Listen: Asim Abbasi talks to BizAsia about launch of ‘Churails’ on ZEE5


Filmmaker Asim Abbasi, renowned for his directorial debut with Pakistani film ‘Cake’, turns director of web-series ‘Churails’, which premieres on digital streaming giant, ZEE5.

In an exclusive interview with’s Raj Baddhan, Abbasi spoke about the reaction the trailer of the show received and what his expectations are from audiences globally. ‘Churails’ will be available globally on ZEE5 from 11th August 2020.

Abbasi also spoke frankly about working with ZEE5 and re-introduction of Pakistani shows on Zindagi after the Indo-Pak tensions. He told Baddhan, “I think that art at some point has to transcend borders. We are creative people. We are not politicians. Yes our art may sometimes be political but its not the same thing as institutional politics. We are not here for that. If we can do anything to bridge the gap between Indian and Pakistani audiences, it is a positive.

“Now, I have been connecting with so many Indian journalists. This show will be watched in India. There are so many excited voices coming out of India – how is that not a positive? Of course, politics has its own part to play and our part can’t be divisive. It has to be to bring countries together, to bring art together and talent together. Kudos to Zindagi and ZEE5 for acknowledging that we have great talent in Pakistan and wanting to work with us. Also thanks to them for giving us a platform and a voice to create something that is uniquely ours.”


Abbasi also said that the “great thing” about working with ZEE5 and Zindagi was that “they were not pushing their own thoughts on me”.

About the show’s title, Abbasi added, “With Churails, the idea was to sub verge that word. Historically, it has had quite a few negative connotations but when you ask why it’s had so many negative connotations – it’s because a woman is courageous, it’s because a woman has the ability to show aggression when she is pushed into a corner.”

Listen to the full interview below (via SoundCloud)

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