Most TV serials that dominate our screens these days revolve around repetitive themes of love, marriage and familial ties. And then there is a new trend of dramas based on social issues that has been observed lately. So it’s always refreshing to see unique projects making way to the small screen amidst a large number of run of the mill dramas. The latest effort in this direction is an upcoming period drama, Aangan set in the 1930s that will talk about the ties between India and Pakistan through the lives of women.
Based on eminent writer Khadija Mastoor’s classical novel of the same name that she wrote in 1962, Aangan is being directed by Mohammed Ehteshamuddin who also directed last year’s hit TV serial Udaari.
“It was initially thought out as a film but now we’re making a play out of it,” Ehteshamuddin told Instep. “We might turn it into a film later. It is a period drama based on the pre-partition era, from 1930 till 1948. Aangan – the novel – was honoured with the Adamjee Award for Literature and it was translated in 13 languages.”
While he refrained from revealing the cast at the moment, he shared that they’ll soon begin shooting for the play. The play will be produced by Momina Duraid.
Last year’s period drama Mor Mahal, directed by Sarmad Khoosat, may not have been a success but it was a much needed experiment. We hope Aangan turns out to be interesting and has an intelligent edge to it.
– By Buraq Shabbir