Zara Noor Abbas is part of one of the influential families in the Pakistani Entertainment Industry. Her mother, Asma Abbas is a renowned TC actor, and her khala, Bushra Ansari is a TV and film legend. There’s clearly a lot of talent in this family, now imagine if all this talent was together in one drama. ‘Deewar E Shab’ started airing this past Saturday and it stars Zara, Bushra Ansari, and Asma Abbas.
‘Deewar E Shab’ follows the life of a courtesan family in the 1980s. The matriarch of Sitara Mehal is none other than Sitara herself (played by Bushra Ansari). Her younger daughter, Feroza (Zara Noor) is her prodigy and one of best, among all the girls living in Sitara Mehal. Sitara has another daughter, Nagina, who is rather rebellious and is the total opposite of Feroza. Lastly, we have Dildaar, Sitara’s sister (Asma Abbas).
Other worthy mentions are Mohsin Abbas Haider who plays Faiz Ali, Syed Mohammad Ahmed who plays the Ustad at the house, and the character of Shama, who is Sitara’s, right-hand woman.The drama’s first episode is an introduction to life at Sitara Mehal.
While watching this episode, I felt like maybe the show romanticized the idea of courtesans and the culture of the gharanas, however, it is a big part of our past cultural experience and is an important story to tell.