Joining the league of drama serials that aim to promote women empowerment is Asad Jabal’s Roshni, which is all about a courageous girl called Roshni. The titular character is essayed by Maham Aamir of Babul Ka Angna fame, who fights for the rights of other women around her and is always looking to help others; an altruistic person who often finds herself in trouble as a result.
With five episodes out, Roshni sends out the message that instead of staying quiet, one should stand up against evil and fight for it, irrespective of gender. Roshni’s character is one that promotes altruism even if it means she will suffer. In a recent episode, we learn that Roshni loses out on a marriage proposal because she was too busy helping a woman in distress. The idea promoted here is that society should learn to accept a woman raising her voice against injustices in society. How the play evolves will be determined in the next few weeks. And if early episodes are anything to go by, this play does offer a departure from usual melodrama and weeping that has become a dominant factor in local television productions.
Written by Edison Idrees Masih and produced by Babar Javed, Roshni also features actors Sajid Hussain Shah, Nazli Nasar, Kamran Jilani, Shan Baig in pivotal roles.