Zee5 released another web series, “Ek Jhooti Love Story” in collaboration with Pakistani Artists released on 30th October 2020. EJLS contains a refreshing plot, something a little different that we watch on our television screens. It is a complete package of comedy, romance, and emotions.
What makes Ek Jhooti Love Story Different?
There’s this one thing about this web series that differentiates it from typical Pakistani dramas that every character has its own story going on, there isn’t only Salma and Sohail’s life discussed but each character has their individuality and a story be it Salma’s siblings or Sohail’s sister. They all have their own lives and their issues going on.
Penned by the Alif, ZGH and Humsafar writer “Umera Ahmed”, it serves just the right dialogues in the moment. The subtle sarcasm and wittiness in the script is what makes it easier to watch. Directed by the amazing and critically famous “Mehreen Jabbar”, EJLS is a treat to watch. She shows the right image of a middle class family in Karachi, not ennobling it. Just showed it the way it is.
Plot and Leads
The main story revolves around two middle class typical Karachi families. One is of innocent and confused Salma’s (Madiha Imam) family, whose mother is in search of good rishtas for her elder two sisters and a brother. She being the choti of the house often gets ignored and considered as stupid. Madiha Imam does a great job here, putting every emotion required in her character and making it more real. The other family is of intelligent yet responsible Sohail’s (Bilal Abbas). A mother and an affianced sister. Bilal Abbas just dives into this character, making it his character. The way he performed was remarkable and exceptional. Both of these characters, wanting a break from their middle-class life create a jhooti dunya of theirs by creating fake ids and pretending to be someone they are not. They want someone ideal to be their significant other.
Talking about supporting, Beo Rana Zafar who played Nusrat (Salma’s mother) did an extraordinary job. Her scenes are full of emotions: be it anger, sadness, happiness, comic, she delivered it all very well. Hina Bayat, Mohammad Ahmed, Furqan Qureshi, Kiran Haq, Kinza Razzak, Maria Saleem, Fawad Khan, Ahmad Zeb, Sarah Asghar, and many more played their roles quite well.
Some Brilliantly Captured Social Issues
The Toxicity of Rishta Culture
The series showed the haunting reality of rishta culture in our society, how it works, and how it haunts the lives of girls and their parents. Mehreen Jabbar beautifully portrayed the script and condemns this toxic trait of our society, breaking all the stereotypes. Including mostly aspects of this toxic trait of the society, EJLS handles it very well.
The Origin Of Gender Difference
The drama also shows a very disturbing reality of our Pakistani culture, where the eldest brother is always the ones to give sacrifices for the betterment of the younger siblings, where his dreams are often broken just for the good life of their siblings. As Sohail (Bilal Abbas) said, “Kiya hai mere naseeb mein batayein? behnon ke liye qurbani dena or apki har baat man’na. Kia meri koi raaye koi apni marzi nahi hosakti?“
On the other hand, the youngest ones are always labeled as choti or chota of the house that usually means they don’t have the capability to think or made their decisions by themselves. They are often referred to as stupid or mindless. As Salma (Madiha Imam) said, “Ap sab ke paas haq hai ke apne liye behtar se behtareen chuno or choti, usko hamesha bacha hua kyun milta hai?… Mein apni zindagi ki cheezein khud kyun decide nahi kar sakti?”
I would definitely recommend you to go and watch it right now!!
EJLS is amusing, bracing, and will leave you teary-eyed in some scenes. You’ll be smiling while crying. If you want something Pakistani but diverse from which we usually watch, go for it. You’ll not regret it. Go watch it to find out what will happen to Salma and Sohail’s jhooti dunya. Will they be able to find their ideals? Or their dunya will collapse in front of them?