The noir genre is a novel concept that we have turned on its head: Meenu Gaur on ‘Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam’

‘Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam’ is a desi-noir anthology series created and directed by British-Indian director, Meenu Gaur. She, as well as several members from the cast, were present for the launch of the trailer recently.

Pakistani actresses Samiya Mumtaz, Sanam Saeed, Sarwat Gilani, Mehar Bano, Faiza Gilani, Beo Raana Zafar, and Eman Suleman all shared a little bit about their experiences while filming this series and their thoughts on what makes it so special.

The series is a six-part anthology featuring seven women. The stories showcase what happens when a woman’s limit is pushed. While we have seen women as archetypes of patience often forgiving the treachery they have suffered, this series unearths their unapologetic and unforgiving side.

Gaur mentioned that one of the main goals they wanted to achieve with this series was to break many stereotypes that are often found in the noir genre and with femme fatale characters in general. This was the reason behind casting women of different ages, to showcase that it doesn’t always have to be the young, sultry woman in the spotlight.

Expressing her thoughts on the series, actress Sarwat Gilani stated that the story told is extremely raw. The perspective of women from a small town and all the challenges they are faced with and how they overcome them will be very interesting to watch.

On her own role as Mehak in the series, she added: “Mehak is a hopeless romantic who is often disoriented and disillusioned by the circumstances around her, and seeing the transition of her state of mind from that to what she eventually becomes is quite fascinating.”

Meher Bano had this to say about her character: “As soon as I read the part, I was immediately convinced about taking it on. The character is a very feisty and fiery person above all else and she also has a dark past that I know the audience will be excited to explore.”

Speaking on the series, Bano said that they have managed to adapt the noir genre for a more subcontinental audience quite well. A myriad of stories are told about the various and women and each story is deeply rooted in the eastern culture which provides the audience something to relate to.

Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam is set to premiere on ZEE5 on 10 December. Here’s a look at the trailer:

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