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Pakistani film 'Lamha' wins award at DC South Asian Film Festival

Updated May 16, 2013 03:00pm


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Producer Meher Jaffri on the red carpet. — Photo: Publicity.
Producer Meher Jaffri on the red carpet. — Photo: Publicity.
Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, presenting the award to Producer Meher Jaffri. — Photo: Publicity.
Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, presenting the award to Producer Meher Jaffri. — Photo: Publicity.
— Photo: Publicity.
— Photo: Publicity.

Pakistani feature film, Lamha (also known as Seedlings) won the Best Feature Film Award at the DC South Asian Film Festival – where it was the only Pakistani film to be aired.

The award was presented by the Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, to Producer Meher Jaffri.

Jaffri, who is also an actor, also spoke during a panel discussion on independent cinema in Pakistan and India at the festival. While saying that it was difficult to compare the film industry in both countries, she added, “We in Pakistan are standing on the cusp of an emerging independent film scene aided by industry veterans who are beginning to listen to the increased demand by audiences and filmmakers alike to figure out solutions and make space for Pakistani independent films that are already gaining acclaim internationally.”

Previously, Lamha has also won two awards at the New York City International Film Festival – the Best Feature Film (Audience Choice) and Best Actress in a Lead Role award, which went to Aamina Sheikh.


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Comments (19) Closed

naeem khan May 15, 2013 09:39pm

one more movie projecting bad image of pakistan

xulf May 15, 2013 11:41pm

Nice Job..Way to go Amina and Meher!!

zia khan May 16, 2013 12:06am

Well done Lumha Team! You have made us proud. Thank you for promoting Pakistan.

Citizen May 16, 2013 12:24am

Well done. Every such success helps soften Pakistan's image and proves the socio cultural canvas to be much more varied and deeper than the headlines suggest.

rick bindra May 16, 2013 12:55am

Kudos! keep it up.

Zahra May 16, 2013 02:29am

@naeem khan: Your comment clearly shows that you have not watched the film. This film is not about Pakistan, or terrorism or the so called image. It is simply about human beings and relationships. Just a story of a couple and how a tragedy transforms their life.

Optimist May 16, 2013 06:39am

Great work. Upholding the liberal arts tradition for Pakistan. :)

shamsher May 16, 2013 10:17am

**Well done Lamha Team..*** congratualtion mehar ali

gary May 16, 2013 03:31pm

@naeem khan:

there is nothing worse to be made of the image of Pakistan than what it is today.

MBA May 16, 2013 07:02pm

Thank you for a (rae) good news from my home-country. A short description of the film would have been a big advantage.

arvind ashish May 16, 2013 08:53pm

Wonderful boost for Pak cinema.Congratulations.

zia khan May 16, 2013 11:57pm

@naeem khan: Let us learn to see the mirror or others will do it for us.

ahmad May 17, 2013 12:12am

I always tell me friends that paki girls are so beautiful .... love from Jordan <3

Mike May 17, 2013 01:02am

I am an American guy and I see Pakistani girls especially from Lahore are very hot and pretty.

Ammar Sami May 17, 2013 07:45am

We need to pay full attention to our film industry otherwise we will be no more in this field. It is good sign that still we has so much talent to flurish in any sector.

ziaurrehman May 17, 2013 09:48am

i would like to buy a copy/dvd of lamha.could some body help me with the name/telephone no of the store?

Zahra Naqvi May 17, 2013 02:35pm

Waoooo. Thats great. Well-Done Pakistani actor/actress. Insha Allah we will won the world. We will prove that we are best nation in all fields.

Gul May 17, 2013 03:33pm

Does this producer realize that Lamha means "Moment", not "Seedlings"

silli May 18, 2013 03:02am

I am an Indian origin person. Congratulations to this Pakistani Lamha team. I'd like to see the exponential growth of such artists in Pakistan than the jihadi hordes. May your tribe grow so that people in India can live in peace. Cheers!