The first teaser of Danial K Afzal’s upcoming web series, based on the life of Fatima Jinnah, is out. The series titled Fatima Jinnah: Sister | Revolutionist | Statesman, will star Sundus Farhan, Sajal Aly, and Samiya Mumtaz as the Mother of the Nation in each era respectively. The released prologue of the web series shows glimpses of the three eras the show is set to cover.
It takes off in 1929, Bombay, with a woman picking up a postcard, the sender and recipient of which are unclear. Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s voice in the background sends shivers down our spines as the visuals remain blurry, while the vision is clear. March 1929 marked the Muslim League session held under the presidency of Jinnah in Delhi. In his address to his delegates, he consolidated the 14 points and the manifesto of All India Muslim League.
We are then time-travelled to 1947, Lahore, where a train is seen onloading passengers enroute to another nation. A woman walks towards it as Radio Pakistan makes its first ever announcement. Uncertainty looms as the promise of an independent state is fulfilled. August 14, 1947 marked the independence of Pakistan.
The clip takes us to 1965, Karachi, where we meet with the same woman, now older, as she holds her glasses before picking up another piece of paper which appears to be a letter. The Second Kashmir War took place between April and September 1965 between India and Pakistan.
Afzal had shared with The Express Tribune earlier that his upcoming web series will be depicting Madar-e-Millat in her 30s, during the pre-partition era, in her 50s, during the Independence and in her 70s, during the post-partition era.
The prologue’s YouTube description reads: “Await a riveting visual and historical piece based on the first female leader of Pakistan.” The video evokes a sense of loss and eagerness. It is gloomy, and on some level, gratifying. The fact that the life of such an important female figure in Pakistan’s history is finally being revisited onscreen makes one jittery and topsy-turvy. The mystifying teaser is most certainly adding to that excitement.
Here's hoping the trailer drops soon!
Watch the prologue here:
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