It is a sad moment for Pakistan as we bid farewell to another one of our finest actors, Farooq Zameer. An actor by choice and a businessman by profession, Zameer started his acting career in the early years of the national owned TV. He gave one hit after the other and soon enough became a regular feature on the national television. His career graph kept on soaring with time, and he was eagerly lapped up by the private productions, too. Zameer was a kind-hearted and soft spoken human being, a fact shared by many of his colleagues. He was greatly liked by all and was considered as one of the finest actors of the country. Farooq Zameer, who was 76 years old at the time of his demise, will always be remembered for his great work.
Talking about talented artists, one name that tops the list is Atiqa Odho. Her name is synonymous to success, since her Sitara aur Mehrunissa days, she has only given out hit serials. Her fans have been rejoicing in the fact that Atiqa has now become a regular on the screens, and the best part is that each character that she portrays is different from her previous. We last saw her in Besharam in the garbs of a spoilt, rich aunty who is emotionally unsettled and is perpetually looking for love despite the fact she has three kids.
And now, she is being seen in the much-hyped serial, Khan which is a political family drama. “It’s close to the current political backdrop of our country. It's great to bring such subjects to the television or film screen, as it creates awareness among the larger public,” shared Atiqa, who plays a politician’s wife. A devoted and loving wife and mother, Mrs. Khan gets caught in between her corrupt political husband's dirty laundry from the past. “I agreed to take on Khan as it’s an exciting mega serial with a great storyline and strong cast. Working [on it] was very interesting, as I was working with my long time friend, Nauman Ejaz along with the fabulous artist, Saba Hameed and many fresh and talented faces. The cast made the project very exciting and our director, Ali Faizan was also a lot of fun to work with,” shared the actress, and added, “Every project is usually different in story, colour, flavour and overall treatment so there usually isn't a comparison between one project and another.” She is currently working on two other serials, each with very different story lines and roles. “I try not to repeat my characters on screen so that the public doesn't get bored.” What’s more, Atiqa has also been busy with movies. She filmed a movie in Toronto last August that is yet to release, titled Na Band Na Barati and is currently filming a movie with ace director Syed Noor, titled Chein Aye Na. Hopefully, these two films shall screen by the end of this year. Besides this, Atiqa is working on two of her own films that she’s planning to produce. Both are at the scripting stage as of now. “Once the scripts are ready, I'll start to put these projects together for filming, which should be end of the year or early next year if all goes well,” signed off the diva.
Browsing through the channels, I came across telefilm Teray Liyey Hai Mera Dil. The cast was good and the storyline also seemed compelling; Aazir (Junaid Khan) and Sara (Soniya Husyn) are best friends, and not a day goes by when the two don’t meet or talk on the phone about their day’s tidings. Aazir doesn't realise how important Sara is to him. He's a flirt who keeps moving on from one girl to another. He gets easily bored by routine and seeks thrill and excitement in life. Sara doesn’t like this about her best friend but she’s helpless. Unlike Aazir, she is serious about life and her passion – classical dancing. One day, miffed at Aazir for running after girls, she leaves for a ten-day performance in another city without informing him. When he finds out that she’s gone, he just cannot believe it. It’s then that he realises that he can’t spend even a single day without her by his side. He misses her big time but is still unsure of what’s going on inside him, so he talks to his father about his feelings, who makes him realise that he is in love with Sara.
But he is in for a rude shock. She has a surprise for Aazir and the surprise is her suitor Rohail. Aazir is shocked beyond words. His world seems to have turned topsy turvy. Sara can’t get over the fact that Rohail adores her to no end. She reveals how he was her biggest fan and had proposed to her right after her performance. Aazir is infuriated at his own lack of judgment. How could he let this happen? He is distressed and looks towards his father for help. His dad’s advice to him is to win the girl back! Aazir decides to leave no stone unturned in convincing Sara to marry him. Now there are all kinds of twists and turns and try as he might Aazir cannot find the right moment to share his feelings with Sara. Just as she's about to get married he finally musters up enough courage to tell her. Sara is in a dilemma; this was the moment she had waited for all her life. She had wanted Aazir to profess his love for her but Aazir had failed.
And now she’s standing at the altar and Aazir wants her to change her mind. But it's too late. She had always wanted him to say that but not now. A rip-off of English rom-com Maid of Honour, it was nevertheless an interesting story.
The next day Sara calls Aazir to their old haunt and complains to him for his lack of seriousness. She then informs him that she had refused Rohail and hence, starts a new love story!
This time not one but two media’s choicest stars are coming together to create magic in Ahsan Rahim’s Teefa in Trouble. Ali Zafar is busy these days with the recording, and guess who is playing the female lead opposite him? It’s our very own Maya Ali, who will now be seen with the heartthrob. We have seen Maya in numerous plays playing the meek, submissive girl who can be run over by anyone. She has so far been typecast in all the serials and continues getting offers of similar nature. Her sweet and simple demeanour makes one believe she’s the proverbial damsel in distress, so how she fares in movies remains to be seen. It’s heartening to see TVC maestro, Ahsan Rahim turn his attention to the silver screen. He has given us numerous hits in the television commercial arena, his biggest hit being a cellular company’s ad campaigns, featuring Faisal Qureshi and Meekaal Hasan. Witty at times, bordering on hilarious, Rahim has channelised his genius in a particular genre so far. Here’s wishing him the best in the filmi dunya.