Deconstructing Kashaf in Zindagi Gulzar Hai

Sanam Saeed as the scowling Kashaf and Fawad Khan as the arrogant moralistic Zaroon

Sanam Saeed as the scowling Kashaf and Fawad Khan as the arrogant moralistic Zaroon

 

Channel: HUM

 

Timings: Every Friday at 8 pm

 

First broadcast on: October 19, 2012

 

Cast: Sanam Saeed as Kashaf and Fawad Khan as Zaroon

 

Writer: Umera Ahmed

 

Director: Sultana Siddiqui

 

I am one of those fortunate beings who occasionally get a chance to indulge in a healthy intellectual discussion at my workplace. So last week I got a chance to do so in which we discussed Kashaf in Zindagi Gulzar Hai, the latest Umera Ahmed’s offering, that centers around the struggles of a lower middle-class brainy girl neglected by her father overcoming life’s obstacles to make it to a business school on scholarship and ends up marrying her batchmate, Zaroon whom she has detested while they were studying together.

 

One of the most illogical things in Kashaf’s narrative according to a colleague was that throughout the serial Kashaf is shown to hate Zaroon for reasons ranging from his arrogance to his Casanova-like behavior but suddenly in an episode that shows Zaroon formally proposing to Kashaf in their teacher-mentor’s library, a servant while serving tea is about to accidentally drop the hot liquid on Kashaf when Zaroon flashes his hand in the midst scalding his ‘pretty’ hand. Lo and behold Kashaf in just that trivial moment does a 360-degree turnaround in her feeling towards him! As my colleague put it how can you change your feelings towards someone so quickly when if such things do occur then it happens over a gradual period of time. Episode upon episode were shown developing the hatred but in just one scene the feelings were overturned!

 

However my other colleague had a more profound insight. She quoted Pride and Prejudice in which Mr Collins who intends to marry Elizabeth Bennett is turned down by Elizabeth, to which Mr Collins says that when a woman says no she actually means yes and all she needs is little more convincing. In other words a woman’s No indicates that a woman is unsure and not meant to be taken seriously. The novel which came out in early 19th century was prescient as this mistaken belief is propagated even today and when the likes of Umera Ahmed does it then it is even more disturbing. This is a very dangerous idea that should not be propagated especially in a culture where men’s advances or proposals are rejected and they don’t get the message that the woman is really not interested in them. But will then go on to torment her or in worst case scenario even rape her. A Bangladeshi woman in 2011 experienced something similar and had to take drastic measures. Here is the link to the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13594762

 

Another objection that I raised about the tea proposal scene was that Kashaf infers that Zaroon will ‘protect’ her from life’s dangers. Here is a girl who has been brought up by her hardworking government school-teacher mother virtually single handedly, her father a bare presence in her life, and when she has achieved academic and professional success, she says needs protection! This country is replete with examples of strong successful women who have made it without men. Look closely and you will find several examples of women, single, divorced, widowed, living with their families who run their households, take sound financial decisions, financially support their families even if there are men in their households, who have a sizable presence in the professional fields, making marital decisions etc. The list is endless in how women are coming up/come up in every sphere of life. Such women for sure do NOT need protection they can take care not of themselves but also others.

 

If only Umera Ahmed could portray such realistic female characters….

 

 

 

 

7th most romantic scene-Dastaan

Before Fawad Khan’s sizzling romancing skills came to full bloom in Humsafar (he will be also displaying those skills from November 16 onwards in Umera Ahmed’s new serial Zindagi Gulzar Hai) he first showcased them in the partition serial Dastaan, based on popular Urdu fiction writer Razia Butt’s novel.

 

As Hasan he quietly courts the reluctant Bano, played by Sanam Baloch. Dressed in white malmal kurta pajama he walks up to a brass water urn to wash his hands, but Bano informs him that the urn is empty. So like a dutiful kaneez/slavegirl, she pours water from an intricately etched silver jug while the badshah/king washes his hands. She asks him where was he all this time and he answers, “But I was only away for three days.” She asks him a couple of other irrelevant questions, irritated he tells her that do you want me to tell you want you really want to know. His beautiful young khala Suraiyya calls out to him and Bano hides behind a pillar.

 

He walks up to Suraiyya, Saba Qamar looking lovely in the traditional gota wala gharara, and tells her that he missed her a lot and her love has wrecked his nights. Suraiyya brushes him off, “you should say these things to your wife to be.” He laughs that laugh that drove girls nuts in Humsafar. Bano smiles away knowing that Hasan has said all these sweet things about her. Ah good ol-pre-Partition romance. Well-produced and well acted, this was Hum TV’s most successful serial of 2010.

