A review on Pakistani classic Drama TV Series, ‘Sitara Aur Mehrunissa’ (1992). Its Production and Distribution is done by NTM. Its Co-Producers are Rana Ghani and Anwer Khan whereas the Set Design is done by Zehra Jabeen.
- Directed by Zark
- Written by Anwar Maqsood
- Lighting by Affan Akther
- Costumes Designer by Tee Jays
- Produced by Zaheer Khan
Sitara Aur Mehrunissa aired on NTM in 1992. In total it consists of 11 episodes. The location for the shoot was Gulshan e Maymar, Karachi. The team behind its OST, song and lyrics are Javed Allahditta, Wahab Khan, Zohra Nigah and Nayyara Noor.
One of the lead characters has to go through a mental turmoil whereas other one has to suffer at the hands of her spouse. Sitara Aur Mehrunissa is Atiqa Odho’s debut TV drama series.
This drama serial was very popular at its original run and was screened during prime time television.
+ Main Cast
- Atiqa Odho as Sitara
- Sania Saeed as Mehrunissa
- Sajid Hassan as Ramis Hussain
- Anwar Maqsood as Sitara’s Father
+ Supportive Cast
- Azra Sherwani as Roshan Ara Begum
- Akbar Subhani as Irfan
- Latif Kapadia as Shakiluddin
- Nasreen Shagufta as Bahen (Maid)
Sitara & Mehrunnisa (cousins) go along friendly but orphan Mehrunnisa has often faced hardships and taunting remarks by her aunt, Sitara’s mother. Ramis, a young apprentice of their father is interested in Mehrunissa whereas Sitara is left heartbroken. After these two girls’ marriages, both of them have to face some severe problems which change their lives forever.
+ High Points
i – The entire cast gave a very satisfying performance on their behalf.
ii – We have a number of strong ‘Star Power’ such as Atiqa Odho, Sania Saeed, Sajid Hassan including Anwar Maqsood as well.
iii – There was mild humor to lighten up the mood of the viewers.
iv – I am pleased to see the total number of episodes is only 11 to watch.
+ Low Points
i – The story & the plot are … such a bore! It’s possible that perhaps at the time of its release, the story might be new and an inspiration to young adult females on how to handle such issues but now we have already watched many TV dramas similar to it.
ii – The characters are written just to fulfill the temperament of their respected roles but not to remember them by.
iii – There were times where this drama was so dull that I seriously considered of stop watching it (but had to for review purpose).
iv – After loss of the father, the mother is nowhere to be found or assumed dead as she never appears in further episodes. No explanation is given.
v – It was expected by its slow tone that the ending would be at best, average. But by the time finale came, I was least bothered.
Although Sitara Aur Mehrunissa has a strong cast and considered a classic drama but it is in best interest for the viewers to be left forgotten.
Rate: 1.50 out of 5 stars