Pakistani TV drama “Fairytale” was a breath of new air in a genre dominated by saas-bahu sagas and formulaic story twists. This low-budget production, written and directed by a complete unknown, Sarah Majeed, won the hearts of people of all ages and walks of life. The novel’s original plot, likable protagonists, and modern approach to the romance genre made a lasting impression. Let’s go inside Sarah Majeed’s head as she explains how she came to write this timeless piece.
Not only did it strike a chord with Pakistani drama fans, but it also attracted a worldwide following because to its similarities to other popular shows throughout the world, notably Korean dramas. Sarah Majeed says that the story’s popularity may be attributed to many reasons, including its current narrative style and emphasis on subject that is both relevant and approachable.
She thinks that if you want to draw in young people, you have to show them information that reflects their hopes and dreams. Differentiating itself from the standard fare, “Fairytale” gave “classic romance” a subtle, contemporary touch.
Umeed, the protagonist of Sarah Majeed’s “Fairytale,” is not your usual flawless woman. Umeed is described as a fearless, joyful, and uniquely flawed person who takes control of her life and doesn’t let anybody or anything stand in her way. This decision to veer away from the stereotypical selfless heroine was made on purpose. Majeed hoped to defy expectations by providing a more real and likeable protagonist. Umeed represents freedom and a love of life, whereas other characters like Haya play the stereotypical role of the selfless heroine. This comparison exemplifies the range of female characters and perspectives in the narrative.
The connections between Umeed, Mimi, and Haya were portrayed in “Fairytale” as being positive deviations from the norm. The program didn’t fall back on the hackneyed stereotype of competitive rivalry among the young ladies, but instead highlighted their strong relationships of friendship and support for one another.
Sarah Majeed says her work is influenced by her creativity, experiences, and exposure to many viewpoints, whereas the works of other authors are inspired by real-life occurrences. Her intention was to write a story that celebrates female solidarity and spreads optimism.
Some have likened Farjad’s character in “Fairytale” to that of Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy because of the similarities in their personalities. He displays noble qualities like compassion and bravery without suppressing Umeed’s independence. Farjad’s sympathetic portrayal, together with his development as a character, makes his understandable skepticism of Umeed believable.
While characters like Mr. Darcy inspired Sarah Majeed when she was younger, she wanted Farjad to be his own person with his own set of attributes. A captivating and influential hero, Farjad has a strong moral compass, empathy, sensitivity, and a determination to defend people he cares about.
The new touches in “Fairytale” were a welcome addition to Pakistani TV shows. The show’s attitude toward gender equality and individual expression was evident in its acceptance of Western clothing for characters like Umeed. Umeed’s unapologetic spirit and brave pursuit of her goals disproved common assumptions. According to Sarah Majeed, these elements are what give the performance a contemporary feel. Because of their deep friendship and determination to do what makes them happy, Farjad and Umeed are able to confidently break with convention.
Sarah Majeed is optimistic that the Pakistani drama industry will branch out into more experimental storytelling in the future. She thinks that people want to see stories that aren’t based on tired tropes or cliches. The sector is always developing, and there are still innumerable untold tales. With its innovative approach to love stories, relationships, and storytelling, “Fairytale” has made an unforgettable impression on Pakistani television. Sarah Majeed’s continuing narrative work is anticipated with great anticipation since readers know their time spent with it will be well spent.