touch of drama - By Peerzada Salman
jog one's memory and think of plays that have stood
out in the last ten years and made their mark in the
ever-burgeoning world of show business is an arduous
task. One says this because with the advent of satellite
television, the choice of flipping channels and watching
programmes of one's own choosing is endless. And herein
lies the problem. A great many people opine that as
soon as the phenomenon of cable TV took root, a large
number of men and women, who never had the faintest
notion either of drama production or artistic leanings,
jumped onto the showbiz bandwagon and began churning
out plays - single as well as
The private channels needed to fill in the daily transmission
time, usually from six to eight hours, and accepted whatever
that was being offered without vetting the content or analyzing
the technical goof-ups of productions. Hence, the quality
of drama that was once the hallmark of PTV plays, suffered
and spiralled downwards at a brisk speed. The argument is
not insubstantial, though one could take issue with it.
But, yes, television drama in Pakistan today cannot measure
up to the plays that one witnessed on a regular basis in
the '70s or the first half of the '80s. However, to see
the glass half empty would not be a wise idea.
It was but natural that as soon as the quantitative demand
for drama went on the higher side, the qualitative aspect
of it received a dent. Today drama-making, not to mention
writing, is going through a lean patch. But with so much
to pick from and with a large quantity of serials and tele-films
being thrown at us, things will filter out. Pretty soon,
one will be able to distinguish between the meaningful and
in the last decade or so Pakistani TV junkies were treated
to a reasonable amount, if not in abundance, of top-notch
dramas. Let's start off with PTV. It is generally thought
that when compared with satellite channels, PTV is not as
slick when it comes to presentation. It has yet to adopt
modern editing techniques and graphic displays. But there
is also no denying the fact that in the last 10 years no
other channel has come up with more quality plays than PTV.
Imam Rizvi's socially incisive effort Hawaen immediately
springs to mind. The play garnered such huge viewership
that it is said when the last episode was aired, roads in
the country were found absolutely desolate. Master thespian
Talat Hussain's perfect performance in the last episode
of Hawaen, among other important factors, can never be erased
from memory; particularly when he is heading towards the
gallows with fear in his eyes.Another PTV serial that received
critical acclaim was Sahira Kazmi's Zaibun Nisa. It was
also a poignant sociological study of human relationships.
Zaibun Nisa highlighted the plight of a middle class household,
where sometimes norms dictate values. Sania Saeed's role
attracted a lot of interest in which the minuscule master
performer played a dead woman who visits the protagonist
Zaibun Nisa, played by Sahira's daughter Nida Kazmi, to
help her out vis-a-vis societal problems.
Pasha is another of PTV's top producers. With the passage
of time almost all of his offerings have achieved their
commercial and artistic goals. In the past decade three
of Kazim Pasha's plays were watched by a large number of
viewers. They were Uljhan, Kaffara and Aanchal. Kaffara
was especially liked by all and sundry, primarily because
of its subject matter and proper treatment, which included
attention to detail.
Jalali is a producer who is easily in the league of Haider
Imam Rizvi and Kazim Pasha. Those who would have thought
that Dada, as Qasim sahib is fondly known, would have given
in to modern times, would be utterly mistaken. The seasoned
PTV director made a play a few years ago, Daam-e-Rasai,
which dealt with the issues related to the ever-increasing
influence of information technology in our lives.
the drama that Qasim Jalali made that truly lived up to
audience's expectations was Tipu Sultan. The historic venture
was a difficult task to undertake, needing a foolproof script.
And Khan Asif provided Qasim Jalali with just that. Some
private channels have tried to come up with a serial of
historical or literary significance, yet they weren't up
to the mark when it came to research work or a powerhouse
script. One feels that Tipu Sultan could have been a much
better endeavour had the makers gone for a little more technical
last decade, PTV's private production policy paid dividends
to a certain extent. For example, last year a serial, Mehndi,
directed by renowned film-maker Javed Fazil, did huge business.
The play was a mega commercial success and was widely watched,
primarily because of its deft marketing strategy. Marketing
in recent times has become an integral part of drama-making.
it comes to plays produced by satellite channels, one feels
there isn't much to write home about. But ever since it
was uplinked, Indus Television Network has tried its utmost
to entertain the audiences with quality projects. In this
regard a serial, Nasl scores high. The play underscores
relations between the different socio-economic strata. No
other serial, in the recent past, has boasted as much viewership
and critical appreciation than Indus Vision's Harjaee. One
knows that in these times, when an overwhelming majority
of Pakistani women and TV viewers are addicted to the schmaltzy
soaps of Star Plus and Zee TV (Kyun Kay Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu
Thi, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, etc), Harjaee had them glued to
Indus. Mehreen Jabbar's play explored issues that are usually
not the fodder for our creative pursuits. For example, in
the play, Atiqa gets married no less than four times and
has affairs with a father and his son.
Digital, like the Indus Network, is no mean media centre.
They try to bring something fresh to their viewers and their
dramas normally succeed in gaining attention. In this regard
ARY's soap Rabia Zinda Rahey Gi comes to mind. The play,
directed by none other than S. Sulaiman, was a worthwhile
commercial hit. Though it lost a bit of its poise in the
last few episodes, the soap is still fondly remembered.
look at the above-mentioned serials may suggest that things
are not that bleak, even though the bulk of drama productions
in the last ten years has been substandard. One hopes that
the likes of plays like Harjaee and Hawaen are an inspiration
to new drama-makers who are able to bring back the quality
that we once took immense pride in.
far as sitcoms are concerned, it would be difficult to jog
one's memory to point out worthwhile comedy plays. Save
for PTV's ground-breaking Family Front and Indus TV's true-to-middle-class
life Sub Set Hai. Family Front's speciality was its home-grown
zaniness, whereas Sub Set Hai ribbed us with street-urchin
humour - qualities that were once unheard of in Pakistani
showbiz. So all in all, not a bad decade of drama-making.
mother's story - By Atif Khan
Sheikh's latest drama serial Maa was launched at a star
studded gala in Karachi recently. A rich selection of
the TV world's who's who were present to see the cast
and the personalities involved in the making of the
serial. From veterans of television like Uzma Gilani
to the young stars of today like Aijazz Aslam, that
Sunday evening was indeed a gathering of the high and
mighty of tele-entertainment. Also present was the small-screen
siren of yesteryear, Mahnoor Baloch, who is now a Canadian
evening got off to a late start with Ashraf Khan serving
as host. Maa, the trials and tribulations of motherhood,
has been written by Shakeel Adnan Hashmi and directed
by Zulfiqar Sheikh. His wife Tasmina produced it under
the banner of Elysee Productions
while Waqar Ali composed the serial's music. The drama is
composed of a strong 16-man (and woman) cast. It has been
shot on location in Karachi, Lahore and Scotland, first
doing the rounds in Pakistan with the crew wrapping up work
in the rolling hills of bonny old Scotland. The serial is
spread over 20 episodes. Speaking on the occasion was media
mogul Tahir A. Khan, who had nothing but praise for Maa
and couldn't emphasize enough the quality of the serial.
However, he devoted the better amount of his time on stage
encouraging PTV, on whose PTV World the serial will be telecast,
to revise it's overall policies, specially suggesting that
the state run channel should encourage the private sector.
He was of the opinion that PTV World needed a good serial
and Maa fit the bill. "This serial will definitely
help improve its ratings," Tahir claimed.
it was Zulfiqar Sheikh's turn to thank his mentors. Zulfiqar
in particular pleaded to the advertisers who, he said, should
be fair to the serial. But the emotional part of his speech
was devoted to thanking his seniors, including Haseena Moin,
Kazim Pasha and Zaheer Khan.The writer said that he had
penned the serial along the lines of Quaid-i-Azam's golden
words, "Give me good mothers and I'll give you a good
nation." Shakeel, who is also considered a good cameraman
in television, wanted to highlight the social corruption
of society with a mother's struggle to survive.
then it was time for the cast to wax eloquent about Maa.
Aijazz Aslam climbed onto the soapbox and did the usual
round of thanks. One is quite sure he must be nervous about
the whole serial as his is a negative character. Nevertheless,
he did confess to taking special horse-riding lessons, one
of the requirements of his character. And in between praising
everything that the drama stands for, he did take special
time out to thank Kazim Pasha for giving him his break in
another main player in the serial, considers his character
as a positive one. However, there was contradiction between
the director and the actor as soon after, Zulfi declared
Asad's contribution as that of a negative role, and that
too in a Scottish accent!
present included Javed Fazil, Hasan Kazi and Sajid Hasan
who were all praise for the script. Hmmm. Good job Shakeel?
