Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan
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|Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan|
A promotional image of Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan
|Also known as||English: My subsistence is like nothing but jot|
|Written by||Umera Ahmad|
|Directed by||Babar Javed|
Imran Abbas Naqvi
|Theme music composer||Farrukh Abid
|Opening theme||Meri Zaat
written by Sabir Zafar
performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
|Country of origin||Pakistan|
|No. of episodes||23|
|Running time||35–40 minutes|
|Production company(s)||7th Sky Entertainment|
|Original channel||Geo TV|
|Original run||November 28, 2009– May 22, 2010|
Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan (Urdu: ميرى ذات ذرہ بے نشاں) is a drama serial made in Pakistan based on a novel written by Umera Ahmad. It is an emotional story of a girl named Saba and her daughter Sara. The drama became very popular upon its release. The serial featured a huge ensemble cast consisting of Samia Mumtaz, Samina Peerzada, Sarwat Gillani, Mehreen Raheel, Ismat Zaidi, Faisal Qureshi, Adnan Siddiqui, Khayam Sarhadi, Shakeel, Imran Abbas, Rashid Farooqui, Humayun Saeed, Shehryar Zaidi, Zeba Ali and Lubna Aslam.
- Samiya Mumtaz as Saba Kareem. Marries: Arfeen (1st); Amin (2nd). She is falsely accused of inappropriate behaviour with Adil which results in her divorce from Arfeen. She is then, forcefully married off to Amin, who is a socially and economically inferior to her.
- Faisal Qureshi as Arfeen Abbas. Marries: Saba (1st); Mahroosh (2nd)
- Adnan Siddiqui as Adil. Paternal cousin of both Arfeen and Saba. Likes Saba and is falsely accused of inappropriate behaviour with her.
- Sarwat Gilani as Sara Amin. Daughter of Saba and Amin. Marries Haider, son of Arfreen.
- Imran Abbas Naqvi as Haider Abbas. Son of Arfeen and Mahroosh. Marries Saba's daughter, Sara
- Samina Peerzada as Shakeela Abbas. Mother of Arfeen who accuses Saba and Adil of inappropriate behaviour. Dies of cancer which she attributes to her actions against them.
- Khayyam Sarhadi as Qasim Abbas. Father of Arfeen. Eldest paternal uncle of both Saba and Adil.
- Zeba Ali as
- Shakeel as Saba's father.
- Mehreen Raheel as Mahroosh, 2nd wife of Arfeen
- Humayun Saeed as Shuja, friend of Arfeen.
A saga that spans over two generations, Meri Zaat Zarra-E-Benishan begins with the arrival of a girl named Sara (Sarwat Gilani) at the doorstep of a man named Arfeen Abbas (Faisal Qureshi). She hands him a letter, and he seems shaken after reading it. He asks her where "Saba" is, and she replies that she died four days prior. Arfeen falls to the ground in shock, but then regains his composure and asks Sara to give him her address, so that they can go there and gather her belongings. When they arrive at Sara's home, which is quite small compared to Arfeen's mansion, she leaves Arfeen in the main room and heads to her bedroom to gather her belongings. Arfeen finds a pair of Saba's old sandals, and breaks down in tears as he grips them. Sara sees him as he cries and wonders why he is so sorrowful at her death. They head back to Arfeen's estate, where he introduces Sara to his son, Haider (Imran Abbas). Haider is not initially pleased to have Sara staying in their house, but becomes accustomed to her after a while.
It is revealed in a series of flashbacks that Saba (Samiya Mumtaz) was Sara's mother and Arfeen's first cousin. Saba and Arfeen were madly in love, but Saba was treated with ire by most of the family, especially Arfeen's mother (Samina Peerzada), because of her liberal views and ways. When Arfeen expresses his wish to marry Saba, his mother and father (Khayam Sarhadi), are very outspoken against the marriage. But when Arfeen states that if he cannot marry Saba then he will not marry at all, his parents finally agree.
