The critically acclaimed Mah-e-Mir has come out from the resurging Pakistani film industry as the nominee by Pakistan’s Academy Selection Committee as country’s official submission in the Best Foreign Language Film Award Category for the 89th Academy Awards.
Distributed nationwide by HUM Films and Eveready Group of Companies, Mah-e-Mir is directed by Anjum Shahzad and written by Sarmad Sehbai. The story is set in contemporary times chronicling the life of a young anarchist poet. While denouncing traditions he goes through the sufferings of love, separation and poverty. In all his sufferings, he discovers the 18th century poet Mir Taqi Mir and as the story progresses, he embodies the intense feelings of love, passion and creative madness of the poet. The film stars Fahad Mustafa, Iman Ali, Sanam Saeed, Alyy Khan and Manzar Sehbai in lead roles. The film’s music was composed by Shahi Hassan.
Commenting on Mah-e-Mir’s selection for submission to the Oscars, director Anjum Shahzad said, “I am thrilled by the news. I would like to thank the committee for considering our effort worthy of representation and would also like to thank the media, cinema owners and above all the audiences for supporting us.”
The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee is chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and also includes Iram Parveen Bilal as the charge d’affaires, Zeba Bakhtiar, Adnan Siddiqui, Hasan Zaidi, Sheema Kermani, Sarmad Khoosat, Jamshed Mahmood Raza, Jamil Dehlavi and Adnan Sarwar.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the final list of Oscar nominees on 24th January, 2017, with the presentation show for the 89th Academy Awards scheduled to take place on 26th February 2017.
It is hoped that Mah-e-Mir’s local critical success will translate into international selection as well.