The highlights have been many and so have the challenges. In terms of highlights the start of my career is one of the highlights. Pakistan is almost three and a half times bigger than the UK and back in the days there was only one radio channel and I was there, working as a student writer and broadcaster.
I see my undergrad filmmaking degree from Leeds as an achievement too. It was a dream to learn and study filmmaking in the very land it was born, I now take pride in saying that I have done it. Even better, my graduation film ‘Curtains’ was nominated for Royal television society’s student award for Yorkshire region in 2017–18. So got a bit of a recognition on top as a bonus.
By now I have experience of four different mediums and five different film industries.
In terms of challenges: when I moved to the UK, I didn’t know anyone. We all know that the doors to this industry open from inside only. So, I struggled for a long time to get in and get a job in the British film or TV industry, nine years to be precise.
Eventually, on a fine evening, I met Richard Knight from Screen Yorkshire in Mentoring Roadshow organised by ScreenSkills in Leeds. A month later I found myself working on a British film.