Pakistani Movie ‘Kukri’ Selected For Melbourne’s Indian Film Festival 2023

Pakistani Movie 'Kukri' Selected For Melbourne's Indian Film Festival 2023

Pakistani director Abu Aleeha took to Twitter on Friday to share exciting news about his latest film, ‘Kukri.’ This crime drama, inspired by the life of infamous murderer Javed Iqbal, has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2023.

In his tweet, Aleeha expressed his delight, stating, “I am thrilled to announce that ‘Kukri,’ the untold tale of serial killer Javed Iqbal, has been selected for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2023. The festival will take place from August 11 to August 20.”

Aleeha also mentioned the fierce competition the film will face, as it competes with some of the finest Bollywood and South Asian regional films.

With a focus on presenting the “crème de la crème of Indian cinema from the Indian subcontinent,” the 14th edition of this event aims to highlight films and filmmakers that are diverse, inclusive, and groundbreaking.

Overcoming numerous obstacles and delays, the highly anticipated Pakistani film finally graced the silver screen on June 2nd. The director took significant measures, including a name change to “Kukri,” and had previously expressed intentions to resubmit the film to the censor board for approval.

In an interview, Aleeha clarified that the decision to alter the film’s title was prompted by concerns that the original name, “Javed Iqbal,” could be misconstrued as glorifying the character. The director firmly asserted that the film never intended to glorify Iqbal or his atrocious acts, but rather aimed to raise awareness and prompt viewers to be vigilant against child abusers, ensuring the safety of their children.

The film, based on the true story of the serial killer who confessed to the murders of 100 young boys in Lahore in 1999, has already garnered international acclaim. It premiered at a film festival in the United Kingdom and has been chosen to participate in the esteemed Berlin International Art Film Festival.