Parizaad (Urdu: پری‌زاد, lit.'Fairy's child') is a Pakistani television series written by Hashim Nadeem, based on his novel of the same name, directed by Shahzad Kashmiri and produced by Momina Duraid Productions. It first started airing on Hum Television on 20 July 2021. The series stars Ahmed Ali Akbar in the title role alongside Yumna Zaidi, Ushna Shah, Nauman Ijaz, Mashal Khan, Urwa Hocane and Saboor Aly in prominent roles.

Parizaad
cover-title-of-Parizad
GenreDrama
Based onParizaad
by Hashim Nadeem
Written byHashim Nadeem
Directed byShahzad Kashmiri
StarringAhmed Ali Akbar
Yumna Zaidi
Ushna Shah
Mashal Khan
Urwa Hocane
Nauman Ijaz
Saboor Aly
Country of originPakistan
Original languageUrdu
No. of episodes29
Production
Running time38-40 minutes
Production companyMD Productions
Original release
NetworkHum TV
Release20 July 2021 (2021-07-20) –
1 February 2022 (2022-02-01)

The last episode was aired in cinemas on 28 January 2022 and in television on 1 February 2022. A second season of the series is in development.[1]

The series received critical acclaim with praise towards the storyline and Akbar's performance, who later won Best Actor and Best Actor Popular awards at 8th Hum Awards and Best TV Actor-Critics' choice at 21st Lux Style Awards. It also won Best TV Play and Best TV Writer award at the latter.

Plot

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The story revolves around a dark-skinned college student, Parizaad who has grown up with self-esteem problems and confidence issues. Despite society's judgement of him, he is very hardworking, extremely respectful and well-mannered, and creates a lasting impression on anyone he meets. This drama takes us along his journey of the friends and enemies he meets in his life as he tackles with his inner fight of choosing his true passion of poetry or choosing a realistic job that can provide income for his family. Parizaad is an innocent boy living in Rawalpindi with his brothers. Due to his dark skin, he is often ridiculed. His brothers and sisters-in-law are greedy and consider him to be a liability. Only his sister Saeeda loves him. But she is to be married to an aged man due to family pressure. Parizaad loves Naheed and Saeeda likes Majid but both Naheed and Majid are already in love with each other.

One day Parizaad is falsely accused of giving a love letter to Naheed at her house. Naheed's father slaps Parizaad in front of everyone. After learning that Naheed loves Majid and it was Majid who was at her terrace that night, Parizaad wants to kill himself, but is saved by Ahmad. On the other hand, Naheed marries Majid.

After this Parizaad meets Bubly, who considers herself a 'tomboy'. As Parizaad is desperately in need of money for his sister, he agrees to marry Bubly to obtain dowry. But before all this an happen, Bubly runs away from her house.

Then Parizaad meets Lubna, a rich girl, and starts developing a liking for her, but her mother fixes her marriage with a rich businessman. The mother also rebukes Parizaad regarding his poetry and asks him to focus on becoming a rich man. Then Parizaad moves to Karachi where he starts working for a big businessman, Behroze Karim who unbeknownst to Parizaad at that time, is a don who owns a mafia empire. Parizaad initially works as a shift supervisor in the factory of Don Behroze. Don Behroze inspired by Parizaad's truthfulness and bravery, appoints him as the bodyguard of his wife Layla Saba. Parizaad was also ordered to give all the information about Layla to Behroze. Layla is disloyal to Behroze and uses Parizaad's innocence so as to meet her lover. Behroze learns about this and he kills both Layla and her lover, but spares Parizaad. As Layla's lover was from a powerful background, Behroze gets trapped in his murder case. Behroze sends Parizaad to Guru so that Parizaad remains safe. There Parizaad meets Bubly who was adopted by Guru, Parizaad reconciles Bubly with her parents. After returning to Karachi, Parizaad takes all the blame and is sent to jail. Finally, it is known that Behroze was the one who killed both Layla and her lover. Before being caught, Behroze kills himself and gives all his wealth to Parizaad as a reward for his loyalty.

