How often does seeing someone stealing glances at each other makes ‘you’ blush? A rhetorical question indeed and you would know exactly what I mean if you are a Humsafarian, the enchanted brigade or something less exotic for a tagline.
The serial is in its week 5 now and the previous episode becomes the first official one to mark the beginning of the romantic-tale between Ashar and Khirad – portrayed by Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, respectively. I honestly don’t remember the last time when such an anticipation surrounded a Pakistani drama, which wasn’t based on a social issue or had a hard-core message to take home. The initial promos – of the protagonists – released, spawned such an interest in the audience that they could hardly wait for it to start. The drama comes once a week and the story has paced through quiet quickly.
Even though Ashar and Khirad would experience the time of their lives after being brought together by fate (or rightly so, their parents) in the holy matrimony, they initially dreaded even being in the same room with each other. To the delight of the viewers, Ashar made a relatively fine effort to converse with Khirad, offering her what looked like peanuts in a bowl but Khirad seemed tense and confused over the hurried events that had befallen her. Just like any girl with self-respect and dignity it’s hard for her to be at peace with the feeling of being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t want her, let alone loving. Khirad had minimal words to say but Mahira Khan was so compelling in the ways she sat, looked and read an ‘upside down’ magazine that we didn’t need to be told what she was going through, we knew. The awkwardness was justified.
Best thing about Khirad? She yearns for respect. She might have the most handsome husband to herself but she doesn’t lose hold of her principles. The recent episode revealed Khirad’s outburst before her father-in-law, Baseerat Hussain (Behroz Sabzwari). Ashar who had been spending time having numerous lunches and dinners with the lady in gray, made his emergence from behind the tree and heard it all. He now knows his wife is not a robot after all. Thank God for that. What followed after that was just sublime and truly magical. That’s how romance should be. Kudos Sarmad.
If you have been following the drama religiously you must have by now, started to feel absolutely agitated by Ashar’s very posh cousin Sarah – brilliantly portrayed by VJ-turned-actress Navin Waqar. Her desperate attempts to hang on to Ashar can make us pull a nail or two of our own, if we hadn’t a hint of the future. Sarah has been in love with her childhood sweetheart since forever but he always perceived her to be a good friend nothing fancy, though neither of the two can be blamed for being wicked. However, I do fail to digest that Ashar never had a clue that his cousin had hots for him. Probably that can be called, taking liberty on the director’s part, creating a fictional character with a clean heart and mind.
Sarmad Khoosat has masterfully translated poetry on screen and that too in the most realistic manner. It’s commendable how he has managed to not paint each character with the shade of either black or white. If it was a typical serial, Farida (Atiqa Odho) would have been the pain-in-the-neck mother-in-law from day one, devoid of any compassion. Sarah would have become a villain for Ashar himself, secretively scheming to punish him. Ashar wouldn’t have protested over the silent torture, that his marriage was a moment ago. But thanks to the creators of Humsafar for not turning a very decent story into a typical soap-ish nightmare.
The serial has even won praises from across the border and as the episodes are turning out its only raising the hopes higher. The story might not be the most extraordinary one you have heard in your life but this serial has all the potential to become a classic with a picture perfect casting and direction to match. A special mention to the music composer of the official soundtrack ‘Woh Humsafar Tha’ – Waqar Ali and singer Qurat-ul-Ain Baloch. The song is absoluting breathtaking and a treat to the ears. A complete version of 6 minutes was released on YouTube last week.
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Originally written for Oyedramay.com