Actors Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed have reunited for a Zee5 show 10 years after Zindagi Gulzar Hai that pushed the duo to superstardom in Pakistan. Their yet-to-be-titled web-series has just wrapped up filming. Their project is being helmed by Asim Abbasi, who also directed Churails and feature film Cake.
According to Variety, the show is a blend of magical realism and supernatural fantasy with a family reunion. Humsafar actor Khan is seen in a role of a single parent who tries to be the father that his own father wasn't. Saeed, who recently starred in Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam, bears otherworldly secrets in the show and takes it upon herself to heal and bring everyone together.
The pair posted some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot a few months ago. Khan had described the story as a "genre-bending saga of familial traumas and reconciliations, a tale of love and loss set in a world of magic and mystique."
Saeed had written, "In a mystical land far far away! Forgot my own excitement of collaborating with Asim Abbasi once again while all you got excited about this jori (pair)! We're back in completely new avatars with a phenomenal cast, crew and kahani (story)." The photos confirmed that the set location was the mountainous valley of Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan.
Director Abbasi told Variety that it is a "personal project" for him that spanned the period of five months and is the "most challenging experience" of his life but also the "most rewarding".
"The ensemble have done a beautiful job, and given some career best performances. While we have had many eventful days shooting for the series, the last day of the shoot was particularly action-packed. I remember the car we were supposed to shoot with didn’t work, so we used my personal car instead. During the shot, Fawad really had to burn the rubber, as he had to do a u-turn on a single lane road. It was a perfect shot but now I need new tyres," Abbasi told the publication.
Zindagi, which used to air as a TV channel, shut down in 2017, only to be resurrected as OTT platform Zee5. It kicked off with Churails in 2020 and has over 50 shows now. It continues to screen original Pakistani and Indian shows such as Dhoop Ki Deewar and the more recent Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam. Saba Qamar and Nauman Ijaz star in the platform's upcoming web-series Mrs and Mr Shaheen.