We waited to see the first episode of Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay like excited little girls, ready to be transported back to a word of Zahra, Saniya, Aani, Zain, Bibi and Kabacha. A word of enduring love between sisters, of dealing with tragedy and loss and putting yourself back together again. Of fighting your inner demons and emerging stronger than before. We fell in love with those characters and cried when they felt sorrow and laughed out loud at Kabacha’s clumsy antics and secret love for Saniya.
Sadaf Haider wrote in a review in the Express Tribune:”Most of us tend to glorify our childhood as if it passed in some golden haze and each event is wrapped in the cushioning wool of nostalgia to protect it from reality…classic dramas such as Tanhaiyan are part of a collective memory shared by a community, not only in Pakistan, but across the globe. Everything from the drama to the mellowness of those days just seems to flash in front of one’s eyes…only the very foolish or the very brave would attempt to touch this sacred cow of our combined psyche.”
But Olper’s was brave enough to approach the original cast and asked Marina Khan to direct it. While it is amazing to see the original cast together here are some of the highs and lows:
1. Chandhni (the housekeeper with the lisp, which by the way is not funny and is totally politically incorrect) does not belong in the drama period. We understand that she may have been introduced as a replacement to Baba who always had a love hate relationship with Bibi but everything about her character stands out like a sore thumb.
2.If Olper’s decided to take up this project they should have ensured that it did not end up seeming like a low budget attempt at a classic Urdu play and there is no doubt it is low budget, from the sets to the editing, to the cinematography- the whole production could have and should have been much much better.
3. Sure Olper’s took up the project and we get that with their logo plastered everywhere ( we couldn’t find one photograph of the cast without the Olper’s logo), their ads running continuously during the drama and so on but is suchhhhh blatant product placement in the drama itself necessary? Do they really have to show the Olper’s milk carton every time someone makes a cup of tea or coffee and that too in such excruciatingly long scenes?
4. We hear Haseena Moin only wrote the first episode and it shows as the story is too slow and uninspiring. After so many episodes we still don’t know how Zahra passed away ( which is unnatural) and what happened between her and Zain ( although they keep implying that perhaps she was jealous of his female business partners) Tell us already before we lose interest!
1. The soundtrack by Zoe Viccaji is beautiful and has been created on the original soundtrack of Tanhaiyan.
2. The original casts continues to act superbly, reprising their roles of 27 yrs ago. The chemistry between them makes one nostalgic and wanting more.
3. Great casting: the new kids ( Zenia, Serena, Zarak and Kishmish) are doing a great job especially Syra Yousaf who has made the whole country fall in love with her character the way we once fell in love with Saniya.
4. With real life romance and the recent wedding of Serena (Syra) and Kishmish (Shehroz) who enjoy an on screen flirtation the serial has sparked new interest. Who doesn’t love a cute celebrity couple?
The drama is not over and some new developments have taken place in the episode today so lets see if Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay thrills or disappoints! We are still watching it, but so far we feel it could have been much much better.