The highly praised Pakistani web-series Churails is banned in Pakistan due to its controversial monologue.
The series stars four ladies in leading roles namely Sarwat Gilani, Yasra Rizvi, Mehar Bano and Nimra Bucha. The characters of the series came to be a voice for Pakistan’s oppressed but spirited women.
After a clip from the series went viral on social media, the conservative side of the Pakistani public demanded that the show be banned in the country as it presents inappropriate behavior that goes against the cultural norms of the country. The show was consequently taken down for Pakistani audience by Zee5 due to pressure from the viewers on social media platforms such as Twitter.
The news was highlighted by show-runner, Asim Abbasi as he labelled the ban on Churails a loss for viewers and artists.
How strange for #Churails to be lauded internationally, and now be shut down in its country of origin. In the very country where hundreds of artists came together to create something that could initiate dialogue and open doors for new narratives. (1)
— Asim Abbasi (@IllicitusProduc) October 7, 2020
Asim wrote on social media, “How strange for #Churails to be lauded internationally, and now not be viewable in its country of origin. 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. For this is not just my loss. This is a loss for women and marginalised communities that this show meant to re-represent. This is a loss for all actors, writers, directors and technicians across Pakistan, who were hoping for digital/OTT to be their saviour. And it’s a home-run for all the misogynists who have once again proven that they are the only voice that matters.”
The ban on the series is considered a step back towards entertainment made in poor taste and a rejection towards creative artistic efforts.