Humsafar

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Humsafar
Name of series in native language and three faces, one male and two female.
Genre
Created byMomina Duraid
Based onHumsafar
by Farhat Ishtiaq
Written byFarhat Ishtiaq
Directed bySarmad Sultan Khoosat
Starring
Theme music composerWaqar Ali
Opening theme"Woh Humsafar Tha"
by Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch
Composer(s)MAD Music
Country of originPakistan
Original language(s)Urdu
No. of episodes23
Production
Producer(s)
CinematographyShehzad Kashmiri
Editor(s)
  • Kashif Ahmed
  • Tanveer Aalam
  • Rao Rizwan
  • Danish Usmani
  • Faisal Saleem
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time38-42 minutes
Production company(s)MD Productions
Release
Original networkHum TV
Picture format
Audio formatStereo
Original release24 September 2011 –
3 March 2012
External links
Hum Television
MD Productions

Humsafar (English: Companion) is a Pakistani drama television series directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, based on a novel of the same name written by Farhat Ishtiaq. It originally aired on Hum TV from 24 September 2011 to 3 March 2012, consisting of 23 episodes. It was preceded by Mastana Mahi and followed by Durr-e-Shahwar. The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of a married couple Khirad and Ashar.[1][2][3]

Plot[edit]

Khirad Ahsaan (Mahira Khan) belongs to a small locality in Hyderabad and lives with her mother Maimoona (Saba Faisal). Maimoona's brother Baseerat Hussain (Behroze Sabzwari) is wealthy and married to Farida (Atiqa Odho); they have a son named Ashar (Fawad Khan). After the doctors inform Maimoona that she is in the last stage of cancer & that she will die soon, Maimoona seeks her brother's help in arranging Khirad's marriage. Feeling guilty for not taking better care of Maimoona, Baseerat compensates by promising that Ashar will marry Khirad, unbeknownst to both Ashar & Farida. This irks Farida, who has always wanted Ashar to marry his cousin Sara (Naveen Waqar), the daughter of Farida's sister Zarina Ajmal (Hina Khawaja Bayat). Khirad is the last to find out about the engagement & begs her mother not go through with it, as she does not know Ashar nor does she love him. In spite of their reluctance, Ashar and Khirad are married moments before Maimoona passes away. Sara, who is in love with Ashar, is heartbroken upon learning this and attempts suicide. Both Ashar and Khirad are standoffish towards each other and feel uncomfortable in the forced marriage. Ashar still promises Khirad that he will attempt to maintain a stable & civil relationship. Khirad feels that by marrying a man who is financially superior, she has lost her self-respect. With the encouragement of Sara, Ashar avoids going home by staying out late with friends. After overhearing Khirad vent her fustrastions about the marriage arrangement to Baseerat, overhearing this Ashar becomes more considerate towards Khirad's feelings & needs. Gradually, the duo fall deeply in love with each other. Ashar admires Khirad's innocence, simplicity and purity of heart; his admiration is reciprocated by Khirad, who is in awe of his caring personality. While he develops a strong and loving relationship with his wife, Ashar remains friends with Sara. Noticing Ashar's bond with Khirad is getting stronger, Sara attempts to interfere in their relationship. When Sara humiliates Khirad at a party, Ashar reprimands her for her callousness. Farida pretends to desire a mother-daughter bond with Khirad and displays false affection for her after being threatened by Baseerat. Soon, Baseerat falls ill and on his death-bed, he reminds his son that it is important for him to always protect and love Khirad.

Encouraged by Ashar, Khirad enrolls in university for graduate studies. She meets Khizar, Sara's paternal cousin, who has strong feelings for Sara. In order to win her affection, he agrees to a conspiracy hatched by Farida. To create misunderstandings between Khirad and Ashar, he begins to visit their house, while praising and flirting with Khirad; this makes Ashar increasingly jealous. Farida offers Khizar a deal; to receive money and Sara's hand in marriage, he must convince Ashar that he is having an affair with Khirad. In the meantime, Khirad discovers that she is pregnant with Ashar's child and plans to surprise him. After finding out about Khirad's pregancy, Farida invites Khirad to a dinner at a family friend's house. However unbeknownst to Khirad the house is actually Khizar's. Farida successfully causes Ashar to witness what appears to be Khizar and Khirad's intimacy. Farida pretends to be outraged at Khirad's supposed adultery, and insults her while Ashar listens tearfully. Khirad protests and calls Khizar, who continuously insists that they are having an affair. After Farida, Zarina & Ashar leave, Khizar explains to Khirad why he lied. Hurt and enraged Ashar drives around & strolls the beach all night. Leaving no chance for Ashar to speak to her, Farida exiles Khirad from the house. Before taking refuge with her mother's old friend Batool Bano in Hyderabad, Khirad leaves a note for Ashar in which she proclaims her innocence, Fareeda's set up & reveals her pregnancy. Jamaal, the house servant, gives Ashar the letter but he never reads it. Khirad desperately attempts to contact Ashar, however he refuses to listen to her. A few months later, Khirad goes into premature labour while attempting to contact Ashar one last time, who ignores her phone call. Khirad gives birth to a baby girl and names her Hareem; she vows that she will never forgive Ashar for what he did to her.

