Ankahi-The serial that spawned a thousand Sanas!

Writer: Hasina Moin

Directors: Syed Mohsin Ali and Shoaib Mansoor

Recently, for a couple of weeks at night me and my family sat down to watch Ankahi, the classic and insanely popular drama serial back in the 80s. Daughters born after 1982 were mostly named Sana, so famous the name of its heroine Sana Murad had become. While it brought much comic relief, I realised while watching it that 30 years ago when it was first broadcasted some of its themes are universally true even today:

  • A tenant who refuses to pay rent and move out of your house (played by the ahem-ahem thoii guy Siraj-Farooq Nizami)
  • Secretaries having affairs with their married bosses and who are not content being just their girl-friends. (Sana Murad and Taimur, in the serial Hasina Moin cleverly makes the boss’s wife Abeer to be comatose, thus in a way justifying the affair. This btw in Ziaul Haq’s time is subversive stuff)
  • A useless relative, present in most joint families, who could be in the guise of a chacha or a mamoo or a cousin, who has no career aspirations whatsoever except to give out free mashwaras/advice (acted superbly by late Salim Nasir as Maamoo)
  • Relatives who come from abroad finding everything too hot and too dirty in Pakistan (Mobi and Zakia, played by Behroze Sabzwari and Badar Khalil respectively)
  • The sacrificing lover (Timmy by late Jamshed Ansari)
  • The annoying and not getting-out-of-the-way lover who refuses to get the message (Faraz by Javed Sheikh)
  • A career woman who has to prove her domestic credentials in order to be eligible to get married even if it is to someone who is jobless (Dr Fouzia acted by the beautiful Rehana Saigol)

Popular one-liners:

Kya aap vakaiee main sanjeeda hai, nahi nahi

Ahem Ahem thoiee

Mian Nanhay

Hilarous dialogues:

Bachapan main issay nazar bhar kay nahi dekhti thi (timmy’s mom)

ab bhi koi nahi nazar bhar kay dekhta (maamoo)

gardan ki haddi sahi say jodee nahi, bachpan main ihtiyaat karee hotee toh bachchay ka yeh haal nahi hota (timmy’s mother saying to mobi’s mother when she sees him swaying his head to and fro because of the headphones on his ears and the music that he is listening to)

aisa lagta hai glucose ki drip lagi hui hai aap ki aankhoun main (siraj to the nurse)

lafz hai kay vitamin ki goliyan


2 thoughts on “Ankahi-The serial that spawned a thousand Sanas!

  1. Oooh – one of the classics. Some brilliant non-humorous dialogue as well: Jo log iss duniya main aatay hain un kay dil main kabhi na kabhi surakh zaroor hota hai – bachpan main na sahi, tau baray ho kar….

    You can see I’ve watched it a zillion times

    And don’t you just fall in love with Shakeel? I did.

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