Review: Churails on ZEE5

Churails is now streaming on ZEE5 which was released on their platform on August 11. This is the first Pakistani original series which is premiered on the ZEE5 platform.

Cast & Crew:

ZEE5 Pakistani original series Churails stars some of the best talent from the Pakistani entertainment industry

  • Sarwat Gilani plays Sara, a former lawyer whose seemingly enviable life – a handsome and wealthy husband, three adorable children – turns out to be hollow.
  • Nimra Bucha plays Batool, who has served a 20-year prison sentence for killing her husband.
  • Mehar Bano plays Zubaida, who secretly purses boxing lessons and gets walloped by her father when he finds out.
  • Yasra Rizvi plays Jugnu, who is Sara’s childhood friend and a hard-drinking and potty-mouthed wedding planner

The series is directed by critically-acclaimed director Asim Abbasi who is best known for his 2018 film Cake which was Pakistan’s official selection for 2019 Oscars.

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Women Empowerment & their Rights

The series aims to challenge the hypocrisy of patriarchal societies that curtail women and their rights. It is a story about strong women, embarking on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment and sisterhood and how they come together to open a covert detective agency to expose cheating husbands amongst the city’s elite. As their operations expand, they come to be saviors of abused, harassed, and mistreated women. 

How the Churails Started, #MainChurailHoon

The 10-episode debut season kicks off with a strong start. Be it storyline or the character development, Abbasi has outdone himself leaving viewers no doubts. Everything from the shots used to the cinematography is par excellent. The background score perfectly complements the essence of each scene and the attention to details and the iconography that one can now associate with the main leads of Churails makes it a true artistic masterpiece. Every scene could get you in a roll where you could empathize with the characters.

First episode titled “Wafa” is about their motivations in life and what made them become Churails. “Wafa” as an episode sets up the foundation of the show decently. On a fateful night, Sara finds out that her husband is cheating on her. While Batool recuses Zubaida from her father. All end up at Jugnu’s place. Intoxicated and stoned, Sara is looking for revenge, justice, and meaning in life. This leads to Churails. A secret agency that will bring justice for women, rich and poor, she suggests.

Sara has the duty to put forward and convince others of this crazy idea. An idea she isn’t sure about either yet. It’s fun to watch her allow some vulnerability and adventure. That is perhaps what it is for her at this point, a direction to work towards. Jugnu, on the other hand, has to be the voice of reason. She understands the urge for revenge. Yet is still sober enough to call the idea what it is, absurd. Zubaida and Batool are more than willing to follow the lead of their “bajis”. Social status at play here.

My Take

Churails is not only a delightful series but also one that everyone should watch. This show is ground-breaking and exposes the so called patriarchy still existing.

Thank you Zindagi and ZEE5 for giving us such great content no less than an international web series.

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