‘Reel life’ couples: Let’s talk love

Published: February 13, 2012
Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan. PHOTO: FILE

Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan. PHOTO: FILE

Shahnaz Sheikh. PHOTO: FILE Asif Raza Mir. PHOTO: FILE Marina Khan and Rahat Kazmi. PHOTO: FILE Shabnam and Nadeem. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: FILE Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan. PHOTO: FILE

Lights, camera, romance! It’s no surprise that couples who have chemistry on-screen can pull off romantic and love-infested roles better than those who lack that ‘sizzle’ factor. In some cases, it is dubbed as the most important part of cinematic experience, as any film or drama serial can fall flat — and be easily forgotten — without the right chemistry.

From Lollywood of 1960s and 1970s as well as the PTV plays of 80s, we’ve had an array of couples whose on-screen romance still tugs at our heartstrings.

Zeba and Waheed Murad

Their on-screen romance came to the fore with Pakistan’s first ever platinum jubilee film Armaan (1966), popular for the song “Akale Na Jana”. Armaan was so well-received by the people of Pakistan that the film managed to complete a 34-week run at the Naz cinema in Karachi and a 76-week run in other cinemas.

It was Armaan that set the standards for the kind of connection that was required in a quintessential love story. Hence, following the commercial success of this film, Zeba and Murad became one of the most sought-after joris of Lollywood. Clicking together for eight years, they gave us films like Ehsaan, Rishta Hai Pyar Ka. However, much to the dismay of their fans, the on-screen pair had to part ways when Mohammad Ali crept in Zeba’s private life.

Shabnam and Nadeem

It was the film Aina (1977) that captured Shabnum and Nadeem’s classic on-screen chemistry. The film, essentially a love story of two people from very different social classes, holds the honour of having received the ‘Crown Jubilee’, running for over 401 in cinemas weeks across Pakistan. It’s reported that the impact of the film was so intense that when the couple showed gestures of love, viewers would smile and when they parted, the audience felt their pain.

Following the success of Aina, the couple, which topped every producer’s list, were later seen in Dehleez, Kurbani, Bandish to name a few.

Shahnaz Sheikh and Asif Raza Mir

Shahnaz’s shy demeanour and Mir’s cool-and-dashing-guy-attitude in TV drama “Tanhaiyaan” (1985) stole many hearts. The beauty of their love story, as captured in the show, lay in the fact that it was a conventional love story, with covert and hidden romantic gestures, and most importantly, something the audience could easily relate to.

Marina Khan and Rahat Kazmi

There was something about Khan’s tomboyish looks and Kazmi’s gentle manners that made “Dhoop Kinare” (1987) a heart-warming love story. The PTV drama, which revolves around a team of doctors and their routines at the hospital and private lives at home, is said to have propelled both Kazmi and Khan into being two of the most sought-after stars in the Pakistani television industry.

Mahira Khan and Fawad Afzal Khan

The leading characters of Hum TV drama “Humsafar” are making quite a splash these days. With everyone — from your 10-year-old sister to your 80-year-old grandmother — waiting anxiously for the 8 pm soap, “Humsafar” is arguably getting this tsunami of attention due to Mahira and Fawad’s on-screen chemistry.

Celebrity Pairs: Famous real life couples

Sabiha Khanum and Santosh Kumar

Zeba and Mohammad Ali

Rahat Kazmi and Sahira Kazmi

Saud and Javeria

Rambo and Sahiba

Aaminah Haque and Ammar Belal

Salman Ahmad and Samina Ahmad

Nida Yasir and Yasir Nawaz

Salma and Azfar

Mani and Hira

Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza

Joshinder Chaggar and Khalid Malik

Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • sidrah saleem
    Feb 13, 2012 - 10:54PM

    marina khan and rahat kazmi was not a couple,he was old enough to be her father.calling them a ‘couple’ is just sick.shahnaz sheikh was and is still beautiful and elegant.


