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Indian filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava will direct a film about the tragic death of Pakistani Qandeel Baloch

Indian filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava will direct a film about the tragic death of Pakistani Qandeel Baloch

Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava is set to direct a film about late Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch, the makers announced on Tuesday. Producers Vikas Sharma and Sunny Khanna, along with Shrivastava have acquired the rights to the book “The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch” by Pakistani journalist Sanam Maher and published by Aleph.

Fouzia Azeem, better known by her stage name Qandeel Baloch, was a model, actress, social media celebrity and activist.

She rose to prominence through her social media videos discussing her daily routine, her rights as a Pakistani woman and various controversial issues. She was strangled to death by her brother Muhammad Waseem.

Shrivastava, whose film credits include “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” “Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare,” and web series like “Made in Heaven” and “Bombay Begums,” said she has always been fascinated by Baloch’s life story.

“When Qandeel Baloch was murdered in Pakistan in 2016, I was shaken. It was a heinous honor killing. I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I started watching Qandeel’s videos several times and I was fascinated.

“She was so charming and full of life. A poor girl from a small village, who rose through the ranks to become defiant and famous. She was only 26 when she was killed. And ironically, this It was only after her death that she was reclaimed as a feminist,” the director said in a statement.

This film is an ode to the brave spirit of Baloch, she added.

“It will chronicle her sensational and astonishing rise to fame. I hope to piece together the memories of the rebellious, funny and vulnerable young girl, whose life was cut short because she shone too brightly. The film will celebrate her courage and thirst for live telling her story without judgment, hopefully the way she would have liked to tell it,” Shrivastava said.

Sharma and Khanna said that for them, this film was an opportunity for them to tell a unique story about female agency and systemic gender-based violence.
Sharma, who has produced films like ‘Qarib Qarib Single’ and ‘Dobaara’ among others, said Baloch’s story deserves to be told by a good filmmaker and he is happy to have collaborated with Shrivastava for the upcoming one. feature film.

“Qandeel’s story needs to be told by a filmmaker who is sensitive and passionate about women’s stories. Alankrita is just the filmmaker for that. And not just because she’s an award-winning feminist filmmaker, but because she has so many empathy for her characters. She tells their stories with candor and warmth,” the producer said. Sharing similar sentiments, Khanna said the world must know about Baloch.

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“The story of Qandeel Baloch is important and relevant. Even today, women often continue to be at risk when they dare to express their individuality and challenge the status quo. I believe the world needs to look at stories like this And I look forward to the journey of this movie,” Khanna, whose co-production credits include “Why Cheat India?” and “Bheja Fry 2”, said.

The cast and other key details of the yet-to-be-titled film are yet to be announced.


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