PEMRA takes down ‘Churails’ from Zee5
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has reportedly taken down the drama web series ‘Churails’ which is sugar-coated with claims of promoting women rights.
The drama series from the Indian web channel has been removed for Pakistan-based audience not for its feminist or liberal content but for the vulgarity it openly discusses without prior warning or restriction of age.
A clip of the drama has gone viral on social media which discusses obscene discussion between two women.
A large number of citizens of Pakistan have reportedly complained to the PEMRA against the content of the drama.
Much hype was created before release of the drama with actors claiming that it discusses routine life of women in funny and sarcastic way. It features Sarwat Gillani, Yasra Rizvi, Nimra Bucha and Meher Bano in lead roles and revolves around a bunch of women who are on expedition of exposing their cheating husbands with the help of a covert detective agency.
British-Pakistani film director Asim Abbasi, who wrote ‘Churails’, has tweeted, “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.
“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.”