Archive for March, 2012
Actress, Aliza Vellani has been leading a distinguished career within the Canadian entertainment industry. Having had extensive experience in the arts through acting,dancing, improv and singing, Aliza first brought her talents and experience to television in CBC’s hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie as the teenage character of Layla Siddiqui. Aliza has been portraying the role since the show’s initial debut in January 2007.
Today, from 3;00pm -5:00pm eastern standard time[7:00pm-9:00pm GMT] fans can interact with the actress by asking her questions related to Layla’s reappearance this season, anything else related to Aliza’s work on the show as well as the actress’ other related pursuits. Fans are also welcome to share relevant comments with the talented actress. With Little Mosque drawing to an end after six seasons and Layla making an appearance in the show’s series finale on Monday April 2, it’s a great time and way for fans to interact with the actress.
The comments section will open up shortly before the event @ approximately 2:45pm eastern standard time.In order to see Aliza’s responses to the questions and to see what other readers are asking, be sure to refresh the page several times throughout the session.
Questions related to the event can be sent by e-mail @ email@example.com. Live technical support during the event will be available on the blog’s Facebook page.We look forward to hosting this event!
Join us on the blog on Saturday, March 31 from 3:00pm -5:00pm eastern time[7:00pm -9:00pm GMT] to engage in a live chat with Aliza Vellani, who has portayed the teenage character of Layla Siddiqui on Little Mosque on the Prairie.
Fans can interact with the actress by asking her questions related to Layla’s reappearance this season, anything else related to Aliza’s work on the show as well as the actress’ other related pursuits. Fans are also welcome to share relevant comments with the talented actress. With Little Mosque drawing to an end after six seasons and Layla making an appearance in the show’s series finale on Monday, April 2, it’s a great time for fans to interact with the actress.
A post will be created on the blog’s homepage, outlining further details about the event and readers will be able to interact with the actress in the comments section!Will you be joining the chat?Do you have any questions about the event? Let us know in the comments section!
In the lead up to the series finale, Amaar reveals to Baber that he plans to be the Imam of the new Mosque. In turn, Baber revolts and forms a splinter Mosque. Meanwhile, Ann is distraught over Charles’ upcoming nuptials to a younger woman and comes up with a bizarre strategy to fight for her man. And Sarah attempts to rejoin the church choir, with fiery results.[CBC]
What prompted Amaar to change his mind about being the Imam for the community? How will Baber`s revolt affect the unity of Mercy`s Muslim community?What is Ann`s bizarre strategy and will she be successful in uniting with Charles?How will Sarah disrupt the choir with her fiery results and how will this affect her ability to effectively reintegrate into the Anglican community. Share your thoughts and speculations in the comments section of the episode.
Notes and Spoilers
- This is the first part of the series finale . The final half hour will air on Monday, April 2 2012 @ 8:30pm eastern standard time.
- Debra McGrath mentioned in a recent live question and answer session on the blog that the Mayor would be seeing a plastic surgeon for this episode. The surgeon has been portrayed by actor Colin Mochrie, who is McGrath`s husband.http://abbaskarimjeeweblog.com/2012/02/06/live-chat-with-little-mosque-on-the-prairies-debra-mcgrath-tonight-at-900pm-eastern-time/
- Arlene Duncan revealed in a recent live stream with CBC that Sarah [ Sheila McCarthy]would remain a Muslim, once she has worked through her crisis of faith.
- Sitara Hewitt[ Rayyan] commented on how the fire was set on a fake model of the mosque built in Etobicoke and the surrounding areas of the set. Sheila McCarthy added that it was upsetting to see but further details were not divulged.To view a photo of the fire on Mercy Mosque @ www.cbc.ca/littlemosque.
- The live stream can be viewed @http://www.cbc.ca/live/we-want-your-questions-for-the-stars-of-little-mosque.html
Indeed, fans of Little Mosque on the Prairie are in for a treat this week! Viewers of the show will have an exciting opportunity to see a live streaming of the cast from the CBC Centre in downtown Toronto on Thursday, March 22 from 8:45pm –9:30pm eastern standard time.
