Gaur is born and brought up in Kolkata and shifted base to London and then Pakistan after tying knot with former BBC journalist Mazhar Zaidi, who is the producer of the film.

'Zinda Bhaag' starring Indian veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has been co-directed by Farjad Nabi.

"I think  the news came as a boost for Pakistani cinema. Definitely there was a lot of international recognition but it also made Pakistani's sit up and take notice of it. So there is an excitement but no awkwardness that I am from India. Every filmmaker called and congratulated me after the announcement," Gaur said  in an interview on the sidelines of IFFI.

'Zinda Bhaag' is the first Pakistani film in over 50 years to be submitted for Oscars consideration in the foreign language category. Pakistan has previously sent only two films to the Oscars - Akhtar J Kardar's 'Jago Hua Savera' in 1959 and Khawaja Khurshid Anwar's 'Ghunghat' in 1963.

The director, who has earlier made documentaries based in Pakistan, said that the Oscars nod will help in reviving the Pakistani film industry, which collapsed two years ago.

"It is a really good news for us but I think it is brilliant news for all the industry in Pakistan. Making films is tough. It is not a singular production… It involves lot of people. Making indie films anywhere is tougher. But to make it in Pak right now where the industry collapsed a couple of years ago, that was superlative for me," she said.

'Zinda Bhaag' also stars Amna Ilyas, Khurram Patras, Salman Ahmad Khan among others. The film hit theatres in Pakistan in September this year. In the US the film was released in 11 cities last month. The film is also headed for UAE release.

Gaur hopes that 'Zinda Bhaag' will soon find its place in theatres in her homeland.

"It is a very refreshing story, its not the usual that you see from Pakistan. It is not like the international films made on the country, in which Pakistan is either exoticised or it is all about terrorism.

"I really hope that the film comes to India as I believe that this is one film from Pakistan that can easily translate into an Indian context. It is the story of young people, who feel dispossessed and that happens even in India," Gaur said.

(Agencies)

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