When Pakistani singers became actors – Fawad Khan and Fakhr-e-Alam

Fawad Khan, the actor, hit the jackpot when his recently concluded serial Humsafar became an unprecedented hit. According to Hum TV insiders its average rating was 9.2, a humungous number by TV standards. But it seems that some of his fans are unaware that he is primarily a singer and was associated with the band EP. Here we look at other Pakistani singers who ventured into acting be it TV or films.

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Fakhr-e-Alam in Very Good Duniya Very Bad Loag:

Motor-mouthed, witty and the charming Fakhr-e-Alam was known to the public initial years as the Bhangra Pao guy, a song that was hailed as the first Punjabi rap song. He appeared in 2 films Very Good Duniya Very Bad Loag and No Paisa No Problem. Although the films did nothing to take of his film career but he seemed to be having fun while performing the roles in the films which you can observe in the two links uploaded below one is a film promo and one is a masquerade song. Great fun overall!

youtube link to promo of Very Good Duniya Very Bad Loag:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1sMVIrKurc

youtube link to Hai Raat Badi Madhosh, song in No Paisa No Problem:

When Pakistani singers became actors – Fawad Khan and Arif Lohar

 

Fawad Khan, the actor, hit the jackpot when his recently concluded serial Humsafar became an unprecedented hit. According to Hum TV insiders its average rating was 9.2, a humungous number by TV standards. But it seems that some of his fans are unaware that he is primarily a singer and was associated with the band EP. Here we look at other Pakistani singers who ventured into acting be it TV or films.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/images/2012/03/01/20120301_14.jpg

Arif Lohar in Musulman:

Arif Lohar, the super-talented Punjabi folk singer and for those disconnected Pakistanis yes he is the same dude who sang Ek Chambay Di Booti with Meesha Shafi in Coke Studio, has also had his shares of experiments in Pakistani films. In Musulman he is mostly a happy-go-lucky sardar who loves to sing. A role right up his alley.

youtube link to song Jhumka featuring Arif Lohar in film Musulman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFbdFr6O-AM

Arif Lohar in Zindagi

Here Lohar is a poor musician trying to get a break in the unknown big city.

youtube link to a scene from Zindagi:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCf1wYTFdLo&feature=related

When Pakistani singers became actors – Fawad Khan and Ali Haider

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Fawad Khan, the actor, hit the jackpot when his recently concluded serial Humsafar became an unprecedented hit. According to Hum TV insiders its average rating was 9.2, a humungous number by TV standards. But it seems that some of his fans are unaware that he is primarily a singer and was associated with the band EP. Here we look at other Pakistani singers who ventured into acting be it TV or films.

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Ali Haider in Tum Se Kehna Tha:

This is back when Ali Haider’s album Qarar was all the rage and Marina Khan’s goofy antics on-screen were bearable. These two came together for this drama serial based on the Sandra Bullock cutesy movie “While you were sleeping” and directed by Sahira Kazmi. A light-hearted serial that wasn’t trying too hard, Haider’s acting is pretty decent. Besides these two there was Farhan Ali Agha (he is in a coma in the entire serial), Salma Kanwal (a stage actress who was struggling to make into TV and is now seen in Yeh Zindagi and Kash mein Teri Beti Na Hoti), Manzoor Qureshi (a handsome leading actor back in the 1960s but now seen in fatherly roles such as Mora Piya), Badar Khalil (does she need any intro) and Seemi Pasha (then one of the top models).

youtube links to Tum Se Kehna Tha:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doAjRiDNRXg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17u1f5ItkDE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opIMhq-tvG4&feature=related

Ali Haider in Chand Sa Mukhda

Writer: Tahira Wasti

Director: Iqbal Ansari

Cast: Tahira Wasti, Shahood Alvi and Urooj Niaz

A light-hearted romantic play with lots of Ali Haider music and starring the majestic gold-haired matriarch Tahira Wasti, who recently passed away.

youtube links to Chand Sa Mukhda:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLWFLS_4VnA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAdgA2AJSM4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWs1hXCYTH8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FjTYSdrCMQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xICch0wMPCw&feature=related

 Where is Ali Haider now:

Ali Haider has renounced pop music and is now singing only devotional and religious songs like Junaid Jamshed, Najam Sheraz, Shiraz Uppal etc.

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