Saawan: A Pakistani Film That Has Already Won Three International Awards!

Pakistan is definitely making progress in its cinematic ventures as new genres are being experimented with, which is being positively received by the public. However one movie ‘Saawan’ has gotten international acclaim even before Pakistanis have had the chance to see it!

Saawan: Making its Mark Even Before Being Released

Saawan has won ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ at The Madrid International Film Festival 2017, and ‘Best Film’ as well as ‘Best Director’ at the ‘The Social World Film Festival 2017’. It has been directed by Farhan Alam and produced as well as written by Mashood Qadri, under the auspices of Kalakaar Films. It is expected to release on 15th September 2017 in Pakistan, UAE, UK, USA and India.

It is also quite a serious contender to be selected for next year’s Academy Awards Foreign Films category as well.

Saawan: The Story

Saawan is based on true events and revolves around a nine year old handicapped boy played by Syed Karam Hussain (who makes his silver-screen debut, though he has been acting in drama serials for the past few years). He is shunned by nearly everyone, and is left all alone to survive in a barren valley of Baluchistan. With the help of the loving memory of his mother, some local boys and a three legged dog, he fights back and defies all odds. It is a heart-touching and inspiring story of tremendous resolve, love and compassion which is victorious over our age old customs of tyranny, deception and above all ignorance.

It also has the potential to give people the courage to speak out about a very sensitive and important issue i.e. exploitation and mistreatment of disabled children in our society. So it very heartening to see such movies being made, which might bring about the much needed and awaited change in the current mindsets.

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Hajra Saeed

Hajra Saeed has been writing for the past 20 years. During her career she has contributed to various leading newspapers and magazines, but currently writes for the special supplements of ‘The Nation’. She has written on a wide array of topics; however areas of interest are social issues, religion, philosophy and presenting a positive image of Pakistan. Has experience in copy writing, content writing, technical writing, screenwriting and teaching. Likes to read, do online courses as well as social work.