“Child marriage is the highest form of abuse"
New drama serial Mayi Ri has gone off to a strong start, with its first episode engaging an audience of over five million viewers.
Drama lovers agreed that they were enjoying the show due to its different concept of child marriages.
One fan said: “The drama is interesting and the story is really good. Waiting for upcoming episodes.”
Another said: “For the first time I see a different concept in this drama.”
One comment read: “These types of stories are great. They give a margin to all actors and actresses to act.”
Mayi Ri is about a schoolgirl who is forced into marriage by her father.
The drama has a stellar cast, starring Aina Asif, Maria Wasti, Nauman Ijaz, Maya Khan and Amna Malik.
The drama has been produced by Fahad Mustafa and Dr Ali Kazmi, whilst Fahad Mustafa’s wife Sana has written the script.
Speaking of the drama, Maria Wasti said:
“Child marriage is the highest form of abuse that prevails in our society. We brush it under the carpet, but we know it is taking away someone’s right to live.
“It is an easy way of controlling someone which is very inhumane.”
Maria Wasti plays Hareem-e-Samina, who is a victim of child marriage and is forced to accept her situation.
She also spoke about how important it was to highlight this topic and revealed she was pleased that production houses and channels were willing to work on such taboo subjects.
Maria continued: “It will at least leave something for the viewer to ponder on, and may prevent them from following the practice.”
She went on to say that although there were laws in Pakistan that worked against child marriages, they were inadequate in their field.
Samar Jafri plays Fakhir and said:
“Marriage is a very beautiful relationship but at the right age. Child marriage puts an end to childhood.
“It is extremely important to highlight such themes on television because people look up to actors.”
“If it is a good message, it will give food for thought to the audience.”
Director Syed Meesam Naqvi said that this serial was based on real-life stories and would also touch on other subjects alongside child marriage.
He said: “The drama is not just about child marriage. We have tried to put forth a big issue in a simple manner to make it easier for the audience to digest.
“It revolves around an ordinary home where people have plenty of other issues too.
“It’s not just about a girl, but also the story of a boy who is married at a young age. His career is also at stake.
“Child marriage leads to several issues, including medical problems, psychological challenges and educational challenges. Our focus is on education.”