Thursday, September 04, 2014

Pakistani serial show on Zindagi channel touched my heart

The name of this channel sounds as interesting as the names of the shows that they air for the Indian viewers. Zindagi tells us stories of Pakistani people and portrays a very different picture of our neighbour which was largely unknown to me.  After more than a week’s advertisement on some news channels, Zindagi finally started rolling with programmes loaded with faces of new stars.
On television the natural beauty of Pakistan amazed me but the roads looked so much deserted on the suburbs. Pakistan looks so much like Delhi with huge buildings, big houses with gardens, and roadside restaurants. I had started with “Zindagi Gulzar Hain” which made me watch the month-long serial because of the lead actor, Fawad Khan as Zaroon, Kashaf, the lead actresss and her elder sister Sidra. Their families, their culture, “adab, kaide”, were good to watch on TV. I used to follow the programme from 8 pm to 9pm at night when my family was busy having tea and snacks. Fawad is not new in acting since “Khuda Ke Liye”, a Pakistani movie, had introduced him to us. Like his earlier performance, here too we had found him loving his guitar and failing to understand a woman’s mind. Since this was a televised show, a viewer comes closer to the actors and actresses and deeply feels for the characters.  I must acknowledge that each one in Zindagi Gulzar Hai gave their best performance. But we must know something that the butterflies of Zindegi theme will flutter because of Zaroon, the new hero.
For all those who missed the show by chance must know what happened in ZGH. The story in a shorter version speaks about Zaroon and Kashaf, their friends in the university, their families, their relatives and life in Lahore as well as in Karachi. Zaroon is friendly and a lover of music who sings in college fests where Kashaf notices him for the first time. All the girls were swooning to his magical voice. She was the only one who was tensed to go back home since it was already late for her. After the show came to an end, students dispersed. Kashaf was always seen in the company of a girl who seemed to be her friend. Both did not go back home together and Kashaf was left with no choice but to get inside Fawad’s car which was completely unknown for her. His car was meant for some other girl, Asmaira, who came from a well-to-do family. Kashaf took the rear seat and reached home only after the other girl got down at her destination. All three reached home safe that night despite their disappointments.
Unlike Pakistanis known for their tehzib, Kashaf was curt, she wanted to do something good in life, she loved her sisters, and poured her heart in a diary almost regularly. She liked helping her mother and elder sister Sidra in the kitchen. She lived with her mother and was the second among her three sisters. Her father, Mr Murtaza, was very much alive but staying in some other house where she hardly ventured. A university professor, who she addressed as Sir, was the man with whom she used to confide his thoughts about further studies and plans of a career. Kashaf did not have too many friends and stayed aloof but portrayed a kind of grit in her behavior. She knew she had to complete her studies to find a place for herself in the society. But luck did not take her side in the university campus where she involved herself in an altercation with a group of friends where Fawad was also present. While she was searching for a book from the rack, they were saying something about her and this made her open her mouth against her friends. Knowing the consequences of breaking silence inside the university library, she revolted against their unfriendly and inhuman behavior. The result was very obvious since she was alone and they were three together. After the incident Kashaf did not go back to the university for two to three days. Circumstances compelled her to stay at home since her elder sister was about to get married and she volunteered to work and make up for the money required to make her sister’s marriage happen at the right time with the right person.
She started working and broke her ties with the varsity where she didn’t make a place for herself. Zaroon tried to apologize many a times over phone but that did not help him. Meanwhile he got engaged to his long-time friend since his family wanted him take life seriously. Zaroon shared his thoughts with his sister over a cup of tea or coffee in their lawn and discussed about his life with his mother and occasionally at the dinner table.
Everything was going gaga in Zaroon’s life when suddenly his sister wanted to break free from her husband and took shelter in her father’s house. She refused to go back even after her husband tried to patch up and this incident shook Fawad A Khan for the first time. He broke up with his long-time friend with him he was engaged and decided to leave his house and look for a job to make himself independent.
As it was destined, Fawad and Kashaf crossed each other’s path at a different city in Lahore where both were looking for jobs.

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