Yakeen ka safar (review) Episode 1

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Written by: Farhat ishtiaq

Directed by: Shahzad Kashmiri

Cast:

Sajal Ali, Ahad Reza mir, Shaz Khan, Hira Salman

I have been waiting for a while for this serial. The main reason being that I have read the novel ‘woh yakeen ka naya safar’ several years ago and fell in love with the romance between Dr asfand and Dr zubia. I recently read it again only because it was getting difficult for me to wait for it to start. However it’s going to be difficult but I will try my best not to compare the serial with the novel because Farhat ishtiaq herself announced on her fan page that although the serial is based in the novel, the serial will be a lot more detailed.

The first episode showed three girls from three completely different backgrounds.

  1. Noori is an educated girl in a village called Rab Nawaz Village. She is a school teacher is considered very ambitious due to the Conservative environment in the village. She is abducted and like a lot of men in pakistan, her father blames her for this. He is embarrassed and does not want to go the police because he thinks that he will become the laughing stock for everyone for letting his daughter pursue her dreams.
  2. The second one is zubia (Sajal Ali) who lives in karachi. Her father (Ehteshamuddin) is a very conservative patriarch. Her mother (fazeela qazi) has recently passed away and zubia is devastated. Her father is unable to understand the gravity of the situation as he never valued his wife ever in her life and is only doing rituals sans any emotions. Zubia’s Khala, Mahjabeen (Huma nawab) tries consoling her and also tells her brother and bhabi to take extra care of zubia as she was very close to her deceased mother. Her father, on the other hand, although considers himself very religious but he lets no chance go by where he can other people’s feelings.
  3. Finally is the beautiful Gaiti (Hira Salman) who is getting married to Daniyal (Shaz Khan) after a six year long engagement period. Daniyal was in England during this time, studying to become a lawyer. Daniyal is Gaiti’s cousin and it seems her younger sister  is also engaged to Daniyal’s younger brother Asfand who is pursuing his mbbs currently. This track was the only relief during this high intensity episode.

Over all, I quite enjoyed the first episode. Every one looks good for their roles. Sajal Ali and Hira salman look beautiful. But as far as the performance goes, Sajal Ali was definitely the best. When the serial was announced and I found out the Sajal Ali will be playing the role of Dr zubia, I wasn’t completely convinced but her performance in the first episode was beyond awesome and I’m glad she was chosen for this role.

Did any of watch the first episode?

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Bin roye (review) episode 2

Its so simple and yet so beautiful. If you arent watching it, you must start watching it now.

It’s quite clear that irtiza thinks of saba to be ‘just a child’ which is quite evident by the way he behaves with her. However, saba is in her teens and the attention that she gets from irtiza only means one thing for her. She has a major crush on him. Irtiza has gone for higher studies and has met Saman (armeena Rana khan) there. They have become good friends over time and it seems they quite like each other. Irtiza in fact has started to like Saman so much that he decided to go on a trip with Saman and her family rather than visiting Pakistan. Loved the way how saba was preparing for irtiza to come. It was really sweet and I was quite sad along with saba when irtiza decided not to visit.

Mahira khan is a beauty, her acting is flawless but she doesn’t look like a 15 year old. She has made saba look very cute rather than stubborn and irritating. That’s something which only an actress of her statuSame goes for humayon Saeed. He looks great but much older than he is supposed to look. Otherwise the chemistry between the two is just amazing. Armeena Rana khan is beautiful but she needs to work on her acting skills.

The best thing about the drama is how the relationship of all family members is shown. They all look very comfortable with each other, just how families are supposed to be.

Did you watch the second episode of Bin Roye?

Bin roye (review) Episode 1

Writer: Farhat Ishtiaq

Produced by: Momina Duraid

Bin roye has ‘blockbuster’ written all over it!

