Last year, six leading filmmakers from both Pakistan and India worked together to celebrate art beyond the borders. 12 short films were made with the intention to be a part of India’s Film festival circuit under Zee Network’s Zeal For Unity project. One of them was Mehreen Jabbar’s ‘Lala Begum’ featuring Marina Khan, Sonya Rehman Qureshi and Humayun Saeed in pivotal roles.
Directed and produced by Mehreen, Lala Begum was part of the Zeal for Unity project and was an attempt to bridge the divide between the two countries. Pakistani filmmakers who were a part of this project were Sabiha Sumar, Khalid Ahmed, Meenu-Farjad, Shahbaz Sumar, Siraj Ul Haq and Mehreen Jabbar.
Lala Begum is yet to release in Pakistan and was scheduled to screen at I am Karachi Festival but was delayed due to lack of security. While Pakistan hasn’t seen Lala Begum yet, the film is all set to release at an international film festival in Texas, U.S.A, it’s surely a proud moment for Pakistan’s entertainment industry.