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Silsila (A short play)

By horizon753

I remember this play on PTV. It made such an impact on me that I will always remember it. It was a 3 hours play and the title was shown only after the play was over.

There is this guy who is struggling in life. He has an ordinary job. His wife passes away after giving birth to a son. He raises his son and is an exemplary father. His life is totally dedicated to his child. He puts him in school. Looks after him and the house and works. He plays the role of father and mother for the child.

It?s not easy coping up all alone but for the sake of his son, he never re-marries. He has to rush from work to the school to pick up his son each day and to bring him home then cook, make him eat, take him out to play, help do his homework and so on.

Time passes on. His son grows to be a fine lad. The father also takes up a part time job and admits his son into a college and one day his son graduates and then study further and finally he starts a career. The father looks out for a suitable match for his son and finally he is married.

All three live together and then things start changing. The daughter in law is not happy because of the old man living with them and considers that as a burden and a violation of privacy in the house. Small things start cropping up. The old man is retired so ample time at hand and at home. Remarks are made on the old man's eating habits and expenses and dressing and all that stuff. In the beginning his son tries to make his wife understand but eventually he also takes her side.

One day this old man overhears the conversation between his son and his daughter in law and is heart broken. He considers himself a burden on them so leaves the house and goes to an old people's home and starts living there.

He feels very lonely in the beginning but makes the best out of it. He keeps himself busy with volunteer work and many years pass by. By now the old man becomes very old. He works in the office of the old people's home. His eyesight too gets worse as well as his health but he keeps going. In the last scene, he sits in his office doing his clerical work and registering new comers and maintaining the office records. He asks the name of a new comer for registration. The name sounds familiar...He looks up...and the new comer....turns out to be no one...but his own son....

The play ends....The title appears on the screen.....SILSILA (Continuity).

   Comments: 17     Raters: 5     October 7, 2009 at 11:54am         


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horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 9:45am)
Yeah that too was classic lol
horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 9:44am)
How could I forget to mention that Sohail Rana is the one who has composed "Jeeway jeeway Pakistan" and also "Sohni dharti Allah rakhe"?
horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 9:35am)
With alld ue respects to Nazia Hasan, she was a very moderate singer, thiough she was an early opo breaker but the talent that now you have in the younger generation is unbeatable.
horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 9:33am)
horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 9:30am)
Its a pity i cannot access YouTube from work but you all have to watch it especially Shafqat Amanat Ali singing Aaj jaanay ki zaid nah karo and Humaira Channa singing Akele nah jana. its worthwhile.
horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 9:24am)
Another legend is Sohail Rana. Indian TV has started musical programs since a few years but Sohail Rana did back in 1970s with his program "kaliyoN ki mala". Innumerable talent was born through him in the music industry. One of the best music directors with his hit films such as "Armaan" and "Do Raha" among dozens others.

Just last moth I had the pleasue of watching one of the best music performances on GEO. He espacially came back to Pakistan after almost 2 decades to conduct this program which was in his dedication. I am sure Hassan and others in Pakistan would have watched it as it is undoubtedly a collector's item. The new and renowned artists sang all his hits such as "Aaj janay ki zid nah karo", "Akele nah jana" and dosens of other masterpeices. It was a great 70 piece orchestra with Sohail Rana conducting it.
horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 9:19am)
As a matter of fact even back in those days?rather especially, in those days we have had some of the very best TV programs even besides the dramas. Most of you would not know as that was a long time back but?

We have had some excellent compeers especially Anwar Maqsood, Naim Bukhari, Moin Akhter, Khushbakht Alia, Bushra Ansari, Tariq Aziz and many more.

The name of Zia Mohiyeddin is a legend itself. Gold medalist of The Royal School of Dramatic Arts in London, a great orator and a great actor, having acted in many Shakespearean plays, renowned Hollywood movies such as ?Lawrence of Arabia? and ?Jewels of Crown? and other BBC serials, he is the pioneer of show business in Pakistan. He is the one who started show business way back in 1970s with the first ever TV show ?Zia Moheyeddin Show?. The other show that came up after that was ?JhooT ki aadat nahiN mujhe? by Mohsin ?something.

We have had the best quiz programs especially ?KasauTi? by Quraishpur, Iftekhar Arif and ?another guy?. Of course ?Neelam ghar? came after.

Great comedy programs such as ?Fifty-fifty? and ?Such gupp?, ?Alif Noon? and many more
horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 9:05am)
Thats good to hear Mudabbas.

Its so funny. I remember the time when television had not come to Pakistan. As a child we were fascinated to visit "Numaish" (exhibition) near National Stadium as they used to run short circuit TV those days lol.

When TV did come sometime in early or mid 60s we were the first to own a TV in the neighbourhood and each evening, all the children used to gather in our house. The funniest part is that often people used to switch off their TV sets after even watching the national anthem in the end ha ha
horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 8:56am)
Now was it you saakhi who in an earlier discussion said that your great grandfather (I think) had acted in Khuda ki basti?
horizon753 (October 8, 2009 at 8:55am)
True. Pakistanis dramas (the tv ones, NOt the real life ones :)) used to be excellent. So many of them. Starting from very early ones such as "Khuda ki basti" and "Taleem e balighan".

We had some excellent actors especially Talat Hussain (despite his long pasuses :)), Shakeel, Bushra Ansari, Subhani Bai Younis, Shafi Mohammad, Firdous Jamal, Aurangzeb Laghari, Uzma Gilani, Marina Khan, Shahnaz Sheikh, Qazi Wajid and many many more.

Tanhaiyaan was really classic in its own sense.

Every Pakistani was proud of these soap operas which at one time were much superior in quality and in every aspect compared to Indian dramas at that time. Many Indians were real fans of Pakistani dramas.

On the contrary I just cannot stand any of the Indian soap operas. They are so artificial in the sense almost every family seems to have huge mansions and hawelis as if the poor do not exist in India lol. On top of it there is so much of over dressing among the ladies its terrible and such loud colors of the sets lol. Every theme revolves on saans and bahu. They are so very commercialized in all aspects.

Having said that, though I have not seen the new or the latest Paki dramas but I beleive they too now have been influenced by the Indian dramas as far as the life style and over dressing is concerned.

Talking of dramas we cannot forget "Manchalay ka sauda" by late Ashfaq Ahmad saab.
Forbidden (October 7, 2009 at 5:28pm)
Horizon: Guesthouse was awsome. My name is John Rambo. Saakhi: Kashkol was good. My favourite Dhuwa'n (smoke) even though Alpha Bravo Charlie was the last I saw it wasnt bad.
horizon753 (October 7, 2009 at 4:53pm)
Dhoop ChauN
Tanhayiaan (esp)
Guesthouse :)
Angan terHa
HazaroN raaste
horizon753 (October 7, 2009 at 4:45pm)
Have watched almost all of them. These are all serials.

However at one time PTV had this program running called "Long Play" and it used to be just one play for 3 hours...every week. Superb
horizon753 (October 7, 2009 at 4:26pm)
To be honest I absolutely loved this play. It was Shakeel acting in it - what a superb actor. I did not find it depressing though it was kinda sad. I think by not talking or by not bringing up such issues it would only be trying to escape from reality. On the other hand it helps create awareness and also actualization in some cases.
logicaleffort (October 7, 2009 at 4:13pm)
it sounds familiar, i may have seen it. ptv used to have good dramas about social issues.
Forbidden (October 7, 2009 at 2:13pm)
What goes around, comes around... Karma
vic-tor (October 7, 2009 at 1:37pm)
i've watched avatar and liked it much... the story is the same as above :)