After becoming rich and coming out of jail, Parizaad sees that everybody respects him as he is a wealthy man now. Even people have no problem with his dark skin. His brothers and sisters-in-law due to their greed show affection and love for Parizaad. Parizaad again meets Lubna who is now a divorcee and a flop actress, Parizaad decides to finance her films. During this he also meets Ahmad. Parizaad now again meets Naheed who is now in a poor condition as her husband is now a good-for-nothing man. Naheed's father apologises to Parizaad as he is now aware that Parizaad was innocent at the time. Parizaad arranges a job for Nahaeed's sister and for Majid. Naheed too now has a change of heart for Parizaad due to his wealth and tries to reconnect with him, which Parizaad declines.

At the end he meets Annie, a radio host, who is a blind girl and a die-hard fan of Parizaad not because of his wealth but truly because of his poetry. Parizaad also develops a feeling for her, but is afraid that he might again get rejected due to his dark skin, once Annie gets back her eyesight. Annie's cousin, a new character, Sharjeel, also interferes with Parizaad's love, by confessing his plans to propose once Annie gets back her eyesight, not knowing Parizaad is in love with Annie. Parizaad in a moment of weakness decides to have Sharjeel killed by his bodyguard, Akbar, however his inner conscious stops him. Heartbroken once again realizing that even with money and power he is unable to capture true love, Parizaad leaves Karachi, leaving all his wealth behind. He goes to the mountains away from the pain of the world to ease his broken heart. There he becomes a teacher in the mountain village school and finds satisfaction helping children learn and prepare for the world ahead. No one knows about Parizaad's whereabouts as he discreetly leaves behind everything. Annie meets Parizaad while working as a news anchor, but fails to recognize him as he has changed his name. After hearing his voice and touching his face, she recognizes him and both of them confess their love for each other and the story ends with Parizaad finally getting his love. Annie and Parizaad plan on opening an Urdu academy in the Village. Annie plans on working as an assistant for the Urdu academy while starting her radio broadcast from the village.

Cast

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Ahmed Ali Akbar plays Parizaad in the series.
Name Role First episode appearance Total episode appearances Notes
Main character
Ahmed Ali Akbar[2] Parizaad Episode 1 29 Dark-skinned poet and later a millionaire
Prominent characters
Ushna Shah Naheed Episode 1 7 Daughter of Mirza, Parizaad's first love and later Majid's wife
Saboor Aly[3][4] Saima/Bubbly/Dilawar Episode 4 7 Struggles with gender dysphoria and is Parizaad's second love
Mashal Khan Lubna/Mahpara Episode 6 8 Drama artist and Parizaad's third love
Nauman Ijaz Agha Behroze Karim Episode 10 5 Parizaad's former boss and Layla Saba's husband
Urwa Hocane[5] Layla Saba Episode 11 4 Wife of Agha Behroze Kareem, a millionaire
Yumna Zaidi[6] Quratulain/Annie Episode 20 10 Blind girl and Parizaad's fourth love
Supporting characters
Syed Mohammad Ahmed Mirza Episode 1 7 Father of Naheed
Ismat Zaidi Sakina Episode 1 5 Mother of Naheed
Adnan Shah Tipu Akbar Episode 1 6 Eldest brother of Parizaad
Madiha Rizvi Kubra Episode 1 5 Akbar's wife
Paras Masroor Asghar Episode 1 6 Younger brother of Akbar and elder brother of Parizaad
Asma Malik Sughra Episode 1 5 Asghar's wife
Kiran Tabeir Saeeda Episode 1 7 Sister of Parizaad
Ahmad Taha Ghani Majid Episode 2 4 Parizaad's neighbor and later Naheed's husband
Taniya Hussain Kanwal Episode 1 4 Naheed's sister
Raza Ali Abid Shauky Episode 1 5 Parizaad's neighbor friend
Malik Raza Saleem Episode 3 7 Saeeda's husband
Tahira Imam Saleem's mother Episode 3 1 Asks for Saeeda's hand in marriage
Anjum Habibi Saleem's father Episode 3 1 Asks for Saeeda's hand in marriage
Salma Hassan Shaista Episode 4 4 Mother of Bubbly
Rashid Farooqui Shabbir Episode 4 4 Father of Bubbly
Adeel Afzal Ahmad Nasaaz Episode 3 8 Parizaad's college friend and poet
Natasha Hussain Lubna's mother Episode 7 3 Mother of Lubna
Asim Shah Kakakhail Saith Noman Episode 7 3 Business tycoon who wants to buy Parizaad's poetry to publish in his book
Hassan Shah Janu/Shah Jahan Episode 10 4 Parizaad's friend
Faiz Chuhan Kallu Ustad Episode 9 3 Parizaad's boss at workshop
Laila Zuberi Hajjan Bua Episode 4 3 Matchmaker of Parizaad's neighborhood
Saad Azhar Feroz Episode 11 4 Behroze Karim's personal assistant
Mazhar Suleman Noorani Akbar Episode 17 10 Parizaad's personal assistant
Asad Mumtaz Malik Guru Episode 14 5 Behroze Karim's old friend and later Parizaad's friend
Nadia Afghan Badar Munir Episode 11 3 DSP who catches Behroze Karim
Saife Hassan Sheharyar Episode 11 3 IG who is a senior head of Badar Munir
Hira Umer Sara Episode 11 2 Layla Saba's friend
Iftikhar Ahmed Usmani Kamali Episode 17 12 Parizaad's manager, assistant and caretaker
Mazhar Noorani Akbar Episode 17 11 Parizaad's bodyguard and Feroz's younger brother
Huma Nawab Shehla Episode 22 4 Annie's mother
Areeba Alvi Jharna Episode 23 5 Singer at Parizaad's production house and Nasaaz's love interest
Fahad Mirza Sharjeel Episode 23 7 Annie's cousin
Shahzad Nawaz Saith Shehbaz Episode 20 4 Parizaad's business enemy
Nadia Hussain Shehbaz's wife Episode 25 1 Wife of Shehbaz
Saleem Mairaj Manzoor Episode 1 1 Parizaad's father
Mizna Waqas Hamida Episode 1 2 Parizaad's mother
Nargis Rasheed Amna Episode 1 1 Manzoor's sister

