Just in time for that moment of the year when the whole country is waiting for new films to release, we have the announcement of director Shoaib Sultan’s latest offering, Gunjal. Starring Ahmed Ali Akbar, Resham, and Aamna Ilyas in lead roles, the movie will delve into the murder of child activist Iqbal Masih in 1990s Pakistan and promises to take viewers on a powerful and emotional journey based on true events.
The announcement of Gunjal came through its official account on Instagram, giving everyone a glimpse of Ahmad Ali Akbar’s character and his look which was eeringly similar to that of his groundbreaking character Parizaad. The poster features a prominent tagline, “the truth can be twisted”, and showcases the actor gazing directly at the camera, sporting an acid-washed denim shirt, a moustache, and carrying a brown leather bag, possibly indicating his role as the investigating journalist. The composition also features four young boys in the background, potentially representing child labor.
Check out the poster below.
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Produced by Nighat Akbar Shah from Adur Productions, Gunjal revolves around the themes of human rights, justice, and hope. The movie stars Samiya Mumtaz and Ahmed Ali Butt in addition to the lead cast. It is unclear what roles Resham and Aamna Ilyas will be playing.
While light-hearted comedies have always been popular in Pakistan, there is a growing interest in more serious and socially relevant films that address real issues. Gunjal promises to be one such film, shedding light on the tragic murder of a young activist who fought for the rights of child laborers.
The film is likely to resonate with many Pakistanis who have grown increasingly concerned about social injustice and human rights abuses in the country. The film’s release date or trailer is yet to be announced and released, but keep an eye on this space for more updates.