Gul Makai

Gul Makai won’t be released in Pakistan

Our own Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai might not be happy after knowing that her biopic Gul Makai, based on her own life and the events that happened with her in Pakistan, will not be released in Pakistan.

Social media users, mostly Pakistanis, criticised the makers of the movie for not casting any Pakistani artist for biopic on Malala, who is a Pakistani activist. The main character of Gul Makai is being essayed by Indian child actress Reem Sheikh and seems that most of the people in Pakistan did not like it.


Some of them even taunted Malala for not raising any objection on the movie. While some were quick to ask the activist to file a case against the makers of the movie as they did not seek permission from her.

The movie is co-produced by a Britain-based Pakistani journalist Shahid Khan, whereas it is directed by Indian director Amjad Khan. Creators of Malala’s biopic have not yet submitted the film to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for authentication.

Director Amjad Khan, in a recent interview, said that he wanted the movie to be released in Pakistan as it was based on the life of Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a terrorist attack. He said that despite threats and pressure by fundamentalists, his movie will still release in India.

Gul Makai

“I was threatened, forced to stop the release of my film and was warned that if the movie gets released, I will face consequences. Certain pressure groups, fundamentalists and supporters of some political parties sent me letters and messages on Facebook and other accounts when the film was in the pipeline. I replied to them and told them that I will release the film, do whatever you can,” Khan said, adding that Such fundamentalist elements exist in every society.

The movie, that was shot in India and England is slated to release on January 31, 2020.

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Written by Mohsin Soomro

A dreamer and a go-getter, this is how I would define myself. With seven- plus years of experience in Journalism, I have worked with various publications in print and online. With an inclination towards photography, it is my dream to go on around the world tour someday and capture the beauty of nature through my lens. You can write to me at mohsinsoomro10[@] gmail (dot) com)

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