Pakistan to ban release of Malala Yousufzai’s biopic ‘Gul Makai’
Filmmaker Amjad Khan’s ‘Gul Makai’, which chronicles the life of Malala Yousufzai (the youngest Nobel laureate and an advocate for girl education) was screened by United Nations on January 25. Malala attended the premiere along with her family. Moreover, other personalities including Indian and Pakistani high commissioners and representatives of the United Nations also attended the screening. However, it is being reported that the film has drawn criticism from Pakistani diplomats and will be banned soon in Pakistan.
According to a report published in Mumbai Mirror, the Pakistani diplomats felt that the film portrays Pakistan in a negative light and after the screening, the group met Amjad to convey that they will ban the film in the country.
In the meantime, Amjad said, “I have made the film with a lot of honesty but to glorify Lord Krishna, you have to show Kans in a bad light, even though they are a part of one family.” He further added that the film received a standing ovation, including from the Pakistani delegates. “It’s just that they can’t digest the truth,” Amjad noted.
Directed by Amjad Khan, ‘Gul Makai’ has Reem Shaikh as Malala while Atul Kulkarni and Divya Dutta play her parents, Ziauddin Yousafzai and Toor Pekai. Pankaj Tripathi, Abhimanyu Singh, Mukesh Rishi and the late Om Puri also feature in pivotal roles.
It is to be noted that Malala, who was shot at for defying the ban on girls going to school, is also the UN Messenger of Peace. In 2013, she founded the Malala Fund, an advocacy organisation to ensure girls’ education worldwide. Also, Malala used ‘Gul Makai’ as a pseudonym when writing blogs for BBC Urdu.