Nadeem Baig & Mohammad Ahmed, writer & director of Kuch Ankahi answer the most popular questions about the drama!
Without any qualms, by far and large currently the saving grace of Pakistani dramas, Kuch Ankahi has swooped audiences in for a steady and smooth, lovely journey. People undermined its strengths when it first set out to grace television screens. It’s unfortunate how shows with a positive society-changing message pick up much later than sensational content. But Kuch Ankahi proved its mettle.
Every time Saturday approaches, we think to ourselves, if it will be the day Aliya makes up her mind and voices her emotions for the love of her life but we are still on hold until tonight -The last episode shall be the one where she breaks one of her suitor’s heart. As we anticipate Aliya’s confessions of love, we must also remind ourselves, what more there is to the drama that made its very own special place in audiences; hearts.
We spoke to the writer, Mohammed Ahmed and director Nadeem Baig who is not only an acclaimed hit director but also a producer and writer. He made his directorial debut in films with 2015’s Jawani Phir Nahi Ani and is impressively the director of 4 of the top 6 highest grossing films in Pakistan. His hit dramas include: Annie Ki Ayegi Baraat, Pyarey Afzal, Meray Pass Tum Ho and Dil Lagi.
We truly mean it when we say, Mohammad Ahmed is one of our national treasures, he is not only the hit drama’s writer but also stars in it as the lovable father of 3 shining girls, Agha Jaan. He is also a screenwriter, lyricist and director in addition to being a writer and actor. He began his career in 1980 and is famous for his roles in Sinf-e-Aahan, Parizaad, and most recently, Hum Tum.
We had some imperative questions for our 2 distinguished guests and they obliged us.
1.What Do You Think Was The One Special Element That Added To The Magic Of Kuch Ankahi?
Nadeem Baig: The director quips that the romance is the magic! “The subtle romantic scenes between Sajal and Bilal at the rooftop will always be my favourite scenes for many many years to come unless there’s something that beats that too!”
Mohammad Ahmed: “The messages Samiya’s character conveyed were the special element for me and were the ones I had been wanting to convey.”
2. What Do You Hope Young Girls & Their Families Take Away From The Drama?
Nadeem Baig pointed out something quite true indeed, how “girls don’t ignore red flags, are the first to spot them, but maybe sometimes take longer to address them or may choose to ignore them due to various circumstances.”
As for Agha Jaan AKA Mohammad Ahmed, he is of the view: “Larkioun ko itni aqal aur samajh honi chahye takay wou sahi faislay kar sakay”
As far as the take away families should be receiving according to the two:
Nadeem Baig: “Shammo and Agha Jaan are the perfect characters to portray what expectations parents might have. What parents think, is it good or bad for the kids? Sometimes they might be in the wrong and thus it is important for them to understand their child.”
Mohammed Ahmed: Can we just say, we loved his witty responses!
While wittily hinting at a future scene he hilariously says parents should heed the take away: “Cousin marriages nae honi chahye! Mera tou yeh kehna hai!”
3. Why Is Aliya So Confused? Why Isn’t She Already Confessing Her Love?
Nadeem Baig: “Whats wrong if she doesn’t believe in being a people pleaser? Of course both Aliya and Salman have made efforts on their part but both are ambitious people who are in parallel situations. She isn’t quiet because of her ego! Usko waqt dena chahye!”
Mohammad Ahmed: “Jahan Bharosa Hota Hai, Wahan Sawal Nae Hota” Ahmed Saab quite beautifully answered our question with one dialogue. He says “Aliya’s present conditions don’t justify her vocalising her love at present. She gets out of one tough situation and is then thrown into another at home with her sister’s personal lives disturbed too.”
“Jab wo hansi aur sath uskay ankhou mai ansoo aye, Salman ko samjh lena chahye aur wo samajh gaya”
4. Do You Think Salman Was Being Insecure Or Was He Justified?
Mohammad Ahmed: “Salman does love her but wants a confirmation like any other guy, he wants Aliya to express it. I have seen such examples in real life too…”
”Mainay asal zindagi mai bhi aisay dekha hai. Thora Thora insecure hona tou jaiz hai!”
Nadeem Baig: “Salman is human after all. Any guy in his place would think along these lines, insecurity exists even in good people so it is fairly natural and who wouldn’t feel insecure and that too in front of Azfar?”
5. Why Can’t Aliya & Salman Have Even One Normal Conversation?
Nadeem Baig: “They are both ambitious people who have fallen in love but when two people have the same ambitions, the dynamics are a little different.”
Mohammed Ahmed: “Khoobsorti he unki nok jhok mai hai!”
He says they have listened to our POV but mischievously joked: “yeh tou mainay Nadeem say seekha hai kay akhir waqt tak kaisay tarsatay hain.” Ahmed Saab quipped laughingly that he has learnt this trick from Nadeem Baig on how to keep audiences hooked till the end.
Ahmed Saab mentioned Salman’s character is based on a real life person he knows. “Ek sahab hain jo aisay he hai!” He says as a writer often when one writes, they write about people and circumstances they might have seen.
As Kuch Ankahi leaves us enchanted one last time tomorrow, we would like to end it on a note we personally found to be very relatable and admirable – Nadeem Baig spoke about Aliya representing the girls of today:
Are you excited for Kuch Ankahi’s last episode tomorrow night? Who do you think Aliya will choose?