Raqs-e-Bismil (Urdu: رقص بسمل, lit. 'Dance of the Wounded') is a Pakistani television series premiered on Hum TV on 25 December 2020. It is produced by Shazia Wajahat under Showcase Productions. It features Imran Ashraf and Sarah Khan in leads. It is digitally available to stream on YouTube.
|Raqs e Bismil|
|Written by||Hashim Nadeem|
|Directed by||Wajahat Rauf|
|Opening theme||"Raqs-e-Bismil" by Vicky Akbar|
|Country of origin||Pakistan|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Production locations||Karachi, Pakistan|
|Camera setup||Multi-camera setup|
|Running time||40-42 Minutes|
|Distributor||Hum Network Limited|
|Original network||Hum TV|
|Picture format||PAL (576i)|
|Original release||25 December 2020 –|
Sakina, a young girl runs away to marry her love. Musa, Sakina's cousin arrives with his brother to stop the secret wedding ceremony Nikkah. He waves his gun around and takes Sakina by the hand. When they return home, Musa gathers everyone and tells them what Sakina was going to do. Sakina's Uncle fixes her marriage with his son, Isa. Nikkah takes place against Sakina's will and at that time she curses Musa that he falls in love with someone but cannot achieve his love.
Then after a week, Musa told his mother that he will only marry someone if she wears a hijab and her hands are also covered meaning she should be a very religious girl. Once he sees a girl named Zohra in a bus, wearing hijab and gloves and Musa gets attracted and falls in love with her at first sight. He starts following that girl daily as she is a university student. On following her for days, Suddenly Musa proposes to her but instead of considering it, she tells him to reach a certain address at night. Musa reaches that place at the stated time and is shocked to see that it's a modern party and is very shocked to see Zohra dancing in jeans and shirt. He learns the reality that Zohra is an escort. Musa is shocked and quite angry and drags Zohra out of the party and confronts her for concealing her real identity. Zohra in reply criticizes the hypocritical standards set by men and says that true love is not affected by the good or bad of the other person.
The people in the party had called the police seeing Musa misbehave with Zohra and Musa is arrested. Musa's family is shocked and angry but after he is released, warns him to stay away and gets him engaged to Sitara. For days, Musa tries to forget Zohra but fails. He decides to meet Zohra with the help of a hawker, Muraad, near Zohra's residence. He takes away the money (that Musa had given him) to Anna ji (Zohra's mother) and requests him to allow Musa with Zohra to meet. In return of money given by Musa, Anna Ji allows Zohra and she goes away with Musa. There Musa has arranged all the setup of Nikkah e.g Moulvi Sahab and Gawahaan. Zohra is shocked when she comes across about the Nikkah. She criticizes him and says that he isn't in love, this is his controlling nature and stubbornness. And that the most important thing in a nikkah is that both guy and girl are willing. Musa realises and cancels the Nikkah. He drops zohra back to her house where Anna ji was beating Muraad as zohra did not return and he told her that she will marry Musa. When Musa goes to his house, his father confronts him and Sakina slaps him for being hypocritical. As Sakina was forcefully married to Isa by him even though she wanted to marry a man from a respectable family but Musa is in love with a prostitute despite being engaged. All this while Sakina was still in contact with Kamraan and is planning to run with him Asap. She is always rude to Isa who tries his best to win her heart over. One fine day Sakina tells Isa to drop her to her friends house. When Isa leaves she quickly calls Kamraan that she has arrived, Kamraan promises to come and take her far with him. He instructs her to stay at his friends house until he comes. When Sakina goes there those three friends try to rape Sakina. Suddenly Musa arrives at the scene with a gun and shoots the three men. He warns Sakina to not tell anyone about this. The Police arrests Musa and everyone thinks that Zohra killed the three men. Sakina breaks up with Kamraan that vary moment and starts making it work with Isa. On the other hand, Zohra meets Malik Shereyar, a rich businessman who is looking for a girl that he could go out in parties with and satisfy his male friends. He finds Zohra to be perfect for this and sends his man to take his proposal to Anna. Zohra rejects it. Malik Shereyar then sends papers to Anna without revealing his identity that she has to empty her house and leave to live somewhere else or pay a ton of money. Upon learning this Zohra agrees to marry Shereyar as he can give her all this money. Shereyar's plan is successful and they both get married. Shereyar doesn't let her meet her family members and always wants her to dress up in front of his colleagues. When Zohra says that I want to be at home and live a respectful life with him, he tells her that he already has a first wife and kids and the sole purpose of getting married to Zohra was to use her for his financial gain. Here Zohra realises that Shereyar did not marry Zohra but rather this marriage was a business deal. She regrets rejecting Musa and realises his love for her. Anna ji and her best friend Chanda haven't met Zohra since her marriage and are worried about her. The three men Musa had shot survived and Muraad gets