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Author: Parvez Moula Bakhsh

Balochabad – A film by Shakir Shad highlighting women education and early marriages

A very well-known Balochi movie director, Shakir Shad’s latest Balochi film BalochAbad highlights the women’s education system, causes of early marriage in our society as well as many other traditions and cultural norms by which women are affected brutally.

The film Balochabad, has become one of the best and most talked about films in Balochi cinemas. The cast includes Allah Bakhsh Haleef, Anita Jalil, Sarfaraz Muhammad, Ahsan Danish and many other.

The movie depicts how Baloch women are deprived from their basic rights. It discusses about early marriages, which causes a huge number of problems to women in Balochistan. According to the reports, the number of women dying during childbirth is the highest in Balochistan as compared to Pakistan’s other provinces, officials of a non-governmental organisation said, noting that 785 of every 100,000 women in the country’s southwestern province died while giving birth to a child.

In the film, there are two villages the first one is Rasoolabad, where women and men have equal opportunities of living and second which is Balochabad, where women have no rights to learn, study, play, walk, talk, meet, etc without permission.

Inspirationally, it is a Balochi film with English subtitles and the power of speech and media is shown wonderfully in this work of art. Jan Bibi (Anita jalil) shares her thoughts through radio and once on other electronic media with Sanata for making the people aware about child marriage, which is a destruction in itself especially for girls.

The title song of the movie is undefinably good, which is sung by Ustad Saleem Baloch. The dialogues of Balochabad are also very worth loving.

I was really surprised when I saw the film was available on YouTube, therefore, I, without wasting my time, started watching the movie which give me more knowledge and made me aware about the causes of early marriage and many other things. I think it is the first Balochi film on the topic of inequality and women educational systems.

I strongly advise you to watch the film if you are interested in watching movies with a message and I am sure Balochabad will not disappoint you.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Balochistan Post or any of its editors.

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