A mega-production of HUM TV, “The Ghost” was based on an English novel of the same title by Danielle Steel. It was dramatized for television in the Urdu language by Umera Ahmad and starred great actors like Faisal Qureshi, Nadia Jamil, Asif Raza Mir, Samina Peerzada, Savera Nadeem, Sania Saeed, and Rehan Sheikh. Shot in the West, the serial did justice to the mysterious story set in abandoned meadows and castles and presented itself as an entirely unique drama serial released almost 10 years ago. “The Ghost” was directed by Baber Javed who was directing one hit drama after another on HUM TV back in those days.
Tum Se Kehna Tha
One of the most popular dramas from the 90s, “Tum Se Kehna Tha” was an adaptation of an English rom-com named “While You Were Sleeping” casting Sandra Bullock and Bill Pulman. “Tum Se Kehna Tha” was dramatized for PTV by Mohammed Ahmed and directed by Sahira Kazmi. Marina Khan played the role of Sandra Bullock and Ali Haider enacted the character originally performed by Bill Pulman.
Marhoom Colonel Ki Betiyan
“Marhoom Colonel Ki Betiyan”, an award-winning telefilm of PTV was an adaptation of the English short story by Katherine Mansfield, “Daughters of the Late Colonel”. This telefilm was directed by Mehreen Jabbar for the series “Kahaniyaan” and was dramatized for television by Nasreen Rehman. Sameena Ahmad and Yasmeen Ismael played the daughters. The telefilm was released in the late 90s.
Like “Talkhiyan”, “Teesra Kinara” was also a difficult job executed well. Adapted from the novel “The Fountainhead” written by Ayn Rand, the serial would have been banned had it been adapted in exactly the same manner, for there are quite a lot of rebellious elements in the novel which were finely molded for being presented on Pakistan Television. The credit for this goes to Rahat Kazmi who dramatized the novel in the Urdu language for PTV. It starred Rahat Kazmi himself along with Sahira Kazmi, Saba Hameed, Badar Khalil, Shafi Mohammad, and Usman Peerzada and was directed by Shehzad Khalil. The serial dates back to the golden era of Pakistan Television.
“Dhund” was a Haseena Moin play released in 1980. It starred greats like Roohi Bano and Khalida Ryasat and was adapted from the English novel, “My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier. “Dhund”, however, was not very popular, and is therefore not remembered like Haseena Moin’s other works.
“Parchaiyaan” was also a Haseena Moin drama known for the best use of Urdu language. “Parchaiyaan” was Pakistan’s first colored drama serial directed by Mohsin Ali and Shireen Khan, starring Rahat Kazmi, Sahira Kazmi, Shakeel, Talat Hussain, and many other great actors. It was adapted from the novel “The Portrait of a Lady” written by Henry James and was Haseena Moin’s first attempt at writing an entirely serious drama.
Written by Bee Gul and directed by Khalid Ahmed, “Talkhiyan” was an adaptation of the best-selling Indian English novel, “The God of Small Things” written by Arundhati Roy. The serial went on air on Express Entertainment and starred Sanam Saeed, Hassan Niazi, Adnan Jaffer, Shamim Hilali, Hina Bayat and Khalid Ahmed himself. It was a marvelous adaptation, for dramatizing a controversial and complicated novel like “The God of Small Things” is undoubtedly an extremely difficult task and no one else could have done it the way Bee Gul and Khalid Ahmed did.