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Mr. Khan’s Review on Gul-e-Rana (2015 – 16)

A review on Pakistani Drama TV serial, Gul-e-Rana (2015 – 16). Its Production Houses are Six Sigma Plus Productions and MD Productions while its Distributor is Hum Entertainment.



+ Crew

  • Directed by Farooq Rind
  • Written by Samra Bukhari
  • Created & Produced by Shehzad Naseeb, Humayun Saeed & Momina Duraid




+ Note

Gul-e-Rana aired on Hum TV from 07th Nov 2015 – 02nd Apr 2016. It consists of total 21 episodes. It is a story of emotions, trust, relations, sympathy and forgiveness.

This TV drama series is based on a novel titled, Hasti Ke Ahang.

In the last episode, people tweeted about ‘Gul-e-Rana’ so much, that it ranked on #1 spot within an hour. This TV series is known as one of the best dramas of Hum TV.



+ Main Cast

1) Sajal Ali as Gul-e-Rana

2) Feroze Khan as Adeel

3) Mehmood Akhtar as Kamal Ahmed

4) Sundas Tariq as Maria






+ Supportive Cast

5) Samina Ahmad as Jazba Aapi

6) Saleem Mairaj as Zaffri

7) Imran Ashraf as Ashar

8) Behroze Sabzwari as Abdul Aziz




+ Plot

A young girl, Gul-e-Rana is struck with a bad luck to lose her loving father too soon. She is left with her mom and younger sister who start living at her Kamal uncle’s home. There she meets his wealth inherited son, Adeel.

Unlike his father Adeel’s views on women, how to treat them goes against every belief and equality for women rights Gul-e-Rana trust in. Once Adeel enters her life, all her dreams and goals now seem to be shattered for eternity.




+ High Points

i – I would rate Feroze Khan’s performance higher than Sajal primarily because he took a very risky role of antagonist. The lead actors who often do protagonist roles, they usually reject those roles where they have to appear as villains. You see, if the role is too dark, the viewers would have very difficult time to like the actor who is performing it but also that afterwards, that actor might lose the image of being ‘Hero’ for the viewers and may start getting ‘Villain’ roles instead.

One should have guts to accept a role like that and performed magnificently. Over here, Feroze Khan proved it.

ii – The exceptional performances given by the two main lead actors i.e. Feroze Khan & Sajal Ali, they have performed to the core of their characters. Other Honorable Mentions: Saleem Mairaj, Sundas Tariq and Mehmood Akhtar.

iii – I was very pleased to know that Saleem Mairaj was part of the supportive cast. He is a wonderful actor and should be given much meatier roles of TV & films.

iv – The supportive role of Imran Ashraf was mild, not too over dramatic.

v – The story one of the main themes was the cruelty on women. It was really hard to watch. But this choice stands out due to daring move by the team of this drama series.

vi – The locations were chosen to shoot are very beautiful scenic especially of Muree.

vii – The theme music composed by Waqar Ali while all the lyrics written by Sabir Zafar and the opening theme song “Man Maane Na” is nicely composed.




+ Low Points

i – The silent behavior of Gul-e-Rana was totally unacceptable the cruelty against her by Adeel. She could have done so many things including at least had complained to her mom or his dad who is very caring person to her. She does not say a single word on many occasions. Though she does give a very lame reason in the end but it does not carry any weight.

I would like to tell you the real reason why she did not complain to anyone of it. It is because if she did, this drama series would have ended so soon. It would not even reach to its 10th episode even. Now the producers cannot have that, can they?

ii – The supportive story of Ashar and his family is dull and boring. However, in the much later episodes due to some reason, his father becomes nice to him. From that moment on wards it does become interesting. However, it’s too late as the drama series is about to be over soon.

iii – I have noted that in last three drama series of Hum TV (Mann Mayal, Humsafar and Gul-e-Rana) there is always the inclusion of Karachi and Hyderabad. The people of Hyderabad are shown common, middle class and loving people whereas the people of Karachi (majority of them) are rich, higher status, mean and selfish.

iv – In all these three dramas that I mentioned above including of ARY recent drama ‘Beshahram’ and A Plus drama ‘Takkabur’, they all have one thing in common. The marriage is done forcefully. Um, don’t we have happy arranged or love marriages anymore?




+ Overall

Honestly, I am not fond of Gul-e-Rana’s finale. Yet, it is safe to admit that I am pleased that they avoided a cliché ending. Both the lead stars are really good actors who gave a mind-blowing chemistry to watch.




Rate: 3.0 out of 5 stars

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