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17 Feb

How will KHAN change Pakistani dramas?

With the ever-growing popularity of Pakistani dramas helping rake TRPs for channels, the demand for new narratives and equally hard-hitting subjects (read: agendas) is increasing. However, how many times do we truly end up seeing something fresh? Well, if the upcoming GEO drama KHAN is to be believed, very soon.

Although initial conjecture around the name suggested a story that may be eponymous to a certain ‘Khan’ famous in Pakistani politics, the makers of the drama suggest anything but. Talking exclusively to Something Haute, the director of the show, Ali Faizan reveals what one can expect from the show and what it really is about.

“KHAN has no political background, per se. It is a ‘male-oriented’ drama, about the eponymous character who doesn’t look at the rights and wrongs of things, but rather works as a vigilante in his own sense and belief,” the director revealed.

Starring Noman Ijaz in the lead along with other major names such as Aijazz Aslam, Saba Hameed, Atiqa Odho, and Shaista Lodhi, in key roles, the seemingly dark drama focuses on narrating the lust for power. However, what’s more interesting is its outlook on moral values.

“Khan knows that in life, power speaks volumes. For him, moral values change accordingly and he fights back with those who trap him. He does what he does for power, but there is a downfall to his success too. However, one thing that’s important to note is the fact that he does what he does, for those who he loves,” Faizan added.

Already being considered by many as a respite from the stagnant storytelling of Pakistani dramas, KHAN may also serve as an impetus towards bringing the once popular genre of political drama back into Pakistani television. However, the magnitude of its success is still something one can’t vouch for, but given that shows like Mera Sayeen in the past have turned into major successes, this can become a show the audience might be glued to very soon.

Expected to air on GEO TV from 19th February, the makers of the show suggest that only the unpredictable should be anticipated from KHAN. Is he quickly going to become a vigilante people find relevant in a dystopian society? Perhaps.

“We’ve tried bringing in something new into the field and our expectations are high. We hope people from all shades of life would be able to relate to it,” the director added on a parting note.

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Shahjehan Saleem

The author is Contributing Editor at Something Haute as well as a professor in the Media Sciences department at SZABIST, Karachi. Socio-cultural theories and geography fill up the rest of his time.