Last year we saw quite a few new entrants emerge in the show business some of who are sure to be destined to succeed in this year. Singer Uzair Jaswal and his leading lady Neha Rajppoot top the list in this category. Both can be seen in the Islamabad-based serial Moray Saiyaan currently being aired on a private channel. While we had been listening to Uzair’s crooning for the last few years, his acting debut came as a pleasant surprise. He failed to make an impact initially, as acting did not come to him as naturally as singing. While we enjoy his singing, acting remains another ball game. This well dressed, good looking dude needs to work on his acting skills to appear more natural.
As for Neha Rajpoot, she is an extremely pretty face but needs to hone her acting skills. She seems to be reading her lines with little or no expressions. However, both have a screen presence which goes a long way in establishing the success rate of an actor. Screen presence is something that you either have or you don’t! You simply cannot work on that. So here’s a good looking couple who can go a long way with hard work and dedication.
Then we have the stunning Kubra Khan who we first saw in the flick Na Maloom Afraad and are now witnessing her in drama serials Muqabbil and Sang-e-Mar Mar. Written by Zafar Mairaj and directed by Ali Hassan, Muqabbil is the story of a girl Parisa (Kubra Khan) who is a loner. The only daughter of her socialite parents, Saba Hameed and Saifee Hassan, Parisa has been neglected by them since early childhood. Her parents are now concerned about their introvert daughter and do not understand why Parisa has become a ghost of her normal self. While previously she was a loving, happy-go-lucky child, since last few years she has lost all interest in life. Her only love and passion is their maid’s daughter and her beautiful garden. Mehmood (Asif Raza Mir) is Personal Assistant to Saba Hameed and has been with the family since forever. His son Armaan (Mohsin Abbas) visits the house often and tends to Parisa’s garden occasionally.
As the story develops we see a strange challenge – hatred in Parisa’s eyes for all those around her. She refuses to share her secrets with anyone and when her mother suggests that she gets married, she turns around and flatly refuses. Parisa is adamant that she doesn’t want to marry. Her mother is livid with rage as she cannot fathom the reason for her daughter’s strange behaviour. On the suggestion of her assistant Mehmood, she decides to marry off Parisa to whoever her next suitor would be. That’s when Parisa drops the bomb on everyone announcing she’s in love with Mehmood’s son Armaan. Mehmood is shell shocked at this revelation and we see a strange look flit across his face. He is mad with rage and admonishes his son for starting an affair with his boss’ daughter which Armaan vehemently denies. But Parisa is adamant that they both love one another madly and want to get married. The viewers are left wondering why Mehmood is acting so mysteriously all along, only to later find out that he had molested Parisa as a child. Ten-year-old Parisa was left in the care of Mehmood and he took advantage of the little girl. That was the turning point in Parisa’s life, the moment when she lost her childhood.
Since that day, Parisa had been waiting for the day when she could avenge Mehmood. And this is Parisa’s way of getting back at him. She is hell bent on marrying her perpetrator’s son to torture him on a regular basis for the rest of his life.
Muqabbil is a captivating serial and the sensitive subject of child abuse has been treated with care. A look, a gesture, suggestive dialogues are all skilfully used to portray the message gently rather than throwing it in your face in a crass manner. It appears to be a promising serial and has audiences glued to the screen.
Kubra Khan comes across as a striking addition to the actor brigade and so does Mohsin Abbas. We’re sure it won’t be long before we see more of these two in other drama serials as well. Kubra is currently proving her mettle in the serial Sang-e-Mar Mar which is another great hit. This girl is sure to make it big!
While flicking through the channels randomly, I came across an offbeat and interesting title which made me stop and watch the entire play - Barrister Masi. We see Hina Dilpazeer in the garbs of a distressed masi (maid) who is looking for a job as she is unhappy with her current employer. That’s when another maid approaches her with a good offer. The only catch is that the only occupant of the house where she is required to work is a man. Hina is unsure but considering the fact that she is divorced and not answerable to a husband, she decides to take the plunge. And so she visits the house one fine day. Asif Raza Mir, a barrister, is the owner of the house. He takes in Hina’s appearance and asks her suggestively what duties she can perform. Hina is taken aback, she is petrified and she leaves the house but returns the next day. She starts working at the barrister’s house and soon the barrister starts enjoying her presence and care. She is attentive towards his needs and is there for him when his own kith and kiln care no more. Taken in by her caring attitude, he proposes to her out of the blue. She is shocked but flattered. And so she ends up tying the knot with her employer.
Try as he might, the barrister cannot seem to make his maid-wife give up her maid traits. She continues sitting in his feet, calling him sahab and carries on cleaning the house when all he wants is for her to be by his side. One of the barrister’s good friends come by his house to meet the new bride one fine day. Accompanied by his wife they sit waiting for Mrs. Barrister when she makes her grand entrance huffing and puffing. Surprise, surprise! The visiting couple are Hina’s previous employers. They are stunned when the barrister introduces the maid as his wife. Just then the friend drops his glass and spills water on the floor and Hina being a maid starts fluttering all around him trying to wipe it off with a mop. The director, Angeline Malik has created a funny scene and we cannot help laugh at the hovering masi who is pulling and pushing at the guest’s feet to ensure not a drop is left. The barrister is extremely embarrassed and as she leaves the room he tells his friends that he will never need a maid again as he has married a Barrister Masi! And Hina who overhears his comment is left shattered at his callous joke. Angeline’s direction made for interesting viewing and you can be sure there’s a lot more to come from these quarters.