Durr-e-Shehwar - Where all that was needed was patience
2012 had been a successful year for Hum TV where we saw some excellent dramas emerging on screen and one of them which replaced Maat on Fridays was Durr-e-Shehwar. The drama was taken open hands as a replacement of yet another outstanding drama and enjoyed a huge audience following the show. The drama was written by Umera Ahmed, Directed by Haissam Hussain and produced by Momina Duraid and Six Sigma as a joint venture. Since the day of its first promo been on air, the drama made it clear to the audience that it had something different from the usual love stories, that are no longer liked by the drama lovers. Durr-e-Shehwar is based on the social issues that exist in the society and almost all of us witness related issues daily in some way or the other.
The cast of any drama makes it either a hit or a total waste of time and when we talk about Hum TV especially, we see that the network is really lucky to enjoy a rich cast in every project that is been aired on it. The stated drama was a magnificent collection of actors where we saw Qavi Khan, Samina Peerzada, Nadia Jamil, Nouman Ejaz, Sanam Baloch, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Kiran Haq, Saba Faisal, Khalid Butt, Shireen Saigol, Tasleem Kousar & Mohammad Ahmad all together sharing screens.
The story can be a little tricky for you to understand as it runs in two parts, first which is the present and second which is a piece of past that is executed concurrently with the present. The story is about a couple Shandana and Haidar (Nadia Jamil and Noman Ejaz) who are married for nearly 8 years but are leading an unhappy life despite of the fact that their marriage was a result of the mutual love they had for each other. Nadia's parents (Samina Pirzada and Qavi Khan) live in Murree and love each other a lot. Qavi Khan is a devoted husband and loves his wife like anything. It is then when Shandana leaves her home and comes to Murree with her daughter for some days.
She shares her miseries and Haider's attitude with her parents making Qavi Khan furious over the issue. Haidar is his nephew and hence he keeps pressing him over the matter. On the other hand, Samina Peerzada keeps telling Shandana to give it a time and to show patience and one day she shares her life with Shandana.
Taking the audience in past, Samina Peerzada and Qavi Khan are shown as Sanam Baloch and Mikaal Zulfiqar. Sanam (Durr-e-Shehwar) belonged to a rich family but her father made her marry to a soldier of army (Mikaal). Her husband is a total devoted person towards his family and holds rigidness towards Sanam Baloch. Her mother-in-law too made her life miserable by making her do all house chores and even not letting her met her parents. Mikaal, being on duty often is out of city didn't know much about it and finally decided to take her with him. It was only then that the entire family realized Shehwar's importance and she then earned love, respect and importance from her in-laws.
The story also focuses on the bitter reality that for men, same rules are pretty different in their cases. A stern husband will never appreciate a son-in-law who is even 50% of what he was with his wife. Difficult world, difficult people, but still the drama reflected the real-life scenarios.