Born and brought up in Lyari, Nazeen graduated in Film and TV from Iqra University. She made the buzz last year after she brilliantly directed her first film, ‘Lyari: A prison without wall’, where she told the heart-wrenching story of a father and his football-obsessed son, whose difference in priorities tore the family apart.
Coming from a Baloch background, and emerging as a film director in a male-dominant society wasn’t a piece of cake. But, she left no stone unturned, even if it required taking a two-year break from her graduation.
“I completed my bachelor’s degree in 6 years, whereas it was a 4 years program. In between my studies, I took a gap because that time really put me down as I kept thinking that I will never reach my goals. Just because being a girl and living in a society where people talk a lot about girls. Where people are so biased. I went through hard times.”
”I had a feeling that I’m creating troubles for my family. But thanks to God for blessing me with such a supportive family who always encouraged me to do whatever I thought was good for me. Alhamdulillah, I’m here. completed my studies and being recognized as the first Baloch girl Filmmaker,” she said.
After she completed her matriculation, she became more curious about what is happening in society and decided to make an impact through film and screen. Speaking about her journey with Hamara Lyari, Nazeen said:
“I started observing things in my surroundings with a different perspective and in a very focused way. I became curious even about little things. That curiosity led me to where I am right now. I joined Iqra University for my graduation in Media Studies (Advertising), but after the first semester, I realized that this was not my thing. Given that, I changed my majors from advertising to film and TV.”
”As I perceived that film is the best way to express things visually, and another matter was to change the perception that Baloch people don’t let their daughters study.”
Nazeen’s journey is not only a matter of pride for Pakistan, but is also a lesson for Pakistani women who are reluctant to pursue their passions because of societal barriers. She shows that if you want it bad enough, nothing can get in your way.
Thank you Nazeen, we are proud of you!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