We'll find out soon enough. Uzma Gilani plays the title
character. Zulfiqar was all praise for Javeria Jalil for
whom it was her third project with the director. Zulfiqar
Sheikh had nothing but admiration for Javeria's memory who,
it seems, not only remembered all of her lines, but also
other actors' lines as well!
missing at the event were Ismat Sufi, Talat Hussain and
Tasmina who, according to Sheikh, was in England. On the
whole, the evening went well, if one forgets the late start.
But everything still hung together till the end. Maybe it
was the post-midnight dinner that had everybody in their
seats. The one ugly incident of the evening was the city's
electricity department's incompetence that remained a constant
problem, as power breakdown's disrupted the evening's proceedings
no less than three times. Thank God for generators, or the
audience would have been hearing hoarse actors shout out
their thanks and having dinner by candlelight. Not a good
thought if you're alone!
dreams - By Erum Alee-Adnan
young people harbor dreams of making it big in far-off
lands. But often the dream is elusive, and reality
far from what the migrants expected. Sometimes, new
migrants fall into the clutches of the Mafia, which
exploits them for its own profits. These desperate
souls either end up in incarceration or are conveniently
deported, and all the money invested into moving to
their Promised Lands goes down the drain. The corollary
is that the migrants' country of origin is calumniated
and the hands behind the whole set-up are never exposed.
this grim circle of events as the main theme, Qasim
Jalali has produced a serial that focuses on the harsh
realities that exist behind the
of greener pastures. Razia Fasih Ahmed, winner of the Adamjee
Award, bases Abla pa, currently on air on PTV, on the novel.
The serial is different from others of the same genre in more
ways than one. Firstly, all the scenes that depict the United
States have been shot in America, but then re-rendered with
the cast in Pakistan through technical assistance. Qasim Jalali
comments in this regard.
"I shot the scenes myself during a visit to the States.
When I came back, I merged them with the cast through technical
assistance giving them a touch of reality. The scenes appear
to have been actually shot in America!"
of the performers that played the roles of Americans are new
faces who, despite being greenhorns, did complete justice
to their roles. The most outstanding of them are Yousuf Khan,
Omar, Patricia and Mama Deluxe, who played the role of a black
American. The new faces worked in complete harmony with the
veteran performers, namely Zeba Bakhtiar, Ali Afzal Khan,
Rizwan and Tahira Wasti.
positive aspect of the play is that special attention has
been given to costumes. The uniforms worn by the police officers
seem no different than the originals. Yusuf Khan, the novice
who performed the role of the inspector, wrote the English
version of the play and is actually a graduate from America.
is not what I had perceived. Not for a single second did I
feel I was in Pakistan and not in America while performing
the role. It was my first experience and I thoroughly enjoyed
it." Yusuf Khan's performance won plaudits and Qasim
Jalali extended it despite the fact that the scenario was
not in the original novel.
feature of the play is that apart from the other new faces,
Zeba Bakhtiar's son Azaan is also performing for the first
time. Praising him, Jalali says, "He is a talented young
boy who performs like his father."
team, which was all geared up to record the final episode
of the play as it is approaching its climax, was anxiously
waiting for Zeba, who arrived an hour late. The set, designed
by Aijaaz Ahmed, was a complete replica of a country club
rest house. The cameras were ready to roll and the performers
well rehearsed, as the leading lady sat in the make-up room
getting ready for the shot. When asked about her role in the
serial she replied, "I am only doing it because of Azaan.
He was so anxious to work in a play and when Qasim Jalali
approached me, I took up the project because there was a role
for a kid."
day's work began a good couple of hours late and though the
man at the helm seemed a bit uneasy, he remained calm and
cheery as his serial is the talk of the town - and that is
all that matters.
Ghar Meri Jannat - Most Cherished Paradise!
So much has happened in
this world of countless TV channels that developing new concepts
is a rare happening. With literally hundreds of family soaps
being mass produced on all the Indo Pak channels especially
after the popularity of Kyunke Saas Bhee Kabhi Bahu Thee and
Kahani Ghar Ghar Kee, from India, the quality has suffered to
the extent that most of the times you don't know whether you
are watching a sitcom or feasting your eyes on a serious drama
serial! But hats off to Syed Mukhtar, the man has produced some
thing of note in Mera Ghar Mori Jannat, which is running house
full shows in every living room and lounge these days. Directed
imaginatively yet superbly by Bachchal (a fictitious title,
perhaps), and acted out impressively by excellent artists as
Sanam Iqbal, Akbar Subhani, Suhail Asghar, Rizwan Wasti, Mona
Lisa, Imtiaz Taj, Farhan Ali Agha, Sharqa Fatima, Ishmal, Rehana
Akhter, Zaheen Tahira and others, the 100 episoder is going
great guns on GEO and is perhaps the most cherished serial on
the tube these days.
far as I have seen, Mukhtar is a very dedicated maker, and
one thing that I appreciate with my deepest regard for this
young man is that unlike other producers, he doesn't interfere
in the making of the serials. He hasn't taken over direction
as others of his ilk have chosen to do on impulsive propositions,
with disastrous results. He respects the jurisdiction of the
director and doesn't disturb him at all. While we were talking
about this serial he said, "Ever since making my production
house, the Gold Bridge Media, I have been very busy. You know
this is my 14th continuous serial, and most of my work has
been successful. The reason for this is that I have stuck
to some basic principals. Direction is a full time, professional
job, and I feel that suits others who have been successful
directors better than me. They understand direction better,
so I leave it to them to make my serial the best they can
and I must look after the production details and the monetary
aspects of the production. I concentrate on the test facilities
and resources that I can provide to the director, so that
f may never have any flaws in my ventures. Whatever the director
wants from me to make the serial the best, he will always
get my full cooperation in that regard. Another thing that
I know is that because I am acting in the serial myself, I
must concentrate on my role, instead of directing myself,
which will only disturb my performance, and will also affect
the overall production of the serial. So, I believe that acting
and direction are fulltime jobs and need professional ethics
to deal with. Moreover, I have always been prompt in payments
to the artists, and lnsha Allah I will always strive to remain
so. With the artists totally relieved from the tension of
getting their dues, they do the best on the screen, which
is evident from the work you see in Mera Ghar Meri Jannat
and that’s why we are getting such an excellent response
from the people.
- A Sensitive Drama
There's glory for those who work
on creative scripts still, although such people are few and
far between in this lopsided commercial world today. Ali Rizvi
is one such person, whose contribution towards the individual
plays on PTV cannot be forgotten. His work stands alone in the
fact that he treated intellectual material with brilliance,
which is unique. While it can be said that there are many directors
on television, who have created powerful serials, Ali Rizvi
has made himself prominent with thought provoking single plays.
Apart from that, his name in recent times became known for such
big budget serials as Des Pardes and Aansoo, constructed in
foreign countries. Nowadays, he is busy shooting Lab e Darya,
a studio based KTV serial, which looks like sensitive drama.
I attended its shooting recently, and had the pleasure of talking
to the unit people and the artists, amongst whom; Sadia Imam
and Saqib Sheikh were prominent.
is now a much mature and versatile actress than what she was
some five years back, and canned her scenes brilliantly. Of
course, Saqib Sheikh is a seasoned artist, whose life has
been spent working in theatre and television. He has performed
brilliantly on many occasions. In the scene they were doing,
Saqib was needed to portray a fickle married gentleman, while
Sadia was reacting strongly on his pleadings, saying that
he could not change his attitude no matter what happens. After
a few takes, the scene was completed and I had a chance to
talk to the artists. Sadia felt that good scripts are hard
to come by and not many roles come up for detailed performance,
which is very frustrating for the artists. Saqib Sheikh told
us that he has done TV serials before but his experience on
stage is way ahead in satisfaction percentage than what he
achieved on television. I still remember his early work in
Khuda Kee Basti with Zooni Butt and Raju Jamil.
part from Ali Rizvi, cameraman Haseeb, Tanvir Malik and others
were on the set too and it was nice to meet them and observe
them while working after a long time.
Jantey Naheen - Silver Myths On Reality TV!
If ever two silver screen giants
came together in a TV serial, it is Jaisey Jantey Naheen, a
new serial by that man with the magical wand, Javed Fazil. Moreover,
it is being run on GEO channel, which also sounds a jay! So,
with all the Js in the top burner, there is every possibility
that the jaunty jalopy will drive quite joyously. Javed Fazil
is the one man in this arduous channel circuitry, whose work
speaks for itself. He is a brilliant director, and there are
no two things about it. With channels desperately peering down
creative corridors to find a winner amidst dozens of dull, unimaginative
episodes, Jaisey Jantey Naheen is a surefire formula for success.
