A review on Pakistani TV Drama Series, ‘Durr-e-Shehwar’ (2012). Its Production is Six Sigma Entertainment and Distribution is done by Hum TV.

 

 

+ Crew

  1. Directed by Haissam Hussain
  2. Written by Umera Ahmed
  3. Produced by Momina Duraid

 

 

+ Note

Durr-e-Shehwar aired on Hum TV from 10th Mar 2012 – 16th Jun 2012. In total it consists of 15 episodes. The location for the shoot was Karachi; Pakistan.

This drama has also been broadcast in India by Zindagi under the title Dhoop Chhaon, premiering on 21st October 2014.

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Sanam Baloch as Durr-e-Shehwar (young)
  2. Samina Peerzada as Durr-e-Shehwar (old)
  3. Mikaal Zulfiqar as Mansoor (young)
  4. Qavi Khan as Mansoor (old)
  5. Nadia Jamil as Shandana
  6. Noman Ejaz as Haider
  7. Sophia Syed as Sophia

 

 

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Umer Naru as Saud (Mansoor’s brother)
  2. Muhammad Ahmed as Sami (Durr-e-Shehwar’s father)
  3. Saba Faisal as Safia (Mansoor’s mother)
  4. Kiran Haq as Fazeelat (Mansoor’s sister)
  5. Maya Ali as Mahnoor Sami (Durr-e-Shehwar’s sister)
  6. Shazde Sheikh as Hafsa (Mansoor’s sister)
  7. Sonia Khan as N/A

 

 

 

+ Plot

Durr-e-Shehwar’s daughter, Shandana and her husband, Mansoor’s nephew, Haider have been married to each other for the last eight years. But recently there has been a breach in their relationship due to which Shandana decides to spend some time at her maternal home in Murree along with her young daughter, Sophia.

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Mikaal Zulfiqar as Mansoor (young) gave a very convincing performance on-screen. A strong headed, quick tempered yet loves his wife dearly was the perfect combination that Mikaal had able to portray as.

ii – Sanam Baloch as Durr-e-Shehwar (young) has impress the viewers with her loveable character belonging to upper social class. Other Honorable Mentions: Qavi Khan, Nauman Ejaz and Nadia Jamil.

iii – Solid performances by almost everyone from the cast.

iv – I am very pleased to see the total number of episodes were only 15.

v – The main plot is interesting to watch, where the past story of how Durr-e-Shehwar had able to tackle in facing and adjusting herself into a middle-class, in-laws with a very a shrewd mother-in-law to deal with.

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – We as viewers have already watched many TV dramas where the daughter-in-law has to face and has to deal with a cunning, mother-in-law and be acceptable within the same family.

ii – The story is shown from the wife’s POV; thus, it was hard to watch this TV series with that much of interest.

iii – There are hardly any subplots other than the one of Durr-e-Shehwar’s daughter’s marriage is on the brinks and a neighbor whose husband is abusive. But that too is shown very briefly.

iv – The drama is quite slow and would take a lot of time to gain interest. By the time I did, this TV series was already over.

v – I am not a fan of Samina Peerzada’s type of roles and her performances. The real issue here is that she usually takes a typical, type cast roles on and on, where she has to cry all the time. Why can’t she just play a comic or fun filled roles for?

 

 

 

 

+ Overall
Durr-e-Shehwar may have captured the complexity of real-life social issues, but its unconditional typical story of ‘Saas-Bahu’ conflicts, slow paced drama with very limited episodes has failed to impress the viewers.

 

 

 

Rate: 2.50 out of 5 stars