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The opening title screen for Nijaat
|Written by||Asghar Nadeem Syed|
|Directed by||Sahira Kazmi|
|Country of origin||Pakistan|
|No. of episodes||13|
Nijaat (Urdu: نجات, English: Liberation) is a thirteen-episode Pakistani television drama serial produced by Pakistan Television Corporation. The drama shows the different roles of women in Pakistan. It compares the women in the village to the urban women. It emphasizes on family planning, child labor and community health reforms.
This drama is based on the interwinding stories of three families in a village in Sindh, Pakistan: Zareena, a health worker, and her family; Sajida and Huzoor Bakhsh, who have so many children that Sajida has very poor health; and Ali Asad, a local government worker (Assistant Commissioner), and his wife Tania. The drama follows their hopes and frustrations as they strive for a better future while trying not to sacrifice the past.
Cast and Characters
|Huzoor Bakhsh||Noman Ijaz||Hunter and later tries to establish a shop.|
|Sajida||Atiqa Odho||House wife facing maternity and other domestic issues. She helps Tania in her Handicrafts (embroidery) institute.|
|Zareena||Huma Nawab||Nurse at the local clinic.|
|Ali Asad||Sajid Hasan||Assistant Commissioner (AC) of the Tehsil. Before coming to the village he was a medical doctor.|
|Tania||Marina Khan||Wife of AC. Previously, she was a model.|
|Makhdoom||Latif Kapadia||Father of three, including Zareena. Seen as a character with no consideration of his family. He tried to marry young Kulsoom, in exchange of his daughter Razia for Qadir Baksh.|
|Qadir Bakhsh||Yousuf Ali||Brother of Huzoor Bakhsh. He came from Dubai. He helps set up a shop of his brother. He was involved in criminal smuggling including child smuggling. Typical village man who likes to boast and share his good times with his people.|
|Masi Taqdeera||Village match maker.|
|Ustad ji||Malik Anokha||Owner of the local hotel.|
|Zehra Khatoon||Religious preacher.|
|Kashi||Son of Huzoor Bakhsh. He tries to flee the village for the city. He is kidnapped by a criminal mafia in the city, who trains him to pick pockets. Later, he ends up on the Qadir Bakhsh's boat with many other children, who are being smuggled to Middle East.|
|Tari||Son of Huzoor Bakhsh.|
|Kulsoom||Sister of Huzoor Bakhsh.|
|Razia||Daughter of Makhdoom.|
|Master ji||Teacher at the village school.|
|Rasheed||Compounder at the clinic.|
The background score is composed by Arhad Mehmood. The drama features following songs:
|1.||"Mera dard naghma-e-bay-sada"||Nayyara Noor|
|2.||"Zard mitti ki aghosh mein"||Tina Sani|
|3.||"Dekhte hi dekhte hamein pyar hua"||Alamgir|
|4.||"Phool barsein pyar ki rahon mein"||Alamgir|
A study was undertaken to evaluate the social impact of this drama on contract to Johns Hopkins University/Population Communication Services (JHU/PCS) by Aftab Associates (Pvt.) Ltd., Lahore, Pakistan. The support for this study was provided by International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada. The usefulness of findings from qualitative evaluations of Nijaat (and Alang-Alang in Indonesia) has led to further collaborations between JHU/PCS and filmmakers.
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