Zeeshan Khan’s directorial debutTalash, starring Ahmad Zeb, Noaman Sami and Fariya Hasan, was recently screened at the UN Headquarters in New York. The feature film focuses on the detrimental impact of malnutrition and stunting on children’s development.

According to APP, the show was arranged by the recently-formed UN staff Recreation Pakistan Club to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Right of the Child.

Talash has been directed by debutante Zeeshan Khan, who was also present on the occasion. The film’s plot is centred on three medical students who are sent to a remote village in Tharparkar district of Sindh to set up health camps and educate the people there about maternal health. They face many challenges in the feudal setup but manage to be successful in their mission.


APP reported that the film was received positively by those present in the audience. This included Botswana’s UN Ambassador Collen Vixen Kelapile, senior UN officials, including Stewart Simonson, assistant director-general, WHO, and Haoliang Xu, assistant secretary-general, UNDP. They praised the Pakistani movie on its critical subject.

Meanwhile, the cast of the film also shared images from the screening.

Meanwhile, the chief guest at the event, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Munir Akram, told the gathering that Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his first address to the nation, pledged to reduce child stunting and improve maternal health. He said a number of projects have been launched in the country to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, especially in under-developed parts of the country.