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Reema wins US award, asks India to allow Pakistani films in cinemas

by Dawn
2014-11-02
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Pakistani actor, Reema Khan has been presented with the America Abroad Media (AAM)’s 2014 Partner Award for her role in the series Reema Khan’s America, local media reported.
 
In partnership with AAM in 2013, Reema starred in the Pakistani television series Reema Khan's America, a series which follows the 43-year-old actor as she set out to discover her new country through the eyes of a Pakistani, testing stereotypes about life in the US and exploring what it means to be an American.
 
At the awards ceremony organised by AAM on Thursday, Reema appealed to the Indian government to allow the release of Pakistani films in the country, saying it would pave the way for cultural exchange and help develop both film industries.
 


​ "For the last couple of years, Indian films are being released in Pakistani theatres, which is wonderful. Now I am expecting the government of India to allow the release of Pakistani films in Indian theatres," Reema told Press Trust of India.
 
"Through films, audiences of the two countries can be brought together. They can carry a very strong message. They can understand the traditions, values and cultural system which has developed in Pakistan."

From L to R: Founding Chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict ICNC) Peter Ackerman, Pakistani actor Reema Khan, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, Academy award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and Steve York of ICNC at the 2013 Inaugural Awards Dinner in DC. – Photo credit: America Abroad Media
 
Reema also praised Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who had been honoured with the AAM award last year for highlighting social issues in his popular television serial, Satyamev Jayate.
 
"Being a celebrity, he is doing such a wonderful job. I really appreciate his efforts and his work as an anchor of Satyamev Jayate," Reema said.
 
Co-chaired by former US National Security Advisor Gen (rtd) Michael Hayden, the AAM also felicitated Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass, well-known Saudi journalist Turki Aldakhil and documentary film organisation, Impact Partners.
 
Having appeared in over 200 films, Reema made her film debut with Bulandi in 1990.
 
In 2006, she made her debut as a director and producer with Koi Tujh Sa Kahan, which won the Best Film award at the Lux Style Awards. Reema also won two awards for Best Actress and Best Director.
 
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