Udaari , one of the few dramas that I actually watch every episode of. It has been a controversy and a hit all at once. The internet is over flowing with articles of how it will make a difference or I say it should.
The series revolves around quite a few topics. How Meera chased her dreams and turned her world around , how the Kashaf foundation helps build Sajida her whole career. But the main topic the drama revolves around is Zebo who gets molested by her step-father Imtiaz during her childhood.
In Pakistan , where the word sex is by itself a taboo , sexual abuse or child molestation is not the kind of topic every one feels okay to watch or to make others watch , Ahsan Khan plays the role of a person he says he himself hates.
Not only himself , but as viewers we all hate him to death. and that shows his success.
Rape or sexual abuse is not the topic on which dramas have never been made. There were a few which tried to show this side of our society but the thing that is different here is the story shows Zebo as the rape survivor rather than a rape victim. The society which we live in doesn’t try to help even when the child somehow cries for help. They are shut before they can be heard. So that the honor of the family does not get in trouble. We can see it in the past few episodes where Sajida just refuses to speak about it all because of the society. (and God I hated her that time)
Team Udaari had also performed at Bridal Couture Week Gold 2016 with Hadiqa Kiyani’s “Bol Kay Lab Azaad Hain Tere” with some quite strong messages for the society. Also the song’s lyrics are extraordinary and gives you goosebumps.
But everything they do , everything that they are trying to do , does it make a difference ? Will it ever make a difference? I don’t know. I know a few ones who went through the child abuse and they are no different then Sajida. The society scares them. They do not want to talk about it. This makes them a mess just like Zebo but they can not say it out loud as the society does not ever want to hear these offended things.
In the last episode of Udaari , Arsh convinces Zebo to say the things out loud that she never did. And somewhere I hope in the further episodes she does. She actually becomes a Survivor and show the society how it should be. So no child can ever stay unheard when they are much needed to .
by : Zehra A Ghaffar ( A self proclaimed writer)
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