By Sarah Ehsan: Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi is a name known to every Pakistani. He is one of the most successful and famous Seraiki/Punjabi musicians across Pakistan, with several world records to his name. He has also been awarded the Pride of Performance Award in 1991 by the Pakistani government – an award which is the highest of its rank. He was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth. Attaullah has recorded around 40,000 soundtracks in 7 different languages – a world record which is one of its kind. He was also registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most albums recorded in different languages.
A musician as talented as Attaullah Khan has a daughter, Laraib Atta, who happens to be just as talented and gifted as her musician father, but in quite a different way. At the tender age of 19, Laraib has already made a place for herself in Hollywood, which is quite a milestone in itself.
For a film or a movie to become successful, especially in the present age, visual effects are extremely important. A visual artist works on creating and improvising special effects, animation and visual clean-up. Laraib Atta, is extremely gifted in this regard – films such as Avatar and Troy owe their success to her talent.
In 2006, young Laraib started her career, working for advertisements involving prestigious names such as George Michael, Rolling Stones and Disney. She also showed her credibility and gifts through movies such as Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (featuring the Legend Johnny Depp himself), 10,000 BC and the Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader. She was also a prominent member of the visual effects teams for the X-Men: Days of Future Past, Prince Caspian, Gravity and Godzilla.
As of present, she is turning heads as a very successful visual effects artist in Hollywood – the land where dreams come true. She has also worked on the promos of Olympics China and Nike Football World Cup, to name a few.
Currently, Laraib Atta has started working as a Visual Effects Artist at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Television Centre). Previously she had been employed by Glassworks Barcelona and Moving Picture Company (commonly referred to as the MPC).