Sajal Aly to essay the role of Fatima Jinnah in upcoming partition series

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Partition is one of the most critical events of South Asian history and has been covered in the media in many ways but not from the sole perspective of Fatima Jinnah. In an upcoming series based on the Mader-e-Millat, Sajal Aly, Samiya Mumtaz and Sundus Farhan will be playing her in different eras. Danial K Afzal, the writer and director of the upcoming series, shared, “The prologue teaser has three scenes, one of Bombay, one of the ’47 train carrying the beheaded corpses and the third when she [Fatima Jinnah] stood for the elections. It will be a series with three seasons and 15 episodes per season. First season is going to be pre-independence, the second is going to be during the independence and the third will be post-independence. This will entirely be from the perspective of Fatima Jinnah and we’ve only shot the prologue in which Sundus Farhan will play the pre-independence Fatima Jinnah, then the main chunk of independence will be played by Sajal Aly and post-independence, the whole ’65 era, will be played by Samiya Mumtaz,” he explained. Commenting on what drove him to build a plot around the Mader-e-Millat, he said, “Fatima Jinnah is a figure that has not been touched before and knowing how women-centric stories are sold and taken to a higher esteem in Pakistan, I think she will be creating quite a ripple effect.”