Pakistani artists are unquestionably on top of the world right now, what with Nimra Bucha’s Polite Society, Sajal Aly’s What’s Love Got To Do With It?, and Ahad Raza Mir’s BBC drama. British-Pakistani director Asim Abbasi has joined the ranks, venturing into uncharted territory with his horror comedy.
On Instagram, the Cake director revealed his new British Muslim comedy series, Count Abdulla, which will air on ITVX. All ingredients are confirmed to be halal. “15th June,” he penned. Arian Nik, star of the hit TV show The Bay, is among the stellar cast that also includes Jaime Winstone and Nina Wadia.
As a “bizarro horror-comedy” that “celebrates brownness and cracks open otherness in ways seldom seen on British television.” You’ll be laughing so hard your teeth will hurt, he wrote. I appreciate the producers and commissioners who hired me for this. I appreciate the cast and crew’s patience and dedication to the project. To writing our own endings and saving the day in the years to come!
The six episodes of Count Abdulla, a horror comedy, are an exciting adventure. Abdulla Khan (Nik), a young Muslim doctor going through an existential crisis, is at the center of the plot. Abdulla’s life takes an unexpected turn once he is bitten by the playful vampire character played by Jaime Winstone. Who is caught between his religiously devout mother and his secular, pleasure-seeking companions? From that point on, the voyage becomes both humorous and exciting.
Asim Abbasi, who directed the critically acclaimed Churails for Zee5 and the blockbuster feature Cake in 2018, is in charge of Count Abdulla. He has a well-earned reputation for captivating audiences with his stories. Also starring Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed, Abbasi helmed the upcoming series Barzakh.
Kaamil Shah wrote Count Abdulla, and Hussain Casey Ahmed and Fudge Park Productions are responsible for the show’s production. Producer-in-chief Phil Gilbert is on board. On June 15, fans will be able to see the first episode of the series, which has been described as “an enthralling blend of horror and comedy.”