Four years later, Khirad reluctantly returns to Karachi, where she visits Ashar to seek financial assistance for Hareem, who needs open heart surgery. He initially refuses to help and fails to believe that Hareem is his daughter, but relents after he sees Hareem. Ashar begins making arrangements for Hareem to see a specialist and dictates to Khirad that they will live with him, while Farida is out of town. During Khirad's stay Ashar displays an attitude of disdain for her but spoils Harreem. When Sara discovers that Khirad has returned, she confronts Ashar and informs Farida, who returns early from a trip to America and threatens to exile Khirad once again. In retaliation, Khirad threatens to tell Ashar the truth about her being framed. After Sara confesses her love, Ashar informs Sara that he has never loved her and suggests that she should stop pursuing him. Khizar arrives from America and blackmails Farida by threatening to reveal Khirad's innocence if Sara does not marry him. Farida urges Sara to marry Khizar, but Sara and her mother Zarina refuse and blames Farida for ruining Sara's life. Meanwhile, Hareem's operation is successful and Ashar finds that his feelings for Khirad have rekindled.

Zarina is disturbed by Sara's everlasting depression, which stems from Ashar's rejection and Fareeda's betrayal. Ashar attempts to reconcile with Khirad, citing love of their daughter, but she rejects him and decides to leave Hareem in his care. Having realized that Sara will never marry him, Khizar visits Ashar to reveal the truth but an angered Ashar has him escorted out by security. The incident sparks the memories of Ashar's past with his wife and in his sorrow, he accidentally discovers the letter that Khirad left for him, which he had thrown aside. Ashar then overhears his mother's conversation with Khizar, and finally learns of their collaboration. Sara commits suicide and her mother blames Farida for her misery. With the pretense that Hareem is missing her and not eating anything, Ashar asks Khirad to return from Hyderabad who is living with her mother's old friend Batool Bano. He then confronts Farida, accusing her of destroying his life, and simultaneously blames himself for failing to trust his wife. Farida loses her sanity when she realizes what she has done to Ashar and Sara. Ashar begs for Khirad's forgiveness and asks her to return to his life; she finally forgives him and they reconcile. Three months later, the two are shown to be living a happy life with their daughter.

Cast[edit]

Guest Appearances[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Woh Humsafar Tha
Soundtrack album by
GenreTheme song
Length39:47
LanguageUrdu
ProducerMomina Duraid

The show's theme song Woh Humsafar Tha was composed by Waqar Ali and sung by Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch. It was written by Naseer Turabi in 1971 after the fall of Dhaka. The song is frequently played throughout the episodes.

Track list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Woh Humsafar Tha"Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch6:26

Critical reception[edit]

Some people regarded it as revival of drama industry.[4][5] According to critics, the show was socially regressive and demonstrated the misogynistic mentality prevalent in society.[6] Sabahat Zakariya wrote, "If Haseena Moin was the benchmark of mass popularity back then, then Humsafar is an indicator of our endemic regressiveness."[7] The series has gained a very large audience internationally.[8]

Star reported that the Humsafar page on Facebook had thousands of European and North American fans and viewers, with many saying they had never watched any Pakistani drama before but are completely hooked on Humsafar. [9]

Promotion[edit]

Hum TV gave the show its Hum Honorary Phenomenal Serial Award.[10]

Dubbed[edit]

Humsafar was dubbed into Arabic and broadcast by MBC in the Middle East, under the name Rafeeq-Al-Rouh (رفيق الروح). The show immediately gained immense popularity and after airing its first few episodes, became the most watched drama on the channel. Because of its popularity the show was telecast again after few months. Before this Pakistani dramas were not as popular in the Middle East due to language barriers and also due to the popularity of Latin dramas.

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Local title Network Premiere date
 India हमसफर Rishtey TV July 5, 2013
 United Kingdom Hamsafar Hum Europe August 17, 2014
 India Humsafar Zee Zindagi October 14, 2014
 United Arab Emirates رفيق الروح MBC Bollywood April 2, 2016
 Saudi Arabia رفيق الروح MBC Bollywood April 2, 2016

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
2012 11th Lux Style Awards Best Original Soundtrack Qurut ul Ain Baloch Won
Best Song Of The Year Woh Humsafar Tha - Qurut ul Ain Baloch Won
2013 12th Lux Style Awards Best Television Serial - Satellite Momina Duraid and Nina Kashif Won
Best Director Sarmad Khoosat Won
Best Best Television Actor - Satellite Fawad Khan Won
Best Television Actress - Satellite Mahira Khan Won
2013 Pakistan Media Awards Best Drama Serial Humsafar – Momina Duraid and Nina Kashif Won
Best Director Sarmad Khoosat Won
Best Actress Mahira Khan Won
Best Supporting Actress Naveen Waqar Won
2013 1st Hum Awards Hum TV Phenomenal Drama Serial Award Humsafar Won
Best On-Screen Couple Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Humsafar episode 3 review: Ashar and Khirad’s Nikah is just a formality?
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2403201/ Humsafar IMDb
  3. ^ Anwer, Zoya (2015-02-18). "Humsafar was rejected by two production houses: Momina Duraid". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  4. ^ "Mohabbaton ka safar". Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Humsafar: Here's what the noise is about". Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  6. ^ "10 things I hate about Humsafar Finale". Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Drama Serials:Golden Age?". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Popular Pakistani television drama Humsafar reaches Toronto fans via web". The Star. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Popular Pakistani television drama Humsafar reaches Toronto fans via web". The Star. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Hum Honorary TV Award". Dawn News. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013.

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