Earlier, we had reported that Sohai Ali Abro’s next project is a TV serial based on the life of an acid attack survivor. Produced by Sana Shahnawaz and Samina Humayun Saeed and written by Asma Nabeel, the drama is titled Surkh Chandni.
We have now learnt that Osman Khalid Butt has joined the cast as the male lead. “Yes Osman is on board,” producer Sana Shahnawaz confirmed to Something Haute. “Osman and Sohai haven’t been paired before so this will definitely be exciting for the audience,” she added. Sana also said that Shahid Shafaat, who is directing the project, is very good at handling and portraying sensitive issues. “We have shot 40 per cent. The entire cast has been an absolute delight to work with. Acid attacks or rather the troubles of acid attack victims haven’t been highlighted enough which we thought was much needed. They aren’t just limited to Pakistan; this is pretty much a global issue,” Sana said.
In a previous conversation, Sohai had told Something Haute she was a bit hesitant initially when she heard the idea. “The story seemed very challenging to me and I was scared and doubtful about opting for it. The reason was that it is a highly sensitive subject which should be addressed appropriately and executed with thought and deliberation. I have noticed that stories highlighting social issues are sometimes considered preachy or boring by the audiences,” she had said, adding that she really loved the script and accepted it later because it challenged her.
“As an actor I am always interested in doing a project whether it’s a film or a TV play which adds something to the society or brings about a change. What motivates me about this role is the story of a girl who wants to find her identity again after an acid attack. The role pushes me out of my comfort zone and that’s when the scope of performance expands,” Sohai had said.
Co-prodcuer Samina Humayun Saeed says she feels it’s their responsibility to make dramas on often neglected topics. “We at Next Level Entertainment always try to pick subjects that have a strong message. It’s really important that we continue to highlight issues that are prevalent in society and to start a conversation so we can find solutions.”