Leads Of Mr. & Mrs. Shameem
“Umaina is fearless, strong, and is not afraid to express herself. She is a true wild child. Playing this role was very exciting and challenging at the same time as it is very different from the roles I have played earlier. I think it’s time men and women are given the freedom to choose their path and not be restricted to play by the rules. Mrs. & Mr. Shameem demonstrates this perfectly.”
– Saba Qamar on her experience portraying Umaina
Nauman Ijaz proves to be an exceptional & versatile actor. Watching him share the screen once more with Saba Qamar is a treat for viewers. Saba has repeatedly shown a talent to play unconventional roles with great sensitivity & this will be another one to watch!
“Shameem is not like the usual hero you get to see in series and films. He is a soft-hearted, caring man. He redefines the portrayal of how an ideal man or man of the house typically should be. Throughout the show, you’ll see him practice respect, love, and concern for his family and friends but unfortunately, he is made fun of for being ‘effeminate’. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing this character, and I’m looking forward to the release of the show.”
– Nauman Ejaz on his upcoming character
Qamar’s Ummi isn’t spared either, as she suffers the consequences of falling in love with a “manly” man who becomes physically abusive and then abandons her – potentially after impregnating her. To make matters worse, her affair and condition are revealed to her parents for mysterious reasons, and she is expelled from her home for bringing “shame” to the family.
The moment is set up perfectly for a hero to come to the rescue of his suffering heroine, like in most romantic films, except, Shameem is not a hero and Qamar’s Ummi has made it abundantly clear that she is no damsel in distress waiting to be undertaken by a man who feels sorry for her. Especially a man she is not romantically involved with. But “our marriage will only account for the certificate we’ll need to show the world, so tomorrow, when the child goes to school and needs a name, I can give him mine,” Shameem tells Ummi.
This is why the story carries a spark, a hope, and a whisper of change in a society that finds it hard to wrap its head around people they consider ‘not normal’.
We might sympathize with them, attempt to assist them and maybe even educate or employ them, but can we, will we, allow them to enter into our nearest circle? Do we have the awareness to open up our hearts & homes to them?
That is what Mr. And Mrs. Shameem promises and that’s why we need to open our minds to watching a story that might help change many perspectives, Iives, and subsequent futures.
A Zindagi original, ‘Mrs. & Mr. Shameem’ is a distinctive love story of a pure bond graduating from friendship to growing old together and everything in between. Mrs. & Mr. Shameem is set to premiere on Friday, 11th March 2022 exclusively on ZEE5 Global
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