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Global Mark for Pakistan’s Entertainment Industry

ISLAMABAD: Another year bids farewell while giving the Pakistani Entertainment industry its fair payoff for the tremendous efforts to revamp the industry and reach across borders.

As the year 2022 sets to close out, it left Pakistani fans overjoyed with back-to-back international recognition throughout the year.

From the first Oscar to First Grammy, Pakistani talent made a huge impact worldwide, lastly achieving big at various acclaimed international award shows across the globe.

Starting off with a big recognition, British Pakistani Actor ‘Riz Ahmed’ made Pakistan proud with his first win at Oscar 2022. Not just this but another Pakistani short film Sandstorm (Mulaqat) by Seemab Gul got the Oscar nomination along with being shortlisted at the HollyShorts Film Festival 2022.
Following the lead, another Pakistani made the feat in the international arena by grabbing the biggest award in Music.

Arooj Aftab, a Pakistani Vocalist, music composer & producer, won ‘Best Global Music Performance’ at Grammys 2022 for her single “Mohabbat.”

Adding up the fair share for the rest of the year, various prominent works & names of the entertainment industry became ‘talk of the town’ for all the right reasons.

Safar Ali Danish won the ‘Best Short Film International’ at 8th ‘Shahr International film festival Iran’ for “Parwaz Dar Shab” (Flying in Darkness).

A Pakistani movie “Saawan” won the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ award at ‘Madrid International Film Festival’ held in Spain.

Mahira Khan Starrer “Aik Hai Nigar” won the prestigious ‘Septimius Award for Best Asian Film’ in Netherlands.

Sajal Aly alongside Fahad Mustafa and Humayun Saeed got honored at the ‘Filmfare Middle East Achievers Award Night’ bagging the awards for ‘Most Popular Face of Pakistani Cinema, Promising Star of Pakistan & Trendsetter of Pakistani Cinema’ respectively.

Breaking the stereotypes, Saim Sadiq’s Joyland not just won Jury Prize award at Cannes 2022 but also made its entry in the upcoming 95th Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film, making it the first Pakistani film to do so.

Renowned faces of the entertainment industry, Mahira Khan & Saba Qamar got ‘Best Actress Award’ at ‘Indus Valley International Film Festival’ for their performances in Prince Charming & Kamli respectively. Along with them Sarmad Khoosat’s highly popular film ‘Zindagi Tamsha’ also bagged two awards. 

Making ‘Pasoori’ a global chant, Ali Sethi made it to ‘Time100 Next’ list which showcases rising stars from various walks of life.

Not sparing the list of 2022 achievers, Gorgeous film and tv actress Maya Ali also made her name into it when she got recognized at ‘Distinctive International Arab Festivals Awards’ (DIAFA) while winning ‘Pakistani Actress of the Year’ award.

As the year 2022 seemed to be a happening one for Pakistani stars and media industry, fans are hopeful to witness new remarkable scenarios up ahead for the New Year.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.