From Vasl to Daam, Mata-e-Jaan to Jackson Heights and Ramchand Pakistani to Dobara Phir Se, seasoned director Mehreen Jabbar has several accolades under her banner. Apart from being a promising storyteller, she has managed to transform what others would deem docile, into exceptional narratives by the sweeping grace of her directorial skills.
Off late, her upcoming ZEE5 web series, Ek Jhooti Love Story, has become the talk of the town. Especially since Asim Abbasi’s Churails blew the roofs off of our heads. But with the benchmark Abbasi set, would Jabbar’s upcoming rom-com fully utilise the freedom that comes with an OTT platform? Or has the fear of controversy made us too comfortable with the couch we’re in?
Speaking to The Express Tribune, the film-maker details her experience of working with an Indian streaming platform as opposed to working with channels in Pakistan. She also elaborates on the formula behind Ek Jhooti Love Story, and owing Fawad Chaudhry’s latest announcement, responds to the dilemma of an OTT platform in Pakistan.