TV Series


Power of TV Drama

By Maleeha Faisal Siddiqi | April 2023

Sar-e-Rah, a mini-TV series of six episodes made with well-researched and well-executed content, is truly a masterpiece. The script is as powerful as the cast – and both connect like a hand in a glove. Each actor fits into their respective role unerringly.

The stories of different individuals reflect the different aspects of our problematic society, which are so finely woven into powerful lines that the viewers can relate to. The taboos and stigmas that make up our social fabric are not only toxic but also contagious for all segments of our society.

The story begins by showing the life of a young girl from a lower-middle class of a taxi driver. This family collectively has the quintessential mindset of not providing the daughter with proper education – whilst arranging high-class university education for the son. This girl is not only motivated to break the chain of female illiteracy – following 10th grade, that is – that has been rendering the women in her family uneducated, but is also very enthusiastic about sharing the family responsibility when the father becomes ill. She has been into reading, and also learnt driving skills by observing her father since her childhood.

A sharp twist of fate makes her ready to take the wheel of the taxi and enter the arena of the male-dominated profession. The series moves on as the main protagonist meets the passengers, each of whom reflect a particular social issue that has shaped their lives. The sensitive issues of child-adoption, infertility, the challenges a woman goes through – putting her own career on stake – are flawlessly tackled. The surface of dangerous repercussions of cyber-bullying affecting internet users is sensibly scratched, also taking into account the inheritance laws for women.

The cabby girl meets Sarang, a bisexual individual, living in a troubled family with his stepmother and stepbrother. The only thing that pushes them (Sarang) to excel in academics is the strong and never-ending moral support of their father.

Then comes a professional corporate girl facing harassment at her workplace, which hinders her professional and social growth. She settles down by getting a loan from an NGO, a franchise endorsement and a will to complete her incomplete educational journey. Her motivation, in itself, is a puller.

The latest episode wraps up each issue along with giving a sensible and logical closure to all the characters, showing how these issues are understood and acknowledged by the familial networks of each character.

The world that we live in is characterized by such important, bothersome and prickly facades of society, but we collectively fail to address them openly, let alone solve them. It is high time we use this powerful art known as TV drama to highlight these issues