“Shehr e Zaat” Episode: 1 and 2 – Review
Review By Sahar Habib
Following the phenomenal success of “Humsafar”, director Sarmad Sultan Khoosat and actor Mahira Khan reunite once again for “Shehr e Zaat”. Written by Umaira Ahmed, it tells the story of Falak, played by Mahira, a headstrong free-spirited young woman who is also a bit of a spoilt brat. Hina Khwaja Bayat plays her socialite mother and Samina Peerzada plays her grandmother. Falak is materialistic, self-centered and often rude and unkind. She’s usually at odds with her grandmother about how to treat others, how to behave and ones religious matters. Falak is an art student and her best friend at college is Hamza (Mohib Mirza). She is enamoured when, at a friend’s party, she meets Salman (Mekaal) who funnily looks just like the sculpture she’s been working on. As a callback to “Humsafar”, in the first episode, a potential suitor played by Sarmad Khoosat himself, is rejected by Falak because he watches ‘cheap’ Pakistani dramas and his ringtone was the “Humsafar” song! It seems from the promos that Falak will go through an existential and spiritual crisis and change through the course of the series and it will be interesting to see how and why. Regardless of the plot, Khoosat has established himself as a really good director, so it’s safe to assume “Shehr e Zaat” will be worth watching.