In a historic milestone, Pakistan is gearing up to unveil its very own original series on Netflix. As reported by Variety, the forthcoming show, titled “Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo,” boasts an impressive ensemble cast featuring the likes of Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan, Sanam Saeed, and Ahad Raza Mir in pivotal roles. This groundbreaking production marks Netflix’s inaugural venture into Pakistani-themed content, and with its star-studded lineup, it’s poised to enthrall global audiences.
Derived from Farhat Ishtiaq’s acclaimed 2013 Urdu novel of the same name, “Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo” follows the captivating journey of Sikandar, an exceptionally talented law student at Harvard, whose life takes an unforeseen turn, leading him to build emotional barriers between himself and others. While in Italy, he crosses paths with Liza, a gifted artist brimming with vitality but burdened by a tumultuous past. Their serendipitous encounter weaves their destinies into a profound narrative of human connection.
The cast reads like a who’s who of Pakistani entertainment, with the charismatic Fawad Khan and beloved Pakistani icon Mahira Khan reuniting after their record-breaking success in “The Legend of Maula Jatt,” Pakistan’s highest-grossing film to date. Sanam Saeed, who previously shared the screen with Fawad in “Zindagi Gulzar Hai” and the upcoming series “Barzakh,” joins the ensemble alongside Ahad Raza Mir, renowned for his notable appearances in Netflix’s “Resident Evil” and the BBC’s “World on Fire” Season 2.
This ensemble is further enriched by the inclusion of Hamza Ali Abbasi, remembered for his portrayal of the primary antagonist, Noori Nath, in “The Legend of Maula Jatt.” They are joined 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 being spearheaded by Momina Duraid Films, with Momina Duraid herself at the helm. The production company’s previous works, including “Bin Roye,” “Chand Tara,” and “Fairytale,” demonstrate her ability to craft narratives that evoke both emotion and authenticity. The show has received the green light from Netflix’s Middle East and North Africa team, highlighting the streaming giant’s commitment to diverse storytelling from the region.
With filming locations spanning Italy, the UK, and Pakistan, the production pledges visually stunning landscapes and a culturally rich backdrop for the upcoming drama. While the exact streaming release date remains undisclosed, anticipation is steadily building.
Farhat Ishtiaq’s literary brilliance has previously found successful adaptations on screen, with hit serials like “Humsafar,” “Mere Humdum Mere Dost,” “Matae Jaan Hai Tu,” “Diyar-e-Dil,” “Bin Roye,” and “Yaqeen Ka Safar” captivating Pakistani television audiences.
Additionally, Netflix’s forthcoming 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 within Pakistan’s borders.