The perfect duo of Sakina Sammo (as a director) and Umera Ahmad (as a writer) had triggered the interest of audience for the new serial of Hum TV, Muhabbat Subh Ka Sitara Hai before its official launch. The promos of the play with cute Sanam Jang and Meekal Zulfiqar weren’t very revealing about the story, but now when a couple of episodes have gone on air, we are in a better position to talk about the story, cast, directions, strong points and flaws of the play.
Muhabbat Subh Ka Sitara Hai is a novel based drama, after watching the introductory episodes, I pretty much found it the Pakistani version of Cinderella story. Remember how poor Cinderella used to work for hours only to be rebuked by her cruel step-mom? But since it’s a play by MD productions and well reputed names of Umera and Sakina are associated with it, I really hope the story has a lot more to offer us than just a long chain of miseries followed by an artificially contrived happy ending.
The story of the play revolves around Romaisa (Sanam Jang) who is living with her aunt (Farah Shah) after the death of her parents. Her aunt, as it is so predictable in these situations doesn’t treat her well. She sales Romaisa’s house for the money to marry her daughter off and forces Romaisa to work in a factory for some additional income.
Sanam has played the character of miserable and innocent Romaisa really well, the way she conveys her helplessness through her eyes without uttering a single word is brilliant. I really doubt anyone else could have been looked better in this character. The moments when Romaisa tries to find the brightest star on the sky every morning are the soul of the play. For her, finding that subh ka sitara is like reliving her past with her father and a hope of better future.
On the other side of the story we have Nabeel (Meekal Zulfikar), a well-established business man who is still single. Almost all characters of the play are really enthusiastic and busy in match-making for him. Romaisa, as the result of constant nagging of her aunt, secures a job in his office.
In the coming episodes, Nabeel and Romaisa will be developing a close intimacy and Romaisa will find the brightest subh ka sitara in form of love, but how will this happen is a long story and will be revealed gradually as the play progresses.
The other prominent cast of the play includes, Adeel Hussain, Meera Sethi and Mansha Pasha. Mansha Pasha is shining really bright in this play, loved her outrageously spontaneous acting. The direction of the play is okey-ish, nothing extraordinary but still the story of the play grasps viewer’s attention.
Muhabbat Subh Ka Sitara Hai airs every Friday at 20:00 on Hum TV. Are you following this play? How would you rate the story out of 10?