Humsafar Index: The First Crossover Hit Pakistani Serial

Not gonna say the first big hit serial or anything like that, because Pakistani TV serials have been great since the 80s at least. But this was the one that hit satellite TV big time all over the world.

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Hindi Film 101: A Very Very Superficial History of Pakistani Film and TV

I am, like, BARELY qualified to write this. I read a couple articles, I did a grad school seminar that discussed Pakistan history, and I’ve seen maybe a half dozen Pakistani films. So really, not a lot of knowledge! Any less and I would refuse to write this at all. I encourage you to go out and learn from others, and to comment and teach me more if you know more, this is just a starting point.

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All You Have To Know About Humsafar and Mahira Khan Before Seeing Raees

I already put up 3 very detailed posts discussing and reviewing the entire 23 episode series that rocketed Mahira Khan to international fame.  But those were really for people who had already seen the show and wanted an in depth discussion.  Or were never planning to see the show, but still wanted to know exactly what happened.  But what if all you care about is getting a quick sense of what made Mahira Khan so appealing to the Raees producers that they just had to cast her in this role?  Then, this is the post for you!

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Things Are Finally Hunky-dory: Humsafar Part III, Episodes 15-23 Review/Summary

I finished it!  Thanks to my disastrous start to the new year (landlord says maybe I can move back in on Tuesday), I spent the weekend huddled in my parents’ guest room, with nothing to do but watch Pakistani soap opera’s on Netflix (yes, I did start Zindagi Gulzar Hai also).  And so I finished 23 episodes on 24 hours.  Which doesn’t sound that impressive until you remember to subtract sleep time.  Well, not that much sleep time.  Like 5 hours.

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Things Are Still Not Hunky-Dory: Humsafar Review/Summary Episodes 8-14

In preparation for Raees, I am zipping through Humsafar, the show that made Mahira Khan famous.  It was a bit of a slog at first, but now I am addicted and am rapidly making my way to the end.  Along the way, I wanted to pause and give some summary and discussion of the episodes.  I already did 1-8 here, now it’s time to move on to 8-14.

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Things Are Not Hunky-Dory: Humsafar Review/Summary Part 1, Episodes 1-8

As I am sure many of you know, the two big hit Pakistani soap operas, Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai, were just added to Netflix.  They’ve been available through other less-good sources (ErosNow, youtube) for a while, plus of course their original broadcast, so there is a good chance some of you are ahead of me in watching them.  Anyway, since enough people are seeing them now, and especially because Mahira Khan starred in Humsafar and is about to star in Raees, I am putting out a review/summary of the episodes in 3 parts, starting with the first 8.  There will be a little bit of non-spoiler to start if you want to decide if the show is for you before reading on.

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