The Oscars and Pakistani cinema

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Pakistan’s official entries under the foreign language film category

1959, 1963

50 years later, Pakistan to submit Oscar entry

TNN | Aug 3, 2013

The Times of India Between 1947 and 2013 Pakistan sent two entries to the Oscars:

1959 (Akhtar Kardar's Jago Hua Savera)

1963 (Khwaja Khurshid Anwar's Ghunghat).

2013: The committee constituted to select Pakistan's official entry

From Pakistan, renowned film makers and writers will join hands to form a part of the core selection committee.

Heading the committee are prominent people including writer Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), director Mehreen Jabbar (Ramchand Pakistani), actor Rahat Kazmi, filmmaker Akifa Mian, Samina Peerzada and arts academic Framji Minwalla.

Further reports by the media quote debutant British-Pakistani director Hammad Khan, whose film Slackistan was banned in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan has been so pre occupied with wars, coups and religion that cinema really has no place in the country nor has it taken the art form seriously.

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