Although there have been many instances in which a producer
and director has collected great names of TV drama and have
put them together to churn out a big budget drama serial, but
there have been few instances when that has necessarily brought
out the real drama of life around us. That's the reason that
most such serials have dropped down the ravine of hopelessness
and corporate bankruptcy. Yet, Javed Fazil is amongst those
chosen few in this land of private enterprise, who has always
brought forth a champion image whenever he has cast top names
together. Chandni Ratein, with Javed Sheikh and Faryal Gauhar
together, was the top digit of the local channels, and now he
comes up with another scorcher, Jaisey Jantey Naheen, with giants
of the silver screen, Javed Sheikh and Nadeem in collaborative
drama sequences for the first time in almost a dozen years of
It's the Silver myths on reality TV!
and Nadeem have worked in quite a few films in the past, with
massively popular results. Hardly a couple of those movie
bombed on the box office. They make a great combination. Probably,
Javed Fazil’s own rehash of the famous English film,
Duel In The Sun, called Lazawal in 1984 was the first such
film, where they got together with Ghulam Mohiuddin and Shabnam
to create what is known as one of the most viewed1980s. Then
they joined hands in Faisla, which was also Fazil’s
direction, and it is still considered the most stunning action
film from the two masters of the silver screen. Faisla is
an evergreen film indeed. Although Fazil’s next movie
with the two, Ustadon Ke Ustad, Syed Noor's pen staking reinvention
of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels wasn't as successful as Faisla,
they again hit the popularity switch with enough volts to
fry the screen for Sajjad Gul’s trend- streakier, Jo
Dar Gaya Who Mar Gaya. So, there's lots of encouraging history
behind their coming together. This re union promises to be
celebrity stuff all the way.
by Seema Ghazal and produced by Shamim Khursheed, another
film man himself, things couldn't have been better proportioned
than Jaisey Jantey Naheen. The factor of competitive egos
between these two giants only stokes the embers, and doesn't
really create the negative usual stuff with other film actors.
That's why JJN could spell great things in favor the local
channels. The other cast includes Humayyun Saeed, Shugafta
Ejaz, Laila Zubeiri, Qaiser Khan, Naheed Shabbir, Zaheen Tahira,
Amna Hussain, Natasha D'Souza, Aneei Chaudhry, Mubassar Khanum,
Bheroz Sabzwari etc.
Talat Hussain, Qazi Wajid, Sohail Asgar, Addan Siddiqui,
Aisha Khan, Zeba Bakhtiar, Shabbir Jan, Zaheen Tahira,
Sajida Syed, Naila Jaffrey, Ghazala Javed, and Khalid
Written by:Zahida Hina.
Directed by: Nasir Danawala.
'Sangam' is a word of Hindi language, which means confluence
or meeting, however, in this drama serial, it was hard
to make out any conceptual relationship between the title
and the screen play. Arif, the poor hero of the drama
impacted the Pakistani society and forces of urbanization, generation
gap that have unleashed new processes.
Meher had to walk barefooted on the banks of the river
that never meets because of the betrayal
of the truth and some strange event; still the edges were
lost in haze.
Zahida Hina had picked up a fairly suggestive theme with
enough meat, but the screenplay was shallow and weak causing
the drama to fall back. A little imagination, concentration
on the script by the director Nasir Danawala and an effort
to widen its horizon could have put the drama on rails.
The theme itself was very productive, more of an inquiry
into the dynamic social changes that
It was a familiar idea of conflict between traditional values
and the modern world dogma of generation gap. Ashraf Ali Khan
(Talat Husain) - the leading character of the serial had a rigging
barrier when it comes to family affairs like the movement of
the children, especially marriages. He is a dominating macho
man, constantly at loggerhead with son Arif (Adnan Siddiqi)
and wife Shamim (Sajida Syed) and sister Farah (Zeba Bakhtiar)
over something or the other. However, Shamim always tried to
make him understand that his stiff attitude with everybody is
creating more of a repulsive feeling and attitude.
Arif secretly married Zareen, a friend of his, out of sympathy
as she had no one to look after her since the death of her father,
without going into the consequences of his in-house mess. Not
knowing about Arif's marriage, Ashraf Ali Khan sets up his marriage
with Meher, the daughter of his closest friend Mansoor (Qazi
Wajid) as a matter of his commitment. Arif tried to evade this
but could not stand the wrath and tedious sermons of this father
coupled with the apprehension of loosing everything needed for
good living in case of a blunt refusal. However, a guilty Arif
had to disclose the truth of his earlier marriage to Meher,
who kept him away from herself till the rolling of the last
episode of the serial, wherefore she was shown to have packed
Things between Arif and Zareen also turned from bad to verse
when she came to know of his second marriage through newspaper
photograph. Here too Arif had to bear bitter and stinging sentences,
remarks and words of jealousy as Zareen's pride and faith was
equally hurt. Without going into the details, it is enough that
both Zareen and Meher left Arif in lurch to tread their own
ways. It seems that the world has modernized and excelled at
the expense of detaching ourselves from the traditional values
and principles when obligation to the family traditions used
to be main commitment. Zahida Hina had attempted to pick a twig
of our cultural past. It is pertinent, not out of context, that
this concept of generation gap and marriages of own choice is
becoming more common in rich and sophisticated sector of the
had secretly married before his conviction. It was again a repetition
of an identical story like that of Arif and Nadra against the
wishes and desires of Ashraf Ali Khan.
was another story of love and riches of Raza Shirazi (Shabbir
Jan) and Farah (Zeba Bakhtiar) along with his self-made
guardian Agha (Sohail Asghar) following behind the main
story not with enough blood.
Raza was victimized by Ashraf to the extent that he had
to undergo jail sentence for sometime. For what it could
not be ascertained. Raza and Farah were in love and even
A thing that came into our ears was a new biological terminology
coined by Agha i.e. 'Khoon Shareek Bhai' since he had donated
blood to save an injured Raza.
It appears that the character of a cynic Ashraf Ali Khan was
specially created for Talat Hussain, an artist who can use the
screen as his canvas for addressing the issues like generation
gap in most lucid way. Out of anything it is kudos to the director
for pitching the two divergent and contradictory personalities
i.e. Ashraf Ali Khan and his wife Shamim against each other.
The incessant bickering between the mismatched dads was a fun
can not be classed as mainstream serial with weather-beaten
actors of mini screen. Despite of being serious in nature,
it had bits of moments to lighten up the things. A major
problem with the drama was the poor quality of sound recording
making the dialogues unintelligible. While 'Sangam' with
it’s out of norm premise actually brings out the
message that marriages are made in heaven and they overcome
Thori See Mohabbat
Watching drama unfold on the screen and to note its progress
during recordings, are two different things altogether. And
when it is a senior person like Sultana Siddiqui, who is handling
the whole situation, then certain aspects of presentation and
production are specially underlined. Nowadays, she is busy recording
Thori See Mohabbat. Wherever vibrant artistes like Samina Peerzada
and Javed Sheikh come together, they create a great sense of
camaraderie and equation. Samina and Javed have rarely crossed
paths apart from an odd film like Shadi Mere Shauhar Kee and
perhaps a solo play, but they are old colleagues and sterling
artistes. This serial is based on romantic and social
angles of family life, and the emotional upheavals that shake
the basis of households.
I barged into Sultana's dramatic hideout recently, to witness
how she is faring after doing a superb serial with Hasina
Moin, called Bahaar Aaney Ko Hai, I found her in the grip
of inspirational creation. "Good scripts still spur you
on, despite having done so much production," Sultana
told me. "This is how Noorul Huda Shah unfolds her story.
It's incredible how her gradually revealed details can create
such an impact. There are various climax points in her work.
It gives you quite a bit of room for treatment as a director.
This one is also full of intense frames."
