Khalil ur Rehman Qamar is known for his tropey tropes. The girl is beautiful. The guy is honest. But the girl is somehow evil and the guy is somehow the victim. We've seen it before. Remember the fabulous Punjab Nahi Jaungi? Humayun Saeed plays Fawad Khagga, a man who slaps his wife, but his wife forgives him coz aww Fawad Khagga has a good heart.
In the upcoming teasers of the big television serial Mere Paas Tum Ho is no different. Humayun plays yet another seedha saadha larka who is poor and oh-so-amazing. His wife, played by Ayeza Khan, is selfish and only loves money. Typical.
When will Pakistani television writers understand that this is a pretty flimsy premise to build your story on in this day and age? Khalil ur Rehman Qamar needs to step out of the era of bad 90s Lollywood films where these kind of storylines could be considered acceptable.
Modern day stories thrive on compatibility and giving women's characters depth and quality rather than the one-dimensional hap-hazard plotline of 'but she just wants your money'. I have a sinking feeling this will be Dil Mom Ka Diya with a bigger budget and a bigger star cast. Nadeem Baig is a fabulous director and has a great eye for cinematic vision. It's sad to see him wasting his talent on stories such as these which are so thoroughly misogynistic, archaic and unintelligent. I also have similar fears from Hamza Ali Abbasi and Sajal Ali’s upcoming drama Alif, which is written by Umera Ahmed.
It has been a while since we got to see good television. Aangan, starring Sajal Ali and Ahad Raza Mir, proved to be a big disappointment and Cheekh, starring Saba Qamar, just turned into one big sobfest. Perhaps Sanam Baloch and Ali Rehman Khan's Khaas and Osman Khalid Butt and Sohai Abro’s Surkh Chandni have some potential to be memorable. But big starrer dramas like Anaa and now Mere Paas Tum Ho are just proving that Pakistani tv shows are simply stuck in stagnation.