Prominent novelist Umera Ahmed, the writer behind the upcoming series Dhoop ki Deewar, says she sent the script for approval to ISPR first.
The upcoming project featuring Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly in the leading roles is directed and produced by Haseeb Hasan. Set in the backdrop of the Pulwama attack in Kashmir, the story features a cross-border friendship between Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly.
Both belong to military families who lose their loved ones in border escalation between India and Pakistan. They both lose their fathers and this shared grief becomes the foundation of their friendship, much to the dismay of their families.
The leading character going through the same pain empathizes with each other and vouches for peace between the two countries. The series gives a strong message of peace and humanity over war and conflict.
Approval from ISPR
However, a few social media users raised objections to the series for its message of peace and friendship with India. The playwright, Umera Ahmed, hence released the statement on social media saying that she first sent the script of the series for approval to the media wing of Pakistan armed forces, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in 2019.
She said ISPR approved the list and fully supported her. They also invited her to the office and discussed the project.
The series will be aired on Zee5, an Indian OTT. Netizens slammed her for selling her content to the Indian platform. In a detailed statement shared on social media, she said that there is no love connection between the two characters. The story describes the situation between the families that goes through the pain after losing their loved ones while fighting for the country.
She said her prime intention was to highlight the humanity, and not a romantic relationship between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl.