Because Pakistan has so much talent, British screenwriter and producer Jemima Goldsmith has stated that she is interested in “mentoring” Pakistani filmmakers to assist them to improve their works and ensure that audiences around the world see them.
When discussing her new feature “What’s love got to do with it”, Jemima disclosed that she was collaborating with Fatima Bhutto (the late Mir Murtaza Bhutto’s daughter and the niece of Benazir Bhutto) to launch a fund or mentoring program to support Pakistani filmmakers.
Jemima responded, “I think Pakistan has the most incredible talent. I want to try and do some kind of mentorship scheme. I am talking to Fatima Bhutto, my friend, about putting together some kind of fund or mentorship scheme to help filmmakers in Pakistan get their work made and seen internationally because there is so much talent in Pakistan.”
Added, “There are feature films and documentaries, which are being acknowledged this year. However, if you consider how difficult it is to get things done, there is much more. That nation has a wealth of talent.
She praised the talent in Pakistan and stated that she wanted to look for methods to assist in getting it recognized abroad.
Wanted to portray a happy Pakistan
Jemima set a goal for herself when she was writing her movie to make one that praised Pakistan.
In contrast to the Pakistan that is frequently depicted on Western television, I wanted to depict the vibrant, lovely, and joyous environment that I know when I was in Pakistan.
You probably already know that Muslims and Pakistanis are frequently portrayed as evil guys in movies like Zero Dark Thirty and Homeland, and Pakistan is frequently painted as a desolate, frightening area. So I had the opportunity to create the romantic comedy adaptation of Pakistan with Working Title Film, a company that invested in rom-coms, and a gorgeous cast that included Sajal Ali, a gorgeous Pakistani actress, Shabana Azmi, an absolutely divine Indian actress, Lily James, Emma Thomson, Shahzad Latif, and others.
One of the best lessons Jemima picked up in Pakistan was to believe in “Neeat” (intention), and she believes that Pakistanis will view her film through the lens of her “Neeat,” which aims to show Pakistanis as common people rather than terrifying monsters.