Mah-e-Mir nominated as Pakistan’s bid for Oscars 2017

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KARACHI: Mah-e-Mir, one of the best movies according to critics the resurging Pakistani film industry has ever produced, has been nominated by Pakistan’s Academy Selection Committee as the country’s official submission in the Best Foreign Language Film Award Category for the 89th Academy Awards.

Distributed nationwide by HUM Films and Eveready Group of Companies, Mah-e-Mir is directed by Anjum Shahzad and written by Sarmad Sehbai. The story is set in contemporary times chronicling the life of a young anarchist poet.

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While denouncing traditions, he goes through the sufferings of love, separation and poverty, which drive him to the edge. In all his sufferings, he discovers the 18th century poet Mir Taqi Mir and as the story progresses, he embodies the intense feelings of love, passion and creative madness of the poet. The film stars Fahad Mustafa, Iman Ali, Sanam Saeed, Alyy Khan and Manzar Sehbai in lead roles. The film’s music score by Shahi Hassan was also well-received.

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Mah-e-Mir was a critical success and appreciated by the public as well, as many people felt that movies like Mah-e-Mir were a welcome change from the usual fare coming out from the film industry currently. A large number of fans felt the film was a perfect throwback to the time where story, acting, dialogue and music came together and created a masterpiece, fully exposing the beauty of the Urdu language.

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Film’s director Anjum Shahzad said he was thrilled by the news, a press release stated. “For an ensemble of extremely creative cast and crew, this film is a labour of love. Each one of us is proud to be a part of it,” Shahzad added, thanking the committee for considering the team’s effort in the movie worthy of representation.

“I would [also] like to thank the media, cinema owners and above all, the audiences for supporting us” the director said.

The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee is chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and also includes Iram Parveen Bilal as the charge d’affaires, Zeba Bakhtiar, Adnan Siddiqui, Hasan Zaidi, Sheema Kermani, Sarmad Khoosat, Jamshed Mahmood Raza, Jamil Dehlavi and Adnan Sarwar.

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Speaking about why Mah-e-Mir was selected by the committee, Zaidi said, “With its indulging cinematography and romanticism of the forgotten value of literature, Mah-e-Mir’s characters and plot nostalgically captured the culture and struggle of the artiste, both by and in its creation.”

“We are very excited to put it forth as a sample of Pakistan’s rising standards of cinema,” he added.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the final list of Oscar nominees on January 24, 2017, with the presentation show for the 89th Academy Awards scheduled to take place on February 26, 2017. — SAMAA

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Story first published: 28th September 2016

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