by SAMEENA HAYEE
It all started with drama and drama is what itâ€™s all about. Whether it is news, current affairs, music, childrenâ€™s programmes, documentaries or plays, all have their dramatic moments. Drama can begin from any real life event and can culminate in a tragic or a happy ending while traversing a path of a series of events like action, interaction, humour (comic relief), villainy and goodness of characters living through life and depicted as fiction. Keeping in mind that truth is stronger than fiction, we can safely assume that the stories narrated through the genre of drama or the literary style of the story teller (the writer) in form of a play have their base in real life just waiting for the observing eye, the understanding and assimilating mind and the sensitive heart to pen the same through natureâ€™s most creative tool â€“ the hand. Itâ€™s the script that is enacted by the players under direction which gives us, what we call drama – same applying in the political scenario as well.
Drama was and still is the main attraction for a majority of viewers. GEO, while introducing various, innovative and trend-setting programmes on current and human interest topics never lost sight of this fact and is today giving its viewers the best of plays and are going strong in the field of drama category.
Barish Kay Ansoo (BKA)is an engrossing story evolving from the backdrop of our showbiz world â€“ specifically television production. It is about a local writer Bina. Our writer meets a TV director of a local channel, Asim, with a proposal for a drama serial which is approved. While working together on the serial they fall in love and get married. Sunder Kaur aka Shahla, a Sikh heroine, is invited from across a neighbouring country. She stays at Asimâ€™s and Binaâ€™s home and when production begins Asimâ€™s maximum time is spent with Shahla. Bina in her effort to be recognised, gives ideas, towards the production but is put down by Asim who tells her to mind the gharaeloo affairs which is a wifeâ€™s domain. Shahla gets closer to Asim as she sees him as a stepping stone to stardom whereas Asim has genuinely and really fallen in love with her. Bina hasnâ€™t been able to conceive so Asim, making this the reason, marries Surender Kaur (Shahla). Another twist comes when Asimâ€™s father Salman, owner of the cityâ€™s biggest ad agency, whose wife Zinia (Asimâ€™s mother) has spent her married life feeling inferior to him, meets Soofia â€“ daughter of his manager. Soofia is a homely and hard working girl. Salman asks his manager for her hand in marriage which his manager agrees to very happily but life is not that easy. What is to come â€“ the dramatic twists and turns, letâ€™s wait and see. Asif Raza Mir, Saba Hameed, Faisal Qureshi, Maria Wasti, Irum Akhtar, Humayun Naz are the players portraying the characters which have been created by Mohammed Asif, the writer and directed by Barkat Ali Siddiqui. Producer of this near to life drama is Mehboob Tanvir Ajmi. The drama has made a promising start. Stay tuned and you are sure to enjoy the happening serial.
While another noteworthy drama serial is Malal which is being aired on one of the many private channels. This channel too, has proved to come up with sure winners in the drama category. Malal has been written by Umaira Ahmed, directed by Mehreen Jabbar and produced by Momina Duraid. The story characters are played by Faisal Rehman, Imran Abbas, Sarwat Gillani, Shamim Hilali and Deepti (rhymes deliciously with Hi-tea) can be seen every Friday at prime time. Mehreen Jabbar has made a comeback after quite some time and you can be sure of the fact that where there is Mehreen, dusky Deeptiâ€™s bound to be there. A good actor for sure, but again we have plenty of good actors in Pakistan also. Then why bring them in from across the border?
This gripping serial revolves around Zinia (not the Zinia in BKA but another character of the same name) and Danish who are close friends of fifteen years, living in the US. Danish goes to Pakistan to visit his mother, and agrees to get married to his young cousin, Mahi, at his motherâ€™s insistence. When Zinia learns of his marriage, she becomes extremely upset. Meanwhile, she meets Jawad, who she later learns is Mahiâ€™s cousin, and who becomes interested in her. They begin to meet frequently, which upsets Danish, and the realisation that his wife is immature does not help their relationship either. What happens next is for the makers to know and you to find out. Happy viewing.
MAG Oct. 24 – 30 , 2009