Bored with most of the stuff on air these days I decided to re-visit some of my favorite telefilms, many of which I hadn’t watched in years. Addressing a whole range of issues, these beautifully told stories were an absolute treat to watch. The fantastic performances and excellent direction with nary a stray step, ensured that my remote control stayed untouched for the duration.
Ghar Aur Ghaata ~
This one was written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Shehrazade Sheikh, well known to us because of her recent serial Silvatein. I loved her work here and was surprised to read this was her first directorial effort. Nimra Buccha was fantastic here!
Written by well-known feminist/women’s rights’ activist/poet Attiya Dawood and directed by Danish Nawaz, this telefilm addresses the issue of child marriages. Suhaee Abro, Attiya’s daughter, plays the lead role of Shaali. Many will remember Suhaee from the serial Sanjha.
Written by Ibe Aas and directed by Furqan T. Siddiqui, this one touches on the issue of how religion is manipulated to suit personal agendas. Faiza Hasan does very well as a woman who learns to stand up and speak for her rights.
This one is memorable for Sanam Baloch’s heart-wrenchingly raw performance. I have watched this one quite a few times, but still I walk away with goose bumps every time – and to think this was her first acting gig!
Burns Road Ki Neelofer ~
This delightful telefilm is a must watch for Faiza Hasan’s performance. Written by Fasih Bari and directed by S. Mazhar Moin, this telefilm won the best feature play in 7th Kara International Film Festival.
Zindagi Udaas Hai Tu ~ Ammi ~
The most recent film in this list, I stumbled upon this one accidentally and then couldn’t move away till it finished. Mohammed Ahmed’s script and Sania Saeed and Uzma Gilani’s performances were the standouts here.
Of all the plays listed here this one is my absolute favorite. Written by Mohammed Ahmed, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, this one features Sania Saeed, Yasir Nawaz, Nadia Jamil, Humayun Saeed, and Rashid Farooqi. My only comment about this one: Mehreen, when is Kahaniyan 2 coming?!
So these were some of my favorites…. Have you watched any of these? What did you think? Do you have a list of your favorites that you’d like to share? Looking forward to reading your take on telefilms!
Written by SZ~
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