Kal subah uthtay saath hi main ne socha ke barey din ho gaye hain I have been over-using and abusing my laptop not showing it much TLC, so josh mein aa ke I decided ke chalo ab I shall go through the purani files wala folder and do some much needed safai there. So bas waheen ke waheen just like that youm-e safai ki zordar declaration ki gayi.
Four hours and two cups of coffee and umpteen Farida Khanam and Nayyara Nooor ghazals later safai wafai ka tau door door tak koi naam-o nishan nahin tha. What I had ended up doing instead was taking a long-winded side trip down memory lane reading through pieces I had written when I had started blogging about dramas.
Reading older reviews and comments reminded me that so much of what makes a drama memorable may not necessarily be the drama itself but the memories associated with it. Numm, for instance, was one of the most aggravating dramas ever but watching it with you all made it an experience none of us at DRNR are likely to forget anytime soon.
And so… kyonke mahol tau set hua hi hua hai aur mood bhi bana hua hai tau phir allow me to share some of my personal fave dramas and tell you why they will always be special to me.
Ankahi & Tanhaiyan: These two are forever associated in my mind with Karachi, cousins, lazy long summer days, no responsibilities no worries, never-ending gup shup sessions with friends, and discussions about every second of our favorite dialogues and scenes and then the interminable wait for the next installment.
Dhoop Kinarey: No cerebral reasons for this one, at least not then. Tab tau it was all about the drool-worthy Dr. Ahmed and Dr. Zoya pairing. Marina Khan’s short hair was the reason for my first ever true-blue fight with my mother. I insisted on chopping off my hip-length hair because all of a sudden I felt like a total paindu with my long choti. To this day my mother rues the day when dramas turned her hitherto seedhi sadhi beti into a rebel… and life’s never been the same again!
Sitara Aur Mehrunnisa: This one was special ’cause of Sania Saeed. Watching it as my impressionable younger self I remember being zapped by Sania’s genuine girl next door quality. There was something very refreshing about watching someone so relatable, someone who normalized intelligence with such simplicity, charm and grace. Atiqa Odho was stunning as Sitara but how many of us could ever come close to such beauty? Mehrunnisa on the other hand was a true inspiration.
Talking of these dramas brings to mind memories of watching with family, the 8 o’clock drama followed by the 9 o’clock khabarnama eating dinner together and lights out at 10. Now with family dispersed all over and many who have since passed away, each re-watch brings to mind a happy precious moment.
After I moved to the US drama watching required a lot more of an effort. This was the time when dramas came those bulky VHS tapes and it was well nigh impossible to get Pakistani dramas in the pardesi gaons where I lived. Back then trips home entailed not just buying masalas and clothes but also dramas.
Shashlik: Comedies are not my thing. Bas, no reason… they are just not. So on one of my trips back home I asked my rapidly dwindling circle of drama watching friends ke bibiyo batao naya kya dekhoon? After the usual: you are crazy, nobody watches these dramas anymore, they are all StarPlus copies etc… one friend suggested Shashlik. Now it was my turn to return the lecture: main aisi fazool cheezain nahin dekhti types. Long story short I watched and Sarmad acquired himself a lifelong stalker. He and Nadia make the best pair ever and after watching them together in Baghi I so wish they would come back in a telefilm ~ Shashlik Reloaded: Hua Kuch Youn.
Kahaniyan: Many things have changed over the years, but was hasn’t changed is the importance of the role media – film and dramas – play in mediating the diaspora’s relationship with the homeland. This amazing series kept the fires of my drama love stoked. Mehreen introduced a particular brand of realism to story telling wherein while she didn’t shy away from showing the truth but she didn’t turn her narrative into misery porn either, a fact I appreciate more with each passing year.
Humsafar: This was special because it introduced me to the world of online dramas and review forums and blogging! It was also the first time I engaged with dramas as more than just entertainment and began to think of them in intellectual terms and viewing them through a very different analytical lens.
Shehr-e Zaat: This one is a no-brainer – gold star for those who figure this one out!
Talkhiyan: This one I would have not watched, review tau baad ki baat hai, had it not been for our beloved Hina Bayat. When I looked it up it sounded quite depressing and up until that point as a viewer I had steered clear of such stuff. But because Hina had suggested it I thought to give the promos a dekho. Rest is history. Importantly, with Talkhiyan I learned the crucial difference between a viewer and a reviewer, and thus started the process of carving out a distinct voice for Desi Rants N Raves.
Aunn Zara: The first episode had aired earlier that morning and I had absolutely loved it. But mushkil yeh thi ke I was leaving for an overseas trip that afternoon and flight ka time ho raha tha. I basically wrote that review somewhere over the Atlantic and thought I hit publish on one of my stopovers. But when is life that easy. Something got messed up and I ended up having to re-write the review and almost missing my connection in my efforts to ensure that the review got published properly this time around.
So… yeh tau thi ek sampling un dramon ki jo mere liye bohot memorable hain. Ab aap share karein. What are some of the dramas that hold meaning for you? Any fun memories associated with a particular drama? A school/college incident? A particular dialogue from a drama that you guys remember using in your everyday life?
Looking forward to hearing from all you guys, even the silent readers!
Written by SZ~