Director Mehreen Jabbar shares throwback photos
Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen the Adeel Hussain and Sarwat Gillani drama Mata-e-Jaan do no read any further.
The drama seral, directed by Mehreen Jabbar eight years ago, narrates the story of Haniya (Sarwat) and Ibad (Adeel) who fall in love while studying abroad but Ibad’s father (Javed Sheikh) disapproves of his son’s choice.
Taking to Instagram, Hussain shared what the show meant to him.
“Though written as a hero on the page, Ibad’s deeper motivations showed no signs of him rebelling against the wishes of his loved ones, even when they caused him pain. He did not play to the crowd,” he wrote in the caption. “He played to his Mum, Dad and his precious Haniya. Glad that my director was therefore open to me playing him off conventionally heroic.”
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Spoiler alert * Ibad Uzhair – Mata e Jaan It’s been 8 years since Mata e Jaan was shot. Though written as a hero on the page, Ibad’s deeper motivations showed no signs of him rebelling against the wishes of his loved ones, even when they caused him pain. He did not play to the crowd. He played to his Mum, Dad and his precious Haniya. Glad that my director was therefore open to me playing him off conventionally heroic. Ibad embraced his conflicted journey toward unconditional love till the end. And though this approach birthed the opportunity of creating a more layered character as the lead of a play, it ran the risk of not using the hero orientation to overly draw love and charisma towards Ibad to increase the impact of his passing through that vehicle long considered in writing to be a viable tool. Make your audience love him. Realistically , people with such an internal emotional disposition in a far from perfect world operate as invisible pillars that are hardly noticed till they fall. This was the road for Ibad and the interpretation I connected with as an actor. . A road between heroic and almost invisible till everyone catches on. Shot in 2012 . It was the on the spot decisions of my director and dop that we worked through that brought this moment (with its compromises) to tv drama life. And I’m glad it played out just the way it did. Add in the magic of the edit playing with a few chords, a smoke machine , some shattered glass, an ever present ringtone bring the emotion home . The obvious knowledge that it’s hearts that connect us, not instruments horrified us as does the knowledge that no moment can be taken for granted. This made for a timeless scene. Thank you to all for making this character magic for me. And most of all thank you to the fans for continuing to show their undying love for the characters and story tellers that brought this story to life . Your love and attention is and will always be appreciated. ✨🙏🏻✨♥️😊 @mehreenjabbarofficial @sarwatg @hinakhwajabayatofficial @javedsheikhofficial @sanammody #shahzadkashmiri #farhatishtiaq
“Shot in 2012 . It was the on the spot decisions of my director and DOP that we worked through that brought this moment (with its compromises) to TV drama life. And I’m glad it played out just the way it did,” said the actor.
Jabbar also shared some BTS shots from the show.
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After @adeelhusain78 posted about Mata e Jaan, thought to share some photos too from the serial shot by @noshkay. @sarwatg @ninakashif @sanammody @k_aytch @harune_massey @ziriums @momina.duraid @farhatishtiaq #pakistandrama #tvserials #pakistan #dramas #television #farhatishtiaq @ikhurramazim #shahzadkashmiri