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Hum TV holds grand event for finale of ‘Parizaad’

Hum TV serial ‘Parizaad’ has come to an end with a groundbreaking finale that was screened in a cinema in Lahore on Friday. Directed by Shehzad Kashmiri and written by Hashim Nadeem of ‘Raqs-e-Bismil’ and ‘Ishq Zahe Naseeb’ fame, the finale of the critically-acclaimed serial gave its eager viewers some much-needed closure and insight on where the lead character ‘Parizaad’s’ life was headed.

The finale screening held in Lahore and was attended by the ensemble cast and crew of the show. Apart from the special screening, the finale is being released in cinemas nationwide in Pakistan four days before the TV airing; giving the show’s diehard fans the chance to experience ‘Parizaad’ on a grand scale. It was also reported that the first day shows of the serial in Islamabad and Karachi were completely sold out.

The plot of the show took its audience on a constant rollercoaster ride of emotions, giving everyone regular doses of not only the plight and struggles of its gifted main character, but also the numerous people and paths he crosses in life. Based on the story of a dark-skinned man who is constantly mistreated and scorned by his peers, ‘Parizaad’ made its way to the hearts of every viewer who watched his story. Every episode came brimming with profound exchanges between the characters and left its viewers wanting more every single time.

To add to the serial’s success, this was the first time in recent history where a man portrayed the key role in the plot, especially when the TV medium is believed to be led by women. Along with local success, the series also gained massive international recognition, to the point where Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra used the OST of the show for his collection and BBC Asian Network journalist Haroon Rashid also shared how he binge-watched all the episodes in a week to match the pace with the finale.

Produced under the banner of MD Productions for Hum TV, the serial features a star cast of Ahmed Ali Akbar, Yumna Zaidi, Nauman Ijaz, Syed Muhammad Ahmed, Urwa Hocane, Saboor Aly, Ushna Shah, Mashal Khan, Tipu Shah, Kiran Tabeer, Leyla Zuberi, Madiha Rizvi and Malik Hamid Raza. Every cast member has given a stellar performance, notably Akbar, who went the extra mile for this character in all aspects. The heartfelt subject matter and the performances also succeeded in catching the attention of male viewers, which doesn’t come easy for the local drama industry.

Only time will tell if the industry will produce another show to match ‘Parizaad’s’ calibre, but until then, the show has left its huge fan base deeply satiated.