by : Altaf Hussain
have seen many dramas in the past that have revolved around religion,
and took a step in the right direction. In the recent times, we have
seen dramas like Khuda aur Muhabbat, and Main Abdul Qadir Hoon that
walked the same path, and now as the name suggests, Pul Sirat is one of
The drama tells of Halal, Haraam, Virtue, and Sin. It has a mammoth star cast that helps in attracting eyeballs.
Pul Sirat tells the story of different couples/families. There are too many parallel tracks.
: It is the story of Momina(Ayeza Khan) who is very religious, and from
a poor family.She ends up marrying Asad(Fahad Mustufa) who falls in
love with her. The story takes a turn when Momina realizes that her
husband is not what she thinks, and is actually an alcoholic who roams
around with girls. The story then focuses on the struggle and the
This one has the biggest names but is the biggest
failure. There is nothing to look forward to and nothing new just
: Another is the story of Momina's
sister(Marium) who is jealous of her sister, and sulks over how her life
has turned out. She gets married to a poor man and is unable to cope up
with it. The story focuses on the issues the couple has to face.This
one shows envy.
This is one track that just was not needed, and is total waste of precious screen time.
: It is the story of Sana Askari's character that hates everyone around
her. She gets dumped by her love and gets married to Aijaz Aslam but is
unable to bear it. The story focuses on how she deals with it , and how
her loyal husband tries his best in getting things right.
The story is quite interesting. The tension between the couple is beautifully shown.
: Now this is the most interesting one of them all. This is the story
of Momina's neighbours that are very poor. Rashida is a houseworker who
has two daughters, and a son Rashid. The mother differentiates between
the son and the daughter, and even goes on the wrong path to make her
son happy.The result is a son who does not respect anyone, and the
daughters that are sick of mother's partiality.
This track is full of twists and turns and every episodes brings you something new. The pace is also very fast.
: Surprised? Yes, there is another track. This is of Rashida's daughter
who gets married to a man who is not into religion, and how she battles
to bring him to the right path makes up the story.
Fortunately this is the last parallel track, and it doesn't work either. Alas, even we think the same. TOO MUCH.
like our writers have ran out of ideas, and out of novels/dramas to get
"inspired" from that now they have to add so many tracks to make a
serial an interesting one. On the other hand, it looks like the story is
more suitable for a soap, than a serial.
So what we think of it? Read on to find out!
Nadeem Siddiqui is the director here who does a decent job. This isn't
the break through but no complains on his part. The story might be weak
but the dialogues penned in by Qaisraa Hayaat are beautiful, and leave
an impact. The set does not offer anything. I think we are sick of
seeing those same houses in all of AB Productions (right?).
is first rate, and so is cinematography. OST isn't promoted well, and
rightly so. Mentionable background music is also missing. Kiddo to the
make up department.
Because we have so many tracks in this drama, we get to see many diverse characters too. Let us dissect the leading ones.
Mustufa) is someone who is living a dual life. He plays an alcoholic
who has to be the good guy when in front of his family. He is a confused
and helpless man. It's a beautifully written character.
Khan) is the perfect daughter, sister, wife, and bahu. The character is
nothing different from the usual lady we see in any Star Plus soap who
has to go through many battles to win things over.
Aijaz Aslam plays
the perfect husband here who is totally in love with his wife, and is
firm on the ground. The character is the kind you fall in love with.
Askari) is a psychotic character that goes through many phases. She is a
masochist, and hates everything around her. It is an exceptionally well
written character that has many layers to it.
The drama boast of some known, and upcoming names . Lets see how they fetch.
Mustufa plays the alcoholic part nicely, and looks his part. He is at
ease in all scenes be it the drunkard ones or the lovely husband. Ayeza
Khan has improved a lot. She still has to work on her diction and
expression as she looks lost sometime. One must also mention the
chemistry these two share. It works.
Sana Askari leaves an impression
in a role that any actor would love to do. It offers her to portray
many emotions. The actress is superb in the role. Yes, she does go over
board at times but still a commendable job. Aijaz Aslam is himself in
this role. He does his part sincerely.
Fatime Effendi does total
justice to her role. It looks like a tailor made role for her. Pari
Hashmi doesn't get much to do. Zarar Khan does well in his small role.
Azra Aftab is excellent playing the lovely mother. This is one of her
better roles in recent times.
Jahan Ara Hayee sounds like a koel, but
is restricted. She is seen living the same character in all her dramas
now. Shehryar Zaidi impressed. The guy playing Rashid leaves an
impact.Rest of the cast is good. Over All :
This is one drama that comes at the right time when there is dearth, and need
of such stories. Based on a novel this one does have a good heart but
too many tracks hamper it. The happenings would've been crisper with
It serves its purpose. Educates, and entertains- but could've been better.
Edited by Taify - 12 August 2011 at 3:44am