In addition to an exciting program with the entire cast of the show, viewers are being asked to submit questions which they may have for a various members of the show’s cast in order to have them answered during the streaming. Questions can be submitted on the show’s official Facebook page or through Twitter @ CBC Live using the hastag #littlemosque.
Little Mosque on the Prairie’s debut, earned record breaking ratings of over 2 million viewers for CBC. While the audience has dropped to a steady quarter from the show’s inaugural season, viewership has remained strong internationally. The show will be drawing to a close after six seasons on Monday, April 2 @ 8:30pm eastern standard time.
Will you be participating.What questions will you be submitting to the castWhat is your respomse to the show ending?
Its been nearly a year since we last connected with Little Mosque`s Brandon Firla who plays the intolerant and self-serving yet surprisingly promising character of Reverend William Thorne.
With Little Mosque `s sixth and final season drawing to a close in the next month , we discuss his reaction to the show`s cancellation,Reverend Thorne`s developing friendship with Baber Siddiqui[ Manoj]this season as well as he actor`s experiences as a cast member on the show and the program’s impact on building bridges between the Islamic community and the Western society.
Take a read through our humorous yet insightful interview with the Brandon Firla, below.
Brandon Firla:This is the first I’m hearing of this. Wow. Are you sure? I’ll have to look over my contract again and call my agent. And my Real Estate agent. That lakeshore condo isn’t gonna pay for itself.
That said, I think it’s always best to go out on top and when you’re in peak form and still relevant. Just like Michael Jordan did. Twice. But then he came back a second time, was too old and out of shape so he retired again and tarnished his legacy. The point is, you gotta know when to pull the plug and walk away. But like Michael Jordan, I’m now gonna go play professional baseball for a season or two, then come back to the biz.
AK: What was the mood like on set during the final weeks of the show?BF:It was truly bittersweet. It’s rare that you know your series is coming to an end before you shoot a single scene, so we were all able to say a proper farewell to our castmates and characters. That usually doesn’t happen.AK: You have played Thorne for three seasons. How have you related with the character?
BF:I relate to his height, his questionable hairstyle, and his limited wardrobe selection. Other than that, we couldn’t be more different.
AK: Last season we saw Thorne develop a relationship with Rose. Will we have the chance to see more of this as the season progresses? How do you think this relationship has contributed to the character’s development?
BF:We will not see anymore of Rose. In a deleted scene from last season’s finale, she was abducted by aliens from the planet Zarbax 5 in the omega quadrant. The aliens also erased any memories Thorne or the people of Mercy may have had of her. It was a powerful scene. I’m not sure why it was cut.
AK: Gradually, Thorne has transformed himself into a character that has become more likeable, from how he has connected with Amaar and various other residents of Mercy, allowing him to show that he is genuinely making a commitment to improve despite his many flaws. How did portraying this aspect of Thorne prove to be challenging? Based on the response you have heard from viewers over the past season, how has fan response towards the character changed?
BF:It was great fun to have Thorne climb out of the enormous hole he had dug for himself by the end of season It’s always better for the character, for the actor, and for the audience when your characters have to deal with new situations and challenges and relationships in every episode than it is to see them face the same problem again and again. Season 4 pretty much exhausted every angle of the Thorne vs Amaar conflict, so it was very freeing for the writers and for myself to not be bound to that as a central conflict. As for fan response, I have no idea if or how it’s changed. You can’t control what people are going to think about you or your character, so I don’t put much thought into that. Though I do cry myself to sleep some nights after reading some of the comments on IMDb. It was actually more challenging to play Thorne in the first season.
AK: This season Baber and Thorne we have connected as best friends. What was your reaction when you learnt of this storyline and could you please give is an idea of some of the excitement which is to come as we further delve into their relationship?
BF:I thought it was a great “odd couple” pairing, but more importantly a great way to exploit and explore the spiritual themes of the series. Some of the excitement to look forward to is when Babar gets abducted by aliens from the planet Zarbax 5 in the omega quadrant. Thorne builds a rocketship in his sacristy and blasts off to liberate his friend, reunite with Rose, and unleash holy hell on the evil Zarbaxians.
