Have you ever noticed that when we’re least expecting something worthwhile on television we are often surprised with something unexpected and offbeat. The same happened to me last week, while bored with the regular stuff as I was flicking the channels I came across a long play and I stopped. Well, I wouldn’t call it absolutely offbeat, as the topic being discussed in the drama Tuff Hai Aap Pai was your regular theme but the director, Angeline Malik, had executed it quite interestingly.
The story of Tuff Hai Aap Pai revolves around a married couple Saima (Yasira Rizvi) and Wasif (Adnan Jilani). Saima is a devoted housewife who is very simple and does not pay attention to herself. She believes that a man does not love a woman for her looks but for the fact that she is a caretaker of his house. How well she takes care of the house, cooks food for him determines his love for her. She believes in this philosophy and continues ignoring her husband’s gentle hints at paying more attention to herself. He wants her to dress up and go out with him but she likes neither and so always turns him down.
One day Saima’s younger cousin Natasha announces her arrival in her city. Saima requests Wasif to be sweet to her cousin and she welcomes Natasha with open arms and an open heart inside her house. Natasha is a fun loving, exuberant girl who lives life to the fullest. An actor by profession, she is preparing for a play and is constantly seen rehearsing her lines. The story of her play is about a husband who is having an extramarital affair. And while discussing her play with Saima she tries to tell her that it’s imperative for a woman to groom herself not just for herself but also to keep the husband’s interest alive in her. Saima brushes aside her advice.
Wasif on the other hand is seen complaining to Saima that she doesn’t look after herself anymore the way she did before getting married. He wants her to focus on her looks.
Over the next few days, Wasif and Natasha become good friends. One day Saima sees them playing ludo and doesn’t like it. Wasif is being extra sweet to Natasha. He drops her off to her drama class and even offers to pick her up. Late in the evening Saima tries to call Wasif but there’s no response. Natasha hasn’t come home either. Saima is worried when in walks Wasif and Natasha giggling and sharing jokes like old friends. They inform Saima that after work they had gone for a movie and ended up having dinner together. Saima is livid with anger. When she confronts Wasif indignant at not being included in the plan he simply says she doesn’t like going out and would have refused the offer… so why bother!
The next day Saima nonchalantly asks Natasha about the previous evening with Wasif and Natasha goes on praising Wasif telling Saima she’s become Wasif’s biggest fan. Saima seems to be losing her hold. The next day when Saima comes back from the tailors, she goes to Natasha’s room searching for her. She stops dead in her tracks when she hears Wasif confess his love for Natasha. Infuriated Saima barges in and blames them for betraying her. Natasha breaks down into tears at this allegation and packs her bags ready to leave. Wasif admonishes Saima for her behaviour informing her that he was helping Natasha rehearse her lines. Saima is embarrassed beyond words and runs after Natasha begging her for forgiveness. Saima apologises to Natasha and both make up. And as Saima hugs Natasha tightly, the audience sees Wasif and Natasha’s eyes meet and Natasha winks at Wasif who in return smiles mischievously at their little secret!
Talking about drama serials, the much-hyped Hari Hari Churiyan (HHC) is finally on air. It is a story about family set up in our society that how the elders of the family make decisions for the younger family members and expect nothing but obedience. And if they change their minds due to whatever reasons they expect the younger lot to do as they are told and not question them.
The cast of HHC boasts of names like Aiman Khan, Wahaj Ali, Hassan Ahmed, Faria Sheikh, Asad Siddiqui, Shagufta Ejaz and Sajid Hassan. Talking about his choice of cast members, director Syed Atif Hussain shared with MAG The Weekly, “I mostly pick new talent as they are ready to be moulded and offer something refreshing when it comes to acting. In the past I picked and trusted Sanam Baloch (Kaalak) and Mawra Hoccaine (Ek Tamanna Lahasil Si) for difficult roles that required performance. I made them act rather than use them as just pretty faces. Same is the case with Aiman Khan. When I met her I felt that she is so much more than just a pretty face. When I chose her for this role some people were sceptical about my choice but I was confident about her acting skills and she proved me right. She has acted brilliantly in HHC.”
HHC is really close to Atif’s heart and can very well be his favourite project to date. “Well I can say that all my projects are my babies but this is an exceptional baby because the plot is loosely based upon my personal life and thanks to Jahanzeb Qamar who has enhanced it by scripting it beautifully. Luckily all the actors enjoyed performing their roles probably because each character was tailor-made. Then of course our choice of location (Nathia Gali) adds to the overall charm. It was a sort of a big family picnic each day, courtesy our producer Zeeshan Khan, as he was always there taking care of the team and probably that's why everybody cooperated with him to complete the project well on time.”
Syed Atif Hussain has to his credit serials like Khala Kulsoom ka Kunba, Qarz, Yeh Zindagi Hai, Ab Yeh Mumkin Nahi, Thora Sath Chahiye, Jaalan, Ooper Gori ka Makan and the list is endless.
Sounds like a whole lot of fun. Watch this space for more on HHC.
The latest in the world of morning shows is the return of Dr Shaistaa Lodhi on Geo Subah Pakistan. After having disappeared from the scene for quite some time, we had been seeing Shaistaa hosting shows on various channels but none of these captured the audience’s interest as had her previous morning show on Geo TV. And so she is here once again on the screens waking you up to fun-filled mornings. Talking about the same, she called it a refreshing experience returning with Geo Subah Pakistan. “For me coming to Geo is like coming home. I was missing my audience. I'm glad to be back.”
And we’re sure so is the audience Shaistaa. Now what remains to be seen is how interesting and informative she can make her show. So far it is one big shaadi ghar as every day we see a new rasam alongside a new couple. It’s one big hulla gulla, sing and dance and that’s about all. Do we really want to see this mind-numbing naach gana in the mornings? Piece of advice for Shaistaa: better incorporate intelligent stuff in your show and move away from the mundane. Until next week, ciao!