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“Salam” celebrates a glorious journey of Pakistani scientist Abdus Salam

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A documentary on Dr. Abdus Salam was exhibited to a large audience, primarily Pakistani community at South Asian Festival at Washington D.C, the United States of America.

A 75-minutes biopic documentary is shot after a rigorous research of 14 years including interviews with his colleagues, friends, and co-workers that covered their observations and interviews. The documentary features every aspect of his life, from being a spectacular scientist of Pakistan to becoming a receiver of the Noble Peace Prize.

One of his colleagues remarked that he looked like a ‘Mughal Prince’ dressed up in Sherwani, pagg and Saleem Shahi Khussay in between other men dressed like “Penguins” in their tuxedos. The documentary also talked about his personal life. Abdus Salam remained married to two women throughout his life.

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One wife belonged from his Ahmedi community and other was a fellow scientist and a foreigner. The Noble Prize community was puzzled when his both wives appeared at the ceremony.

The documentary has also reflected upon the childhood of Abdus Salam and it was revealed that he was a favored child of his parents. A separate piece of chicken was kept for him whenever it was cooked in the home.

The documentary makers themselves science students were triggered by the fact that they have been studying science throughout their lives but how little people knew about the great scientist.

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The film has also explored to a considerable extent his role in Pakistan’s quest for a nuclear bomb. Though he strictly resisted the use of nuclear energy and maintained that such powers should only be used for peace. He, nevertheless, played a pivotal role in the nuclear capabilities of Pakistan.

Abdus Salam died in 1996 and received a glorious funeral. The documentary is a reflection of the services of the religious minority group Ahmedi for Pakistan. The exhibition of documentary coincided on the day when economist Atif Mian was asked to step down from the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council due to his religious background.