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Shehr-e-Zaat Hum TV.jpg
Shehr-e-Zaat title screen
Also known as English: The City of Self
Genre Drama
Based on Shehr-e-Zaat by Umera Ahmad
Written by Umera Ahmed
Directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat
Creative director(s) Munir Ahmad
Starring Mahira Khan
Mohib Mirza
Mekaal Zulfiqar
Theme music composer Muzaffar Ali original composer of OST
Opening theme Yaar Ko Hum Ne Ja Ba Ja Dekha by Abida Parveen
Composer(s) Mad Music
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
No. of episodes 19
Executive producer(s) Abdullah Kadwani
Asad Qureshi
Producer(s) Momina Duraid
Editor(s) Syed Tanveer Alam
Afzal Fayaz
Location(s) Karachi, Thatta, Lahore
Cinematography Khizer Idrees
Camera setup Multi-camera setup
Running time 45–50 Minutes
Production company(s) Moomal Productions
7th Sky Entertainment
Original channel Hum TV
Picture format 480p
Audio format Stereo
First shown in Pakistan
Original run 29 June 2012 (2012-06-29) – 2 November 2012 (2012-11-02)
Preceded by Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu
Followed by Zindagi Gulzar Hai
External links
Hum Television
Moomal Productions

Shehr-e-Zaat (Urdu: شہرذات‎) is a 2012 Pakistani spiritual romantic[1] drama serial based on the novel of the same name by Umera Ahmed. It is directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, and produced by Momina Duraid and Abdullah Kadwani. It stars Mahira Khan, Mikaal Zulfiqar and Mohib Mirza in the leads. It is the third highest-rated Pakistani television series.

The drama serial premiered on 29 June 2012 in Pakistan, with the prime slot of 8:00 pm every Friday on the channel Hum TV, the serial aired its final episode on 2 November 2012, and was extremely praised.[2] The final episode of serial left an unforgettable effect on audience, despite the usual revenge ending.[3] Shehr-e-Zaat received widespread critical acclaim and is widely regarded to be one of the greatest television series of all time. Due to the Islamic serial trend and minimum cult philosophy cliche dialogues, the serial was a major hit and was praised heavily.

The serial won three Hum Awards at its first ceremony, including Best Drama Serial, and was nominated for seven categories. The serial was nominated for the Lux Style Awards in 2013 but did not win.[4] Mohib Mirza was nominated for best supporting actor at the Pakistan Media Awards in 2013. Due to widespread acclaim and owing to its popularity, a special transmission was held in Karachi and broadcast on Hum TV at the conclusion of the drama.[5][6]


Shehr-e-Zaat is a story of young woman's journey as she strives to make up for all the time she has lost in worldly pursuits and finally give in to Allah's will, after learning harsh realities of life she traveled from Self to Subsistence.


Falak Sher Afghan (Mahira Khan) is the epitome of beauty and brains, highly modern and proud. Hamza (Mohib Mirza) is a close friend of Falak and he loves her despite the fact he knows that Falak is not aware of that. Belonging to the elite class Falak has always been the centre of attention and never been deprived of anything, She never came across through religious brightness and divinity. Falak's mother, Mehr-un-Nisa (Hina Khawaja Bayat) built her subsistence according to the worldly life. She falls in love and gets married to an elegant and pulchritudinous businessman Salman Ansar (Mikaal Zulfiqar). They live happily together and Salman proves to be a good husband despite his father in law, Sher Afgan's reservations. Life was luxurious and full of joy but destiny decides doom for Falak when Salman falls in love with an uneducated an crass employee Tabinda (Nadia Afgan) at his factory with whom he begins an extramarital relationship. Falak decides to meet Tabinda and confront her. Upon seeing her unattractive physical appearance and crassness, she goes in a state of shock and eventually suffers from a major nervous breakdown. She comes back to consciousness with a broken heart and for the first time in life looks at her tragedy from a different perspective. Instead of craving for Salman’s lost love she ponders over the power of destiny. The fact that Salman preferred Tabinda, an ugly looking woman with a loose character over her, forces her to go through a journey of self-discovery. She comes across bitter realities and learns the true purpose of life while receiving Islamic perceptions from her Nani (Samina Peerzada). Falak adapts simplicity, patience and humbleness, she brought quietness in her life and manage to get rid of unnecessary worldly and hollow pursuits. She eventually accepts Salman back in her life after Tabinda leaves him but without her previous obsession.


Guest Appearances

Original soundtrack[edit]

The Theme song of Shehr-e-Zaat is taken from the 2000s enormous hit album Raqs-e-Bismil also known as Dance of Wounded of Sufi singer Abida Parveen, written or poetry by 18th century most famous Sufi poet Hazrat Shah Niaz and originally composed by Muzaffar Ali for Parveen's album. Director Sultan Khoosat requested Abida Parveen to give the song for the show, as the song was perfectly fitted for the serial with its spiritualism cliche storyline and manner. Despite its original release of almost above decade, Serial OST goes hit once again and highly appreciated by listeners of this song selection for Shehr-e-Zaat genre style serial. Abida's song Zahid ne Mera was also used when Falak finds out the relationship between Tabinda and Salman.

