Shoaib Mansoor - Gullying the Guys
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Over a romance of 20 years with television, Shoaib Mansoor's main reason of fame remains a mystery, Was it the comedy Fifty Fifty, the drama serial Ankahi, The Sixth PTV awards or the video of the Vital Signs Dil Dil Pakistan that made Shoaib's name fimiliar to everyone in Pakistan?.

His critics say that the time Shoaib takes to complete a project Can make anyone deliver the same quality of work, if not better. This time it is different. Shoaib has been working on a unique and one of the quickest projects of his life.

"It has been the most difficult work I have done so far. I'm tired and desperately need a vacation."

He confesses about Galls & Guys JAvtiuhcd launched last week on PTV.

The basic idea revolves around a boat which after travelling through 11 countries, arrives in Karachi, Pakistan in September. As the stOry goes, early this year, Shoaib was approached by a sponsor who wanted to film in 17 different countrieS. The idea was to show a ship selling through these 17 different locations in 170 days. "I gave it serious thought and concluded that it was not humanly possible to cover 17 countries in 170 days so the number was cut down to 10 and finally 6." Approximately 10 to 15 days were allowed tO one country and Shoaib started work in March 1999.

According to Shoaib 'Gulls and Guys' is formatted on a totally new concept. "One can't call it a documentary or travelogue since it is a mixture of both. The sceneries chosen are only used in the background as the presenter is standing in front of the London Bridge but he will not talk about that particular landmark but will tell the viewers about the British culture, cuisine, the people and their habits, musiuc, dance and psychology. He will be making small comments with his personal observations. Everything from Assalam-O-AlLaikum to Khtuin Hafiz is scripted. The idea is to give the Pakistani viewers an intorduction of a particular country from a local point of view.

The duration of programme is 25 minute each. The group consisted of six presenters for six episodes along with iwo assistants. The programme has been scripted, directed and researched by Shoaib who has also done the camerawork himself. The last programme will be a grand show on the arrival of the boat and a competition amongst the six presenters. There is one game show hidden in each of these six programmes. Every presenter is required to do an assignment. For example in one country he has to earn enough money for three meals a day. If it costs 20 pounds to have three meals a day, he would have to earn those 20 pounds by either washing dishes or singing in a subway or cleaning the floors. Then all six of them will learn counting from one to ten in the local language of the country.

In the finale, the winner will get a grand jumbo prize. The presenters include Salman Ahmad, Junaid Jamshed, Capt. Abdullah (of Alfa Bravo Charlie), Sheheryar Jahangi, Adnan Siddiqui mid fakhr-e-Alam. May the best man win.

By Huma Khawar

From WikiPedia :

Shoaib Mansoor(born April 14) is a Pakistani film and television producer, director, writer, lyricist and composer whose career began in 1980.

A native of Karachi, Shoaib Mansoor or ShoMan (as he calls himself) is among the most influential and famous figures in the Pakistan showbiz scene.

He has written, produced and directed hit TV shows such as Ankahi, Fifty Fifty, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Sunehre Din and Gulls & Guys, which aired on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).

Shoaib Mansoor has also been a successful songwriter and music composer and, in the 1980s, introduced the then-pop sensation Vital Signs to the mainstream.[1] Besides being Junaid Jamshed's mentor, he was the backbone for his songs and composed and produced most of the Vital Signs' albums.[1] Between 2001 and 2003, he directed the Supreme Ishq series of songs.

He wrote and composed a number of their hit numbers such as Aitebar. In addition, he directed all Vital Signs videos, producing a music video compilation and movie titled Geetar '93.

In 2007, Shoaib Mansoor debuted as a film director with the critically acclaimed film, Khuda Ke Liye released on 20 July 2007 all over Pakistan. It received the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for 2007.[2]

In 2009, he began directing a big budget film Bol which had Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan, Humaima Abbassi and Iman Ali playing lead roles. The premiere was on 24 June 2011.[3]

{/jb_quote}In recognition of his outstanding services, Mansoor has been decorated with presidential award of Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.{/jb_quote}[4][5] He has also been awarded PTV Lifetime Achievement Award by the then-President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf on the 43rd anniversary of Pakistan Television in November 2007. Recently in 2007, he received the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for Khuda Ke Liye.[2][6] His film Bol was awarded the Best Hindi film award in IRDS Film awards 2011 by Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS), a Lucknow based Civil society for raising many social issues including the regressive attitude of a male-dominated society.[7]