‘Punjab Nahi Jaungi’ wins special award at SCO Film Festival


BEIJING: Pakistani movie ‘Punjab Nahi Jaungi’ has won a special award at the first Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Film Festival that was held in Qingdao.

The film starring Humayun Saeed, Mehwish Hayat and Urwa Hocane in the lead roles, the Pakistani rom-com won the ‘Jury Special Award’ at the festival.

Moreover, Sultana Siddiqui of HUM Network Limited who was also the jury member from Pakistan presented awards for the ‘Best Picture’ to two movies from Afghanistan and China.

The film festival opened on 13th June and showcased 55 films from the SCO member and observer states, with 200 delegates in attendance.

Furthermore, it provided a platform for collaboration between the SCO fraternity with events like ‘Film Market’ where 12 booths were set up and 26 organisations shared their movies and advanced film technologies.

The ‘Film Cooperation Forum’ was attended by heads of delegations and included panel discussions on topics of mutual interests.

The team for the movie ‘Chalay Thay Saath’ represented Pakistan in the ‘In Focus Program’ session that was held at the festival.

Ambreen Jan, head of the Pakistani delegation, Li Guoqi, Deputy Administrator of China Film Administration and Cao Yin, President of China Movie Channels were also present on the occasion.

Cultural performances representing the SCO member states enthralled the audience and garnered media attention. The ceremony concluded with a mesmerising firework display.

The award-giving ceremony was conducted by eminent Chinese actors, actresses and directors. Trophies and certificates in the categories of ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best Actress’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Screenwriter’ and ‘Jury Special Award’ were awarded by the jury members.