The star that is Humayun Saeed

Humayon Saeed is unarguably one of the biggest stars that Pakistan entertainment industry has produced over the last two decades. He is 47 and he is here to stay for a long long time.

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Nowadays, its rare to see Humayon Saeed on TV and even if we do, it’s usually to promote one of his movies. I believe he always wanted to be a movie star. He tried his hands on a negative role in Inteha and then did a few other movies as well but it was his work in Television that got him recognition, fame and respect.

Now, he is the biggest movie star and one of the best producers for movies and drama serials in Pakistan.

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When we think of Humayun Saeed now, we don’t think of an actor but a celebrity. However, it was not always like this. He has done some memorable roles in a lot of drama serials which are a must watch (if you haven’t already, of course).

Here is a list of some of his television dramas that are, and will always be, my favourites

1. Mehndi: Of course no surprises there. It used to be everyone’s favourite. And although there were some other big names associated with this project, people simply loved Humayun Saeed and his pairing with Ayesha Khan who debuted in that serial.

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2. Uraan: Humayon Saeed is very charming and he used that quite intelligently to his advantage in this serial that deals with marriage, domestic abuse and divorce in a very novel way. Penned by Umera Ahmed and directed by Yasir Nawaz, it is actually a story of woman emancipation but its the antagonist that stands out the most.

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3. Doraha: Also, penned by Umera Ahmed is a story o  love and how it becomes difficult due to family pressures. It also boasts of jaw dropping performances by Sonia Rehman and Sanam Baloch.

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4. Dil Lagi: One of his recent works for Television came as a pleasant surprise. Its penned by Faiza Iftikhar and directed by Jawani Phir Nahi Aani fame director, Nadeem Baig. The best thing about it was the fact that the leading lady, Mehwish Hayat, had a role just as powerful as Humayon Saeed.

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5. Bin Roye: I had huge expectations from this one but oh well, this one just makes it into the list because Humayon Saeed is looking extremely hot.

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Which one is your favourite humayon saeed drama serial?

 

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Yeh raha dil (review) Episode 10-13

Oh yes, I’m so in love with this serial!

Yeh Raha Dil is definitely just how romantic comedy should be done. It’s very emotional but at the same time intimate, vulnerable and funny. And to top it off, great performances.

So a lot has happened since I last reviewed/recapped Yeh Raha Dil.

Afaq is still trying to win hayat’s heart. Now that hayat has refused to get any help from her estranged father, Afaq is now trying ways to win over Nida so that she agrees to give up Hayat Villa.

Hayat has been able to secure her job back at the school she used to work before. But now there is a new recruit that she has to compete with. Although, the new entrant Hassan is quite boring, I quite enjoy his scenes as it brings out the cute bubbly Hayat back.

Finally, Zaki has confessed his love to Hayat and I must say I was pleasantly surprised when hayat tries to reprimand Zaki and reminds Zaki how hopelessly he had been in love with nida. So she is not there to steal someone’s man. That’s like a breath of fresh hair.

Nida is still very insecure. Now that she is quite sure that Zaki is interested in hayat and not her, she is determined to win Zaki over once again. And our Zaki has just made a blunder of telling Jimmy that he is no more keen in marrying nida.

The serial is going at a very reasonable pace. The chemistry between ahmed Ali and Yumna Zaidi is undeniable. They look very cute togather and finally there is a couple on screen which values their friendship a lot.

On the whole, Yeh raha dil is a beautiful serial. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rom-com: the cute future couple, comedy, complications and the sweetest confession of love I have seen in years.

Yakeen ka safar (review) Episode 1

Post edited by Warda moeed Siddiqui

 

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?

Yeh Raha Dil (review) Episode 8-9

I’m so glad I’m watching this serial. The name suggests that it would be a hopelessly romantic story with cheesy dialogues and cringy display of affection. But I’m so glad I’ve been proven wrong. At the core, Yeh raha dil is a romantic serials but there is so much more to it than just that. It’s about emotions,  relationships and family. It’s about problems that people do face in real.

