Sarwat Gillani Took Inspiration from Meryl Streep for Churails’ Character

The recently released Zee5 series Churails, featuring Pakistani actors and director Asim Abbasi, is garnering quite lot of praise on each side of the border. one among it’s leading actors Sarwat Gillani recently spoke to Indian Express over the phone and spilled some beans over her character Sarah.

“In TV and films, you’ve got to emote tons for the audience to feel the pain or happiness except for the online it had to be altered to zero. I had to unlearn and begin new,” said Sarwat who plays a lawyer turned vigilante within the series.

“In The Devil Wears Prada, Streep doesn’t say much but her aura is so powerful. I even got inspired by Angelina’s [Jolie] film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, I wanted to require that subtleness,” she continued, “Basically, I adapted the subtleness of those strong personalities in my character.”

Talking about Churails, Sarwat said that director Asim Abbasi wanted to interrupt the stereotypes surrounding how women should be portrayed within the media. The stories, Sarwat said, that basically often need to be sugarcoated to form them acceptable to the audience, but in fail to portray all kinds of women this world has.

“[Asim] wanted to interrupt the stereotype that a lady who steps out of the home is bad and therefore the one who stays home and takes care of the house in good,” said Sarwat of the reality-based stereotype endorsed within the media.

“The stories are fictional. there’s not much reality attached thereto , although we see some stories within the news a day . sort of a guy throwing acid on a lady because she refused to marry him. But we don’t want to speak about it within the entertainment sector, we would like to sugarcoat the story. Asim wanted to interrupt this,” added the Jawani Phir Nahi Ani actress.

“In Churails we didn’t need a person to rescue a lady , we wanted to point out that a lady can represent herself and uplift other women browsing problems,” Sarwat said of the series that also stars Yasra Rizvi, Nimra Bucha and Meharbano in lead roles.

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