A review on Pakistani Classic Drama TV Series, ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ (2012-13) aka Life is Blossomed Garden. The Production House is MD Productions while its Distributor is Hum TV.
- Directed by Sultana Siddiqqui
- Written by Umera Ahmed
- Opening & Ending Title Songs by Ali Zafaro & Hadiqa Kiani
- Produced by Momina Duraid
Zindagi Gulzar Hai was aired on Hum TV from 30th Nov 2012 – 24th May 2013. In total it consists of 26 episodes. It is based on the novel of the same name by Umera Ahmad.
The story revolves around two persons, opposite in thoughts and financial status. This serial has a strong female lead protagonist and was very popular among the female audience. Netflix recently launched Pakistani dramas and Zindagi Gulzar Hai was added to Netflix on December 15, 2015. Currently it holds 4-star rating.
This drama got 9 awards at the 2nd Hum Awards, 3 awards at the 4th Pakistan Media Awards and 2 awards at the 13th Lux Style Awards. The role of Sanam Saeed was appreciated by critics. As for Fawad Khan it was the third blockbuster drama for him after Dastaan and Humsafar.
+ Main Cast
- Sanam Saeed as Kashaf Murtaza
- Fawad Khan as Zaroon Junaid
- Mehreen Raheel as Asmara Tariq
- Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui as Osama
- Samina Peerzada as Rafiya Murtaza/ Kashaf’s mother
- Behroze Sabzwari as Abrar/ Teacher and Zaroon’s Uncle
- Mansha Pasha as Sidra Murtaza/ Kashaf’s elder sister
- Waseem Abbas as Murtaza/ Kashaf’s father
- Ayesha Omer as Sara Junaid/ Zaroon’s sister
+ Supportive Cast
- Hina Khawaja Bayat as Ghazala Junaid/ Zaroon’s & Sara’s mother
- Javed Shaikh as Junaid
- Sana Sarfaraz as Shehnila Murtaza/ Kashaf’s younger sister
- Maheen Rizvi as Maria Khan/ Kashaf’s University friend
- Shazia Afgan as Nigar Murtaza / 2nd wife of Murtaza
- Muhammad Asad as Hammad Murtaza / Step Brother of Kashaf
- Kanwar Nafees as Farhan Zaid
- Khalid Ahmed as Wahab / Murtaza’s elder brother
After the absence of father’s support and his love for son only, Kashaf and her other two sisters have made themselves into strong, healthy individuals; to live a much better life on their own. At such time, Zaroon and Kashaf have gain strong differences for each other after an infamous feud occurred in the university’s library.
+ High Points
i – The writing regarding actors’ characteristics and screenplay especially of the conversation between the lead stars is very beautifully written. I loved how an upper social class husband, easily adapts, adjusts him with lower middle class in-laws. His maturity makes him accept it all the simplicity way of living his in-laws have. On the other hand, Kashaf’s father realization of his 1st wife’s proper upbringing of daughters is shown and asks to do the same with her step-son as well. But all was too late now.
ii – I don’t remember watching this director’s any previous work. But here, Sultana Siddiqqui’s directorial skills have made a difference in our TV industry. This TV drama is surely to be remembered by many people for times to come.
iii – Another awesome TV drama and performance by handsome, young actor, Fawad Khan as Zaroon. It’s hard to imagine of having ‘Just Okay’ TV drama when he is on-board. The chemistry with Sanam and Mehreen was exciting and fun to watch.
iv – Sanam Saeed as Kashaf, shown as strong headed feminist who always felt the lack of her father’s support to her & her siblings which ultimately turned herself into a independent lady. Other Honorable Mentions: Mehreen Raheel, Behroze Sabzwari, Samina Peerzada and Waseem Abbas.
v – It was nice to see small issues that the married couples often make them and highlight them as huge problems, although already living a happy life.
vi – The humor level was light but at times very amusing.
vii – The performances by everyone is superb and well-casted to play their roles.
viii – Good work behind its production design, able to bring the realism of social classes differences and props.
+ Low Points
i – The drama kept mentioning of other two daughters of Kashaf’s father and of his 2nd wife that we were never able to see them on-screen. Why it was so? If they didn’t exist, it would not have made any difference to the story whatsoever.
ii – I believe that according to how his character was written, Javed Sheikh’s acting skills were wasted. Any other low profile actor could have done the same job with same result.
iii – His only choices were either Asmara who was his childhood friend and had a causal affair at the university; Or Kashaf, where Zaroon himself had some strong differences for each other. In actual world, you naturally have many other choices to wed off to.
Zindagi Gulzar Hai offers intelligent, powerfully acted angles on love, marriage, and long-term commitment.
Rate: 4.50 out of 5 stars