Pakistani actor Saba Qamar’s upcoming show ”Baaghi”, based on the life of controversial social media figure Qandeel Baloch, will launch on Zindagi channel’s DTH platforms on June 28.
Zindagi channel was recently made available on Indian television as as a value-added service on Tata Play, Dish TV, D2H, Airtel TV with shows such as ”Zindagi Gulzar Hai”, ”Aunn Zara” and ”Sadqay Tumhare”.
”Baaghi” features Qamar as Fouzia Azeem, better known by her stage name Qandeel Baloch, who was strangled to death by her brother Muhammad Waseem in July 2016. Baloch rose to prominence due to her videos on social networks discussing her daily routine, her rights as a Pakistani woman, and various controversial issues.
Written by Shazia Khan and directed by Farooq Rind, the show was launched in Pakistan in 2017.
It depicts the life of a young ambitious Baloch girl from a quaint village who aspired to be a diva and highlights her fight against all odds to carve her own identity as Qandeel Baloch.
The story aims to humanize the late social media sensation, who was undeserving of the hatred she received, a press release stated.
”Qandeel had a dynamic and feisty personality. As a public figure, she always made headlines for her bold and outspoken nature and her life was often under the scanner. When I heard the script, I instantaneously connected with Qandeel’s brave and candid nature. Baaghi captures the essence of her fearless life perfectly. ”Getting an opportunity to play such a fiery character on screen has been a life-changing experience and I feel nervous yet excited as Zindagi brings the series once again on its DTH services,” Qamar said.
Speaking about the show, Shailja Kejriwal, Chief Creative Officer, Zee Special Projects, shares, “Baaghi is a real life story that mirrors the vulnerability of personalities in the public domain. It is a reflection to how society looks at social media stars, and their lives under the spotlight. Thought provoking content viewed from a social lens has been a strong focus for the stories we tell at Zindagi. We are proud to be bringing another such one to our audiences.