After Udaari and Meri Guriya, yet another TV drama aims to raise awareness about child molestation in Pakistan.
Titled Haiwan, this venture will be directed by Mazhar Moin, written by Sara Savain Syed, and produced by iDream Entertainment. Starring Faysal Qureishi and Savera Nadeem as the unfortunate parents and Sanam Chaudhry as their eldest daughter, the drama aims to highlight the role that parents need to play to keep their children, especially their daughters, safe.
The storyline revolves around the chaos that follows when the couple’s youngest daughter goes missing.
According to Faysal Quraishi, the drama will talk about how “a slight oversight by parents can result in a life-long regret.”
Haiwan will make its debut on ARY Digital on 10th October.
There have been several serials in the past two years which have highlighted various aspects of child abuse and rape, each one taking a different perspective of the issue.
The recently concluded Meri Guriya, starring Sania Saeed and Sajid Hasan, was inspired by the shocking rape and subsequent murder of eight-year-old Zainab Amin whose body was found dumped in a trash heap a few days after she went missing.
Starring Mohsin Abbas Haider as Dabeer the rapist, the serial attempts to showcase how society suppresses victims and continues to let killers like Dabeer remain at large. The serial particularly pointed fingers at the ignorance displayed by victims’ families, and how they refuse to pursue a case fearing that it will bring “dishonor”.
Similarly, the 2016 serial Udaari, which starred Ahsan Khan as the villain, focused on the socio-economic marginalization of citizens in society, which ultimately leads to child abuse. Despite the important subject and receiving critical acclaim, the drama was severely criticized by the public who felt that it was “immoral, unethical and inappropriate”.
Other serials that managed to handle the subject tactfully include Roag and Dar Si Jaati Hai Sila.