Aik Nai Mor Pay
To all those TV drama lovers, who have had enough of the cheap parodies of the outdated 'gandasa' culture and the comic under-world characters, Haseena Moin's upcoming 'Aik Nai Mor Pay', is surely going to be a much needed break. Directed by the one and only Mohsin Ali, whose 'Ankahi', 'Shehzori' and 'Uncle Urfi', all penned by Haseena Moin, have still a mesmerising effect on the TV watchers. The Haseena-Mohsin duo, thus, is all set to take on to the audience with its latest blockbuster.
The 13-episode, 50 minutes duration play will be aired on every Saturday at 7:45 pm on PTV Network. It has been produced by Nadeem Chaudry.
A light comedy-cum-social theme is being very typical of Haseena's style. It really promises a comeback for the noted play writer as he works had, until lately, not been able to capture the viewers' attention in the recent past. More because of the on-going commercialism that has, unfortunately, taken over the mini-screen as well, the lose productions, done in a half-heartedly manner, were certainly not what Haseena is more known for. 'Aik Nai Mor Pay', on the other hand, clearly manifests not only the writer's imagination to its best but the firm grip of the director as well.
Based upon the vigor and zeal of the younger generation, the plot seeks inspiration from the determination of a self-respecting soul, who is out there to prove to the world that the time could be changed if one's committed to one's cause. This is exactly what happy-go-lucky 'hero' of the play personifies. Rayaan, a debut role by our lad from Islamabad Shamel Bakht Khan, is the blue-eyed, blue blooded, rich and famous, young and eye-catching celebrated bachelor, who has everything one could dream of - riches, carrying looks and lots of fun in life. And yet he's kind-at-heart gentleman's soul, who's out to help anyone anywhere - indeed a true 'Haseena hero'. Too much of a self-respecting 'khuddar', he simply cannot comprehend the fact that all the successes in life that he has are more due to Daddy's money rather than his own ability. And once this realisation is thrown on his face by a close friend, Rayaan decides to prove to the world he is serious. Navied, Rayaan's closest friend, dares him to prove himself on his own and Rayaan accepts his challenge. The two buddies bet and so starts the fairytale story.
The chap leaves the house empty-handed and after trying, his luck unsuccessfully here and there lands at his Cinderella's house, Chandni - a role played by Talat Hussain's youngest daughter Roohaina Hussain. It's Roohaina's debut as well. Nicknamed Chandni, her real name in the drama is Mashal, which of course the hero doesn't know until it is dawned on him in typical 'filmi' manner. Mashal alias Chandni is FM presenter, a psychologist, who conducts a radio show that provides solution to the problems of various listeners. That Rayaan has been an ardent listener of the show since long, it goes without saying. Even after arriving at Chandni's house, he never finds out that she's the same Radio girl.
And how did Rayaan come to her house? Because of 'Dada Abba'! Chandni's grandfather and archeologist, who needed someone to assist him in his on-going research but since he's a tough guy, a short-tempered old man, nobody stays with him long. Surely, an ideal situation for our hero to prove his worth. A role-played by Talat Hussain, Dada Abba personifies a sweet-at-heart but a tough skinned old man, who is not ready to give in to the unfavourable circumstances. He has lost his son, Chandni's father, while his grandson has ditched him for Green Card. Yet these personal losses never deter him and continue to fight back. Rayaan helps him in his crusade.
On the sidetracks is the story of Sharleen, Rayaan's sister. A dress designer, she encounters an angle-looking devil, son of a leading politician and a feudal lord, who traps her through his chivalry, charms, and lures her to wedlock. The poor Sharleen discovers later that the man - Kaiser Khan in this case - is already married, which leads to her separation from him. This sorry episode of life does not break her, however, and she decides to rise and restart her life again. Here comes a message in the serial that life continues no matter what comes in way.
An AVTEK production, the Islamabad-based production house, on the whole, 'Aik Nai Mor Pay' is a story of human determination. It's based upon the message of hope and the moral concepts of 'try, try again'. It acknowledges the common good as mankind's driving force and persuades the viewer to believe in it. Hence though a quite serious issue, Haseena manages to present it with a tinge of comedy, thus making it a swallowable pill. While already on air, the serial will be able to break the on-going trends of commercialism, one pitches every hope to it.