Pakistan’s most promising VFX virtuoso Laraib Atta

Laraib Atta, the daughter of renowned folk singer Attaullah Khan Esakhailvi, has been making her home country proud in Hollywood as the youngest and only Pakistani visual effect artist.


She has worked in Block-buster movies citing New Mission: Impossible film — Mission: Impossible – Fallout, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Gravity, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader and Prince Caspian, 10, 000 BC and Johnny Depp’s Sweeney Todd., and she has had her first break through at the age of 19. While giving an interview to the BBC, she said, “ Before I started the course I had no idea what VFX is, I just knew this is magic for films.”

While sharing an insight about what moved her to pursue this career and she said, “ the first time I watched the Toy Movie, an animated movie, that really inspired me I was like wow how is it done? And I didn’t know back then I was going to get into visual effects, but it was in me all this time that something related to art and technology I wanted to do.”

When asked about her family response on opting her this career, she said, “ My parents didn’t know what I was getting into, but they absolutely supported when I spoke to my father, and mother, they were like you have all the choice in the world, and whatever career you want to pursue you can definitely go for it.”

Laraib hopes to inspire other young, Pakistani women too.

She recalled the time when she newly pursued the career and said “back then when I started I was the only girl in the course and the youngest and of course the only Pakistani.”

Laraib said, “The goal is to get more women, young people into this, and more Pakistanis.”


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