Pakistani films and dramas have come a long way, our films have seen their revival, our dramas are covering social issues however, we still have some shoes to fill.
When Mira Sethi signed her new film with Meenu and Farjad, her comment on it made us think a lot of things:
“There aren’t too many comedic roles written for women, so this was an ‘AHA!’ moment,” she said.
What Mira has said is indeed true, as much as Pakistani dramas are trying to break stereotypes through dramas like Udaari and Khuda Mera Bhi Hai, it is in fact very correct that women are hardly given comedic roles.
Sheroo made this sari for me when I was a college student in Boston. Every time I wear it, I am reminded of my student days, of wedding parties in dappled sunshine in Boston and New York and Cambridge. I wore the sari again today after a long time, and even though it was aggressively warm–no delicate, dappled light!–I felt so happy. @hassanhsy ❤️ #mirasethi
It seems like that in our society, only a man can be funny. However, that isn’t true. Women can be and are as much funny but the society has already made up its mind about what feature to associate with which gender.
We certainly hope that once the big screen features a woman in a comedy role with Mira’s film debut, it will pave the way for other women to come up and take up comedic roles and step away from the typical damsel in distress.
Saat Din Mohabbat In is a film by Meenu and Farjad’s starring Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui apart from Mira Sethi in a comedic role and is scripted by Fasih Bari Khan. It tells the story of a young man on a quest to find his true love in a crowded Karachi neighbourhood.