Few drama serials start with a bang and end with a boom; Baaghi, which premiered on Urdu 1 on the July 27th is one of them. Today is the last episode of this serial, which became the most-watched drama in Pakistan on YouTube within a week of its release.
The first episode itself received more than 1.2 million views. Baaghi (meaning rebel in Urdu) has earned fame as one of the most hyped and controversial TV serials ever produced in Pakistan. The drama is a big deal because it is based on the death of the controversial Pakistani celebrity Quandeel Baloch, who was murdered in 2016 by her brother in the name of honor.
Pakistani model, actor, and social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch gained immense popularity due to the candid videos she posted on social media about her daily routine, the position of women in Pakistani society, and a variety of other controversial issues. She was a rebel who lived her life on her own terms. She had named Sunny Leone, Rakhi Sawant, and Poonam Pandey as her inspirations. One of the top ten most searched persons on the internet in Pakistan, Baloch boldly questioned religious dogmas and debated frankly with religious scholars and clerics on her choice of western lifestyle.
To play the role of such a controversial person is not a piece of cake. Nevertheless, Saba Qamar, who is playing the lead character of Fauzia (Qandeel Baloch) in Baaghi has done it to perfection. One of the highest-paid and most popular actors of Pakistan today, Qamar has shown her amazing acting talent in this drama.
Qamar’s bold role has not only won her huge accolades but also invited the ire of orthodox Muslims and stirred up a storm on the social media. As a result, on the one hand, the talented actor has received death threats similar to the ones Qandeel Baloch had received a few years ago and on the other hand, her performance has received raving reviews all over the world.
Recently Saba Qamar also became the first Pakistani actress in 25 years to be nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at the Indian Filmfare Awards for her Bollywood blockbuster Hindi Medium and may soon be seen in its sequel, which is in the works.
Don’t forget to watch the last episode of Baaghi today and see how Saba Qamar truly kept the candle burning brightly!