Pakistani television is gradually adapting to newer genres, giving a rest to saas, bahu and sazish sagas, which is a welcoming change. We witnessed a man with a multiple personality disorder in Ishq Zahe Naseeb and the currently airing Yeh Dil Mera (mystery-thriller), in which both protagonists are dealing with ghosts of demons past. Upcoming drama serial Kashf appears to be another play with lead characters having psychological disorders; The story of Kashf apparently addresses a rare sleep disorder called nightmare disorder or dream anxiety disorder, but with a twist!
Featuring Hira Mani in the titular role of Kashf Binte Imtiaz Ahmed, four teasers of the drama have been released and it seems intriguing. Fresh off Meray Paas Tum Ho’s success, Hira always manages to pick interesting subjects. She has previously done a mystery-horror drama Bandish where her performance was much appreciated.
What’s new about Kashf is that while the night-terrors of those who suffer from this disorder often portray an individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, Kashf is a girl who is afraid to fall asleep as she frequently has nightmares, that eventually turn into reality. By the looks of it, Hira has portrayed Kashf’s helplessness and distress so convincingly that we can’t wait to see the mystery unfold.
While Kashf sees this ordeal as a curse, her father apparently thinks it is a blessing in disguise as we hear him say ‘tum bas apne ilm ki roshni ma khoob paisa kamao [you should earn a lot of money with this prophetic knowledge]’.
Junaid Khan is paired opposite Hira in this drama and though we see a lot of scenes in which Kashf is clad in a bridal dress or swirling around him, we are not yet sure how many of them are a dream sequence. Eventually, Kashf will turn into an aalima [fortune-teller or miracle worker of sorts) against her wishes.
Directed by Danish Nawaz, the drama also stars Waseem Abbas, Hajra Khan, Samina Ahmed, Saleem Miraj, Lubna Aslam and many others. It will be aired on Hum TV soon.