Pakistan (Muhammad Yasir)
The Pakistani film industry celebrates a momentous occasion as Bilal Lashari, the visionary filmmaker behind critically acclaimed Pakistani movies “Waar” and “The Legend of Maula Jatt,” is bestowed with the prestigious Sitara-i-Imtiaz for his remarkable contributions to the Pakistani cinema by the President of Pakistan. The Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian awards, is a testament to Lashari’s unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of cinematic excellence.
Lashari’s cinematic masterpiece “The Legend of Maula Jatt” shattered records as the highest-grossing Punjabi language film of all time worldwide, grossing over 400 Crores PKR from 28 countries. It has surpassed the previous record of any Pakistani film by six times and outperformed many big budget international films at the global box office. The film is considered a game changer and has put Pakistani cinema on the world map. The film received exceptional reviews and praise from top publications and critics around the world. Lashari’s film will be the first Pakistani film to have a major mainstream cinema release in China and Russia.
Bilal Lashari‘s creative journey has inspired aspiring filmmakers and has opened new doors for Pakistani cinema to flourish on an international platform.