AK: What do you think draws the two to become great friends, in a way much different from how Thorne became friends with Amaar?
BF:Backgammon. And faith. But mainly the backgammon.
AK: With Baber and Thorne now developing a strong friendship, could you please share some insights on how Reverend Thorne’s established friendship with Ammar will be impacted?
BF:I think he’s used to being abandoned by friends by now. Think about it: Magee left. Yasir left. Even Joe left. Maybe he should try a new aftershave.
AK: Reverend Thorne replaced Reverend Magee upon the commencement of the show’s fourth season to add some challenges to the Muslim community’s relationship with their fellow Anglicans. Do you feel the character’s presence has acted as a sort of model to the show’s audience in demonstrating how even those from different backgrounds and faiths may have a chance to positively build on their relationship , despite negative preconceived notions that they have about one another?
BF:Yes. Well put. I don’t even have to answer that one.
AK: How does it feel to have been apart of a show which is the first of its kind in terms of building bridges between the Islamic community and the Western society?
BF:I think its commendable whenever television programs give funding to a long-term construction project. I look forward to driving across that bridge someday.
AK. You have had a lot of experiences from working the show over it last three seasons. What are some of your favorite moments, either on screen or off screen in production?
BF:My daughter was born 3 weeks before season 2 started shooting, so that was pretty special. The show sort of became a baby factory with a lot of crew, cast, writers, and production staff having offspring over the course of its run. I recommended to anyone with fertility issues to get a job on the Little Mosque set
AK: Is there a message of thanks which you would like to offer to fans of the show, as it draws to a close?
BF:Thank you for suffering through any scene that I was in. It shows true inner strength and a clear understanding of passing through purgatory before reaching paradise.
Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Sitara Hewitt Co-hosted in Melanie Marden’s Charity Event For Timeless
Indeed, Little Mosque on the Prairie`s Sitara Hewitt has been doing her part to support a worthwhile cause aiming to raise awareness about the growing issue of the misdiagnosis of brain cancer. Back in December, Hewitt co- hosted a charity event in the form of a fashion show and a film screening for the award-winning film, Timeless. Particularly, the film was voted film Darling as the Louisville film festival in 2011. The film was co-produced by Melanie Marden and Charlene Wood, both who were raised in Toronto and are now based in Los Angeles.The film was directed by Jason DeParis.
Timeless raises awareness about the issue of brain cancer from how it is based on the true experience of the film`s co-producer, Melanie Marden.Marden`s own mother was misdiagnosed for ten years.
The event took place at the AME center in Toronto on December 22 @ 7:30pm eastern time.All proceeds from the event went to Timeless Charity,which is aimed at generating further awareness about the illness.
With the film supporting awareness of a disturbing yet significant issue and Little Mosque’s Sitara Hewitt [Rayyan Hamoudi] playing a vital role in the hosting of the recent fashion show and film screening in Toronto, I thought it was appropriate to connect with film co-producer and creative entrepeneur ,Melanie Marden about the goals of the film,the message which viewers should absorb from the viewing and the ways in which further support toward the cause can be offered.
I also touched base with Sitara who not only co-hosted the fashion show which heavily featured clothing by Brazen Hussley, but is also a dear friend of Melanie Marden .In our conversation, we discuss Sitara`s prominent role within the Canadian entertainment industry and how this role has enabled her to generate awareness for noteworthy causes which raise awareness to societal issues such as this.We also discuss how the event provided the talented actress with the opportunity to interact with fans of the show.
Abbas Karimjee:Could you please describe the concept of the movie and how your personal connection to the subject matter motivated you to produce it?
Melanie Marden:The concept of the film was to honor my Mom. To demonstrate what she went through in her final weeks as a brain cancer patient. Shot through her POV for the first time in film history.
AK: What message do you hope the audience will take from the film?
MM: The message is to see how strong a mother’s love is. How almost anything is possible and we wanted to highlight the symptoms of brain cancer for the audience to see and understand.It is commonly misdiagnosed and we wish to prevent this.
