Bulbulay

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Bulbulay
Bulbulay drama serial.jpg
Title screen
Genre Sitcom
Created by Dain Qayyum
Written by Ali Imran
Directed by Rana Rizwan
Starring Nabeel
Ayesha Omar
Hina Dilpazeer
Mehmood Aslam
Faatima Nadeem[1]
Nyle Rizwan
Aijaz Aslam (special appearance)
Theme music composer Faizan Khan
Opening theme Comedy
Ending theme Comedy
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 456
Production
Producer(s) Nabeel
Location(s) Karachi
Editor(s) Rana Rizwan
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 18-22 minutes
Release
Audio format MP3
Original release 22 October 2009
External links
Production website

Bulbulay (Urdu: بلبلے‎, English: Bubbles) is a family sitcom about an unconventional Pakistani family.[2][3] The show is directed by Rana Rizwan, written by Ali Imran and Saba Hassan, and produced by Nabeel, who also played the lead character of the show.[4] The show gained popularity after the introduction of Hina Dilpazeer, who plays Mumtaz (Momo).[5]

Bulbulay was first aired 22 October 2009 on ARY Digital and was later broadcast on ARY Digital in the UK. It is a successful sitcom with a high TRP,[6] and it holds the record for the longest-running television series of Pakistan.

Plot[edit]

Most episodes are about Nabeel and his friends being conned, robbed, or just having bad luck. Every episode ends with the family being ripped off, or either of the men getting a beating from his wife for flirting with other women. The story line starts off with Nabeel and Mehmood living in an apartment as bachelors and progresses to both of them getting married and having children.

The show is known to break the fourth wall all the time.

Episode 1-25 (before marriage)[edit]

Nabeel's childhood friend Ahmad moves abroad and tells Nabeel to look after his apartment. Nabeel takes advantage of this and starts living in the apartment as landlord and rents out a room to Mehmood. Khoobsoorat, who ran away from her wedding just fifteen minutes before it took place, arrives at the same apartment looking for her friend Saima, who is married to Ahmed. Although Nabeel first tells her she cannot move in, he changes his mind after she threatens to tell Saima about the misuse of the apartment.

When Khoobsoorat's father, Siddiqui, comes to take her back, she tells him that she is married to Nabeel to stop him. When Nabeel's mother, Mumtaz, comes to visit him, he says that Khoobsoorat is the housemaid, as his mother would not accept his living together with a woman.

Later in the series, Khubsoorat's father finds out his daughter is unmarried and informs her that he is coming to take her back home. Nabeel's mother comes to visit her son and tells him that Khoobsoorat is a good girl and that they should get married. When she asks Khubsoorat, Khubsoorat is shocked and decides to leave. Later, Nabeel tells Khoobsoorat that he really loves her and had fallen in love with her when he saw her for the fourth time (chothi nazar main); and, so, he wants to marry her. Mehmood and Mumtaz start to like each other and want to get married. At Nabeel and Khubsoorat's marriage, after their nikah is read, Mehmood announces he will marry Mumtaz and tells the qadi to wait and read their nikah as well. Nabeel is shocked by this and feels very uncomfortable about his mother being close to Mehmood. At this moment, Siddiqi arrives to cancel his daughter's wedding. When Nabeel tells him that the nikah is already read, he gets really angry.

Episode 26-82 (after marriage)[edit]

(Nabeel's mother becomes a regular cast member after episode 25.)

Soon after the couples get married, Ahmad calls Nabeel to tell him he has found someone who will move into the apartment, which means that they have to move out. Luckily, Khubsoorat's father arranges for a new place for them to live and pays in advance, so that they do not struggle. He also finds a job for Nabeel; but Nabeel quits, saying he is made for much bigger things and will not work for anyone who does not see his true potential.

Episode 83-87 (Bulbulay in Dubai)[edit]

The Bulbulay family goes on a trip to Dubai but without telling each other. Nabeel and Khoobsurat win a trip to Dubai from a lucky draw. Mehmood and Mumtaz go to Dubai for their honeymoon, with their own money. They happen to be booked into the same hotel. While walking in the hall, Nabeel and Mehmood bump into each other; they pretend that they don't know each other and rush back to their rooms. When both families have plans to go to the Dubai Mall, and both Mehmood and Nabeel are taking showers in their rooms, Khoobsurat and Mumtaz (Momo) wait for them in the hotel lobby and see each other clearly. Momo goes out of the hotel to avoid Khoobsurat and rushes off to the mall in a taxi. Khoobsurat, Nabeel, and Mehmood go to find her. After they're reunited, they go to Dubai Mall the next day, where they meet FM radio producers and are offered jobs that don't work out.

Episode 88-100 (pre-parenthood)[edit]

While returning home from Dubai, Momo loses her bag at the airport. Khoobsurat becomes ill and the others start avoiding her in the fear of catching her disease. Later, Khoobsurat is found to be pregnant, shortly after which Momo also becomes pregnant. Most of the episodes involve the family making preparations for the arrival of their children. Nabeel, however, is unhappy that his mother is having a baby at her age. These episodes also show their pre-parenthood lifestyle in the holy month of Ramadan. On the 100th, Eid-Special episode, Momo and Khoobsurat give birth to a baby son and daughter, respectively.

