The passing away of legendary Pakistani drama writer, Haseena Moin, has shattered everyone. She was known for strong and powerful female characters that had a mind of their own. Unfortunately, we don’t see such female characters in our dramas anymore. But Haseena Moin proved that it’s possible to show empowered women on national television in an era when no one dared to believe so.
Everyone was heartbroken by her demise at the age of 79. However, it important to relive her legacy through some of her path-breaking dramas. Even after decades, her storylines remain relevant and highly relatable. Here are a few of our favorites.
Best dramas of Haseena Moin
1. Dhoop Kinaray
Dhoop Kinaray featured heartthrob Rahat Kazmi and Marina Khan. It was one of the most popular dramas of its time. The serial was directed by Saira Kazmi and written by Haseena Moin. Moreover, it was the story of an independent, aspiring female doctor. The best thing about Marina’s character was her ability to make her own decisions. Something that is a rare find these days!
Shehnaz Sheikh and Marina Khan were the faces of Tanhaiyaan. Imagine two female leads helming a project back in the 80s, it’s absolutely fascinating. We are reluctant to do this today but it was Haseena’s courage that allowed such a story to be featured on national television.
Another female-centric story that trusts the woman to make decisions about her professional and personal life. The drama was directed by Shoaib Mansoor and featured Shehnaz Sheikh in the lead role. Ankahi was a cult classic that won the hearts of audiences. It was simple storytelling with a profound message.
4. Jaane Anjaane
Jaane Anjaane was aired in the late 1990s. It had a young and dynamic cast including Nadia Jamil, Humayun Saeed, Vaneeza Ahmad, Asad and Talat Hussain. The story was a refreshing watch and Humayun Saeed’s character was absolutely lovable. Haseena always made sure that she had a good portion of humour in her scripts so audiences never feel bored.
The adaptation of Henry James novel, Parchaiyaan tells the story of Najia (Sahira Kazmi) and the men in her life. However, it was something completely different and extraordinary storyline for people back then. The story proves that a woman has the right to choose the person she loves and there is nothing wrong with it.
Everything that Haseena created turned out to be magic. It entertained people and gave them a valuable lesson as well. It’s impossible to see such stories today. Unfortunately, with Haseena Ji’s death, there isn’t much hope left now. Till then we can only pray that one day may we find a Haseena Moin in this dark era of Khalil ul Rahman Qamar.