Love beyond limits
By MUTTAHIR AHMED KHAN
A new drama serial titled ?Barh,? produced by Uzma Ali Khan and directed by Kazim Pasha, is attracting the viewers nowadays. The star cast includes: Naheed Shabbir, Imran Abbass, Saba Faisal, Maria Khan, Qazi Wajid, Imran Patel, Razkamali, Shabber Jaan, Savera and Rubina Arif.
The theme of the play highlights the division of human relationships on the basis of love hate relationship, overshadowed by love, hate and mistrust. It discusses the unique values of love, optimism, happiness and dedication overcoming the evil and negative traits of an individual.
The play begins with Emaan, the daughter of a well-known industrialist Hafeez Ahmed, who is celebrating her birthday. Hafeez Ahmed?s elder brother has died and his two issues Tahir and Zinia have been brought up with Hafeez?s family. Saira, Hafeez?s wife, is a charming and graceful woman with loving nature and caring disposition. Zinia is engaged to Hafeez?s son Sheheryar and Tahir who has shifted to another house expects that Emaan would be engaged to him in the same way.
Another widow, Nadra Imtiaz, comes to reside in the neighbourhood. Her late husband has left her rich lands and properties. She has a son Ali and a daughter Rubab. Ali has done Masters in Fine Arts and organises painting exhibitions all over the country whereas Rubab wants to work after completing her MBA, but her mother wants to marry off her.
Emaan and Ali love each other but Tahir keeps a grudge in heart and emerges as a negative character in the serial. He is also interested in Emaan and hatches a conspiracy to clear his way by killing Ali. He makes a plan to go for hunting with Ali, on his agricultural land in Bahawal Nagar District, near Indo-Pak border. According to the plan, a gang of robbers attack them during their hunting and three of Ali?s guards/servants are killed while Ali, after being seriously injured, keeps on running towards the Indian border and crosses it unknowingly, and is arrested by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). Tahir comes back to Karachi and fabricates a false story about Ali?s death.
At the order of Ali?s mother, all her servants and peasants explore the land but can?t find Ali or his dead body. Ali, on the other hand, is admitted to a hospital in wounded conditions and, is accused of being the spy of Pakistan?s Intelligence Agencies. Despite being in the hospital, Ali is subjected to severe mental torture and forced to confess of being a spy, but he insists on claiming that he is a landlord of Bahawalnagar and has crossed the border by mistake in a desperate situation. With the passage of time, Ali recovers, under the custody of Indian Intelligence. One day, he is fascinated by the landscape and begins to draw it. This act causes upheaval and leads to further torture by the Indian Intelligence. They shift him to an unknown place after his release from the hospital.
Amar Singh, the Psychiatrist of the Intelligence Agency, advises the high command to hand Ali over to his custody. Amar Singh thinks that he can exploit Ali by making him sketch important places of Pakistan. So, Ali is shifted to the Out House of Singh?s official residence.
Tahir learns about Ali living in India and this causes a rift between him and Akram, another person responsible for Ali?s robbery. Finally, Ali returns to Pakistan and receives a warm welcome. Emaan, who is now the wife of Tahir and is pregnant, also faces extreme stress. Ali, too, is a victim of sheer strain and stress and gets outlet by making sketches.
After the arrival of Ali, Akram starts blackmailing Tahir and Ali comes to know about it through Tahir?s brother. He takes help from his friend Shafiq, the Senior Suprtendent of Police. Shafiq solves the case and Akram and Tahir are arrested. When Emaan comes to know about all this, she receives a severe shock and her pregnancy turns into a miscarriage and she takes divorce from her husband.
The launching ceremony of the serial was recently organised, in PTV where artists, writers, director, set designers and press and media people were gathered, followed by refreshments.