Switching TV channels aimlessly and dodging saas-bahu serials purposely, I sadly hoped for each day once I can watch a lady like me on mainstream media. Cursing all the ghissy-pittey scripts, I turned to social media, and guess what? I wasn’t disappointed. Zee5 dropped the trailer of a Pakistani web series, Churails, that got me immensely excited. It’s happening. It’s finally happening!
So, I binge-watched Churails (the only way of watching it anyway) and literally had goosebumps. This was THE Pakistani representation my heart always yearned for.
Warning: If you haven’t watched it yet, you better roll in the hay because we’ve got spoilers!
Churails took Pakistani women out of their ”damsel in distress” cliche and made them responsible of their own narrative
Four women from diverse backgrounds, preparing a military to avenge oppressed women! Bring me the popcorn already because mard ko tou ab dard hoga. From spying on cheating husbands to punishing oppressive men, the churails did it all. such a lot better than two women fighting over an equivalent man on national TV.
The stellar cast, featuring Sarwat Gilani, Yasra Rizvi, Nimra Bucha, and Mehar Bano brought life to their roles.
Zubaida was all folks when she couldn’t follow her dreams thanks to her family
Played by Mehar Bano, Zubaida accurately portrays the struggle of a mean Pakistani girl only allowed to go away home together with her younger brother for ”safety”. She is beaten to a pulp when her family finds out that she features a knack of boxing and is even involved a boy.
A shoutout goes bent all the male allies within the show: Shams, Dilber, and therefore the policeman really proved their mettle.
The show beautifully highlights how feminism isn’t just a ”woman” thing. it’s believing within the equality of rights of ALL genders across the board, and there’s no shame in advocating that.
As beautifully bound up by Shams, ”Mard thay, iss liye aurat ke liye rukawat nahi ban’na chahtay thay.”
I cannot even count the amount of issues Churails addressed in only 10 episodes.
From harassment, forced marriages, child marriages, cheating, transphobia, domestic abuse to uncovering a secret prostitution ring in Pakistan: the online series doesn’t twiddling my thumbs . Living in our small bubble, we forget how complicated our social fabric is and Churails grasped that real well.
Churails isn’t a saccharine treat. It’s a tough to swallow, rather bitter, but necessary pill. it’ll cast a spell on you and haunt you, for it promises to go away a mark. Here’s to all or any the late-night binge-watching and WhatsApp groups I bombarded with plot twists. I hope we will have all this and more for future Pakistani series. Here’s to a digital revolution!