Asma Nabeel, the popular screenwriter of serials such as Khaani, Khuda Mera Bhi Hai and the film Maan Jao Na as well as several other television serials including Baandi and Surkh Chandni passed away in Karachi. She was a fierce breast cancer awareness advocate after her own experience fighting and beating the disease. The screenwriter wrote strong characters who were part of important stories on pertinent topics, with Surkh Chandni depicting the life of an acid attack victim and how she speaks up against the injustice done to her. It also acknowledges and emphasizes the legislation of acid and burns crime bills. A post on Asma Nabeel’s Facebook page brought news of the screenwriter’s death on Thursday evening. It read: “Inna lillahi wa inna illay hay raajaoon. It is with great regret that I have to share the news that my Bhabi Asma Nabeel is no longer with us, ”followed by details of the funeral.
The late screenwriter Asma Nabeel was celebrated as a breast cancer survivor, fighter and prevention advocate, a legacy that actor Ramsha Khan honored by wearing a pink dupatta for #PardeyMeinParwah, a campaign on breast cancer awareness that starred Nabeel herself. The actor took to Instagram to express her grief over Nabeel’s passing, remembering her as “one of the most strong and resilient fighters of breast cancer”.
Honors came as soon as news of the writer’s death was released, and prominent members of the film and television industry tweeted in memory of the late writer.