Mohib Mirza, Aamina Sheikh, Meher Jafri, Mansoor Mujahid pose at the screening of Lamha (Seedlings) at the New York City International Film Festival. – Photo from Twitter


Mohib Mirza, Aamina Sheikh, Meher Jaffri, Mansoor Mujahid pose at the screening of Lamha (Seedlings) at the New York City International Film Festival. – Photo from Twitter

KARACHI: Pakistani film “Lamha (Seedlings)” bagged two awards at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF), which concluded early Friday.

Lamha” won the Best Feature Film - Audience Award and its leading lady Aamina Sheikh won the Best Actress in Leading Role award in a late-night ceremony at the Angelika Film Centre in New York, NY.

The film was nominated in five other categories, including Best Actor in Leading Role (Mohib Mirza), Best Actor in Supporting Role (Gohar Rasheed), Best Score, Best Original Screenplay (Summer Nicks) and Best Director (Mansoor Mujahid).

Lamha” was nominated for the Best Feature Film award category, which it did not manage to win. However, it did get the audience’s attention and ended up with the Audience Award.

Meanwhile, Argentinian director Emiliano Romero bagged the Best Feature Film award for his film “Moles”. Lautaro Delgado, playing the lead role for “Moles”, won the award for Best Lead Actor. Jorgo Papavassiliou bagged the Best Director Award in the Feature Film category for “Slave”.

Lamha weaves through the life of a young couple Maliha (Sheikh) and Raza (Mirza) and those affected by their deep struggle to reconnect after the loss of their only child in a tragic accident.

The film’s premiere at the festival, on August 10, was a sold out affair at the Tribeca Cinema.