Nida’s parents have reached karachi to meet zaki and give their blessings. Nida’s decides to take her parents to see the house that zaki’s parents have bought for his restaurant. Although zaki’s thinks it’s a horrible idea as hayati is there but still agrees. On reaching there, Nida’s father realizes that its the house where he used to live with his wife and daughter. On enquiring from zaki, it’s confirmed to him to hayat is indeed his daughter. On seeing her father after 20 years, hayat faints. Afaq, her father, starts feeling guilty on knowing the hardships she is going through and takes her to a hotel. Later zaki convinces her to meet her dad and speak to him but she is not willing to forgive him. She makes it clear to him that there is no space for him in her life. Although Afaq tries to explain that there is a side of story that she does not know about but hayat does not give him a chance.

On the other hand, Nida is feeling insecure. Not only she feels zaki cares about hayat a bit too much, now hayat has also turned out to be her step sister. She is furious to say the least.

Personally I loved two scenes the most in the last episode: one where Afaq and hayat were having a conversation due to the emotional content and the other one where haroon and zaki were talking to each other. It was so nice how haroon hinted that zaki might have started liking hayat and that might be the reason why he is getting so involved in the whole issue.

The last two episodes were very emotional but done just right. It’s amazing how I as a viewer have been able to create a relationship with all the characters and I can feel the pain of each one of them. Yumna Zaidi is doing a tremendous job in this serial. While she did an absolutely awesome job with the comedy scenes in the initial episodes, she is totally nailing the emotional sequences now. All the other actors are doing well too. Each one fits perfectly in their roles and I must give credit to the person who chose these actors for these characters.

I’m already waiting for the next episode!

Yeh raha dil (review) Episode 1 – 7

Writer: Mustafa Afridi

Director: Siraj ul Haq

Actors: Ahmed Ali, Yumna Zaidi and Anum Ahmed

It’s been a year since I have started dreading Monday nights. Mann Mayal and Sanam have both been really horrendous. With stellar star cast and well known writer/director combo, both these serials turned out to be huge disappointments. So when I found out about Yeh Raha Dil I decided to give it a chance because it did not boast of any big stars. All it had going in its way was the name of the writer : Mustafa Afridi. Unfortunately his only work that I had seen so far was Sang E marmar and from the promos, this serial looked poles apart. So with zero expectations, I started watching the serial and since then have been pleasantly surprised.

Yeh raha dil is adapted from a well known Korean serial but its been presented in such a way that it looks like a complete pakistani project. The look of all the characters, their relationships with each other and their dialogues are all very Desi to say the least.

*Spoiler Alert *

Now, let’s come to the story. It’s about a young, bubbly, happy go lucky Hayat (Yumna Zaidi) who aspires to be a writer. She lives alone in her mansion as her father abandoned them after her parents divorced when she was young and her mother died a few years ago. So she does have property but in terms of cash, she is completely broke. She depends a lot on her best friend, salman, who happens to be in financial trouble himself. Salman and his wife ‘gift’ Hayat a trip to Nepal on her birthday. On the otherhand, there is Zaki (ahmed Ali) who is head over heals in love with the very beautiful nida (anum ahmed). Zaki is the only son of his rich parents and although he is very spoilt, he is gentle and kind. Zaki’s father thinks Zaki and nida might not be a good match and rejects the Idea completely. Zaki being used to having his own way decides to just pack his bags and leave for Nepal.

As of now, Zaki and Hayat have become good friends. Nida is jealous of Hayat. And in amidst all this, salman has conned hayat and has sold her house to Zaki’s dad before absconding with his wife.

Yeh raha dil has surprised me pleasantly in more ways than one. All the actors are complete naturals and they fit their roles like hand in glove. The dialogues are a treat and comedy is just right, never on the top or cheap. The story is like a breath of fresh air… No saas bahu emotional dramey bazi and older people are also shown to love their spouses in a way which is not only relatable but also very cute.

