Because there is so much potential in Pakistan, British screenwriter and film producer Jemima Goldsmith has shown an interest in “mentoring” filmmakers in Pakistan to assist them develop their films and ensure they are viewed internationally.
While discussing her new film “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” with Geo News, Jemima disclosed that she was collaborating with Fatima Bhutto (niece of Benazir Bhutto and daughter of late Mir Murtaza Bhutto) to establish a fund or mentorship programme for Pakistani artists.
When asked about making a film in Pakistan, Jemima said, “I think Pakistan has the most incredible talent and I want to try and do some kind of mentorship scheme and I am talking to Fatima Bhutto, my friend, about putting together some kind of fund or mentorship scheme to help filmmakers in Pakistan get their work made and seen globally because there is so much talent in Pakistan.”
“I realise it’s a busy year, there are documentaries and feature films being acknowledged, but there is so much more when you consider how difficult it is to get things done,” she continued. That nation is brimming with potential. She praised Pakistani talent and said that she hopes to find methods to assist get that talent shown abroad.
I wanted to convey a happy Pakistan.
Jemima pushed herself to create a film that praised Pakistan while discussing her film.
“I wanted to convey the vibrant, lovely, cheerful world that I knew while I was in Pakistan as opposed to Pakistan we typically see on the Western televisions. In films like Zero Gloomy Thirty and Homeland, Muslims and Pakistanis are often portrayed as the evil guys, and Pakistan is portrayed as a terrifying, dark country. So I got a chance to make the romantic comedy version of Pakistan with Working Title Film, which invests in rom-coms, with a beautiful cast that included Sajal Ali, a beautiful Pakistani actress, and the very talented Shabana Azmi from India, who is an absolute goddess, and Lily James, who is wonderful, and Emma Thomson, Shahzad Latif, and others.”
Jemima noted that one of the most important lessons she learned in Pakistan was to have trust in “Neeat” (intention), and she expects that Pakistanis would assess her film based on her “Neeat,” which is aimed at showing Pakistanis as regular people rather than terrifying beasts.