Signs of Thaw? Pakistani Serial Resumes on Indian Channel

Mumbai: After five long years of break, Pakistan’s popular drama, that had every Indian hooked, has now returned to Indian screens on ‘popular demand’.

Starring Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed, the famous romantic show ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’  now airs every Saturday from 12PM to 2PM.

The resumption of  Pakistani TV serial on Indian TV comes soon after two hostile neighbors announced a ceasefire on the military Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the two.

Serial was earlier aired on Zee–Zindagi, a channel launched by Zee TV for Pakistani, Turkish, and Indian serials.

Zindagi Gulzar Hai was the first Pakistan serial to be aired on television in India followed by two other serials Humsafar and Mann Mayal. But the airing halted when tensions rose between the two neighboring countries following violence in Kashmir.

The show directed by Sultana Siddiqui and based on Umera Ahmed’s novel of the same name, first aired on Pakistani television in 2012. It gained a cult fan following in India where the serial was streamed on Zee’s Zindagi channel launched in 2014.

“Pyaar ek tarfa nahi ho sakta (love cannot be one-sided),” Subhash Chandra, Rajya Sabha MP and chairman of Zee had said, on Zindagi putting an end to Pakistani content on the channel two years later.

When the serials stopped abruptly, fans were upset as they had something different to watch and every serial from Pakistan was becoming a smash hit in India.

ZEE5 will also be airing Pakistani web series Dhoop Ki Deewar, starring actors Sajal Aly and Ahad Raza Mir  from June 25. The show is a cross-border love story. The characters played by Aly and Mir, who are reportedly a couple off-screen too, will find their lives interconnected in the show after losing their fathers in war.

Dhoop Ki Deewar draws inspiration from the thought that grief transcends borders and barriers. “No matter which country, religion or belief you belong to, at the end of the day the grief lived is the same everywhere and it is much bigger than you and me. It is a story of love, grief and loss that people across borders and overseas can relate to on a human level,” said writer of the show Umera Ahmed.

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