Sarmad Khoosat is an award winning a Pakistani actor, director and scriptwriter renowned for his prolific body of work. With a career spanning over two decades to date, his work is renowned for the breadth of its technical and aesthetic accomplishments, as well as the complex themes he has explored through his work. Alongside a full time career in film and television, he is an academic too; he has been teaching ‘film’ and other related subjects for the past 12 years.
Khoosat’s feature film, Manto, based on life and works of the legendary writer Saadat Hasan Manto, however, marked his biggest success to date. As an actor, his portrayal of the troubled genius is one of the finest performances that Pakistani cinema has witnessed. He did not just leave the audiences spellbound but also bagged several awards in various international festivals. His craft as a director has proven that even such complex themes can be made appealing and relevant to a mass audience. This particular film has significantly boosted the new wave of Pakistani Cinema.

Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2023

Kamli, 2022, Sarmad Khoosat
A young married girl has been waiting for her husband to return for the past 8 years as she lives with her blind sister-in-law.

Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2020

Manto, Sarmad Khoosat, 2015
The controversial and troubled Indo-Pakistani writer Saadat Hasan Manto finds his artistic choices challenged by censors.
Winner Best Actor and Best Sound & Editing at the Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) 2016
nd several others
2 hrs 7 min