Gul MakalÂ is the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. The film is set in strife-torn Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai (Reem Shaikh) lives with her father (Atul Kulkarni), mother (Divya Dutta) and two little brothers, Khushal (Khushmeet Gill) and Atal (Dhwij Mehta), in the SWAT valley of Pakistan. Her grandmother (Kamlesh Gill) comes visiting them. The Taliban has made life hell for the liberal Pakistanis in SWAT valley as they don't want girls to be educated and want Muslims to shun music and entertainment. Ziauddin Yousafzai is the forward-thinking principal of Khushal School. His school-going daughter, Malala, is also independent in her thinking. In fact, Malala writes a newspaper column, condemning the atrocities and murders of the Talibans.
Since she writes under the pen name of Gul Makai, Gul becomes an overnight star. Conditions worsen in the valley so much that schools are forced to close down and ultimately, the area where the Yousafzais live has to be evacuated.
However, Ziauddin Yousafzai, with like-minded people, continues his tirade against the Talibans. Once people return to the valley and schools reopen, the Talibans target Malala and shoot at her. She is hospitalised and saved. She ultimately becomes a young star who dared to stand up against international terrorists. She is given the Nobel Peace Prize and receives a number of international honours.