Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed to reunite for Zindagi’s new series Pakistan actor Fawad Afzal Khan looks on as he attends a press conference for Hindi film Kapoor & Sons in Mumbai on March 25, 2016. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Pakistani stars Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed are set to reunite for Zindagi’s upcoming series, eight years after their hit show Zindagi Gulzar Hai.
The yet-to-be-titled show, to be streamed on ZEE5, will be helmed by acclaimed director Asim Abbasi, known for Cake and the hit Zindagi Original Churails.
According to the makers, the series blends together “magical realism and supernatural fantasy within a family reunion setting”, dealing with the themes of love, loss, and reconciliation.
“Fawad plays a single parent – charming but ridden with guilt for what he has lost. With his son, he tries to be every bit the father his own father was and wasn’t. Sanam plays the central female character in the series.
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“Harbouring otherworldly secrets, she takes it upon herself to heal, and make whole, everyone who surrounds her,” the note from the makers read.
Khan, who became a household name in the country with Pakistani dramas like Zindagi Gulzar Hai (2013), Humsafar, and later with Hindi films like Kapoor & Sons (2016) and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), credited Zindagi for being an “inclusive” platform for artistes.
“I think Zindagi is taking bold and brave decisions when it comes to storytelling. It is naturally evolving into a platform that encourages diversity of opinion and inclusiveness for all filmmakers and material ranging from everyday mainstream to avant-garde and noir. I feel there’s a place for everyone in this artistic landscape,” the 40-year-old actor said.
Saeed said she is thrilled to collaborate with Abbasi after the duo’s acclaimed Cake in 2018.
“This new project embarks on a fantastical journey with some stunning performances by a very meticulously picked cast. I can’t wait for everyone to see the magic that’s been created in this beautiful limbo land,” Saeed, 36, said.
Shailja Kejriwal, Chief Content Officer, Special Projects, Zee Entertainment Enterprises said the team is elated to bring together the trio of Khan, Saeed, and Abbasi for the project. “This time we have experimented with the genre as well as the storyline. While audiences have often seen shows on family dynamics, this one is infused with realms of mystique and fantasy, making it a fascinating watch,” she added. Director Abbasi said Zindagi has become a “pioneer”, not only for India-Pakistan over-the-top (OTT) collaborations but also for encouraging artistes to “push boundaries of narrative storytelling.”
“I experienced that with Churails and I am experiencing that again with this project. Under Shailja’s support and guidance, Zindagi has truly become a home for many filmmakers like me, where we can see our craziest, wildest ideas come to fruition. I am feeling blessed, and very hopeful that this new project will have a very strong emotional resonance not only with the South Asian viewers but a global audience,” the filmmaker said.
The series has gone on floors, with a large part of it being shot in the picturesque Hunza Valley, Pakistan.
Zindagi, previously a TV channel, is now available on the streaming platform ZEE5.