With Ramzan coming to an end and Eid right around the corner it’s a busy time for many of us, and TV channels are well aware of this fact. Airtime these days, therefore, is filled up with a potpourri of religious programming, game shows, cooking programs and pata nahin aur kiya kiya. After Eid though it’s a whole other story.
With new promos being uploaded everyday every channel is trying their utmost to grab attention and get viewers to check out their offerings: Madam idhar, baji yeh dekhen, aunty woh check karen, bibi meri taraf … matlab ke difficult to decide where to go and what to check out first. Bilkul weekend bazars wali feels aa rahi hain!
Ab kis ka drama sab se ziyada accha hai, kaun kitni alag story dikha raha hai aur aap ko kiya kahan pasand aaye ga yeh tau sab dekhney baad ki baatein hain … filhal let’s check out what’s coming our way in the very near future.
Formerly titled Istikhara, this one is being eagerly anticipated because it marks Sanam Baloch’s return to serials, Kankar (2013) being her last one. Apart from Sanam, this serial boasts Sarmad Khoosat, also acting in a serial after a long while, and Shahroz Sabzwari in lead roles. This is the first time Sanam has been paired with either of the two and I am looking forward to seeing how this love triangle works. The serial has been written by Naila Ansari, directed by Abis Raza and is a Big Bang Production. The melodious OST has been sung by Ali Sethi and is a reworking of Mehdi Hassan’s classic rendition of Hafeez Hoshiarpuri’s ghazal. Teri Raza is slated to air on ARY Digital.
This one is penned by Rahat Jabeen, directed by Amin Iqbal and produced by Sarfaraz Ashraf for 9th Degree Entertainment. The highlight of this serial, for me atleast, is the pairing of two of my favorites – Hina Bayat with Asif Raza Mir. They were last seen together in Ishq Gumshuda. Shahroz Sabzwari plays their only (?) son and Nausheen Ahmed Hassan plays his love interest. From the teasers it seems like the story revolves around issues between father and son with the mother caught between the two men in her life. Begangi is scheduled to air on APlus.
Tau Dil Ka Kiya Hua
Written by Khalil ur Rehman Qamar, directed by Shahid Shafat this project is jointly produced by Momina Duraid, Sana Shahnawaz and Tariq Shah for Next Level Productions. The cast includes popular stars like Sami Khan, Ayeza Khan, Zahid Ahmed, Mansha Pasha alongside veterans like Usman Peerzada and Rehan Sheikh. Going by the promos this one looks like it is along the lines of the tried and tested formula of pyar + shadi + extra marital affair + talaq + doosri shaadi=complications galore. But as per Zahid Ahmed, “It’s going to be one hell of a play; the storyline is extremely interesting.” So let’s wait and watch. Tau Dil Ka Kiya Hua will air on HUM TV.
After directing films like Karachi Se Lahore and Lahore Se Aagey, Wajahat Rauf has turned to TV for Yaar-e Bewafa, produced under the banner of Rauf’s Showcase Productions. This serial is written by Mohsin Ali and directed by Zeeshan Ali. Suppported by heavy weights like Samina Ahmed and Salim Meraj, Imran Abbas, Areej Fatima and Sarah Khan play the three angles in this love triangle. As per reports this one is a ” different storyline that will focus on the struggles of a middle-class couple in today’s tough times.” Yaar-e Bewafa is slated to air on Geo TV.
Written by Saima Akram Chaudhry, directed by Fahim Burney and jointly produced by MD Productions and Fahim Burney, this one stars Azfar Rehman, Sohai Ali Abro, Ali Josh, Uzma Khan, Munazzah Arif, and Ayesha Sana among others. As per reports this is an issue based serial, where Azfar Rehman plays a rich entitled political brat who reacts badly when Sohai Ali Abro’s character rejects his advances. Complicating matters further is the love triangle between Sohai, Ali Josh and Uzma Khan. Seems like a potboiler of a story – let’s see how this one unfolds. Adhi Gawahi will air on HUM TV.
Shadi Mubarak Ho!
Wajahat Rauf features again in this list as he produces and directs this lighthearted serial written by Yasir Hussain. Seemingly along the lines of the famous Baraat series this one too features an emsemble cast led by veterans Salman Shahid Bushra Ansari and includes Kubra Khan Yasir Hussain, Sadia Faisal, Asad Siddiqui, Abdulah Farhatullah among others. Shaadi Mubarak will air on ARY Digital.
While other channels are busy churning out the typical pyar muhabbat shaadi stories TVOne appears to have upped its game. According to reports, Chinar Ghati is the story of an advertising guy who disappears while on recce for a shoot in Chinar Ghati. What follows is an intriguing intertwining of the past and present with unexplainable happenings on the side. Talk about hat ke stuff! Described as a “super natural story about 2 ghost women” this mega project is directed by veteran director Ghazanfar Ali and stars Alyy Khan, Samiya Mumtaz, Shamayel Tareen, Tipu Shareef, Ali Noor, Dino Ali, Anushey Ashraf, Khalid Zafar and Nuzhat Nazar. Chinar Ghati will air on TV One.
Like Chinar Ghati this one also promises to be a one off. But unlike other serials on this list, Dhund is a series, every week bringing a new story to the fore.Penned by Syed Mohammed Ahmed and directed by Farrukh Faiz this one is based on unexplained phenomenon. According to Ahmed sahab, Dhund is about those who die leaving behind unfinished business and those who seek answers from those who have passed on. Given the series format, every episode features different artists and going by the teasers it seems like we are in for a treat. Dhund is scheduled to air on TV One.
These are but a few serials slated to air post-Eid. Daldal, Mujhe Jeeney Do are two big sponsored projects that are also being talked about as summer releases. Baghi and O Rungreza are other major upcoming serials that have me intrigued and interested. But with all these their teasers and air dates are yet to be announced hence not included here. Will keep you all updated as to their status.
So guys, kiya khayal hai? Anything promising?Any teaser or plot line that piques your interest? Share your thoughts – am looking forward to hearing from you all!
Written by SZ~