The achievements of the British Pakistani community were honoured by Damac, in association with Rangreza, at the 9th Pakistan Achievement Awards on Sunday 10th December 2017 in London. The event was hosted by actors Ayesha Sana and Ahmad Ali Butt, with celebrity guests in attendance including Aijaz Aslam; Faysal Qureshi, the lead stars of forthcoming Pakistani film Rangreza, Bilal Ashraf, Urwa Hocane and Gohar Rasheed; and music artist Asrar Shah.
Launched in 2009 by UK Times London, Pakistan Achievement Awards identifies and recognises the immense contribution that Britons of Pakistani heritage are making to mainstream British life. The ceremony has continued to gain momentum and recognition over the years with the continuous support and appreciation of the Pakistani diaspora globally. Awards presented on the night included:
– Young Entrepreneur of the Year to Mauheed Jahngir
– Brand of the Year to KASPA’s Desserts
– Role Model of the Year in Business to Mehmood Shaikhani
– Designer of the Year to Komal Nasir
– Excellence Services in Music to Faakhir Mehmood
– Women Empowerment Award to Dr. Surrayia
It was over half a century ago when thousands of Pakistani men arrived in Britain as part of the Empire Windrush facilitated by the British Nationality Act 1948. Largely unschooled and unskilled, they became the bedrock of the labour force that built Britain’s war-ravaged economy. From menial jobs at airports and driving buses in northern towns to filling near-abandoned foundries up and down the country and manning textile factories, these men toiled in double shifts to make a living. Within a few years they were joined by their wives, equally ill-equipped but doubly industrious, who not only raised their newborns but saved up enough from the pittance their husbands earned to buy mortgages and earn respectability and a better living standard for their families.
50 years on, the struggles upon arrival have successfully been transformed into unrivalled boom. The sons and daughters of illiterate parents have graduated from Oxbridge and other elite, educational institutions. From politics and finance to the arts and sport, British life is radiant with faces of Pakistani origin. Pakistan Achievement Awards continues to honour the tremendous contribution Pakistanis are making to the socio-cultural fabric of Britain.
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Marking one of the most expensive Pakistani film productions to date, Rangreza is a musical romance directed by Aamir Mohiuddin, featuring Gohar Rasheed, Bilal Ashraf, Urwa Hocane and Saleem Meraj in the principal cast. Musical legend, Abida Parveen, features prominently on the soundtrack, composed by the film’s writer, Akhtar Qayyum. The film is presented by Vision Art Films, Usman Malkani Films, Distribution Club (Pvt) Ltd, Munir Hussain Films UK and Pepe’s Piri Piri and will be distributed worldwide except Pakistan by B4U Motion Pictures.