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4 years ago. A shot at an #athletics documentary about a 15 year old #Dalmia resident dreaming of dreams beyond #Karachi.

Abdul Mueed won National Juniors title twice, picked up two medals at South Asian Juniors in SL, one at the SAF Games in Nepal.

Full of glitches, shaky frames and typos. But such beautiful memories.

2 years of shooting training footage of Mueed at NCC with his team mates. A year of editing.

Here is the private, final cut that fixed some of the problems in the public cut

And the backstory about the star from Dalmia

My favorite frame from the film.

The two kids training in the middle of a sudden thunderstorm in July. I was lucky I had the lens and the tripod.

These few seconds are my favorite frames across everything I have shot in my life.

Mostly luck. Image

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