Khuda zameen se gaya nahin – A must watch

I know I am very late. Wanted to write this post for quite some time but was distracted by other urgent and non-urgent businesses.

Yet, it is never too late. Here is my recommendation for a must watch TV drama serial (in case it escaped your attention).

As Taliban militants in Pakistan wage war on the state and the army goes on the offensive against the militants in Swat and Waziristan, a drama serial on Pakistani TV is urging citizens to understand the true nature of the militancy. The producers of the 16-part serial are portraying the conflict in terms of good versus evil: how a resolute nation and the valiant armed forces take on the militants to win back their freedom and land.

Here is the link to the official website:
http://www.pakzameen.pk/index.html

I believe some of its episodes are available on youtube and also on various websites hosting TV talkshows.

Written by renowned writer Asghar Nadeem Syed, the serial has been directed by a young director Kashif Nisar.

Rich with the feelings of nationalism, sacrifice, valour and fighting spirit, the serial highlights sequences that have been shot on the calligraphic locations of Rahimyar Khan, Bahawalpur, Jhelum, Islamabad and the Pakhtunkhwa (NWFP) Province. Instead of using artificial sets, new constructions have been undertaken to meet the demand of the serial.

Another striking aspect of this drama is that artists from all over Pakistan have performed in the play. The cast includes artists like Nauman Ijaz, Ayesha Khan, Ayub Khoso, Syed Jibran, Sara Chaudhry, Tipu among several others.

These artists, in a novel way, depict real life situations which have been missing in conventional drama serials while Nauman Ijaz is appearing as Pashtun youth for the first time in his acting career.

Khaista Gul (Ayub Khoso) is one of the main protagonists in this drama, who turbo charges the terror machine. One of two brothers, who go their separate ways after their father’s death, Khaista takes the warpath in his mission to snatch rights, which he professes have been denied at the expense of the privileged. He turns into a demagogue, who uses religion to not just wean away people but also harness a long line of suicide bombers to achieve his ends. (His character will remind us of living devils, e.g., Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Munawar Hassan, Fazlur-Rehman, Sami-ul-Haq, Rafi Usmani etc)

The serial focuses on the exploitation of youth by militants concerting them into suicide bombers while it also depicts the agony of destruction of human psyche and relationships in the wake of rampant terrorism in the country in a realistic manner.

The title track of the drama has been presented by the renowned singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan whereas the credit for earnest music goes to eminent music director Sahir Ali Bagga.

It is a wonderful song with great lyrics (written by a young poet, Ali Raza):

Khuda zameen se gaya nahin hay

Hay surkh mosam, ghata nahin hay
Ghutan bohat hay, hawa nahin hay
Ghani hain ratain, diya nahin hay
Yeh asmaan bhi naya nahin hay

Na khof khao, na sir jhukao
Utho kay zulmat bala nahin hay
Khuda zameen se gaya nahin hay

Jahan kay ho woh jahaan becha
Zameen ko hi asmaan becha
Bhanwar main ho, badbaan becha
YaqeeN main tha jo, gumaan becha

Naqad hatheli pay jaan rakh kay
Wohi phir apna makaan becha
Milay jo aisa sila nahin hay
Khuda zameen se gaya nahin hay

Zameen kay balon mein khaak dekho
Ujar gaya sab, yeh raakh dekho
Bikhar gaya hay jo khwab dekho
Hay har taraf ab sarab dekho

Lahoo hay aankhon mein ab ragon ka
Tamasha ghar ka khud aap dekho
Koi bhi ab baa-wafa naheen hay
Khuda zameen se gaya naheen hay

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