Lehri—one more chapter of comedy comes to an end!

Legendary Comedian ‘Lehri’

“Koun tujhe yaad kare ga, yahan koi kisi ko yaad nahi karta” said by famous ace comedian and actor Lehri in the famous serial ‘Angaan Tehhra’. But Lehri is one such legend who can never be forgotten. His style of comedy was unique because he never resorts to distort face or twist his body parts, but rather his deadpan delivery elicits an aura of laughter for the audience.

A tragic departure of this comedian leaving his family and fans in sobbing! Lehri passed away on September 13, 2012 after prolonged illness at the age of 83. His real name was Safirullah Siddiqui but he got famous by his filmi name ‘Lehri’. He was suffering from lungs and kidney diseases whereas his one leg was also amputated due to gangrene. He has gone through a lot of pain in his last days

Lehri has been part of the Pakistan film industry for around 35 years, his first movie was Anokhi that released on 1956 though his last production was Dhanak in 1986. He had worked in many Urdu movies and even appeared in some of the Punjabi productions as well. He had approximately 225 movies to his credit.

He tried his hand at serious roles but it was not accepted by his fans. His comic roles received highest claim

Lehri (early days)

and made him one of the best comedian actor of his times. He was one comedian who won Nigar Awards for his several movies.

The 70s era would never be same without him; his individuality to create magic by his straight-faced humor which spread smile on the faces of his fans was itself a big achievement.

His death has left a void in the Pakistan film industry which can never ever be filled. He is an institution in his own way. He will always be remembered by his fans

We will miss you Lehri!

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Give it a break!

Veena Fiasco is Over (at last)

Prior to Ramadan, a blue claded woman appeared on television screen donning a dupatta on her head and asking forgiveness for herself and everyone; even a tear was shed in this brief appearance. The news spread wildly everywhere, be it social media or lounge chat. Suddenly everyone begun to pass harsh remarks against this lady who is the father of all controversies. She is none other than ‘Veena’,

Controversy and Veena go hand in hand, they are bound to each other. Whether it was the FHM magazine controversy where she almost displayed tattoo on her unseemly body. Whereas, long before that, BIG Boss is the place where her link with Ashmit became talk of the town and it ignited the polemic flame.

This Ramadan, Hero TV was going to air Veena Malik for their special month transmission but the strict action of the audience against Veena and the channel itself let them to drop the host. According to the member of the Hero Tv, published in Tribune that Hero channel is the awaam (public) channel and if people are not satisfied so we are not taking Veena. The petition was also submitted to PEMRA to cease the show.

One thing is for sure that electronic media works for rating and the game of rating relies on the public feedback. So, some faction of people do like this lady and some like other anchors like Dr. Amir liaquat, Maya Khan and many others. The common factor is that even though people speak against them but they are there on our screens for whole one month and no matter what you have to bear them.

The interesting part of this whole fiasco was the inconsistent conversation of Veena everywhere, I know that she has been reckless previously but why we give so much importance to these televangelists. Ramadan is the holy month where Almighty showers HIS blessing on us but instead we are busy bad-mouthing ourselves for those who are not responsible to answer for our deeds. We are biased people and come on! everyone has skeleton in their closet, hidden for some and for some they are out.

I do not support nor I am against of anyone because the motto of my life is to first rectify yourself before throwing stones on someone else.

P.S.. Happy Ramadan to everyone 🙂

I will Miss You Humsafar

At last the overhyped drama serial has bid farewell to all their craziest and happily teary eyed fans. There will be no more humsafar episodes, no more Ashar and Khirat love story and no more beautiful OST of the famous serial of the year.

The craze of this serial reminisced the golden memories of dramas like ‘Tanhayian’ or ‘Ankahi’; these were the plays which were extolled for its script as well as  the performance of actors. Recently, Humsafar is also included in the league of ‘memorable serials’.

There were many moments that sort of created an attachment with the viewers; these moments will now become a memory.  I would like to share some of the experiences which will be no more with its ending.

1)      Excitement— Whole week I eagerly waited for latest episode and after watching every episode, we used to stay in the aura that engulfed us for a while until other episode came on-air

2)      Hooked to TV— On every Saturday from 8-9p.m., no plans were made for outing even the friends were instructed not to call in this period. You were so completely absorbed in the story that you did not even hear the doorbell!

3)      Sensation of Ashar and Khirat—Their on-screen chemistry that took over the youngsters by storm-the dashing subtle look Fawad Khan(Ashar) and gorgeous damsel in distress Khirat ( Mahira Khan) made every one crazy. These two protagonists touched the heart of many people with their acting.

As aptly says: “Action speaks louder than words” it is really true in this case; they never had much dialogue but their body language and eye expressions said it all.

4)      Love Story—It was simple yet classic with no shades of extra-marital affairs.  We as a viewer are inspired by ‘true love’ but what was more appealing that it had respect, trust and a bonding that was strong which needed no physicality.

No matter how realistic we are but inside we still believe in the ‘soft mushy’ affection.

5)      Humsafar ‘craze’—-It was everywhere, whether social media like Facebook where the pages were created for Humsafar and especially for the characters; comical imitation of the scenes uploaded on YouTube’s  and statuses as well as tagged pictures uploaded on facebook. There was also a trend of forwarding humour text messages to each other. Even the events were not spared; there were detailed discussion on parties or weddings related to  Ashar and Khirat as they are part of our life. Students used to take off from the evening classes just to watch its episode. What was more interesting that not only women but also men were enthusiastic to chat on this topic…at least something was there to interest both genders mutually.

6)        OST—Of course song was the icing on a cake, it mesmerized every soul with its beautiful lyrics and melody.

Woh Humsafar Tha

However, the drama has ended but memories of this beautiful story will always linger in our minds. Those moments that made a simple love story into an epic one.

Humsafar is past and you are no more with us but your memories will be cherished; I will miss you Humsafar.