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Fauzi Zamir
August 17, 2012 4:24 pm
Awesome. Proud of your accomplishment. Way to go Meher!
August 17, 2012 5:08 pm
Good work! My only concern with recent Pakistani movies like Bol, Khuda Ke Liye, Ramchand Pakistani etc is that they move in really slow motion. There is hardly any laughter and are utterly depressing. It's like drama serials on the big screen. This depression is really unhealthy for the nation. Our songs have no spark in them either. Look at the powerful rhythms of Bollywood music. It gets you on your feet. Escapism is what people need.
August 18, 2012 3:03 pm
You do know that that movie actually highlighted the surgeon who was helping these women, right? Thus the name, Saving Face? Or is that too hard a concept for you to grasp?
August 17, 2012 5:19 pm
There were thousands of entries which defines the amazing quality of this film SEEDLINGS.
August 18, 2012 3:56 pm
Yeah, Pak movies are greatest in the whole universe!!
August 24, 2012 2:07 am
Just like the actress who played the part in a Pakistani movie depicting a women that was brutalized her face burned with acid, she won an oscar award; guess people will always enjoy the films and some will be envious of islamic nations to improve their quality of skills. On the other hand you have your own countrymen some that will always try to hold us back. So my friends give Credit where it is due..I thought this movie was great! Karim
August 17, 2012 10:06 am
Asok Bhai there were more than 20 entries- and the Pakistanis did an excellent job? Now show a bit more generosity and congratulate these kids for an excellent job. Perhaps even send them Gathias and Churma ladoos from across the border.
August 17, 2012 4:57 pm
Hats off to the team for bringing out a softer image of Pakistan!!
August 17, 2012 10:07 am
I am so happy to read this ... when the newspapers are full of depressing stories, news like these reinstate the confidence that YES, we can do it! Keep up the good work!
August 17, 2012 4:32 pm
Great stuff. But someone please get in touch with the relevant folks and fix the spelling of the writer's caption (a Mr Summer Something). Currently it states him as the 'Writter'. Come on, guys, he's the 'Writer'!!
August 17, 2012 3:59 pm
Why cant we just praise this as an act of art and not associate this with "pakistan", "muslim" and what else. We strongly criticize the fact that Muslims are associate with bad thing globally, but then we do the same. We praise anything that is Pakistani irrespective of the content and quality. We must praise these artists for winning the award as artists.
Nasser Ali Khan
August 17, 2012 10:57 am
There is nothing wrong, in fact to learn from others, if you think it is a positive thing. This way you better yourself. But following Bollywood is the worst you can do. Pakistanis should learn to be creative and at the same time learn from others irrespective of who they are as long as they feel it's right. For example, there are good points to pick up good points from Bol Bachan. I would go exactly the opposite way as far as Salman Khan films are concerned (I know they are very popular, but this is my considered view).
August 17, 2012 10:24 am
Errr, we are not talking about Kerala film festival is the New York film festival. New York is a city in the United States!! United States is a country. Please use the dictionary in case you cant understand any of the words in this post!
August 18, 2012 10:46 am
u are one of the factors that dont allow pakistan to advance in anything
August 17, 2012 3:34 pm
August 17, 2012 3:34 pm
No doubt, Pakistani's are second to none if they muster determination to achieve they can reach any heights. Well done youngsters lead the people to success, Pakistani youth has tremendous potential an we all should be proud of them.
Dr Wequar Ali khan
August 17, 2012 3:20 pm
Following on the heels of " Face", "Lamha" is another Pakistani film to bag such honor internationally; Congratulation to the younger generation of Pakistan. We the elder generation look towards you for future of Pakistan in all spheres.
zamurad khan
August 17, 2012 3:21 pm
I feel sorry for your ignorance.
August 17, 2012 3:18 pm
Yep, they always find a way to write some thing negative. Don't know much about the movie but there is no shortage of talent in Pakistan. Pakistan will rise again ISA simply matter of time.
Shujaat Ayub Khan
August 17, 2012 3:15 pm
Yes Mahraja Ashok there were others and a few from India too.
August 17, 2012 3:15 pm
tch tch tch, bht apsos hua ap ki soch jan k, u guys never fail to show ur true colors, and well done team Lamha!!
Shujaat Ayub Khan
August 17, 2012 3:12 pm
Good job and keep up the good work.
August 17, 2012 2:47 pm
Great going, fellow South Asians. I dearly hope some at least of you and your film visit Bangalore at some point.
Riaz Murtaza
August 17, 2012 2:19 pm
Now, we want to see another very good Pakistani film winning and get some awards in an international film festival. A film showing Pakistan in good light only ! I am sure it is possible, country has the talent.
August 17, 2012 2:18 pm
Job well done. Our tremendous talent is insurmountable and will outshine others in the future as well. So proud
August 17, 2012 1:51 pm
Congratulations! Wonderful achievement..
August 17, 2012 3:46 pm
C'mon guys that's not nice!!!
August 17, 2012 10:30 am
Snake spitting venom,as always
August 17, 2012 10:45 am
Well done Pakistani talents. We can see the results of our former Information Minister who strategically promoted Pakistani talents through initiative for them to excel. I wonder if current Info. Minister will take a note on this critical successful news and promote our entertainment industry through more participated decision from the talented folks from within our entertainment industry-the ones who are truly qualified. We are proud of you-The Winners!
Cyrus Howell
August 20, 2012 5:00 am
I don't know any Pakistani with a sense of humour.
August 18, 2012 12:34 pm
Nice to who !!!!!!!!!! our neighbor is working day and night trying to find something always wrong with everything that we do, C'mon wakeup.
khadagg chaudary
August 18, 2012 10:56 am
congratulation to the team of Lamhe. well done. would like to watch this movie . Other pakistani movie i saw was bol and khuda key liye.. both were good movie. regards
Cyrus Howell
August 20, 2012 4:56 am
These movies do have a following in the big cities where some movie house advertize only foreign films. It is a different circuit, but the film will be seen by audiences in America. Obviously not the vast audiences Walt Disney and Sony Pictures and United Artists show in the theaters. I can think of three theaters where it will be in Chicago. It just won't have the big distributors. It will make it onto DVDs.
August 17, 2012 11:16 am
absolutly rite- like the sharmeen chinoy did it before
