HUMSAFAR – A cinematic story

Cast: Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Naveen Waqar, Behroze Sabzwari, 
Hina Bayat Khan, Atiqa Odho and Noorul Hassan
Writer: Farhat Ishtiaq 
Director: Sarmad Khoosat 
Broadcasting channel: Hum TV

Telecast times: Every Saturday at 8 p.m.

First telecast: September 24, 2011

I just wish that some of our TV directors would have the courage to 
abandon their small screen jobs and take on the silver screen. 
Many dramas, telefilms, long plays that are currently being shown 
are canvases for their cinematic ambitions. Fearful of the plunge, 
they are doing themselves and the audience great injustice for not 
exploring the medium. When films like Bhai Log, Bol and Love Mein Ghum
can be shown in cinemas and earn good profits for the filmmakers, 
TV directors should have faith in the audience to turn up at cinema 
houses and respond to their ventures. Take for instance Humsafar. 

With a successful title song, a fresh and sizzling lead pair, 
sound supporting cast, well-written dialogues and a gripping plot, 
it has all the ingredients to make it into a super-duper hit. 
In fact, it is a massive hit on the small screen although only 
eight episodes have been shown so far and it is competing with 
other absorbing dramas on other channels such as Maiyee Ne on ARY 
digital and Meray Charagar on Geo. 

Its success can be gauged by the fact that so far Humsafar has 23,764 Facebook likes, 
on Paktvforums over 37,000 people viewed its eighth episode, 
and over 1 lakh viewed its title song Woh Humsafar Tha 
Magar Ussay Humnawaiee Na Thee by 
Qurutul Ain Baloch/QB. And I haven’t even checked out other online forums where it must be getting seen or its title song 
was downloaded. Of course, there are minor glitches to the story, 
which come across more glaring when, watching it on TV but were 
it made for the cinema then one would have just disregarded it and 
enjoyed the movie as a whole. Sarmad, I hope you are reading this….

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