I just finished watching the last episode of the Pakistani drama Baaaghi and my heart is heavy with so many emotions; Sadness, Mourning and regret. Saba Qamar did a phenomenal job depicting the life, trial and challenges of the lead character. Baaghi was based on the life of social media sensation Qandeel Baloch who tragically become a victim, of honor killing in 2016.
Qandeel baloch sparked just as much intrigue and debate, as her life had. There are many polarized opinions about Qandeel’s means to fame. She become one of the most well known names in Pakistan after rising from a small village in Punjab. Baaghi was her story and gave us an insight into her life behind the selfies and viral videos. The drama used the name, Kanwal baloch , for the main character. However it was quite clear that the events were all from Qandeel baloch’s life. Watching the poverty, depravity and hardship’s from Qandeel’s life gave more dimensions to her story. How easy it is to mock, pass on moral judgements and write self righteous status updates on our smart phones, as we sit on comfortable sofas in our air conditioned houses with a full stomach. To emphatize with the other, be in their shoes, imagine sleeping on that hard chaarpaye in hot summer nights, bitten by mosquitoes all night and with the smell of the neighbouring cattle. Is the less comfortable option .So we judge, we mock and we categorize people as black and white. I felt sad for the end of Qandeel’s life .She and (many in her situation) do not get a chance for ements.
A big shout out of Osman Khalid butt and Laila Zuberi for showing us an example through their characters of how to be different and dare to accept the circumstances of others.
Baaghi finished on a note of introspection, leaving us with many questions. They stretched the drama in the middle and kept some questions . Like the involvement of Mufti Qavi out of the drama. But overall Baaghi was a thought provoking story and a lovely attempt by the whole team.
The drama ended with these words:
“Jhooti izzat aur bemainay ghairati mujh jaisi kahin Qandeelon ko waqt se pehle bujha diya.
Sambhalnay aur badalnay ka jo haq mujhe khuda ne diya tha, woh aap ne cheen liya.
Main maushray ke liye kharaab thi, logon ke ikhlak ke liye khatra thi.
Main jaisi bhi thi, aap ki duniya se chali gayi.
Apni koi safai paish kiye baghair, main sirf yeh poochna chahti hoon ke
Ab to burai khattam ho gayi na? Logon ke ikhlak bhi bach gaye. Maushra? Uska kya hua? Maushra theek ho gaya? Hmm?