If said that this year is the luckiest for Pakistan’s entertainment industry, it wouldn’t be wrong. Pakistani films have won several international awards and are yet to bag many more. Mahira Khan’s Telefilm Aik Hai Nigar is one of them.
The biopic honoring the life and works of Major General Nigar Johar, the first female officer to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general, has won the best Asian film award at the prestigious Septimius Awards held in Amsterdam.
‘Aik Hai Nigar’ is an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) project that revolves around the life of living legend Lt. Gen Nigar Johar played by Mahira Khan. Along with shedding light on Lt. General Nigar’s professional achievements, Aik Hai Nigar also highlighted her personal life, a huge part of which is her husband, Johar Ali Khan, played by actor Bilal Ashraf. The film paved the way for more women to climb their way to leadership positions in the military and otherwise.
Every year, the international film festival showcases the best independent films from around the world. It holds a strong emphasis on discovering and encouraging new talent and has a wide range of attendees, which include Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy winners. The category for Best Asian Film included eight films in total and Pakistan won.
The competent surgeon has shattered stereotypes and defied the norms, as she is undoubtedly a trendsetter. Gen Nigar deserved a biopic to encourage the future generations of Pakistan, especially women, proving that any and everything is possible.