Mata e Jaan Hai Tu: A new age drama

Published: March 13, 2012
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Everybody wants to recreate a Tanhaniyan. I hope Mata e Jaan will allow us to relive those moments. PHOTO: MAHNOOR MALIK PHOTOGRAPHY

Everybody wants to recreate a Tanhaniyan. I hope Mata e Jaan will allow us to relive those moments. PHOTO: PUBLICITY Everybody wants to recreate a Tanhaniyan. I hope Mata e Jaan will allow us to relive those moments. PHOTO: MAHNOOR MALIK PHOTOGRAPHY

Humsafar fever is over. The drama may be remembered but the excitement has ended before you can sigh “Khirad”. But there is a new drama on the block! Hum TV’s Mata e Jaan Hai Tu is  based on a novel by Farhat Ishtiaq who also wrote Humsafar.

Honestly, when the promos for the show were first aired I couldn’t even understand the name Mata e Jan properly!

So, what got me hooked?

The cast.

Over time, directors have understood the importance of faces that brand the drama.

This drama stars: Sarwat Gillani, Adeel Husain, Sanam Saeed, Junaid Khan and Sajida Syed.

In the show Sarwat Gilani plays Hainya, a girl next door who experiences love for the first time when she meets Ibad played byAdeel Hussain (who has been called Pakistan’s John Abraham). Hussain has been criticized for overacting but one hopes that he will perform well under the watchful direction of Mehreen Jabbar.

According to one viewer Neeraja Unni Rangmunch,

“Sarwat has an expressive face and portrays a gamut of emotions effortlessly. She is an absolute delight to watch as she plays a custom fit role of Haniya”.

The audience can relate to Haniya. Characters like hers help win the hearts of viewers.

So far a lot hasn’t happened between Haniya and Ibad, but their chemistry is palpable.

Apart from the lead characters, Sanam Saeed, who plays the role of Haniya’s sister, needs to have a more vibrant character. She seems to be reading from a script.

Director Mehreen Jabbar has shot a beautiful drama but I am a little hesitant about her style. Can the casting and details match Bollywood standards (which we always claim to not compete with but still do!)?  I hope so.

While we reminisce about the good old days of Tanhaiyan and Dhoop Kinaarey, the sad fact is those days are gone. But the good news is that a new age is coming; an age where it’s not impossible but really difficult to get someone to sit in front of the TV for 45 minutes. An age where we skim through episodes on YouTube, and read blogs about the show before watching them.

Perhaps Mata e Jaan is a drama of this new age.

Due to an editing error, an earlier version of the post incorrectly implied that ‘a lot has happened between Hania and Ibad’. The error has now been rectified. 

Bilal Mughal

Bilal Mughal

Bilal works for a leading telecommunications group and has a degree in Systems Engineering.

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