AK. How will the donations of this event be used to help raise awareness of brain cancer? In what other ways, does the organization assist those suffering from brain cancer?
MM:Our goal is to educate people.Unless you know the symptoms you may just take medicine to treat them instead of inquiring of the cause of them. Donations go to getting the film out to bigger audiences in hopes of preventing misdiagnosis.
AK: What impact do you believe has the film itself is having on raising awareness about brain cancer? To what degree has producing this film and its positive response, influenced your personal satisfaction?
MM; Making the film has given me satisfaction as most people have no idea what really happens to the mind when brain cancer takes over.It heightens awareness of this disease.I also allowed my Mom’s tragedy to become a positive for the audiences that see the film.This way my Mom didn’t die for no reason.
AK:Could you please provide some details on the background of Char and Mel Entertainment, the company which raised a great deal of funds for the film?
MM:Char&Mel has raised funds for greater distribution of the film but it I that raised the $30,000 to make the film.
AK:Is there a contact for additional information,incase readers would like even further information about Timeless or ways in which they can support the film?
MM;Not yet, but we are in the process of building a website for Timeless and we plan to have further information there.
Sitara Hewitt: I am very fortunate to be a part of a show that has resonated with so many viewers. One of the best things about notoriety in my opinion is that I can bring people’s attention to issues that really matter and deserve the support of many. In our modernized society there can be a lack of community, but events and charities like this bring people together and create a support system. I’m delighted to be involved.
AK: While Melanie created this film, you have greatly supported her in this project.Do you have any other personal connection to this illness or any other terminal illness,which you would like to mention?
SH: Melanie is a dear friend of mine and it was heartbreaking to see her suffer while her mother was ill.I am just so impressed with her dedication, motivation and ability to turn her loss into a creative endeavor and a charity for others.
AK: While the event will greatly focus on the issue of brain cancer through the film and the fashion show, to what extent was he audience be able to interact with you? Why do you think it is important for Little Mosque fans to support such a cause?
SH: At the event we are there to have a great time and celebrate our ability to honour and help others. I was there to enjoy everyone’s company and of course love to talk to fans at any event.
Manoj Sood has been leading an exemplary career. Having been in the acting industry since 1994, Manoj has appeared in over 40 major television series and feature film productions. His appearances on television series include those such as Dead Zone and Dead Like Me ,while his list of film credits include,Rat Race and American Meltdown.The actor is also currently involved a project in which he is in the process of writing and producing his own TV series.
Manoj has also been bringing his extensive experience and talents to CBC’s hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie in the role of the conservative Muslim father, Baber Siddiqui. The talented actor has been portraying the role over the course of the show’s six seasons.
Join us today from 2:30pm until 4:30pm eastern time, for a live question and answer session with Manoj. YOU will have the chance to interact with the actor himself, through the comments section!.
Feel free to submit questions or comments related to the actor’s work on Little Mosque as well as questions and comments regarding some of his past or current projects.This is truly great way and time to interact with the actor, given his character’s prominent storyline this season, in terms of his friendship with Reverend William Thorne[ Brandon Firla]
The comments section will open up shortly before 2:30pm eastern standard time!Please note that after posting a comment, you should refresh the page in order to see your response[s] from Manoj Sood as well as to see the additional discussion which other readers are having with the actor.
We look forward to hosting this event!
Join us on the blog on Monday, March 5 2012 from 2:30pm -4:30m eastern time to engage in a live question and answer session with Little Mosque on the Prairie Manoj Sood, who plays the fanatical yet amusing character of Baber Siddiqui. A great way and time to interact with the actor, given that Little Mosque is in its final season and the character of Baber has a prominent storyline, in terms of his developing friendship with Reverend William Thorne.
A post will be created on the blog’s homepage, outlining further details about the event and readers will be able to interact with the actor in the comments section of this post! This will be posted by 9:00am eastern standard on the day of the event.
Will you be joining the chat?Do you have any questions about the event? Let us know in the comments section!