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Of Betrothal, GoT & Race Against A Shark


Issue Date 29 July - 04 Aug, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Of Betrothal, GoT & Race Against A Shark

Drama serial Gustakh Ishq has been making waves these days due to its captivating storyline. The underlying message of the serial is that you don’t need to fret over getting revenge. What goes around comes around. If someone hurts you just wait and see… they too shall suffer.
The main protagonist of the serial is Najaf (Iqra Aziz) who is a happy-go-lucky girl. Life has not been too kind to her as she lost her mother early on in life. Her father Quddos (Firdous Jamal) decided to get married but it proved to be a wrong decision. His new wife Khalida (Ash Khan) turns out to be a typical stepmother for Najaf who always treated her ill. With the birth of her two sisters Najaf was overlooked by all. Yet, life continued for her and she was now a college student in Hyderabad. She is a brilliant student, and is liked by all her teachers.
One fine day the audience bears witness to the fact that Najaf is being rusticated from her college which is nothing less than a shock considering Najaf has been the teachers’ favourite. The reason behind her expulsion, as we find out, is Sikandar (Zahid Ahmed) the debonair young owner of the college. A small altercation with Sikandar ends up having her expelled from college in her last year. Her peers, who she thought were her friends, trapped her into a situation that she could not extricate herself out of, hence the expulsion. Devastated, Najaf returns home only to see her stepmother Khalida arguing with Quddos saying the minute he leaves for his new appointment in Saudi Arabia, she will move in her brother’s house. Khalida will not put up with Najaf and she tells Quddos to get rid of her. Heartbroken, Quddos takes Najaf to Karachi where he leaves his dear daughter at her paternal uncle’s house. Henceforth begins a new journey for Najaf, a journey of trials and tribulations. She now has to learn to live with her maternal uncle Rashid (Khalid Zafar), aunty (Kinza Malik) and cousins (Danial Afzal Khan and Ramshah Khan).

Of Betrothal, GoT & Race Against A Shark
Khalida had been ruling their lives since the day she had entered Quddos’ life. On his return, he breaks the news to his wife that the house she had been living in is in Najaf’s name and she is the rightful owner. Khalida is left seething and as much as she tries to cajole Quddos it doesn’t work. Qudoos sees her for the conniving person that she is and is not willing to be duped by her any longer. Qudoos gets ready to leave for the Middle East while Najaf tries to settle down in her new home. Her aunty tells her to put up in her cousin Reema’s room but Reema loses her cool at this decision and Najaf is forced to seek refuge in the attic. A sweet, understanding girl she still feels a pang when she realises that it all started for her with the brute Sikandar’s bad behaviour towards her. Even if her father was leaving the country she could have stayed at the college hostel if it wasn’t for her altercation with Sikandar. With her father in the Middle East and stepmother at her brother’s, Najaf is living an uncomfortable life in Karachi. Reema’s brother likes Najaf and that infuriates Reema. On the other hand she cannot understand her mother’s decision to take Najaf in.
Mamoo loves Najaf dearly and one day while reminiscing about her childhood ends up discussing her mother. And in a passionate outburst he blurts that Najaf’s mother was very sick at the time of Najaf’s sister’s birth. When Najaf questions him further he covers up the slip of his tongue and we are left wondering what he was about to reveal. What sister was he talking about?
In the meantime, her mumani Mumtaz is being sweet on Najaf which Reema cannot fathom. One day there’s a commotion in the house as Mamoo’s distant relative Sikandar pays a surprise visit. The family gets frenetic and runs helter-skelter to be on their best in front of him. Reema especially decks up in her Sunday best – apparently they’re all trying to impress Sikandar. Najaf is stunned to have him in the house. What happens next, is anyone’s guess.
Penned by Mustafa Ayub, Gustakh Ishq has been directed by seasoned director Furqan T. Siddiqui.

Of Betrothal, GoT & Race Against A Shark
Television, these days, is all about ratings. And the race to get bigger and bigger ratings means more and more competition. It’s a worldwide trend that has forced people running the ever-increasing number of news channels to think of new ideas on a daily basis. One such idea that recently caught my attention was “Phelps vs Shark”.
Well, for those who don’t know much about Phelps, he is the greatest swimmer of all time. An American legend, Phelps has won an unbelievable 23 gold medals and has 30 world records to his name.
The news that caught my attention was that after beating every swimmer on the planet, Phelps was ready to race a Great White Shark on television. Initially I thought it was just one of those things on social media that you can ignore and slide down to something else. But guess what, it wasn’t fake news.
“Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White” pit Phelps, 32, against a Great White Shark, age unknown, as they both swam 100 meters. Phelps swam his part of the “race” off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, while the Great White fulfilled his end of the bargain elsewhere in the ocean depths.”
That was the news and guess what, Phelps lost, but was super excited about it.
“We were not side by side during the race at the same exact time for the show,” Phelps said. “For me, when I was in the water, safety was obviously the number one priority. But being able to swim in open water and in the same vicinity of sharks… they can swim wherever the hell they want… was just an absolute treat. I wanted to do it because it sounded awesome.”

Of Betrothal, GoT & Race Against A Shark
But the thing is despite Phelps excitement, he should be fully aware that no human can dream about beating a Great White Shark in a race under water.
Great Whites can swim up to 25 miles per hour while Phelps, at his best, swims an estimated 6.5 miles per hour. “I’m at a slight disadvantage,” he joked. But even then, Phelps will surely provide some good excitement on TV and boost Discovery’s ratings.
Talking about ratings, winter is finally here with the penultimate season of Game Of Thrones which has shattered viewership records with the Season 7 debut recently. Surpassing the previous series high of 8.89 million snared for its Season 6 finale in June 2016, the Dragonstone episode attracted 10.1 million viewers for its premiere.
Until next week, happy reading!




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