| Woman Of Substance
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Becomes
First Pakistani Woman To Win An Oscar
(by BUSHRA SEHAR )
As she accepted her Oscar, she was beaming with pride making the other Pakistanis proud as well. It was definitely a historical moment when a very young film-maker brought an Oscar glory to Pakistan, becoming first-ever Pakistani woman to be honoured at the biggest awards ceremony in the world.
She has won her country's first Oscar for the film 'Saving Face', a short documentary about acid attacks on women, and those who help them recover.
The film follows survivors among hundreds of people attacked every year, and focuses on British Pakistani plastic surgeon Mohammad Jawad, who returned to his homeland to help restore their faces and lives.
Clad in an amazing contemporary Pakistani outfit by our very own notable fashion designer Bunto Kazmi and jewellery by Kiran Aman, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy portrayed herself as a true Pakistani showing how important it was to project herself truly at a major event like Oscars.
"Daniel and I want to dedicate this award to all the heroes working on the ground in Pakistan including Dr. Mohammad Jawad who's here with us today," said Sharmeen in her acceptance speech.
"Jawad was the plastic surgeon working on rehabilitating all these women including Rukhsana and Zakia, our main subjects of the film, whose resilience and bravery in the face of such adversity is admirable," she added.
In an interview after receiving the award, she said, "I want to thank my husband, Fahad, who has always been there for me, my father and my mother who have always told me that it does not matter if you were born a woman, you can get anything and everything that you want and my family for their wonderful support. And Daniel who is a pleasure to work with and to everyone in Pakistan who fights against terrorism every single day – this is for you."
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has announced a high civil award for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
The Prime Minister in a message felicitated Sharmeen on winning the award as a Pakistani on her documentary 'Saving Face', according to a Prime Minister House statement.
Prime Minister Gilani appreciated Sharmeen Obaid for her hard work and her creativity to highlight the topic of acid attacks on women through film-making.
He said the artists could act as a catalyst in bringing positive change in the society.
Let's read what prominent people from our showbiz fraternity have to say about Sharmeen's success...
Sharmeen is a good friend and I have worked with her on several projects. She always does her work with sincerity and dedication. I wish her best of luck and I pray that she may continue earning good name for our country.
Sharmeen has done a tremendous job by documenting these acid victims and while appreciating her efforts we must not forget that the award is for the cause. A negative perception is also coming from some sides that this crime only exists in Pakistan, which is wrong. Women have been attacked with acids in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India also. The issue has now gotten global recognition with this award. A law has already been there against this crime but efforts should be made for its proper implementation and a restriction on the open sale of acid should be made.
I am really happy for her. We must acknowledge her efforts by appreciating her tremendous success. It's a moment of real joy as she has made history with this brilliant success.
It's a big achievement and a proud moment for our country. I think we should celebrate her success and all my best wishes are with her.
I am really proud of her and all my heartiest congratulations are for the great lady. I pray for her that she may continue doing wonderful work and make our country shine on international forum.
We all are really proud on her achievement. She is a true inspiration for all ladies. Hats off to her and I wish her good luck for more success in life.
Twitter followers in Pakistan erupted with joy at news of the Oscar, falling over themselves with praise for her win and delighted that Pakistan was making headlines for something other than Al-Qaeda, Taliban and bomb attacks!
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has done Pakistan proud by her well-deserved Oscar for her superb documentary – demonstrates peoples talent/creativity.
CONGRATULATIONS. We always believed in you-always will!
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Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an extraordinary Pakistani. Humble, dedicated and talented.
Congrats to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy who becomes the first-ever Pakistani film-maker to win the Oscar Award. Made the entire nation proud.
Congratulations to our Pakistani filmmaker and first time Oscar nominee Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for winning an Oscar.