It is interesting to note that Dr. Huma Mir has been doing a fairly good job in Subah Pakistan. In one of the recent episodes, I couldn’t help staying on the channel longer than I usually do. The reason being her three oldie goldie guests in that specific episode namely Zubaida Tariq aka Zubaida Aapa, the unbelievably transformed Zaheen Tahira (who was seen sporting a jet black silky eye-popping bob cut with bangs covering the forehead!) and Olympian hockey player Islahuddin Siddiqui, the former Pakistan captain.
While welcoming the guests in her typical effusive manner, Huma Mir beautifully put Zubaida Aapa on the hot seat inquiring if she used all the beauty brands that she endorsed – beauty soap, fairness cream, etc? On which Z Aapa instantly said, “I use only Zubaida Tariq soap.” ‘And what about the fairness cream?’ asked Huma mischievously. Does that really work, to which Aapa diplomatically said, ‘do good deeds and you’ll be gora inside out!’ Evasive, wouldn’t you agree, but how can she validate that claim as it’s just one of the many goray rang ki creams which are produced for the masses keeping in mind their hackneyed psyche to be gora at all costs! But then words are the hallmark of Zubaida Aapa’s family – Bajiya and Anwar Maqsood – and words are her strongest tool to convince the young and gullible!
Talking about the young and gullible, another self-proclaimed expert was recently seen busily concocting an unbelievable beauty cream. We’re talking about Dr. Khurram Mushir, who in a recent episode of a game show with Sanam Jung, shared the secret recipe of a beauty cream that he said was sure to make your skin glow. The concoction was quite simple really – mango, mango peels, a huge chunk of butter, lots of multani mitti, some allopathic cream and aloe vera gel. Stuff all of the above in a blender and now give it a good whizz. But wait! What’s that, the doctor’s ingredients refused to budge since they’ve all clotted together and try as he might, the blender refused to blend the sludge. What does he do now on a live show? Why, of course add some (read a small bowl full) of water, piped in by one of his female accomplices. And voila! The blender starts spinning and before you know it the doctor’s beauty potion is ready to be used by the young and ignorant. Seriously, are you really going to torture your skin? Just a word of advice to young aspirants wanting to be beautiful… Beautiful is a relative statement. What may be beautiful to one may not be to another. Always remember to do good to others, do not harbour negative feelings or thoughts for others, stay happy and keep those around you happy and you’ll be beautiful inside out. Of course fresh fruits, vegetables, a healthy diet and exercise helps immensely and that’s our secret recipe for a beautiful you! After all, you are what you eat.
Moving on from the morning shows (can’t live with them, can’t live without!) let’s check out some latest drama serials. Drama serial Mol has started out on a promising note. We are introduced to Sheharyar (Faisal Qureshi) who is a successful bureaucrat who lives life on his own terms. He is detached from his family because he was sent to a boarding school early on in life. And today he is used to making his own decisions. He does not like decisions being imposed on him. Not even if they are of his parents. His parents, played by legendary actors Nadeem Baig and Ismat Zaidi are keen to get him married to his much younger cousin Sajjal (Iqra Aziz) an idea that is distasteful to Sheharyar. He does not believe in bachpan kay rishtay and is in no mood to carry out his parents’ wish. When things start getting tense he gets himself transferred to Sukkur where he comes across Eman (Naveen Waqar), a headstrong teacher. Intrigued by her strength of character and personality, Sheharyar finds himself drawn towards her. While Eman is a dreamer, Sheharyar is a very practical person.
Opposite in their approach towards life yet attracted to one another, the next few episodes will unravel whether Sheharyar ends up tying the knot with Eman or not.
Mol has been directed by Ilyaas Kashmiri while the script has been written by Amna Mufti. The cast of Mol includes Faisal Qureshi, Nadeem Baig, Naveen Waqar, Iqra, Ismat Zaidi, Munnawar Saeed, Seema Sehar, Adnan Jaffer and ZQ.
Talking about his character in Mol, Faisal shared, “Mol is an inspiring story about family and love. It suggests that true love is not just the fairytale way in which it is mostly portrayed in novels and movies. My character Sheharyar is somebody who I can relate to on many levels. He might not be very expressive, but he is fiercely loyal towards his loved ones. It is a very unique character and of course the total opposite of how the audience is currently seeing me in Rang Laaga. I look forward to the next few weeks as the interesting story of Mol unfolds. I feel the show is on its way to set new benchmarks,” stated Faisal.
Talking about setting new benchmarks, I couldn’t help, but notice our cricket authorities’ successful effort to bring back international matches to Pakistan. The home series against Zimbabwe recently hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was a made for TV event. After all, it was Pakistan’s first series on home soil against a Test-playing nation in more than six years. It was in March 2009 when Sri Lanka toured Pakistan but that series had to be aborted when armed terrorists ambushed the visitors on a major Lahore thoroughfare. The attack left eight people, mostly policemen, dead and several Sri Lankan players and officials injured. The tragic incident forced foreign teams to stay away from Pakistan and it was finally Zimbabwe who agreed to visit our country and break the ice. It was a major event for our news channels, who provided extensive coverage of the tour starting from Zimbabwe’s arrival to their departure after a brief series that included five matches, two Twenty20 Internationals and three One-day Internationals. Pakistan won the first four while the final game of the series was abandoned because of bad weather. Even though Zimbabwe is regarded among the minnows of international cricket, the series was a memorable one for Pakistani fans who are hoping that it will pave the path for bigger and better home games against higher-ranked teams like Sri Lanka, India and even sides like Australia who stayed away from Pakistan even before the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. One hopes that the extensive TV coverage of the Zimbabwe series has managed to send enough positive signals to the rest of the cricketing world that Pakistan is now safe to host international matches. If it has, then I must say that our country will soon regain its status as a sporting hub.