Critic Rating

Written by: Asma Nabeel

Production Houses: Moomal Entertainment and MD Productions

Directed by:  Syed Ahmed Kamran

“Baandi” highlights many ills in our society. It portrays the lifestyle of “Zamindars” and Feudal lords. Feudalism still thrives in present day, especially in rural areas. This drama reminds us, of the wrongs that happen especially in rural areas. The harsh mentality of the zamindaars and their misogynist views are important themes in this drama.

The story is based on Aiman Khan as Meeru, an innocent and playful girl who lives in a village. Her life turns upside down when she falls prey to the liking of a feudal lord, Yasir Hussain as Tahawar. This episode revolved around Meeru and her family’s woes as they desperately try to save Meeru from Tahawar. Tahawar puts up a bizarre demand in front of Rajju, the girl’s father.

He demands that Meeru be given to him for a week. Being a doting father, Rajju is depressed. Meeru’s parents try to marry Meeru off but to no avail, as the entire village comes to know that Tahawar has his eye on Meeru. Therefore, marrying Meeru would mean coming under the wrath of Tahawar. Tahawar is a man of power. The entire village dreads the very name of this tyrant. I believe, the drama has raised a social issue, a prevalent ill, much to our dismay. The cruelty of these feudal lords is a bitter reality.

Hina Dilpazeer, plays another antagonist in this drama. After doing a comical role in Bulbalay for so long, Hina has opted for a drastic change of role which in my opinion is very hard to digest. After seeing the lady gives us laughs as Momo for so long, it is a bit difficult to take her seriously!

Hina plays the mother of Muneeb Butt, belonging to another reputed and well off family. Hina Dilpazeer as Faiza and Noman Maqsood as her husband depict a narrow minded family that believes that servants should be treated harshly. In addition, they hold patriarchal views. In this episode we see, Faiza tell her daughter, Rameen, to endure her husband’s behavior. Rameen’s husband is portrayed as an unjust and harsh man, who treats her badly. Yet, Rameen is preached to comply and never talk back to her husband.

Faiza is looked up as a kind, just and influential woman. She showcases herself as a pious lady. The reality at her home is much different. Faiza and her husband strictly believe in class differences. They believe in keeping servants at a distance where they deserve to be.

Their disdain for servants is openly shown in this episode when her husband remarks that a servant should always stay loyal to their masters and when they don’t, they deserve to die. It is also shown that no servant girl wants to stay at their house due to the ill treatment they receive there. At this, they remark, “Feed them money that should be enough for them.” Followed by a cruel laughter. The drama successfully highlights the ill-treatment of our servants in our society generally.



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