Urdu Dramas: A Vehicle for Social Change?

Durr-e-Shehwar (Urduدُرّ شہوار‎) is a Urdu language Pakistani telenovela written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Haissam Hussain. First broadcast in Pakistan by Hum TVDurr-e-Shehwar, which premiered in Pakistan on 10 March 2012, has been produced by Momina Duraid and Six Sigma Entertainment. The telenovela, which featured actors Sanam BalochQavi KhanSamina PeerzadaNoman Ejaz, and Nadia Jamil, in the lead roles, ended its run in Pakistan on 16 June 2012, after airing 15 episodes.[1][2]

Durr-e-Shehwar has also been broadcast in India by Zindagi under the title Dhoop Chhaon, premiering on 21 October 2014. It ended its run in India on 6 November 2014.[3]


Durr-e-Shehwar’s (Samina Peerzada) daughter, Shandana (Nadia Jamil), and Durr-e-Shehwar’s husband, Mansoor’s (Qavi Khan) nephew, Haider (Noman Ejaz) have been married to each other for the last eight years. But recently there has been a breach in their relationship due to which Shandana decides to spend some time at her maternal home in Murree along with her young daughter, Sophia (Sophia Syeda).

Both Durr-e-Shehwar and Mansoor love Shandana and Sophia a lot. But Shandana envies her mother thinking that she led a comfortable and happy life with a loving husband and nothing to worry about. And thus, she often compares Haider and her father. Shandana also undergoes a stage of semi-depression and evens thinks of divorcing Haider. When Mansoor gets to know this, he gets angry on Haider. He reports this matter to his sister i.e. Haider’s mother, thus, further complicating the matter.

And unable to see Shandana in a devastated condition, finally one day she reveals a story to Shandana. She narrates her own story to her and says that life for her wasn’t as easy as Shandana thinks it to be. She tells her that when she had got married(Sanam Baloch as Young Dur e shehwar) and moved to Mansoor’s (Mikaal Zulfiqar as Young Mansoor) house, Mansoor’s mother (Saba Faisal) was cold towards her and did not use to appreciate her for good qualities. She further tells that she had to struggle a lot to gain her acceptance and also the true love of Mansoor, who had earlier neglected her on the words of his mother. Hearing this story Shandana realises that her mother’s life wasn’t a bed of roses. Being a housewife did not ensure happiness for Durr-e-Shehwar. This does blemish Shandana’s respect for her father but it calms her down and gives her morale to start a new life with Haider.


  • Sanam Baloch as Durr-e-Shehwar (young)
  • Samina Peerzada as Durr-e-Shehwar (old)
  • Mikaal Zulfiqar as Mansoor (young)
  • Qavi Khan as Mansoor (old)
  • Nadia Jamil as Shandana
  • Noman Ejaz as Haider
  • Sophia Syed as Sophia
  • Umer Naru as Saud (Mansoor’s brother)
  • Syed Mohammad Ahmed as Sami (Durr-e-Shehwar’s father)
  • Saba Faisal as Safia (Mansoor’s mother)
  • Kiran Haq as Fazeelat (Mansoor’s sister)
  • Maya Ali as Mahnoor Sami (Durr-e-Shehwar’s sister)
  • Shazde Sheikh as Hafsa (Mansoor’s sister)
  • Sonia Khan


  1. ^ “Review: The promising ‘Durre-ShehwarDawn. Dawn.com. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ Ahmed, Hareem (16 June 2012). “Saying goodbye to “Durr-e-Shahwar. Tribune. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  3. ^ Sharma, Nandini (13 October 2014). “Fawad Khan Is Back With Humsafar. And Then There Are Other Upcoming Shows On Zindagi”businessinsider.in. Business Insider India. Retrieved 9 November 2014.


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