Saeed was pacing the floor with a view to go over a few lines
that she had to deliver in front of the camera, along with
Javed Sheikh. While the director of photography, Mehmood Mirza
focused his camera, Sania indulged in a bit of low humming
and singing in the hall. By Jove, she seems to have a decent
voice. But acting is her passion, and she excels in it, as
she shows in Bahaar Aaney Ko Hai. In this particular scene,
she and Javed traded dialogues and expressions in a very well
done take. I must admit that Javed has improved over the last
couple of sensitive serials. He seemed a little stony in Haider
Imam's Dhool, but his powerful work in Javed Fazil's Chandni
Ratein proved that he was coming around to the small screen
once again, and here, in Thori See Mohabbat, he okayed a superbly
done scene. His expressions were so natural and relaxed that
one feels Javed is evolving into one of the best in the game
now. But, there's one thing that always perturbs me, and that
is the average notion to cancel a take when an actor has missed
a single gesture or dialogue during recording. I thought Javed
was brilliant in the first take, talking with the natural
flow of a guy in his living room one fine afternoon, but just
at the end of the scene, he stuttered on a sentence, and that
was stopped midway and done again. I felt the second take
wasn't as relaxed as the first one, but it was okayed because
it was done in one go. That, I thought, has been the outcome
of so much work crammed in a small time space.
See Mohabbat is a Moomal Production, and it is written by
Noorul Huda Shah, after a good lapse of some two to three
years, and her masterpiece details and the building up of
climax is undoubtedly a thing of wonder.
Umrao Jan Ada
She was a maiden constructed out of ordinary wood. But, her
hands delved in worlds made of pink light and poetic avenues.
Her hands fashioned dreams out of something as troublesome as
Dreams of durbars and Kings. Dreams of classical music and courtesans.
Dreams of men who were too dreamy to be real, and men who were
too real to understand dreams.
feet danced on the glazed floor of the kotha, as well as the
carpeted farsh of the durbar. She danced on the head-nodding
rhythms of the table and the heartstrings of the sarangi.
With her lithe and Lustrous movements, and her golden-laced
dresses of pleasant hues, she caused a commotion amongst the
pleasure islands of gao- takyas. The mujra she performed won
over the hearts of nawabs and the tajdars with a flourish.
Her tinkling ghungroo, her perfectly aligned nirit bhav, her
irrepressible nakhras, all made her a riveting object of fancy.
Her thumkas made tremors rise in the courts of the kings and
the hearts of men alike, and her salams and Kornish were the
country tantrums designed to disarm. Ti was a face that launched
a thousand ships of dreams and desire in the hearts of men.
Her magical eyes denoted stars in motion and her eyebrows
corresponded with the tradition of royal courts and the waves
of arches. Her soft and poignant voice left the words and
musical notes aloft in the sunlit domes full of flamboyant
colors and pigeon flights. The songs remained in the atmosphere
for weeks, lilting tsarinas of romance and royalty odes to
her own finesse and her peacock pirouettes.
hwy did the men come to watch her sing and dance?
they admitted it or not, their appreciation of Umrao’s
dance prowess, her perfect flourish her ideal manners and
her overwhelming beauty was on indication that the royal gentry
saw her as somebody with a modicum of freedom in her movement.
Unlike the formally turned out begmats of the, all full of
the high-browed splendor and impeccable manners, Umrao was
a woman, who attempted wilder movements and complicated, yet
heart arresting twirls. Wasn’t it ironic? A woman so
chained in her existence, and yet thought of as more free
than the well-to-do, authoritative begmats of the court? So,
then, there was another woman residing in Umrao’s bosom.
Was she? Yes.
poetess, an artiste, a sensitive and emotional woman. A woman
full of sorrow and love. That was a treasure she shared with
only a few.
Mirza Hadi Ruswa’s classical tale, Umrao Jan Ada is
something that has had many adaptations and several films
and TV serials made out of it. It is, literally, an evergreen
novel. It’s beauty and its longevity is its language
and its atmosphere. Now, GEO TV has tele-ported the tale on
to the small screen with enough research and enough efforts
to make the classic alive again on TV, something that the
coming generations will savor with every passing moment.
watching in unfold, one serial, Umrao Jan Ada, have not just
scratched the surface, but went deeper to the heart of treasure.
The language, the mannerism, the dresses, the make-up, the
whole paraphernalia of the royal durbar. It all adds up to
history. It is not just a tale of a girl forced into prostitution,
but the saga of a crucial period in the history of the sub-continent,
hemmed in from both sides of the divide by such heart-rending
events as the struggle of independence in 1857 that eventually
led to bigger consequences.
serial has been directed by Rana Sheikh, while the dialogue
and language department has been in the very able hands of
a woman steeped in traditional culture of Lucknow and Oudh,
Zehra Nigah. Her research has ensured that the idioms and
the characterization remain true to the period. Amina Bano,
a girl selected from amongst many aspirants, plays Umrao.
She was given lessons in elocution by Zehra Nigah for almost
a month, while Nighat Chaudhry worked on perfecting her dance
movements. Other artists in the serial include humayyun saeed,
Bushra Ansari, Shabbir Jan, Faisal Qureshi, Adnan Siddiqui,
Sadia Imam, Mehmood Aslam, Jamshed Ansari and Badar Khalil.
Apart from them, such arc lights as Meera, Resham, Gia Ali
and Nighat Chaudhry have been included in classical mujra
items that are the high points of Umrao’s saga. Shakeel
saigol and Naheed Azfar have been assigned the research consultants,
their project started 14 months before the actual start of
the recording of the serial. Their research was then supplemented
by the actual costume designing by Asma Akbar and the jewellery
designing by Rehana Saigol. The seta have been designed by
Asma Akbar in consultation with the renowned architect, Habib
Fida Ali, the concepts and features of these sets were derived
from the miniatures and other paintings of the period called
the Company Period in the history of the subcontinent. The
make-up was done by Tariq Amin.
music has being composed by the Sanjan Nagar Institute of
Musicology, established by Raze Kazim, who is himself a living
heir of the Avadh culture. This institute conducts the undergraduate
classes of musicology at the National College of Arts (NCA).
Mehnaz, Frieha Parvez, Iqbal Bahoo and Sara Zaman. Nighat
Chaudhry has choreographed all the 18 dances in the true kathak
traditions of the period called the Wajid Ali Shah period.
As far as the script is concerned, for the first time the
story is told by Umrao to Mirza Ruswa. Mirza Mehmodd, the
cameraman and the lighting director of the serial has concentrated
on the soft and mellow moods and ambience of the era. He created
the atmosphere with the help of soft-focus filters, gels and
range of other techniques. The Making of Umrao, a documentary
to show how the whole effort was in place, was managed by
Server Moosavi. The story is seen every Monday, only on GEO.
Let’s see hoe is unfolds.
a social saga peppered with hilarious events. The 13 episode,
25 minute comedy serial is scripted by Riaz ul Haq Siddiqui
and helmed by the veteran Syed Ameer Imam. The story of Aapus
Ki Bast revolves around a spunky girl, Zoha (played by Azra
Siddiquij who hails from the upper stratum of society. As the
tale progresses Zoha falls for a boy, Aamir (the evergreen Behroz
Sabzwari) who comes from a totally dif. ferent class of people,
ghareeb load. But Zoha is not aware of Aamir's social status.
the relationship blossoms, Aamir tries to tell Zoha about his
real self, but remains cautious so that he doesn't lose his
love interest. In order to keep his mistaken identity intact,
he does everything he's capable of, which makes the play a hilariously
rib tickling one – so the makers say.
cast of Aapus Ki Baat is: Behroz Sabzwari, Khalid Anum, Azra
Siddiqui, Ghalib Kamal, Rabia Naureen, Sheni Azeem, Lala Saleem
and Moazzam Ali. The play is produced by Combine Media (Pvt)
Ltd for PTV.
Mohabbat Hi Kafi Hai
situations and incidences change to quickly in human life, but
certainly those who fight the hardships with mettle and resolve,
are successful. These live characters have been presented by
director Ehsan Ali Zaidi in his new drama serial, Aik Mohabbat
Hi Kafi Hai in dramatic colour and style. AMHKH is he story
of hate, love and treachery.
script written by Seema Ghazal, Humayun Saeed is playing dual
role for the first time in his life. Other notable actors
are Atiqa Odho, Vaneeze Ahmed, Nabeel, Shafi Mohammad, Uzma
Gillani, Shahood Alvi, Sajid Hassan, and amny more.
of filming of the serial has been completed in Karachi, but
it also has picturesque scenes of Malaysia, Kualalumpur, Lankawi
& Ganting Island. The latter is the site where the famous
Hollywood venture titled “The king & The Anna”
story is such that producer and director had to go to Malaysia.
The story revolves around love & hate, and brings a bad
turn in Atiqa Odho’s life, for which her father sends
her to Malaysia where she meets Humayun Saeed. It is Humayun
Saeed (in double role), who has snatched joys out of Odho’s
life. But she finds that Humayun Saeed of her present are
totally different persons. But, again she finds that both
are similar and that they are just deceiving her by acting
differently and thus getting rid of his past personality.
