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“Shoaib Sultan Honored as Best Debut Director for ‘Gunjal’ at Indian Film Festival”.


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Pakistani filmmaker Shoaib Sultan clinched the coveted Best Debut Director award for his compelling work, ‘Gunjal,’ at the esteemed Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2024 in New Delhi on April 30.

In a showcase of global cinematic excellence, the Indian film festival featured works from around the world, with ‘Gunjal’ emerging triumphant among its contenders. This recognition not only marks a significant milestone for Sultan but also for the Pakistani film industry.

Produced by Adur Productions and co-written by Sultan alongside Nirmal Bano and Ali Kazmi, ‘Gunjal’ (2023) is an action-packed crime thriller inspired by the real-life story of Pakistani child labor activist Iqbal Masih. The film delves into the harrowing realities of child labor in Pakistan during the 1990s, following the fictional journey of journalist Shahbaz Bhatti, portrayed by Ahmed Ali Akbar, as he investigates the murder of the young labor activist Masih.

Excitingly, Sultan announced on his Instagram that ‘Gunjal’ is set to captivate audiences further as it screens at the UK Asian Film Festival on May 3rd, promising to reach an even wider audience with its powerful narrative.

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