Whether it’s Hassan & Anaya you root for, Dr. Haris, or Miraal – Sabaat has sent us some very powerful messages on multiple fronts, but have you been paying attention?
It is almost impossible that we talk about Pakistani Dramas, and do not give special mention to HUM TV. The channel has delivered (mainly Momina Duraid Productions, and Moomal Productions) some beautiful stories that stay with us long after the final episode leaves our screens. Some heart warming on-screen chemistries that always bring a smile:
Ashar & Khirad from Humsafar, Kashaf & Zaroon from Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Hassan & Bano from Dastaan, and more recently Asfi & Zubia from Yakeen Ka Safar.
Maintaining the same tradition, HUM brought us some great content in the past two years as well – Ishq Zahe Naseeb, and Yeh Dil Mera that blew our minds with thrilling vibes. Pyar Ke Sadqay shook us from inside with its bitter-sweet characters. This is why, with Covid ruling the world, it is to its credit that HUM has once again bowled us over with a stunner – yes, it’s Sabaat everyone’s talking about now!
Drama Serial Sabaat has been a much awaited Drama – selling point – Usman Mukhtar?
After making us love himself in just one glimpse as Altamash from Anaa, Usman Mukhtar made a grand entry in the entertainment highlights by sharing BTS images from the sets of Sabaat. Usman Mukhtar and Sarah Khan had become the new on-screen couple even before a teaser release of the Drama.
And finally, it came up on our screens… right from the day when Sabaat knocked on our prime time television, we discovered that there was lots more to it than ‘just’ Usman Mukhtar.
Hassan and Anaya gave us serious couple goals and Laila Zuberi is still winning hearts as the mother inlaw to cherish in hard times.
What Made Us Say “WOW!” Every Week?
Undoubtedly, Sabaat has offered great entertainment every week, whether it’s the story, or the characters, it managed to keep us hooked. Sabaat has been a winner with drama reviewers & media critics. To speculate on upcoming developments and praise the direction of the play has become something of an entertainment blogger’s past time – perhaps because of its beautifully directed plot. And if that’s not all, the story keeps us, the viewers, engaged! Whether you’re rooting for Anaya or Dr. Haris, you do want to watch what happens next.
Sabaat Has Set New Standards Of Production & Execution On Television:
Right now, when dramas are serving Nand-Bhaawaj and Saas-Bahu issues with a lot of high-voltage plots, loud unbearable background scores and a generosity of slaps, Sabaat portrays a typical story in the most simple way. Here we remember a popular Urdu phrase:
“Saadgi Mai Khoobsurti Hai” (or in other words, find beauty in simplicity).
If you analyze the storyline of Sabaat, you will find many elements similar to current drama plots. Whether it’s the egotistical husband, or a vamp sister-in-law, but what always matters is the execution. And, yes, Sabaat has shown us how a Pakistani Drama should keep things short, simple and subtly dramatic, with gentle background music, impactful scenes with effective stints of silence and loud emotions. This is not all, Sabaat has employed locations aptly to fit in with the setting, story and scenes.
We Are Happy That It Touched Upon Diverse Workplace Dynamics
A hero is the one who wakes up in the morning, has his breakfast and goes to work to sits before the laptop all day… but wait! What he does do on the laptop? That is where Sabaat steps in. It is really refreshing to see that a drama touches upon the fields of Psychiatry and Construction/Civil Engineering and the role dynamics that a person belonging to these fields has to deal with. Similarly, a progressive heroine has always been a girl who wants to study – but study what? At most, she wants to become a doctor, but the wish is almost always shelved (except Ruswai, where Medical Field was touched upon briefly). But Sabaat has shown us how a girl can also become a Civil Engineer and guess what, there is no zimmedaariyoun ka bojh on her shoulders this time. Yeah, taking over the responsibilities of a household for a girl is an appreciable subject, but why do we have to sympathize with her all the time? Why can she not be Anaya, who has dreams and career ambitions, and makes her own way being a Hero(ine) for many girls like her?
This is what makers have to understand; that showing a girl who wants to study & aim for a career does not have to be a difficult or an almost impossible task for an entire season – not ideal content in this day and age, agreed? And Mawra Hocane in the role of Anaya is showing us how!
Normalizing Positive & Progressive Messages, By Showing Them With Less Dramatic Themes
Sabaat can be credited with giving out so many progressive, social messages in a simple, yet impactful way. From proving that girls’ higher education is not a difficult or impossible task, (even if you are an average government servant), or making parents and children realize the importance of communication between them. Sabaat wins – from teaching young men in society how to respect a woman, whether she studies with you, or she lives with you as your wife, or making us realize the significance of Thappars only to drive home the intensity of emotions and not keeping it just as a continuation of a scene or a reaction. By normalizing the taking of a dupatta, or normalizing to consult a therapist for sessions, Sabaat gives us some beautiful messages by being subtle and without preaching the case.
The On-Screen Chemistry of Hassan & Anaya
and the wisely tackled relationship dynamics of Miraal & Haris are yet another plus point for this Drama – one that is still ongoing.
To sum up, Sabaat has been a beautiful journey, very well directed by Shahzad Kashmiri. Looking forward to the next few episodes. And need we say, we want to see more dramas following in Sabaat’s footsteps!
Armaan, in his own words, started his journey at a very young age with thoughts, soon met with words and formed them into “Thought Provoking Words”. He started his writing career at very young age writing theatre dramas, short stories and also some novels and short films.
“Dramas are life…and I review Life.” – Says Armaan, very philosophically. If you find his words connect with you, then follow his writing on FUCHSIA Magazine! Follow Armaan on Instagram