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Review: ‘Working Women’ Brings To Fore The Horrifying Face Of Patriarchy! 

Women in Pakistan have long been subjected to various forms of discrimination and gender inequality perpetuated by patriarchal structures deeply ingrained in the society. Green Entertainment’s brand new endeavor ‘Working Women’ exposes the hypocrisy of patriarchal men who consider women as their property and attempt to control them. The show aims to break shackles and eliminate violence inflicted on women in the name of obedience.

Directed by Yasra Rizvi and written by Bee Gul, ‘Working Women’ is produced by Kashif Nisar and Qaiser Ali. The show is headlined by Maria Wasti, Anoushay Abbasi, Srha Asghar, Faiza Gillani, Ilsa Hareem, Jenna Hussain, Yasra Rizvi and Bee Gul.

Introducing The Protagonist of ‘Working Women’

The plot tracks the story of Amber (Srha Asghar), a young rich girl escapes from a hospital after being dumped by her boyfriend. She lives with her stepfather and mother (played by Laila Wasti). The latter is a typical arrogant rich woman who isn’t happy with her daughter’s affair and wants her to move on.  The second track features a group of friends where Anusee (Maria Wasti) and Zulfi (Adnan Jaffar) are old friends and leave no opportunity to take a dig at each other. They both were once in a relationship but Zulfi married some other girl and Anusee is still single. She is a successful real estate agent.

And finally, the third track features Sadia (Anoushay Abbasi) an aspiring actor dreaming to make it big on TV. She and her mother work as a beautician for a living hood. Her brother-in-law Pervez is a wedding photographer who gazes Sadia with lust and attempts to touch her inappropriately. Once he beats his pregnant wife and loses his child. Shocking, her sister blames Sadia for wearing tight clothes to attract Pervez. ‘Working Women’ showcases the journey of five protagonists. Episode one features a glimpse of Faiza Gillani and Jenna Hussain, their story is yet to be revealed.

‘Working Women’ Opens On A Strong Note

The subject material on paper is explosive. Bee Gul offers a narrative that boldly questions the patriarchal mindset. Not only does she dress up her characters well, but also infuses life in them. They come from different walks of lives, who have been exploited by men for their selfish gains. The dialogues are hard-hitting and strike a chord immediately. Yasra Rizvi’s handling of the subject is exemplary. She extracts natural performances from her actors, not even once deviating from the core theme. What’s great about ‘Working Women’ is its potential to embrace womanhood without being preachy in its tone.

Fiery Performances in ‘Working Women’

The strength of ‘Working Women’ are the performances. Anoushay Abbasi is simply magnificent. The ease with which she performs shows her sincerity towards her craft. Her expression when she stops Pervez and says ‘Don’t Use Me’ comes across as super empowering. Her characterization will be loved by the masses. Maria Wasti puts up a mature and interesting act. Her body language and eye movements describe the loneliness of her character. Srha Asghar is a powerhouse of talent. She excels in leaving an impact with her intense act.

We Are All For ‘Working Women’

‘Working Women’ is the women-centric content we need. The drama serial might be difficult for a majority of chauvinistic men to digest, but we are all for it. The gripping theme, universal plot, and powerful performances make ‘Working Women’ a good watch.

Written by Ozair Majeed


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