Humaima Malick awarded at London film festival

Humaima Malick recently won the award in the Best Actress category at the London Asian Film Festival (LAFF) 2012, for her film "Bol".

Beating Bollywood stars including Shilpa Shetty, Freida Pinto and Shabana Azmi at the awards ceremony, the award came as quite a surprise for Malick. On winning the award, she said "I think it was the biggest honour for me.

At the time of the award ceremony as I was the only Pakistani standing in the BAFTA building in London, among so many big celebrities receiving the prestigious awards. I was beaming with pride, happiness and joy. I even mentioned in my speech that the award was for my country.

It was Pakistan's first movie to have been nominated in the festival in seven categories. I had worked hard and was hopeful that my hard work would pay off so it didn't come as a shock. Although, I was a bit surprised when my name was announced. I personally adore both Shilpa Shetty and Freida and I love their work so I didn't know where I stood. But I value the love and appreciation that LAFF gave a new artiste like me."

She continued, "I also got the chance to interact with many Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities during the event. It was delight to speak to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Javed Akhtar at the function."

Humaima also met with Abhishek Bachchan at the ceremony and she recalled, "I was overwhelmed on meeting Abhishek. In fact, he watched my film and said very good things about it and appreciated my performance as well."

Humaima will be visiting India soon to complete the shoot of her next movie. "I will be in India in a few days. I will be busy with the completion of the shoot of my movie. It has been a different experience working in a Bollywood film. I'm just loving it," said an excited Humaima.

About former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram, whom she was said to be dating in the past, she said, "We're just good friends, aur kuch bhi nahi hai."

-The times of India