Churails; A pleasant whiff of the air in the suffocating patriarchal showbiz industry
Despite lacking middle-class women and their issues, the series actually put forward, focused and revealed some of the hard-to-accept truth of our society. Churails was little about disdaining on men and more on empowering women to give voice to their issues.
If you watched the trailer of Churails, you must have already acquired some acquaintance with the story of the show. Women holding guns, sticks and crockery chasing men to the death. If being honest, the trailer was a bit divergent, showing those women some evil killing poor men. However, having begun watching it, you will be proven wrong or at least I was to be proved wrong.
The story takes off with four women; Sara an ex-lawyer reduced to housewife, Jugno a drunken woman as a wedding planner, Batool recently released from prison after serving her punishment (killed her paedophile husband) and Zubaida a teenage, dreaming to be a boxer. Some unfavourable circumstances brought all of the women into one place, eventually steering them into a business-cum-spying on unfaithful men. A simple and clear story, right? Wait, there was much more to be talked over.
In the first four episodes, the story was moving with a way slower pace. Two cases seized our interest, what those women successfully unravelled (that one case was pretty horrendous) moreover in these four episodes, they did try to fill in some important issues. For instance, women sacrificing their careers for their families, leaving no stone unturned to prove their best versions, unfaithful husbands and how even women of the upper class find it hard to leave their husbands, women never locating any wrong with their own husbands and always placing blame on other women (“she trapped my husband” but if you confront her, you would be labelled a homewrecker) street harassment, the bad handling of transgenders, the homophobia, a bit about young marriages, how young women being treated differently than their brothers, the pressure forcing them not to pursue their dreams and whatnot. It was a treat to eye until we were to watch a woman killing her husband.
For the first time, I didn’t hate the comment of that man saying “Not all men are evil”, when a few men-characters put their unbroken support behind the women.
After episode five, it mutated more into a thriller, adventurous movie leaving its audience in suspense yet it didn’t appear to wear off my interest. Some scattered dots were waiting to get connected. Besides, It reflected some dark aspects of our society such as aborting a fetus and post-remorse of a woman, women being exploited in industry, this obsession with white skin, the malice of capitalism and abnormal drive to mould women into the desired shape, the overlap of power and misogyny, parents condoning problematic traits in their children, women being the mainstay, soldiers of patriarchy and trying their best to prop up the toxic patriarchy, men the defenders of bro-code and despite the acknowledgement of the wrong of other men always coming up with “got your back bro” the evil men considering themselves to be virtuous and labelling almost every next woman as Randi (a drunken kidnapper, enjoying the dance of a woman blamed those women for destroying the peace of world lol), and so on so forth. Again, it was a feast for the eyes.
Another most important thing that I honestly offered my plaudit to, was the presence of some supportive, really decent men. These men belonged to the middle class, and unlike usual stereotypical middle-class men, they put their unbroken support behind these women. Keeping women in lead still managing to grab the ample attention of the audience was not so easy, but, they did it, way conveniently. For the first time, I didn’t hate the comment of that man saying “Not all men are evil”.
Probably the show covered each and every problem of our women, still, we felt our presence lacking. I tried to detect our being- middle-class- but I couldn’t find it. They were more about the elite, having no clue of how a woman of the middle class survives. Though it was hard to find any drawback and the fact that perfection is a fallacy, so there were things that I found certainly problematic. First, having learned of multiple affairs of her husband, why Sara appeared so normal? For me, it was totally surreal, fiction. The denial, outrage, depression and even retaliation didn’t emerge anywhere. How could a woman who found about affairs of her husband suddenly unearth the mission of her life? Prophetic? Or a little unrealistic? Second, was the dissociation of the families of those women. Leaving others, if we talk about Zubaida’s family, there was no mention except in a few scenes. It was a kind of odd that their daughter left them and they made her the part of memory while accepting her money?
The series covers each and every problem of our women, still, we felt our presence lacking and having no clue of how a woman of the middle class survives.
Third and the most troublesome, was in episode 4, when Sania Saeed having found out about her gay husband, killed him while cooking nihari from his leg. Seriously, it was unwarranted. I almost puked up. Completely beyond normal. Wasn’t it the normalisation of violence that men have been doing in real and in fiction? It was gruesome, believe me. Second, why the hell they would draw a parallel between paedophilia and homosexuality? They are not equal in any sense. Of course, others didn’t approve of that punishment still it was completely irrational to put that scene into the show, to begin with. She was carnivorous and this should have been called attention to for its troublesome nature, that she was mentally ill but they didn’t, rather the writer left a kind of void there. If they needed to lead the story, they had Sheela and Zubaida already, I seriously yet to learn why did they incorporate that homosexuality and killing issue. Finally, there was a contradiction in Butool’s behaviour towards homosexuality. If she didn’t like that gay or the fact that he didn’t tell his wife, still, she never disapproved of the two women falling in love with each other in her circle, or was that her pent-up wrath for her own husband? I don’t know how they came up with that oxymoron.
Rest, it was really a great, immersing show. Believe me, once commenced watching it I didn’t blink my eyes for the next 24 hours (a bit exaggeration) well, it’s not about men-hating ladies but it actually addressed, focused and revealed some of the hard-to-accept truth. You should watch it.