A show produced by Sana Shahnawaz and Samina Hamayun Saeed, Surkh Chandni is directed by Shahid Shafat and it set to air on ARY post-Eid. The teasers of the drama Surkh Chandni released and have taken the internet by storm. Starring Sohai Ali Abro and Osmaan Khalid Butt in the lead roles, the cast list also includes Mansha Pasha, Hassan Ahmed and Asad Siddiqui. This drama is Sohai Ali Abro’s return to television after Aadhi Gawahi in 2017, following which Sohai made an impact on the big screen in “Motorcycle Girl.” Osmaan Khalid Butt is also making a return to television after a substantial gap, his last show being “Baaghi” on Urdu1 in 2017-2018.
The drama has a social-issue based theme, revolving around acid attack victims and their experiences not only in society, but in their own households. The first teaser shows a besotted Osman Khalid Butt with Aida (Sohai Ali Abro), an engaged couple deeply in love, making promises of staying together regardless of the circumstances. While the teaser starts off with a sweet, loving undertone, the viewer is taken aback when Aida, on what seems to be her wedding day, becomes the victim of an acid attack. The scene does not hold back and shockingly displays the attack in detail.
The second teaser plays less upon shock value and hits the viewer emotionally. Sohai’s character Aida is seen in the hospital, emotionally distraught after seeing her appearance, telling Osmaan’s character “Kaise lag sakti hoon jaise pehle lagti thi tumhein?” (How can you ever see me how you used to see me?). The teaser cuts to Aida in her own home, now openly being shunned by her family members. Her Bhabi (played by Masha Pasha) instructs Aida’s mother to use a specific plate and glass for Aida, as she does not want her to share with the family, as they may become infected through germs from her burns. Aida faces abuse and victim-shaming within the four walls of her home when her brother accuses her of being promiscuous, otherwise why else would a man do this to her on her wedding day? Aida’s niece wakes up screaming at the sight of Aida’s face and ultimately, it seems, Aida is thrown out of her house by her brother and bhabi.
While the drama will clearly have a heavy theme, stories like this are a necessity in society today. By discussing issues and presenting them on screen, the cases we hear about in the news have a greater impact. Education is a part of the battle against injustice.