Abro is a Pakistani television drama serial that originally aired on Hum TV on 20 December 2015. It was directed by Ilyas Kashmiri, script by Qaisra Hayat and screenplay by Umera Ahmad. It stars Eshal Fayyaz, Noor Hassan Rizvi, Zainab Ahmed and Ahmed Zeb in pivot roles.[1]

GenreFamily Drama
Serial drama
Created byMomina Duraid
Written byQaisra Hayat
Screenplay byUmera Ahmed
Directed byIlyas Kashmiri
StarringEshal Fayyaz
Noor Hassan Rizvi
Zainab Ahmed
Ahmed Zeb
Opening theme"Abro"
Sahir Ali Bagga
Lyrics by
Captain Imran
Country of originPakistan
Original languageUrdu
No. of episodes24
ProducerMomina Duraid
EditorAbbas Arzoo
Camera setupMulti-Camera
Running time30-45 minutes
Production companyMD Productions
Original release
NetworkHum TV
Release20 December 2015 (2015-12-20) –
4 June 2016 (2016-06-04)

The show was moved from the Sunday 8pm slot to the Saturday 8pm slot after Gul-e-Rana ended and another drama series, Udaari, took the Sunday evening slot.

Plot summary edit

Abro is based on two fatherless siblings Abro and Hamid. Their mother Sakina (Asma Abbas) worked as a peon in a college and works for the principal. Abro and Hamid do not respect their mother and are ill-mannered. Abro is in love with her friend Ali, son of Farzana and Zafar, brother of Abid, Samra and Tayyaba.

Abro and Ali like each other and want to marry but Ali's family doesn't like Abro's bad manners and doesn't accept her as their daughter-in-law. However, Ali has a cousin from his mother Farzana's side (Farzana's niece, Shahida's daughter), Fouzia Jamshed and Zarmina. Ali's family wants Ali to marry Fouzia but he refuses as he is already in love with Abro and Fouzia also has feelings for Ali. At the engagement, Ali is not happy for his engagement. Abro decides to leave Ali, but he forgives her and decides to break his engagement with Fouzia. He finally breaks his engagement and marries Abro through a court marriage. It shocks both families. Initially, they live in Ali's friend's house but soon they decide to live on the upper floor of Ali's family.

Ali's job does not bring in enough money so he is unable to fulfill some duties. They finally give birth to a child whose name, Afsheen, is chosen by Ali's mother. While, on other side, because of Ali and Fouzia's separation, Farzana and Zafar decide to marry Abid to Fouzia. Farzana's sister Shahida, mother of Fouzia, first thinks that Abid is younger than Fouzia but they marry. The show skips ahead 4 months and Abid and Fouzia have a child whose name is chosen by Farzana as Ahmed Ali. Ali's parents also marry Samra and Tayyaba in good dynasties. Abid does more to help his brother in any way. Afsheen cries a lot, Ali decides to sell his bike to take something for her (Afsheen).

Fouzia also gives birth later to a daughter, Aima. Ali's mother treats Abro as a servant. Hamid is also in love with another woman and secretly marries her and goes to Kuwait. The show again takes leap of 4 years when Afsheen, Ahmed Ali and Aima became school-age pupils. Ali asks Abid to help him in Afsheen's school so that Afsheen can learn but Farzana comes and refuses it. The show again takes a leap of 20 years leap when all these pupils became 20-year-old boys and girls. At this time, all are changed. Afsheen does all the things that Abro didn't do for her mother. She also pays concentration on her studies.

Ahmed Ali and Aima grow and are very bad to their parents. They do not study well and do not follow what their parents tell. Unfortunately, Afsheen can't continue her dream to be a doctor due to financial issues with her family and she does a Bachelor of Arts instead. Ahmed loves Afsheen too, but Afsheen doesn't know. Fauzia still does not like Abro and her family. Afsheen is harassed by a man at the college and didn't go there for a week. Farzana forces Afsheen to marry a man whom initially was meant to marry Aima, but later backed out as the family wanted a traditional girl, not a modernized girl (Aima). At the end of the play, Ahmad tried to convince Afsheen to run away with her. However, afsheen when thinks of her parents' trust in her, refuses to run with Ahmed and asks him to marry Samra's daughter and gives up on his love. But their whole conversation is heard by Abid, Fouzia and their grandmother. Ali and Fouzia feel very ashamed of not bringing up their children better and praises Afsheen for her respectable behaviour and dignity.

Moreover, Aima turns out having a friendship with a boy named Fahad, who happens to be a thief, and is wanted by the police. Once the police visit Aima's house to take cell phone gifted to Aima by Fahad (which was actually stolen from a rich woman), her parents get even more ashamed. Already regretting their leniency in bringing up children, they decide to stop Aima from going to college. Meanwhile, the grandmother also ashamed of trusting Fouzia and hating Abro realizes her mistake and forgives Abro and her son, and also asks for Abro's forgiveness. In the end, they decide to get Ahmed engaged to Afsheen. Ammara's daughter Sania, who was expected to be the fiancée of Ahmed also confronts Ahmed about his emotions for Afsheen and about her plans of not desiring any stay in Pakistan or marrying Ahmed. The drama ends with Ahmed and Afsheen's engagement, where everyone is happy and giving blessing to each other.

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Reception edit

The drama series became popular soon after it went on-air. It made Hum TV the slot leader on Sundays. Just in its first episode, Abro achieved a TRP[clarification needed] of 2.8 (over the 15 mins time slot of 8:30pm–8:45pm) on 20 December 2015. Over the 70 mins time slot (8pm-9:10pm) on the same day, Abro achieved a TRP of 2.1.[2]

In the U.K., Abro's first episode raked in 33,600 viewers at 8pm, whereas the second episode attracted 36,200 viewers. Escalating further, the third episode of Abro in U.K. registered 63,700 viewers.[3] The ninth episode recorded 98,800 viewers, making it the most watched on the channel.[4] The eleventh episode garnered 79,000 viewers.[5] The thirteenth episode broke records as Abro delivered 111,100 viewers – peaking at 136,400 viewers.[6]

In Pakistan, the thirteenth episode Abro gained a TRP of 4.6 (over the 15 mins time slot of 8:30pm–8:45pm) on 13 March 2016. Over the 70 mins time slot (8pm-9:10pm) on the same day, Abro achieved a TRP of 3.3, making it a place in the top 3 dramas during the time.[7] It is the most watched on the channel on Sundays.[citation needed] It is quite popular in the UK with over 60,000 views per episode on average.[citation needed]

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References edit

  1. ^ "HUM TV DRAMA ABRO CAST CREW DETAIL". PkJobAlerts.com. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet". Imgur.[full citation needed]
  3. ^ Buddhan, Raj (4 January 2016). "Overnights: Star Plus outperforms rivals on Sunday". bizAsia. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  4. ^ Buddhan, Raj (4 January 2016). "Overnights: 'PRDP' premiere garners 100k on Sunday". bizAsia. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  5. ^ Buddhan, Raj (29 February 2016). "Overnights: Star Plus' Sunday fictions perform well". bizAsia. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  6. ^ Buddhan, Raj (14 March 2016). "Overnights: Hum TV stays strong on Sunday". bizAsia. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet". Imgur.[full citation needed]

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