Back in the conservative days of PTV of the 1980s, there was no way anyone would be caught on-screen declaring their true feelings by saying I love you. That was too direct, vulgar and aggressive for the audience. PTV taught the art of expressing one’s feelings in 50 different ways. One of them was showcased in Hasina Moin’s iconic serial Dhoop Kinaray.
The knight in shining armour, in this case, dressed in a doctor’s white lab coat, is Dr Ahmar, the suave and sexy Rahat Kazmi, goes to rescue his young ladylove Dr Zoya, an unglamorous and endearing Marina Khan from a rundown area of the city where she has gone to make a house-call. He carries her away her not in the proverbial horse but in his chauffeur-driven car. She says she has her own transport thank you very much, but he does not want to hear anything about it. Doctor sahab is quite upset with her, typical of a caring paramour. Zoya cannot fathom why he is acting so strangely with her when up till now Ahmar has mostly reprimanded her for her professional mistakes. But she has forgotten that he appreciates her empathetic dealings with children in the pediatrician ward and her transformation from a non-serious doc to a dedicated professional. She gets pleasantly surprised when he tells her that he is taking her back home since it’s her birthday and then while dropping her home he utters those famous lines and which indirectly declares his love for her, “mujhay aap ki bahut parwah hai.” Dignified and oh-so-subtle.
Watch from 4th minute onwards
Post-script: The entire cast reunited in Marina Khan’s morning show in 2008 and it’s really sweet to see all of them after so many years. Even though they barely talk about the iconic serial and all can you hear is tons of laughter with each of them good-naturedly ribbing each other.
Marina Mornings- Dhoop Kinaray Special-part 1
Marina Mornings- Dhoop Kinaray Special-part 2
Marina Mornings- Dhoop Kinaray Special-part 3
Marina Mornings- Dhoop Kinaray Special-part 4
Marina Mornings- Dhoop Kinaray Special-part 5
Marina Mornings- Dhoop Kinaray Special-part 6
Marina Mornings- Dhoop Kinaray Special-part 8
Marina Mornings- Dhoop Kinaray Special-part 9
Marina Mornings- Dhoop Kinaray Special-part 10