KARACHI: Zee5, the online streaming platform, has removed the Pakistan-based webseries Churails for the viewers accessing the platform in Pakistan.
The development comes after an ongoing social media backlash over the content of the webseries amid a clip from the series went viral on various platforms. A clip of the drama has gone viral, which discusses obscene discussion between two women.
The webseries uncovered some harsh societal realities of Pakistan, including child abuse, forced marriages, deplorable labour conditions, the domination of race and class-leading to suicide and crime, as well as internalised misogyny.
Meanwhile, the director of the series, Asim Abbasi expressed his dismay at the decision, saying that he was utterly disappointed that artistic freedom and content while being appreciated abroad, was being suffocated in the country of origin.
He further said, “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.”
“This is a loss for all actors, writers, directors, and technicians across Pakistan, who were hoping for digital/OTT to be their saviour. And it’s a home-run for all the misogynists who have once again proven that they are the only voice that matters,” Abbasi added.
Ever since its release, starring Sarwat Gilani, Nimra Bucha, MeharBano, and Yasra Rizvi, the series had been making into news of its content surrounding women’s rights.