Pakistani film actress Humaima Malick has won the first-ever South Asian Rising Star Film Awards, in the Best Lead Actress category, for her role in the film Bol. The awards were part of 9th annual South Asian International Film Festival; the largest entertainment gala related to South Asian entertainment industry to be held in the United States, organised in collaboration with HBO. Humaima who was competing with Indian actresses Tanishtha Chatterjee, Parineeta Chopra, Rasika Dugal and Preeti Desai in the Best Lead Actress category was over whelmed with the achievement. She said, “I had no idea this role would earn so much recognition. It is an amazing honour to receive another award in a foreign land for a movie that is very close to my heart. I owe the entire team of BOL, Shoaib Mansoor and my family for this achievement.” Humaima has already received much acclaim and won accolades for her moving performance in Bol, at the Lux Style Award and in London Asian Film Festival. More recently, she has been nominated at the Asia Pacific Screen Award in Best Actress category, for which she would be competing with Indian actress Vidya Balan, for her work in The Dirty Picture. Humaima’s uncanny and often tear-jerking portrayal of Zainab touched the hearts of millions both in the national and international community.