August 17, 2012 11:55 am
Congrats! its a commerical film , hope now after foreign stamp, paki cinemas will show it and people will go n watch it
Abbas Khan
August 17, 2012 1:17 pm
I was at the Film Festival and it was a proud moment for everyone.
August 17, 2012 6:33 am
Congratulations and Best of Luck
August 17, 2012 3:10 pm
This further confirms that Pakistani Film makers and overall artisitic talent is now reaching world class standards! All we lack is money in terms of funding that India has in plentiful! I will add that Sharmeen Chinoy's work and others like it that expose the ugly side of inhuman, barbaric practices in rural and tribal Pakistan must continue to name and shame those who are the culprits and force the bloody useless, evil, and corruptPPP Govt. and bloody useless polticians to take some action to change these barbaric laws and customs that bring shame to the nation! Pakistan is one of the most backward places in the world due to these tribal customs and only international pressure and shame can bring about some changes to help the poor and victims of injustice!
ahmad butt
August 17, 2012 6:43 am
At least something to be proud of considering how the olympics squad esp hockey and then the cricket team fared.
August 17, 2012 7:47 am
August 17, 2012 3:54 pm
I want to congratulate the film crew on winning the prize. I also want to point out that 'Malik - Aus' is guilty of the same offense that he accuses some Indians of, with his comment 'part of their upbringing and culture'.
August 17, 2012 8:53 am
Well done i always say and firmly believe we can do wonders as we have no dearth of talent and zest and fervor and the energy to out perform any one or any nation.
August 17, 2012 8:58 am
Nice job
August 17, 2012 9:17 am
Congrats. I hope, people who thought only the films that show Pakistan in bad light win awards in the west will take notice.
ashok k. bhatia
August 17, 2012 9:40 am
Were their ant other enteries or just this one??just wondering
One Pakistani
August 17, 2012 9:40 am
Congratulations! We are proud of the Pakistani talent. They need to be creative like in this film. There is no need to follow others but Pakistani film industry and media try to create niche market for their innovative products which truly represent Pakistan and Pakistanis. Best wishes.
Malik - Aus
August 17, 2012 9:49 am
see some indians here, good they are reading but hope they are good humans as well.... seems like they want to use this as well as they abuse TOI, (part of their upbringing and culture) i suppose... any before this carries me away... i congrat to the film team!!!! well done to make us all proud.... its surely we make quality not quantity..... ;)
August 17, 2012 9:57 am
surprising! lol!
August 17, 2012 6:02 pm
Is there an 'identity' of pakistan? Hmm.. what is it??
khalid mohammad
August 17, 2012 6:37 pm
what a superb film, lol. ek tha tiger earns 50 crores on the opening day itself. this is called commercially successful film. awards will not feed actors, actresses, or directors or pakistani film industry. u guys need to make films which rule the box office. how many cinemas in North America are playing this so called movie. Check any big cinema in USA or Canada, most of them are playing at least 1 of bollywood movies or even Punjabi movies are being played and running houseful. In a nutshell, good movies does not mean successful movies. start making commercially successful movies.
August 17, 2012 7:09 pm
yeh dhuan sa kahan se uthta hai!
Gerry D'Cunha
August 17, 2012 7:10 pm
Give credit where credit is due. Well done chaps!!!!!!!!!!
(Dr.) B.N. Anand
August 17, 2012 7:17 pm
Sir, Pakistan tv serials at one time were big craze in our country. Even in music Pakistan talent can match and stand out any where in the continent. But not heard much about the movies from across the border. This indeed comes as a pleasant surprise. Hope it is released in our country sometime. I promise to see the movie. I feel,there is nothing wrong in appreciating and even following any good idea or piece of art from any where in the world and that includes Pakistan as well. No reservations on that account. BNA
Jamal Najmi
August 17, 2012 7:28 pm
Very well said Ajay. I am a Pakistani and detest what Malik- Aus said and an not particularly fond of people who carry such views on both sides of the border.
August 17, 2012 8:13 pm
Just to clarify these guys were not the sole winners, there were multiple winners from each category and in some cases more than 10 winners. In addition this event is organized by some third grade American film director, just to make a few extra bucks. I don't see this as such a big deal.
August 17, 2012 9:06 pm
Well done Pakistan! Sending sincere great prayers your way. May the world soon discover true Pakistan -- Pakistan which is so different from all the negativity propagated in the media. Salam Pakistan!
jwdhb. gajs
August 18, 2012 2:24 am
Angelika Film Centre in New York is a cinema theatre. an award at cinema theatre, good for you. ha ha ha
Shery Baloch
August 18, 2012 2:43 am
Very well done Eafa and Nadir. Keep up the good work i know there is lot of talent .
August 18, 2012 3:55 am
A well-deserved victory! Saw the movie on August 14th, and liked it.
August 18, 2012 4:11 am
SOunds like a copy of Nicole Kidmans, Rabbit Hole. Please do some thing original u guys!!!!
August 18, 2012 4:41 am
rare achievement from u got lucky
August 18, 2012 4:53 am
Congrats, it is really to be proud of.
RS Parekh
August 18, 2012 7:53 am
Females taking part in films is unislamic. How can people go against the dictat of Quran? Allah will never forgive them.
Saad (DXB)
August 18, 2012 8:59 am
My dear friend, In Pakistan, we only make a handful of movies in a year, but most f not all, are of good quality.. Unlike bollywood, Pakistan's film industry is not a commercial business and film makers have to work extra hard or they risk losing their money and reputation forever. There are some excellent movies out there, made by Pakistan in the recent years.. 'Bol' (Say), 'Ramchand Pakistani' and Khuda kay Liye' (In the name of God) are the prominent ones.
Saad (DXB)
August 18, 2012 9:00 am
Clearly, Pakistani movies are beyond your bollywood caliber intellect my friend
Hafeez Ch.
August 18, 2012 9:26 am
Stop promoting PPP. He did nothing to promote this industry.
Hafeez Ch.
August 18, 2012 9:35 am
It mean you have doubt on New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) peoples. Think again.
August 18, 2012 6:47 pm
Congratulations and Good Luck, you can do even more, keep your moral high and we are standing besides you all.
August 19, 2012 5:32 am
excellent work
Cyrus Howell
August 20, 2012 4:14 am
If it was only that easy.
Cyrus Howell
August 20, 2012 4:16 am
It will make money in America. I guarantee.
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