What would Haseena Moin’s Tanhaiyan look like today?

The ladies in her dramas have been impartial characters that discovered their strengths and rose to take on their very own problems

Ever since playwright Haseena Moin’s unexpected death, I’ve been fascinated by the entirety that our country received in the course of the global that she created for us on tv. Her dramas taught us lifelong classes on empowerment, energy, freedom of selection, romance, relationships, friendships and above all fundamental human integrity.

My ideas in an instant went to Tanhaiyaan that aired on PTV again in 1986, the place Moin’s script used to be delivered to existence by means of overdue Shehzad Khalil. She had written dynamic, tough characters that in truth grew with the drama and had intensity.

The ladies in her dramas have been impartial characters that discovered their strengths and rose to take on their very own problems,  just like the meek and shy Zara (performed by means of Shehnaz Sheikh) who advanced unmarried minded decision to score her objectives after she is going bankrupt and loses are folks.

 Sanya (performed by means of Marina Khan), Zara’s sister used to be a tender, bubbly and assured woman who at all times spoke her thoughts and later additionally is helping save her sisters industry. Aani  (Badar Khalil) used to be their aunt, a unmarried lady in her 30s, residing financially impartial and on her personal phrases.  Even the ladies enjoying extra conventional roles like Sultana Zafar, who performed Zara and Sanya’s housewife mom, have been proven as supportive characters that weren’t subservient to somebody within the circle of relatives. There may be an excessively fascinating dynamic between the older participants of the solid, the place they have got a dating as smartly. Vida, performed by means of Yasmin Ismail, in truth leaves her fiancé when she realises he’s in love with anyone else or even the boys are delicate and relatable.

Seeing the type of dramas and characters created as of late, I shudder to suppose what Tanhaiyan would seem like if it used to be created in 2021. I’m positive Sanya can be proven as a scheming  sister who would handiest be after Zain (Asif Raza Mir) who used to be her sister’s love hobby, whilst Zara would most probably simply take a seat and cry after dropping her folks, looking forward to a knight in shining armour to avoid wasting her.  Aani’s personality would for sure be proven as one having free morals, particularly as a result of she lived by myself. Whilst Vida would don’t have anything higher to then focal point her power on Zain, as an alternative of realising the connection can be simply as poisonous for her if Zain didn’t love her.

Even the comedian reduction of the drama within the type of Barkat and Qabacha would encompass slapstick comedy tropes that may be tiresome to observe. The masala (spice) of the tale would come from an excessive combat between the characters of Zain and Salman and the entire thing can be smartly wrapped with a tragic OST peppered with solo photographs of actors reliving their saddest reminiscences.

 Actually maximum relationships can be poisonous and the characters can be out to get every different at each flip with none actual justification, which is the face of Pakistani dramas as of late. Black and white characters, with out a building and even sunglasses of persona; they’re both all just right or all dangerous.

It’s for this very reason why that Moin’s characters have been relatable. They gave the impression of residing respiring folks as their personality arcs weren’t handiest correctly outlined but in addition helped to push the narrative alongside. Tanhaiyan used to be a main instance of the way folks in actual existence even have flaws however but they are able to too be on a adventure of self-fulfilment. Her characters fought again, with out in reality laying a hand on any one and in spite of their boundaries as folks. Moin’s global used to be a lot more revolutionary than many dramas produced for TV as of late and the subjects she tackled integrated ladies empowerment, gender equality and the suitable to marry out of selection.  I, sadly, don’t see an iota of her ahead and impartial pondering that Moin confirmed within the 80s, as of late.

I, for one, will endlessly be indebted to Haseena Moin for serving to me, an 80s child, realise that I  too can also be sturdy and that I too have a voice in society, one thing we’re more and more now not serving to the children and particularly ladies, realise as of late.

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