In the world of Pakistani television dramas, where conventional story lines often take center stage, “Kabuli Pulao” emerged as a groundbreaking show that captivated audiences with its unconventional yet heartfelt portrayal of a relationship marked by a significant age gap. This drama, which has taken the digital realm by storm, not only challenged stereotypes but also offered a refreshing narrative that resonated with viewers across the nation. At its heart, “Kabuli Pulao” showcases the power of resolute characters who prove that love and respect can transcend societal norms.
The driving force behind the success of “Kabuli Pulao” was none other than Muhammad Ehteshamuddin, known to audiences as Haji Mushtaq. In a recent interview with Omair Alvi from Voice of America, Ehteshamuddin opened up about his journey and the phenomenal reception of the drama.
When director Kashif Nisar first approached Ehteshamuddin for the role of Haji Mushtaq, he couldn’t have anticipated the impact it would have on his career. Initially, Ehteshamuddin expected a brief 6-7 day stint, as actors his age often find themselves typecast into limited roles. However, he was pleasantly surprised to learn that he would be playing the lead and committing 40-50 days to the project. In that moment, he couldn’t help but express his gratitude to the writer who had penned a protagonist of his age, a rarity in the industry.
One of the most remarkable aspects of “Kabuli Pulao” was the on-screen chemistry between Haji Mushtaq and Barbeena, portrayed by the talented Sabeena Farooq. Ehteshamuddin shared that their natural rapport was a product of hard work and collaboration. Interestingly, Sabeena initially had reservations about working with Ehteshamuddin, having heard rumors that he was quick-tempered. However, as they began working together, she discovered that he was easy-going and approachable. This newfound comfort between the two actors allowed them to discuss the script, ask questions, and fine-tune their performances, ultimately resulting in the captivating on-screen magic that viewers have come to love.
“Kabuli Pulao” has not only garnered a massive viewership on YouTube but has also left an indelible mark on both the masses and colleagues within the entertainment industry. Its portrayal of a relationship that defies societal norms and expectations has resonated deeply with audiences, and the chemistry between its leads has set a new standard for on-screen partnerships.