Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza's romance-comedy film Load Wedding has picked up the Special Jury Award for Best International Feature Film at the fifth Rajasthan International Film Festival.
The festival took place in Jaipur from 19 to 23 January and featured a jury that included French actor/producer Marianne Borgo, actor Charles Thomson, Iranian filmmaker Hassan Nazer, film critic Ajit Rai and film consultant V.V. Maheshwar Rao.
The film was awarded alongside other foreign titles such as France's La Douleur, China's The Monkey King 2, Iran's Katyusa, Syria's Rain of Homes, among others.
Load Wedding is the story of Raja (Fahad Mustafa) who has loved Meeru (Mehwish Hayat) since they were children. But he could never get himself to confess his love for her, because he knew that he couldn't marry her until his elder sister Baby (Faiza Hasan) is married. And that isn't happening because Raja, being the head of the family after his father's death, can't get enough jahez to get a decent rishta. The film shows the actual stress, pain and unnecessary hassle behind making a wedding happen in the first place.
The film was also nominated at the Jaipur Film Festival in the Best Feature category, but did not win the top prize.
If you haven't seen the film, you catch its TV premiere on Geo Entertainment on February 16 at 8pm.