Malala’s biopic portrays her earlier life and the spine-chilling incidents in Swat
Amjad Khan’s directorial ‘Gul Makai’ is a biopic based on the story of the Nobel Prize laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai and the film is all set to release on 31st January.
However, media reports suggest that the filmmaker Amjad Khan is receiving death threats over his upcoming film. He added that the story of Gul Makai revolves around Malala’s life before she was shot by the Taliban in 2012.
“This film portrays her earlier life and the spine-chilling incidents that she experienced when she living in Swat.”
Earlier, ‘Gul Makai’ was also screened at the United Nations and received an overwhelming response and standing ovation. Malala Yousafzai’s father was also present at the gathering and he couldn’t help but cry, reliving all their nightmares once again.
Talking about this biopic, Amjad Khan shared that it is all about being courageous and determined during the worst situation and every person can relate to it.
“At present, people need inspiration, especially women. This film is all about being courageous and determined during the worst situations. Fear is like an elastic band. You keep stretching and it keeps expanding. And this film is not only about a girl who has won the title from the UN as the most inspirational figure of the decade but also a story of a father, a mother, a teacher, a soldier. Every person can relate to it.”
However, the making of Gul Makai was a difficult task as the filmmaker got death threats from fundamental groups.
“I never thought of backing out. I was worried about my artists security on set during the shooting in Kashmir. On the first day, I thought of terrorist alignments with the locals but I was wrong. Kashmiri people are more patriotic than us. I still receive threat mails from unknown IDs.”
He also disclosed why he cast Indian actors like Atul Kulkarni, Divya Dutta and Om Puri (late) and not any Pakistani actor.
“I wanted to cast actors who resemble the real people. But at the same time, I wanted fabulous actors to portray the characters. And casting was really lengthy but I am happy that fine actors like Atul Kulkarni, Divya Dutta are part of my film. Unfortunately, Gul Makai is the late Om Puri ji’s last film.”
Amjad Khan also shared that a Bangladeshi Muslim girl was selected for the role but she backed out later out of fear. The reason why he didn’t rope any of the Pakistani actors was due to the unrest between India and Pakistan.
“At that time, both the countries were going through tensed moments and Pakistani performers were being banned from our country. I have no regrets about casting Reem though. She did her job fabulously.”
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