Asma Nabeel is the mastermind behind hit TV play Khaani, which has outranked every other drama serial that is on air these days. Asma has also also co-written (with Ahsan Raza Firdousi) the screenplay for feature film Maan Jao NaÂ as well as last yearâ€™s socially relevant play, Khuda Mera Bhi Hai, which tackled the sensitive and taboo topic of unisex children and how society treats them. She’s a highly acclaimed writer and we couldn’t help but get some insight on what went into the writing of Khaani.
What was the thought that went into writing Khaani; was it inspired by real events and meant to be a social commentary or will it become a romance?
Asma Nabeel: Khaani was never meant to be a romance. Obviously, there are elements of a love story in it and those tracks are open but the story will unfold ahead and people will realise why I wrote it. I always have an agenda when I write a story and I like to raise issues, which I have. I canâ€™t say more otherwise Iâ€™ll be giving the storyline away but I will say that the purpose behind Khaani will become evident in the last few episodes.
It isn’t a romance but people are romanticising the villain and saying that itâ€™s more his story than Khaaniâ€™s. Is this the way you wrote the character or did it just take a life of its own?
AN: If people are romanticizing the character of Mir Hadi then itâ€™s more to do with Feroze Khan and his personality than anything else. When we were brainstorming the story and I was writing the character, it was a completely negative role; Mir Hadi is a bigra hua bacha. Itâ€™s Ferozeâ€™s personality that people have started falling in love with him. He is the main character, which is a little negative, but Feroze is also a hero. The way heâ€™s acting and the way he has taken ownership of the role is why people are loving him more.
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