Asim Abbasi’s cinematic venture, Cake, is one of the most anticipated films of 2018. And the good news is that Asim Abbasi’s directorial debut has won him the Best Director award at the recently held edition of UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF) in London. The festival had a special gala screening of the movie on March 20, followed by a question and answer session with Asim as well as some of the cast members. The award ceremony took place on Monday evening and BBC broadcast journalist, Attika Choudhary accepted the award on Asim Abbasi’s behalf.
After bagging the award, the director took to Twitter and wrote, “Oh wow! So humbled and moved. Thank you @cometoUKAFF for the honour.”
On how it feels to have won an award at the UKAFF for his directorial debut, Asim told Instep, “I feel extremely honoured especially as this year UKAFF was celebrating their 20th year anniversary, women in film, and had a programme of some great films.”
He added, “I am overwhelmed with all the response from our world premiere and regional screenings across UK. Having people emotionally connect and resonate with your work is all a director can ask for.”
Starring Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik in lead roles, Cake became the first Pakistani movie to have a world premiere at London’s Leicester Square earlier this month. The family drama is slated to release in Pakistan on March 30.