A review on classic Pakistani drama TV serial, Humsafar (2011 – 12) aka Soul Mate. Its Production House is MD Productions while its Distributor is HUM Entertainment.
- Directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat
- Written by Farhat Ishtiaq
- Cinematography by Shehzad Kashmiri
- Music (OST) by Waqar Ali
- Produced by Nina Kashif & Momina Duraid
Humsafar aired on Hum TV from 24th Sep 2011 – 3rd Mar 2012. It consists of total 23 episodes. It revolves around the trials and great suffering of a married couple.
This drama series gave a big boast-up to the lead stars’ careers, Fawad Afzal Khan and Mahira Khan. They are often remembered to their memorable roles in this drama TV series.
Humsafar is very popular among locals and foreign audiences.
+ Main Cast
1) Fawad Afzal Khan as Ashar Hussain
2) Mahira Khan as Khirad Ashar Hussain
3) Naveen Waqar as Sara Ajmal
4) Atiqa Odho as Fareeda Hussain
+ Supportive Cast
5) Noor Hassan Rizvi as Khizar
6) Hina Khawaja Bayat as Zarina Ajmal
7) Behroze Sabzwari as Baseerat Hussain
+ Minor Cast
8) Khalid Anam as Khirad’s father
9) Mansha Pasha as the wife of Ashar’s friend
10) Kanwar Arsalan as Raza, Ashar’s colleague
11) Kanwar Atiq ur Rehman as Umar, Ashar’s colleague
12) Sarmad Khoosat as Dr. Idrees, Khirad’s Professor
Khirad and her cousin, Ashar are forced to wed off together due to her mother’s last dying wish. Later, a sudden sad incident takes place where a number of misunderstandings are created to end their marriage.
+ High Points
i – A unforgettable performances given by the two lead actors i.e. Fawad Khan & Mahira Khan. They gave their hearts out, to completely go in-depth into their characters. Other Honorable Mentions: Behroze Sabzwari.
ii – I’m pleased to see that it is not an over-dramatic TV series, where we audience often made to watch in such stories.
iii – The cinematography is surprisingly, good and made the audience attention glued to the screens.
iv – The OST music composed by Waqar Ali combined with the opening theme song “Woh Humsafar Tha” by Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch is actually a very good song to listen to!
v – The emotional bonding between the lead couple is nicely placed. Good chemistry.
+ Low Points
i – The story clearly did not fascinate me. Yes, I liked the drama series but the story could have been more… creative. I am aware that this drama is based on the novel. But the only way, the story progresses is by creating more misunderstandings — I was seriously thinking, ‘When would these misunderstanding be over? And I mean it, in not a good way. The lead characters seemed too gullible to believe every word of it, without making sure of its authenticity.
The saga of this drama’s misunderstandings were finally cleared after 14 – 15 episodes! Such a drag, I would say! Seriously!
ii – I know that this is an old TV series but, I’m really grown tired to see Atiqa Odo continuously playing such roles on and on. I mean, come on! Really? You (Atiqa Odo) cannot play any new kind of role than this. It’s not the performance that I’m complaining of, but of her being a Type Casted actress.
Normally, such senior artists often become veteran actors and challenge themselves with new and different roles to do. What a disappointment!
Humsafar is primarily successful due to the lead stars’ memorable performances and great chemistry.
Rate: 3.25 out of 5 stars