Pakistani film actress Humaima Malick has won the first-ever South Asian Rising Star Film Awards, in the Best Lead Actress category, for her role in the film Bol.
The awards were part of 9th annual South Asian International Film Festival; the largest entertainment gala related to South Asian entertainment industry to be held in the United States, organised in collaboration with HBO.
Humaima who was competing with Indian actresses Tanishtha Chatterjee, Parineeta Chopra, Rasika Dugal and Preeti Desai in the Best Lead Actress category was over whelmed with the achievement. She said, “I had no idea this role would earn so much recognition. It is an amazing honour to receive another award in a foreign land for a movie that is very close to my heart. I owe the entire team of BOL, Shoaib MAnsoor and my family for this achievement.”
Nine categories had been announced in accordance with the 9th anniversary of SAIFF, New York for the first edition of awards. The award ceremony was hosted by Indian actress Sunny Leonne and US filmmaker Jay Chandrashekar, while the star studded jury included American actress and musician, Janina Gavankar; Indian film critic, Rajeev Mansand; front-man of Goldspot and singer/songwriter, Siddhartha Khosla; and American actor, Maulik Pancholy.
Humaima has already received much acclaim and won accolades for her moving performance in Bol, at the Lux Style Award and in London Asian Film Festival. More recently, she has been nominated at the Asia Pacific Screen Award in Best Actress category, for which she would be competing with Indian actress Vidya Balan, for her work in The Dirty Picture.
Humaima’s uncanny and often tear-jerking portrayal of Zainab touched the hearts of millions both in the national and international community. It solidified her transition from a model to a dedicated actress with serious acting chops. Not many could have pulled off a role which required her to go au naturel alongside other well known female actresses, yet she outshone them all.