A review on Pakistani TV Drama Series, Noor-e-Zindagi (2017) aka as Spiritual Life. Its Distributor is Geo Entertainment.

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Siraj ul Haq
  • Written by Sarwat Nazir
  • Created & Produced by Abdullah Kadwani & Asad Qureshi

 

 

+ Note
Noor-e-Zindagi was aired on Geo Entertainment from 15th Jul 2016 – 27th Jan 2017. In total it consists of 29 episodes.

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Ayesha Khan as Noor Jahan
  2. Syed Jibran as Saleem
  3. Anam Tanveer as Gulshan Ara
  4. Noman Habib as Waseem / Saleem’s Brother
  5. Sajida Syed as Saleem’s Mother
  6. Saleem Mairaj as Saleem’s Friend #1
  7. Adnan Shah Tipu as Adnan / Saleem’s Friend #2
  8. Faria Sheikh as Zebo / Noor’s Sister

 

 

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Yousuf Shakeel Kamal as Noor’s Father
  2. Hira Pervaiz as Mehrunisa / Noor’s Sister-in-Law
  3. Ismat Iqbal as Gulshan’s Mother
  4. Somi Dawood as Mano / Saleem’s Sister (Younger)
  5. N/A as Mehrunisa’s Sister-in-Law
  6. Humaira Bano as Mehrunisa’s Mother-in-Law
  7. Hanif Bachan as Mehrunisa’s Father-in-Law
  8. Shameen Khan as Saleem’s Daughter

 

 

 

+ Plot

Just like his late father, Saleem is also short tempered and a school drop-out. Instead he managed to take care of his family business in the absence of his father and bread earner. His beloved mother desperately looks for a humble, well mannered, loving wife for him who is also a very literate. To their fortunate fate, they are blessed with Noor Jahan.

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Syed Jibran gave a remarkable performance as loud mouth, short temper son / husband / brother Saleem. Throughout the drama series, you would see how he realizes his mistake after taking out his anger and frustrations at his loved ones due suspicion and excessive thinking. Though lot of shouting makes the viewer’s uncomfortable to watch but in this case, it was most of the times hilarious to see his stupendous acting. Saleem probably is the most memorable character of this TV drama series.

ii – Ayesha Khan as Noor Jahan in wife role has executed it very nicely indeed. Noor Jahan is a character written as an ideal wife / daughter-in-law / sister-in-law to the in-laws family. The personality shown of Noor is beautiful, faithful, and full of light for anyone’s life as the title of this drama series indicates Noor-e-Zindagi … Spiritual Life. Ayesha Khan played her character of maturity and patience.

iii – Saleem Mairaj gave out his best as one of Saleem’s goof friends who quickly grabs enmity towards Noor (Saleem’s wife) due to her being highly literate, clever woman who can / able to control Saleem and make him avoid committing mistakes or even being a threat to Saleem’s friends easy going life. Other Honorable Mentions: Sajida Syed, Yousuf Shakeel, Noman Habib and Adnan Shah Tipu.

iv – The story is quite fascinating and how the characters are portrayed. It is something new and different to watch.

v – The character of Anam Tanveer as Gulshan Ara is very well written. Anam plays an attractive femme fatale who is a gold digger just like her mother, played by Ismat Iqbal.

vi – The direction is worthy indeed throughout this wonderful TV drama series while the viewers would notice that almost every cast member able to give out their best performance on-screen. It is mainly due to director’s call. A good director is responsible to get decent performances from his entire cast.

vii – It is rare to watch a TV drama with interest where a lot of shouting is going on, especially one of the lead performers. I myself try to avoid such dramas with lot of shouting, hue and cry but this one is exceptional.

 

 

+ Low Points

i – Noman Habib’s character as Waseem reminded me of the usual younger brother role played by Harish Kumar in Bollywood films of former super star Govinda. — Jokes apart aside, the suspicion of illicit affair between him and Noor by his elder brother Saleem and to confront it that is in able to realize Saleem that they have only sibling type relationship only was really embarrassing and shameful to say it loud to his own brother. In real, a brother would actually feel a disgrace to make his brother realize that what he is thinking is disgraceful, low level thinking.

A similar situation happens in fame Hollywood film ‘Raging Bull’ where exact same thing happens where they both refuse to reply it as it’s really shameful to answer such a question to his own brother. I believe the writer & director of the Hollywood film pulled it off properly, in most realistic manner.

ii – The 29th episode (finale) was useless and unnecessarily shown. Yes, I do understand and know well to why the writer chose to show this extra episode although knowingly that the true ending did came in 28th episode. But one should understand that you cannot do JUSTICE with just ONE EPISODE regarding Saleem’s offspring genetic temper flaw while Saleem still battling his own demons with a surprising twist in the end.

 

 

+ Overall
Noor-e-Zindagi brings out enough mileage off its hilarious yet emotional sequences with a team work stars’ performances which make this TV drama series an unforgettable one from a respected director.

 

 

Rate: 4.0 out of 5 stars