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On March 14, Wednesday, the Herald has invited Sarmad Sultan Khoosat and Momina Duraid, respectively the director and the producer of the chart-busting television serial Humsafar, to conduct a live blog session about the serial and the frenzied impact it has had on the television audiences across Pakistan. The serial, adapted from a novel penned by Farhat Ishtiaq, is about the coming together of a American-educated prosperous man named Ashar and a Hyderabad-math graduate girl named Khirad belonging to a lower-middle class family. While everyone knows what there is to know about Humsafar, the Herald invites its readers to ask probing questions on why they chose the themes they chose and the characters they created to carry those themes through.

March 14, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm (PST)

Sarmad Sultan Khoosat is a script-writer, director and actor who became popular in the 1990s with the creation of his PTV show, Shashlick. But it was Humsafar that took his success to greater heights. The show was an overnight success and Sarmad’s direction had a huge part to play in it.


March 14, 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm (PST)

Momina Duraid is a producer, script-writer, director and lyricist, along with all this she is also the CEO of Moomal Productions. She is behind many successful dramas such as Dastaan, Ishq Junoon Deewangi for Hum Tv and has thus contributed vastly to the Pakistani media industry in the last six years; her latest success is the drama serial Humsafar.


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Sumera Mar 13, 2012 11:00pm
Congratulations on the success of thie show! It was a brilliant show and brought to light a lot of mishaps that are happeneing in teh community when arranged relationships are in question. My question/comment is on the suicide act that Sarah commits. Althought it is dramatic but I think this should not have been done this way. It shows and gives a message to all those femaled who dont get to marry their loved one that the only option they have is to commit suicide. I think there is a very negative message here for females. There are a lot of alternatives and a lot of options avaiable that could have been show rather than the sad demise of Sarah. Really, suicide should not be encouraged or shown as an option even!
Mateen Mar 14, 2012 01:48pm
furqansaeed Mar 14, 2012 03:34pm
To maintain the sanity of the play it should be ended in 15-17 episodes, why you guys have extend so long such that this play lost its charm and charisma in last three episodes. This is justifiable and reminds me the era of PTV plays when they ends in 12-13 episodes and maintain audience intact and put greater impression.
Arif Mar 14, 2012 04:33pm
Culprit should be punished instead of having some more fun, for instance, moving back to Americe. This type of ending gives more courage for negative thinking in the society.
Arisha G Mar 14, 2012 06:43pm
Congratulations on the successful production. This question is for both Sarmad and Momina please. If you had the liberty to make a drastic change to any aspect of the novel's interpretation, what would you have taken out or shown differently? Thanks.
Ali Mar 14, 2012 09:45pm
Arif...then it would not have been realistic to punish her immediately....she was living a lie and in the end had to pay a very heavy price eventually. Allah ke insaaf mein dair hoti but it comes thru, ghalat kaam karne wala nahi bachta....however sometimes the wronged party cannot recover from trauma like in MZZBN. In humsafar chemistry was better because they were already married and Ashar was thinking that she left him all this time and didn't have closure. That's why reconciliation became possible in the end. The other thing is Ashar restored Khirad's honour in a dramatic way, I think that helped a MZBBN that was not the case....
Zayed Mar 14, 2012 10:02pm
I was a bit disappointed with the serial for a couple of reasons: 1) I think you let it drag on for far too long. I lost interest towards the end, which didn’t leave a good taste in my mouth. 2) I don’t think Ashar's character redeemed himself very well. Infact the ending made Khirad's character look weaker and reconfirmed the stereotype that "women can not lead a life on their own and always need a sponsor". It would have been far better for women empowerment and their image in society if the ending portrayed her character as a stronger one. Could you comment on those please?
Khalid FAROOQ Mar 14, 2012 10:37pm
Dear Sarmad, congratulations on your successful serial. I would just want to know your take on the idea that your serial portrayed the women as a vulnerable and weak part, which is not wrong, but still discouraging.
shagufta naaz Mar 15, 2012 01:22pm
HUM has a track record of bringing progressive themes and dramas with strong female leads, e.g. Malal. Thus it was disturbing to see the channel regress to the stereotypical fairytale with all the stock-in-trade characters of the good wife, evil vamp and manipulative mother-in-law. I would like to ask if this was a conscious decision based on trying to win the rating war, and if so, and seeing the success of the play, will the channel abandon its attempt to move beyond stereotypes and play safe by demonising smart, single women and deifying the sacrificing wife?
muna sheikh Mar 16, 2012 10:30am
No doubt it is a successful serial.Best direction .Only women can portray in a better manner.Nowadays it is hard to digest suicide for a man of educated working women and to look back for a husband only for the treatment of child.These should not be the issues......Now womens are quite head high and can resolve these problems easily....