  • Foreigner
    Feb 14, 2012 - 2:21AM

    I don’t usually watch Pakistani dramas but I had to see what the hype was about with Humsafar and I must say, I’m really impressed with Fawad and Mahira. I haven’t seen anything close to their level of chemistry from a couple in a Pakistani drama.


  • Seriously NonSerious
    Feb 14, 2012 - 9:24AM

    Does Hum tv has any shares in Express Tribune???

    Because every third or fourth article here has ‘Humsafar’ stuffed into it :x


  • ubed
    Feb 14, 2012 - 9:47AM


    What a drama,I Occasionally watching dramas in different channels but Hamsafar is one of the fabulous & awesome drama that shows a relation of Love,sincerity,loyalty,harmony,trust & much much more. well that’s all credit goes to director & producer but in last not least a special credit goes to hamsafar cast: Fawad,mahira & naveen.

    Weldon Hamsafar


  • Nauman
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:06AM

    Tanhaiyaan was aired in the year 1986.


  • hasan ansari
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:24AM

    This play is just fantastic. Watching it the second time ! Thanks ms. ishtiaq for writing such a beautiful play.Recommend

  • Zeta
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:39AM

    Humsafar has even got me watching. I am kind of guy who never sits infront of tv for 15 consecutive minutes but hamsafar made me watch all the one hour long 20 episodes in just 2 days.


  • M
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:44AM

    I love how the picture is more Mahira and Fawad, rather than Ashar and Khirad.


  • Truth Teller
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:57AM

    Happy Valentine Day to all the Readers of ET.


  • Feb 14, 2012 - 2:15PM

    very well Written . Happy Valentine’s Day :)Recommend

  • T
    Feb 14, 2012 - 3:22PM

    really a heart touching story of Humsafar. Happy Valentine Day to all :)


  • MIM
    Feb 14, 2012 - 4:11PM

    This show is quite normal story like old Ptv drama used to be. This drama is rocking because of Mahira and fawad a good couple.


  • K
    Feb 14, 2012 - 8:13PM

    @ sidrah saleem

    Seems like you have not watched Dhoop Kinare … the story is not really different from what happens in real life except that these two individuals are educated and make the choice for them selves rather than being forced by their parents. … Kazmi’s character is simply a middle aged doctor and Khan’s chaaracter is a newbie. SO in essence they are a couple, as they get together in the end of the drama. What grey’s anatomy is doing now has been done by Dhoop Kinare eons ago. You should watch it.

    — @ Saadia Qamar
    you have listed all my favourite couples, mind you I am as old as “tanhaiyan” but I grew up watching these dramas and films.


  • Feb 15, 2012 - 1:35AM

    One thing that makes Humsafar stands out from the rest of current dramas so much is because of not the stereotypical nature of the characters we find on our tv dramas. its a very character driven show and we see many many emotions and personality traits of the characters (e.g. khirad is egostic, proud yet innocent and very trusting and forgiving, ashar: insecure, jealous possessive yet very loving and sensitive) which enhance them and audience can relate to them a lot more. yes its a age old story of a love triangle, a evil mother in law but at the end of the day its about two people trying to overcome the misunderstanding, the insecurities, the ego issue and the communication gap that has almost destroyed their marriage. These issues all married couples face (once at least) and thankgod the drama has not lost its message up until now. Humsafar’s message is very strong: communication is the key to any marriage and for that matter, any relation in life.

    Woh Humsafar tha, magar us say humnawaye na thi

    p.s. my generations tanhaiyaan and dhoop kinare couple was Alpha Bravo Charlie’s Shahnaaz and Gulsher. where are they? :D

    happy V-Day everyone.


  • noor
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:09PM

    i love your drama serial


  • Mahi
    Apr 3, 2012 - 1:31AM

    @sidrah saleem:
    but why?I’m in love with both,ever since i’ve seen DK?:s


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