PTV may revive heyday production Ainak Wala Jin, says Haseeb Pasha who played Hamoon Jadugar in the show

PTV may revive heyday production Ainak Wala Jin, says Haseeb Pasha who played Hamoon Jadugar in the show

The play telecast for almost a decade from 1993 to 2002 and kept children glued to their TV sets.
14 Nov, 2022

The Pakistan Television (PTV) is planning to revive the memories of the good old days by telecasting Ainakwala Jinn, a children’s favourite programme of yesteryears.

The play telecast for almost a decade from 1993 to 2002 kept children glued to TV sets and was one of the productions telecast in PTV’s heyday.

Dawn got an opportunity to have a chat with Haseeb Pasha, a TV star and man behind the show. “I recently had a conversation with some PTV officials at the Lahore station and they expressed their desire to revive the show on the miniscreen,” said Mr Pasha. He said the ineffable memories of a whole generation were attached with this show as they grew up watching this children’s attraction on television back in 90s.

Asked why the play went off the screen in 2002, Mr Pasha said the programme was over because of a lack of interest of producers and others in the PTV. Hafeez Tahir was the creator, producer and writer of this show and he had immense interest in this production. After his (Mr Tahir’s) retirement, Mr Pasha said, no one bothered to keep the show rolling.

He said the show with new looks had been taking place at the Alhamra Arts Centre on The Mall, since February 2022 and a puppet theatre been incorporated into the show a couple of weeks ago. This puppet theatre had an extended history; it was introduced three decades ago by Samina Ahmed, TV artiste and producer, who used to be the Deputy Director Programmes at the Lahore Arts Council.

The dual show of Ainak Wala Jin and Putli Tamasha is attracting large audiences, mostly children, who flock to Alhamra every Sunday. The visiting children are given sweets by a ‘fairy’ and they feel excited and enjoy the ambiance.

Ainakwala Jinn is an educational show in which children are shown different segments conveying messages of peace, harmony, love for the country, respect for teachers and the value of truth. The show has got a new set, lighting system, décor and costumes.

Originally published in Dawn, November 14th, 2022


Jawad Ahsan Nov 14, 2022 11:14am
Must Must Must revive this legend series!!!
Hamid Faisal Nov 14, 2022 12:03pm
Yes, this Ainak Wala Jin should be shown again on PTV, as it reflects the present geo-political stigma of our beloved country. Salute to Mr. Hafeez Tahir and the entire TEAM.
NYS Nov 14, 2022 12:04pm
Pasha is planning to rerun the most popular show, Well will he be able to pay actor cast royalties however, some character actor have been passed away during this era.... Many chances are that this show will not get that attention as 90s era, reason mindset have changed and many stuff is available via digital side
Mehmood Nov 14, 2022 12:46pm
@NYS Good analysis
Shakeel Mahota Nov 14, 2022 02:33pm
PTV must note that Ainak Wala Jin was aired in days when there was no internet, OTT platforms and mobile phones. In case PTV intends to revive this a lot of effort will have to be done in terms of effects/ screenplay, stunts, soundtrack etc.
Imran khan (Mardan) KPK Nov 14, 2022 02:37pm
I grew up watching this epic drama. Brings back memories of early childhood, wish we could turn the clocks back.
Hamid Faisal Nov 14, 2022 07:38pm
There were excellent production from PTV during the Era of 80's and 90's. Ainak Wala Jin, Fifty-Fifty, Waris, Aangan Tehra , Chooti Si Dunya etc. I Salute to all producers, directors, actors and team. The Golden Era of PTV in our beloved country.
asim Nov 15, 2022 03:52am
That was a very different time, so long ago. And also, in its end days, the drama had become quite monotonous. The then audiences have all grown up. Children are not going to be interested in it as they have much high quality programs to select from.