Pakistan’s highest budgeted drama serial ‘Bashar Momin’ aired on Geo TV on Friday night, but its ‘look-reveling’ ceremony was held at a Press Conference/ Bloggers meet-up at a local hotel in Karachi to promote it.
The drama serial directed by Syed Ali Raza Usama and written by Zanjabeel Asim Shah is gathering attention not because of its story but its extensive set locations, wide-ranging wardrobe budget and leading TV stars.
The cast of ‘Bashar Momin’ includes TV star Faisal Qureshi as the lead character ‘BM’ and lead actress, Canadian-Pakistani Ushna Shah as Rudaba who won Best Newcomer at the 4th Pakistan Media Awards, Sami Khan, Sundus Tariq, Yasir Mazhar.and Maheen Khalid Rizvi.
The successful launch was well-attended by an eclectic audience of media, bloggers, socialites and TV and fashion celebrities including Shaista Wahidi, Humayun Saeed, Memood Aslam , jeweller and vintage shawl designer Cheena Chhapra and renowned fashion designers.
The highlight of the event was a realistic re-enactment of a scene from the TV serial in which leading actors performed dramatised altercation, which ended in huge appreciative applause from the audience of onlookers and hugs and laughs amongst the actors.
On Friday it’s first episode was aired, started with Rudaba dazzling the viewers a cream engagement day outfit. Meanwhile in the well-lit garden sleek-looking Yasir Mazher, playing the role of Rudaba’s brother, was found complaining about his father’s behavior towards him. In the second half of the drama we meet our title character Bashar played by Faisal Quraishi. Bashar’s sudden tonal changes made the drama intense.
The direction, cinematography and camera work was spot-on for the launch episode. The ability to connect with the audience as it highlights a number of real-life issues.