When we talk about a woman, the picture that always comes to mind is of a loving, devoted, dependable and trustworthy person who gives all of herself to caring for others. That is the way she has been created, she is a nurturer who not only brings life in this world but nurtures it, and all those around her to the best of her capabilities. But when that woman is ambitious about her career, you can expect troubles for her, as society finds it hard to accept that she wants to be focused on her goals, instead or simultaneously. A woman can either make or break a home, and the story of the on-air drama serial, Pujaran also revolves around the same theme.
Madiha (Sarwat Gilani) is a beautiful, ambitious girl. Hailing from a lower middle class background, she has known a life of deprivation and has always hated it. There was no way she was going to continue living that life, so she starts scheming. Her petite frame and innocent face are deceptive which work wonders in opening doors for Madiha. She had decided early on in life that she would marry a rich guy. She finally gets a chance when she meets the loaded Ramis (Aijaz Aslam) and decides he is her ticket to fortune. But fate has something else planned for the sharp girl; Madiha had not planned on meeting Abis (Zahid Ahmed), Ramis’ younger brother, nor had she planned on falling for him.
Obviously, there are complications; firstly, Abis’ relationship with Ramis makes him a forbidden fruit for Madiha, and secondly, he is romantically involved with Haniya (Alizeh), a gentle and loving soul who happens to be a good friend of Madiha’s. In fact, when Ramis’ mother is looking for the perfect girl for her son, it was Haniya who had suggested Madiha’s name. The two girls are childhood friends, but even that couldn’t hold Madiha back from hitting on Abis.
She will not let anything come in her way. Life and bitter experiences have made her conniving. Watch Pujaran to find out what Madiha will do next!
Moving on to telefilms, one that was quite entertaining was Meer Aur Maya. Meer (Junaid Khan) and Maya (Sumbul Iqbal) are college friends, in fact, they are best buddies. They spend all their time together, hence, their friends assume that the two are in love, and working on that assumption, their friends on their final day of college suggest that both get married. They find the idea of tying the knot with each other hilarious! “I mean, we’re best friends, and nothing more,” clarifies Maya. Life goes on, but the assumptions do not end there. Maya’s parents are desirous of marrying her off and once again, the name, Meer, comes up. Maya has to tell her parents to their surprise, yet again that they are “just friends”.
Meer’s dad, in the meantime, wants him to get settled in his career and finds him a job in Lahore. He is thrilled at the opportunity and goes off to inform Maya, but the girl is very upset. Seeing her reaction, Meer suggests that they could get married after all but she laughs it off, and Meer, too, joins in, thinking it was a crazy idea. They are of the opinion that they cannot be good for one another. While having this crazy discussion, Meer concludes by saying that if he doesn't find a girl within a year, he will propose to Maya. Soon after, he leaves for Lahore, and as time goes by, they drift apart. Come Maya's birthday and she's anticipating Meer’s call but that never comes. He would always be the first one to wish her all these years and she misses his attention big time.
She's disappointed and depressed, and that's when her friend tries to make her realise that she loves Meer. Maya, too, finally accepts that she is in love with Meer and this realisation lights her up immediately. She’s planning on what exactly she will say to him when they talk the next time when her phone rings. It’s Meer on the other end of the line. Maya is so excited and on the verge of sharing her feelings with him but what comes next is absolutely unexpected. Meer gives her the shock of her life – he's in love and is getting married to someone he recently met – Mehwish. Maya is shattered, but now that she knows what she wants, she will fight for it. She tries to make Meer jealous at one point by flirting with her colleague, Humayun, but finally she decides to act like an adult and accept fate. Meer ties the knot with Mehwish while Maya finds a new friend in Humayun. Beautifully directed by the ace, Misbah Khalid, Meer Aur Maya was a great watch. We are hoping to see more of Misbah’s creativity this year.
Another great watch, at least for me, was last year’s surprise hit, Stranger Things. The American TV series, starring Winona Ryder, among others, was one of the biggest TV success stories of 2016 and the good news is that the show is promising to be back this Halloween with a much-anticipated second season. Though I’m not a big sci-fi fan, Stranger Things, which swept the world last summer, immediately caught my attention, too. The Duffer Brothers created a perfect 80s setting, as Winona searched for her missing son whose disappearance ignites a series of extraordinary mysteries in the fictional American town of Hawkins, Indiana. During a year in which TV shows like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, Daredevil and Fuller House were attracting big audiences, Stranger Things still pulled the lion’s share and racked up 8.2 million viewers in its first 16 days. If the American TV grapevine is any yardstick, then the second season of this series will be even better.
Meanwhile, almost 12 years after founding a place where you could watch almost anything you want for free, the people at the helm of YouTube are now coming out with a place where you have to buy things you want to see. Last month, Google’s video site revealed its plans of a brand new TV service that will offer a bundle of channels from the broadcast networks and some cable networks. The selling point for this new service is, according to its owners, that “it will be better than any of the services already available to the viewers”. We’ll have to wait and see.