Pakistan’s first foray into Netflix’s original series lineup is creating a buzz as the highly anticipated show “Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo” readies for its debut. This groundbreaking production boasts an impressive cast, featuring prominent names such as Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan, Sanam Saeed, and Ahad Raza Mir, positioning it to captivate global audiences and mark a significant stride for Netflix in Pakistani-themed content.
Derived from Farhat Ishtiaq’s acclaimed 2013 Urdu novel of the same title, “Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo” intricately weaves the tale of Sikandar, an exceptionally talented Harvard law student. A surprising twist alters the trajectory of his life, compelling him to erect emotional barriers. In Italy, his path crosses with Liza, a gifted artist laden with vibrancy but burdened by a turbulent past. Their serendipitous encounter intertwines their fates in a profound narrative of human connection.
The ensemble is a constellation of luminaries from the Pakistani entertainment landscape, with the dynamic duo of Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan reuniting after their monumental success in “The Legend of Maula Jatt,” Pakistan’s highest-grossing film to date. Adding her talents to the mix, Sanam Saeed, who previously shared the screen with Fawad in “Zindagi Gulzar Hai” and the upcoming series “Barzakh,” further enriches the lineup. Ahad Raza Mir, recognized for notable appearances in Netflix’s “Resident Evil” and BBC’s “World on Fire” Season 2, adds to the roster’s caliber.
Further elevating the ensemble is Hamza Ali Abbasi, remembered for his portrayal of the primary antagonist, Noori Nath, in “The Legend of Maula Jatt.” The star-studded cast also includes Bilal Ashraf, Maya Ali, Iqra Aziz, Hania Aamir, Khushaal Khan, Nadia Jamil, Omair Rana, and Samina Ahmed. This fusion of exceptional talent promises performances that will resonate deeply with viewers.
The helm of “Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo” is guided by Momina Duraid Films, led by the adept Momina Duraid herself. The production company’s previous works, including “Bin Roye,” “Chand Tara,” and “Fairytale,” have showcased her ability to craft narratives that evoke authentic emotions. The series has earned the endorsement of Netflix’s Middle East and North Africa team, underscoring the streaming platform’s commitment to diverse storytelling from the region.
Spanning across captivating shooting locations in Italy, the UK, and Pakistan, the production guarantees visually stunning landscapes and a culturally rich backdrop for the forthcoming drama. While the exact streaming release date remains undisclosed, anticipation is steadily building.
Farhat Ishtiaq’s literary prowess has previously graced the screen with hit serials like “Humsafar,” “Mere Humdum Mere Dost,” “Matae Jaan Hai Tu,” “Diyar-e-Dil,” “Bin Roye,” and “Yaqeen Ka Safar,” successfully brought to life on Pakistani television.
Furthermore, Netflix’s upcoming series “Heeramandi,” envisioned by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, seeks to immerse viewers in the tapestry of pre-independence India set in Lahore’s Heeramandi region, now situated within Pakistan’s borders.