A review on Pakistani Classic Drama TV Series, Chand Girhan aka Lunar Eclipse (1991). It’s Production and Distribution is done by STN.
- Directed by Hyder Imam Rizvi and Tajidar Adil
- Written by Asghar Nadeem Syed
Chand Girhan aired on STN in 1991. In total it consists of 15 episodes. It depicts a true picture of feudalism which has strong roots in Pakistan. The drama shows how promises made and broken and everything is right in political dictionary.
The powerful script by Asghar Nadeem Syed along with the superb performances by the best team of actors ensures engrossing viewing experience for the masses.
It is rare to see TV shooting with actors in early 90’s happening inside the airport of Pakistan.
+ Main Cast
- Shafi Mohammad as Shah Sb
- Sohail Asghar as Jahanian Shah
- Faryal Gohar as Gul Bahar Begum
- Ayaz Naik as Nasir
- Huma Nawab as Sher Bano
- Gulab Chandio as Dil Bahar
- N/A as Shireen
+ Supportive Cast
- Qazi Wajid as Kamal Sb
- Abdullah Kadwani as Amjad
- Shakeel as Khawar Sb
- Sajida Syed as Ms. Khawar
- Sheema Kermani as Ameer-ul-Nisa
- Tahira Wasti as Khamnam
- Mehmood Akhtar as N/A
- Latif Kapadia as N/A
Gul Bahar Begum, who even after getting married to Shah Sb; is unable to achieve respect in the eyes of the society because of her bitter past. As for Nasir, he with the help of Shireen and his friend are tracking down the source of human trafficking through their journalism skills and newspaper factory that his father owns.
+ High Points
i – Shafi Mohammad performance was very strong as Shah sb, a respectable feudal lord. The late actor had able to make his appearance and character memorable due to his convincingly acting on-screen.
ii – Gulab Chandio, who played the character of Dil Bahar not only performed very well than expectations but also to be noted that his character was very interestingly written. I thoroughly enjoyed watching his performance.
iii – Here we have strong star power, such as Shafi Mohammad, Faryal Gohar, Huma Nawab, Sohail Asghar, Qazi Wajid, Shakeel, Mehmood Akhtar, Tahira Wasti and Sheema Kermani to attract the viewers’ attention to it.
iv – An important topic is discussed, showed regarding human trafficking and how our corrupt police try to tone its publicity down.
v – The story is good with interesting sub plots, especially of revolving around Dil Bahar.
+ Low Points
i – Sohail Asghar who played Jahanian Shah, his dialogues and performance were so-so. Although, his character is quite memorable.
ii – There were some illogical and unrealistic things that they had shown. Examples: Never they showed an actual factory or workers or editorial team of the newspaper factory but only Kamal Sb’s room who is the owner. Similarly, Shah sb is a well-known and respected feudal lord but still anyone can enter his home regardless of having several security guards at his residence.
iii – The chemistry between Nasir and Shar Bano was so dull to watch. Instead, really enjoyed watching Nasir and Shireen together; Nasir was not only colleague to her but she had secret admiration for him.
Chand Girhan may be most watchable TV drama of its time, but it was not as interesting as it should be with such a dynamite star cast and powerful story.
Rate: 2.75 out of 5 stars