Marya Javed’s web series I Frandship U is a love story for this age. Finally, a contemporary love story that we can all relate to.
With the rise in web series in Pakistan, its no wonder that they went for a similar format for I Frandship U. The project has been made exclusively for Vidly, a Pakistani video streaming platform.
I Frandship U features the story of Daniyal and Hareem, a Pindi boy and a New Yorker.
As expected from any web series, the content is fresh, innovative and relatable (no need to be bummed out since its a love story).
The fact that its’ a love story should not be discouraging as the story is so contemporary, everyone can relate to a good portion of it.
In the first episode, we’re introduced to the character Hareem (played by Areesha Zainab). This college age New Yorker comes to Pakistan on a student exchange program. The real reason she’s here is for her maternal grandparents, who she hasn’t seen in 17 years.
Episode two is about Hareem’s entry on campus (PNCA if you didn’t get it). Hareem already has a friend Aisha (gotta watch the episode to find out how). Through Aisha, Hareem comes to meet Daniyal AKA Danny (played by Wasil Tanweer).
Danny is your stereotypical ‘Pindi boy’, guitar and all. Ladies love him (or so he wishes). As with the case of any stereotypical Pindi boy, Danny feels the chemistry on day one of meeting Hareem (its all unrequited, of course).
Danny then tries to talk to Hareem, get to know her better, stereotype her along the way (if New Yorkers can handle Mexican, they can handle Asian spice). Hareem’s interest in learning to play the guitar via Danny’s lessons is mistaken by Danny as (you guessed it) just interest in him.
The story seems pretty authentic so far (unless they overdo the Pindi boy act). The episodes are well paced.
Dawn’s Images reported that Sarmad Khosaat will be making a cameo, and that’s a treat.
About the Author
Marya Javed has been writing for a while now, but this is her first screen project. Maybe this was expected given she does love to write. In her own words;
“I like to write, everything from stories to articles to hard hitting whatsapp messages. I love cinema; its magic and power. Humans interest me; their pain and glory, their secrets and expression, their suffering and healing.”
She also has a knack for multi-tasking given she’s a ‘multipotentialite’ who’s worked in everything from telecom, banking, education, fashion, retail, etc.