Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava is all set to helm a film about Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered in Pakistan in 2016 on the age of 26.
Shrivastava and co-producers Vikas Sharma and Sunny Khanna, have acquired the rights to ‘The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch’ by Sanam Maher, a ebook revealed by Aleph.
Alankrita Shrivastava says: “When Qandeel Baloch was murdered in Pakistan in 2016, I was shaken up. It was a heinous honour killing. I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I started watching Qandeel’s videos repeatedly, and I was fascinated… She was so charming and full of life.”
“A poor girl from a small village, who worked her way up to being provocatively famous. She was just 26 when she was killed. And ironically, it’s only after her death that she has been reclaimed as a feminist.” Alankrita Shrivastava added.
For producers Vikas Sharma and Sunny Khanna, backing this story is a chance to inform a singular story on feminine company and systemic gender violence.
Sharma says: “Qandeel’s story needs to be told by a sensitive filmmaker who is passionate about women’s stories. Alankrita Shrivastava is just the filmmaker for it. And not just because she is an award-winning feminist filmmaker, but because she has so much empathy for her characters. She tells their stories with candour and warmth.”
Co-producer Sunny Khanna, on the identical web page, added: “Qandeel Baloch’s story is important and relevant. Even today, women often continue to be at risk when they dare to express their individuality and challenge the status quo. I believe the world needs to watch stories like this. And I’m looking forward to the journey of this film.”
Tulsea represents Alankrita Shrivastava and can be packaging the movie.
Shrivastava sums it up: “I see this movie as an ode to the brave spirit of Qandeel Baloch. It will chronicle her sensational and astonishing rise to fame. I hope to piece collectively the recollections of the rebellious, humorous and weak younger lady, whose life was lower brief as a result of she shimmered too vivid.
“The film will celebrate her spunk and lust for life by telling her story without judgment, hopefully the way she would have liked to tell it.”