Malala Yousafzai to guest star in season two of musical-comedy We Are Lady Parts

Malala Yousafzai to guest star in season two of musical-comedy We Are Lady Parts

The show, which follows an all-women Muslim punk rock band, will be released on May 30 on Peacock.
19 Apr, 2024

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai will guest star in the second season of We Are Lady Parts, a musical comedy about an all-women punk rock band, written and directed by Nida Manzoor. English actor and comedian Meera Syal is also set to guest star.

There’s no confirmation about what Yousafzai or Syal will be doing in the new season, but the official summary says “a rival band threatens their [the band’s] delicate status quo”, Vulture detailed.

The first pictures for the new season of the critically acclaimed show dropped on Instagram, announcing that it will be released on May 30 on Peacock in the United States and on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. All episodes will be available on the release date, making it easy for fans to binge the show.

According to Deadline, the series, inspired by Manzoor’s experiences with diverse cultural collectives and artists in London, follows the Muslim punk band Lady Parts.

The band consists of nerdy student and lead guitarist Amina Hussain (Anjana Vasan), fierce front-woman and vocalist Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), edgy drummer Ayesha (Juliette Motamed) and the calm and collected bass player Bisma (Faith Omole). Additionally, no one can forget Lucie Shorthouse’s portrayal of Mumtaz, the band’s burqa-clad, no-nonsense manager.

The show also stars Aiysha Hart, Zaqi Ismail and Shobu Kapoor.

In a statement, Manzoor highlighted that making season one of the show was immense for her, and was a process of “trial by fire”.

“But I found my voice, my style and my confidence in creating this show,” said Manzoor. “Most importantly, I found my tribe – from actors and crew to producers and studio execs. So, coming to season two, I was galvanized. The characters, the world, the tone — it was all there, established, and ready to go. Now it was time to turn things up to 11”.

She emphasised that she wanted to go “bolder, sillier, darker and deeper” in the upcoming season, which is exactly what the team strived to do.

She added, “In season two, we explore the interior lives of each of the women in more depth. Each of them facing new, existential challenges with all the silliness, pratfalls and banter of season one. The music is bigger too – more wild original tunes (penned by me and my siblings) and dare I say it, even better covers. The season overall asks the question of success. What is success? For a punk band – is fame, stadium shows and major record deals the answer?”

The writer-slash-director wanted to explore the “uncomfortable tension between art and commerce and ask how much compromise is too much”.

“I’m really proud of what we achieved, and can’t wait to share it with old fans and new,” Manzoor said.


bakhtiar ishtiaq Apr 19, 2024 05:56pm
What a disgrace Malala Yousafzai has been to her creed and the Nobel prize. Her silence on Gaza and the plight of women and children their is shameful. She is collaboration with noted anti arab personalities like Hillary Clinton-the butcher of Libya, making movies and pandering to white US and European anti-muslim audiences cashing in on her celebrity status.
Wowza Apr 19, 2024 06:10pm
Way to go girls
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 20, 2024 01:59pm
An attempt in futility to stay afloat, look important, reach for the charts, splash the social media and above all, remain in the powerful multi-media limelight.
Tayyaba Apr 20, 2024 08:56pm
Great amazing
Falcon1 Apr 20, 2024 09:09pm
The lure of money, fame and fortune, gllitz and galmour, makes some people do crazy things, which would ordinarily below their self-image or dignity.
Tahmad Apr 21, 2024 01:34am
100% agreed with Bakhtiar Ishtiaq comments, actually Malala Yousafzai acting as spokesperson of western media and she ignored Gaza the most important issue ever since it started since October 2023. Very sad.
Nasser Yousaf Apr 21, 2024 10:57am
I am a Pashtun, and I was once a great admirer of Malala, but no more. Her life indeed is a comedy, a farcical comedy scripted and directed by her father. It is befitting that she would be acting in comical series.
Nasser Yousaf Apr 21, 2024 11:05am
She condemns the bombing of schools and hospitals in Afghanistan but not the schools and hospitals in Gaza. Bad and self motivated politics behind her game. She would lose all charm once she starts calling a spade a spade. I regret having once eulogized her in one of my articles for the Dawn.
imtiaz Apr 21, 2024 11:42am
we don't like her! so sad and a deep-diving topic still.
Akbar Apr 22, 2024 07:06am
Remember people will try to bring you down (read the comments). More power to you Malala, true Pakistanis are with you. Those who are negative towards you are also lead a sad and negative life.
Zahra Apr 22, 2024 07:10am
Malala is an inspiration not only for me, but girls all around the world. I really look upto you. You have not only broken a glass ceiling but also iron shackles. Many girls are still confined, restricted and barred from achieving their heart's desires.
Niamet Ladak Apr 22, 2024 08:58am
If someone don't like it, fine! Please do not judge other people views and intentions behind. They are not suppose to be controlled by any ones ideas. To each its own! She brought a name Pakistan in her struggle and getting noble prize after all ! No matter what some backward people think about her, she has her own life to live too.