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Pak directors congratulated me for 'Zinda Bhaag': Meenu Gaur

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Meenu Gaur, whose Pakistani film 'Zinda Bhaag' is the country's official entry after five decades, says every director from congratulated her after the announcement and there was no awkwardness of her being an Indian.

Gaur is born and brought up in and shifted base to and then after tying knot with former BBC journalist Mazhar Zaidi, who is the producer of the film.

'Zinda Bhaag' starring Indian veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has been co-directed by Farjad Nabi.

"I think the came as a boost for Pakistani cinema. Definitely there was a lot of international recognition but it also made Pakistani's sit up and take notice of it. So there is an excitement but no awkwardness that I am from Every filmmaker called and congratulated me after the announcement," Gaur told PTI in an interview on the sidelines of

'Zinda Bhaag' is the first Pakistani film in over 50 years to be submitted for consideration in the foreign language category. has previously sent only two films to the - Akhtar J Kardar's 'Jago Hua Savera' in 1959 and Khawaja Khurshid Anwar's 'Ghunghat' in 1963.

The director, who has earlier made documentaries based in Pakistan, said that the Oscars nod will help in reviving the Pakistani film industry, which collapsed two years ago.

First Published: Thu, November 28 2013. 11:35 IST