Renowned Pakistani director, Sarmad Khoosat, has carved his name in the annals of South Asian cinema by winning the Best Director award at the DC South Asian Film Festival for his 2022 film 'Kamli'. This annual festival held in Washington, D.C., has been a platform that displays the best of South Asian cinema to a global audience, and Khoosat's victory has been lauded by fans and colleagues alike.
The Winning Streak of 'Kamli'
'Kamli' isn't new to accolades. It has a history of recognition, having clinched three awards at the Minsk International Film Festival in November. Saba Qamar bagged the Best Actor Award for her role in the film, and the film itself was honored with the Viewers’ Choice accolade. Moreover, veteran actor Sania Saeed's portrayal of Sakina in 'Kamli' earned her the Best Actress title at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival in Canada.
Unraveling the Plot of 'Kamli'
The film narrates the story of Hina, played by Saba Qamar, who has been waiting for her husband's return for eight years. Hina's life unfolds through her interactions with various characters, including her blind sister-in-law Sakina, the artist Zeenat for whom she models, and Zeenat's husband, Malik Sahab. A joint venture of Sarmad and Kanwal Khoosat, the film has been directed by Sarmad Khoosat, with Irfan Khoosat as the executive producer, and the screenplay and dialogues penned by Fatimah Sattar.
Sarmad Khoosat: A Powerhouse of Talent
Sarmad Khoosat is no stranger to the limelight. His 2019 film 'Zindagi Tamasha' was Pakistan's official submission for the 93rd Academy Awards. His contributions to the cinematic world have established him as a significant figure in Pakistan, and his films continue to captivate audiences worldwide. This recent win reaffirms his directorial prowess and the potential of South Asian cinema to make a mark on the global stage.