Since the early PTV days, we have witnessed the Pakistan drama industry grow by leaps and bounds. Masters of their art, our producers, directors and writers, worked well with one another creating masterpieces, one after the other.
One such interesting offering that is still an absolute pleasure to watch is Dhoop Kinaray. I know the story by heart, yet each time I come across the serial while flicking the channels I end up watching the episode all over again. Such is the beauty of our dramas. With time we drifted towards soaps only to realise before it was too late that it was not our cup of tea. And so, we saw the revival of dramas. However, it was a slow and gradual process. Today, with the advent of technology, while the quality of production has improved, the quality of programming needs to be looked into. Having said that, there are still quite a few noteworthy dramas that are being aired these days. One that recently caught my eye, as a re-run, was Dil Mera Dharkan Teri directed by Mehreen Jabbar and penned by Muhammed Ahmed.
Saira (Sarwat Gilani) is a medical student who is finishing her house job. She's a sincere and earnest student who does everything by the book. Her colleague Beenish (Sanam Saeed) is quite her opposite. She always manages to take the limelight through fair or foul means. She is a rich spoilt brat who is used to getting whatever she wants. She has her eyes on her colleague Saad (Ahsan Khan) but he is head-over-heels in love with Saira. Beenish tries to poison Saad’s mind against Saira and tries to create misunderstandings between the two. Saira’s father is a conventional dad who is feared in the family. He is the figurehead of the extended family and has so far never allowed any female of their clan to marry outside their kin. Saira fears he will never let her marry someone of her own choice. Knowing how strict her dad is, Saad decides to meet him. As he prepares a speech which includes details of finances to impress Saira’s dad, he overhears him, mistaking Saad for a member of the audit team he was expecting. He gives him an auditing assignment wherein Saad has to straighten the financial affairs of his company, and in case he manages to do well, he is to be rewarded.
Beenish, on the other hand, has a stepfather who she absolutely hates. She is at daggers drawn with her mother for marrying a man she cannot stand. She is lonely and depressed as she has no one to turn to at home. Therefore, she keeps herself busy concocting dangerous and damaging plans. One at night a cruise party, which Saira did not get permission to attend, Beenish decides to make the most of her absence by tailing Saad throughout the evening, trying to coax him to hang with her. When that doesn’t work she tries to put ideas in his head against Saira. Saad is disgusted and shrugs her off. She feels jilted and promises revenge.
Saira’s dad is impressed by Saad’s expertise and invites him to his house. Saira is shocked to see him there. While exchanging pleasantries with Saad the father asks him to be seated. Just then he receives a mail only to find a picture of Saira and Saad together. He is livid with rage and throws Saad out of the house. Saira is shattered as she is well aware that she will never be allowed to marry Saad now. Hence, she starts avoiding him. That’s when Beenish steps in. She finds the perfect opportunity and acts like a sincere friend towards Saad. He finds out that Saira’s getting married. He feels devastated and betrayed, and turns towards Beenish once and for all. He proposes to her whimsically which she immediately accepts and they tie the knot. He remains unhappy and uninvolved and life goes on. Beenish is fed-up with his constant brooding. One fine day, Saad meets Saira who is still single. He gets into an unpleasant fight with Beenish, rushes out and has an accident. He suffers a head injury and is unable to remember anything when he wakes up. Saira is his doctor and she does all she can to bring him back to normal, in the process they realise how much they love one another.
Beenish finally realises that Saad and Saira are still in love and she decides to let go of her husband! Filmi, and feels like a story that is a bit too long, but entertaining nonetheless.