‘Be A Buddy, Not A Bully’: Mansha Pasha Addresses Postpartum Depression


You may have seen her in lots of TV commercials this year but there is more to Mansha Pasha’s pretty face; she is one of the few actresses to have turned to direction and her second directorial venture is out now.

Unlike the female directors in Pakistan, Mansha wants to target women issues and after brilliantly highlighting one in her first video last August, she is back to calling the shots for the second episode of the six-part series with Elaj Trust.

In her recent video, Mansha Pasha acts as well as goes behind the camera – the topic being Postpartum Depression.

Postpartum Depression – #IlmSeElaj

"Postpartum depression (PPD) is common among women in Pakistan, with a prevalence rate ranging from 28 percent to 63 percent, placing it among the highest in Asia. PPD has devastating effects on mothers, infants and families. Several factors contribute to the development of PPD in Pakistan, including environmental, cultural and social factors." (Gulamani, Shaikh, Chagani, Nursing for Women's Health, 2013)Mothers also experience a relatively less serious condition known as Postpartum blues and some experience a far more serious condition known as Postpartum Psychosis. It is advised that all pregnant women should consult their doctors about postpartum depression and those with a history of mental illnesses in their family are specially advised to inform their doctor of the said history. For details on symptoms of Postpartum Depression please refer to: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/basics/symptoms/con-20029130If you liked this message than please support us in creating more awareness around mother and child health. To Donate:Account Title :ELAJ TRUSTBank: Summit BankAccount Number:01990526001714110633IBAN: PK73SUMB9905207140110633Swift Code:SUMBPKKAWritten and Directed by: Mansha PashaProduced by: Elaj TrustLine Producer: Nadir ShahzadDir. of Photography: Salar YousufzaiCast: Fahad Mirza and Mansha Pasha Editor: Sourath Behan Audio Engineer: Mohammad Ali Graphics: Amna Abbas Stats/Research: Dr. Talha Rehman Camera Department: Ashraf – Azadfilms Production Assistant: Osama Mehtab Makeup: JosephineSpotboy: Irfan

Posted by ELAJ on Monday, October 2, 2017

One look at the video will show you that the talented actress is also a wonderful writer and thinking director who knows the technicalities of the trade.

She plays a new mother suffering from Postpartum Depression and delivers the perfect expressions required from such a woman. Fahad Mirza plays her husband who is shown to be a sensible partner who comforts her rather than making life difficult for her.

And that’s the message of this video as well. Be a Buddy, Not A Bully!

If a woman goes into depression after delivering a baby, it is thought to be natural for people in our society. Thanks to this video, people will be now more aware of their responsibility and get the ‘mother’ treated rather than causing her grief by making her life more difficult. In a world where we consider discussing this mood disorder out-of-bounds, Mansha’s attempt to highlight it is a victory in itself.


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