Although Pakistani animated films are still in their infancy stage, the handful of films that have graced the big screens received love from the audience and critics alike. Now, for the first time, a Pakistani animated film, Allahyar and The Legend of Markhor is available on Netflix.
Written and directed by Uzair Zaheer Khan, Allahyar and The Legend of Markhor will now reach a wider audience through international streaming service. The director and writer of the film announced the news on his social media account.
The animated production is based in the lush green valleys of Northern Pakistan and follows the story of Allahyar – a mischievous boy who ends up dealing with difficult circumstances when he accidentally meets Mehru (the markhor). The movie aims to highlight themes of preservation and respect for wildlife.
The film which originally released in February 2018 features the voices of prominent artistes including Noori famed Ali Noor, Hareem Farooq, Ali Rehman and director Azfar Jafri to name a few. Last year, the feature-length film was screened at the South Asian International Film Festival and went on to bag an award for Best Feature Film in Audience Choice category. It also won the prestigious Monolith Award at the Infinity Film Festival in November 2018.
It also raked in approximately 5.7 crores at the box office, making it the third highest grossing animated film in Pakistan after The Donkey King and 3 Bahadaur: The Rise of the Warriors.