Actor Ahmed Ali Akbar’s upcoming film ‘Gunjal’ will certainly change the way Pakistani audiences see him. Akbar will essay the role of a journalist investigating the brutal murder of bonded child labor activist Iqbal Masih, who was assassinated on 16 April, 1995 when he was just 12 years of age.
The film also stars veteran actor Resham and Aamna Ilyas.
The film is directed by Shoaib Sultan and the screenplay has been written by Nirmal Bano and Ali Kazmi.
Iqbal Masih had campaigned against abusive child labor in Pakistan from a very young age. He received the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1994 for spreading awareness about child labor and bonded slavery. He was posthumously awarded the Sitara-e-Shujaat in 2022.