Odho’s curiosity persists while Humayun Saeed is unware
of her past, but due to her odd questions , she about to leave
her past, but due to her odd questions, she is about to leave
her and this is where the story takes a unique turn.
pick of the Eid plays could be Aliya Imam's production of Faysal
Qazi's slapstick comedy Bay Say Bachiay. I was on location at
32nd street of Defence Phase V the other day where a well maintained
house of Anila Ali was the venue of Raju Jamil (as Professor
Iqbal) and Parveen Akbar (as Mrs. Iqbal) house where they were
exchanging spicy dialogues with their screen daughter Saadia
Imam (Bushra) and the leading lady. Raju clad in black silken
shirt with a yellow tie and black trousers, looked sober in
almost fully white hairdo. He said he has decided to let his
hair loose this time. "Actually I let it remain while since
July due to some scenes of continuity for Humayun Saeed's Chahateen
we recorded in Malaysia. My well wishers like Vinnie, Atiqa,
Talat Hussain and Sajid Hasan and specially my wife Mona, say
that I should let it remain like this permanently hence I have
decided that it's no more black hair dye now!" Faysal Qazi,
the writer of the play, needs less introduction and more appreciation
for his wonderful and punch dialogues, some of which I fear,
may have a cast of censor's shadow upon them.
Say Bachiay is a comedy where there are two families whose
lady folks are friendly with each other, but the men don't
get along. Their children one's daughter and one's son get
along so well that they have plans to many, but end a hard
time convincing their dads. Shafi plays Bush a person who
strongly believes in Stars and Palmistry.
Lala has done a good job and seems to have the required talent
to win successes in this world of showbiz.
is another drama serial, which has barely anything to entertain
the viewers. The story revolves around complex situations.
sensitive script is .penned by Seema Ghazal, and directed
by the well known Mohammad Jawaid Fazil, while Ejaz Nazeer
Warriach, Sher Asfand Yaar and Fawad Raja are the producers.
Beychain includes names like Mustafa Qureishi, Saleem Shaikh,
Vaneeza Ahmed, Humayun Saeed, Aisha Khan, Sana Ali, Zeenat
Mangi, Qazi Wajid and Raja Ghazanfar.
Shaikh and Vaneeza Ahmed portray a happily married couple,
but Saleem Shaikh's father, Mustafa Qureishi is a billionaire,
who never accepts his daughter in law. He plays the dirtiest
of tricks, and at this point the story takes a turn for the
suspenseful climax. Beychain is a riveting examination of
a man in crisis.
characters are all strongly defined and nearly all the performances
are great with Saleem Shaikh, Mustafa Qureishi and Vaneeza
is ready to go on air soon.
Phir Piyar Ho Gaya
biggest achievement that the makers of forthcoming drama serial
Bus Phir Piyar Ho Gaya can boast of is that for the very first
time in the history of Pakistan television one of the actors
is playing a double role (performed by film star Babar Ali)
in the best form of realism that one can
Director/writer Naveed Umar Thanvi has used, what he calls
"a realistic double role technique" by virtue of
which the twin characters
appear on the screen with as close a proximity as the viewer
would require to believe they're actually two people and not
one. Meaning: the drama lovers could see in Bus Phir Piyar
Ho Garya the twin characters of Babar Ali touching and crossing
one another as one could witness Mark and Steve
patting each other's shoulders during a long and unending
partnership between the brothers. The real stuff, that is.
According to Naveed Umar Thanvi, the technique that he has
employed has been in use in Bollywood and Hollywood for long.
Hence, it is very important to highlight this accomplishment
in the best possible manner.
Phir Piyar Ho Gaya has a mul tidimensional story. The chief
track of the tale revolves around the friendship of retired
Colonel Wajahat Ali Khan (Munawwar Saeed) and barrister Jehangir
Saif (Khayam Sarhadi). As the play begins the barrister is
seen living in Shogran with his wife (Saiqa Khayam) and a
grand daughter (Mona Lisa). Reason being he had, by a tragic
quirk of fate, lost his son and his wife (daughter in law)
to an accident. Adding woe to Jehangir's already grief stricken
life, Samaan (Mona Lisa) is infected with an illness related
to kidneys called PKD. The only cure is to find matching kidneys
Jehangir Saif has an old friend Colonel Wajahat Khan, played
by Munawwar Saeed with his trademarik panache. Owing to some
domestic issues Colonel sahib decides to sever his ties with
his family and shift to Shogran. He brings one of his twin
grand sons (Sohail) along.
the other hand Sohail's judwan brother Rohail lives with his
mother and is diametrically opposed to Sohail in disposition.
He's more flamboyant and a compulsive flirt. His antics and
youthful activities add a different color to Bus Phir Piyar
Ho Gaya. As the story unfolds, the serial takes one interesting
turn after another, and the viewers, as the makers say, will
be glued to their seats in anticipation of next incident.
of the shooting of Bus Phir Piyar Ho Gaya has been done in
the breathtaking locales of northern areas.
far as the cast of the play is concerned it comprises stellar
names such as Babar Ali, Mona Lisa, Veena Malik, Khayam, Sarhadi,
Munawar Saeed, Saiqa, Qaiser Naqvi, Aslam Latar, Kamran Jeelani,
Khursheed Shukat, Aslam Sheikh and Nargis Rasheed.
ijaz Buriro seems all set to launch his latest venture Daddy
Maan Jao with a berg. It is a kind of a mix masala to suit the
taste of drama viewers serious as wed as comedy. Those who have
seen him working on the floors say that he has all the potentials
to give a tough time to the established producers.
has started producing and directing plays after giving a couple
of hits as an actor. Naturally his experience as an artiste
is helping him create a real neat and highly absorbing play.
He is a dynamic person and knows the art of extracting the
best from his players. His team members say that working with
him is undoubtedly an exhilarating experience.
Anum in the title role has done a wonderful job. He is undoubtedly
one of those versatile artistes who can perform any kind of
role with equal expertise. He has proved his worth in a variety
of roles. Be it a serious, comedy, children's programme, singing
or even compering. He is one of those artistes who are genuinely
and coming Zafar Jaferi is the executive producer of this
serial. He is being assisted by Allah Bachaiyo. The team is
energetic and has a commitment with art. Thus this serial
is bound to create waves in the coming quarter.
crisp script of this serial has been written by Sharjil Ahmed.
The cast include Tamanna Begum, Khalid Anum, Saima Qureshi,
Ghalib Kamal, Saima Tahir, Agha Sherai, Sabahat Bukhari and
of powerful images, Khaliq Productions have been churning out
big-banner serials like Ghulam Gardish, Khwab Azab and Gharib-e-Shehr.
Their serials if the viewers recall, are not only script-wide
brilliant, but also constructed on classical footings of drama.
This is exactly why they have great following over the years.
Now, they are coming up with another such serial, Diwaney which
we have been hearing about for a longish time now. If you ask
me what is the highlight, of this serial, it is undoubtedly,
its male cast. Yes, surprisingly, it is not fully concentrating
as much on female glamour, than the matching of male decibel
and drama. That is a surefire sign of intellect and script power.
Otherwise, those who have weak-need or wobbly drama, take the
crutches of vacuous supports like glamour and film artistes.
But, real drama always fascinates, how ever much marketing side
takes precedence. This obvious example today in Lunda Bazar,
which is going on and on, basically on the powerful elevation
that the competing male artistes have provided. In this case,
there are enough men to complete for brow magic and decibel
duel, to send it to the highest rung of the ladder.
boasts of tried and trusted artistes like Shahid, doing a
vital role in the serial, Afzal Ahmed, a master at using words
to pump emotions, Khayyam Sarhadi, another stalwart on the
small screen, Sohail Ahmed, the versatile caliber and Mehmood
Aslam, the fabulous face changer with the hero’s swagger.
Apart from these character-artistes, we have younger Smart
Alecs like Kashif Mehmood, whose projection to the top raft
has been pretty, quick Faisal Qureishi, the darling boy of
PTV these days, and Saleem Sheikh, the ever-pleasant kid broterh
of Javed Sheikh. The sniff-e-nazuk department is with Janan
Malik, Raheel Bati’s delectable daughter, and Saira
Khan, the delicate tuberose of LTV.
