Sajal Aly to play Fatima Jinnah in a biopic series

The writer and director of the series, Danial K Afzal says the prologue is ready for the series based on partition.

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Pakistani actress Sajal Aly will be playing Fatima Jinnah in a biopic series on her. Samiya Mumtaz and Sundus Farhan will also be playing Fatima Jinnah. All the actresses will perform different phases of the life of Fatima Jinnah during the independence movement. The writer and director of the series, Danial K Afzal says the prologue is ready for the series based on partition.

“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,” said Afzal while talking to Dawn.

Each scene in the teaser corresponds to a consequent season. “It will be a series with three seasons and 15 episodes per season.” He explained the series is divided into three seasons. “The first season is going to be pre-independence, the second is going to be during the independence and the third will be post-independence,” said the director.

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Afzal said that the series has been scripted entirely 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 that is independence will be played by Sajal Aly and post-independence, the whole ’65 era, will be played by Samiya Mumtaz,” he explained.

He was asked why Sajal Aly was chosen as the main face in the series. He said, “Sajal is an international icon, with her film with Jemima coming in and there’s a lot of big projects she’s doing.”

He also revealed details about the other cast members saying, “We have Dananeer as well in a different role of a journalist from Bombay. Then we have Samiya Mumtaz playing the 70-year-old version of Fatima Jinnah, Sajal is playing 50 and Sundus Farhan is playing the early 30s version of Fatima Jinnah.”

The series will initially be released on OTT platforms but it can come on TV screens as well.

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