International Segment - HUMSAFAR, A Journey you wouldn't want to miss!
Pakistani Dramas have always given us some of the best memories of our lives related to television. ‘Dhoop Kinare’ and ‘Tanhaiyyan’ are two that instantly come to mind when we think of quality television in terms of substance, execution, and direction.
We once again go beyond borders to introduce to you a drama that will lure you in with its depth, its simplicity, and characters that come alive on screen with the narrative.
‘Humsafar’ is a gem of a show that is presently being aired once a week @ 8 pm, Saturdays on Hum TV in
. It is an adaptation of a famous novel by the same name by Farhat Ishtiaq. Pakistan
5 Reasons why Humsafar is a must-watch:
1) The Story/Script
Simple, thought provoking, and realistic, the story grips us from the beginning leaving us to ponder on these questions-
Have you ever found yourself torn between your wishes and those of your loved ones?
Do you have a best friend you absolutely adore and cannot do without but are not in love with?
Has a tragedy forced you to succumb to the pressures of life, and not given you a fair chance to live it the way you wanted?
Can you form an everlasting unbreakable bond with the very person you initially did not want in your life?
Lastly, how fragile is that bond you so painstakingly form with that one person you call your life?
How do you deal with these realities and which path do you carve for yourself with your decisions forms the crux of the story.
The story follows the journey of Khirad and Ashar as a couple, who are pressured into marriage due to the untimely death of Khirad’s mother.
Khirad is a self-respecting beautiful young woman living with her Ammi in their humble home at
Hyderabad ( ). Her Mamoun, Baseerat, a rich businessman lives in Pakistan with his wife, and his son, Ashar. Karachi
Ashar is a suave Yale returned well-educated well-mannered gentleman, who manages his father’s business. He has a best friend in Sara, his mother’s niece. Unknown to him, Sara loves Ashar, and wishes to eventually get married to him. With both their mothers approving their union, Sara in her wildest of dreams, could not have imagined the turn the tale would take one day.
Khirad’s mother is soon detected with cancer and calls Baseerat for help. Baseerat brings his sister and niece to
to provide her with the best treatment for cancer. When Khirad’s mother realizes the fatality of the situation, she requests her brother to get Khirad married before she dies. Ridden with guilt at having neglected his sister’s welfare until now, he promptly decides to get Khirad married to his son. Karachi
None of them are happy about this union and Sara takes it the hardest having loved Ashar immensely for so long. Ashar on the other hand is shocked at Sara’s revelation, and is torn between his wish to not see his friend heart-broken and his father’s plea for him to get married to Khirad to ease his dying sister’s angst regarding her daughter’s future.
You have to watch the show to see how the story progresses from here on.
2) The Characters:
The lead pair of Humsafar, Khirad and Ashar has author-backed roles. Khirad is someone you will fall in love with. She is shown as an individual who has a strong sense of who she is and what she wants. Ashar is a handsome dude who has his priorities right. Sara is one of the most pivotal characters, strong yet subtle in her manipulations making her an interesting watch.
All the characters in the drama are well etched, each having a role to play in moving the story forward without a hitch.
3) The Cast:
The ensemble cast of Humsafar boasts of some of the talented names in the Pakistani Television Industry.
Fawad Khan of the blockbuster-hit film, Khuda kay liye, essays the role of Ashar so convincingly, that he IS Ashar. He is tailor-made for the role, and he speaks with his eyes, which is one of his biggest assets.
|Mahira Khan as Khirad|
Naveen Waqar owns the role of Sara to the hilt. She plays it with such honesty that even though she has shades of grey and one wishes to dislike her for her intentions and subtle manipulations, one cant but empathize with her state.
Atiqa Odho, one of the famous personalities in Pakistani television, plays Ashar’s mother.
4) The Direction:
Words would not be enough to extol the way the show has been directed. Sarmad Khoosat has weaved magic without a magic wand. Every scene tells a story and one would not want to miss even a single frame of it. He and his team have proved that a story needs no frills to be told, it just has to be told with honesty, integrity, and dedication to the craft.
5) The Music:
Last but definitely not the least, the background scores that blend in with the scenes and the soul-stirring title track sung by Pakistani singer, Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch sets the tone for a great drama.
Ranjishein thi Magar… Bicharne walay mein sab kuch tha
Bewafai na thi ….
Ke dhoop chaun ka aalam raha
Judai na thi …
This weekly drama on Hum TV, gives you enough palpitations (of the good kind), and recuperating time of one week, before you get ready for another dose of this heart-wrenching saga. The pathos in the story lies in its very own title track that goes …
Woh humsafar thaa magar
uss sey humnawai na thi…
Kay dhoob chaaon ka
aalam raha judai na thi…
woh humsafar tha ….
After the lines of the song have sunk in, you know it’s no one’s fault when it comes to the ways of the heart!
Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we have and we are thrilled to share this awesome show with you all.
You can catch the updates and links on the Humsafar official fb page - https://www.facebook.com/HumsafarOnHumTv.
Niharika Vidya Sagar