Faryal Mehmood says ‘Wakhri’ is a tribute to Qandeel Baloch

Faryal Mehmood has given an insight into ‘Wakhri’ before its release, revealing it is inspired by the late Qandeel Baloch.

Faryal Mehmood says 'Wakhri' is a tribute to Qandeel Baloch f

"It was quite a lengthy process to be cast in the film."

Faryal Mehmood has recently revealed an interesting fact about her new film Wakhri.

It is well known that Faryal Mehmood previously took a break from acting. The reason she provided for this break was the poor quality of scripts she was receiving.

However, she has made a strong comeback with three new projects like Chikkar, a drama by Zaheer Uddin Ahmed.

She has also worked in Umair Nasir Ali’s film starring Yumna Zaidi, titled Nayab, and now Iram Parveen Bilal’s Wakhri.

Faryal also revealed that she returned to the industry because of Wakhri‘s great script.

She explained: “I resumed. I received a good script. Not just a good but a great script. It was everything I was waiting for.

“She [Iram] came and it just saved my life. It was quite a lengthy process to be cast in the film.

“There was an audition, and it took two to three months for the makers to finalise my selection.

“It was a lot of work before the film even went on floors.”

Faryal Mehmood said that her new project, Wakhri, is inspired by Qandeel Baloch, the social media sensation who was murdered by her brother.

The film revolves around a single mother who works as a teacher and dreams of opening her own school. However, she struggles to secure the necessary funds.

Frustrated by the lack of support for women in patriarchal societies, she decides to dress in drag and perform at a friend’s drag show.

This experience empowers her and she becomes unapologetic about her beliefs.

The night ends with her performance being recorded and shared widely on social media, making her an overnight sensation.

Faryal believes the script is heavily inspired by Qandeel Baloch. She also stated that she had been listening to Qandeel’s old interviews and that she was misunderstood by everyone.

She continued: “Whatever she was saying wasn’t far from the truth but no one listened to her. I felt horrid because even I didn’t listen to her.

“We just kept on judging her; her clothes, her dialect. We couldn’t move past it.”

Wakhri is set to be released across cinemas in Pakistan on January 5, 2024. Faryal Mehmood believes that the film will be a huge hit.

Ayesha is a film and drama student who adores music, arts and fashion. Being highly ambitious, her motto for life is, "Even the Impossible spells I'm Possible"

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