Yasir Hussain has taken a moment to cheer on Oscar and Emmy-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. The actor said she promotes a good image of the nation and is living proof of the greatness that lies within Pakistani women. He asked his followers to broaden their minds, implying that women need to be given space and opportunity to grow.
On Thursday, he shared a photo of the filmmaker hoisting her Academy Award along with the hashtags #aurat #maa #hai. He captioned the post, “I am proud of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. A Pakistani woman winning an award promotes a positive image of Pakistan because it shows that Oscar-winning daughters are born in Pakistan. In our country, even a bad woman is better than a good man. This is a man’s society. We have to change the way we think. Forgetting the services of Fatima Jinnah is an injustice.”
Obaid-Chinoy is known for her documentaries such as Saving Face and A Girl in the River, The Price of Forgiveness. She is also reportedly set to direct the next Star Wars film. According to Deadline, American screenwriter Damon Lindelof, who has written for The Watchmen, Tomorrowland and Star Trek, is developing the movie for Lucasfilm, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios. The script is still in the works, which means production is not currently in sight.
The filmmaking team reportedly found a director before they found a co-writer because it was important to to steer the script with the person’s own vision for how they see the story unfurling in consideration. Obaid-Chinoy is currently involved in directing Paramount’s adaptation of the novel Brilliance, produced by Will Smith.
She also recently directed Ms Marvel, a short Disney series with a Pakistani girl as the lead. The show was not only hailed for representing a large segment of people that only make it onscreen as side characters, if at all, but also for its storyline and direction.