First-ever Pakistani Netflix original features Fawad, Mahira, Sanam, and Ahad in lead roles

05:35 PM | 23 Aug, 2023
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For the first time in history, Pakistan is set to debut its very own original series on Netflix. According to Variety, the upcoming show titled "Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo" is set to feature an impressive cast including Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan, Sanam Saeed, and Ahad Raza Mir in pivotal roles. This groundbreaking production will mark Netflix's first foray into Pakistani-themed content, and with its star-studded ensemble, it's poised to captivate global audiences.

Derived from the acclaimed 2013 Urdu novel by Farhat Ishtiaq, the same name as the series, "Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo" follows the compelling journey of Sikandar, an exceptionally talented law student at Harvard whose life takes an unexpected turn, leading him to erect emotional barriers between himself and others. While in Italy, he encounters Liza, a gifted artist brimming with vitality but burdened by a turbulent past. Their serendipitous meeting intertwines their fates in a profound tale of human connection.

The cast reads like a who's who of Pakistani entertainment, with the charismatic Fawad Khan and Pakistani sweetheart Mahira Khan reuniting after their record-breaking success in "The Legend of Maula Jatt," Pakistan's highest-grossing film to date. Sanam Saeed, who previously shared the screen with Fawad in "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" and the upcoming series "Barzakh," joins the ensemble alongside Ahad Raza Mir, known for his notable appearances in Netflix's "Resident Evil" and the BBC's "World on Fire" Season 2.

The ensemble is further elevated by the inclusion of Hamza Ali Abbasi, remembered for his portrayal of the primary antagonist, Noori Nath, in "The Legend of Maula Jatt." They are joined by Bilal Ashraf, Maya Ali, Iqra Aziz, Hania Aamir, Khushaal Khan, Nadia Jamil, Omair Rana, and Samina Ahmed. This constellation of talent promises performances that will deeply resonate with audiences.

"Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo" is spearheaded by Momina Duraid Films, with Momina Duraid at the helm. The production company's past works, including "Bin Roye," "Chand Tara," and "Fairytale," showcase her skill in crafting narratives that evoke both emotion and authenticity. The show has received the green light from Netflix's Middle East and North Africa team, underscoring the streaming giant's commitment to diverse storytelling from the region.

With shooting locations spanning Italy, the UK, and Pakistan, the production promises visually stunning landscapes and a culturally rich backdrop for the upcoming drama. Although the exact streaming release date remains undisclosed, excitement is steadily mounting.

Farhat Ishtiaq's literary brilliance has previously been adapted for the screen, with hit serials like "Humsafar," "Mere Humdum Mere Dost," "Matae Jaan Hai Tu," "Diyar-e-Dil," "Bin Roye," and "Yaqeen Ka Safar" successfully brought to life on Pakistani television.

Additionally, Netflix's upcoming series "Heeramandi," envisioned by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is poised to immerse viewers in the tapestry of pre-independence India set in Lahore's Heeramandi region, now within Pakistan's borders.

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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