know what, how and when to do.

Times of Youth: At the end of it all, what is your real aim in life? 

Zidane Hamid: The real aim is to bring a positive change to the world that I feel is also the purpose of creation as well.

Times of Youth: What has been your biggest moment of pride? 

Zidane Hamid: Every moment passing by is something astonishing and exciting for me, When I discover something new, that’s a moment of pride. I feel much excited when I get proper results of my experiments.

Times of Youth: What is the first word that comes to your mind when you read the following-

Zidane: Wisdom
Parents: Blessings
Study: Fun
Genius: God’s Gift
Life: Test

Times of Youth: Now that you are the youngest speaker in the world, which other record breaking feats are on your mind, that you’d like to accomplish in future?

Zidane Hamid: I have some cards close to my chest, but I assure you I have lots of news in coming years for my country and nation. I feel many new things are on the way and every new year coming will bring great news for me.

Times of Youth: If you were given one wish, what would it be?

Zidane Hamid: This world should be a peaceful place is the one wish that often comes to my mind. Imagine how would it look like If everybody can tolerate and love the other!

Times of Youth: Considering your enormous intellectual potential, we believe that you have the power to bring a rational change in the world. If given a chance, what would you like to do to make this world place a better place? 

Zidane Hamid: If I would have a chance, I would try a policy that every mind must get education and every stomach should be given food. I hope It will bring peace in and peace out to everybody.

Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the upcoming young geniuses via Times Of Youth? 

Zidane Hamid: I would advise the young ones to be sincere with their studies, to indulge in healthy activities, to respect their elders and to value the time.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how your admirers can reach you to share their appreciation/queries. 

Zidane Hamid: Yes I am available on my website and social media links and some times when I gather out side at events.

Website: www.zidanehamid.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zidane.hk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/zidane_hk

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Times of Youth: How would you describe yourself for our readers who may not be aware about your work?

DJ HB Smooth: I’m an outgoing individual that purposely looks for talented artists, etc. I just want to help give them a push to where they want to be at. I love dropping R&B mixtapes, in a sense my College Freak mixtape series is what really branded me. Right along with me making Chicago juke remixes and Chicago juke/footwork music.

Times of Youth: What made you choose ‘DJ HB Smooth’ as a field name for yourself?

DJ HB Smooth: I chose to call myself that because I wanted to be different. I wanted to add my own twist to smooth, since I knew there were a lot of DJ Smooths.

Times of Youth: Who do you consider your mentor/inspiration? 

DJ HB Smooth: I have a few; DJ Rell ,DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Badboy Bill and DJ Drama.

Times of Youth: What made you take up DJ-ing as a career path? 

DJ HB Smooth: After hearing a mix on B96 from Bad Boy Bill, I loved the way he would mix the different songs. In fact, I would listen to him on the radio every Friday when B96 did street mixes. It was something about the mixing, like if the songs never changed. That’s when I knew I wanted to become a DJ.

Times of Youth: How has your family been handling your journey to success?

DJ HB Smooth: Not very well, I guess you can say majority of my family supports me from a distance. They wanted me to focus on something more “realistic” rather than focusing on the creative arts.

Times of Youth: Considering that you were the first DJ to own a Vevo account, what significance did it hold for you?

DJ HB Smooth: It allowed me to put more shine on juke/footwork music.

Times of Youth: Being the first DJ to be officially verified on Twitter, how did that make you feel?

DJ HB Smooth: I was beyond excited when it happened. To others it didn’t mean much, but to me it meant that I was working hard enough for Twitter to notice me.

Times of Youth: Of all the places you’ve visited and played at so far, which one was the most unforgettable?

DJ HB Smooth: I would have to say New Orleans. I love the vibe, the accents and especially the scenery.

Times of Youth: Popularly called the ‘R&B Prime minister’, your R&B mixtapes are a hit with the ladies since several years. Has there ever been a female fan whose antics took you by surprise completely?

DJ HB Smooth: I remember this one time I passed a mixtape out to a fan. I didn’t see her  until two days later, and she walked up to me and started whispering in my ear. She started asking me all kinds of questions and told me that next time I make a tape like that, I should make sure she’s around.

Times of Youth: How far do you feel you’ve come since your earliest jukeboxing days? 

DJ HB Smooth: I think a long way; now I just mix music based on how I’m feeling at that moment. Or I just freestyle mix, something I love to do.

Times of Youth: Your most cherished moment in life has been?

DJ HB Smooth: When I was going to summer camp at Columbia College in Chicago, back when I was 12. It was really fun, we would create skits, make shirts and play soccer, which is also the first and last time in history I broke something, my thumb, while playing soccer. I ended up wearing a cast or a brace on my thumb for a few months. I suppose the only  good part about my thumb being broken was how many females had signed on my cast.

Times of Youth: What are your upcoming assignments?

DJ HB Smooth: I’m working on my next ‘College Freak’ mixtape which will be Vol. 31. Then I’m producing a beat for one of my artist, who goes by the name “Jodi” this summer for his album. Also I’m currently working on a juke/footwork EP.

Things we’d like to know about you-

LIFESTYLE-
You’re addicted to: Success and Adidas
Favorite holiday place: Miami
If you could change one thing about yourself, it would be: My voice, I wish it could be deep as Barry White.
Love or money: Love
Calm beach or lounge party: Lounge party

FASHION-
An accessory to die for:  Smartwatch
Oldest item in your closet?: Southpole  shirt (which went south since no one really rocks south pole anymore)
A necessary extravagance: Cellphone
Fragrance you love: Chrome

AT HOME:
Best piece of furniture in your home: Lazy Boy sofa
Most native thing about you: Rocking a Chicago hat and saying ‘Joe’ after every word.
What makes you extremely happy?: Proving people wrong
Best de-stressor: Either going outside, making a mixtape or working out.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how admirers can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

DJ HB Smooth: Email [email protected]   or tweet me @djhbsmooth

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Times of Youth: How would you describe yourself for our readers who may not be aware about your work?

