Model Rachel Gill is making her film debut in the upcoming historical action drama Saya e Khuda e Zuljulaal and has big shoes to fill.

She is playing a character inspired by Mughal-era legend, Razia Sultana, who was the first female ruler of the Delhi Sultanate.

"My character is called Razia Sultana. She is a strong woman who lives life on her own terms. She has a powerful stature in society and holds the [power] to fight against injustice and wrongdoing while staying within the system."

Rachel Gill as Razia Sultana in Saya e Khuda e Zuljulaal
Rachel Gill as Razia Sultana in Saya e Khuda e Zuljulaal

Rachel says signing onto the film was a great decision.

"My experience of working on this film was great because it's a challenging role and I got a chance to be a part of such a big patriotic historical film. The entire team was so professional; they knew exactly what they wanted. We all worked very hard and it's a big privilege for me [to be part of such a great project.]"

The film, framed as tribute to historical heroes, is essentially a patriotic film.

"Saya e Khuda e Zuljalal is about Pakistan's [birth], how we got our homeland, the number of sacrifices our nation made. It's full of emotion, drama, love."

directed by Umair Fazli, the film stars an ensemble cast that includes Javed Sheikh, Moammar Rana, Arbaaz Khan, Rambo, Shafqat Cheema, Nayyer Ijaz, Firdous Jamal, Noor Bukhari and Jia Ali.

The film's release date is yet to be announced.