“My message today would be to the men – please support and help … women” – Lieutenant General Nigar Johar
She is the first 3 Star Female General in the Pakistan Army & also the first Female General Surgeon.
Aik Hai Nigar is a project of ARY Films with Mahira Khan playing the real life character of Lieutenant General Nigar
The film has been marketed as a true story based upon the life of Nigar Johar who started out as a Cadet in the Pakistan Army in 1981 and steadily rose through the ranks to become the first 3 Star Lieutenant General in the Pakistan Army.
Written by the celebrated Umera Ahmed & directed by Adnan Sarwar of Motorcycle Girl, it is produced by Nina Kashif of Humsafar and Mahira Khan under the banner of SoulFry Films. We look forward to an emotional roller coaster with Mahira Khan &, it is said, her former costar (Bilal Ashraf) taking the helm.
As the second teaser dropped on the hugely anticipated biopic on General Nigar Johar, played by none other than our very own Mahira Khan, it is necessary to shine light on the achievements of a woman who has given us many firsts.
General Nigar is the First Female to take on command of the largest Army hospital in Pakistan & turn into a very successful Covid facility.
But what few might not know is that she is not just a capable disaster manager & competent hospital administrator, she is also a champion Markswoman!
She has received the Tamgha e Imtiaz, the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal as well as honorary membership at the Royal College of Physicians UK. She is also a recipient of the HUM Women Leaders Award.
Nigar Johar hails from a traditional Pathan family from Panjpir Village in Swabi District. Her father (and husband) also hail from the army. But if you were wondering how easy it was for her to walk into her father’s shoes – well, she had to fight for it. Nigar’s father was not too keen on his daughter joining the army, but she convinced him to give her his blessings.
As a captain in the Army, Nigar wanted to become a cardiologist, but at that time, women were not given the choice to pick their specialization. However, Nigar never lost hope, and decided that her path to glory would be different, as Allah decided His own path.
Both her parents passed away in a car accident over 30 years ago.
She has a message for all the young girls who aspire to be more
Gender discrimination can exist in any office and on any level of management, but that is not the problem. The problem occurs when we fail to teach our daughters and sisters to recognize that they are being discriminated. Being a woman requires you to work at least twice as hard, but once you are recognized for your resilience and work, you are respected twice as much. I have always focused on my work in order to succeed. I have worked with male colleagues and not against them. The glass ceiling is pretty high but Pakistani women are getting there, slowly but surely.Hilal
Aik Hai Nigar & What it Promises
Both teasers revealed so far for Aik Hai Nigar evoke intense dedication, commitment & courage of a woman who persevered in her personal life & career to serve the people of Pakistan. Shot against the imposing backdrop of the Army Medical, a place she spent the best part of her years.
Mahira Khan posted on Instagram
This one will be an inspiration and, we surmise – a tear jerker as well.
Aik Hai Nigar will hopefully go on to show us why & how General Nigar Johar & Mahira Khan inspire Pakistani women in ways we undoubtedly need in Pakistan – and more importantly – how men can shift perspectives and support these roles. So along with Lieutenant General Nigar Johar, we look forward to a glimpse into the lives of those men who have helped carry her journey forward.
Salute to all the women who carry on making us proud, be they Mahira Khan or Lieutenant General Nigar – play on, the field is wide open & the world is your oyster!
Cast announced so far
Mahira Khan as Nigar