The movie accounts the courageous journey of the family of Ziauddin Yousafzai, when Swat Valley was seized by Taliban gunmen in 2009 and Sharia law was imposed upon its people. Ziauddin Yousafzai`s daughter, Malala Yousafzai, chose to speak against the world`s most dangerous terrorist organisation via her blogs on the BBC Urdu website under the pseudonym Gulmakai movie, against the oppression faced by them in the Swat Valley.
Malala spoke out for the rights of girls, especially the right to receive a complete education, her activism gaining worldwide recognition and support. Even though her father was a more active voice against the Taliban, they chose Malala to mark their opposition to girl`s education. But the Taliban failed and Malala Yousafzai survived. Today the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner has become the voice and force for education for all women across the world.
“I care about Kashmir because South Asia is my home,” Malala said in a statement quoting Kashmir. And I share this house with one billion eighty million people, including Kashmiris. We reflect different cultures, religions, languages, cuisines, and traditions. And I think we can all live in peace.
There have been comments about the film on social media following the announcement of the release of ‘Gul Makai‘. The film is directed by Amjad Khan and produced by Sanjay Singla.
Amjad Khan announced the making of ‘Gul Makai’ in 2012, three years after the attack on Malala, and after seven years, the film is coming out on January 31 next month. Gul Makai’s release date is 31 January 2020.