Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


Controlling the television reigns back


Issue Date 15 - 21 July, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Controlling the television reigns back

While drama serials abound, one that is sure to interest the viewers and capture the audience’s attention is Laut Ke Chalay Aana. I was intrigued by the promo of the same. Without being given much one could determine that it was a story of a family that goes topsy turvy with the intrusion of a beautiful stranger.
We are introduced to Zainab (Sawera Nadeem) as a doting wife and a loving and dedicated mother. She is happy in her life. Having been married for a few years, she is mother to two grown up daughters, Khadija (Minal Khan) and Ayesha (Areesha). As the years go by, Zainab gets so caught up in her motherly duties that she forgets to be a loving partner to her husband. A devoted wife that she is, as she flurries around her husband Farhan (Noman Ijaz) all the time worried he might go hungry or unattended – she forgets to be his life partner. Farhan has somewhere along the way become a gruff and serious person, something he never was. As we later find out the reason for the shift in his nature is because of the fact that he lost his father at a tender age and had to shoulder the responsibilities of an ailing mother and younger sisters, marrying them off at the right time. Later on he ended up getting married to his father’s friend’s daughter – Zainab. All of this was too overwhelming for him and somewhere along that, he lost his jovial self.
Farhan has come a long way since his struggling days and has by now become a hardcore businessman who has no time for his family, especially his wife. He dotes on his daughters but is very rude and cruel to his wife. She pines for his company and whenever she tries to complain, she is shut off by his contemptuous statements like, “What is your problem? I have provided the best for you; a beautiful home, money, good education for the girls, good food, what more do you want?” And Zainab can never muster the courage to say, she wants him!
The girls, Khadija and Ayesha love their father to bits but are greatly perturbed by his harsh behaviour towards their mother and cannot understand why she puts up with it. Zainab is portrayed as the typical meek and submissive wife who is willing to let her husband walk all over her without her protesting – attributes that irks her husband to no end. We get the feeling that Farhan would appreciate a partner who could stand up to him, question him and treat him like a partner rather than placing him on a pedestal, all of which he finds in Abeera later on.
Abeera is an enthusiastic young, progressive and vibrant girl who bumps into Farhan accidentally and later fate brings them together to bring an upheaval in Zainab’s otherwise calm life. One day, preoccupied in his work, Farhan is about to hit Abeera in a parking lot, missing her only by inches. Abeera gives him a piece of her mind before they go their separate ways. Later on she finds herself in Farhan’s office where she had come to make a pitch for a business deal. Initially, both exchange harsh words but Abeera’s company feels that a merger with Farhan’s company is a necessity, so she is forced to work with him. However, she soon develops a fondness for him which, however, is unrequited. Proud of her good looks, she feels insulted at Farhan’s lack of interest in her and sets out to make him fall for her. Written by Shahzad Javed, the serial has been directed by Zeekay. The cast of Laut Ke Chalay Aana includes names like Shermeen Ali and Seemi Pasha, as well. The serial is still in its nascent stages but promises to be a hit that will be greatly enjoyed by audiences.

Controlling the television reigns back
We seem to be hit by the soap fad once again. We imported this trend from our neighbours sometime in the 90s, if I’m not mistaken it was Ghazanfar Ali’s Jaal that set this trend that the rest followed and in the process, we lost what once used to be our identity – quality Pakistani dramas. We were hailed for our classy, timeless dramas that are still going strong despite the decades gone by. Be it Ankahi, Dhoop Kinara or Tanhaiyaan they are still loved by our viewers and whenever most of us come across a re-run, it’s inevitable that we find ourselves glued to that channel watching our once favourite serials. And so, the soap operas took over what once used to be our strength. It was a case of kawwa chala hans ki chaal, apni chaal bhi bhool gya. It was a few years later that seasoned directors and producers put their heads together and we saw a return of quality dramas. And it’s been heartening to see some exemplary serials produced ever since.
However, the newest soap serial we saw onscreen was Mohabbat Mushkil Hai. MMH is a tale of two young girls Uroosa and Aqsa and how they are affected by the age old custom of watta satta which is a sure shot way of destroying two families. Married life is bound to have problems. Just as every rose has thorns, similarly every marriage has its ups and downs. There’s no ‘happily ever after’ but that is something we need to intelligently tackle, and make it a pleasant life for ourselves and those around us. However, if it’s a watta satta then even if one family finds marital bliss, familial pressures force you to jeopardise your family life too, just because your sibling is unhappy. MMH is also a similar tale that brings to us the story of two affected families.
Uroosa and Saqib are in love and have weaved dreams of a happy married life together but Saqib’s family forces him to marry his cousin, so his sister can be married off to his bride’s brother. The pressure is on big time as Saqib’s family keeps on reminding him that his sister can only get married if he acquiesces. Saqib is miserable and unwilling to give up Uroosa. In the meantime, Saqib’s mother plays the typical villain and emotionally blackmails Uroosa, making her feel guilty for marrying Saqib when his sister’s marriage could be in trouble. Uroosa is a caring, loving and considerate soul who would much rather put herself through hell than someone she loves. And her love for Saqib is unfathomable.
While Saqib is unsure how to tackle this issue, Uroosa does some soul searching on her own and the only solution she can come up with is to get out of Saqib’s life. It’s a heartbreaking decision for Uroosa and she knows that it will hurt Saqib if she doesn’t do it.
She decides to sacrifice her own love. But when Saqib finds out about Uroosa’s sacrifice on his wedding day, he is shocked! Will Saqib succumb to family pressure or will love reign supreme? Watch Muhabbat Mushkil Hai to find out what happens next. Written by Hina Huma Nafees, MMH has been directed by Asher Ali Asghar. The cast of the serial includes Anum Fayyaz, Anoushey Abbassi, Humayun Ashraf, Imran Ashraf, Kiran Tabier, Saba Hameed, Shaheen Khan and Nasreen Qureshi to name some. Until next week, happy reading!




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