Begum, Kodo, Neelam Chaudhry, Kamran Mujahid and oterhs are
also in the cast. The insiders, who have seen the glimpses
of this drama serial, are all praise for it. Its sole producer
in Adnan Khaliq, while the team of twin directors, Usman-Zulfiqar
always delivers, as it has shown in the past.
has been written by Dr Abdul Khaliq, the camera-man is Suhail
Hussain, while the musical score has been provided by Jawad
Se Phalay Eid
maiden venture Eid Say Pehlay Eid is a story of a rusted lad,
who works in the city sends almost everything he learns to his
family in the village. His father spends this money mostly in
helping the village folk. The idea is to be popular in the village.
the son remits almost every penny to his father, he is left
with no choice but to apply for some advance from his organization
to meet the fresh demand of his father. This time he applies
for a loan on the pretext of getting married.
head of the organization is a very dignified lady and has
a soft corner for this man. Thus, she instantly approves the
loan. But when his lady boss wants his wife, he gets confused
and presents one of his neighbors a girl called Maheen as
his wife. The story moves on with a neat situational comedy
and comes to an end with the marriage of this man with Maher.
The script is very crisp and has all the ingredients to keep
the viewers' interest alive, till the last frame. Both the
lead characters have a done good job. It seems that they have
all the potential to grow into stars. All they need is some
assistance from good directors.
Ahmed has penned the story, while S.A Hussain! has directed
the play. The cast includes Faisal Qureshi, Arooj Chawla,
Sameera Hasan, Pervez Siddiqui, Saeera Moghal etc.
Dhund has Ali Afzal as the principal performer. The drama serial
unfolds when Ali Afzal's wife, Zeba Bakhtiar, passes away at
a rather early age. This leads him to remarry. And this time
Shehla Qureshi emerges as his second wife. Shehla, prior to
her marriage, was in love with a boy, Tahir Ali. Her marriage
to Ali Afzaf saddens her. The nuptial tie never takes root and
the play Gehri Ohund takes one tragic turn after another. The
serial has another track, which is of a young boy who is head
over heels in love with a singer. He pursues her interest assiduously.
But as soon as he is able to win the girl over, he finds her
totally opposite to what he'd thought her to be. So basically
Gehri Dhund (written by Naveed ,laffery) entails the stories
of common people ensnared in the web of their personal ambitions
and aspirations. They run after certain dreams that never come
true. Or do they? For that, one has to see the drama serial.
Nisar is a renowned Urdu columnist. I've been reading his columns
for long, and it has to be mentioned that he's one of those
writers who genuinely care about the ever oscillating socio
political scenario of Pakistan. So when I came to know that
Abid Ali had finally persuaded the hassaas aadmi to pen a television
serial for him, the feeling was more than that of elation.
Pe Raqs is a 26 episode serial, directed by the veteran actor/director
Abid Ali. The play is about a journalist who never succumbs
to any kind of temptation. His sincerity to his job is exemplary.
During the course of the play, this imandaar sahafi, owing
to his uncompromising disposition, undergoes a lot of turmoil
which is but natural. At the same time, Hawa Pe Raqs is also
the story of an actress who falls for a politician cum landlord.
In order to save him from many a legal woe, she goes out of
the way and herself gets involved in a crime. As the tale
unfolds, she's finally able to redeem herself.
that's not it. Hasan Nisar has played with multiple plots
here. His story also delicately handles the tug of war between
a wadera and his revolutionary son. Ail in all, Hawa Pe Raqs
tries to cover most of the sensitive subjects that one confronts
while living in a society like ours. How successful the team
behind the serial has been can only be gauged once all of
its 26 episodes hit the small screen.
the very first time, it has been reported, that a concerted
effort has been made to bring actors from the world of film
and television together. If on one hand there are names like
Momy Rana (appearing for the first time on TV), Humayun Qureshi,
Deeba and Naghma representing the silver screen, on the other,
the TV celebrities comprise of Abid Ali, Firdaus s Jamal,
Shagufta Aijaz, Savera Nadeem, o Mehmood Adam, Ghuyur Akhtar,
Rasheed fa Naz and Azra Aftab.
couple of weeks ago, the premiere show of Hawa Pe Raqs was
organized. Luminaries from the world
of politics and showbiz attended the high profile event The
invitees included former Prime Minister,
Malik Mairaj Khalid, former Governor Punjab Mian Azhar, Nazim
e Ala Lahore, Mian Aamir Mehmood, Javed Iqbal, Munno Bhai,
Mohammad Ali Durrani, film pro ducer Mian Amjad Ali also the
producer of (HPR) and Asif Ali Pota.
Hain Tumharey Rishtadar
seldom do we see plays in a lighter vein that tackle the somewhat
sensitive issue of nagging relatives. Hum Hain Tumharey Rishcadar
promises to be one such endeavor.
sitcom, which is under production these days, delineates the
uncertain ups and downs of life. At the same time it also
discusses issues that confront the upper stratum of society
But the basic premise of Hum Hain Tumharey Rishtadar pivots
around people who want to become filthy rich overnight.
lqbal has written the crisp script of the sitcom, whereas
Asif Jamal has held the reins behind the camera.
casting of HHTR has been done rather meticulously. Parts haven't
been offered to the first set of actors and actresses that
came across the director and producer of the play. Rather,
actors who fit the bill have been chosen to do the job. For
instance, Qazi Wajid has been assigned the role of a witty
fellow who can take anybody for a ride at the drop of a hat.
The rest of the cast is Faisal Qureshi, Shehla Qureshi, Mubasir
Khan, Adman Jilani, Naeema Garj, Aftab Alam, IGran, Tabassum
and Barkat Ali.
days PTV is showing a reveting drama serial Humsafar, which
has been written by Afshan Abbasi and Directed by Najam Saeed.
The cast includes Adnan Siddiqui, Suneeta Marshall, Nighat,
Ali Hassan, and Shahriyar.
is a very touching story of girl’s struggle against
the restraints of the society. The backdrop of this serial
is the country of hevenly beaches, Sri Lanka. Well-known model,
Suneeta Marshall plays the lead charrole in this serial.
with social issues and hidden agendas, “the story is
based on an ordinary plot, which is brought alive by brilliant
dialogues and dramatic sequences,“ says Najam Saeed
“Adnan and Sunita have done a good job,” he replied.
has a cast that looks invincible from all angles, and interestingly,
the colourful characters contribute to the situation. Afshan
Abbasi says: the drama is a mixed bag in terms of performances”.
the drawing board of life, drama is an ingredient that sells
your identity to the commercial world. That is why TV channels
all over the world, communicate more and more drama to their
audiences. PTV also DOES THE SAME. NOWADAYS, PTV’s literature-loving
producer, Mohammad Bakhsh Samejo is recording drama serial Jeet,
which is based on the repressive traditions of Vatta Satta,
which have undermined many Sindhi families over the years. In
these traditions, the young girls are betrothed to the man of
the parents’ choice, even before they are born. This sort
of cruelty has been fully dealt with in this serial. Writer
Aziz Kingrani has written this serial with lots of sensitive
prose, and Samejo, as always, comes up trumps with his powerful
portrayal of the of the affectations of the people of the most
has a cast that looks invincible from all angles. Mustufa
Qureishi and Tanvir Jamal lock expressive horns, while Tahir
Kazmi, Aiman, Shagufta Bhutto, Hum Mir, Ayesha Khan, Qaiser
Naqvi. Yaar Mohammad Shah, Qamarunnisa and others are the
KH and Cine Mark International `s new serial "Khushboo"
a sonic cultural romantic story based on the love of humanity
and intellectual as well as cultural interaction among the people
is directed by Veteran Director Qasim Jalali, who has a long
list of successful television serials, series and solo plays
to his credit. The cast includes; Izhar Qazi, Sewera Nadeem,
Adnan Siddiqui, Farhan Ali Agha, Maria Jalali, Aslam Latar,
Uzma Tahir, Mohammad Zaidi, Ayesha Khan and many more.
is a gripping story set in the heart of Germany. It explores
the richness of love between two people coming from different
worlds, though the emotions involved are love hatred, jealousy.
These are the same every where on Earth!" explains Qasim
is Qasim Jalai's first drama serial shot outside Pakistan.
The serial is penned by Farheen Choudhry who is a new screenwriter.
But she is a renowned author of short stories under the name
of Shahaiia Gillani. The serial is produced by Nasir Danawala
and S.M Zaidi intends to be another sensitive and simply story.
Zaidi himself is among the cast along with co producer Nasir
Danawala. Danawala says, "2002 is the year Great Poet
Allama Iqbal which is why Khushboo's story is of an intellectual
touch of Iqbal mixed with Goethe. It is a tribute to those
who believe in the "Khushboo" (fragrance) of love
irrespective of race, sects, nation and humanity. Khushboo
is scheduled to aired very soon on PTV 1.
the 1980, there started on PTV a number of serials and plays,
which questioned the basic fabric of the society and inhuman
traditions in the name of culture. Such serials were very powerful
and educated the people about the harmful sides of our custom
and traditions. But, today, such serials are taws and far between.
