Whether it was for hit drama serials or block buster movies, sensitive social campaigns to social media spotlights, these celebrities are some of the names that ruled 2018. We got in touch with them and asked them to describe 2018 in three words and reveal what they thought (and hoped) that 2019 had in store for them…
“2018 was over-whelming, self-exploratory and beautiful,” revealed Mawra, when asked to sum up 2018 in three words. What was the highlight of the year that has passed? “Graduating as an advocate. My biggest takeaway from the year is that persistence prevails when all else fails and that one performs the best under pressure.”
As we are now in 2019, what is something that she is most excited about?
“There are a few work related things that I am excited about and my convocation in March for which I’ll be going to London Insha’Allah,” she shared.
After the massive success of Cake, Adnan Malik had a busy year promoting and representing the film on international, coveted platforms. So, how was the year for him in three words?
“Insightful, challenging and emotionally engaging. The highlight of the year for me was probably all the inward growing that I’ve had,” he revealed. “Definitely feel like I had a watershed moment in terms of self-care and compassion. So that and all the love and respect Cake received!”
The actor added that he is entering the new year with his mantra to “always choose the path of least resistance.”
Like all netizens, we were curious to know if we’ll be seeing some new projects from him in 2019.
“I am really excited about writing! I am writing scripts for my own productions. I want to be authentic to my voice and tell stories that are meaningful for me,” Adnan said.
“I would call 2018 a period of re-alignment,” the style icon said. “I traveled a lot this year so my travels were certainly the highlight of the year. I’ve made some new, good friends so, the friendships & relationships I’ve cultivated this year. Also, the fact that I have tried to look within myself and figure out what is it that needs to be healed or that needs to be nourished.”
Ayesha is beginning the new year with introspection and ensuring that she treats her own self with love and kindness. “In 2018, I’ve learned to try and let go of the guilt and the negative thought patterns and replace them with positive patterns. To not indulge in toxic thinking and to let go of negative people. Live in the moment and not take things very seriously yet, to take things seriously also. To figure out what you need to care about and what you shouldn’t pay heed to.”
When asked what 2019 has in store for the diva she commented, “I am extremely excited about a couple of films that I worked on in 2018 and hope to see them make an impact and release in 2019. I am also starting a new small-scale business venture with my brother. I am also probably going to be moving houses and travelling more in 2019 so, a lot of new beginnings.”
“In three words 2018 was a year of happiness, growth (emotionally) and acceptance,” the Chalay Thay Saath star said after a long pause.
“I’ve done my second film Laal Kabootar which is very different from any film that I’ve seen made in Pakistan so far. The content, my character, the way it has been shot; everything is very different. So, that was definitely the highlight for me in 2018 and I am super excited for its release in 2019.” The actress concluded that she is excited for the year and hopes it is “going to be a good year.”
We also asked the celebs to give a message to their fans and followers for the year ahead.
Whatever you give out in the world, you get back. If you give out toxicity, it will come back to you. So, whatever you give out, make sure it’s stuff you want coming back at you. Elevate, support and love people. It’s tough sometimes, things are not always shiny and happy. But just be patient in the bad times and know that it will pass. To my fan family, thank you for all the support, encouragement and love that you give me. I am nothing without them. It’s funny, when I am feeling very down, they uplift me. I love you guys, keep letting me know what you want to see me doing and what you think I should do better. Have a great year!
A lot of our lives are comprised of social media and the perception of things rather than how they actually are. Mental health is really important and it’s important to not compare yourself with others too much. In Pakistan, we are just told that by a certain age you should have your own car, you should get married, you should have children by this age. There’s no such thing. You can’t decide major things of life, based on timelines that have been dictated by other people that really hold no value. It should be more important what your journey is, the progress and journey are more important. It’s important for everybody to not take things for face value, and to be just comfortable in their own skin.
Be your own person and back yourself don’t worry about the voices outside.
Be kind or kinder, more than others, to your own self. Read more books, they tell you more about your own self.