Aima Khalid from ProperGaanda rewinds time and takes us back to the Pakistani classic drama, Dhoop Kinare.
The show stars Dr Zoya Ali Khan played by the stunning Marina Khan, as an inspiration for women. She is a strong and resilient female protagonist. Dr Zoya spearheaded the movement of powerful female leads in Pakistani drams.
What I loved most about the drama is the stunning use of urdu, with each dialogue perfectly executed by Marina Khan and Rahat Kazmi along with other prominent actors. Our film industry has grown considerably since the 80’s, yet it has forgotten the simple things that make a drama memorable, for example, simple yet impactful urdu dialogues.
After watching Dhoop Kinare you feel like picking up an Urdu novel and marvelling at how beautiful our mother tongue really is. These days, Urdu is often butchered by actors due to their accents and pronunciation. I feel that directors and producers should leave this obsession with English far behind. After all the Englishmen left a century ago.
The supporting cast shares an important role in the drama as well reminding us how well written Dhoop Kinare actually is. Each character has a purpose and I especially enjoyed the relationship between Zoya and her father in addition to Anji’s father’s transition from a stern and disciplined businessman to a soft-hearted one was an impressive development of character. All the characters are enjoyable to watch and the dialogues appointed to each fulfill their role wonderfully.
I enjoyed how Anji was a true friend of Zoya giving her honest advice throughout the drama. Zoya is shown to be a straightforward woman which is a treat to see as most female leads are submissive, this trait makes her confrontations with Dr. Ahmer enjoyable to watch as no one else would dare talk to the stoic Dr. Ahmer the way Zoya did.
Dhoop Kinare is the true depiction of 80’s fashion with matching shirts and shalwar sets completed by a white doctors coat. The women are shown to be graceful yet liberated, each dawning a perfectly permed bob hairstyle. Dr Zoya has been a fashion icon for me till today and I don’t think any modern-day actor could compete with Marina Khan in terms of grace and poise.
Its been a while since a romantic duo such as Dr Ahmer and the fun-loving Dr Zoya graced our screens and I don’t think any other couple can beat their chemistry. A classic of olden times, written by Haseena Moin, directed by Sahira Kazmi & produced by Farkhanda Shaheen for PTV is forever etched in our minds as a story that tells the journey of two lovers. Unlike modern day dramas where marriage is the start of a torturous process of misunderstandings and betrayal Dhoop Kinare marks the marriage of the couple as a happy ending.
I feel the audience enjoyed old dramas for their forward-thinking perspective. Drama’s nowadays show the male protagonists as villains rather than heroes and our heroines sit weeping in corners, waiting to be rescued. This takes away the charm of a good drama for me.