Episode 101-139 (parenthood)[edit]

Both couples become parents. Mehmood Sahab and Momo name their son Sona, which means gold; and Khoobsurat and Nabeel name their daughter Chaandi, which means silver. These episodes involve events taking place after Sona and Chaandi's births. Nabeel and Mehmood are pressured by their wives to take up jobs to support their children. When the children are admitted into school, the couples compete to see who can provide better for their children.

Episode 140-143 (Bulbulay in Lahore)[edit]

The family races to Lahore to visit Khoobsurat's father, Siddiqui, whom they cannot contact and are worried about. Meanwhile Siddiqui is getting married to a women named Baytab. At first Siddiqui hides her from them, but eventually Nabeel and Mehmood Sahab find out.

Episode 205-209 (Bulbulay again in Lahore)[edit]

The family have returned to Lahore. In episode 205, Siddiqui invites Khoobsurat and Baytab to his new house in Lahore; but before leaving, Baytab misplaces the address. In episode 206, the fun starts, when they all get to Siddiqui's new house.

Episode 210-217[edit]

They return to Karachi.

Episode 218-260[edit]

They are normal, with performances by Momo and Nabeel.

Episode 298-455 (back to the classic Bulbulay)[edit]

Siddiqui pays Javed Sahab the family's rent. The family realizes that the Ramadan moon has appeared, and episode 298 is all about the family making Siddiqui do all their work because he isn't fasting. It's back to the situations of the early episodes in which Nabeel and his family have bad luck. In episode 455, the family decides to go to a world tour.

Bubbles Show Special[edit]

This was a special two-hour episode (live show) in which the Bulbulay characters were live on ARY Digital, where they met their fans who were present there and took calls from those who weren't. The Bulbulay characters were highly appreciated by their fans.

On 20 May 2016 the cast and writer Ali Imran were invited on ARY Digital morning show Good Morning Pakistan to celebrate 400 episodes of Bulbulay.

Cast[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

  • Nabeel as Nabeel
  • Ayesha Omar as Khoobsurat (Nabeel's wife)
  • Mehmood Aslam as Mehmood Sahab
  • Hina Dilpazeer as Mumtaz (Momo) (Mehmood Sahab's wife)
  • Faatima Nabeel as Chandi (Nabeel and Khoobsurat's daughter)
  • Nyle Rizwan as Sona (Mehmood and Mumtaz's son)

Recurring Characters[edit]

  • Tariq Butt as Butt Sahab
  • Khwaja Akmal as Siddiqui (Khoobsurat's father)
  • Benita David as Baytab
  • Shahid Khwaja as Dr. Shahid
  • Shehraz Hassan as Moti (kidnapper)
  • Ayaz Khan as Sher Khan (Mehmood's friend)

Guest Appearances[edit]

  • Nayyar Ejaz as Nayyar Bhai (brother-in-law of Mehmood Sahab)
  • Shagufta Ejaz as Hajra Appa (Sister of Mehmood Sahab)
  • Reema Khan on Eid Special
  • Zuhab Khan as Zeeshan a child who lost in a market and Momo took him with her.
  • Aijaz Aslam as Nabeel's deceased father.
  • Irfan Motiwala as a thief, in Ramadan Episode 160, and, in another Episode, as kidnapper of Mehmood.
  • Maqsood Hassan as Devil in Ramadan in episode 163 and 233, and in another episode as ghost.
  • Ashraf Khan as Momo's father who appeared in many episodes of Bulbulay. He also came as a magician and a doctor in two different episodes.
  • Saleem Miraj as Abdul Kareem (plumber)
  • Sadia Ghaffar as Janan (Khubsurat's friend)
  • Sonia Rao as Chanda (Sales Girl)
  • Sofia Ahmed as Pari
  • Rashid Farooqui
  • Nasir Sharif
  • Ismail Tara as Jinn
  • Behroze Subzwari as Muqqaddar (Momo's mangetor)
  • Daudi Khan as Kalia
  • Marhaba Sheikh as Masoom
  • M Saleem as Qazi
  • Faisal Qureshi (special appearence)
  • Arif Siddiqui
  • Shahnaz Pervaiz
  • Haneef Bachan as Javed Sahab
  • Kauser Siddiqui as nabeel's girlfriend in ep 354, and in ep 445 as Siddiqui's lawyer.
  • Munir Ahmad as Jaggu Dada
  • Fazal Balti
  • Shahab Khan

Reception[edit]

Bulbulay achieved the highest-ever rating of a Pakistani comedy series, with a rating of 8.0 TRPs (Television Rating Points), which is more than any other Pakistani comedy drama. Bulbulay also won the "Best Sitcom" award for three consecutive years, from 2010 to 2012, at the Pakistan Media Awards.

Due to its popularity, the series is shown in other countries,[7] including the UK; and soon it will be aired in India on the Zee Zindagi channel.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introduction". MIF Productions. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bulbulay: A slapstick comedy". DAWN.com. Eefa Khalid. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Craziest Families of Television!". Reviewit.pk. Areeba Mohsen. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "All in a name: Nabeel". The Express Tribune. Saadia Qamar. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Top ten: Our favourites from television". The Express Tribune. Saif Ali. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Is 'Bulbulay' bad for comedy?". DAWN.com. Adi Abdurab. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Digital Dreams". Kashmir Life. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 

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