They say time flies, and when I realise that TV shows like Gossip Girl, The Big Theory and Keeping Up with the Kardashians are celebrating their 10th anniversaries in 2017, I surely feel that time doesn’t just fly – it flies with the speed of light. I mean can you imagine that it’s been a whole decade since we first met TBBT gang and kept up with the Kardashians? On September 19th, GG will turn 10. For many teenagers who came of age watching the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, it feels like yesterday, but a decade has gone by since we first stepped foot on the Upper East Side with Serena Van Der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Chuck Bass and the whole bunch. Wizards of Waverly Place will also celebrate its 10th anniversary on October 12. TBBT reaches that milestone on September 24th while KUWTK will be 10 on October 14th, and the list goes on.
Meanwhile, here in Pakistan we finally have a drama serial that will intrigue all those who are drama buffs. Yeh Raha Dil hit the screens a few weeks back and has kept the audiences engaged with its strong storyline. Having started off on a lighter note the drama has become poignant with every succeeding episode. Written by Mustafa Afridi, YRD has been directed by Siraj-ul-Haque. The story of this drama revolves around Hayat (Yumna Zaidi) – a fun loving, lively girl. Friends with Salman and his wife Ragini, she trusts them blindly but little does she know that this blind trust will have her life topsy turvey in no time at all. Salman and his wife surprise Hayat with an all-paid trip to Nepal. It was on her flight to her destination that she meets Zaki (Ahmed Ali). It is during her trip that she learns the bitter truth – Salman and his wife have sold off her family home, her only security, and ran off. This was her childhood place where she had spent all her life with her ailing mother, who left her all alone after succumbing to her illness, while Hayat’s father had left them some 20 years back. Her house has been purchased by Zaki’s father Haroon, who plans to present it to his son to set up his restaurant.
Early on in the serial, we were introduced to Nida (Anam Ahmed), Zaki’s lady love. She is an independent girl who has lived abroad all her life and has developed a very practical approach towards life. Zaki’s parents are wary of Nida as she is not the kind of girl they would have liked to have as a daughter-in-law. Moreover, Zaki’s father’s fears stem from the fact that they are well aware of Zaki’s short attention span and worry that he will soon get bored of Nida. As he is hell bent on marrying her, so they give in.
As the serial proceeds we see Hayat realise that Zaki is actually the new owner of her family home. She is devastated and vows to get it back at any cost. By now her and Zaki have developed a strange kind of relationship, and the latter feels drawn and protective towards her, something that Nida doesn’t like much. Zaki keeps brushing Nida’s protest aside, considering them ridiculous. Nida’s parents, played by Aafaq and Ayesha Sana, return to Pakistan after 19 years. They have been having marital issues and are on the verge of getting a divorce but have yet to disclose it to their daughter. Nida learns this on the same evening when they are on their way to Zaki’s house for dinner. She is in shock at the callousness of her parents but her mother appeases her by promising not to announce it till after her marriage. Both the families try to bond over dinner; as the evening comes to an end, Nida’s father insists on visiting the restaurant site (Hayat’s family home). Zaki is not too happy at this demand as Hayat is staying in the annexe of the house, with Haroon’s permission, till the time she finds a place of her own. On reaching the spot, Nida’s father realises that this is the same house where he had divorced Hayat’s mother and left them many years ago.
Aafaq insists on meeting Hayat and the minute Hayat lays eyes on him, she is dumbfounded. Not in her wildest dreams had she imagined meeting her father ever again. The last 20 years come rushing to her and she is reminded of all the miseries she went through with her terminally ill mother. Aafaq has a heart attack and later, when Hayat agrees to hear him out, he implores to her and tries to explain that he was not the only one at fault. Zaki finds himself involved in this father-daughter rigmarole, something Zaki’s father, Haroon, does not like and tells him to distance himself from this confusing scenario, although Haroon, too, has a soft corner for Hayat. Yeh Raha Dil beautifully deals with emotions with some seriously good acting from the cast. Yumna Zaidi has done a very good job while another name that deserves a mention is Ayesha Sana. In the garbs of a spoilt rich woman, she is a beautiful personification of a typical stepmom. Her loud remarks and selfish behaviour make her one-of-a-kind character, one that is quickly developing a fan following.
Talking about fan following, Jana Malik’s fans were in for a shock when her musician husband, Nouman Javaid, recently disclosed a secret – they had gotten divorced after merely six months of being married. He lamented the fact that though he loved Jana dearly and both had tried to make things work, they could not save their marriage, a relationship that was very dear to him. Nouman even went as far as blaming their divorce on “nazar”. Whatever the reasons, of course we do not know the inside story, we feel bad at the sad tidings.
Television’s yesteryear’s star Uzma Gillani is back and will now be seen in drama serial Dastaar-e-Anna as Zebunissa alongside showbiz bigwig Abid Ali. A renowned pair of the 90s, the two will be seen together yet once again after nearly 14 years in a Mohsin Talat directorial venture. Zebunnisa is a control freak who only caters to her own moods. Everything must be done her way otherwise all hell breaks loose. She has little or no patience for people she is surrounded with. Yet another authoritative role for the veteran actor who is known for her autocratic choice of roles all through her career. Uzma Gillani was first noticed in the groundbreaking serial Waaris followed by Samandar, Dehleez, Panah to name some of her finest. Soon after she was presented the Pride of Performance award in 1982 for her exemplary work. Tragedy struck somewhere along the way and the actor was diagnosed with cancer. But Uzma Gillani is forever a fighter who successfully battled her illness and was cured. So it is an absolute pleasure to see her once again in the recently aired Dastaar-e-Anna. Watch this space for more as we shall discuss the serial in detail in one of our later columns. Until next time, happy reading!•