Musa released. Musa doesn't return to his family but gets a job as the bodyguard to a famous actress Laila. Upon a attending an elite party of laila where Shereyar also came with Zohra, Musa and Zohra see each other. Zohra is deeply hurt seeing how much Musa has lost because of being in love with her. His family, property, his reputation. Zohra requests him to go back to his family. late at night, Shereyar's senior business partner who was interested in Zohra cunningly gets Zohra in his room and tries to rape her. Musa saves Zohra and Zohra falls in love with him. When she tells about what his friend was intending to do, Shereyar doesn't believe her instead questions what was she doing in his room late at night. Zohra is heartbroken seeing how soulless he is despite being her husband while Musa who's life changed for the bad because of Zohra still cares for her like her own. Musa father and Isa spots Musa with Laila and from there Isa gets very keen on finding out who that women was when Musa shot the three assailants. He goes to the three men's bodies were discovered and realises this is the same location Sakina asked him to drop saying that this is her friends out that very day. He also sees Kamraan there and becomes angry at Xakina. He confronts her and she admits her sin. Isa becomes very disturbed and starts behaving very coldly with sakina. Isa takes sakina with him to that location telling kamraan to come or else he'll be dead real soon, Isa traps them and points a gun at the 2. Musa arrives and Isa stops himself and leaves sakina to make a final choice on whom she'll continue her life with, kamraan tells sakina that they will together move far from this and start a new life fresh as the universe has given her this chance to freely choose him, she chooses Isa. Kamraan and leaves hearbroken. Meanwhile, Laila, who's husband wants her dead plans a deadly attack at her thinking that all the blame will go on musa and he has previously been a criminal. Laila is hit on at night and she is severely injured and taken to the emergency. Musa finds out about the man who attacked her and gets him to admit to the police that it was laila's husband and both are arrested. Laila thanks musa and there asks him why someone so soft spoken and religious has commited crimes, is never seen with his family and hasn't married yet. Musa tells her about zohrah. Laila secretly calls shereyar telling him to divorce zohra so she and musa and can be together and she will pay him as much as he desires. Zohra goes to meet musa and there she confesses her love for him. But says that she doesn't deserve him and now its impossible for them to be together. Musa doesn't care and thanks her and Allah that all his suffering was worth it as zohra has now said what he wanted to hear since the moment he saw her. Shereyar is visited by her brother in law (of his first wife) who warns him to divorce zohra or divorce their sister. On doing this he will not get any share in their property nor be allowed to meet his children. Shereyar thinks he will get money from laila as well as her brother and law. He divorces zohra and throws her out of the house. When zohra leaves, having musa in her mind, she is hit by a car and gets a head injury. The twist is that zohra is hit by a man who knows that she is shereyaar's wife and thinks that shereyar will give him sums of money after finding out that he took care of his wife. He takes her home where his wife takes care of zohra. Anna and chanda learn about zohra being divorced and Anna gets a depression attack. They realise that no matter how wealthy a man is, he can't keep his wife happy unless she's given respect care and love. They also regret rejecting musa. Chanda contacts musa and tells him that Zohrah is divorced and lost. Musa arrives and goes out to look for Zohra.
Fed up with Musa and Zohra's drama. Musa's best friend Namuraad decides to leave and move to another city. There he tries to rekindle his relationship with his old girlfriend, Zainab. Here it is revealed his actual name is Sikandar. Zainab is now married and has two kids. In anger Sikandar decides to marry a younger girl called Rakhsi.
Malik Shehryaar also decides to move back to his first wife, farwaa. It is revealed his name is actually Adnan. He became rich by using his father's provident fund and becoming a construction manager in Lahore City.
- Imran Ashraf as Moosa
- Sarah Khan as Zohra
- Anoushay Abbasi as Sakina
- Zara Sheikh as Laila
- Momin Saqib as Essa
- Javeria Abbasi as Khadija (Sakina's mother)
- Mehmood Aslam as Pir Qudaratullah Shah (Moosa / Essa Father )
- Nida Mumtaz as Hajra (Moosa / Essa's mother)
- Gul-e-Rana as ANNA ji
- Farah Nadir as Saeeda
- Rashid Farooqui as Saranga
- Saleem Mairaj as Murad a.k.a. Namurad
- Furqan Qureshi as Malik Shahryar
- Taha Humayun as Kamran, Sakina’s lover
- Farrukh Darbar
- Benazir Khan as Chanda, Zohra’s best friend
- Fariya Hassan as Sitara, Moosa’s Fiance
- Shehzad Malik Pir Fazal, as Sitara's father
- Shazia Qaiser as Shaista ( Sitara's mother )
- Sajid Shah as Shehbaaz Gill
- Azeem Sajjad as Tauqeer
- Tahir Jatoi as Faizi, Laila's bodyguard and Saeeda's husband
- Noor Alam
The initial teasers were released on 25 November 2020.
The 11th episode of the serial was the highest rated show on Hum TV in the UK for the week it was broadcast and was watched by 113,800 viewers.
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