Churails - do they cast their spell?
Updated: Aug 23
Episodes: 10 | Language: Hindi | Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Certificate: UA
Plot Summary: Set in Karachi, this Pakistani web series directed by Asim Abassi, revolves around four women, who set up an undercover detective agency to expose unfaithful and unjust men, only to unearth a scam and start a nation-wide movement.
So, who are these four Churails?
Sara (Sarwat Gilani) has a perfect life. A high-profile husband, happy family and lots of wealth. Was once a lawyer, but now misses a purpose in life. Jugnu (Yasra Rizvi), a high-profile event manager, single and money-mattered. Batul (Nimra Bucha), who spent twenty years in prison for murdering her husband and Zubaida (Meher Bano), the young girl who wants to break free from her family's orthodox traditions and become a boxer.
This band of four women comes together and takes it upon themselves to teach the abusive men of this patriarchal society, a lesson! They form an undercover detective agency - Churails, with its punch line 'Mard ko dard hoga'. They do this under the façade of a fashion boutique, wittily called Halal Designs. What starts with a mission to help victimized wives expose their cheating husbands, unearths a mega-scam and ultimately snowballs into a feminist movement. The ladies literally wear burkhas like a superhero capes as they head for their missions.
The narrative takes lots of interesting twists and turns, finally unravels disruptive secrets and scams about child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking and drug abuse, which gets the women to raise issues about the basic human rights.
The performance of the entire cast of Churails is stunning, compelling and in control of their act. All actors have been cast well, and have done full justice to their characters. They are new to the Indian audiences, but they slowly grab our attention and sustain it till then end.
The series could have been cut shorter, to make the plot crisper and tighter, especially episodes 5 to 7, when it felt a bit off-track and dragging. The cinematographer and co-producer Mo Azmi does a great job with stylized sequences and overall production quality. Among these stunning ladies, are some noteworthy male characters and cast, especially Omair Rana, who is very effective as Jameel. The rap number is pretty cool and lends character to the narrative.
Surely, a one-time watch and here's to hoping of seeing more work from this sub-continent!