Pakistani dramas have been at the core of our entertainment business for decades, bringing amazing talent from actors, writers, and directors into the spotlight and acting as one of the country’s most accessible forms of entertainment that are appealing to both urban and rural audiences. In this context of reach and relevance, drama producers and writers have also taken on the responsibility of creating a positive impact on society with dramas that tackle tough social issues, raise awareness, and breaking the silence by initiating dialogue on a domestic level.
Pakistani women who survive revenge-based acid attacks are, in the words of one the 'living dead'. It's a horrific crime but also a largely unknown one since the victims are often too ashamed by their disfigurement to publicly report it or reluctant to file charges against a family member.
Upcoming drama serial ‘Surkh Chandni’ highlights the plight of acid attack victims and the intricate web of conspiracies that stem from such issues. It pulls the curtain back on an act that's all too common but rarely spoken of in Pakistan: men who throw acid at women's faces in a fit of rage.
Speaking exclusively to HIP, “producer Sana Shahnawaz confirmed ‘Surkh Chandni’ will go on air in April. It’s a story which needs to be told”.
Actors Osman Khalid Butt and Sohai Ali Abro are portraying lead roles. The drama will touch upon the issue of the rising number of acid attacks in the country.
The project is written by Asma Nabeel and directed by Shahid Shafaat. The cast includes Asad Siddiqui, Hasan Ahmed, Mansha Pasha, Huma Nawab, Lubna Aslam, and Gul-e-Raana. It is produced by Sana Shahnawaz and Samina Humayun Saeed (A Next Level Entertainment production)
One of the major strength of the play is Asma Nabeel’s script. Divulging some details about the play Asma said: "Surkh Chandni basically sheds light on acid attack survivors. It highlights the significant legislation of acid and burn crime bills, its implementation to the victims and brings to justice the culprits. It exemplifies a better legal approach with special reference to acid attacks as a crime and the validity of specific legal provisions for female victims. Sohai Ali Abro plays the lead protagonist; she is back on TV after a long break. Abro liked the narrative and it was an instant said yes for her".
Surkh Chandni will air on ARY Digital.