What to say?
It may seem I am running behind time to write about the show. But it’s a long overdue appreciation and sincere acknowledgement for the show. I don’t know whether my words will be able to justify the praise it deserves.
When the show was about to get aired on channel Zindagi in India, I always used to avoid the pesky survey phone calls from Zindagi Telemarketers being reluctant to watch Pakistani Drama. But, the title of the show ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ conveying life is a bed of roses and the title song by Ali Zafar, strongly elucidating the caption, incited me to look forward to it. The show is based on the first novel written by Umera Ahmad,a prolific writer, produced by Momina Duraid and directed by Sultana Siddiqui. As I saw in an interview, Sultana Siddiqui left directing long back and this show was her comeback as a director after 11 years. Hat’s off to the lady, how she maintained to start off the show with a bang and kept it going that way.
The USP of the show was its closeness to reality; nothing seemed to be hyped to me. It was a picture perfect show spiced up with the Fawad Khan’s and Sanam Saeed’s charisma. While watching it, it feels like it is a story of some close acquaintance living next door.
The dialogues though seem to be a part of day-to-day conversation; still efficiently communicate the depth of the emotion and personality carried by the speaker. Each dialogue; be its inner or outer, expressing humor, affection, respect, infatuation, rage, grief, guilt and so forth rang true without abandoning the traditional boundaries of decorum. Adding the zest to the impeccably placed dialogues, show successfully depicted the entire range of human emotions. The ambience depicted at the two respective homes, the university and the aisles were coherent and convincing enough to be real. Kudos to the crisp cinematography, screenplay, crew members and make-up artists, for categorically capturing each emotion in such a prudent manner. Citing the background score, an authentic and subdued music used just when needful.
Songs– I become completely inarticulate when I listen to them: music, lyrics and vocals thrivingly communicate the feelings and wisdom of singer to the listeners soul. Great respect to lyricist Naseer Turabi, music composer Shani Haider and singers Ali Zafar and Hadiqa Kiani for creating title tracks: ‘Zindagi Gulzar hai’ and ‘Zindagi Khak na thi’ – simply beautiful, enthralling, heart touching, and taking us to other world. Over and above, for blowing the listener’s mind about the aspect of life in life. Also, credits for acquainting us with the beautiful track ‘Tum kehti ho’ by Junaid Jamshed: applauds for him for creating such a prepossing song.
When the show ended I got overwhelmed by grief as I craved to watch more and more of the show; yet also with gratitude as how positively it touched my life and thoughts. To quench my thirst for it, I watch it time and again. If you have not followed the show or perceived it as a typical show, I would like to request you to prioritize it in your to be watched list. For me, it’s the best drama seen till date.
I am feeling short of words to justify the appreciation that the cast, storyline and direction of the drama deserves, will express it soon.