Doraha (TV series)

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The opening title screen for Doraha
Genre Drama
Written by Umera Ahmed
Directed by Mehreen Jabbar
Starring Humayun Saeed
Sonia Rehman
Sanam Baloch
Adnan Siddiqui
Badar Khalil
Opening theme Tum Kahan Chal Diye
by Jal
Ending theme Duniya
Composer(s) Ilahi & Delorenzo
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
No. of episodes 14
Producer(s) Humayun Saeed & Abdullah Kadwani
Editor(s) Mehreen Jabbar
Production company(s) 7th Sky Entertainment
Original network Geo Entertainment
Original release 17 October 2008 (2008-10-17) – 23 January 2009 (2009-01-23)
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Doraha (Urdu: دوراها‎) (Crossroad) is a Pakistani drama television series which premiered on Geo Entertainment on 17 October 2008. It is an adaptation of an Urdu novel Mein Ne Khawabon Ka Shajar Dekha Hai, written by Umera Ahmed. The serial is produced by Humayun Saeed and Abdullah Kadwani's production house 7th Sky Entertainment and directed by Mehreen Jabbar.[1] The official soundtrack is called Tum Kahan Chal Diye, composed and performed by Jal the band. It was one of the tracks in Jal's album Boondh, released in 2007 and was well received by the listeners.[2]

In an audio interview given to Raju Jamil, Humayun Saeed revealed that given the success of Doraha 7th Sky Entertainment is planning to produce a second season of the serial with the same cast. However, the sequel was never made and the reasons remain unknown.[3]


Sara (Sonia Rehman) on her wedding with Umer (Humayun Saeed)

Shahla (Sanam Baloch) and Umer (Humayun Saeed) are cousins living in the same neighbourhood. They both belong to middle families, but as Shahla is the only girl of her parents her family is better off than Umer's. Umer is six years older than Shahla and adores her like a little sister. But Shahla fancies him and tries to show him her feelings time and again by making him Biryani and many other delicious dishes. Umer is doing his graduation and is in love with his fellow university mate Sara (Sonia Rehman), who belongs to a sound family and when she tells her parents (Mohammed Ahmed, Ismat Zaidi) about Umer's proposal, they immediately refuse to give permission. But that gets sorted and her parents give their permission for this marriage. However, Umer's mother (Badar Khalil), who wanted Shahla and Umer to get married, refuses to accept her new daughter-in-law and doesn't even pretend to be happy on their wedding day.

Shahla however, shows no sign of hurt and gets on with her new bhabhi. Sara's new house is nothing like where she used to live before. Even the food is not the same. But Sara adjusts to the new environment in a mature way and doesn't through tantrums or make demands to her husband. But her mother-in-law is anything but appreciative towards her, since she always thinks that Sara stole Umer away. The first time Sara cooks meal, Umer's mother calls badly cooked in front of Shahla who doesn't stop bringing meal from her house for Umer and his family, even though her mother (Parveen Akbar) tells her off for that. Umer who loved Shahla's food prefers having his wife's meal that night. Sara's father-in-law (Qazi Wajid) is also supportive of her, but soon Sara loses his support too, when she helps her sister-in-law get married to the guy she loves.

After two years of marriage and household chores Sara talks to Umer about taking up a day job. Umer refuses at first but reluctantly agrees later on. This gives his parents another point of mocking Sara because they worry too much of what the society thinks. Shahla, who has been engaged recently, pours oil on the fire and talks ill with her aunt (umer's mother) about working women. One day she brings Qorma for Umer but he is not at home. Sara tells her not to bring food from her home whenever she visits and Shahla starts weeping over it. Shahla comes back the next day when Sara's mother comes to see her daughter, only to hear Umer's mother ridicule Sara. All limits are crossed when everyone starts blaming each other for everything. Umer gets fed up of this constant fighting at home and ends it all by divorcing Sara.

Sanam Baloch as Shahla

Umer marries Shahla in the next few days. Now is the perfect time for her to tell Umer about her feelings for him since her childhood. But she never gets a chance to do so because the marriage doesn't turn out to be as magical as she thought it would. Shehla is delighted and happy on finally getting what she wanted and takes over the reins of the house and the new wife of Umer. Shehla and her mother in law do not get along and Shehla convinces Umer to keep her in a new and separate house, this makes Umer's mother realize what a gem Sara was who despite so much opposition from her was living with them and serving them. Sara also gets married again, this time to Asfar (Adnan Siddique). Though she takes a little while to make the decision unlike Umer. One day accidentally Umer sees Sara (this was their first encounter after the divorce), at a hospital where she's being treated for wounds caused by her husband's beating. Asfar was a divorcee as well and a mentally unstable person with trust issues with his previous wife. Umer blames himself for her condition and quickly lets Sara's parents know about this and this is how Sara's second marriage, which was more painful than the first, ends. Umer who is still in love with his ex-wife and having a tough time with his new wife, divorces Shahla, despite having a daughter with her. And it all comes back to where it all started. Umer and Sara start a new life together, for the second time.

Cast and characters[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

9th Lux Style Awards

  • Won - Best TV Director (2010) - Mehreen Jabbar.[4]
  • Nominated - Best TV Actor (Satellite) (2010) - Humayun Saeed.[5]
  • Nominated - Best TV Actress (Satellite) (2010) - Sonia Rehman.[6]


  1. ^ "Mehreen Jabbar Talk room". Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Zakir, Fatima. "Dramatic Beats". Jang Instep. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Humayun Saeed". 
  4. ^ "Lights, camera, waterworks". Express Tribune. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Detailed categories of 9th LSA". Lux Style Awards. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Detailed categories of 9th LSA". Lux Style Awards. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2010.