Khabarnaak

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Khabarnaak
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The opening title screen for Khabarnaak
Genre Comedy
Satire
Format 4:3
Directed by Farhan Adeel[1]
Presented by Mir Mohammad Ali
Zainab Jameel
Sofia Mirza
Starring Honey Albela
Saleem Albela
Agha Majid
Lucky Dear
Akram Udaas
Rubi Anum
Farhat Abbas Shah
Majid Jehangir
Abid Farooq
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
Punjabi
Production
Producer(s) Shehbaz Safdar Ali and Zeeshan Hussain[1]
Camera setup Multicamera
Broadcast
Original channel GEO News
Original airing September 2010
External links
Website

Khabarnaak (Urdu :خبرناک) is a an Urdu and Punjabi Comedy television show that airs on 11:05pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on GEO News. As of 10 May 2014 Mir Mohammad Ali, dressed up as a celebrity, hosts the show, with Honey and Saleem Albela who add life to the show with hilarious comments and analysis. Later on aftab iqbal again joined geo news and is now hosting the show. New characters are introduced in khabarnaak as substitutes of regular members for some episodes Most of the characters are Punjabi.

Concept[edit]

Khabarnaak features Aftab Iqbal as the host and Mir Mohammad Ali as many different celebrities. With the antics of Master Jee, Rubi Anum, Majid Jehangir and Aroo Grenade, the show attracts audiences from different spheres of Punjabi life. Saleem and Honey Albela add humor through their witty comments. They discuss politics, current affairs and society's problems usually in Punjabi Language.[1]
Khabarnaak is a show where eccentric characters discuss all aspects of the society which need attention. Politics is the major topic of discussion. It also features a section Zabaan o Bayaan where Aftab Iqbal corrects the wrong use of the language that is common among the people, and press on an Urdu langauge which is the language of elites and not spoken by layman. .[2] Moreover, Naseer Bhai guesses the composer, lyrists and actors by listening to songs which are suggested by the hosts as well as the audience. Cartoonist Imran Bobby depicts political scenarios through his cartoons.

Parodies[edit]

Mir Mohammad Ali parodies several celebrities, in many instances Pakistani politicians.

Special episodes[edit]

  • Eid Episodes

Usually, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Ali dresses up as Aftab Iqbal and hosts a portion of the show while parodying Iqbal.

  • Valentines day

Usually on valentines a episode of 2 hours is broadcast live which includes live calls to challenge Naseer Bhai

  • New year celebration

On every new year eve a special episode is aired on geo news from aftab iqbal's farmhouse from okara.

  • Imran Khan special

Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan was interviewed during this episode.[3]

History[edit]

Aftab Iqbal used to host the show Hasb-e-Haal. He left it in April 2010.[4]
Due to his fall out with Hasb-e-Haal, Aftab surprised viewers by showing up on GEO TV show Choraha. The first episode of Khabarnaak was aired on 11 September 2010. The first episode's cast included popular stage artists like Naseem Vicky, Nasir Chinioti and Badr Khan along with Amanullah Khan (Hakeem Sahab) and Sakhawat Naz (Jeeda driver). Later, Naz and Khan became the regular cast and they were joined by Honey and Saleem Albela in 2011. Iftikhar Thakur joined the show just before the 2013 General Elections.

In another surprise break-up, Amanullah Khan, Sakhawat Naz and Iftikhar Thakur left the show in August 2013 due to undisclosed reasons and started appearing on Dunya TV in the program Mazaaq Raat. Naz and Amanullah Khan were part of the show since its inception. In place of this trio, Agha Majid a.k.a Aroo Grenade (who had earlier appeared on a few episodes), Rubi Anum (Sadiq) and Farhat Abbas Shah (Master jee) were added to the regular cast. Lucky Dear, Majid Jehangir, Abid Farooq and Akram Udaas also appear on some shows.

In May 2014, Aftab Iqbal had a falling out with GEO administration and left the show. Parody star Mir Mohammad Ali took over as the host.

After a period of 2-3 weeks, Iqbal re-joined geo news and started hosting the show again.

Hostesses[edit]

The show has been presented by many hostesses, namely:

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