So far the drama has been really good. It does not boast of any big names like may Ali or hamza Ali Abbas but it has far more substance than a lot of serials that we seen in recent times. Plus, it’s not preachy and not a form of protest against any social issue. Just a light romantic comedy, done the right way.

Bin roye (review) Episode 17

And so Bin Roye ends… 

The first episode of Bin Roye got me all excited. I had read the novel but hadn’t seen the movie so I was really looking forward to it. It just had to be too good. 

But it wasn’t. 

Now, it wasn’t actually bad but not as great as I imagined it to be. The wrap up/last episode was a delight to watch as Saba got the happy ending every one had been waiting for but the previous few episodes left a lot to be desired. 

Mahira khan owned the role of Saba. Saba was immature, stubborn and just too real to be a fictional character. Mahira khan’s flawless acting made her a lovable character. Although, if not done right, she would easily have become the anatogonist instead. And, how can someone look so pretty all the time! 

If only mahira khan could have played the role of Saba, only humayon saeed could ensue the charm of irtiza. He can still any girl’s heart skip a beat. Irtiza was calm, loving and very handsome… And humayon saeed made it all look so effortless. 

Bin roye showed us two cousins, irtiza and Saba, both loving each other. But it Irtiza’s love for Saba was completely platonic. However, for Saba, Irtiza was her whole world. She found it impossible to accept he could marry some one else, and she could not even hate his wife. Mahira khan nailed all the scenes where Saba was shown being torn between these emotions. In the heat of the moment she ill wishes her sister and keeps blaming herself for her death a few years later. Unable to forgive herself, she feels disgusted when she finds herself married to Irtiza few years down the lane. Her confession towards the end and how slowly and gradually Irtiza starts loving her as his wife is shown beautifully. 

It’s not very easy to pen down such simple yet beautiful stories. Farhat ishtiaq did it but the director(s)  ruined it by altering the story in unacceptable manner.  The story itself was perfect, it didn’t have to be different from the novel at all. In fact, every thing going against bin roye drama is what had been changed from bin roye ansoo novel. 

For now, let me just be in the hang over of how awesome mahira khan and humayon saeed look togather and wish they would be cast togather in another project really soon. 

Bin roye (review) Episode 11-16

Back home, back to life, back to normalcy… And back to watching dramas!

So a lot has happened in the last 6 episodes. Saba got married to safeer, the biggest loser in the history of pakistani drama. He did not have guts to inform Saba before they got married but because he is the most honest person on the face of the planet, he confesses about his first marriage. As Saba is angry with herself, she thinks that Allah is punishing her jealousy towards saman. She convinces safeer to keep it a secret from everyone else and promises him that she will stay with his mom in pakistsn like a good sanskari bahu while he can enjoy his American dream with his wife and kids. Safeer ko aur kya chaiye. Sonia jaisi wife aur Saba jaisi naukrani. After a year or so, irtiza seems to be the only person in Saba’s family who starts getting suspicious as to why safeer and Saba are still not living together. After little investigation he finds out that safeer is married. He informs the whole family and Saba’s family gets her divorced. Meanwhile Saba keeps protesting that she wants to stay  married to safeer. After the divorce, rather than taking Saba to a psychiatrist, they marry her off to irtiza (wtf!!). Saba is still angry with irtiza and herself and rather than doing some counselling, irtiza is dragging her around the whole house! It’s rather pathetic that these scenes are being considered by the makers although it can be conveniently considered domestic violence.

All in all, I am disappointed with how the story has been handled. The deviations from the novel have actually worked against the drama. Dadi knew nothing about Saba liking irtiza or her bad dua for saman and that was better for the overall development of the story. Now it doesn’t make any sense why dadi is so clueless over Saba’s reactions. Also, why are Saba’s parents absent all the time..! If zeba bakhtiyar and javed shaikh didn’t have enough time for this project, some other actors should have been signed and their scenes could have been redone. Their absence sticks out like a sore thumb.

From the promos it seems it’s going to be bin roye’s last episode this Sunday… And the torture will end.

So are also still following bin roye?