Soundtrack

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Na Puch Parizaadon Se
Soundtrack album by
Released23 June 2021 (2021-06-23)
Recorded2021
GenreTelevision soundtrack
Length4:43
LanguageUrdu
LabelM.D Productions
ProducerMomina Duraid
Music video
"Parizaad" OST on YouTube

The official soundtrack of the serial was composed by Waqar Ali and sung by Asrar while the lyrics were written by Hashim Nadeem.[7]

Production

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Background and development

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Television actor Faysal Quraishi first decided to produce the series based on Hashim Nadeem's award-winning Parizaad, for which he approached a channel but was rejected.[8] According to Quraishi, he wanted to cast Gohar Rasheed in the titular character at that time.[9]

In May 2021, it was revealed that Parizaad will get a television adaptation, produced by MD Productions and directed by Shahzad Kashmiri. The writer revealed that the show was actually written as an experiment, much like his previous show, Ishq Zahe Naseeb.[10][11][12]

Casting

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Ahmed Ali Akbar was chosen to portray the titular role of Parizaad. Akbar was not the first choice to portray the character. Likewise, the role of Naheed played by Ushna Shah was previously offered to Neelam Muneer who rejected it.[10] The role of Inspector Badar Munir was earlier offered to Nimra Bucha, but after her rejection the role was played by Nadia Afgan, who termed it as the "most enjoyable performance" of her career.[13]

Principal photography

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The filming was mostly done in real locations of Karachi and Islamabad. The university from Lubna's track in episodes 7-9 is the Capital University of Science & Technology, Islamabad. The mansion of Behroze Kareem which was shown from episode 10 onwards, was visited by fans, had an online tour available and after the show ended was on sale.[14][15] Last spell of the show was filmed in Azad Kashmir.

Release

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The initial teasers were released on 20 June 2021. The teasers received some negative reviews for making the lead character look darker than he actually is.[5]

Reception

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The show has received positive critical reviews since its inception, with major praise for the performances of the actors (especially Ahmed Ali Akbar's performance) and Nadeem's script.

