When it was first released, Pakistani animated movie Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor wowed
audiences with its animation quality, aesthetics, and entertaining music, and proved to be highly
successful at the box office.
However, it looks like the film blown away audiences outside Pakistan as well. Allahyar and the Legend
of Markhor has bagged its first ever international award in Beverley Hills, California.
“We are honored to be the recipient of the Prestigious Monolith Award for content, Celebrating Story
Advanced by Technology. We would like to thank everyone who believed in our vision and supported
us,” announced 3rd World Studios, the production house behind the film, on Facebook.
Scripted and produced by Uzair Zaheer Khan, the movie revolves around young and mischievous
Allahyar and his relationship with animals, specifically a markhor named Mehru who he tries to rescue
Set in the northern parts of Pakistan and made in collaboration with WWF Pakistan, Allahyar and the
Legend of Markhor also attempts to shed light on the endangerment of wildlife and the consequences of
poaching, a unique topic that often fails to turn up in movies.
In an interview with Forbes, Uzair Zaheer Khan also mentioned that that through Allahyar and the
Legend of Markhor, he was also attempting to promote Pakistani culture in addition to instilling in
Pakistani children values – such as empathy for all living creatures – that are “slowly being eroded.”
The film was part of a trend of high- quality animation combined with local story-lines and characters
which resonate with Pakistani audiences.