ARY Digital’s much-anticipated drama ‘Berukhi’ aired last night. Written by Ghazala Naqvi and directed by Mohsin Mirza, it has a bunch of talented actors, led by Junaid Khan, Hiba Bukhari and Nazish Jahangir.
The cast also includes two fresh faces Umair Rafiq and Rehma Zaman, among veterans Rehan Sheikh, Usman Peerzada, NoorulHassan, Hassan Ahmed, Nida Mumtaz, Saba Hamid and Iffat Omer in pivotal roles.
The basic plotline of ‘Berukhi’ definitely seems to focus on nothing new but the tried and tested formula of cousin marriages and family politics, but it’s the execution and performances that make it different and worth watching.
The story revolves around two cousins; Sabeen, played by Hiba Bukhari, and Maira, played by Nazish Jahangir. Sabeen is a sweet and simple girl who belongs to the working class while Maira is a spoiled and materialistic child of Sabeen’s rich paternal uncle Mansoor, played by Rehan Sheikh.
Kamran, played by Hassan Ahmed, is Maira’s maternal uncle who is twice divorced due to his roving eye and questionable characteristics. When Kamran’s cunning sister Nazia played by Iffat Omer forcefully decides Sabeen and Kamran’s marriage, Sabeen’s father Masroor, played by NoorulHassan, tries to deny the decision but Nazia humiliates and disrespects poor Masroor.
On the other hand, another family is introduced. Junaid Khan as Irteza is the only son of Aghas, the business tycoon. Agha Jan, played by Usman Peerzada, and Aiya Jan, played by Saba Hamid, love their only child very much and are very sensitive about him. Aiya Jan is quite a superstitious woman, who believes that her dreams will come true. During a family conversation, Agha Jan gets a heart attack and while lying on the hospital bed, he makes Irteza promise that he will marry soon.
The Teaser Of Upcoming Episode
The teaser promo of the upcoming episode shows the tragic death of Sabeen’s father, who could not bear the disrespect from his sister-in-law. Nazia will continue with her vicious plans to make Sabeen get married to Kamran. But it will be interesting to see how Sabeen and Irteza meet and fall for each other.
Even the most typical dramas are often saved by the performances. Just when we were not ready to take family politics anymore, the impactful performances by the talented actors made us watch it for some more time. All the veterans are very convincing in their respective roles and that is a delight in itself.
Despite the fact that Junaid Khan, Hiba Bukhari, and Nazish Jahangir are type cast here with Hiba being the sweet and simple girl from a middle-class family, Junaid Khan plays the role of a charming and responsible man and Nazish Jahangir’s character is shown to be toxic and cunning, their performances were still impactful.
It was even more refreshing to see fresh faces showcasing their talents on screen. Umair Rafiq as Nabeel, the struggling young boy, and Rehma Zaman as the kind and sensible girl, both have indeed great screen presence and we really look forward to seeing them more often.
Direction & Production
After the success of ‘Beti’, ‘Bhool’ and ‘Log Kya Kahenge’, director Mohsin Mirza has come up with a simpler story this time, not revolving around any social message and not heavy on nerves or hard to digest. Produced by Abdullah Seja’s iDream Entertainment, the drama is made with a big budget.
Despite having a typical storyline, ‘Berukhi’ has managed to give us a slightly different treatment and of course some good performances to look forward to in the coming weeks.