Basically today, the subjects irked concentrate on glarnorization
of every thing, no matter if the subject is serious and wants
to draw attention to some very important aspect of the society.
Therefore, it was nice to see somebody once again: pointing
towards the wrong tradition, when producer and writer, Mubsar
Khanum and director, Anwar Khan started work on a serial called
Reet. It is about the young marriage, when children are too
yoing to decide for themselves and when they grow up they refuse
to comply with the decisions of their elders.
drama serial has a mixture of young and old stars, which will
give the viewers some new faces to see and their tent. Beet
is an MK Production, with a cast comprising Sanam Igbal, Jamshed
Ansari, Ghazal, Mubassir Khanum, S. M. Ejaz, Shehzad Mughal,
Akhter Hasnain and others. This serial brings into focus the
unholy traditions that only create chaos in the society and
make the youngsters part ways with their elders, breaking
the family and the house that their elders took so much pain
to build and establish. Sin is a seasoned artiste and she
has acted very well, with Jamshed Ansari also doing his role
wisely. Mubassir Khanum, who hams also worked in, a number
of serials, has written the story with logy of one situations.
It will have to be seen if the direction hate done justice
to the sensitive script. The serial will sin appear on PTV.
SAHAR KE SEHER MEIN
are some screen pairs, which don't look compatible. Till today,
one heard of just two men in showbiz, Humayyun Saeed and All
Azmat, who made good pairs with Vaneeza. Now, it was interesting
to note that Kamran Jllllani was given the lead with her, in
Sahar Ke Seher Mein, shown last week, and they just plain didn't
wasn't that what the director wanted to show?
of the plays of a new drama series, Sahar Ke Seher Mein was
a Nomi Khan Production, which was an otherwise clean production,
but Kamran and Vinny just couldn't match looks or the expressions.
Kamran is just another sort of chap, with another set of expressions,
while Vaneeza is now in the top category. In the lingo of
the showbiz, Kamran is a much better actor. Vaneeza's face
has lesser reflection potential, but the whole thing is that
today, showbiz is a game of category. One artiste, who is
in the 'A' category, doesn't come anywhere near the artiste
of 'B' category. It is undoubtedly, very sad, but there it
is. It has come to such a pass that now there is a definitive
margin between the two categories, and producers and directors
don't cast the two types of artistes together. That's why
the two artistes have grown complexes about the categorization.
what's the reason behind this accursed type fiction? It is
due to the new channel hierarchy. Richer channels have payed
artistes on a bigger scale and the other artistes, who may
be better artistes, aren't able to compete due to this classification.
Therefore, the categorization has taken shape.
story of Sahar Ke Seher Mein is about a romantic boy, Kamran
Jillani, who is obsessed by this pretty model, Vaneeza. He
finally wakes from his open eyed dream, and he confronts reality.
Apart from Kamran and Vaneeza, the play had new artistes,
Zeba Ali and Imran Khan. Sharjeel Ahmed has written the story,
while the producer is Sarfaraz Hussain. M. Hantf is the cameraman.
is no more certificates necessary for the infallible caliber
of the master crafter, Javed Fazil than to see what has been
the ratio of his success on the small screen and the quality
he has maintained throughout. An auteur, who could
Produce such powerful serials as Chandni Ratein, Mehndi and
Singhar with incredible regularity, must be considered some
body with superb technical expertise and remarkable dedication.
None of the other directors have this bind of record, no matter
how well known he or she may be. Right from the beginning, when
he ventured on to the tube , and gave us Ghar Gaiiyan Aur Rastey
and Manjihdar he has never looked back. Janey Anjaney by Hasina
Moin was another powerful hit and Nadia Jameel, despite Fazil
Sahab's reservations about her, became a household name. In
Manjhdhar, he brought together the unlikeliest artistes together,
with Mazhar Ali, Shaista Jabeen and Shahida Mini doing their
roles to perfection. Shaista was considered by many in the LTV
as sheer bad luck for any seri al, but Fazil Sahab gave her
a vita( role and the serial was mas ter stroke. Similarly, Mazhar
getting together with a screen siren, Shahida Mini, was unthinkable,
but it turned out that Fazil had
made the right choice. And now, it is evident that in Singhar,
Fazil has another champion drama serial, which ended its last
episode just a week ago.
is interesting to note that while most critics haven't been
convinced of Vaneeza's caliber as an emotive, artiste, but
she continues to be included in emotional episodes. The reason
for that could be her good pairing with Humayyun Saeed, which
producers claim that have been liked by the viewers. Only
God knows if that is true, but Fazil definitely brought out
the best in her and other such artistes. Both Saleem Sheikh
and Humayyun did their jobs well, although, Saleem himself
is not considered a perfectly emotive artiste. It is Fazil's
calibre that drew out the best from the artistes. The serial
is the most viewed one in recent times, while its rating is
liable to increase once its re run for the international 24
hour service. Humayyun and Vaneeze have a romantic equation,
which could also be seen in other serials previous to the
transmission of Singhar. They gel perfectly in this serial
too, although one feels that Saleem does better than what
was expected of him in such an emotionally charged serial.
That shows that Fazil has a grip of the whole serial from
the very beginning. The others in the serial are Mustafa Oureshi,
Badar Khalil, Qazi Wajid, Dr S. N. M. Shehzad, Sadia Imam,
Zeenat Manghi, Mohsin Khan, Uzma Gillani, Farah Shah, and
Ayesha Khan. Seema Ghazal has written this impressive story.
a recent conversation, Fazil Sahab told me that "it pays
to be original in various aspects of the serial. If you discuss
the script with the writer and then embark on the making,
it is always a fine beginning. In Chandni Ratein, in the very
first episode, we saw Javed Sheikh's second marriage with
Mahnoor. Most people were outraged and asked me as to what
is left in the serial. All climax points have been reached
in the first episode? taut, the viewers saw that the serial
was an unmitigated success. It pays to give unpredictable
Tum Mere Ho
Pakistan, the small screen is home to many brilliant artistes.
Amongst them Gulab Chandio is known for his characteristic smile
and his fascinating facial expressions. It is really quite sad
that such a fine artiste has been limited to the roles of Sindhi
wadera and a base villain. But, whenever he has been asked toto
portray roles that are on a different gesture-scale, he has
performed amicably and with a born star’a flourish, as
he showed in Chand Girhan once. Most people don’t know
that Gulab adjusted to the Sindhi cinema with such ease and
finesse that his film, Mohib Sheddi became a classic, and his
characteristic performance became a byword for cinematic claibre.
Gulab Chandio is again playing the villain, with Urooj Chawla
being his victim, in Sikander Shah’s Tum Mere Ho. In
Chand Girhan, if you remember, it was the ravishing Faryal
Gauhar, who got hit by Gulab’s queer demeanour. Here,
is Tum Mere Ho, he makes life miserable for Urooj, with all
his trickery and ambitdextrous skullduggery.
serial has been written by that most powerful pen-weilder,
Khan Asif. He seemed to have gone into his shell for sometime,
but I am sure no rust can roughen up his ink prowess.
Aiman, though trimmed down too much, plays a vital character
opposite Saleem Sheikh. Apart, form them, the artiste in the
cast are senior film actor, Kamal, Mubassir Khanum, Akbar
Subhani, Mahjabeen, Badar Khalil and Shah Mohammad.
life can be regarded as an uneven and unpredictable journey.
One encounters sor rows, happy moments in additon to problems
and obstacles. These varying attitudes of life have been presented
in the drama serial Wada in a beauitful way. This serial is
the very first effort of actor Nabeel as a director, being made
under Bird's Eye View.
serial comprises of a fabulous cast namely, Talat Hussain,
Sania Seed, Humayun Saeed, Jawaria Jalil, Jana Malik, Sajida
Sayyed, Nayyer Ejaz, Faisal Oureshi, Rubina Ashraf, Mahmood
Aslam, Farhan Ali Agha, Shamil Khan, Sabhat Bukhari, and Zaheen
Tahira, and artists from Lahore and Karachi, including TV
Producer Tariq Meraj's daughter Hina Meraj, who is making
a debut in this serial. The serial is written by Fasih Bari
Khan, and produced by Hasan Zia.
took us four to five months only for finalising the script,
while we completed the drama itself in minimum recorded time."
says Nabeel who looks very excited about his serial. "Instead
of filming abroad, we shot at locations in Hyderabad and Karachi,
and I'm sure this drama will touch the hearts of viewers.
