Pakistani film 'Mulaqat' wins awards at Vaughan International Film Festival

12:12 PM | 26 Jun, 2022
Pakistani film 'Mulaqat' wins awards at Vaughan International Film Festival
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Sandstorm (Mulaqat), a Pakistani short film released in 2021, recently bagged awards at the Vaughan International Film Festival.

The director, Seemab Gul secured the Best Director Award. The film was also premiered at Sundance Film Festival, world premiere at La Biennale di Venezia 2021, and was acquired by the New York Magazine Screening Room.

The film scored 6.8 on IMDb. The Filmmakers were ecstatic and proud to represent Pakistani cinema at various international festivals. 

Seemab Gul, a Pakistani artist and filmmaker, is based in London. Her work represents multiple dimensions and examines societal precarity. Seemab's recent short film 'Sandstorm/Mulaqat premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

One of her documentaries "Zahida" also secured the Audience Award at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival. She holds a degree of BA in Fine Art and MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. 

The film revolves around a girl named Zara (Parizae Fatima) who loves to dance in the privacy of her room, and shares it with her virtual boyfriend, Hamza Mushtaq, who then blackmails her. The film is packed with social indoctrination of gender inequality, especially in South Asian countries.

"It’s not exactly a threat,” explained Gul to “It’s more like a cousin or a brother asking and being concerned (about how some people might view such a dance). It’s a very delicate balance between coercion and outright blackmail.”

The Vaughan International Film Festival is securing the future of the short film industry by supporting both experienced and novice filmmakers all around the world.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.60 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.76 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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