Value Your Freedom. This is what Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi is teaching me. And also that … we must try to keep the hope alive. Celebrated poet, thinker and champion of free speech Faiz Ahmad Faiz who suffered intense setbacks in life tells us how to keep the hope alive!
Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi,
Nakaam Hi Toh Hai!
Lambee Hai Gham Ki Shaam,
Magar Shaam Hi Toh Hai
Faiz Ahmad Faiz
Value Your Freedom – But First, Some Hard Facts!
Do you know that 70% of human beings trapped in Bonded Labour in Pakistan are children? Did you know that human trafficking makes up the 3rd largest revenue base from organised crime in Pakistan?
Do you know that it took 74 years since Independence to outlaw Corporal Punishment in educational institutions in Pakistan?
Also, according to research, those who break out of bonded labor have no where to go & the police has no means to offer them protection? Most NGO’s do not have the resources to house them for long?
Why all the statistics?
I decided to look up all these statistics because I watched Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi a Pakistani drama aired on TV One, penned with deep sensitivity by Amna Mufti, sharply directed by Kashif Nisar, with a Kashf Foundation narrative that’s giving us mind blowing, content woven in a story that speaks to us in every frame.
Child actors Sadoon Ali, Bonita Malik, & Naseem Zehra’s character are doing a spectacular job & matching up to the talent of seasoned players like Yumna Zaidi, Samiya Mumtaz, Omair Rana, Yasra Rizvi, Naveed Shehzad & Wahaj Ali and others?
Are You Watching?
However, & now … the hard truth. Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi has one of the lowest views on YouTube compared to many other Pakistani dramas on air currently?
Do you know that PEMRA sought to ban this drama?
DNUTN is not a depressing drama, (for those who flinch at depressing content on prime time TV), rather, it provides hope in the lives of many who seek to break free from a tragic past. The name itself is reminiscent of a poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, giving hope for a freedom to come, even as we experience defeat.
The heart is not unhopeful, though it has lost so far,Faiz Ahmad Faiz
The evening filled with sorrow is long, yet it is, but one evening.
May our children live to experience freedom, may they witness the sun rise & may we be there to see it! GO WATCH Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi because – it will tell you a tale you will never forget, and perhaps next time, you’ll look more closely at that young boy who hands out your chai order at a small cafe tucked away in a scenic area, or, even in your neighbourhood.
Shazia likes to pen her thoughts when she feels passionately about a life experience, a person or an event. She is mother to 3 lively boys and along with her husband, attempts to settle in her new country by taking German lessons so she is able to soak in the culture, language and spirit of the region.
“Wake up in the morning, take a deep breath and exhale! Keep on living with a passion that inspires others! “