“I’m eager to be part of a story that addresses the stigma of divorce"
Ushna Shah has expressed her wish to see a change in the portrayal of divorce in TV dramas.
The actress took to social media to state that wants to be a part of a show that “addresses the stigma of divorce”.
Ushna took to X and wrote: “Many scripts I work on perpetuate shame around divorce.
“While I can’t reshape the conventions of scriptwriting or opt for unemployment, I stand by a vision.
“As a child of a divorcee who hustled three jobs to raise us, the stigma on divorced characters feels deeply personal.
“I’m eager to be part of a story that addresses the stigma of divorce and combats the shame of being single after, celebrating the journey to independence and joy.
“Convincing producers to back such a risque script which may face societal backlash is very challenging.”
Ushna had also revealed that she was frustrated with scripts involving two women fighting over the same man and pointed out that whilst working on Habs, she argued over the matter.
Ushna Shah elaborated: “This idea of two women fighting over a man just irks me to the core!
“I had so many fights about this in Habs as well. On what planet is that okay? All love stories on our television are the same. It’s ridiculous.”
There are many Pakistani dramas which are based on life after divorce, often highlighting the woman being in a difficult position after she returns to her parent’s house and is shunned by her sister-in-law.
These dramas go on to show the difficulty a divorced woman has to face in a society where divorce is still considered taboo.
However, Green Entertainment has produced a drama which is based on the topic of divorce, but in a light-hearted and comedic way.
101 Talaqain centres on Rustom Kowasjee (Zahid Ahmed), a divorce lawyer who has assisted in many divorce cases.
The first episode begins with a narrative, voiced by Zahid Ahmed about the concept of love at first sight, and questions of whether the audience had heard of hate at first sight.
101 Talaqain boasts a stellar cast of names such as Yasir Nawaz, Usama Khan, Zubab Rana, Anoushey Abbasi, Naveen Waqar and Agha Talal.
It has proven to be a highly popular drama and viewers have agreed that Green Entertainment has provided thought-provoking and different serials, that set them a world apart from other channels.
One individual wrote: “Green Entertainment is on the next level for content in Pakistan. So proud of you guys.”
Another commented: “I find this show very unique. The screenplay is well written and contains a lot of research which is the first time a Pakistani writer has bothered to do.
“The lead actors’ performance is mind-blowing.”