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26 Aug

Why everyone should watch Ek Thi Marium

Thank God for something different! We were getting tired of watching all these helpless damsels who need to be saved, or cry relentlessly because their husbands cheat on them, or suddenly don skimpy clothes on their way to Lahore and start entertaining a crowd of unknown men.

Ek Thi Marium is about Marium Mukhtar, Pakistan’s first and only female fighter pilot who tragically lost her life in the line of duty in 2015. Directed by Sarmad Khoosat, this telefilm is finally going to be a break in terms of the kinds of roles women get to play in Pakistan. We are thrilled to see Sanam Baloch being cast as Mariam as she is carrying the role really well. Recently, a video went viral online where a group of American individuals commented on some Pakistani actresses, such as Mehwish Hayat, Mahira Khan, and Mawra Hocane. Sanam received the same response from everyone – they thought she looked intelligent.

And she must be intelligent for choosing such a role. The trailer doesn’t reveal much about the plot but we are already excited for this!

 

Manal Khan

The author is Deputy Editor at Something Haute who has studied film and journalism from SZABIST. Will be found at the gym if not in the office.