Zindagi Khubsurat Hai
drama is a genre, which hasn’t been very much dealt with
through the same amount of professionalism on our various channels.
Now, Jarrar Rizvi, the dexterous image-maker of stars over the
years, has put forth a truly melodious juggler in the shape
of serial, Zindagi Khubsurat Hai, which has a tremendous list
of starry names. The cast includes many film stars like Sana,
Ahsan Khan, Faisal Qureishi, Nisha and Nawaz Khan, while others
are Rashid Mehmood, Afshan Qureishi,Farieha Jabeen, Kanwal,
Alishan, Salina, Mohsin Ali, Safir and Khwaja Saleem.
Khubsurat Hai, is another serialon the sort of repressed life
that men impose on women. Most women lead lives in this country,
which doesn’t free them from the bondae of household,
and their inner voice don’t find any expression anywhere.
This leads to complications and then separation or divorce.
But, most women don’t realize throughout their lives
would be much more meaningful and goal-oriented.
Jarrar Rizvi has been known to delay the launching of his
productions. One just hopes that this serial, Zindagi Khubsurat
Hai, sees the light of day sooner than most of the others
serials that he promised in the past, including a big-budget
serial, Rait Ka Mehal.
Ke Bahaar Aaey
work wonders. When Hasina Moin writes the script, Rana Sheikh
directs it and Sultana Siddiqui produces the serial; it is definitely
something to look out for. This is pretty evident from the making
of the latest presentation from these three ladies, Shayad Ke
Bahaar Aaey, which is about to grace the screen. It is pretty
obvious, through treatment, that this production has been done
with relevance to the women, who live and tackle the male dominated
society at every step, where suppression and denials are the
Ke Bahaar Aaey is a story of three women, Bibi Jan (played
by Parveen Malik), Sarah (portrayed by Sania Saeed), and Sasha
(handled well by Tuba), who are faced with different sets
of circumstances, which are not only exploitative, but also
crushingly monotonous: Ever since Aahat, Hasina Moin has angled
her scripts on the reflection of the aspects of female exploitation
and suppression. At first, she wasn't thought to be a natural
in that field, but over the years, Hasina Moin has made her
mark for the better, and her work in this serial takes her
to the top of her caliber, with such a talented director as
Rana Sheikh with her. It is quite obvious that Rana is an
intensely creative director, whose forte is generating the
atmosphere, which can be viewed so movingly in Umrao Jan Ada.
It is also quite evident that this type of script from Hasina
needed Rana's involvement, as against the type of commercial
scripts that she wrote for Zulfiqar and Tasmina Sheikh in
Des Pardes, Aansoo and others, or Janey Anjaney, which was
done by Javed Fazil, for that matter. When it comes to delivering
this kind of social drama, with values that differ from the
commercial canvas, Rana Sheikh seems just the right person
for the job.
is a story of three generation of women, which is imploringly
fascinating and touching. The script pits Bibi Jan with Baba
Jan, done by Shafi Mohammad, shown to be a rich and arrogant
landlord. Bibi Jan doesn't have those romantic emotions for
this strict man, whose world is driven by the sole element
of narrow mindedness. Sarah emerges out of a cocoon of love
and harmony to enter the life of Humayyun Saeed, who is the
second son of Baba Jan, and has come down from foreign lands
to practice his surgical skills. Sarah is a lawyer. They fall
in love and marry. But, as tides turn, Humayyun has to shoulder
the responsibilities of her father, Baba Jan, when he dies.
Things become ugly for Sarah, because she sees her husband
change his lifestyle and take on a mask that doesn't become
the modern concepts that he used to have. Sarah's dejected
life takes on another aspect to be happy, and that is her
daughter, Sasha. Like her mother, Sasha is also a lawyer,
and starts a war against injustice with victimized women.
She extricates her mother from the network of deception and
suppression, and delivers her in a situation where breathing
freely is easier. It is an engaging story and its treatment
will hopefully interest the viewers.
Aik Aur Aik Gyara
are a dime a dozen today. But to name a sees on the title of
a recently released Indian comedy film, is really unbelievable.
Apart from that one little irritating detail, director Arshad
Khan's Aik Aur Aik Gyarah is quite a fun chapter: With a cast
boasting of Shehzad Raza and Faisal Qazi, the 13 episoder is
sure to be a great laughing stock. Shehzad is a known and most
talented artiste, whose entry into any serial means something
entertaining. He is not only a great actor, who is versatile
beyond belief, but he is also the finest comic this side of
Keemari! Faisal Qazi is fast becoming a banker for the younger
section of our TV artistes, Amongst the others Ghaza'la, Faisal
Qureshi, Mehmood Akhter, Adnan Jillani, Ghalib Kamal, Parveen
Akbar, Saima Khan, Uzma Tahir,Javiria Abbasi figure in interesting
script of this serial has been penned by somebody called Ghulam
Mohammad with someone named Syed Ansar: Aik Aur Aik Gyarah
has been produced by Tahir Younus and Production Manager is
Asif Kalam. The Associate Producer is Noman Khan.
story revolves a two families, who have humble beginnings,
but re aces of prominence while going through different se
Khud Ba Khud
Khud Ba Khud narrates the tale of the people who wish to harm
their fellow beings, but invariably shoot themselves in the
foot. For them, other people's success is their failure. However,
those who treat everybody even handedly never shy away from
any task and in fact help people prosper in their respec tive
fields of endeavour. It is believed that the part that veteran
actor Akbar Subhani is playing in Khud Ba Khud is something
that will be reckoned as one of his most outstanding performances
in years to come. Apart from Akbar Subhani, Shahood AM and Suman
Agha have also been given challenging roles. This 13 episode,
25 minute serial is penned by Shahid Masroor and directed by
Syed Asad Raza Rizvi. And the rest of the cast includes Ishmal,
Sanam Iqbal, Shehzad Raza, Aftab Alam, Aysha Khan, Imtiaz Neem
and Kashif Siddiqui.
Soaps On PTV
Pakistan Television, in its history of more than three decades,
never aired any plays that would fall into the category of 'soap
operas.' The classic definition of soap opera is that any daytime
radio or television serial drama, characterized by sentimentality.
Usually they can stretch to many an episode. It is called 'soap'
because a host of soap companies originally sponsored soap operas
produced in the west when television was going through its teething
20th August, Filmex (Pvt) Ltd has introduced a slot entitled
Family Time on PTV World, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
from 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm. Two soaps and quiz show for children
will be shown during the slot.
August 16, the launching ceremony of these programs was held
at a local hotel, in which many a showbiz person, pressmen
and officials of Filmex took part. Actress Sadia Imam and
a new entrant Kashan hosted the show.
of the two plays that were introduced was Sheeroza. Sheeraza
is a tale of a man who becomes wealthy using all kinds of
means. In order to build upon his capital he takes certain
steps that prove counterproductive. During the course his
friends let him down and he confronts many difficult situations.
cast include the likes of Shakeel, Sajida Sayyed, Saleem Sheikh,
Behroz Sabzwari, Akbar Subhani, Zahin Tahira, Ayaz Nayek,
Qazi Wajid, Latif Kapadia, Ayesha Sana, Shazia Akhtar, Humayun
Saeed and Nahid Shabbir. The story, which will cover 200 episodes,
has been penned by a team of four writers (something that
has never happened in Pakistan before) headed by Amjad Islam
Amjad. Haroon Rashid, who was also one of the speakers on
the occasion, has helmed the Sheeraza.
second play is called Apney Apney Khwab (spelt Khawab in the
leaflet). It is a story of the ambitions and dreams that often
drive the youth of Pakistan. Written by Shariq Naqvi and directed
by Rubina Haroon, this soap, one feels is inspired by a play
once shown on Zee TV, called Campus. The cast boasts of seasoned
performers like Sajid Hasson, Noman Ijaz, Rizwan Wasti, Sadia
Imam, Farheen Raja and Rosheen Raja.
The third show that was launched on the occasion was Quizzery.
I’m still trying to figure out the meaning or the implication
of the word 'quizzery' the show anchored by Behroz Sabzwari,
is a quiz competition between various children, representing
different: hoots. Well I wouldn't like to comment on that
because one look t the clips of the show only brought one
word to my mind: tacky. Perhaps the program is inspired by
Bourn vita Quiz Contest. Naql ke liyey bhi uql ki zuroorat