A review on Pakistani Classic Drama TV Series, Dhoop Kinare aka At the Edge of the Sunshine (1987). It’s Production and Distribution is done by PTV (Karachi).
- Directed & Produced by Sahira Kazmi
- Written & Created by Haseena Moin
- Songs by Nayyara Noor
Dhoop Kinare aired on PTV in 1987. In total it consists of 17 episodes. It centers on a team of doctors in a hospital in Karachi and revolves around their routines at the hospital and their private lives at home.
Three songs were written and sung by Nayyara Noor. This drama is considered as classic and one of the most popular Pakistani TV dramas. Due to its success, it gave prominent start for both the lead stars’ careers.
Some of the shooting locations of Karachi are of Marriot and PC Hotel. On 3rd Oct 2011, an Indian soap opera in Hindi was launched by Sony Entertainment Television India. It was titled as Kuch Toh Log Kahenge and is loosely based on Dhoop Kinare.
+ Main Cast
- Rahat Kazmi as Dr. Ahmer Ansari
- Marina Khan as Dr. Zoya Ali Khan
- Arshad Mehmood as Ahmer’s Foster Father
- Qazi Wajid as Zoya’s Father
- Sajid Hassan as Dr. Irfan
- Latif Kapadia as Dr. Ahmer’s Friend
+ Supportive Cast
- Azra Sherwani as Fazeelat Bibi
- Kehkishan Awan as Anji
- Hameed Wayne as Anji’s Father
- Ishrat Hashmi as Anji’s Mother
- Badar Khalil as Dr. Sheena Karamat
- Saeed Munawar as N/A
A foster father gives away all his wealth to his son, Dr. Ahmer Ansari before he expires. Everything but except of the house he lives in. Shocking for Dr. Ahmer, he finds that his late father has a granddaughter to whom he has gifted his home to in his will. Unknown to both of them, the granddaughter happens to be Dr. Zoya Ali Khan who works under Dr. Ahmer’s supervision and has mutual love interest.
+ High Points
i – Rahat Kazmi as Dr. Ahmer Ansari gave a very good performance as reserved, strict, but a nice person who always cherished his father to have himself the only loved one in his eyes until his will reveals something else. His hatred for that unknown granddaughter to whom his former house belongs to, where his childhood had spent on which is now been taken away as a gift by his late father was understandable well indeed. A veteran actor as respected Rahat Kazmi could have pulled it off easily and which he did. He gained a huge publicity and fast forwards his career towards bigger projects after this famous classic drama.
ii – Marina Khan as Dr. Zoya Ali Khan performance as a careless but a good-hearted character who wins her respect and love from her boss, Dr. Ahmer Ansari. Marina is naturally a very good actress, who has won people hearts in her time with more of classic dramas. Other Honorable Mentions: Azra Sherwani and Sajid Hassan.
iii – Although the drama becomes very serious afterwards but the essence of having light humor helped to gain more viewers as fan following.
iv – A convincing drama is shown with the help of good direction by Sahira Kazmi. She needed two most suitable and great performers for these two lead roles, which she did get. The hospital scenes plus those scenes where Dr. Ahmer and Dr. Zoya spend time in to understand each other were very nicely executed.
v – The screenplay was good in the sense of realism. The importance of no mistakes can be carried out in a hospital, as the patients’ lives are depended on you if they are in stable condition that is. That is what was shown to Dr. Zoya, made her realize where exactly she is working at and how serious this work is. Then the mature love interest and respect are shown growing for each other. This is the glimpse of magic by respected former writer, Mrs. Haseena Moin.
+ Low Points
i – Though drama is good and everything but honestly I didn’t enjoyed as much as I thought I would. Maybe perhaps I had heard too much buzz of this classic and had much higher expectations before watching it.
ii – Subplots were so-so really. It’s just the main plot the viewers would love to watch.
Haseena Moin’s Dhoop Kinare is a sympathetic, likable drama, with solid performances by the lead stars.
Rate: 3.0 out of 5 stars