Sajal Aly came on to the stage at this year’s Distinctive International Arab Festivals(DIAFA) awards and accepted the trophy for International Icon.
The awards took place this past weekend in Dubai and even before the actress had come on stage, local social media had started buzzing with pictures of her on the DIAFA red carpet. The hashtag #SajalinDIAFA popped up on Twitter and there were plenty of haywire fans posting about how excited they were.
Sajal is extremely well-loved, obviously. But it surprised me that this fact wasn’t quite so obvious to the actress herself.
Talking to her after her DIAFA win, she confessed to me, “Sometimes, I am just overwhelmed by my fans. I wonder if they truly are for real. After the DIAFA’s, I checked social media and there was such an outpouring of love from them. Different publications were writing about my award but more than anything else, my fans were so happy that they made the news even more of a big deal for me.”