After a long, long, long, long time, I hopelessly fell in love with a story that requires the brain to be totally switched off! And although its drama serial has not started yet, its photo shoot and promos look probably the most promising out of the current crop of upcoming serials.
Intrigued by the photos, I went online to search for any written episodes of Ek Naye Cinderella written by Faiza Iftikhar. The novel is currently being published, episode-wise, in Shua Digest, and since it is still ongoing, the ending is unknown and the suspense is very much intact. I found two episodes of the novel online, and needless to say, I was totally smitten.
Maybe I have always had something for Cinderella. I remember how totally taken in I was by The Cinderella Story in my early twenties. So anyway, Faiza Iftikhar's take on Cinderella is endearing at best, though you can expect totally black and white characterization because it is the Cinderella story of course!
Coming to the basic plot outline, the Cinderella is Meesha, who lives with her step-mother, two step-sisters, and granny. Meesha meets Mayer, and they both fall in love with each other - however, since she is disguised under heavy makeup, Mayer has no idea who Meesha really is.
When Meesha's family leaves her at home to go to a party at Mayer's place, she cries and calls out to her "fairy godmother" - and Rooman suddenly appears. Servant of the neighbour and deeply in love with Meesha, he promises her he will help her get married to Mayer.
Thereon begin a series of hilarious and heart-wrenching events that leave you smiling at times, and irritated at others.
While the story is enjoyable on paper, it remains to be seen how it has been shot. Thus far, the visuals and the picture quality looks absolutely stunning. We've all spoken at lengths about how director Haissam Hussain can create the right chemistry between the characters, so I do have "great expectations" this time around. In the backdrop of the scenic locations of Murree, the cast is a mixture of new and veteran with Hina Bayat, Qavi Khan, Nasreen Qureshi and Saba Hameed leading the experienced lot, and the younger lot playing the leads of Meesha (Maya Ali), Mayer (Osman Khalid Butt), and Rooman (Faizan Khwaja).
After their side appearances in Durre-Shehwar, it is good to see Maya Ali and Osman Khalid Butt being given a chance to prove their prowess. Faizan Khwaja has done mainly negative roles in Ab Kay Sawan Barse and Meri Ladli, so it will be refreshing to see him in a positive role for a change. Esheeta and Warda Butt will be playing the two step-sisters.
Although this is an A&B Productions serial, whose dramas I generally avoid for their similar look and feel, I am willing to give this one more than its fair share of chance mainly because of the team of director Haissam Hussain and writer Faiza Iftikhar. Let's see if the serial lives up to the hype...
Written by Drama Buff (email@example.com)
PS: I am not sure when it is starting, but we do know it will air on Geo TV.