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‘Churails ban’: Asim Abbasi, Osama Khalid Butt & others express outrage


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

08th Oct, 2020. 11:46 am
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Churails banned in Pakistan

Pakistan’s web-series Churails has been banned in Pakistan, which was streamed on Zee5, an India-based platform.

The director of Churails, Asim Abbasi took to social media to express his disappointment and hurt over the move.

“How strange for Churails to be lauded internationally, and now be shut down in its country of origin,” wrote Abbasi on social media. “In the very country where hundreds of artists came together to create something that could initiate dialogue and open doors for new narratives. Artistic freedom squashed because it is wrongly perceived by some as a moral threat. Predictable, and yet, still disappointing.”

The director added, “For this is not just my loss. This is a loss for women and marginalised communities that this show meant to re-represent.”

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Sarwat Gilani, who plays one of the leads in the show, also posted a cryptic message on social media after the ban.

However, several Twitter users including Osman Khalid Butt and Sanam Saeed expressed their outrage over the ban.

There are many people who are simply pissed at the way our own content that was being hailed for its progressive nature and path-breaking storytelling has been banned in its home country.

It is believed that the ban was imposed after a clip from the show went viral on social media. In the clip, Hina Khawaja Bayat’s character reflected intimacy and indecency in an Islamic state.

Featuring Sarwat, Yasra Rizvi, Nimra Bucha, Meher Bano and Omair Rana among others, ‘Churails’ revolves a feministic tale of 4 self-proclaimed women who open up an agency to teach cheating and abusive men a much-needed lesson.