Aunn Zara or The Anatomy of a Beeba Baccha’s Life is ROFL funny – thoroughly enjoyed the opener! Writer Faiza Iftikhar and director Haissam Hussain are back again with what promises to be yet another winner from this talented duo. I was giggling throughout as I watched this novel twist on our gharelu masley masai’l waley dramey.
Bucking the norm, where stories typically revolve around a female protagonist, and a mazloom one at that, Aunn Zara is unique in that here the story revolves around the male lead, Aunn. What makes Aunn thora hatke is that he is no ordinary hero, rather, what we have here is a poster boy for a mummy-daddy type of a beeba baccha – BB from hereon. An interesting enough premise on its own, Faiza and Haissam take it up a notch when they actually give voice to what a BB feels and thinks, and this where the fun and contradictions begin. Even as the beleaguered Aunn complains about being nazar utaro-ed and the khaaney ka tiffin and mommy dearest driving him to work (and helping him cross the road!), our hero sahab still picks up the phone to call mummy jaani when he needs a ride home. Minus the kaajal (thank you!!) Osman Khalid Butt was very convincing as the khandan ka laadla Aunn.
While watching Aun as the BB is funny on it own, the ladies of his khandaan are even funnier, and each deserves to star in their own serial. Leading the family is the matriarch, the besotted with her pota daadi ji, superbly played by the ever so fabulous Nasreen Qureshi. Hina Bayat plays a mummy jaani with a difference, and a Sabreen Hisbani is the sadqey waari going phupo. Though each of these ladies have their own funda going, what unites them, and perhaps holds this family together, is their unquestionable love (read obsession) for the khandaan ka eklauta chashm-o chiragh, the ghabru jawan Aunn.
These ladies, along with the two adorable girls, phuppo’s daughters, are so caught up in their adoration that cannot see how they are suffocating Aunn with their affections. Looking to his friend for help, ably played by Mukarram Kaleem, Aunn is now frustrated and looking for ways to breathe freely. Enter Zara.
Loved Zara and Aunn’s first takraa and also enjoyed the shaadi song. More filmy than all the Tarang remakes put together, after watching this one I would love to see the next wave of telefilms be originals, allowing our supremely talented writers and directors to spread their wings and innovate, rather than trying to adapt older stories to meet contemporary expectations.
Back to Zara, Maya Ali looked beautiful in her entry scene. Zara’s interaction with Aunn sets up the premise of many a fireworks between the two and I am eagerly looking forward to all that is yet to come. Also looking forward to seeing how Adnan Jaffar, fabulously different from his Jaanu Baba avatar, and Irfan Khoosat’s characters fare against the ladies of Aunn’s khandaan.
As a first episode, this was a lot of fun, laying out the premise beautifully. Aunn Zara is billed as a rom-com, and the opener did hold out the promise for many more laughs, but I don’t think that’s all there is to it. Going by Faiza’s previous work, I’m sure we’ll see a number of social issues being addressed in a very light-hearted manner – a perfect recipe for a Saturday drama. Above and beyond all this is Haissam’s show and he is in complete charge here – everything gelled really well in the first episode. Two thumbs up for a great new serial!
Written by SZ~