Airing on Hum Television Network on Fridays, “O Rangreza” is the tale of a rebellious daughter who goes against the wishes of her father to become an actress. She feels doubly wronged when she sees that her father loves and wants to marry his muse, a film actress, but refuses to let his own daughter pursue the same career path. O Rangreza is a hit with the audiences for its powerful performances, a beautiful soundtrack, a well-written screenplay and strong direction.
Sassi – Sajjal Ali
Khayyam Saani – Noman Ijaz
Mumtaz – Irsa Ghazal
Qasim – Bilal Abbas
Sonia Jehan – Sana Fakhar
Wajeeh Kamal – Omair Rana
What sets O Rangreza apart is also the female protagonist that is unapologetic and thoroughly brazen about her choices. The romance of O Rangreza is based on no typical meet-cute or the regular cliches that most dramas rely on. O Rangreza lays bare the male hypocrisy of our patriarchal norms: what is okay for a man is never okay for a woman. It also sheds light on the differences in counterparts in a marriage, such as how Mumtaz (Irsa Ghazal) is completely different in her personality than Khayam. The same way Qasim’s personality, fairly similar to Mumtaz’s mannerisms and attitudes, is a different picture than Sassi’s. Sassi is a firecracker and Qasim is a quiet, smiling admirer. Mumtaz is fearful and uninspiring, Khayaam is dominating and manipulative. The play not only explores the conflicts of a gender-biased society in relationships but also talks about what it means to face the double standards of society and how the repercussions for breaking a norm mean something else for a woman and something completely else for a man.
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