Back in present time, Sara and Haider become good friends, and she becomes accustomed to living at Arfeen's home, though she still speculates about what happened between him and her mother. She visits the rest of her family, including her aunts and uncles, and each person she asks refuses to give her any details about what happened. Arfeen, meanwhile, is worried that Sara will eventually leave his house. The only solution he can come up with is to have Haider married to Sara. Haider initially refuses, but eventually falls in love with Sara and agrees. Sara agrees to the marriage as well. But on the day of the wedding, Sara goes missing. Arfeen panics and asks Sara's aunt whether she told Sara what happened with her mother, and she says she did not. This prompts Haider to ask what happened, and Arfeen launches into the story.
Saba and Arfeen had gotten married just like they had wanted, but the day before Saba's rukhsati, Arfeen's mother asks Saba to go in a spare bedroom and set the bed for Arfeen's sister. When Saba arrives in the bedroom, she finds that Arfeen's mother had also asked a cousin of theirs who had also expressed interest in Saba, Aadil, to fix a curtain rod in the same room. When Saba attempts to leave, she finds that the door to the room is locked. She and Aadil both bang on the door, but nobody comes to their aid. After about an hour, Arfeen's mother, along with most of the rest of their family, shows up outside the door. Arfeen's mother starts yelling and creating a ruckus, saying that Saba and Aadil had been involved in illicit behavior in the locked room the whole time. Saba and Aadil refuse to having done anything, but nobody believes them.
Arfeen's father beats Saba, and nobody comes to her aid as she is beaten. Nobody believes Saba, not even her mother and sister. When Arfeen hears about the incident, he is skeptical about what really happened, and questions Saba about it. She says she is innocent, but that she has no proof of it. Arfeen then asks her to take an oath with her hand on the Qur'an that she is innocent, and she agrees, on the term that his mother would take an oath as well. Saba has faith that her aunt is too kind and worshipful to lie on the Quran. Her assupmtion turns out to be wrong, however, and her aunt does lie on the Quran, prompting Arfeen to have proof that Saba lied, and he divorces her.
Arfeen gets remarried to a girl in America, but he is still in love with Saba. Saba's parents forcefully marry her off to a 50-year old man (Rashid Farooqi) of 4 children, who turns out to be abusive and beats her regularly. Nobody from her family visits her during this painful period of her second marriage. When Saba becomes pregnant, her husband refuses to believe that the child is his, and divorces her and kicks her out of the house. Saba gets a job as a maid at a rich woman's home, and soon gives birth to a girl.
Arfeen's wife (Mehreen Raheel), meanwhile, has already had a son with him. But the two do not get along. Back in Pakistan, nothing is going right for Arfeen's family. One of his sisters has lost her husband, while the younger sister has been divorced and his mother is diagnosed with cancer. When Arfeen comes to Pakistan, his mother finally tells him the truth about Saba. Arfeen divorces his wife and tries to convince Saba to marry him. However, Saba tells him that while she still loves him, she cannot trust him again. Her parents also try to persuade her to come back to them. Saba, who is not ready to trust anyone again, leaves without letting anyone know of her whereabouts.
A few years later, she starts working at a garments factory and realizes that the factory is owned by Arfeen. She is friendly with Haider (Arfeen's son). But she covers her face to hide her identity. She works there until the day she dies. Back in present time, it is revealed that Sara had overheard how her mother had been treated by Arfeen's family. She is angry and runs away. Haider tracks her down a couple of days later and explains the whole story. Sara agrees to forgive the family and the two start a new life.
Deviations from the novel
Although closely following the plot of the novel, it also houses many noticeable differences from the original plot.
The character of Arfeen's wife played a major supporting positive role in the novel. And the relationship among them was much better than was shown on screen. At one point in novel she even nurses Arfeen when he experiences a nervous breakdown after knowing the truth about his mother. She is a French woman in the novel.
The serial became widely popular and highly praised by the public. It also generated the highest ratings for any program shown in prime time. It was claimed to be the most successful serial of the present times.
To acknowledge the popularity of the serial among the public, the producers of the serial had included a letter referring to audience thanking them for making the show so successful. Entire serial was also released on DVD in mid-2010.
The Drama was broadcast every Saturday at 8:00 pm on GEO Entertainment. The entire drama has a total of 23 episodes.
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