With social media, not only does fame come to those who want it, it also comes with followings in billions. To be in the public eye in this era you have to be more than good looking or smart or talented. You have to have the thickest skin known to mankind to survive the expectations, critique, and commentary by the same followers who give you digital clout.
Pakistani-American director, Iram Parveen Bilal clearly is a thinking person’s storyteller. Her last film to screen in Pakistan, Josh, which starred Aamina Sheikh, Khalid Malik and Mohib Mirza in key roles addressed dynastic politics, the power they wield, and the injustices that follow between the classes.
With Wakhri, Bilal takes on the layered, sometimes menacing digital world, where the people feel justified in trialing the public figures who offend their sensibilities.
Faryal Mehmood makes her debut in the titular role, and from what we’ve gathered so far, goes through the three stages of digital stardom: famous, canceled, redeemed.