Gul Makai – a Story of Courage and Faith releases today
Interview of Gul Makai Director Amjad khan
I promised myself that I will make a film on Noble prize winner Malala Yusoufzai.” H.E. Amjad Khan
“Gul Makai “is an upcoming biographical film directed by H.E. Amjad Khan (GoodWill Ambassador)
The film is based on the life and her struggle of a Pakistani Noble prize winner Malala Yusoufzai..
Here our Reporter Dhani Shri got in touch with director who speaks about the film, experience during shooting and much more.
R;Y story of meeting a school girl ?
D; It is tough when you are making it on a living legend.
I am not saying that you may make it fictious when the biopic is about a late person but you need to be extra cautious and strict while aligning incidents in a truthful manner when you are making it on a living person.
She (Reem) is very mature actor indeed but what stroked me most was are innocent face which very much resemblance Malala herself.
It was hell -8 degree and my team was literally shivering in Kashmir during shooting.
Kashmiri people were so helpful and supportive that we finished our shooting off very smoothly.
They are literally a movie buff. They are crazy about actors and camera and shooting everything. Their enthusiasm towards the shooting was overwhelming.
And if I say about the junior artists I can say that their professionalism is worth praising.
They said nothing just made me an UN diplomat. 😊
I not only think, I am confident that this film would make a huge difference in social mindset about girl’s education.
R; How was the experience of people during shooting in Kashmir ?
D; As I already said they are very innocent people with normal excitement of cinema.
They thoroughly helped us with shooting and changed my mindset that kashmir might not be safe to shoot. But we were wrong. Kashmiri people proved us wrong.
They are very patriotic and strongly opposed of using banners ‘shahdat yah shariyat’ written on it. They protested when some particular scenes required Pakistan praising dialogues like ‘pakistan jindabad’ and all.
They clearly said we are happy that you came here to shoot your film but we won’t be supportive if you shoot this kind of scenes here. Inspite of being pissed off our whole team respected their emotions.
R; What made the director to make this film?
D; I can still remember the day, when I first read a small NEWS about a girl who got shot in her head and neck for going to school. I asked myself…what? For going to school? I was aware what was happening in Pakistan. How the Taliban captured places and torturing people for some silly agenda. Being a Muslim by myself I always questioned about their misinterpretation of Holy Quran and how they used this religion to fool people. But what I read in the NEWS made me shiver in fear. Now what’s next?
After two or three days I was going somewhere and coincidentally there was a girl’s school on my way. That was the closing time may be as girls were coming out in groups giggling and talking. I observed their happy face and I don’t know what came in my mind, I just stopped one particular girl and asked her, if she comes to know that from tomorrow she won’t be allowed to come to school any more or she gets to know that some terrorists have forcefully closed their school, what would she do?
The girl became surprized to see an unknown person approaching her from nowhere and asking her question. I assured her that there is nothing to fear about and I really want know her answer. Slowly she got absorbed into the question as I repeated it to her once more, tears filled in her eyes. She asked it’s really not true? I assured again that nothing such going to happen but what if she faces this in reality what will be her reaction? She said in calm voice I will miss my classroom, my books, and my best friends. Then her last answer wobbled me from inside. She said, if this happens then my dream won’t come true. I want to be doctor. But I am sure my father won’t make it happen. He won’t allow anyone to harm my future my dreams. I asked her if she knows about Malala Yousafzai. She said “no”. as I was very much aware of Malala from the beginning and was religiously following her movements through some NEWS channels and documentaries, this school girl’s negative answer made me realise that till this date not much people know about her. I told her about the little girl who is fighting for her life for going to school.
After returning to home I thought about Malala and her griefing family. And I promised myself that I am going to make a film on her life. People should know about her. World should know about their lives in Pakistan under Talibani rule. People should know that in many places in this world, children are not safe, they are far away from their education and basic rights. Parents are not allowed to give their children a beautiful normal life. Everyday lives are scarier and this not the picture of better Globe, we people are imagining. As a film maker it’s our responsibility to bring about changes in the society through our films. That exactly what I tried to do. I have made ‘Gul makai’. A story of courage and faith.