When Bin Roye movie released I knew nothing about the story. I didn’t even know that it was based on a novel but of course when the movie released, I read lots of reviews and some of them gave away the story as well. Although it did well internationally (for a Pakistani movie), people who had seen it thought it was crap. But the story was very simple and I couldn’t believe that they were unable to make a good movie. I had huge expectations from Momina Duraid. Soon I found out that bin roye would be shown as a drama serial in an attempt to do justice the beautiful story written by Farhat ishtiaq. I just couldn’t be happier and had been waiting for it since then.

Bin roye replaced udaari which was also written by Farhat ishtiaq but the genre is completely different. Where udaari talked about social issues, bin roye is a complete ‘masala’ serial. Also, it’s the first serial of humayon Saeed after dil lagi and mahira’s first after sadqey tumhare. All this has built up huge expectations.

So the question is, does bin roye live up to all the expectations?

After watching the first episode, I have rather mixed feelings. I’m glad that they have tried to show the back story of each character which makes it a little easier to understand them better but it’s a lil too filmi with the songs and all. It might work for some and might not for the rest. Everything is grand and fancy unlike our usual drama serials so it’s a little new.

Now, let’s talk about the story itself. The story is about Irtiza (humayon Saeed) and saba (mahira khan). Irtiza and saba are first cousins and they live in the same house. Irtiza’s parents died when he was a child and he loves saba’s parents (javed sheikh and zeba bakhtiyar) like his own. Saba has two older siblings, zafar and Saman. Saman lives with her mamoon and Mami in Australia as they don’t have kids of their own. Saba has always been very close to and very dependent on irtiza. Irtiza is at least 10 years older than her and pampers her like a child. On the other hand, saba is in love with her much older and very handsome cousin.

The first episode was visually appealing. I loved the girl who played younger saba. She is a natural actress I must say. Even the young irtiza is quite good. In fact I was thinking he would have been good as jaaza in udaari. Mahira khan didn’t have much to do except for looking good, which she did quite effortlessly. Same is the case with humayon Saeed. As for the character actors, I loved the lady who is playing the role of dadi. I have no idea what her name is.

As for now, bin roye will be my filmi guilty pleasure. Im quite looking forward to the next episode. How about you?

Bol key lab azad hain

Women are respectful no matter what family background they have, the number of years they have spent in school, their choice of profession, the size of their clothes and the kind of person they choose to be with. Finally, udaari had the guts to say all this on national TV and that too on a prime time show.

Everyone who knows me, knows I’m a huge fan of udaari. It has dared to do something no one has ever done before. And has succeeded in doing so too. It’s a story of singers from two different social classes and the behavior of people towards each. While the singers from ‘elite’ class get a lot of respect, singers from humble background (who might actually be better singers) are treated as mere ‘naachney gaaney wali’ unfortunately. A sad reality of our society.

It talks about real, strong women. The kind of women that we actually have in Pakistan. Women who do everything in their capacity to provide for and protect their children no matter how hard things might get. No, usually women in Pakistan are not ‘damsel in distress’ only waiting for their ‘prince charming’ to rescue them. Sheedan, meera, sajida, zebo, military are all very strong women in their own ways and are the kind of women I would like all Pakistani girls to aspire to be rather than mannu from Mann mayal.

It talks about the choice a girl can make in terms who she wants to get married to and when. When a guy proposes a girl and she declines, every one says that she has ‘friend zoned’ the guy. This statement takes away her right to choose a guy by her own will rather than social pressures. Udaari shows brilliantly that two people can still be friends, can still work together professionally even if the girl has rejected the boy’s proposal. It also talks about not getting married until you are completely sure of your decision and ready to settle down.

Finally, of course it talks about child abuse, domestic violence and sexual harassment. This was definitely the most important issue of all. We have been turning our faces away from it for too long. It’s only making the situation worse. Parents need to talk to their children about the difference between good touch and bad touch. Parents need to have a friendly relationship with their kids and must listen to whatever their children tell them with utmost attention. Children don’t lie and if they are scared of someone or a bit too fond of someone, it is the parents’ duty to probe further. Udaari talks about parenting and also how to legally deal with people if, God forbid, something bad happens.