Track listing[edit]

Track Album Artist Composer Lyricist
Yaar ko Humne Jabaja Dekha Raqs-e-Bismil Abida Parveen Muzaffar Ali Hazrat Shah Niaz
Zahid Ne Mera Hasil-e-Iman Nahi Dekha Raqs-e-Bismil Abida Parveen Muzaffar Ali Asghar Gondhvi

Difference from the Novel[edit]

Prior to adaptation Shehr-e-Zaat was a story of comprises no more than 35 to 40 pages and was published in Ahmad's book Meri Zaat Zara-e-Benishan along with two more stories in first edition. Moreover it was also published in Umeras another book Main Ne Khwabon Ka Shajar Dekha Hai with four other stories, but as for 2010s editions of Umeras work all adapted work is printed separately. In order to give the strength to story, Umera add two new characters Hamza (portrayed by Mohib Mirza) and Nani (portrayed by Samina Peerzada). Changes into story were positively accepted, although script for Drama serial settled with different opening and ended with not a same but similar ending. Umera Mention the story plot setted with in Lahore and Karachi, but more than 85% of shoot was completed only in Karachi.


Critical Reception[edit]

Shehr-e-Zaat received a rating of 7.9 trp,[7][8] owing to its popularity, a special transmission was held in Karachi and broadcast on Hum TV at the conclusion of the drama. Hum TV.[9][10] Shehr-e-Zaat was ranked No. 7 as the best drama serial of all time achieving trps 3.59 in midd ways.[11] Due to story sufism and Islamization touch it draws orthodox reviews commented that Shehr-e-Zaat and its misplaced knowledge of Islam.[12] It is the third highest-rated Pakistani television series.


It received universal acclaim all around the world. Indian TV channel Star Plus wanted to telecast it in India but Hum TV refused it. Mahira Khan was praised for her acting many called her the heart of show also saying that she outclassed her co-actors with her acting. Shehr-e-zaat was named the best drama serial by CNN. Shehr e Zaat won best drama serial at Hum Awards 2013. The show rose Mahira Khan to a limelight once again after Humsafar and Yash Chopra also said in an interview that after seeing the serial he decided to launch Mahira Khan. She also won Best Actress award. Many called her the new face of Pakistani Cinema.


Shehr-e-Zaat was the most talked about show when it went on air, people talked about everything from the inspirational message it contained to whether Falak should or should not be wearing a dupatta. Shehr-e-Zaat is still the most talked about drama, not because people are still impressed by it but because of the rift it caused between the writer Umera Ahmed, the channel on which it was being aired and the director Sarmad Khoosat. Umera wrote the script of serial for only 16 episodes but it went on to 19 episodes due to positively received reception, Hum TV apologizes for doing that because the last three episodes which were unnecessarily stretched. The last episodes lost the charm of the serial. In the final episode of serial, the director wrote an ending monologue; "cheezain behaya nahi hoti, jo kuch un se mansoob kya jata hay woh behaya hota hai..." which was actually neither the part of Novel nor the script and was written against the will of writer.[13]


Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) Result
28 April 2013 Hum Awards[14] Best Drama Serial Momina Duraid
Humayun Saeed
Abdullah Kadwani
Best Director Drama Serial Sarmad Sultan Khoosat Nominated
Best Actor Meekal Zulfiqar Nominated
Best Actress Mahira Khan Won
Best Supporting Actor Mohib Mirza Won
Best Writer Drama Serial Umera Ahmad Nominated
Best Onscreen Couple Meekal Zulfiqar
Mahira Khan
12 October 2013 Lux Style Awards[15] Best Television Play (Satellite) Momina Duraid
Asad Qureshi
Abdullah Kadwani
Best Original Soundtrack Abida Parveen Nominated
11 January 2014 4th Pakistan Media Awards[16][17][18] Best Drama Actress Mahira Khan Won
Best Supporting Actor Mohib Mirza Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shehr-e-Zaat a spiritual Romance". Sadaf Haider. Express Tribune. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Finle review for final episode". DesiRantsNrave. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bidding Adieu of Shehr-e-Zaat". MagTheWeekly. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lux style nominations for SRZ". Unilever. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Drama Archive". Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  6. ^ Shehr-e-ZaatAboutTimelineAbout. "Shehr-e-Zaat – Résumé". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  7. ^ "Shehr-e-Zaat Review". Video PK. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Shehr-e-Zaat Ratings". EncyclopediaNet. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Drama Archive". Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  10. ^ Shehr-e-ZaatAboutTimelineAbout. "Shehr-e-Zaat – Résumé". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  11. ^ "Shehr-e-Zaat -All time best Dramas". 12 November 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Shehr-e-Zaat and its misplaced knowledge of Islam". Anam Zeb. Express Tribune. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Shehr-e-Zaat wars and rifts". ReviewIt. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "1st Hum Awards Show Nominations". 5 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Lux Style Award nominations". ProFashionism. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "4th Pakistan Media Awards Nominations". Ahsanat Ulain. Pakistan Mirchi Music. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "PMAs 2013 Nominations". Review It. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Pakistan Media Award Nominees Category 2013". Pakistan Mirchi Music. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

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