ISLAMABAD - Pakistani short film "Darling" has won the award for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival .The film features upcoming actress Mehar Bano, Abdullah Malik, and Nadia Afgan.
Alina Khan, a transgender actress from Lahore, plays a transgender character in the story. This film marks her acting debut.
"Darling" tackles the lack of transgender representation in the country's visual arts, and is bound to engage with emotions and relationships that have previously not been the subject of films in Pakistan. The film is also the first ever Pakistani film to have been screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival .