Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


Reliving What Has Been


Issue Date 22 Oct - 28 Oct, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Reliving What Has Been

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.
Reliving What Has Been
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.
Reliving What Has Been
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.

Reliving What Has Been
Moving on, we have the very recent Dil Banjaara. It is still only one-episode-old so far but much anticipated by the audience, courtesy its good looking cast – Sanam Saeed, Mira Sethi and Adnan Malik. Sikander (Adnan Malik) is a photographer who lives on rent in his mother’s friend, Aunty Mehtab’s house, while Shama (Mira Sethi) is the landlady’s daughter. Both, Shama and Sikander are very close, they are best friends, though her mother detects that they might be more than that. And so, she asks Shama to find out what Sikander has in mind. Shama is a modern, educated girl and is not comfortable with the confrontation. However, to appease her mother she agrees to talk to him. He loves Shama as a subject of her photography and is hell-bent on using her as the subject of his photographic work. To seek permission from Aunty Mehtab for Shama to accompany him on his assignment, he promises to get married and settle down soon.
Another track shows Nida (Sanam Saeed) as a conservative, domestic girl who is passionate about her studies. She lives with her devoted father, Nafees sahib and an authoritative older paternal uncle who is against the idea of girls being highly qualified. Nida is preparing for a debate competition in her college the next day, but her uncle assigns an early morning task to her dad, so that he is unable to drop Nida to college. Going against his brother’s plan, Nida's dad drops her off at a nearby park a little before sunrise where she waits for college gates to open.
This part seems a bit strange as nobody, in their right mind, would leave a girl alone wait alone in a park at that time of the day where anything can happen.
That day, Sikander leaves for his early morning photography session without Shama as she is too lazy to get out of bed. While busy capturing nature at its best, he sees Nida and starts taking her photos. He seems to have found a purpose in life at that very moment. Dil Banjaara has taken off in a promising manner. Let’s hope what ensues is riveting enough for audiences to stay glued to their seats.


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