Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Even though Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has bagged the Oscar award for Pakistan the second time, not all countrymen seem to be happy with this win. The talented filmmaker is facing severe backlash not only from public but also from a few renowned media personalities.

Soon after the 37-year-old received the prestigious honor, director Saeed Noor accused her of stealing his idea to make ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’. The veteran filmmaker claimed that Chinoy not only stole the concept but also the name and script he prepared for his film Price of Honor released in 2011.

Noor clarified that he will pursue the matter legally but is saddened by the fact that he was not given his due credit.


Following in his footsteps is the popular actor Moammar Rana who also criticized Chinoy for defaming the country. The star challenged the Oscar lady to make a documentary on drone victims attacked at the Pak-Afghan border.

Not only did the Pakistani media personalities react negatively to her victory, a fraction of the general public took to Twitter to express their rage for projecting Pakistan in a negative light. Angry Twitterati started the hashtag #WeDisownSharmeen that started trending on the social network very quickly.

But Sharmeen’s supporters were not behind her critics, they came to support her with another hashtag.

Meanwhile, a more embarrassing part was how the international media showcased this scuffle. An Indian news source wrote that “One would’ve guessed that Pakistanis would’ve been happy to see their film maker getting the highest recognition and honor, but that was not the case.”

NBC News broke the news with headline “After Oscar Win, Pakistani Filmmaker Sees Online Backlash Over ‘Honor Killings’”

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness shows the life of an 18-year-old girl who is a survivor of an honor killing attempt made by his own father. The short film will be aired on HBO on March 7, 2016.

Watch the trailer here:

In Conversation with Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

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