It must not have been very easy to bring such a bold topic to our television screens but the team of udaari has been able to do rather marvelously. We must thank Momina Duraid and Kashf foundation to have the courage to fight against all odds to produce something like udaari. Of course, it would have been nothing without Farhat ishtiaq’s writing and Mohammed ehtishamuddin’s direction. Actors, both new and old, have given some of the best performances of their lives. Ahsan khan deserves all the awards for portraying imtiaz so well. And may God bless the little zebo and her parents for letting her being part of this project.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch it now. If you have a daughter over 7 years of age, I would recommend you watch it with her. It will make it much easier to speak to her about a lot of things which are taboo in our society

Recommended pakistani drama serials


Whenever I ask someone to recommend a drama, the usual response is Aangan Terha and Tanhaian. If I ask for recommendations from the recent ones, the response is usually just Humsafar and Pyare Afzal. Fortunately Pakistani drama industry has a lot to offer other than these extremely popular serials. Here is my list of must watch dramas of recent times (in no particular order):

  1. Kankar: domestic abuse is shown quite a lot on Pakistani TV but this one also talks about dealing with it. Loved Fahad mustafa in a negative role.
  2. Qaid e tanhai: I’m a huge Faisal qureshi fan. He is simply the best when it comes to facial expressions. Give him a story penned by umera Ahmed and a Co star like sawera nadeem and the result has got to be better than awesome.
  3. Daam: what’s not to love about Daam. Story by umera Ahmed of two best friends from different social classes, Sanam Baloch and Amina shaikh have given one of the best performances of their lives. Sanam Saeed was a new Comer back then but her performance was better than any seasoned actor.
  4. Doraha: love, love, love it. Story about love, jealousy and family politics narrated in a way like never before. And then of course, there was humayon Saeed too in it 😉
  5. Vasl: ayesha khan’s best performance in my opinion. She played the role of a much older woman and did it with aplomb.
  6. Diyar e dil: I started watching Diyar e dil because of the beautiful locations but soon fell in love with the story and it’s characters like most other people. This is also one of the few plays which forced me to read the novel too.
  7. Dil lagi: undoubtedly love story of 2016. Story of a strong woman who stayed with her husband because she fell in love and he gave her respect, not because that was something she was expected to do.
  8. Mera Naam Yusuf hai: directed by mehreen jabbar, I had huge expectations from this one and it didn’t disappoint. One of the best performances by Maya Ali and Hina bayat. This one too has a lot of strong women and lots of life lessons to learn from.
  9. Jackson Heights: story of a lot of people going to USA to fulfill their American dream told beautifully by mehreen jabbar. Nauman ijaz has outdone himself.
  10. Malal: I myself know a lot of cowards who might like someone but will get married to the girl of their mom’s choice. Beautifully portrayed by mehreen jabbar. Written by umera Ahmed and studded with awesome performances by deepti Gupta, Faisal Rehman and sarwat geelani.
  11. Rehai: Kashf foundation is an NGO that believes in women empowerment and they also like to raise awareness about social issues through television. Rehai talks about a young 10-12 year old girl getting married to a 40 year old man. Packed with powerful performances by actors like Nauman ijaz and samina peerzada, it’s definitely a must watch.
  12. Besharam: This serial is still on air and it’s like breath of fresh air. Although I didn’t like the first 2-3 episodes much, I have now fallen in love with all the characters. Of course the usp of the serial is the chemistry between Zahid Ahmed and saba qamar.
  13. Udaari: one more serial by Kashf foundation and it talks about child abuse. Written by Farhat ishtiaq and actors like bushra Ansari, samiya mumtaz, Ahsan khan and urwa hocaine have made it an unbelievably amazing serial. Must watch!
  14. Main sitara: a completely different story of a girl from a humble background wanting to become a successful movie actress. Written by Farhat ishtiaq and with not a single dull moment through out, it is an absolute must watch.
  15. Mata e Jaan hai tu: I have watched it twice and have read the novel too. It’s a romantic story but it’s not just about a boy falling in love with a girl but about importance of every relationship in life.

How many of these have you watched?