In this modern age, writers and directors are actively producing dramas which go beyond entertainment. They are beginning to address social taboos and pursuing stories which help in giving a reality check to the audience. The upcoming drama Haiwan is also one of the works that plans to set Pakistani media to the right path.
The story is written by Sara Sadain Syed, in an attempt to educate the citizens about ignoring their children. It aims to create awareness to parents and relatives about how negligence on potential dangers are lurking inside the house or outside, for e.g. relatives, neighbors, and friends.
According to the teaser, Haiwan is the story of a family which includes Faysal Quraishi and Savera Nadeem who live with their two daughters. One of the daughters is played by Sanam Chaudhary. In the trailer, Faysal warns his daughters to be cautious and blames his partner for not being careful. It shows misery and few unfortunate events that turn their lives upside down.
The poster even comes with a hashtag #MyChildMyResponsibility that urges the audience to take responsibility of their children.
While talking in an interview, Jerjees Seja – the CEO of ARY Digital network – said, “We first started portraying taboo subjects with drama serial Roag (back in 2012) and since then our motto is to provide quality entertainment which also creates social awareness, especially after what has been happening to the children in our country.”
So far only the teaser for the drama has been released, however we are already indulged in with the story and tremendous acting skills displayed by the cast.
He also explains how letting our children roam freely in the neighborhood is a regular practice in Pakistan.
“Our campaign is about #MyChildMyResponsibility which basically means that parents should be protective and vigilant about their child’s safety. We somehow assume that our family members, relatives or neighbors will take good care of them, but it is the parents’ responsibility first and foremost to be watchful,” Jerjees further explained.
He added that, “mishap can be of any type; it is not limited to abuse. It can be an accident or anything else. One of the posters of the play mentions that 12 cases of child abuse are reported every day in Pakistan,” he said, quoting the accounting by Cruel Numbers 2018.
Jerjees’ stance on showing abuse in television is very clear: “We ensure to not show anything blatantly discomforting or graphical, keeping in mind local sensibilities. The policy is to show a social evil or reasons behind it and how we can safeguard ourselves from it,” he said.
Directed by Syed Mazhar Moin, Haiwan will air its first episode on 10th of October at 8 pm on ARY Digital.
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