Pakistani actor essays a leading role in the debut web-series under new partnership for elevating South-Asian content

Sarwat Gilani will be headlining the opening project, titled Farar, reports Variety. The show is a six-part web series that will premiere at the 14th annual Chicago South-Asian Film Festival on September 23, 2023.

Directed by New York-based, Pakistani television and film director Mehreen Jabbar, the series also stars Mariam Saleem of Ek Jhoothi Love Story fame and Maha Hasan.

As per the official poster for the series that was unveiled recently, the two will fulfill leading roles alongside Gilani. Farar was created in collaboration with producers Umnia Iftikhar, credited for producing the short film The Desert Journey, and Shailja Kejriwal who is the chief creative officer of special projects at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.


Not much has been revealed about the storyline, with just a short synopsis informing potential viewers that the series will revolve around the friendship between the three main female characters and their navigation through life’s various challenges.


The series will give us an insight into the lives of widowed hairdresser Sabrina as she struggles with the difficulties of being in a complicated relationship, aspiring actor Tanya as she grapples with her body-image issues, and ambitious track and field runner Huma as she resists societal pressures to get married.

We can expect their individual tales to intertwine at different points throughout the course of the drama series, delving into possible themes of heartbreak, grief, love, sisterhood, empowerment, and so much more against the hustling and bustling backdrop of one of Pakistan’s biggest metropolitan cities, Karachi.

After riding the towering wave of success of Joyland receiving a standing ovation and winning a jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the film being shortlisted for the Oscars, Gilani is starring in yet another project that is bound to attract international audiences and wide-reaching appreciation, especially across India and Pakistan.

“As an actor, being part of Farar has been an incredible journey of exploration and dedication. This show is not just a story for us; it’s a piece of our souls, a representation of the rich emotions that connect us as humans,” shared Gilani on her experience of working on the much-awaited web series.

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