The Pakistani drama industry is on a high right now, with the exceptional and different dramas being run on air. It is refreshing to see directors, producers, and writers break free from the stereotypical dramas and create something out of the box; aakhir kab tak, is one of those dramas.
The performances by the actors and actresses have been amazing! Adeel Hussain portrays a corrupt policeman who knows, listens and understands his wife. Ushna Shah is the embodiment of women empowerment, at the same time ensuring the to abide by her family’s values.
But it is Srha Asghar and Haroon Shahid are absolutely phenomenal! Srha’s acting is no doubt applaudable but Haroon has given us the kind of role model husband that girls need. He is amazing with his character, and we especially admire how he is compassionate and understanding towards his wife at every turn.
The story is of a teacher who rapes one of his students, and then the girl has to live with it. Her mother gets are married to a nice family, but doesn’t tell them of this fact. The story navigates of Srha’s life with her in-laws, and how her mother-in-law does not understand her trauma.
I know the word ruined has a negative connotation to it and that it doesn’t seem right. Moreover, in Pakistan, the concept of rape merely means that the girl no longer has a good character.
The drama subtly tackles the issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the said girl and how her mother tells her to stay quiet. Rape and Harassment are taboo topics in Pakistan, and people do not like to talk about it.
I understand that people do not want to talk about such heinous things. Still, we must accept that it is a part of our society – it happens almost every day. And people who unfortunately have to go through it have no idea what to do.
Akhir Kab Tak tackles this particular issue. Vivid storytelling tells us how a girl tries to brave through her trauma because she is scared to say to the world what has happened to her.
One thing that I love about this drama is how the husband of the said girl is so supportive and kind. He does not need proof and trusts his wife on account of her word, without any justifications or reasoning. It is the kind of support that women need in the wake of the incidents happening all around Pakistan.
I, for one, cannot wait to see how this drama pans out in the future. There is still a lot to happen, and I hope that the writers, directors, and producers can do justice to the topic and the awareness that they are trying to create.