While the first episode of the mega-cast drama 'Sang e mah' won the audience's hearts, some Pashtuns were unhappy with the drama and expressed their anger over the drama's story and character offerings. The first episode of 'Sang e mah' was released in cinemas on January 7 and 8, while the first episode aired on TV on January 9.
In the first episode, Atif Aslam's character 'Helmand' was praised, and people appreciated his drama debut performance as well the story of the drama, dialogues, presentation of characters, and imagery.
#sangemah so I saw the first episode in cinema and 2 things I can tell you. 1: get ready to be charmed by and then fall in love with Hilmand played by Atif Aslam. 2: Once your enter the enchanting world of Sang-e-Mah, there is no return. @itsaadee #AtifAslam pic.twitter.com/OBJoB4et3u— Rabia Mughni (@rabiamughni) January 8, 2022
Most of the fans praised Atif Aslam's performance. Still, at the same time, people appreciated the roles of other actors, including Sania Saeed, and after the first episode of the drama was aired, the names of various actors remained on top trending on Twitter.
Excellence on its peak 🙇— Hilmand 👑💕 (@being_akshu) January 9, 2022
Didn't felt like he is acting, he is living the character ,he is living #Hilmand that's how an actor should be ; @itsaadee so proud of ya 🙇❤️@itsaadee #AtifAslam #sangemah pic.twitter.com/wFbmO1sYnD
But while people praised 'Sang e mah,' people from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa expressed anger over the story of the play and the presentation of its characters, accusing the play of 'misrepresenting Pashtuns.'
Based on gagh (forced marriage), #SangEMah is like watching theater, full of power-packed performances. Loving the start of this journey. So far, “Sang E Mah” is stellar! #PakistaniDramas #NaumanEjaz #AtifAslam #SaniaSaeed #OmairRana #SamiyaMumtaz #HaniaAmir #ZaviyaarNaumanEjaz pic.twitter.com/Vr1uqCAvOr— SophiaQ (@SophiaAQ) January 10, 2022
After watching the first episode of 'Sang e Mah,' Pashtuns tweeted that while the male character of the play was shown doing wrong by wearing a hat like Manzoor Pashtun, Sania Saeed was also misrepresented portrayed in Swabi women's clothing.
A drama serial called #sangemah has started on Hum TV in which the profiling of Pashtuns is being tried once again. In the very first episode of the play, a bad character man who commits heinous crime like Ghag is wearing a Manzoor Pashtun hat & a woman 1/2#StopPashtunProfiling pic.twitter.com/HL0rc690qT— AlamZaib Khan Mahsud (@AlamZaibPK) January 10, 2022
Some people shared the photos of the play's characters and wrote that presenting the characters, story, and scenes of the traditional tribal drama based on the ritual of 'Ghag' (forced marriage) is the best.
Some fans asked which part of Pakhtunkhwa is represented by the tradition of "Ghag" shown in "Sangmaha"? He also claimed that there was no such ritual.
Pukhtoons should protest!!!!!! #sangemah— Umar Ali Masood (@UmerAliMasood) January 10, 2022
Some people also talked about the historical significance of the chador worn by Sania Saeed's character in the play and wrote that they knew from watching the play that the people who were injured in the battle of Swabi with Sikhs in 1800 were killed by women. She was covered in her white chador, and to this day, the women there wear this bloody chador.
Sania Saeed has wear Swabi's traditional shawl "Chail" in #Sangemah,— Shafeeq Gigyani (@ShafeeqGigyani) January 10, 2022
History of Chail: Yousafzais fought a battle against the Sikhs during 1800s, women rushed & covered bodies of martyrs with white dopatts which stained them with red dots thus commemorating the historic victory. pic.twitter.com/94cb7tOFWk
On the other hand, some people also linked the misrepresent of Pashtuns in the drama with the injustice done to the Bengalis.
اردو بولنے اور سمجھنے والے یاد رکھیں— Zohaib Afridi (@Zohaib_Pakhtoon) January 10, 2022
یہ تعصبی نفرت انگیز رویہ بنگالیوں کے ساتھ بھی روا رکھا تھا. اس کے بعد بلوچ اور پختون کے ساتھ ہو رہا ہے اور یہ سب بہت برے نتائج لاے گے پختونوں کو اذادی نصیب ہوگی یہ رویے دشمنی پر مبنی ہے#StopPashtunProfiling https://t.co/13pgLEQML1