In Pics: Malala’s school replicated in Kashmir for her biopic

Onkar Kulkarni

Director Amjad Khan is leaving no stone unturned to narrate the story of Malala Yousafzai. The maker of ‘Le Gaya Saddam’ is currently shooting ‘Gul Makai’, a biopic based on Malala, the world’s youngest Nobel laureate.

As per reports, Amjad has recreated Malala’s school in Kashmir.

“Malala studied at Khushal Public School in Mingora, Pakistan. We created a replica in Kangan village in Kashmir. We actually found a school which had a similar structure. So we made the gate, boundary walls and playground around it. Also, we made signboards similar to the Khushal School and gave the existing school a makeover,” he said.

Kashmir as a location was used to recreate other properties as well like the army camp, Talibani hidden bunkers among others. “We shot in Kashmir for 20 days. It was a task as the temperatures were as low as -15 degrees Celsius,” he added.

Child artiste Reem Shaikh is portraying Malala on screen. The film also features Om Puri, Atul Kulkarni, Divya Dutta, Arif Zakaria, Mukesh Rishi, Abhimanyu Singh, Pankaj Tripathi and Sharib Hashmi. ‘Gul Makai’, produced by Sanjay Singla and Preeti Vijay Jaju, is all set to release in the latter half of the year.

Who is Malala Yousafzai?

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, where the local Taliban had banned girls from attending school.

On October 9, 2012, a taliban gunman stormed into a school bus and shot Yousafzai in the head while she was returning after taking an exam. The gunman fled the spot after a failed attempt to assassinate Malala in retaliation for her activism.

When Malala was 11 years old, she wrote a blog about life under the Taliban, in the pseudonym Gul Makai.

(In Photos: Reema Sheikh as Malala; director Amjad Khan, the school’s replica and on the sets pictures)