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28 Jan

Zindagi Gulzar Hai 9

Last week passed with one question on the mind. Would Zaroon slap Kashaf? I haven’t read the book but those who have (and have been talking about it incessantly) shared that Zaroon does slap Kashaf in Umera Ahmad’s original story. When Kashaf overhears him criticizing and mocking her “middle class mentality” in the college library she confronts him and tears up his notes in fury. She hurls accusations right back at him, calling him a myopic low life who cannot respect others because he has no respect of his own. This is when he slaps her. Or at least in the book he does. We aren’t living in the Medieval times and physically assaulting a lady isn’t something any hero, no matter...
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20 Jan

Zindagi Gulzar Hai: Episode 8

It takes an intelligent balance of story-telling, dialogue and characterization to ensure an effective play and that’s precisely what Zindagi Gulzar Hai is achieving more and more of as it gains momentum. There are enough sob-stories going around; stories that play up oppression and depression but here we have one that is pleasant despite being just as real as the tragedies we are fed on a regular basis. This is a love story between two hot-headed, intensely proud and intelligent people and the way Sultana Siddiqui is spinning it (with fabulous casting), every episode is turning more and more addictive. Will Zaroon slap Kashaf in the next episode? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Till then, the plot of their...
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8 Dec

Zindagi Gulzar Hai: episode 2

Can Fawad and Sanam replace the Fawad and Mahira magic? The pace of the story picks up with a ‘cute meet’ between Zaroon and Kashaf. He actually nudges her aside when they’re all swarmed around the notice board to see the list of selected students and he makes fun of her name when she’s standing right behind him. Knowing that he will get besotted and that they will fall in love (wishful thinking?) it’ll be interesting to see how this romance unravels. Not that it’ll be simple for Kashaf to fall in love and follow her heart. It’s bad enough – as we are shown in this episode – that she’s been admitted to a co-ed MBA program....
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1 Dec

Zindagi Gulzar Hai: Episode 1

Positioned as the next Humsafar, Hum TV’s latest drama serial - Zindagi Gulzar Hai - premiered to a fairly strong start tonight. ‘Will it be the next Humsafar?’ was the question on everyone’s mind and it was inevitable to not draw comparisons between the stories and the characters of both serials. Though some basic elements may have appeared similar on the surface, there were enough hints that they would surely diverge as the story evolved. Irrespectively, ZGH has the makings of a riveting show. Can Zindagi Gulzar Hai be the next Humsafar? As an adaptation of Umera Ahmed’s popular novel of the same title, Zindagi Gulzar Hai (just like Humsafar) has a fairy tale factor to it. Kashaf...
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