Sunday, 25 December 2011

That Eighties’ Show….”Dhoop Kinare”


Rahat Kazmi in Dhoop Kinare

Before I start this post, I'd like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

Now coming to the subject of this post, let’s talk a bit about “Dhoop Kinare”, a serial that ruled millions of hearts on both the sides of the border (India and Pakistan) in late eighties. As you might know, “Kuch Toh Log Kahenge” is an Indian remake of “Dhoop Kinare”. Its effervescent heroine was Dr Zoya, she of the short haircut, who dared to fall in love with the dashing but strict Dr Ahmer Ansari, who was twice her age, and who famously defied her snooty rival in love, Dr Sheena, with the words, “Mohabbat aur dukaandari main farq hota hai”. For an entire generation of teenage girls, Zoya was an icon.

Zoya and Ahmer were created in 1987 in Karachi, and made actors Marina Khan and Rahat Kazmi household names. Twenty-three years later, Sony Entertainment Television bought its official rights to create Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, on air since 3rd October, with Kritika Kamra playing Zoya and Mohnish Behl in the role of Ahmer.

But, Karachi-based Haseena Moin, who wrote the original classic, isn’t impressed. She was hesitant to give away the rights of her famous drama. “Basically, I’m against remakes because woh baat phir se nahin paida hoti jo pehle keh chuke hain,” she says. It was the merit of Rang De Basanti writer Kamlesh Pandey, who is the creative in-charge of Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, which made Moin change her mind. She saw the first episode and didn’t watch it again. “Dhoop Kinare was about a relationship that developed over a period of time. In this show, the romance started from the beginning. Their eye contact started from day one. Do minute tak woh ankhon mein dekhte hi rehte hain. Zoya was bubbly, but she never overacted. The casting doesn’t feel right,” she says. But, I do not agree with her at all. In KTLK as well, relationship developed over a period of time. There was nothing like love in the initial episodes. I’ve also written about this in detail in one of my posts. And also, anyone who watches KTKL, would surely agree that no one could have done it better than Mohnish Behl & Kritika Kamra. I just don’t understand why Haseena Moin says that the casting is not right.

Let anyone say anything, I’ll keep watching KTLK. I hope that you also watch it. And, by the way the story of KTLK is getting more & more gripping day by day. So keep watching.

That's all for now ! But stay in touch. I’ll be posting even more interesting buzz & trivia about the show.