Frieha Altaf said my character in the Urduflix web series ‘Dai’ is evil, sadistic, and conflicted. She performs unsafe and life-threatening abortions purely for monetary gain buoyed by angst-ridden and callous pleasure. I am deeply grateful to Urduflix and Mohammed Ahmed for offering and allowing me to absorb the character and play this complex role. The most difficult part of imbibing this role was having to use vulgar and abusive expletives, which I am not used to using and was extremely uncomfortable spouting (which, however, was an essential part of authenticating the character and an actor’s job.
As evil as my character Dai maybe, I hope to create widespread awareness of the indubitably unsafe methods of abortion that continue to give rise to unnecessary maternal deaths in Pakistan. With no population control measures in place, Pakistan now has a populace of 225.5 million citizens. Poverty; an almost non-existent, failing family-planning system, and a general lack of education are the real culprits that cause so many vulnerable women to risk their lives and inadvertently affect the motherless children they leave behind.