These days there are so many platforms on internet that offer so much content to watch online that one can easily get confused and spend most of their energy searching for the right content to put their time on. So here I am, giving my suggestion on a show that you can watch and which will definitely leave an impact on your life.
Zindagi Gulzar Hai, is a pakistani drama which you can watch online on Netflix. There are 26 episodes in total, each of about 40 mins. (I think the show is also up on YouTube but I am not very sure if all the episodes are present or not.) I watched the show for the first time when I was in 11th or 12th standard, on TV when it was aired on Zindagi channel. However I watched it again recently on Netflix when I suggested my friend to watch it and to convince him to watch it, I had to watch along.
The question which pops to the mind is, out of so much content available, “drama”, “serial”, seriously? Well, I like the show for so many reasons and would love to share my take on it with my readers.
The biggest thing which sets apart this show from most of the shows aired on the Indian television is that it has a finite number of episodes. The show starts with a point, conveys what it wants to and ends meaningfully. Not even a single second while watching the show you feel that it has been extended senselessly. Yes, I would like to admit that you may find the show a little slow but that isn’t much of a problem when you are fully engrossed in it.
The drama revolves around the two main characters, Kashaf Murtaza (played by Sanam Saeed) and Zaroon Junaid (played by Fawad Khan) shown below.
The two main leads, Kashaf and Zaroon are shown poles apart, Kashaf belonging to a lower middle class family while Zaroon belonging to a rich one. The serial continues by showing the lives of both in parallel. Both of them are seen journaling; Kashaf in her diary always complaining god for making her life full of struggles while Zaroon on his laptop with the thoughts that go on in his mind.
On one side is Kashaf, whose mother has been left on her own with her three daughters as her husband decides to get remarried because she could not give him a son. Kashaf’s mother is a school principal having strong morals of working with honesty and diligence. The four ladies in the house work hard, support each other to make both the ends meet.
On the other hand is Zaroon’s life full of comfort and luxuries. However there is only one thing that Zaroon misses in his life; his mother’s due attention in bringing her children up hence failing to maintain a proper balance between her work and family.
The two meet in University and do not get along well. Kashaf’s father is shown to be always criticizing her wife for wasting time and money on her daughters education instead of being inclined on getting them married.
Fate takes a turn when after facing so many hardships in life, Kashaf becomes an administrative officer. A change of attitude is seen in Kashaf’s father when he witnesses his daughters turning out to be capable enough to stand on their feet and he himself covering his son’s failures.
Kashaf and Zaroon’s paths eventually cross again. Zaroon is inclined to get married to a woman who does not misuse her freedom in the name of equality, who manages both her family and work and doesn’t end up giving less importance to any of the two. Having this conversation with his friend, he realizes it is a girl like Kashaf he wants to get married to.
Zaroon eventually convinces Kashaf and then both their families and the two finally get married. There is love, there are fights and there are adjustments and compromises from both ends.
The serial ends on a happy note where Kashaf is seen thanking god for blessing her with a good life and for Zaroon, who turns out to be a good husband and father, overcoming her fear and proving that all men are not like her father, brushing off and running away from their responsibilities.
Concludingly, I am sure there will be so many more things you observe and realise if you yourself see the show and there will be multiple instances where you find the story’s characters or scenes relatable to your own life. Also there are other characters and their stories which make the show even more worth watching.
I am thrilled to share this fact that this show is included as a part of the course studies in some universities and is used to highlight the social and gender issues faced by people all across the globe.
Well, as the title track goes :
“Zindagi gulzar hai
ye ishq ka darbar hai
yahan ghamo ko paalna bekar hai”
(Life is beautiful, it is full of love, it is useless to raise sorrows here)
Let me know in the comments section if you have already watched the show and how you found it. Also let me know any other show or movie that changed your perception towards life.