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Sarwat Gillani reveals plan to make women- focused films in Pakistan

Sarwat Gillani working on a plan with Mahira Khan, Sanam Saeed and Aamina Sheikh

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Women-centric films are the need in our society that everyone recognizes. As time is changing, more women have started to make their presence felt outside their homes, and they are doing a remarkable job in the most challenging environment.

A very talented lady from our Pakistani Showbiz Industry believes the same notion, Sarwat Gillani, a big name in Pakistan Showbiz says that girl power can bring an extra-ordinary change in our society.

Sarwat Gilani hopes women start making films for each other. Recently the actress revealed that she and her industry friends Mahira Khan, Aamina Sheikh and Sanam Saeed are trying to form a women’s collective that works to improve female representation both in front of the camera and behind it.

“We have rich friends, people who want to invest in films. We each bring 10 people, we start with four films. The topics can be about men and women, but we want to [create a set culture where] camerawomen are also present and women are hired as spotboys too.” Sarwat suggested.

Sarwat revealed in her interview that they had envisioned Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2 to be a film where the female characters take the lead, but what happened was actually opposite of that.

“they said our people aren’t ready for female-centric cinema yet. The unfortunate thing is that men take their families to watch films in the cinema, they want to see themselves as heroes.”

The Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2 star feels that without consolidated effort, change won’t happen.

“There are very few people who would think beyond themselves, think of society, and think of the woman to come after her. There are very few people to do this. It’s a difficult undertaking in itself because channels don’t support this, individual producers don’t support this, we keep talking about it but we have to build a platform.”

the authorSamra Mazhar

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