Power of silence in Zard Mausam

Channel: Hum TV

Timings: Thursdays at 8:35 pm

First broadcast on: May 3, 2012
Cast: Saniya Saeed, Faisal Rehman, Aiza Khan, Mohib Mirza, Madiha Rizvi, Agha Sheraz and Ayesha Khan (Senior)

Writer: Rahat Jabeen

Producer: Momina Duraid

Director: Abiz Raza

Sania Saeed as Mehru in Zard Mausam

“The camera is an amazing instrument, for the camera can pick up thought.”—Orson Welles, director

Pakistani serials have lately become a dustbin of needless dialogue, uncalled for gestures and an overload of background music. Actors it seems are in a hurry to rush through their dialogues and dialogues, and want to get them out of their way. No wonder most times one doesn’t feel an emotional connection to the characters that are being played out on the small screen

But one cannot say that about Sania Saeed who is a master of her craft especially when she is employing the silence and pause technique. Zard Mausam, a serial that is currently on air, features Sania as Mehru a woman whose fate has been cruelly twisted when her first husband dies and the second husband leaves her for another woman. Over the years she has become resentful because she is forced to live with her family who do not want her and her kids around. However, when her second husband (Faisal Rehman) who has recently become a widower and is having difficulty in managing  his daughter Aiman and work life, he takes back Mehru and her kids (who by the way are two of his own daughters but he had abandoned them when he married the second time).

So coming back to Sania’s effective use of silence and pause, this ranges from a scene where she is going back with her second husband and has to leave her teenage son behind (who is from her first husband), emotions flit across her face and one can immediately sense her pain and guilt. Or in another scene when her husband compliments her or when she is standing mute as his daugher Aiman beats up her daughter Momo, again her silences convey so much.

One wishes that actors used silences and pauses more often for according to Screen Actors Workshop on-screen silence is as effective as good dialogue and a well-delivered line.

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