Ahmed Ali Akbar's performance received particular praise from critics and gained international acclaim as well.[16][17][18] In a review of the first 6th episodes, The Khaleej Times praised the Nadeem's script for its "maturity and sensitivity" and the performances of the actors especially Akbar's performance and opined, "From voice modulation to a diffident body language, a stoop-shouldered gait and eyes that remain downcast, Akbar has owned Parizaad’s character to the T, highlighting his insecurities flawlessly."[19] In a similar take, The News International noted the "fantastic job" in the form Akbar's performance by "portraying to the viewer the insecurity of his character by affecting droopy shoulders, hands that reflexively contort to his back and a gaze that shifts to avoid looking others in the eye".[20] In another review by same newspaper, the reviewer noted the portrayals of the rarely discussed societal problems like colourism and gender identity in addition to poverty, siblings bonds and the self identification.[21] Regarding the track of the gender fluidity, a reviewer from The Express Tribune praised Saboor Aly's performance and Nadeem's script for the portrayal of the queer people.[22] After the finale of the series, the same reviewer applaud the Nadeem's "exceptional writing" that "closes the serial with a hopeful voice" and was appreciative of Ahmed's performance, reviewing "Akbar’s body language, his expressions, his movements personified the anxious, lost and evermore defeated person he felt, desiring emotional security."[23] In an year-ender list by the Dawn Images, the reviewer noted the direction, script and Akbar's performance and stated, the series as "a wonderful combination of mass appeal and intelligent writing, grounded in reality, but not above making that imaginative leap to increase its audiences understanding of the world around them."[24]

Television rating (TRPs)

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Ep# airing date TRP
10 21 September 2021 6.5[25]
11 28 September 2021 8.0[26]
12 5 October 2021 8.8[27]
13 12 October 2021 8.3[28]
14 19 October 2021 7.8[29]
16 2 November 2021 4.6[30]
17 9 November 2021 8.8[31]
18 16 November 2021 9.5[32]
19 23 November 2021 8.8[33]
20 30 November 2021 7.8[34]
21 7 December 2021 8.5[35]
22 14 December 2021 7.7[36]
23 21 December 2021 10.2[37]
24 28 December 2021 9.2[38]
25 4 January 2022 9.7[39]
26 11 January 2022 9.6[40]
27 18 January 2022 10.1[41]
28 25 January 2022 9.8[42]
29 1 February 2022 10.7 [43]

Controversy

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The series was criticized for the use of blackface to depict a character from humble background.[citation needed]

Sequel

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In June 2022, writer Hashim Nadeem revealed in a cryptic social media post that the show would be getting a second season.[44] In May 2024, CEO of the network confirmed that the series will have sequel and will be released in 2025.[45]

Impact

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Due to last episodes of the series which deals with the poor conditions of Urdu medium schools in the farthest areas of the country, the Balochistan government promised to raise the standards of Urdu medium schools. Later, Ahmed Ali Akbar also shared the same on his social media account.[46]

Awards and nominations

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Date of ceremony Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
September 24, 2022 Hum Awards Best Drama Serial - Popular Momina Duraid Won [47]
Best Drama Serial - Jury Won
Best Actor - Popular Ahmed Ali Akbar Won
Best Actor - Jury Won
Best Writer Drama Serial Hashim Nadeem Won
Best Director Drama Serial Shahzad Kashmiri Won
Best Supporting Actor Adeel Afzal Won
Best Supporting Actress Saboor Aly Won
Best on-screen Couple - Popular Ahmed Ali Akbar and Yumna Zaidi Nominated
Best Onscreen Couple - Jury Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Momina Duraid and Waqar Ali Won
November 24, 2022 Lux Style Awards Best TV Play Parizaad Won [48][49]
Best TV Director Shahzad Kashmiri Nominated
Best TV Actor-Viewers' Choice Ahmed Ali Akbar
Best TV Actor-Critics' Choice Won
Best TV Writer Hashim Nadeem
Best Ensemble TV Play Parizaad Nominated
Best TV Track Asrar & Waqar Ali

References

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