Meenu Gaur

London-based British-Indian director and screenwriter.

Meenu Gaur is a London-based British-Indian director and screenwriter. She is best known for her 2013 Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag which she co-wrote and co-directed with Farjab Nabi. The film was an entry to the foreign film category at the Oscars. Zinda Bhaag earned her critical acclaim worldwide and was theatrically released in the USA, UAE, and Pakistan. It was subsequently released on Netflix in 2015. She is presently working on a feature film titled 'Barzakh: Between Heaven and Hell' supported by the Locarno International Film Festival's Open Doors Hub Programme. She has also been part of Berlinale Talents and the NIPKOW film residency in Berlin, supported by Berlinale and Medienboard. Recently, SOAS, University of London installed her portrait on the school walls as part of the Alumni Series that celebrates notable alumni.

In 2013 Meenu co-directed a Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag, under the |film production| company Matteela Films. Meenu got immense praise from Pakistani film directors and critics for putting forward Pakistani cinema into the limelight again. Zinda Bhaag became one of the highest-grossing of Pakistan and has won many accolades and recognition including an official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at 86th Academy Awards however was out of the competition for the final race. Zinda Bhaag was only the third Pakistani film in 50 years to be submitted at the Oscars, after 1959's The Day Shall Dawn and 1963's The Veil.

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