A take on the many morning shows airing on TV channels and their hosts? The impact of a celebrity or a show on an average viewer? A call out to every viewer’s sense of responsibility and their contribution in creating toxic, sensational and questionable content to get ratings and become popular. Jannat Se Aagay is this and much more.
Performances Stick Together
Firstly, it is lovely to see these three amazing lead actors namely Kubra Khan, Talha Chahour and Ramsha Khan back on our screens & be treated to their great performances. Jannat Jahan played by Kubra Khan is a morning show host that is giving every competitor a run for their money and ratings. Tabassum played by Ramsha Khan is a young girl who is a die-hard fan of Jannat Jahan and is willing to do anything for her. Farooq played by Talha Chahour is a young guy who is engaged to Tabassum and is struggling to maintain a job and loves Tabassum madly.
The first episode reflects the trend of real-life cases of harassment, murder, rape survivors being invited as guests at morning shows and then interrogated in the name of giving voice to their cause and showing solidarity with them – the race for ratings & views between morning shows and to beat each other in getting viral views. In addition, the drama also shows the behind-the-scenes politics, scheming and intense competition that is rife in this industry.
Direction To Detail
The first two episodes were fast-paced, entertaining and engaging, accompanied by great direction which also treated us to some really interesting camera angles, and heart-winning performances. Umera Ahmed stays true to her art of gifting viewers an engaging story, yet keeping it focused on multiple messages. The narrative makes one question that while morning shows are responsible for showing sensational content, what about all those watching it, giving it the viral views and ratings. Tali donon hathon sey buj rehee hai. As humans maybe we have forgotten what empathy or even sympathy for fellow human beings really means?
The romance between Farooq and Tabassum is refreshing & so relatable with zero trace of far-fetched romance. Farooq’s struggle to buy a gift for Tabassum in his limited resources, to try to obtain a pass for her favorite morning show, to talk to her goofily late at night is just so endearing and we are sure it is relatable to many young, struggling couples.
Umera Ahmed scratches below the surface to make us, the viewers think: Do we need sensationalism in our lives to realize the plight & misery of many? While Jannat’s pursuit of ratings might drive her shows, but are they, by default, also serving a greater purpose, which is, making us feel for a cause we might not feel for otherwise? Is Jannat Jahan merely capitalizing on our human behavior which is, we cannot raise public outcry or feel for a cause till we see the victim’s loss magnified in painful detail and on live TV? Tabassum’s family reaction mimics that of many more audiences who might feel the same.
Waiting For More!
We don’t know much about Jannat Jahan other than she is ruthless and would go to any extent to get ratings. Tabassum is a soft-hearted girl who cares about everyone in the family. She is pure and honest and that makes her a winner.
We look forward to being part of the interesting work of Jannat Se Aagay.