WEB DESK: Pakistan is well known for their realistic yet low budget dramas. The story line is very close to the everyday happenings and the characters are very down to earth. Although every once in a while, dramas with high budgets make marks in the industry. So is internationally famous, Manto’s main lead and director Sarmad Khoosat’s upcoming venture, Mor Mahal.
Starting on April 24 on a leading entertainment channel, Mor Mahal is set 200 years from now, in a Mughal era. The story is about resilient, fiercely powerful women. It is the highest budget show after another, and is quite luxurious too.
Starring in it,as main leads are Umair Jaswal, Meesha Shafi, Hina Khawaja Bayat, Sania Saeed and Fiza Ali in the lead roles. The cast also includes Shah Fahad, Jana Malik, Sonia Nazir, Kinza Hashmi and Ali Saleem. Umair Jaswal who will play the role of a nawab alongside Meesha Shafi will be making a television debut with the drama.
Mor Mahal is highly awaited by the viewers and the drama is set to be 45 weekly episodes. Conceptualized by Imran Aslam, Mor Mahal has been scripted by Sarmad Sehbai, directed by Sarmad Khoosat and it’s an A&B Production, brought to screens by Babar Javed (makers of Manto).
Mor Mahal is essentially rooted in fantasy and deliberate efforts have been made to disassociate it from any one culture or design ethos. “We’ve merged different elements together; Mughal motifs with Hindu, Greek, Turkish and Oriental inspirations,” describes Ali.
Nawabs, their harems and debauchery, are running themes in Mor Mahal and they work around two extremely beautiful characters – Meesha Shafi and Umair Jaswal. They both look magnificent in the posters that have now been revealed but one has to question the prudence of casting two relatively inexperienced actors in such monumental roles.
The simple, everyday stories that Pakistani TV dramas narrate are relatable tales and perhaps the biggest reason for TV’s popularity has been the bridge that it creates between the screen and the viewer. But for the very first time in 25 years, Mor Mahal will be bringing a fantasy drama series to screens and it promises to be bigger than anything that has been televised in a long time.