3 Idiots: We are a group of 3 idiots, sorry, 3 friends- Hammad , Kashan & Faisal. We make funny & message based short videos. By profession we are software engineers, but acting is our passion.

Times of Youth: When did you decide that comedy and short video making was your calling?

3 Idiots: It was first year of university when Hammad came to me (Kashan) & said, “Chal yar koi Video banatay hain” [Come friend, let’s make some video]. I said why not, and then we started making short videos on different topics which were all funny. People start liking our videos & then we realized that we have to explore ourselves more & we did it.

Times of Youth: What was the first reaction of your family members when they heard your decision about being comedians?

3 Idiots: My father would say, “Son, education comes first, then everything.” Our families had the least interest in our video making; they didn’t know that this thing will give us huge fame one day, & when we became famous & won several prizes in short film making they appreciated us as we made them feel proud.

Times of Youth: Why was ‘3 Idiots’ chosen as a name of your group? What inspiration was drawn from the popular Bollywood movie by the same name?

3 Idiots: Yes of course, this name was taken from the movie ‘3 Idiots’ as we were also 3 idiots. We were confused what will be the name of our group. In the mean while, this movie released, so we decided to put the same name of our group.

Times of Youth: Which was your first funny video? How was the response to it?

3 Idiots: Our first funny video was “Matrix do bar loaded”. The response was good as we got famous in our classroom. Then we made a page & start making videos & got fame from class room to university level to city level to country level.

Times of Youth: Why are most of your videos made as parodies of someone or something?

3 Idiots: We only make funny videos which are message based as well. Parodies depends upon the trending situation.

Times of Youth: Apparently, your most watched video has been ‘Aamir Liaquat parody’. How do you feel about its overwhelming number of views and its subsequent feedback?

3 Idiots: Obviously we feel good (Aamir Liaquat parody was the biggest hit of its time). So many people know us by this video. We don’t have any grudges against Aamir Liaquat; it was just for fun & a great experience.

Times of Youth: Another series of your most popular short videos is the ‘Puppa series’. How did you guys conjure up the idea to make it? What do you feel about its response?

3 Idiots: Ah! My favourite, too. Hammad came up with the idea that we should make a video in which a son is doing some bad things & his father will be the villain for him. When we released Puppa part 1 the response was great, so we decided to make more parts & now puppa series has 15 parts & another one to come soon. It is in demand.

Times of Youth: Considering the amount of fun you guys have made of people, did it ever backfire? How? What did you do to cope with it?

3 Idiots: Yes, many times. When we make any video on politics or religion, people start pasting Quranic verses in comments box rather than understanding the message behind it. Moreover, many people don’t like us because of our fame & as a result we have lost 2 Facebook pages so far with around 30k+ Fans. We don’t know why people do this? I think jealousy is a disease; we wish them to get well soon.

Times of Youth: Comedians, we hear, especially Internet and social media sensations that you are, have a bumpy ride in terms of making a living. How has the journey been so far?

3 Idiots: Obviously it is, as we have to manage two things- our career i.e., Programming, & our passion i.e., Acting. We believe success in acting is all about being there at the right time at the right place. Your job is to be ready.

Times of Youth: Any particular work of yours which you cherish the most?

3 Idiots: Acting, acting, acting; even when we are not making videos, we start acting with our family, spouse & friends which enhances the power of observation in us. This is so stupid but we love it.

Times of Youth: What makes you come up with so many ideas with such enormous potential to crack up anyone?

3 Idiots: We deal with the common people. Strategy requires thought, acting require observation.

Times of Youth: In your journey of spreading laughter, you guys have received several short video making awards and nationwide recognition. Of all the moments, which one has been the most memorable overall?

3 Idiots: We have received three first prize awards for our video “Message in a bottle”. Of all these, PNCA Islamabad was memorable for us as Hon’ble Prime Minister of Pakistan himself gave award & out of 400 videos, we got first prize in the form of cannon 650D DSLR & we were like “alaaaaaaadddddddddddddddddddddddd”

Times of Youth: So which are your new projects that we should watch out for?

3 Idiots: We are planning another part of Puppa Series after 2 years & also working for some campaigns.

Times of Youth: Tell us something funny.

3 Idiots: Girls of 1995-
“AGAR TUM MIL JAO ZAMANA CHOR DENGE HUM”
Girls of 2015-
“AGAR TUM MIL JAO PURANA CHOR DENGE HUM”
[Roman Urdu]

Times of Youth: Has your work ever been criticized? How did you handle it?

3 Idiots: Yes, many times, but as we believe that one who has a right to criticize, has a heart to help. Criticism helps us to improve our mistakes & flaws in acting or producing a short film. I think it is a good sign.

Times of Youth: We know that plagiarism, nowadays, is commonplace. Have you guys ever been its victim? What do you want to say to those who steal ideas to be famous?

3 Idiots: Well, stealing ideas is a very bad thing; this is someone else’s property. Those who steal show that they have a limited thinking power & can’t think out of box. So many of our videos have been reshot by different channels & this has made us proud that we are doing quality work at least.

Times of Youth: What advice would you give to the young upcoming comedians who still have a long way to go?

3 Idiots: We will advise them to keep making funny but message based content which spread awareness with some fun.

Times of Youth: Do tell us how fans can contact you to share their appreciation and feedback.

3 Idiots: Fans can contact us via our official fan page: www.fb.com/3.idiotzz

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