In a historic milestone, Pakistan is set to make its debut on Netflix with an original series. According to Variety, the eagerly awaited show, titled "Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo," boasts an impressive ensemble cast featuring Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan, Sanam Saeed, and Ahad Raza Mir in prominent roles. This groundbreaking production signifies Netflix's inaugural venture into Pakistani-themed content, poised to captivate global audiences with its star-studded lineup.
Adapted from Farhat Ishtiaq's acclaimed 2013 Urdu novel of the same name, "Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo" follows the compelling journey of Sikandar, an exceptionally talented law student at Harvard. His life takes an unexpected turn, leading him to build emotional walls between himself and others. While in Italy, he encounters Liza, a gifted artist brimming with vitality but burdened by a turbulent past. Their serendipitous meeting intertwines their destinies in a profound tale of human connection.
The cast reads like a who's who of Pakistani entertainment, with the charismatic Fawad Khan and the beloved Mahira Khan reuniting after their record-breaking success in "The Legend of Maula Jatt," Pakistan's highest-grossing film to date. Joining the ensemble are Sanam Saeed, who previously shared the screen with Fawad in "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" and the upcoming series "Barzakh," along with Ahad Raza Mir, known for his notable appearances in Netflix's "Resident Evil" and the BBC's "World on Fire" Season 2.
Adding to the star power is Hamza Ali Abbasi, remembered for his portrayal of the primary antagonist, Noori Nath, in "The Legend of Maula Jatt." They are accompanied by Bilal Ashraf, Maya Ali, Iqra Aziz, Hania Aamir, Khushaal Khan, Nadia Jamil, Omair Rana, and Samina Ahmed. This constellation of talent promises performances that will deeply resonate with audiences.
"Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo" is spearheaded by Momina Duraid Films, led by the accomplished Momina Duraid herself. The production company's past works, including "Bin Roye," "Chand Tara," and "Fairytale," highlight her ability to craft narratives that evoke both emotion and authenticity. The show has garnered approval from Netflix's Middle East and North Africa team, underscoring the streaming giant's dedication to diverse storytelling from the region.
With shooting locations spanning Italy, the UK, and Pakistan, the production promises visually stunning landscapes and a culturally rich backdrop for the upcoming drama. While the exact streaming release date remains undisclosed, anticipation is steadily mounting.
Farhat Ishtiaq's literary brilliance has previously been successfully adapted for the screen, with hit serials like "Humsafar," "Mere Humdum Mere Dost," "Matae Jaan Hai Tu," "Diyar-e-Dil," "Bin Roye," and "Yaqeen Ka Safar" captivating audiences on Pakistani television.
Furthermore, Netflix's upcoming series "Heeramandi," envisioned by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is poised to immerse viewers in the tapestry of pre-independence India, set in Lahore's Heeramandi region, now located within Pakistan's borders.