ZEE5 has launched its new web series, Kaafir, that has a strong political and social message. The series is a take on one of the most important political issues that’s rarely spoken about – that of foreign nationals languishing in India prisons, simply because they don’t know who to turn to for legal help.
The series stars Dia Mirza as a young recently married Pakistani woman who tries to commit suicide because she is turned away by her husband and marital home. As luck would have it, her suicide attempt fails, and she is captured by the Indian forces. After languishing in prison for several years, her chance encounter with lawyer/journalist Vedant restarts her struggle to return to her homeland. While Vedant is struggling to help the innocent, his past too catches up with him, and he must combat societal as well as familial pressure.
What’s Wow : Dia Mirza does an amazing job of playing a rural woman who’s caught in a political game. She has gone into the skin of the character, and everything from her body language to her dialogue delivery is spot on. It’s difficult to imagine that Dia is known for her glamorous roles in Bollywood. Mohit Raina does a restrained job of playing the lawyer/journalist who is left pining for love – and that’s all his own doing.
The screenplay is girded in reality. Bhavani Iyer has not relied on unreal or cliched histrionics to get the story forward. Sonam Nair, the director does a good job of bringing the script to screen. Her vision captures the immortal beauty of Jammu as well as the cluttered, modern world that the characters come to, in India.
What also works for the series is that it isn’t a rampant Pakistan bashing exercise like some of the other series and films that we see nowadays. It has given a balanced picture of the politics and the legal issues that both countries face – even if they are their own doing.
What’s Blah : Nothing
Parting Shot : Kaafir takes a while to reach the point of triumph, but keeps the audience engaged until then.
Cast & Crew : Dia Mirza, Mohit Raina, Daa Sandhu.
Writer: Bhavani Iyer
Director: Sonam Nair
Watch the trailer here :