Sheheryar Munawar has proved his mettle in acting through his various successful dramas and movies. He has been appreciated by the audience and critics across borders. His current ongoing drama ‘Pehli Si Muhabbat’ is getting quite some ratings.
But he is one of those actors who limit themselves to just that, he’s been trying his hand around the craft by taking up production and now direction. He produced his last movie ‘Parey Hut Love’ which was released in 2019. And now the See Prime original short film ‘Prince Charming’ starring Mahira Khan and Zahid Ahmed is his directorial debut. The film is available on See Prime’s YouTube channel.
Talking about the film, it touches upon a topic that most people aren’t aware of Post Marital Depression. The story revolves around the lives of Sheherzade and Akber who’ve been married for a while. They have a daughter together and their days start like any other family: the woman waking up early and working to see to the needs of her husband and child.
While it doesn’t seem like a very unusual setting, the film has been very cleverly shot with the various ‘normal moments’ given a cinematic representation and a rather comical background score. The underlying theme of unrecognition, acknowledgment, and disregard of one’s sacrifice has been very well highlighted by the consistent dark tone.
The broken dialogues, the recitation of Ahmad Faraz’s piece adds to the poetic essence of the film. With minimal dialogues and blank expressions, Mahira Khan has once again proven herself as the great actor she is. She has very meticulously shown what a depressed person would feel like.
The storyline has been very well put together so kudos to Sheheryar Munawar for presenting a very beautiful story that needs great recognition for the thought it provokes.
Now a little about the thought:
“According to a 2018 study conducted by the Bowling Green State University in the US, of the 152 female respondents, 12 percent felt depressed after their wedding.” While this is very small data more because the phenomenon is not even recognized in most countries including those of the subcontinent.
A lot of people shrug it off as ‘mood swings’ or ‘adjustment issue’ or ‘just a phase’ but this is as real as it gets. People need to recognize and acknowledge it. It’s high time already.