Alas, It is time to bid farewell to the year 2022 . We plan to start 2023 on a positive note and hence, we give you the defining 2022 moments when Pakistan soared to new highs!
1. Global Success Of Maula Jatt
The movie has made $10 million (PKR 220 crores) in worldwide box office receipts, according to Pinkvilla. Out of a total budget of $10 million, the movie has made $3.98 million (PKR 87.50 crores) in the domestic market and $6 million (PKR 132.50 crores) in foreign countries, including the US and UK.
Being one of the most expensive films ever produced in Pakistan, it has also achieved the highest box office success in the country’s history. With £1.39 million, the movie overtook Deepika Padukone‘s “Padmaavat” as South Asia’s top earner in the UK (2018).
But more than that, Maula Jatt has shown Pakistanis and the world, that there is a market for Pakistani cinema within and well beyond the borders of Pakistan! A proud moment indeed!
2. Joyland Taking Pakistan To New Heights
The first Pakistani competitor in the Festival de Cannes, Saim Sadiq’s Joyland, took home two awards. It won both the Prix Queer Palm and the Jury Prize for Un Certain Regard. Alina Khan, a transgender person in real life, plays one of the movie’s main characters who is a transwoman. Joyland also became the first Pakistani film to be nominated for an Oscar,
3. Pakistan Reaching The Finals Of Two Major Tournaments
Pakistani cricket team reached the finals of the Asia cup and The T20 Worldcup. World Cup. … And those wins gave Pakistanis much to celebrate and be proud of!
4. Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel put Pakistan in The MCU universe by featuring a Pakistani-American superhero and having Pakistani representation in a way that Pakistani could identify with. The Hollywood Reporter also published a list of episodes chosen by their TV critics that stood out on television due to their compelling plotlines. The list includes the highly praised Ms. Marvel episode Time and Again, directed by the Oscar-winning Pakistani filmmaker and starring Mehwish Hayat and Fawad Khan in the parts of Aisha and Hassan, respectively. The pair’s tragic love tale has now been named one of the Best TV Episodes of 2022. Best TV episodes of 2022, and to top it all, the critical and intensely moving partition episodes were directed by our one and only award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.
5. Ayla Majid Makes History
Ayla Majid of Pakistan made history and broke the glass ceiling when she was appointed as the first South Asian woman to serve as vice president of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a professional organization with a 118-year history.
6. Adeel Chaudhry Puts Pakistan On The Global Food Map
Adeel Chaudhry, a social media influencer, is the first Pakistani aficionado to appear in Forbes Magazine, which is well-known worldwide.
With millions of views, the owner of the eateries Janoon and Bohat Alla has surpassed all other Pakistani food vloggers in 2022. Adeel Chaudhry informed his supporters and fans of the Forbes recognition.
7. Arooj Aftab Wins A Grammy
Arooj Aftab, a Pakistani vocalist living in Brooklyn, accomplished a momentous feat that will live on in history. The performer became the first Pakistani to ever win the prestigious Grammy award for her song Mohabbat in the Best Global Performance category. She is nominated for one more this year.
8. Pasoori’s Success
This year Pasoori topped the Pakistani music industry by making the most streamed song on Spotify. It also entered the top global music video chart on YouTube. And if you haven’t been humming to the beat yet, can you even call yourself a Pakistani?
9. Arshad Nadeem Claims A Historic Win
In one of the shocks of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan beat the world champion, Anderson Peters, in the javelin with a big throw of 90.18m. It was the first Commonwealth track and field medal since 1966 for Pakistan. With limited resources at his disposal and sheer hard work and passion, Arshad showed many Pakistanis that you can!
10. Eva B Makes It To Times Square
Pakistan’s first veiled woman rapper, Eva B, is the latest face to appear on the digital billboard in Times Square, New York as EQUAL Pakistan October ambassador. Listen in to Kanna Yaari to vibe with her beat and celebrate the first!