The recently held press conference for Angeline Malik’s upcoming play, Mujhay Jeenay Doh introduced us to the next TV serial that may take the industry by storm. As social issues are now being highlighted through television, MJD has taken the task to create awareness around the topic of child marriages.
Written by Shahid Nizami, the play has been produced under the banner of Angelic Films, in collaboration with Center for Communication Programs Pakistan (CCPP) and support from Palladium Pakistan under the Empowerment, Voice, and Accountability for Better Health and Nutrition division. According to the CCPP, currently, 30% of girls in Pakistan are married before the age of 18.
In order to highlight this social issue, the play has taken help from an exciting star cast which includes Gohar Rasheed, Hania Amir, Nadia Jamil, Salman Shahid, Mehreen Raheal, Iffat Omar, Sarmad Khoosat, Ali Tahir, Raeed Mohammad Alam, Umair Rana, Sabeena Syed, Rashid Mehmood, and Khalid Butt. We are really looking forward to Gohar taking his first lead role and Hania playing a really sensitive and difficult character for the first time.
However, what we were more interested to hear were the director’s views on why such dark and terrifying themes are being explored on TV and how such plays help society. “These socially relevant plays are a way of getting the message across, to tell people about the rights of women. For instance, many people are unaware that currently there is a law in Pakistan that states that girls under the age of 18 are not legally allowed to get married. People don’t even know about this. So through this play, we are reaching out to women across Pakistan so that they know that they can take action against this practice.”
Shahid Nizami also further reiterated that such plays are definitely not about ratings. “The point is to create awareness. We have discussed various topics in the play, other than child marriages. Health, education and female empowerment are just some of those topics. Not only are we just going to shed light on the issues that affect women but we are also going to be offering some resolution.”
By the looks of the trailer, it seems as though there are some empowered female characters in the world of the play. Nadia Jamil’s character, in particular, seems to be a strong, motivating role model for women who are in a position to help other women.
The show consists of a total 22 episodes and will air on Mondays at 8 p.m. on Urdu1.
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