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Zindagi Gulzar Hai- Was it worth the hype?

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Zindagi Gulzar Hai was a drama that captivated the attention of many viewers even before its first episode aired through its promos. With a stellar supporting cast and main leads played by none other than the nation’s heartthrob Fawad Khan and the versatile Sanam Saeed, its no wonder many people could hardly wait for the final episode that aired last week. Now that its over, lets have a look at what Zindagi gulzar hai had and what it lacked, also whether it will be remembered for a long time to come.

Acting:

One of the main reasons why this drama’s ratings kept increasing after every episode was because of the brilliant performances of every actor/actress. Whether it was the patient Rafia, the cunning Nigar or even the irritating Asmara, all characters were convincingly rendered and there was not an ounce of overacting what so ever.

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The chemistry between the main leads, Kashaf (Sanam Saeed) and Zaroon (Fawad Khan) was surprisingly good, they both played their roles very well, making viewers feel their emotions.

Plot:

This drama touched on sensitive issues and their far-reaching implications. Because of the lack of a father’s affection, even though Kashaf grew into a very intelligent and successful woman, she couldn’t let go of the feelings of inferiority complex easily. The way it was depicted that daughters are a blessing instead of a burden and should be treated with the same love and respect that sons are showered with really touched the hearts of many people.

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On the other hand, Ghazala’s preoccupation with her career at the expense of spending time with her family, also served as an interesting story-line. Watching all the characters grow, change and adapt to situations was handled quite well.

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The only problem with the plot was the duration and timeline, it was spread thinly to fit over 26 episodes and all that time, you had to keep guessing how much time had passed and how come their issues were still unresolved. It would have been better if Zindagi Gulzar Hai had ended at 22-24 episodes because some scenes begun to feel repetitive and stretched for no reason.

Ending:

Now I have mixed feelings with regards to the end of this drama, it seemed rushed even though it was a happy ending. For many episodes Kashaf and Zaroon had unresolved issues then bang! in a few minutes, the last episode was used to reconcile them and show their post-patch up scene in which it was agreed that Kashaf would never leave the house in anger again, no mention  of whether Zaroon can meet Asmara or whether Kashaf will finally agree open up to him about her private problems.

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But that was all, no other character was shown or their life talked about. In fact it was like they had never existed. The last scenes depicted Zaroon and Kashaf’s life with their twin daughters, which is cool because that what we had always wanted, to them happy together even though showing what the other characters were up to would have made the ending a perfect one.

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For what it is worth, the part towards the end of Zindagi Gulzar Hai, where Zaroon used the watering can to water his twins was hilarious. I found it symbolic, watering his children as if they were plants, it showed his nurturing and loving (as well as naughty!) nature.

Final thoughts:

Overall, the journey of Zindagi Gulzar Hai, though an  interesting one, did have its weak points towards the ending that didn’t quite meet the expectations of many. But the various characters and their story lines made up for any deficiencies and because of them, this drama will probably be remembered for quite sometime by die-hard fans.

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Overall, great performances by everyone, the first few episodes of Zindagi Gulzar Hai were simply addictive and the various relationships portrayed gave the viewers an insight to the complexities that can arise in each.

I would recommend  Zindagi Gulzar Hai for the social message that it contains with regards to family ties and their importance, if not for any other reason, because I believe  there are many valuable lessons that can be learnt from the lives and mistakes of the various characters. 

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